Object storage is in its second generation of technology with implementations dealing with scale in the number and size of information elements that are increasingly challenging Information Technology operations and are the fundamental issues for cloud-based storage. Sometimes included in defining the popular marketing term “web-scale,” object storage has the capability to address the billions and billions of pieces of information that must be stored and managed.
There are a number of specific usages currently which illustrate the applicability of object storage in solving these problems. The growing popularity is an indication of how pervasive the problems solved by object storage are becoming. The areas forecasted for use of object storage included Content Repository, Archive and Big Data Analytics. This paper covers the use cases and discusses current customer environments.
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