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Selecting the Right Data Storage Tools for the Job

Need data storage, but not sure what type? Determine if SAN, NAS, Tape or Object Storage is the right fit and get tips on evaluating products

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“The best investment is in the tools of one’s own trade.”

Benjamin Franklin

In today’s fast-paced world, the data storage landscape changes at a blindingly fast pace. It seems that every day there is a new start-up claiming they have “invented a revolutionary new way to store and manage your data.” But, when it comes down to it, many are just re-inventions building on an existing archetype (that is, someone else’s ideas with a bit of a “twist”).

What are the Different Types of Storage?

There are three primary ways to store data. File, Block and Object storage. For more information on this topic, read our Back-to-Basics blog.

Once you understand the different types of storage, it may become obvious which type of storage you need to add to your existing infrastructure or deploy for your use case.

How Does Object Storage Fit Into Your IT Infrastructure?

Often, object storage is used to augment your existing storage, whether that be SAN or NAS. In our on-demand webinar How Does Object Storage Fit into Your IT Infrastructure?, our CEO Tony Barbagallo and Sr. Consultant John Bell take on this topic. They review common use cases for object storage and talk about how it fits into your existing storage network.

Should I use Object Storage Instead of SAN, NAS or Tape Storage?

Object storage is ideal when content will be accessed again or reused, especially over the web (e.g., digital video or digital evidence). Object storage is also useful when you need a cold archive but want the data to be more secure and simpler than to retrieve than tape.

However, if you are running a highly transactional workload, you will want to use SAN or NAS as your primary (or tier 1) storage.

The type of storage you need varies by use cases. Data storage is never a one type and size fits all proposition (and beware if a vendor tells you that their data storage is a good fit for every scenario).

In the chart below, we show which type of storage suits various use cases.


5 Signs You Need Object Storage

In my blog NAS vs. Object 2019: If Not Now, When?, I outlined the telltale signs that you need to add Object Storage into your existing infrastructure. Here is a high-level recap:

  1. You have lots of unstructured data to store that may be accessed again
  2. Your primary storage devices are overloaded and slow
  3. It is difficult to locate data
  4. You want to intelligently mine your data for insights
  5. Your IT budget is tight and your storage needs are high

Twists in Object Storage: What Makes Swarm Object Storage Different?

In the data storage industry, tools can be quite nuanced. So, understanding the twists (aka, the features and functionality) of various products is critical in making your product selection. Here’s just a few of the things that set Caringo Swarm apart:

Stability: Having launched our first product in 2006, our Swarm Object Storage is field-hardened and highly reliable.

Scalability: Scaling from small to 100s of Petabytes is one of the hallmarks of our pure object storage approach as well as a testament to our long-standing relationships with some of our earliest customers.

Metadata: By storing metadata with the object rather than in a separate database (a method employed by most object storage vendors), we unleash the full potential of metadata. To learn more, hear what Ryan Meek, our Chief Solutions Architect has to say on the topic in our Using Metadata with Object Storage webinar.

Support: Our Support team has some of the most experienced storage engineers in the business and with a global presence, help is never far away.

Resilience & Recovery: Undoubtedly, this is one of the most important factors in choosing a data storage solution. Register now to attend our August 20 Tech Tuesday webinar live as VP of Engineering T.W. Cook joins Sr. Consultant John Bell to review just how Swarm keeps your data safe and recovers it when needed. They will be taking questions throughout the broadcast.

Data Resilience & Recovery in Swarm Object Storage

(Note: All of our webinars are recorded and available on demand after the broadcast concludes.)

How Can Caringo Help?

“There is a great satisfaction in building good tools for other people to use.”

Freeman Dyson

We love what we do because we see the benefit that our Caringo Swarm Object Storage and accompanying products such as SwarmNFS, FileFly, Caringo Drive and Single Server bring to organizations. We know that not every organization has a storage architect on staff, so at Caringo, we have a number of highly qualified storage architects, consultants and engineers that are happy to help you. Just visit our contact page.

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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