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.
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.