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Object storage: An elementary approach to file structure
Object-based storage dispenses with the hierarchical file system, so there are no nested subfolders. Instead, it uses an indexed flatfile structure in which each object is given a unique ID. Each object acts as a container for end users’ files, and indexes are often held in RAM, making them very fast to access.
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Object-based storage boots out hierarchical file systems for a flat-file layout, tames massive files stores and overcomes RAID’s inadequacies.
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Virtual servers are exerting pressure to change on the storage ecosystem, challenging even the fundamental model of shared storage.