Although object storage goes back decades in the enterprise datacenter, it’s nowhere near as dominant as it is in the cloud. That’s the question Stephen Foskett puts to some of the Storage Field Day delegates in this episode of the On-Premise IT podcast. Glenn Dekhayser suggests that AWS S3 has created a data gravity well that is turning into a data singularity for object storage in the cloud, and this might drive adoption of this technology in enterprise. Richard Kenyan came into storage later and saw much greater adoption of enterprise object storage, so maybe we’re just overlooking it? Jim Czuprynski comes from a DBA background so he always thinks of storage as objects, and suggests that databases are the logical future for storage. What is an object store really? Is it a database? Is it about the metadata and structure? Or is it defined by being application-integrated? All of these questions cloud the market, leaving us to overlook the vast world of enterprise object storage.
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