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Storage Wars: Object vs. File vs. Block

Research firm IDC projects that by the end of 2020, the world will generate 44 zettabytes (44 trillion gigabytes) of data per year. Data storage, therefore, is no longer simple, and in the age of cloud maturity and Digital Transformation, storage infrastructure strategies are shifting. With object stores having a very different set of characteristics than file and block storage, it can be confusing to know which is the right strategy that will keep up with an expanding digital universe.

Even small businesses struggle to manage the ever-growing pile of files stored on various networks and systems, so the challenges for enterprise companies can be hard to wrap your head around.

Join this panel of object, file and block storage experts as they discuss:

  • The best way to manage unstructured data
  • Are there deceptive costs in a file storage strategy?
  • Use cases for object storage


  • Alex McDonald - SNIA Networking Storage Forum and Office of the CTO, NetApp (Moderator)
  • Tom Christensen, CTO & Customer Advocacy - Northern EMEA, Hitachi Vantara
  • Anne Blanchard, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Nasuni
  • Sanjay Jagad, Senior Director of Products and Solutions, Cloudian
  • Bill Martin, SNIA Technical Council Co-Chair and Samsung

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