Why should you use Object Storage for unstructured data? How is it different from NAS or SAN?

Object Storage

According to Wikipedia’s definition, “object storage (also known as object-based storage) is a storage architecture that manages data as objects, as opposed to other storage architectures like file systems which manages data as a file hierarchy and block storage which manages data as blocks within sectors and tracks.” Object storage systems allow relatively inexpensive, scalable and durable retention of massive amounts of unstructured data.

The biggest problem with other using storage approaches like NAS or SAN is their scalability. NAS, a common type of file storage,  lacks the ability to scale as a single system. Today’s SANs, which is a form of block storage, are already complex and adding a file system layer on top just makes it more complicated.

With object storage, there is no file system hierarchy. The architecture of the platform allows the data pool to scale virtually to an unlimited size, while keeping the system simple to manage. Using an object storage system also enables faster access and reduced overhead vs using  NAS or SAN.

As companies acquire more and more digital data, the need for storage platforms that require little management effort and the ability to scale out becomes even more important. In addition to their scalability, object storage systems are also incredibly durable compared to other storage solutions.

AC&NC offers a variety of storage types and can help you assess what your needs are. Call AC&NC for more specifics or visit our products page.