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June 4, 2013

Survey shows insight into object storage use by global companies

Software-based, BYO hardware, scalability, compliance features ranked highly important and valuable
AUSTIN, Texas – A recent survey sent by Caringo® to customers, partners and prospects, sheds some light on object storage use by global companies, and revealed perceptions of its value, including scalability, data protection and compliance. Survey respondents represented organizations with data sets of multiple sizes: 10 to 100 terabytes (38 percent), 100 to 500 terabytes (24 percent), 500 terabytes to one petabyte (12 percent), and more than one petabyte (26 percent). Survey results also revealed a strong inclination toward software-based object storage solutions over appliances, with 90% saying they preferred software and only 10 percent prefer an appliance-based object storage system. These preferences also add context to the number of users who said it was either “important” or ‘very important’ to choose their own hardware, expressed by 61 percent, compared to eight percent who said this was not important. Along with these preferences, a significant number (58 percent) felt conserving electrical power (e.g. through adaptive power conservation features) was either ‘important’ or ‘very important.’ Not surprisingly, object storage software with power-saving features, deployed on the user’s choice of hardware, affords the greatest potential for power conservation. An overwhelming number (98 percent) see value in object storage, but when asked to name actual or perceived benefits, responses varied widely with the exception of scalability – mentioned by 86 percent of respondents. Among other benefits listed, 66 percent said data protection/security, 56 percent said providing access to cloud data stores, 54 percent ease of use or maintenance, and 34 percent meeting compliance goals. In related questions about the use and applications for object storage in their own environments, more than 71 percent listed active archiving, 53 percent cloud storage, 41 percent Big Data storage, and about 30 percent each compliance or disaster recovery. Regarding current and/or planned use of object storage for compliance, the top ranked features were WORM capability (68 percent), content integrity seal/the ability to prove a file hasn't been altered (66 percent), and the ability to audit file access (62 percent). About Caringo Caringo develops object storage software that combines ease of management, intelligent automation and elastic content protection transforming commodity servers into massively scalable, fault tolerant, cloud storage infrastructure. Caringo enables Enterprises and Service Providers to control the volume, velocity and variability of unstructured information associated with active archives, Big Data, private cloud storage and public cloud storage. For more information visit www.caringo.com.