What Is Object Storage?
Object storage is a data storage architecture tuned to the unique demands of unstructured data such as documents, email, images, video, and other media files. It differs from file storage, which keeps data in hierarchical folders, and block storage, which stores data across discrete, addressable blocks. It works by storing data as objects that contain data, metadata, and a unique ID to enable distributed access. By abstracting data as objects, it is easier to manage large amounts of unstructured data.
Object storage is abstracted from administrators and applications. It uses RESTful API and HTTP/S protocols to access data, organized into unique “objects,” stored in a flat namespace with rich metadata. RESTful APIs make it simpler to manage and gain access to data without having to create bespoke code or applications.