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Making most of Object Storage in the Hybrid Cloud

In the age of big data, object storage succeeds where traditional storage fails.

30 september 2016
Door: IBM, partner

In the age of big data, object storage succeeds where traditional storage fails.

​​​​​​​Object storage allows for the easy management of massive data volumes, while guaranteeing its high availability and security at all times.

The Internet of Things, the use of video, presentations and social media are just some of the drivers behind the current data explosion. Keeping up with petabytes of data on legacy storage systems doesn’t only require a lot of resources, it’s just not the right way to go. Traditional block and file systems weren’t designed to cope with this kind of data sizes. As the data volumes keep growing, it becomes increasingly difficult to efficiently handle and secure the data, let alone guarantee its availability.

And that’s precisely where object storage offers a suitable alternative. Object storage is managed by the application itself and is accessed by standardized REST API’s such as S3 and Swift, easily migrating the application from your dev/test environment - which may run in a public cloud workbench - to a hybrid or on-premise environment. This migration can be performed without verifying compatibility and design for high availability. The only management required in most object storage solutions is making sure that there is enough free capacity when adding new workloads to the solution. 

The cloud offers the perfect environment for always-on applications. This type of applications requests storage with higher availability that is able to seamlessly move from one site to the other. Object storage offers high availability up to 11 or even 15 nines, largely surpassing the traditional 6 nines - 99,9999% uptime and 3 seconds downtime - of file and block storage. It makes object storage ideal for cloud workloads, because of the availability and reliability it offers by design, while allowing failover without complex tie breaker and replication constructions. 

On top of these general benefits of object storage, IBM Cleversafe offers in-line encryption, protecting the data path end-to-end. Data is never at risk, regardless whether it is on-premise or off-premise. Dispersing the data over three or more data centers would require cybercriminals to access at least two data centers to read the actual object. In a traditional environment, there is always one single data center that holds the full data copy. In a hybrid solution, a third off-premise data center can be used to ensure higher data availability. This third location, however, never has enough data to read the object itself.

More about dispersed storage and Cleversafe is available at: IBM Cloud Object Storage

Geschreven door: Joeri van Speybroek, Cloud Storage Architect at IBM

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