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Unified storage, also known as network unified storage (NUS), is a storage system that makes it possible to run and manage file-based storage and object-based storage from a single device.
Unified storage is designed to simplify the management of a large storage infrastructure by consolidating data storage from multiple workloads into a single, limitlessly scalable platform.
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A unified storage architecture provides a single point of management for all storage-related tasks, including provisioning, allocation, backup, and recovery. It also uses advanced features such as snapshots, and data replication facilitate data resiliency and data protection.
One of the key benefits of unified storage is that it combines block and object storage protocols, including the S3 API, NFS, and SMB. This allows users to access their data from a variety of platforms and applications, regardless of the underlying storage technology. Unified storage also supports multiple operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.
Unified storage offers numerous advantages:
Longer lifespan for applications: Legacy applications created for a specific storage type can leverage unified storage to work with file, and object-based data. This can lengthen an application’s lifespan, removing the need for refactoring.
A drawback of unified storage includes:
Here are a few considerations you should take into account when selecting a unified storage solution.
In a unified storage solution, all data types should be managed within a single storage pool to provide consistent, best-practices data management. The solution should provide unified control over all data systems from one interface. This also ensures easier installation, configuration, and health monitoring.
Unified storage systems should provide the ability to increase or decrease storage capacity for a data type without compromising performance or moving the data to an isolated silo. The solution should be able to flexibly scale both file and object data, adapting and expanding as necessary, while making the best use of the underlying storage resources.
In many organizations, it is critical to meet service level agreements (SLAs), and failure to do so might have serious financial and legal implications. Thus, IT managers, particularly those in the enterprise space with stringent demands, should carefully test unified storage solutions to ensure they can meet the required SLAs.
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Cloudian® HyperStore® is a limitessly scalable storage software platform that is fully compatible with the AWS S3 API. With the release of HyperStore software version 8, the solution combines file and object storage management into a single management environment. A single screen gives you a view of both. Objects and files share an exabyte-scalable storage pool in HyperStore 8’s clustered storage environment. To optimize performance, files are initially stored in a file cache for low-latency access to recently stored and frequently-used files.
Learn more about Cloudian HyperStore for unified storage.