The storied lyrics of a Rolling Stones’ hit often rumble through my mind:
“You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need”
Even in something as mundane as a storage purchase, we all know that there can be a tremendous difference between what we want (e.g., to work with a certain partner or storage vendor, flashy new hardware, etc.) and what we actually need (that is, what is required in the way of scale, speed, dependability, metadata & search capabilities, etc.).
Why Use Object-Based Storage?
- Improved data retention (preventing data loss and corruption)
- Reliable data accessibility (making sure you can actually get to the data)
- Easy data retrieval (being able to find data when you need it)
With 14 years in the object storage industry, our Caringo team sees these three concerns continue to motivate customers to implement object storage technology. By the time you are looking to make an investment in object storage, you have probably already determined that you need an efficient tier 2 or 3 platform for storing data that would quickly overburden your primary storage. If so, the next step may be to determine your requirements.
What Do You Need to Get From Your Object Storage?
Depending on your specific use case and vertical, your requirements and priorities will vary. However, for most, the desire to add object-based storage into an existing or new storage architecture is fueled by the promise of being able to store massive amounts of unstructured data securely and cost effectively, and to maintain accessibility to that data.
Retention: How Much Storage Capacity Do I Need Long Term?
Knowing just how much data storage to plan for is a topic that John Bell, Sr. Consultant, will take on in our November 12 Tech Tuesday webinar: Object Storage Capacity Planning for 2020 & Beyond. As always, you can bring your questions to our live event at 11am PT/2pm ET or watch afterwards on demand.
Access: Should I Use a Public Cloud or Build a Private Cloud?
While public cloud storage is generally less expensive than the total acquisition cost (TCA) of Network-Attached Storage (NAS), Direct-Attached Storage (DAS) or Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions, the overall time to move data in and out of the cloud may be cumbersome. In addition, the cost can be unpredictable.
Of course, many organizations choose to use a S3-compatible public cloud storage option such as those provided by Amazon (AWS and Glacier) and Microsoft (Azure). If this is currently under consideration for your organization, watch our What Your Storage Vendor Isn’t Telling You About S3 webinar on demand. Our Product Director, Eric Dey, provides a brief history of the S3 protocol and explains how it broadens your storage options in private, public and hybrid cloud storage. He also compares S3 implementations and explains how Caringo’s S3 solution provides easy access to content.
Retrieval: How Can I Find My Data When I Need It?
Finding a file on a filer can be like finding a needle in a haystack; so in the design of Swarm Object Storage, we remedied this issue with the capability to attach custom metadata directly to objects. If you want to learn more, watch the Using Metadata with Object Storage webinar or read the summary that follows.
Where Can I Get Help Finding the Right Object Storage Solution?
When it comes to finding the right object-based storage technology for your organization’s needs, our team is standing by to answer questions. We can also set you up with a customized demo to discuss your specific requirements and so you can see how Swarm Object Storage would work in your environment.