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Object Based Storage: The Future of Storage

Object Based Storage: The Future of Storage

April 19
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Nobody ever sat down to address their decreasing storage needs for the next year. We all require digital storage and will require more of it moving forward. Here’s just a few examples: the limited capacity of those 5 1/4″ floppy disks we once used, the capacity of the first iPod and the capacity of that SAN you purchased 5 years ago. We have far outgrown these devices! And as time goes by, you need more and more storage for your ever increasing amounts of data.

But those disks we use and the deterioration… the failure they bring to the table. That translates to data loss, to data corruption. It’s going to happen, you know it – just give it enough time. You are aware of it because that’s why you’ve been storing stuff on tape if you need to store it for say 7 years, 10 years, or longer.

I posted some time ago an article on the lifespan of different media. For spinning mechanical hard drives (HDDs), their lifespan is 3-5 years. For the new screaming fast solid state drives (SSDs), they can last 5-10 years but keep in mind that lifespan is dependent upon write cycles.

Read More: The Average Lifespan of a NAS

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Data as a Company Asset

Over the years, we’ve done some really nifty stuff to make digital storage resilient to failure and to protect, arguably, the most valuable asset a company has beyond its people … the company’s data. RAID, synchronous mirroring, and asynchronous mirroring are some means to protect data at the storage level. Storage Virtualization leveraging features such as thin provisioning and virtual volumes/virtual LUNS attempted to make life easier with the inevitable expansion of data storage.

But then there was cost. High cost.

Yep … check out the price of drives purchased from your storage vendor for their SAN. Yes, usually a tad expensive I’d say.

But it’s not just the cost of the storage hardware and software that are expensive. It’s the specialized skill sets to administer that storage solution that come at a premium.

So now what?

Read More: The Best Enterprise NAS Products

Why Object Storage is the Future of Storage

Amazon didn’t build S3 using traditional block storage technology. They used Object Storage. Today, you can too leverage Object Storage, and you can do it without having to write to APIs to address that Object Storage.

Easy to use Object Storage.

So how?

StorageCraft’s Exablox Object Storage solution … that’s how.

You can purchase 1 to 7 Exablox Oneblox appliances that house 12 3.5″ HDDs (SSD chassis model coming VERY soon). You will configure this into a ‘Ring’. An Exablox ‘Ring’ can be made up of 1 to 7 OneBlox 4312 units each housing 12 3.5″ SAS or SATA HDDs.

You can source your own drives!

Yep, that’s right … you can source your own drives. And that’ll hold true for SSDs with the Exablox OneBlox 5210 model as well!

Read More: The Impact of Converged Infrastructure of Backup & Disaster Recovery

The Storage Solution That Deploys in 5 Minutes

Now, in the middle of all this excitement, let’s not forget some of the other advantages and features that an Exablox Object Storage solution can bring to the table:

  • Multi-tenant Cloud Management or management via a Virtual Appliance for dark networks
  • Storage accessed via NFS or SMB/CIFS shares
  • Per share storage policy configuration
  • Inline fixed or variable length deduplication
  • Inline compression: on/off
  • Continuous Data Protection via snapshots with corresponding retention policies
  • One to many remote replication
  • You can maintain data integrity and write data in triplicate as objects
  • You can limit downtime with physical failure, replacement and expansion

Adding a new OneBlox node to a Ring takes about 5 minutes. All you need to do is configure the network settings and let it be discovered.

Quite easy, isn’t it?

It’s absolutely cost effective.

It’s rational.

Simply, Object Storage is the future and StorageCraft can take you there via their Exablox Object Storage solution.

And what I love about it? It will leave your company with some extra cash in the process.

Editor’s Note: This article was previously published on LinkedIn. You can follow Rich there for more storage musings.