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Block vs Object Storage

What is Block Storage?

Block storage is a type of data storage that involves storing data in consistently-sized, easily accessible blocks.

Block storage definition

Ideal for data that must frequently be accessed and edited, block storage refers to a form of data storage wherein files are stored in even blocks. The most common type of data storage, block storage is usually used in SAN environments.

Why block storage?

Although block storage isn’t as scalable as object storage, it is the solution for those looking to store data they need to access and change often. With block storage, individual pieces of data can be edited without compromising the entire block of data. Block storage is more expensive and complex, but block data can be accessed without compromising operating system performance.

HPE block storage products and services

HPE solutions will help you consolidate, simplify and increase uptime. And help you address user file data headaches efficiently, effortlessly and without compromises.

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File Persona

HPE 3PAR StoreServ with HPE 3PAR File Persona is the industry’s most efficient storage engineered for the true convergence of block, file, and object access. It is easier to provision and easier to monitor in reduced data centre space.

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File Controller

Unlike typical gateways, HPE 3PAR file services provided by the HPE 3PAR StoreServ File Controller deliver advanced integrated capabilities, including repurposing capacity easily and dynamically between file shares and block volumes.

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HPE 3PAR StoreServ

Tier 1 all-flash data storage array that scales from midsize to the largest enterprises and service providers.

What is Object Storage?

Object storage is a type of data storage that involves storing data as objects with associated metadata and
unique identifiers.

Object storage definition

Ideal for data that must be accessed, but not edited, object storage refers to a form of data storage wherein files are stored as objects with associated metadata and unique identifiers that enable them to be accessed on a network. Common types of data stored as blocks include songs, photos, and video clips.

Why object storage?

Object storage is currently the best solution for storing mass amounts of data. It is virtually endlessly scalable, and, in a world where the rate of data being generated is increasing exponentially, this is good news for storing certain types of data. However, it is also important to remember that the data cannot be edited without the entire object being rewritten. Data that is often stored as objects includes songs, images, and video clips.

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