Essential Guide

Managing data with an object storage system

A complete guide to storing and accessing objects: Learn how an object storage system can benefit your computing environment.


managing data An object storage system handles data differently than a traditional file system, and with more and more companies needing to store large amounts of data, using an object storage system is becoming a popular option.

Unlike file systems, object storage is unstructured, which means files are stored alongside each other in a storage pool rather than in a hierarchy. In addition, the metadata that characterizes object storage is far more detailed than in a file system. Servers use unique identifiers to find objects, allowing them to be retrieved without knowledge of their physical location. This makes the use of an object storage system particularly beneficial to environments with large amounts of data or to those using cloud storage. Key benefits of an object storage system include greater scalability and improved manageability.

This guide was created to give users a complete understanding of object-based storage systems. It details what object storage is, how it is accessed, benefits of the technology and how it can be used to enhance cloud storage.


The basics of an object storage system

IT administrators are considering object storage systems rather than traditional SAN or network-attached storage (NAS) systems due to their flat file structure. The following articles explain how object storage systems store files and the various ways object storage technology can benefit computing environments.


Scale-out versus object-based storage systems

Scale-out and object-based storage systems are both built for scaling, but metadata characteristics help differentiate them. Continue Reading


Inside an object storage system

Web applications and cloud storage have shown that an object storage system can offer unrivaled scalability and be ideal for use with distributed applications. Continue Reading


Understanding the hype surrounding object storage systems

While object technology has received a lot of attention lately, object storage systems might be the answer to a problem not yet discovered. Continue Reading


Can an object storage system be used with file-based applications?

Learn how to use applications such as Microsoft Exchange or SQL Server with an object storage system on the back end. Continue Reading


Understanding an OpenStack Swift object storage system

Learn how data is stored in the newest version of OpenStack Swift, the open source object storage system. Continue Reading

2Use cases-

Object storage tames data

IT administrators who manage large data sets are often faced with problems such as scalability and performance when using a file system. Using an object storage system can remedy many of the issues a file system presents. The material below will walk you through some of the best uses for an object storage system and explain how it can help common problems.


The object storage system: Challenging file systems for unstructured data

For large unstructured data sets, an object storage system carries several advantages over a traditional file system architecture. Learn about the scalability and data protection characteristics of object storage. Continue Reading


Object storage systems bring scalability, flexibility to unstructured data

An object storage system can eliminate traditional file system hierarchies and put in place a flat access structure that provides a good basis for hugely scalable unstructured data access. Continue Reading


Using an object storage system to manage unstructured data

Object-based storage systems boot out hierarchical file systems in favor of a flat-file layout that brings massive file stores under control and overcomes the inadequacies of RAID. Continue Reading


Object storage systems gain popularity

Object storage isn't a new concept in the NAS world, but some new products are bypassing traditional file system interfaces as an industry debate emerges about the best way to cope with unstructured data. Continue Reading


How an object storage system can benefit health care

An object storage system cuts down on bottlenecks when a large file such as a medical image is opened. This podcast discusses how to use the concept in health care data centers. Continue Reading

3Cloud impact-

An object storage system's place in the cloud

More and more data is being moved to the cloud these days, often because of growing capacity needs. Features of object storage, such as its detailed metadata, make information easier to manage in a cloud environment than in a traditional file system. To learn more about how an object storage system can be used in the cloud, look at the links below.


Object storage systems ease scalability in the cloud

In this expert podcast, Marc Staimer provides a technical drill-down into cloud object storage systems, explaining how they allow for massive scalability. Continue Reading


Cloud, object storage systems replacing file storage

Scale-out NAS, object storage systems and cloud gateways are replacing file storage as IT companies face a plethora of unstructured data in their data storage environments. Continue Reading


How an object storage system is best suited for backup

Object-based storage has many of the features needed for cloud storage, but a lack of standardized cloud application programming interfaces means cloud gateways are often required to connect to the cloud. Continue Reading


The object storage system: Uses beyond the cloud

In addition to its use in cloud storage, VARs are paying attention to object storage systems for their role in content management systems. Continue Reading


The benefits of an object storage system

Learn the advantages of implementing an object storage system in your cloud storage infrastructure. Continue Reading

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