Virtualization Technology: Object-Oriented Storage Is Worth a Closer Look: 10 Reasons Why

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-08-18 Print this article Print
OO Storage Aligns With the Cost of Data

OO Storage Aligns With the Cost of Data

Object storage systems remove the complexity and management costs associated with keeping an enterprise storage system in production-ready status. Object storage is based on a single, flat address space that enables the automatic routing of data to the proper storage systems, the right storage tier and protection levels within those systems according to its value and stage in the data life cycle.
Trimming the cost of data storage is becoming a high-agenda item for IT organizations, yet data and efficient access to it is an organization's most valuable asset. Struggling with the performance, scalability and management complexity required to maintain conventional file-based storage systems is a losing battle if data needs to be stored more than 90 days. One way to approach this is to use an object-oriented storage system, which vastly simplifies the process. Object-oriented storage, which has been around for two decades, differs from unstructured file storage in that the objects filed are not housed in volumes or attached to a directory. Objects are simply assigned an ID number or name with detailed metadata and can be retrieved at any time. Object storage systems can easily search for data without knowing specific filenames, dates or traditional file designations. They can also use the metadata to apply service-level agreements (SLAs), policies for routing, distribution and disaster recovery, retention and deletion, as well as to automate storage management. These are functions that file systems just cannot address. One of our sources for this slide show is Versant, an object storage database software provider in Redwood City, Calif.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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