Object storage is known by many for its ability to drive down the cost to store data through the use of commodity servers and high capacity hard drives. But object storage systems need flash and object storage system designers need to take full advantage of it. Object storage has the potential for rich metadata to be associated with each object, but the overhead of rich metadata does impact performance. Flash makes metadata processing much less of an issue. Second, there are workloads like Hadoop and Splunk that will access data directly on the object store, if a subset of their data is stored on flash then their time to results will be much faster.
In this ChalkTalk Video, George Crump of Storage Switzerland and CTO of Western Digital DCS Hal Woods, discuss the role of flash within an object storage system and some of the real-world use cases for object storage.