What Hardware is Best for Object Storage?

Hardware selection for object storage is a timely topic as server technology evolves. What should you consider before you make a purchase?

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With the ever-evolving server hardware market, we are seeing servers become lower in cost while achieving higher storage density. This makes the value proposition of S3-compatible software-defined object storage even more attractive, as you can store critical data on premises without a major impact on your data center footprint.

Isn’t Object Storage About the Software?

Software is the major consideration when you are looking to implement object-based storage. That has been our primary focus as we developed the innovative Caringo Swarm Object Storage software platform. However, the choice of hardware for object storage can profoundly impact performance, scale, manageability, deployment time and cost—both total cost of acquisition (TCA) and total cost of ownership (TCO). So, your choice of hardware in an object-storage implementation is critical, and an area where learning about best practices is certainly worthwhile.

How Complex is Deployment of Object Storage?

The complexity of deploying object storage can be greatly affected by your choice of hardware as well as your software. Some software-defined object storage is flexible and allows you to use and even mix and match servers from different manufacturers and generations. However, some object storage is sold as part of a complete solution.

When you consider buying your object storage as a complete solution, there can be some distinct advantages. However, it also can be a trap that locks your data into proprietary hardware that is expensive to acquire and costly to maintain, especially as you scale to retain more and more data. It is critical that your choice is a good match for your staffing level and your staff’s storage expertise—not to mention your budget!

Is Using a Public Cloud Cheaper than On-Prem Object Storage?

While it may initially appear that using a public cloud is cheaper than implementing object storage on prem, that often isn’t the case. Of course, there are a lot of dependencies and considerations when deciding where to put your data, and sometimes you need a hybrid solution. It is critical that you take the time to look at the cost factors over time, including egress fees and support costs. If you haven’t watched our What Your Storage Vendor Isn’t Telling You About S3 webinar, I highly recommend that you take the time to do so.

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Learn More About Selecting Hardware for Object Storage

With Caringo’s Tech Tuesday webinar series now in its third year, we decided that it is time to revisit the topic of Hardware Selection for Object Storage. On April 28 at 11am PT/2pm ET, we will be discussing best practices for hardware selection and how to choose hardware to meet your specific requirements, drawing on the deep experience of our team that has worked with small, medium and large organizations that vary dramatically in the amounts and types of data they need to store and in their requirements for data security, retention and access.

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Join us live during the recording of the webinar and ask our storage experts any questions you have or watch the webinar on demand after the event.

John Bell
John Bell

About The Author

John Bell has been with Caringo for 7 years and is our Senior Consultant on the design, implementation and management of object storage. John has worked with many of our largest customers to transform their storage infrastructure with highly efficient and cost-effective object storage solutions. John has a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in Computer Science from Indiana State University.


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