Object Storage

What is object storage ?

Object storage is a technology that manages data as objects. All data is stored in one large repository which may be distributed across multiple physical storage devices, instead of being divided into files or folders.

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Benefits & Advantages

Greater Data Analytics

Object storage is driven by metadata, and with this level of classification for every piece of data, the opportunity for analysis is far greater.

Faster Data Retrieval

Due to the categorization structure of object storage, and the lack of folder hierarchy, you can retrieve your data much faster.

Optimization of Resources

Because object storage does not have a filing hierarchy, and the metadata is completely customizable, there are far fewer limitations than with file or block storage.

Infinite scalability

Keep adding data, forever. There's no limit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Object storage systems allow retention of massive amounts of unstructured data in which data is written once and read once (or many times). Object storage is used for purposes such as storing objects like videos and photos on Facebook, songs on Spotify, or files in online collaboration services, such as Dropbox.

Object storage, often referred to as object-based storage, is a data storage architecture for handling large amounts of unstructured data. This is data that does not conform to, or cannot be organized easily into, a traditional relational database with rows and columns.

Object storage is ideal for organizing, managing and searching through high volumes (200 TB+) of diverse and unstructured data. Object storage platforms also give companies the ability to start making sense of the big data they have at hand and extract insights that aid in the development of business goals.

Object storage is a type of NoSQL storage that’s used in the cloud. Amazon AWS S3 service and Dropbox service are examples for Object storage service. Object storage is used mainly for unstructured or semi-structured data.

SQL is the programming language used to interface with relational databases. (Relational databases model data as records in rows and tables with logical links between them). NoSQL is a class of DBMs that are non-relational and generally do not use SQL.

Block Storage VS Object Storage

 Block StorageObject Storage
PERFORMANCEStrong performance with database and transactional dataPerforms best for big content and high stream throughput
GEOGRAPHYThe greater the distance between storage and application, the higher the latencyData can be stored across multiple regions
SCALABILITYAddressing requirements limit scalabilityCan scale infinitely to petabytes and beyond
ANALYTICSNo metadataCustomizable metadata allows data to be easily organized and retrieved
INTERFACECan be stored in SAN or SDSRuns on commodity hardware
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