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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.

Featured Products

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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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Storage for Unstructured Data

Harness unstructured data at any size

Drive value to your organisation with the right infrastructure for unstructured data. HPE file and object storage solutions span your needs, from affordable NAS to durable petabyte-scale storage.

Scale with unstructured data workloads

Solve your unique data storage challenges and economically keep pace with human, sensor,
and business-generated unstructured data growth.
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HPE StoreEasy Storage

Flexible, affordable file storage appliances and gateways for small and midsize businesses plus the branch offices of distributed organisations.

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HPE 3PAR File Persona

Unified file services for user workloads and block-adjacent data preservation included as a standard feature within flash-optimised 3PAR arrays.

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HPE 3PAR StoreServ File
Controller

Dedicated gateway to attach file services to 3PAR arrays with multisite stretch-cluster support and sophisticated services for Microsoft environments.

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HPE Scalable Object Storage
with Scality RING

Extremely scalable and durable storage for warm to cool machine and application data with native file and S3 interfaces for established and cloud-centric apps.

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HPE Apollo 4200 with Qumulo
File Fabric

Modern scale-out NAS for hot and warm machine and application data with up-to-the-minute analytics for actionable data management.

Innovations in file and object storage

Built for the evolution and growth of unstructured data, HPE file and object storage solutions address requirements with data protection, cloud extensions, futureproof flexibility, and software-defined architecture.

Protected

Safeguard unstructured data with resilient and self-protecting platforms. Reduce security risks through native capabilities like data encryption, sophisticated access controls, file access auditing, file immutability, and deletion prevention.

Cloud-ready

Reap the benefits of a scalable infrastructure with data mobility between systems, sites, and the public cloud. For small and midsize businesses to Enterprises, gain on-site connectivity to Microsoft Azure and AWS for off-site tiering, archives, and backup.

Timeless

Meet today’s unstructured data requirements with diverse storage architectures and financial flexibility. Easily adapt to changes in your organisation’s workloads and take advantage of emerging technologies with solutions built to be futureproof.

Software-Defined

With purpose-built hardware platforms, rolling software upgrades, and seamless scalability, software-defined storage architectures let organisations take advantage of the latest server technology and storage trends while lowering cost and complexity.