Enterprise IT architects constantly have to balance conflicting demands for data storage: performance, cost, resilience and scalability.
The result is a mixed ecosystem. We get object storage for large data sets and archives, file system-based NAS storage for unstructured data, and high performance arrays that use block for structured data in enterprise applications.
But with ever growing volumes of unstructured data, there are drivers towards blending the scale of the cloud and the application compatibility of files to produce unified file and object storage.
A single application could then access its data using either file or object, with