Balancing NAS and Object Storage In 2017

Posted by Jeff Tabor on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

Balancing NAS and Object StorageLast year was a big year for the cloud. The provider landscape became more competitive in 2016 with the likes of Google Cloud Platform, IBM, Microsoft Azure and Oracle stepping up to AWS’s dominance to secure a position on the field of viable contenders for enterprise cloud business.

With these companies looking to grab market share, product development continues its momentum, while organizations embrace public cloud for new workloads. But was does this really mean for cloud in 2017?

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NAS + Object

With a rise in public cloud adoption, we are seeing organization embrace object storage not only for secondary use cases, but as the storage medium of choice for native applications. Yet, cloud providers have yet to offer a mechanism that bridges existing file-based systems with object alternatives.

In 2017, we will see more applications built native to object storage. But, building native apps doesn’t solve all problems. These organizations will still experience performance degradation and latency issues just as they did with file-based applications. This is due to on-premises access requirements, whether it’s accessing data or computing in the cloud.

Even though many newer applications will be written in native object, a preponderance of existing data center-based NAS environments will require access to the cloud, making cloud bursting technologies critical to leveraging the compute power of the cloud.

Not many organizations will be able to abandon NAS completely for object in the foreseeable future. Object storage is, however, becoming a viable technology for more and more use cases. With this growth, enterprises will also be looking for ways to use NAS with object storage to provide flexibility to support and manage both file-based and object-based options.  

The Rise of Multi-cloud

The growth of object will also lead people down the path of working with more than one of the big cloud providers — a multi-cloud approach. The increasingly competitive cloud landscape has led each cloud provider to more clearly define their strengths, resulting in the matching of workload types to the best-suited provider. While 2016 had IT organizations embracing the cloud, more will expand into multi-cloud arrangements in 2017. Particularly those with highly complex workloads will find that it is worth evaluating and weighing the different strengths and leveraging multiple cloud vendors to meet their varying needs. 

The storage shift that has been taking place over the past decade will continue in the new year. Adoption has been driven by efficiencies and advancements in the new year will not be different. Enterprises will find was to get the best out of using NAS with object storage and allow them to live harmoniously as part of their architectures.

A version of this article originally appeared under the title 2017 Predictions: Object is Coming on


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