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Welcome to Cloud Bulk Big Data Software Defined Object Storage page

Welcome to the Cloud, Big Data, Software Defined, Bulk and Object Storage trends news page, part of the objectstoragecenter.com microsite collection of resources. Software-defined, Bulk, Cloud and Object Storage exist to support expanding and diverse application data demands.

 Object storage SDDC SDDI
Via Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press 2017)

Bulk, Cloud, Object Storage Solutions and Services

There are various types of cloud, bulk, and object storage including public services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3), Backblaze, Google, Microsoft Azure, IBM Softlayer, Rackspace among many others. There are also solutions for hybrid and private deployment from Cisco, Cloudian, CTERA, Cray, DDN, Dell EMC, Elastifile, Fujitsu, Vantera/HDS, HPE, Hedvig, Huawei, IBM, NetApp, Noobaa, OpenIO, OpenStack, Quantum, Rackspace, Rozo, Scality, Spectra, Storpool, StorageCraft, Suse, Swift, Virtuozzo, WekaIO, WD, among many others.

Bulk Cloud Object storage SDDC SDDI
Via Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials (CRC Press 2017)

Cloud products and services among others, along with associated data infrastructures including object storage, file systems, repositories and access methods are at the center of bulk, big data, big bandwidth and little data initiatives on a public, private, hybrid and community basis. After all, not everything is the same in cloud, virtual and traditional data centers or information factories from active data to in-active deep digital archiving.

Object Context Matters

Before discussing Object Storage lets take a step back and look at some context that can clarify some confusion around the term object. The word object has many different meanings and context, both inside of the IT world as well as outside. Context matters with the term object such as a verb being a thing that can be seen or touched as well as a person or thing of action or feeling directed towards.

Besides a person, place or physical thing, an object can be a software-defined data structure that describes something. For example, a database record describing somebody’s contact or banking information, or a file descriptor with name, index ID, date and time stamps, permissions and access control lists along with other attributes or metadata. Another example is an object or blob stored in a cloud or object storage system repository, as well as an item in a hypervisor, operating system, container image or other application.

Besides being a verb, an object can also be a noun such as disapproval or disagreement with something or someone. From an IT context perspective, an object can also refer to a programming method (e.g. object-oriented programming [oop], or Java [among other environments] objects and classes) and systems development in addition to describing entities with data structures.

In other words, a data structure describes an object that can be a simple variable, constant, complex descriptor of something being processed by a program, as well as a function or unit of work. There are also objects unique or with context to specific environments besides Java or databases, operating systems, hypervisors, file systems, cloud and other things.

The Need For Bulk, Cloud and Object Storage

There is no such thing as an information recession with more data being generated, moved, processed, stored, preserved and served, granted there are economic realities. Likewise as a society our dependence on information being available for work or entertainment, from medical healthcare to social media and all points in between continues to increase (check out the Human Face of Big Data).

In addition, people and data are living longer, as well as getting larger (hence little data, big data and very big data). Cloud products and services along with associated object storage, file systems, repositories and access methods are at the center of big data, big bandwidth and little data initiatives on a public, private, hybrid and community basis. After all, not everything is the same in cloud, virtual and traditional data centers or information factories from active data to in-active deep digital archiving.

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Where to learn more

The following resources provide additional information about big data, bulk, software defined, cloud and object storage.

Via MultiChannel: After ditching cloud business, Verizon inks Virtual Network Services deal with Amazon
Via MultiChannel: Verizon Digital Media Services now offers integrated Microsoft Azure Storage
Via StorageIOblog: AWS EFS Elastic File System (Cloud NAS) First Preview Look
Via InfoStor: Cloud Storage Concerns, Considerations and Trends
Via InfoStor: Object Storage Is In Your Future
Via Server StorageIO: April 2015 Newsletter Focus on Cloud and Object storage
Via StorageIOblog: AWS S3 Cross Region Replication storage enhancements
Cloud conversations: AWS EBS, Glacier and S3 overview
AWS (Amazon) storage gateway, first, second and third impressions
Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Book)

View more news, trends and related cloud object storage activity here.

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Human Face of Big Data
Human Face of Big Data (Book review)

Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials SDDI SDDC
Software Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials – CRC Press 2017 (Book review)

Seven Databases in Seven weeks
Seven Databases in Seven Weeks (Book review)

Wrap up and summary

Object and cloud storage are in your future, the questions are when, where, with what and how among others.

Watch for more content and links to be added here soon to this object storage center page including posts, presentations, pod casts, polls, perspectives along with services and product solutions profiles.

Ok, nuff said (for now…).

Cheers
Gs

Greg Schulz – Microsoft MVP Cloud and Data Center Management, VMware vExpert (and vSAN). Author Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), The Green and Virtual Data Center (CRC Press) and <a “http://storageio.com/book1.html”>Resilient Storage Networks (Elsevier) and twitter @storageio. Watch for the spring 2017 release of his new book “Software-Defined Data Infrastructure Essentials” (CRC Press).

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