Software Defined Object Storage is a term that is used by marketing teams to explain how data storage for computer software, and other types of storage besides that is stored within software. It is a way that storage is separated from the software management. This could also include a specific management of policies including an array of features that include replication, snapshots, as well as back up.
Software Designed Object Storage could also have abstraction or automation within its own software, but this is not always the case. When it is implemented the software’s server and disks internally could prompt a suggestion of global or virtual file systems. Storage virtualization and resource management are generally suggested for software that has been layered over a bigger sophisticated storage, such as having products that have an array of functions to deal with different issues. If both management and policy functions have automated intelligence to protect and recover, it is often classed as intelligent abstraction. The Software designed object storage is used for appliances that are kept in a traditional network or provide additional storage when needed.
Lots of data vendors for data storage use different definitions to describe Software Designed Object Storage, usually based on the type of production line they have. The features that define such storage include:
Abstracting services for logical storage and the physical systems that underlie. This can sometimes be implemented to numerous pools. It can be expensive to transfer data and also slow when it is compared to other methods. By pooling it is a way to keep the data in its original place instead making a layer to span. Examples of this include storage virtualization where there is an external controller of arrays inclusive of the management of usage and how it is accessed. There are also additional products that are independent allowing for DAS storage control.
The virtual volumes also known as vVols are a way to make large volume mapping more transparent; which allows for additional optimization and performance. If already using NFS or similar it won’t reflect additional capability in the case of infrastructure administration but when using iSCSI or Fibre there can be greater leverage for higher administration for apps that need cross management. pNFS is a term that describes a certain implementation which came from the original community but has more implementations than it can cope with.
Policy driven provisions for storage that have been automated having had the technology replaced with service level agreements needs to have a special management interface which is able to separate the control plane from the data plane. In this case the SMI-S has been included as part of the industry standardization.
Software Designed Object Storage is a great way to protect big amounts of smaller files and applications. It is best for use to store data that is not structured and is used most often to deal with active applications that have been archived, to distribute content and also for cloud storage services both public and private. In the past object storage was only used for data that was deemed cold, but it can now be used for active applications and files within.