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Getting Started with Object Storage

Do you handle large data volumes, requiring high availability, scalability and security?

14 december 2017
Door: IBM, partner

Do you handle large data volumes, requiring high availability, scalability and security?

Then you’ll find the right solution in object storage. Here’s how you get started with object storage in just a few steps.

In short: object storage or dispersed storage cuts data into slices and distributes them to several storage nodes. As a result, object storage allows for high availability, based on the data residing in several data centers - which remains very complex and expensive in the traditional storage world and is fully automated within a geo-dispersed object architecture. Standardized access methods enable easy migration from objects between public, hybrid or on-premise storage environments. Object storage uses commodity hardware, keeping management and maintenance costs low.

Object storage offers a higher level of security. No complete copy of the data resides in a single storage node, as is the case with traditional storage. With object storage, you need access to several data centers to retrieve the actual object. On top of that, IBM Cleversafe, uses in-line erasure coding and in-line encryption, enabling end-to-end protection of the entire data path. That offers an extra layer of protection - and confidence - to enterprises moving data towards a public or hybrid storage environment.

 Here are six steps you need to take when considering object storage:

1) Understand your storage environment & requirements  
2) Identify your storage workload 
3) Define which workloads could be off-loaded or hosted on object storage 
4) Define your needs for availability, reliability and performance 
5) Implement your new object storage environment 
6) Evaluate and challenge new storage requests to make use of the object storage environment

Most companies single out one workload to get started with object storage, such as a quickly growing Sharepoint environment. Following such a quick win - with clear benefits in terms of simplicity, availability, portability, reliability, security and costs - it is the logical next step to expand the use of object storage to other applications in a native or gateway architecture, such as NAS, legal archiving, and more. Many legacy applications are supporting object storage in their latest releases. New applications are mostly written to make optimal use of object storage.

Would you like to learn more about Dispersed Storage and Cleversafe? IBM Cloud Object Storage

Geschreven door: Joeri van Speybroek, Cloud Storage Architect at IBM

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