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Following on from another successful NetApp Solutions Insight webcast that we ran last week, I wanted to share a few further thoughts with you. The webcast entitled, ‘Object Based Storage – the next frontier’ was, as the name suggests focused on this fast-growing technology area, along with an introduction to NetApp’s StorageGRID Webscale solution.


Like many areas of IT, object storage has been around commercially since the early millennium, generally being used for specialist applications such as medical imaging and legal archives. Now, particularly since the advent of the cloud and the common use of object storage protocols such as AWS S3 and OpenStack Swift, organizations are now starting to wake up to the full potential of object storage as a way to store and navigate literally billions of ‘objects’ across multiple geographies for tens of years using relatively cheap storage hardware.


Some of the key features and benefits that differentiate StorageGRID Webscale from other solutions on the market include:

  • StorageGRID software has been shipping for 10+ years, with a proven track record
  • Store 100 billion of objects for 10’s of years
  • Software-defined – flexibility to choose your ideal storage hardware, including disk and tape
  • Ingest data where it is created and access it globally
  • Powerful user-defined policies enable you to automatically place data where it is needed
  • Optimize performance, cost & protection as value of data changes
  • Up to 70 Petabytes of storage capacity, shared over 16 geographies
  • Connect using S3, Swift and NAS protocols

For more information on NetApp StorageGRID Webscale click this link. Also worth checking out is this great customer reference from Photobucket. To register to get on-demand access to the webcast please use this link


In conclusion, expect to hear a lot more about Object Based Storage in the future as it becomes one of the essential tools in dealing with the ever-growing volumes and individual instances of data. Consider OBS as the optimal way to address an increasing number of workloads such as: cloud content, big data analytics, image stores, the Internet of things, etc., at price point that’s difficult to match through any other means…


From the EMEA Product & Solutions Marketing team

Martin Warren


Martin Warren

Martin Warren is EMEA Cloud Solutions Manager at NetApp. Based in the UK, Martin has many years of experience working in data protection, data storage, virtualization, cloud, big data and networks. In his current role, Martin is responsible for NetApp’s EMEA cloud strategy and solutions with a focus on driving business growth and aligning NetApp’s cloud offering with customer and partner demand.

Martin is a specialist in private, public and hybrid cloud solutions, including the aspects of data storage and data management. He provides advice to businesses on the advantages and impact of different cloud and data storage solutions, helping them to meet their goals. In addition, Martin is a subject matter expert on the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Prior to joining NetApp, Martin held positions at Symantec, Sun and StorageTek. He also worked at IT service delivery and consultancy companies Misys and 4Front Services, advising businesses on adopting IT services specifically from a blended approach.