Business Intelligence

Object Storage: A Fresh Approach To Long-Term File Storage

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Executive Summary

The world is increasingly awash in digital data - not only because of the Internet and Web 2.0, but also because data that used to be collected on paper or media such as film, DVDs and compact discs has moved online. Most of this data is unstructured and in diverse formats such as e-mail, instant messages, documents, spreadsheets, graphics, images, and videos. For storage managers, the growth in unstructured data is proving to be a challenge: companies require the data be readily accessible for business, regulatory and compliance needs, but traditional file storage management systems such as NAS are proving to be both costly and inadequate.

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