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May 2013 Vol. 12 No. 3

Object technology comes to storage: What's all the fuss about?

Object technology has received a lot of attention lately, so there should be plenty of use cases for it. But object storage might be the answer to a problem not yet discovered. At a recent analyst meeting held by a F100 computer manufacturer, the senior vice president and general manager of the storage business made the bold claim that NAS will disappear and object-based storage technology is the future of unstructured data. He isn't alone in his enthusiasm for object technology. Barely a week goes by without another major storage vendor (and a few minor ones) staking their claim on the object storage market. At last count, there are nearly 20 vendors in the object storage market, including all the major storage vendors. There aren't nearly as many object stores on the market as there are DAS, SAN and NAS, but there is a groundswell of support that is gaining momentum. But that momentum seems more of a vendor push rather than a customer pull. Many smaller vendors offering object storage are struggling for customer adoption and ...

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