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NAS vs Object 2019: If Not Now, When?

The question is no longer “Do I choose NAS or Object Storage?” but “When do I need to add Object Storage?” We list the telltale signs you should watch for that signal it is time to add Object Storage and provide tips for a smooth transition in this week's blog.

When to choose Object Storage over NAS in 2019
Nas vs. Object Storage When to Choose

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:

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.

Sarah Cook
Sarah Cook

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Sarah Cook is Caringo's Director of Marketing and brings deep expertise in Product Marketing and Technical/Marketing/Corporate Communications. Sarah has worked for some of the biggest names in technology including Dell and Cisco and holds a B.A. in English Composition with a minor in Music from the University of North Texas. She sings with and serves on the Board of Directors for Panoramic Voices, a 501(c)3 choral collaborative in Austin, TX.

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