Access "Object-based storage allows users to tame ballooning data stores"
This article is part of the December 2011 issue of Object storage: An elementary approach to file structure
With the rapid growth of unstructured data in corporate systems, technologies that can effectively store large amounts of discrete files have begun to emerge. Scale-out and internal cloud systems are chief among them, but often under the hood of these approaches is an entirely different way of handling data: object-based storage. To date, the file system has been king. It provides some form of central database that is referred to when an application requests data. The database typically contains information about the file, including directory (tree) information, physical (hard drive) location of related blocks, security and access restrictions. It’s a hierarchical, location-based method of storing information about files. As data stores grow, traditional file systems soon become very complex. And they’re limited in the number of files they can deal with. One response to ballooning numbers of files is to partition file systems into volumes. This helps resolve latency issues but adds management overheads as data becomes separated from other data. Additionally,... Access >>>
Premium Content for Free.
Object-based storage allows users to tame ballooning data stores
by Manek Dubash
Object-based storage boots out hierarchical file systems for a flat-file layout, tames massive files stores and overcomes RAID’s inadequacies.
10 quick and easy ways to boost storage performance
by Stephen Foskett
Don't let capacity concerns or virtualized servers bog down the performance of your storage systems. Here are 10 ways to pump up the performance of your storage arrays and networks
Solid-state goes mainstream
by Rich Castagna
If a tech is judged by the products that crop up around it and the techs it spawns, then it’s hard to argue that solid-state storage hasn’t reached a certain level of maturity.
- Object-based storage allows users to tame ballooning data stores by Manek Dubash
Backing up VMs: Traditional apps vs. virtual machine backup software
by Jacob Gsoedl
In this tip on backing up VMs, learn about the pros and cons of traditional backup software vs. VM backup software.
Your new storage vendor might be VMware
by Arun Taneja, Contributor
VMware’s latest releases suggest it has serious intentions about encroaching on storage vendors’ turf, which might be a wakeup call for the data storage industry.
Managing storage for virtual server environments
by Eric Siebert
Virtual servers and storage systems don’t have to exist in separate worlds; new tools and plug-ins provide single-console management of both virtual servers and storage.
- Backing up VMs: Traditional apps vs. virtual machine backup software by Jacob Gsoedl
Shared storage model faces challenges from virtual servers
by Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief
Virtual servers are exerting pressure to change on the storage ecosystem, challenging even the fundamental model of shared storage.
- Shared storage model faces challenges from virtual servers by Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief
More Premium Content Accessible For Free
A Computer Weekly buyer's guide to data science
In this 10-page buyer's guide, Computer Weekly looks at how, with the open data movement taking hold and data analytics technology becoming ...
Staying the course as a CIO
In this extract from his book, Staying the Course as a CIO, Jonathan M. Mitchell looks at the challenges of managing IT projects.
Government backs tech in 2015 Budget
In this week's Computer Weekly, chancellor George Osborne's 2015 Budget was the most technology friendly ever – we examine the key policy ...