Growing investments in Mode 2 IT projects and cost reduction efforts in core enterprise workloads are driving the demand for object storage. Here, we compare 12 object storage products against seven critical capabilities
in use cases relevant to infrastructure and operations leaders.
- Infrastructure and operations leaders are attracted by the lower total cost of ownership and the scalability of object storage, whereas enterprise developers are attracted to its programmability, cloud portability and productivity improvements.
- The object storage market has been in a consolidation phase during the past few years, with notable acquisitions by IBM and HGST in 2015.
- The Amazon Simple Storage Service API has emerged as the de facto standard for data access — a growing number of vendors support the S3 API, with varying degrees of compatibility.
- The use cases for object storage in the enterprise are evolving beyond archiving, due to increased innovation that focuses on performance, reliability, interoperability and minimalist architectural designs.