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This article is part of the Vol. 8 Num. 8 November/December 2009 issue of Hot storage trends and technology for 2010
Object storage isn't a new concept in the NAS world, but some new products are bypassing traditional file system interfaces as industry debate emerges about the best way to cope with unstructured data. In the age of Web 2.0, the cloud and the digital content explosion, enterprise data storage managers are reevaluating how they store unstructured data as vendors roll out new object-based storage systems designed to offer simplified management and more scalable metadata schemes. Unstructured data is expected to far outpace the growth of structured data over the next three years. According to the "IDC Enterprise Disk Storage Consumption Model" report released last fall, while transactional data is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.8%, it's far outpaced by a 61.7% CAGR predicted for unstructured data. "There are going to be extreme amounts of data as things like digital video and mobile networks grow; in five years, pretty much every phone will be 'smart,'" said Robin Harris, senior analyst at StorageMojo. "All of us storage geeks ... Access >>>
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