There are three types of storage – block, file and object. It used to be the case that the decision as to which type of storage to be used in a specific case was simple – file storage was used for
Identifying that useful UFO
Dedicated file storage is really an old concept that should be consigned to history. Object-based storage is the future – and can create a combined file and object based storage system, known as unified file and object (UFO).
File storage comes with constraints that are harming businesses – including built-in systems latencies that should no longer be acceptable
Object-based storage systems can hold files – but also provide solid business benefits through the global namespace
Combining file and object on one storage platform is called a unified file and object (UFO) system
Existing applications dependent on NAS-based protocols can be included on a UFO platform through the use of storage gateways