What Is Object Storage?

Benefits of Object Storage

  • More Accessible: Object storage is driven by metadata, and with this level of classification for every piece of data, you can sort and search files easily.
  • Infinite storage: Object storage is not hardware dependent (not restricted to a single server or NAS)
  • Reduction in cost: Due to the scale-out nature of object storage, it’s less costly to store all your data.
  • Optimization of resources: Because object storage does not have a filing hierarchy, and the metadata is completely customizable, there are far fewer hardware limitations than with file or block storage.

Object Storage Use Cases

  • Delivering rich media: Define workflows by leveraging industry-leading solutions for managing unstructured data. Reduce your costs for globally distributed rich media.
  • Managing distributed content: Optimize the value of your data throughout its lifecycle and deliver competitive storage services.
  • Embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) : Manage machine-to-machine data efficiently, support artificial intelligence and analytics, and compress the cost and time of the design process.

Object Storage Metadata

Limitations of Object Storage

  • Slower access compared with Block Storage
  • Files cannot be edited; you need to rewrite/re-upload the entire file
  • Difficult to limit/define the storage location

What is Alibaba Cloud OSS (Object Storage Service)?

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