Modern IT organizations face major challenges related to storing and managing large amounts of data. As data usage escalates, they find that traditional storage systems no longer meet their scale, performance and affordability requirements. With multiple petabytes of data, and eventually exabytes, file systems, network attached storage (NAS) devices, and storage area networks (SAN) become encumbered, causing IT organizations to look for new alternatives such as object storage systems built on commodity storage hardware.
While object storage systems have the potential to overcome scale, performance and affordability issues, care must be taken to choose the right solution. Those seeking an object storage system should select one that delivers reliability, availability, manageability and usability. They should also look for seamless integration with a variety of file system types.
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