Traditionally object storage is seen as a cheap and deep option. For on-premises storage, it is often a way to deal with the massive volumes of unstructured data in a cost-effective and scalable way. As object storage moved to the cloud with things like Amazon S3, that didn’t really change. Sure it was even more scalable and the consumption pricing made it seem even cheaper, but not anything you would think of as fast. Block storage was where you went to satisfy your need for speed.
In this post from Chris Mellor, he looks at a few startups trying to change that perception with fast object storage. Pure Storage went a long way with this in 2016, introducing FlashBlade that paired object storage to fast flash media, and NetApp eventually followed suit with StorageGRID. But if inertia is palpable in IT, it’s almost unavoidable in storage. Hence why we’re only starting to see new companies in the fast object storage lane.
If you need to get up to speed (pun unavoidable) on the companies and applications for this new direction in object storage, be sure to check out Chris’ post.
Read more at: Blocks and Files Why fast object storage is poised for the mainstream