Cloud Object Storage – What is it? Why should I care?

Less than 50 percent of all data was created in the last two years.

The problem is, data is like gold—extremely valuable if mined and analyzed properly but worth nothing when inaccessible. That is especially true today, when digital business imperatives rely upon easy access to data and its insights to create compelling customer experiences.

The challenge becomes more compounded because data’s explosive growth is largely fueled by unstructured data, such as video, social media, photos and text. Did you know unstructured data is now typically 80 percent of the total data created, replicated and transmitted?

Until recently, organizations had two choices for their data storage and management needs: traditional on-premises storage and public cloud. Each option has their pros and cons. For example, traditional on-premises storage offers control but can be expensive. Inefficiencies can increase cost and complexity, depleting resources that could be used for other digital transformation initiatives.

And while public cloud storage offers advantages such as scalability and reduced cost, it may not accommodate workloads that need on-site controls to meet compliance, data sovereignty and other business requirements.

The answer? Hybrid cloud object storage, a new approach in which businesses deploy their data storage both on-premises and on the public cloud. This enables them to place data where it makes the most sense for their applications and services—today and as business requirements evolve.

Visual Storage Intelligence Object Analyzer – Finding your Point of acceptance/entry

Visual Storage Intelligence (VSI) is a proven storage reporting and analytics cloud offering.  With the addition of the VSI Object Analyzer, we help clients find the “Point of Acceptance/Entry” in their traditional disk storage arrays.  Running a simplistic, non-intrusive metadata calculation tool, the object analyzer will return a holistic view of any file environment returning cost savings opportunities with structured and unstructured data types.

The Object analyzer returns metadata a calculation to determine total cost of ownership (TCO) metric associated with Object and archive storage targeted for both on premise and in the cloud offerings using the following file attributes:

  1. Last Access
  2. File/Data type
  3. File size
  4. Group totals

The benefit of this type of analysis is organizations can make tiering and cloud storage decisions based on last access policy. This allows companies to save money on storage by only keeping the most used data on the highest performing (and costly) storage arrays.  This can save customers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually by leveraging the most appropriate storage for each individual file.

If you are thinking of cloud object storage, VSI allows you to perform the analysis on your file storage, make policy decisions based on potential storage space and cost savings and then automate the movement of files across your storage environments – thus saving you both space and money.

Contact us to learn more and get started!