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Market Insight: How to Dominate the Unstructured Data Market

Published: 22 February 2019

ID: G00380881

Analyst(s): Chandra Mukhyala


IT leaders are looking for modern storage solutions to tackle the overwhelming growth of unstructured data. Technology product managers aiming to expand coverage of the unstructured-data market must include distributed file storage, along with object storage, in their storage portfolios.

Table Of Contents


  • Growth of Modern Distributed File Systems

Background and Context

  • Fundamental Difference Between a File System and an Object Store
  • Object Storage = Object Store + Object Interface
  • Scalability Differences Between File and Object Storage
  • Erasure Coding Versus Traditional RAID
  • Low Acquisition Cost Remains the Most Common Reason for Enterprises to Choose Object Storage in the On-Premises Data Center
  • Most On-Premises Applications Still Depend on Traditional File Interfaces
  • The Protocol Stack Must Also Be Scale-Out Implementation to Go With the Underlying Scale-Out Storage
  • Performance Issues When Running File Workloads on Object Storage
  • Distributed File Systems Versus Traditional NAS

The Impact


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