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The combination of unprecedented scalability and distributed access has enabled object storage to succeed in the cloud storage and Web 2.0 space. In corporate data centers, these systems are deployed as archival and file-aggregation storage tiers to supplement traditional data storage. Still, object storage represents a very small portion of the storage market that’s dominated by traditional block- and file-based storage. The key for broader adoption is standardization and integration with apps, traditional storage systems and peer object storage systems.
This was first published in June 2012