Technology is often thought of as futuristic—from how we advance society and improve the quality of life to benefiting businesses and meeting regulatory and industry requirements. However, while visiting Iceland and talking to the natives, I was fascinated by the dichotomy of how proficiently Icelanders use technology to maximize the use of their extensive geothermal resources while also using it to document and preserve their unique language, culture and history.

Knowing that they all descend from the same family tree and without the convenience of using traditional family surnames, Icelandic natives (particularly those looking to date) rely heavily on an online genealogy database called Íslendingabók (that is, the Book of Icelanders) to determine how they are related to others. Around the world, we’ve seen families become more and more distributed geographically. Most of us can no longer count on having access to papers and photographs from our grandparents much less talk to elders in our families. Therefore, most of us heavily rely on internet resources (both paid and free sites) when we need to trace our genealogy, locate graves of our ancestors, or preserve cultural artifacts captured on scraps of paper, in photographs and in video and audio recordings. Knowing how much genealogical data is now online and accessible, can you imagine the treasure troves of other types of data that are stuck on tape or not easily accessible by applications—such as that siloed on SAN and NAS devices?

As these stores of information continue to grow, so does the need for cost-effective, long-term data storage. Similar to many other use cases, in the early stages of collecting information, traditional storage (SAN or NAS) may be adequate. You might even be able to get by using tape to archive information if you don’t need it readily accessible. But, short-term, expensive solutions quickly become obsolete when you are looking to build an online, accessible pool of data (aka, an active archive). As these data stores grow and those accumulating data see the benefits of eliminating storage silos and turning their storage into a competitive advantage, more and more are likely to turn to object storage based technologies.

Get behind-the-scenes’ insight into how to migrate data from SAN, NAS or tape to an object-based storage solution in our next Tech Tuesday webinar on September 25. John Bell, Sr. Consultant, and Eric Dey, Director of Product Management, will share their experience from hundreds of successful object storage implementations to help you move from a limited traditional storage approach to the new, cost-effective, limitless storage paradigm of object storage.

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