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Regain Control of a Rising Tide of Saved Data using Object Storage Technologies

How PCD Solutions and Hitachi are finally managing to resolve the problems surrounding the exponential growth of unstructured data, while proposing a brilliant alternative for businesses to protect their data.


The Effect of Accelerating the Growth of Data

We live in a world in which the unlimited collection and storage of data is leading to significant and ever-increasing storage needs. The ensuing challenges for companies are immense, and include:

  • The uncontrolled growth of data – especially unstructured data (audio, video, sensor-based data, Internet of Things) – which has led to difficulties with the classification, replication and long-term storage of data, in spite of research that shows that 80% of data is no longer accessed after 45 days);
  • Questions about how to take advantage of the value of this data, in order to extract business intelligence and improve corporations, along with their products, services, efficiency, etc.;
  • The need to make existing data accessible to anyone, at any time or in any place, and on all platforms.


Why should businesses look into object storage immediately?

  • To reduce their storage costs
  • To unclog their current primary storage systems to gain space and bolster performance
  • To establish an effective approach to managing inactive data and files
  • To completely rethink their approach to archiving and recovering data by integrating the potential of a cloud environment

Object storage allows each piece of information or data to be processed as a distinct object, along with the advantage of analyzing content and applying associated policies. Processing metadata (or data about data) helps establish a system of auto-classification, management, auto-optimization and protection of data based on policies, which follow the data as it moves through your IT infrastructure or cloud platform.

To date, the main ways in which object storage has been used include:

  • Managing and archiving file environments (Object, NAS);
  • Saving (or auto-protecting) data, in which object storage becomes the target for saving or replicating, thereby helping to eliminate cartridges and other physical supports;
  • Managing dense objects, such as videos (surveillance cameras, etc.), audio files (call centres, etc.), ultra-high-definition images (medical imaging, engineering, etc.);
  • Data processing (data mining, business intelligence, big data, etc.), which groups together business intelligence and the capacity to analyze metadata.


Educative YouTube Videos

Pierre Raymond, Storage Solutions Architect at PCD, explains to us in this interview how object storage is largely set to replace traditional network attached storage (NAS) and archiving architectures.

Video of the Interview

Part 1
Click here to watch the video (French only)

Part 2
Click here to watch the video (French only)



Object storage offers businesses the richest gamut of features, allowing them to store, organize, protect, analyze and understand their unstructured data environments. It is actively used by several large cloud service suppliers, including Amazon, Google, IBM, Facebook and NetFlix, and is poised to soon become the market standard for businesses. Several Quebec businesses are just now discovering the potential that this technology can afford when combined with the other storage-based solutions and innovations discussed in this article.


For More Information

We invite you to learn more about object storage. Please feel free to contact us or send your questions to our specialists.

M. Pierre Raymond,
Solutions Architect, Storage and Information Management
PCD Solutions

Courriel : praymond@pcdsolutions.com