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“While most enterprises are accelerating their organization's shift to the cloud, the majority of IT leaders expect that, for the next five years or more, their computing requirements will be supported by hybrid environments.”
“Hybrid cloud is a composition of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures (private, community, or public) that remain unique entities, but are bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability.”While this is undeniably broad, it does contain two key points
|On-Prem Object Storage||Public Cloud Storage|
|Language||S3 API (Integrated connectivity for AWS, GCP, Azure)||S3 API (AWS) (GCP employs an S3-like API, Azure employs the Azure API)|
|Storage type||Objects (includes user data, user-defined metadata, unique ID)||Objects (includes user data, user-defined metadata, unique ID)|
|System architecture||Clustered independent nodes||Clustered independent nodes|
|File system||Flat (no hierarchy)||Flat (no hierarchy)|
|Scaling limit||No hard limit||No hard limit|
|Scaling model||Modular, grows within single management environment||Modular, grows within single management environment|
|File storage support||Yes (via file connectors)||Yes (via file connectors)|
|Self-protecting storage||Yes (erasure coding + data replication)||Yes|
|Data management||Yes (Replication and tiering to public cloud or to other private clouds)||Yes (Replication to other instances within same public cloud)|
|Multi-cloud management||Yes (consolidated management for AWS, GCP, Azure)||No|
New survey findings validate object storage growth. Analyst firm IHS Markit today released results from a survey of IT professionals showing strong uptake for object storage in data-intensive applications.
Findings from this IHS Markit survey include:
A total of 56% of survey respondents indicated that they plan to increase investment in object storage. Object storage was followed by unified storage at 51%, SAN) at 48% and NAS at 36%. The strong showing for object storage indicates on-premises enterprise customers are now getting onboard with the technology, despite its slow initial takeoff.
“As enterprises increase their collection of IoT data, object storage has emerged as the perfect repository for aggregating all this information, allowing ubiquitous access and easy scaling to larger sized data sets,” said Dennis Hahn, principal analyst, IHS Markit. “Beyond better scalability and access from any location, object storage offers lower-cost storage management and improved cross-geography data protection.“
Object storage positions enterprises to handle the massive expansion of data now facing many organizations. Much of this data will be used in data-intensive workloads, including databases, data analytics and AI. With security a major concern, enterprises often hold this information in object storage solutions in their own data centers. The interest in object-storage investment provides ample evidence that this emerging storage type will be a key technology that will change the data-center storage landscape.
In the same survey, respondents said they expect their storage capacity to grow by 33% over an approximately one-year timeframe. The need to store and process larger data sets is an important driver behind capacity growth as well as many new storage equipment purchases. Both on-and-off premises data capacity is expected to grow, with on-premises storage capacity expanding by 24% and off-premises rising by 45% between 2018 and 2019.
Significantly, respondents said storage is not an either-or choice between on-premises and cloud solutions. Rather, respondents said their IT organizations are expanding in both areas.
Looking at how much storage respondents have both on and off premises as a percentage of total storage, it is currently split at 35% for object, 38% for file and 27% for block.
Cloud service providers (CSPs) are leading the shift to object. For instance, Amazon Web Services is offering its S3 object-based storage solution. Object is also becoming the preferred organizational approach for big-data repositories and video distribution, and the technology represents basis for on- and off-premises data exchange. The shift toward block is consistent with recent storage trends; new applications such as AI, ML and large databases need the high performance that block organization provides.
Figure 1: Insights into hot and cold data with cost and growth trendsKomprise works without using any agents, proprietary links or interfaces, and works seamlessly across any data sources that use NFS, SMB/CIFS, or S3 object/cloud storage. When it moves data, it doesn’t leave behind stubs, brittle pointers to moved files, which can leave the moved data orphaned if deleted. Moved data remains transparent and visible to users and applications that needs it; for the viewer or user, nothing appears to have changed. Files can be accessed directly from the target: users don’t have to use a Komprise tool to view or recall their files – in fact, Komprise prevents even Komprise lock-in. Perhaps the best option available to copy, archive or migrate data to, is Object Storage. Komprise works especially closely with Cloudian, a leader in affordable, scalable, cloud-ready Object Storage, with the industry’s highest S3-compatible storage. We have a proven solution together with many joint customers. Object storage uses a flat structure instead of the more traditional file-based hierarchy. This makes it ideal for holding unstructured data because of its unlimited scalability: Cloudian object storage can easily scale to petabytes without restrictions, and it does this non-disruptively with zero downtime. Unlike the limitations of files, each object is identified by its own details like metadata and ID number, making data search, retrieval and analytics much faster as it foregoes having to sift through traditional file structures and hierarchies. Because it scales out much easier than other storage environments, it’s less costly to store all the data. As an S3-compliant on-prem object storage, Cloudian also provides optional tiering and replication to public clouds thus helping “stitch” the cloud on to the premises. Figure 2 below illustrates how Komprise and Cloudian are helping customers identify all their data across all storage, learn what’s hot versus cold, understand what’s it costing them, and transparently move it to efficient, cost-effective Cloudian products.
Figure 2: The Komprise + Cloudian SolutionTo summarize, Komprise and Cloudian are great choices for organizations needing to get a handle on their data growth challenges. They provide fast, cost-effective, highly efficient solutions without scaling limits. They help keep users productive and focused, ensuring they can easily access the data they need, regardless of where it is located and without causing any disruption. It’s a partnership that works – our customers say so! By Shamik Mehta Product Marketing Director Shamik.Mehta@Komprise.com www.Komprise.com