Although network attached storage (NAS) is fast becoming a popular way to deal with file storage needs, small and medium sized businesses have other options that in some cases may suit its needs better. One of the newer IT solutions to emerge for storage technologies in recent years is the object-based storage system.
Advantages of Object Based Storage
A primary advantage of object-based storage is the fact that is can be scaled to an unlimited degree. It is also less dependent on other facets of the company computing infrastructure including processing capacity and the speed at which a network function. Indeed, object-based storage meets primary needs that are present in many cloud storage systems, both public and private.
Drawbacks to Object Based Storage
This type of storage solution is not generally considered to be a "high performance" system. Moreover, its very flexibility means that it can lack the kind of standardization that is present in a file system storage solution. This can mean that when moving from the object storage software produced by one vendor to that of another, conflicts can arise. In addition, businesses using object based storage may need to begin with more capacity than would be true with a more traditional system.
On the other hand, this is a type of system that can make it much less expensive to amass huge stores of data. These stores operate on less electrical power than the more traditional counterparts operate, and usually present the system with a more modest "footprint" than will a network attached storage system.
An object based storage system can be set up and maintained as part of a managed program approach to provisioning IT services.