Object StorageAs opposed to block storage, object storage (or object-oriented storage) intrinsically associate datas with rich metadata. While block storage is accessed through operating systems using unique location identifiers, object-oriented data is accessed via Hypertext Transfer Protocol (http), and can be arranged via information associated to it such as size, data of creation, the name of the file, etc. While block storage is preferred where high throughput is paramount (e.g. for business critical applications), object storage may be preferred by developers for its ease of access, or for archived data that must yet remain discoverable, and searchable via associated metadata.IBM Cloud Object Storage1https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/Uv/Xp/77N37PEPH17Z-180x180.PNGGoogle Cloud Storage2https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/a6/c6/JGG6SW6IUMTJ-180x180.PNGPure Storage FlashBlade3https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/3J/9l/M341EN3P9RCC-180x180.JPEGAzure Blob Storage4https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/tf/J4/RTX1AO2GSVNS-180x180.JPEGRed Hat Ceph Storage5https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/SX/6C/00GKT3TBD9T1-180x180.PNGScality6https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/uP/sD/K95UKJNRR8AX-180x180.PNGWestern Digital ActiveScale (Amplidata)7https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/0E/56/UMGC65A3TPB0-180x180.PNGNetApp StorageGRID8https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/ch/Zo/IFVT486AF5SP-180x180.JPEGHitachi Content Platform (HCP)9https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/RG/Yt/MJIDJV0VP3AN-180x180.JPEGDell EMC ECS (formerly Atmos)10https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/xW/Gb/SGTVSU5KIT5G-180x180.JPEGCaringo11https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/WW/Fy/W74RWOTKK0UV-180x180.JPEGSwiftStack12https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/T0/rn/4K0W2B5JS783-180x180.PNGQumulo13https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/zH/RO/B1UH3N0RIHZD-180x180.PNGSUSE Enterprise Storage14https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/px/em/G00LOZPHIPCL-180x180.JPEGCloudian HyperStore15https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/KL/8N/TFJIS83CETLX-180x180.PNGMinIO16https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/Mo/K1/MUSXMMWE0L5C-180x180.PNGDDN WOS17https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/uA/bD/PRC8B0LVI2BK-180x180.PNGAzure Data Lake Storage18https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/tf/J4/RTX1AO2GSVNS-180x180.JPEGVultr Object Storage19https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/fQ/BO/4D6IVI65TNMV-180x180.PNGRackspace Cloud Files20https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/K1/O6/7S697IGMC24V-180x180.PNGHuawei FusionStorage21https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/AG/vw/4MOX29P1S10T-180x180.JPEGDigitalOcean Spaces22https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/c2/yE/5Q2AZL0TC0D0-180x180.JPEGAlibaba Cloud Object Storage Service (OSS)23https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/Xn/nS/SAWGAP5SL3HE-180x180.PNGOracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage Classic24https://media.trustradius.com/vendor-logos/e7/6G/F3JK0T3RS775-180x180.PNG

Object Storage Overview

What is Object Storage?


As opposed to block storage, object storage (or object-oriented storage) intrinsically associates data with rich metadata. While block storage is accessed through operating systems using unique location identifiers, object-oriented data is accessed via Hypertext Transfer Protocol (http), and can be arranged via information associated to it such as size, data of creation, the name of the file, etc. While block storage is preferred where high throughput is paramount (e.g. for business critical applications), object storage may be preferred by developers for its ease of access, or for archived data that must yet remain discoverable, and searchable via associated metadata.

Object storage may not be the preferred solution or data frequently accessed (e.g. databases), and altered. Each alteration can lead to the production of a new object. However object storage presents significant advantages. With its associated metadata, object storage is ideal for storing ustructured data objects like media (e.g. videos, images) or data types where basic metadata is inherently useful (log data), and customizable metadata is highly desirable, such as video files, which can be associated to a particular type of device (like a camera or film) instantly. Additionally, its accessibility via HTTP API renders the data independent to OS, and for developers makes data accessible to any coding language.

Object storage may be acquired as cheaply or more cheaply than block storage, is often pay-as-you-go or dynamically priced, and is generally provided by IaaS and cloud service providers.

Object Storage Products

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IBM Cloud Object Storage

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IBM Cloud Object Storage is an IBM Cloud product in the endpoint backup and IaaS categories. It is commonly used for data archiving and backup, for web and mobile applications, and as scalable, persistent storage for analytics.

Google Cloud Storage

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Google Cloud Storage is unified object storage for developers and enterprises.

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Dell EMC ECS (formerly Atmos) is an object-based cloud storage platform. The vendor states that it has been engineered to support both traditional and next-generation workloads alike. Deployable in a software-defined model or as a turnkey appliance, the vendor boasts that ECS provides unmatched scal…

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Austin based Caringo offers an enterprise object storage solution.

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Qumulo Hybrid Cloud File Storage delivers real-time visibility, scale and control of data across on-prem and cloud. Qumulo customers can manage storage at a granular level, programmatically configuring and managing usage, capacity and performance.

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MinIO headquartered in Palo Alto aims to provide what they describe as high performing object storage.

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DataDirect Networks (DDN) offers WOS, a scalable object storage device, providing disk-based backup solution.

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Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 is a highly scalable and cost-effective data lake solution for big data analytics. It combines the power of a high-performance file system with massive scale and economy to help you speed your time to insight. Data Lake Storage Gen2 extends Azure Blob Storage capabilitie…

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Rackspace Cloud Files provides online object storage for files and media, delivering them globally at blazing speeds over a worldwide content delivery network (CDN).