After publishing my blog yesterday on the need for application support of object storage to break the logjam in adoption….it occurs to me that some of you may be asking the question: “Janae, if object storage really is so cool and the gap in object storage adoption is data mover application providers writing to this new technology, why haven’t these developers quickly moved to fill this gap?”
There seems to be wide agreement across the industry that object storage has the potential to provide major value to customers, particularly as customer data scales to reach petabytes of valuable – often distributed – content across a wide range of customer environments. So there was an interesting discussion last week at the Next Generation Object Storage Summitabout what’s inhibiting the adoption of object storage across the industry. After a day and a half of (sometimes quite lively) discussion between analysts and industry participants, the top three inhibitors were summarized as: (1) general market awareness; (2) customer education about where the technology fits; and finally, (3) the availability of ‘on ramps’ to the technology, namely applications that will write to it.
The convergence of backup and archive is a really hot topic right now. Quantum, as well as some of our partners in the industry, are introducing some great capabilities that are really bringing together backup and archive. An extreme view on this topic is that batch backup is a thing of the past, and for some data types and use cases there is some truth to that. But to unpack this a bit we need to look at use cases and even specific data types.
A couple weeks ago I worked with our Big Data team to put together an Archiving and Tiered Storage webinar. One suggestion for the webinar title was “So Much Storage, So Little Time” because of all the technologies people need to think about when piecing together a comprehensive data storage strategy that often includes primary storage, backup storage and long-term archive storage. Indeed, there are many exciting technologies to consider ranging from solid state, LTFS, Object Storage, intelligent tape vaulting, cloud-based backup and more. As technologies continue to develop, blurring the distinction between traditional use cases like backup and archive, it can be difficult to get clarity on the best strategy and the best technologies to meet your near-term andlong-term data retention and archiving requirements. Rather than fueling the confusion profusion, we decided to offer some straightforward guidance by titling the webinar “4 Key Considerations for Archiving.” Here are a couple tidbits from the webinar that are good reminders for anyone managing data growth and long-term storage.