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Object Storage vs Block Storage: Which is Better?

Storage Infrastructure

The increase in big data and new innovations in media are transforming the tech landscape. These changes bring up new concerns around storage. How can we safely and efficiently store this data? Which storage system is best for my growing needs? In this post, we will breakdown the differences between block storage and object storage.

Block storage, as defined by Techtarget.com, “is a type of data storage typically used in the storage-area network (SAN) environments where data is stored in volumes, also referred to as blocks.” Each block can be treated as an individual disk drive and is configured by the storage administrator. Blocks can have a maximum length. Block storage is ideal for databases, applications which require service side processing, and mission-critical applications.

Object storage, as defined by Techtarget.com, “is an approach to addressing and manipulating data storage as discrete units, called objects.” Each object is stored in a different location. The objects differ by a unique identifier and metadata. The metadata can contain keywords, key points, comments, locations of associated objects, data protection policies, security, access and more. In object storage metadata can be customized. Common uses for object storage are to store multimedia files such as video, music, or photos.

Block storage and object storage both have benefits. If you are upgrading your infrastructure, you may need to use both storage systems.

For more information on storage systems join us this December in Las Vegas at the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations Manager & Data Center Conference. The event will also cover topics like edge computing, cloud security, DevOps, and infrastructure agility. We will be exhibiting, visit us at booth #112.