2019 is upon us and the relentless data deluge shows no sign of letting up. The US alone is responsible for 2,657,700 gigabytes of Internet data per minute (according to IFLSCIENCE). A recent article in Forbes promised and delivered some “mind-blowing” facts including:
- 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created each day and the pace continues to accelerate
- Over the last two years, 90% of the data in the world was generated
The NAS vs. Object Storage Debate
For a number of years, industry analysts have been discussing NAS vs. Object (check out this webinar led by Storage Switzerland and their eBook on NAS vs. Object Storage). While the title of these discussions has been presented as if it is a debate and might insinuate that the types of storage are mutually exclusive, most recognize that is unlikely to be the case. For many, the question is no longer “Do I choose NAS or Object Storage?” but “When do I need to add Object Storage?” followed by “How do I tier my data to Object Storage?”
Five Signs You Need to Add Object Storage
There are a number of telltale signs you can use to determine when it is time to add Object Storage into your data strategy. For example:
- You have a lot of unstructured data (e.g., digital video files, imagery, audio clips, etc.) that you, your users or your customers need to be able to easily retrieve for integration into digital video workflows or to quickly access on demand.
- Your primary storage devices are overloaded with data and have become sluggish and ineffective. (The Optimizing Windows Filers eBook addresses these very issues.)
- You can’t find your data when you need it and it is locked into storage silos.
- You want to extract insights from your organization’s data stores and need “data about the data” (aka metadata) so you can intelligently mine those golden nuggets. (Save your seat for our February 26 Tech Tuesday webinar Using Metadata with Object Storage).
- Your IT budget is straining under the weight of acquiring more and more costly proprietary hardware that locks you into one vendor. (See how the IT Pros at Texas Tech University lowered both their storage TCA and TCO.)
Three Keys to Smooth Adoption of Object Storage
Once you decide it is time to bring Object Storage into your data storage strategy, how can you make sure it is successful and does not disrupt your business or mission? Transitions can be smooth, or the road can be quite rocky. Here are three recommendations we make to those considering Object Storage:
- Validate that your use case is a good candidate for object storage. One of the easiest ways to do this is to look at how organizations similar to yours are managing their data. We all know that the right technical solution provides a competitive advantage in many industries, particularly those reliant on content such as Media & Entertainment.
- Work with a systems integrator, reseller or distributor such as those listed on our Find a Partner page to develop a complete solution.
- Determine if your existing environment is conducive to the introduction of Object Storage and test to ensure the solution meets your requirements. For an example of this for research and high-performance computing (HPC), read this case study and performance benchmarking whitepaper.
Or you can always contact us. With over 14 years in the industry and hundreds of installations, we have evolved the Caringo Product Line and developed Best Practices to make your transition to limitless Swarm Object Storage hassle-free. Our experts are ready to help.
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