DDN’s Tom Leyden Touts Object Storage for Research Collaboration

datadirect networksObject-based storage devices may be on the rise in the research field because they are designed to facilitate collaboration via file sharing and access, according to an analysis published Aug. 8 Aug. 8 in Scientific Computing World.

Tom Leyden, product marketing director for WOS Object Storage at DataDirect Networks, writes research facilities are increasingly looking at cloud computing as an alternative to traditional storage for meeting their scale, access, security and cost requirements.

He also cites IDC forecasts as indicating significant object storage market growth in 2013 as more firms seek collaborative file sharing, archive and backup.

The key to wider adoption, Layden writes, is overcoming several technical and cultural challenges.

Challenges include increasing use of various types of data, siloed and duplicated copies, lost and misplaced data and implementing a sound data management plan in general, especially as a compliance requirement for grants or funding.

Object storage has a simplified file system structure and uses metadata for search features, according to Leyden.

“The backend architecture of an object storage platform… is designed in such a way that all the storage nodes are presented as one single pool and there is no file system hierarchy,” Leyden writes.

“The architecture of the platform and new data protection schemes allow this pool to scale virtually unlimited, while keeping the system simple to manage.”

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