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Object Storage, a Key Trend in the Current Storage Space

The enterprise storage space is abuzz with new trends and developments. Most of these trends are driven by cloud-native applications. These applications include databases, machine language, artificial intelligence, etc. Further, these applications are also paving the way for the emergence of object storage as the primary storage option for handling the current volumes of uneven data.

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Files, blocks, and objects are the main types of storage. A recent survey by IDC notes that object storage supports most of the IT initiatives by top enterprises.

The reason for object storage being the most preferred one is the as comparatively low cost and high performance at an exabyte scale. More aptly, these aspects are the cause of the resurgence of object storage as the primary storage. To simplify, object storage surfaced as an apt solution for the sudden appearance of vast amounts of unsorted data over the last decade.

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Not that object storage is new. On the contrary, the concept has been around for quite some time, especially since the 2000s. However, the current situation wherein cyber attacks are rising has paved the way for new interest in innovative solutions. Due to certain advantages, object storage has been perfectly aligned with the new refined objectives of information technology enterprises.

Also, the current object storage methods are highly improved. Performance was a drawback with the earlier versions of object storage. The low-performance issue has been sorted out now and is hardly a concern.

High-performance database engines, metadata databases, NVMe, and SSDs, deliver the required speed needed for active content applications.

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