Key points for effective use of object storage A to Z

Object storage has been adopted by a wide range of companies, including service providers, as a storage infrastructure for public and private clouds. There are many reasons why users choose object storage, but key factors include low cost, high scalability, ease of operation, geographical distribution, multi-tenancy, and security. The easiest way to understand these factors is to analyze why users in different industries choose object storage. Service providers provide data storage services to multiple customers, with standard features such as backup, archiving, and disaster recovery, as well as next-generation services such as big data analysis and ransomware protection. Some service providers also remotely manage services hosted on the customer’s premises. Service providers focus on object storage because it has the lowest cost per unit, can easily scale to hundreds of petabytes (PB), has significantly lower operational costs, and has extensive multi-tenant capabilities. And security is very important because hosting customer data securely is a key requirement. Object storage not only guarantees the lowest cost per unit, but also significantly reduces the operational costs that underlie profitability. It can also be expanded to hundreds of petabytes (PB), giving you the peace of mind that you don’t have to move to another storage infrastructure. Importantly, storage service providers require separate “bucket” storage, each with independent or customized access rights, quality of service, security levels, and pricing according to performance and service levels. .. Factors such as low cost, high scalability, and multi-tenant management are already provided by several object storage infrastructures and are the main factors of choice for major cloud providers (hyperscalers). Companies that use storage services, on the other hand, typically choose object storage based on their business requirements and their use cases. For example, companies that handle large amounts of large files, such as research centers and broadcasters, see object storage as the most promising option not only for cost-effectiveness but also for high processing performance. Transferring large files using object storage is much faster than other storage infrastructures. In addition, at university research centers, various on-campus and off-campus groups may conduct joint research or require access to shared data services, similar to the public cloud. Large companies scattered around the world need immediate access to their data from anywhere in the world. There are two main options for achieving this. One is to use a hyperscaler. The other is to take advantage of the geographically dispersed private cloud provided by the object storage infrastructure. The advantage of the latter is that it is more secure and has a fraction of the total operating cost of the hyperscaler. The reasons why financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies focus on object storage are a little different. For banks that use analytics platforms such as Splunk to analyze large amounts of data, object storage can significantly reduce costs by optimizing system configurations. For banks that need to store data for long periods of time, such as 10 or 15 years, to meet compliance requirements, on-premises object storage is cheaper than archive storage services like Amazon S3 Glacier. And the most important utilization point is security. Object storage keeps financial institution data private, on-premises, durable and immutable, and more compliant than the public cloud. Government agencies need to keep data domestic, not only from the ever-increasing amount of data available from the private sector, but also from a security and compliance perspective. In the US-based public cloud, you must agree that all user data will be globally distributed and subject to the privacy laws of other countries. For this reason, government agencies are believed to be the fastest growing users of on-premises object storage, both globally and in Japan. Object storage is very easy to introduce, and depending on the vendor, a “small start” of about 10 terabytes (TB) is possible, and the cost of licensing and support is about several hundred thousand yen. However, the real economic benefits of object storage become apparent as capacity increases. For example, erasure coding technology can significantly reduce the cost per TB, which can save millions of dollars in hardware costs for large equipment installations. Also, the total cost of ownership (TCO) of object storage is much lower than that of the public cloud, so the ROI (return on investment) of choosing on-premises instead of the public cloud is very short. For example, a company with 1PB of data can reach the break-even point in the first year and a half and recover all cost of capital compared to using the public cloud. Object storage is the most practical for enterprises with rapidly growing data, those migrating to cloud-based workflows, and enterprises that need to keep their data on-premises for security, performance, cost, and other reasons. It’s an economical and operational solution. The features of object storage, such as low installation and operation costs, hundreds of PB-class scalability, multi-tenant management, and security functions, are not only for service providers, but also for many functions when building a storage infrastructure on-premises. It is a requirement that is also required. Coupled with attractive deployment costs and excellent ROI, object storage is used in almost every industry sector in the world and Japan. Brian Burns CEO Leads sales, marketing and partner business alliances in Asia Pacific, including Japan. Joined Cloudian after serving as Japan’s general manager at Hashicorp, formerly Japan’s general manager. In his previous job, Hortonworks, he contributed to the Japanese market as Vice President of the North Asian region.
He spent his time focusing on strategic market entry and expansion in Asia by US technology companies such as Cybersource (VISA) and Microsoft. He holds an MBA and BS in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and is also enrolled at Keio University. He has been in Japan for over 15 years and is currently based in Tokyo.