If you work at a large company, you know that data storage is a problem. Those large quantities of data require more efficient handling methods. It’s too much overhead to keep data in files and constantly expand hierarchies. Then look at the speed at which enterprises are accumulating data. A 50-60% CAGR isn’t unheard of. Combine the quantity of data with those growth rates, and it’s clear that data storage is a great barrier to the pace of business.
But large volumes also make one wonder: how often does all this information get used? Can’t we categorize frequently used data apart from other types of data which can be stored with less hassle? The desire to store large amounts of unstructured data as simply as possible is the idea behind Object Storage.
Whereas traditional file storage treats data as files within hierarchies, Object Storage simply places the data in a flat address space. You can learn more on the mechanics of how vCloud Air Object Storage works by reading our explanation. For the rest of this article, we’ll focus on the method’s three main benefits for enterprises.
- Scale Without Growing Pains
Object Storage emerged from cloud providers, who understand the demands of scalability well. The method treats data as objects, instead of files or blocks, to place them in a flat space. Now, enterprises can use this system to reduce the IT time required for moving and storing unstructured data. The costs of building out local footprints are also removed, as it’s quite simple for enterprises to get more storage without investing large amounts of capital. In a nutshell, Object Storage eliminates overhead through an on-demand way of handling data stores.
If you’re worried about increased messiness, you can allay your fears. Objects are stored with metadata. This provides contextual information, which is superior to the file attributes of traditional storage. Custom attributes can even be created for objects. The end result? Easily store your data without worries.
- Don’t Lose Out to Data Loss
Object storage allows data to be quite durable. Although you might think data is lost easily when batched in such a flat manner, the opposite is true. Object storage allows IT to set policies for duplication. The same object can be stored in multiple copies on many nodes. Having additional versions is a durable approach for unstructured data that’s updated infrequently.
- We All Live Under Clouds
Today’s enterprise networks have many cloud services and a wide range of endpoints. In this context, Object Storage is a very compatible option. Within a data center, performance and latency aren’t issues. But for networks ranging across geography, and connected with clouds, latency is much more unpredictable. The good news is that Object Storage access occurs over HTTP, resolving these issues. If your organization has workloads and applications in clouds, it is perfect for you.
There are, of course, many more details on how Object Storage works. For a primer on Object Storage’s rise and VMWare’s role in it, grab this free IDC Report.
If you have specific curiosities on items such as archiving, media files, integration with 2.0, or shared files; visit our overview of vCloud Air Object Storage.