Q: What is Object Storage?

Posted by | January 27, 2016 | | No Comments

A: Object Storage is a new approach to data storage across multiple data storage units such as hard drives that offers large scale storage at scales and levels of data integrity not possible with RAID storage. Rather than storing parity data on individual disk ‘stripes’ as is common on RAID storage solutions, object storage represents data as a number of data objects with both data and metadata components including a universal identification address. If any of a data’s component objects are unreachable, the missing objects can be recreated from the other objects by ‘solving’ for the missing information. The individual components of the data structure can exist virtually anywhere as long as they are accessible to the object storage controllers.