Scale-Out File Systems on Object-Based Storage Platforms
This IDC study discusses an approach taken by some suppliers of scale-out file system on key/value object stores — an approach that seeks to deliver unified block, file and, of course, object access via a single object-based platform. As the IT industry transforms itself from what IDC considers to be 2nd Platform applications to 3rd Platform applications, there will be a need for storage solutions that support both 2nd Platform access interfaces (file interfaces such as NFS and SMB) and 3rd Platform access interfaces (RESTful APIs).
"Businesses can no longer afford to maintain separate storage infrastructure for their legacy (2nd Platform) and next-generation (3rd Platform) applications. The SOFS on OBS approach delivers the best of both worlds — it allows businesses to create a future-proof infrastructure that will help them seamlessly embrace innovation accelerators such as IoT, cognitive computing, and robotics built on the four pillars of mobile, social, cloud, and Big Data," said Ashish Nadkarni, research director at IDC.
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