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04.02.2015 - Why Object Storage Is Making Inroads Into Enterprise Storage Deployments



View VMware related news. The amount of data stored within an enterprise is growing at a phenomenal rate. In the late ‘90s, a storage system with one petabyte capacity was considered a great accomplishment— you got your name in news articles and also got invited to give conference keynotes! Today, the storage industry talks in terms of exabytes and zettabytes. Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, this should come as no surprise— the phenomenal growth rates (50-60% CAGR), coupled with the growing need to harness data-driven insights for business decision-making (commonly referred to as ‘Big Data’), are redefining how enterprises manage the lifecycle of data. While the overall data growth has been exponential, not all data is active at the same time. In fact, the actual working set size (i.e., the data actively being used by the applications) is in-line with the memory densities growth— check out Stanford’s RAMCloud project where they are implementing an in-memory scale-out layer to handle the active working set (inspired by the model employed by Web 2.0 companies such as Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter and YouTube). Holistically, within a large exabyte store, datasets vary in the probability that they will be accessed, as well as the [...]]>...

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