Object Storage meets flash in our latest ChalkTalk Video with my colleague George Crump and Par Botes, the VP of FlashBlade Products from Pure Storage. The primary question they discuss is why one would want to use flash for object storage?
Although object storage is historically associated with second tier storage, that isn’t necessarily where it will stay, thinks Pars. Applications such as genome sequencing leverage object storage, but the length of time these applications take to run means that a better-performing system could yield significant advantages.
Density matters too. In today’s world where every inch of floor space costs money, having denser storage products can yield a significant savings. This is even more true with companies who are employing collocation services that charge by the square foot.
Pure’s latest offering, the FlashBlade, is a scale-out storage system using 8 TB and 52 TB blades, that work together to create a single pool of storage that scales to petabytes. It supports NFS and S3 protocols, and incorporates a scale-out metadata app to increase the speed of metadata-only requests, such as a getAttrs request, which make up for 75% of NFS operations. FlashBlade also employs N+@ erasure coding to protect against flash or blade failure.
Join George and Par for this interesting video about the role of flash and Pure Storage in the burgeoning market of object storage.