Problem with Traditional Storage System? Use Object Storage Service (OSS)

18-Jul, 2019
Problem with Traditional Storage System? Use Object Storage Service (OSS)

With traditional storage systems for storing a large number of static files, videos, images on an on-premise NAS user faces many problems like Hardware failure, scalability issues, Costs, Limited disk space. These stated problems can be overcome with Object Storage Service, which is a storage platform that manages and manipulates data storage as distinct units called objects. Object storage allows users to store large amounts of unstructured data in a highly scalable manner. So, whether a user has a server or application or backup requirements, the user can easily store the data in an object store using Rest APIs with the help of OSS.

Solution: Object Storage Service

Traditional storage has become less suitable to meet today’s applications. Object storage service has provided with the solution which traditional storage system faces.

  1. Durability

One of the biggest benefits which OSS results in is its durability. OSS has built data integrity. So, if a disk fails, users don’t have to worry about losing the data.

  1. Availability

Object storage systems are accessible for REST APIs, which means they are highly available and if a single server goes down, users don’t have to worry about not being able to access the object storage and be unable to read or write data from it.

  1. Scalability

If the user take an example of traditional systems like file or block, the user normally has a lot of constraints on how much data to store. Object storage is meant to store a Petabyte and an Exabyte amount of data.

  1. Flexibility

Like already told above object storage allows users to access data over REST APIs which means one can access the data from anywhere in the world depending upon their workload requirements.

  1. Security

Most object storage provides users the ability to store the data encrypted at REST and allows user to encrypt the data while in transit. It means the data that the user store in object storage is secure.

Object Storage Service Use cases

Following are the use cases of object storage service:

  1. Disaster Recovery/Backup

In the case of component failure, load redundancy becomes important to prevent data loss. Disaster recovery is an essential solution for maintaining the critical IT workloads and backup of data. On the other hand, disaster recovery is expensive to set up, maintain, and manage. Object storage is a great solution to store that cost-effectively and in a more secure way, given its easily-deployed network-based accessibility.

Fig: Object Storage as a replacement for both primary and secondary backup platforms

2. AI & Analytics

In a health care company, people generally have a large amount of health care data and they want to run analytics on top of that health care data. Object storage is a great solution to use it as data. Also, users can run like a framework, tons of flows on top of it.

Fig: Object Storage Service for large health care data center

 3. Cloud-Native

Any organization that wants to builds an IOS or Android Applications. Object storage provides them the flexibility to easily store the data requirements that they have. So, it gives users the cost-effectiveness but also provides them the flexibility. Object storage service provides users with one of the advantages to distribute user data objects directly to the Internet using HTTP. Object storage allows users to create and modify their website data directly from Graphical User Interface or API requests.

Fig: Storage of static web content to Object Storage Service

    4. Data Archive

Any media company which has a large number of media assets and user want to store those media assets. Object storage is a great way to do that. It helps to store large amounts of media assets in an easy way. Many document management system (DMS) applications provide a function to directly store and retrieve documents from an Object Storage Service, via an S3 compatible API interface. Media company exchanges the documents between clients and employees globally with OSS for example marketing information, legal documents, media files, etc.

Fig: Conventional DMS system including file servers and storage back-end with Object Storage


In normal traditional storage systems at some point of time user faces durability, costs, effectiveness, scalability problems. Object storage service has overcome all the given problems by allowing users to store a large amount of data in an easier way. The data is being stored in an object format. Users can store data in any file format, videos, images, music, documents, and so on. The features like scalability, flexibility, availability, security, durability made OSS more popular in service

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