What is Object Storage?

Also known as object-based storage, object storage is a type of data storage architecture that treats data as objects, instead of file systems (which use a file hierarchy) or block storage (treats data as blocks). Each object includes the data, a variable amount of metadata, and some sort of unique identifier.

The main benefit of object storage is its ability to store enormous amounts of unstructured data (such as user generated content, like photos on Facebook). This capability means it is much more scalable, because pieces of data don’t need to fit into bo

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We offer a locally redundant, multi-use platform for unstructured data on a cloud-scale, with uncapped operations and SLGs on API availability. It has the ability to recover from logical corruption, human error, disk failure and site failure, and to lock down objects to specific retention policies to ensure compliance. Our solution has 3 key features:

1. Namespace: A logical storage container that spans multiple instances of physical hardware. This results in location-independence without requiring a file system to govern data placement. Multiple nodes and sites appear as one logical storage system. Replication and geo-distribution of data is driven by policies namespace by namespace, bucket by bucket or even object by object rather than dedicated replication and backup infrastructure.

2. Bucket: A namespace may be sub-tenanted into further logical containers of object data, called buckets. Generally a bucket is created per application, workflow, or user.

3. Object: Contains data, meta-data, and a unique global identifier. The data element is typically a file and together with its metadata and ID gets bundled up to form an object. An application retrieves the object by presenting the object ID to object storage. Customisable policies assign metadata to the object such as the type of application the object is associated with; the importance of an application; the level of data protection, the replication settings and when to delete this object. This provides ease of management, application access via APIs and flexibility at scale.

What service will you receive from Macquarie Cloud Services?

Macquarie Cloud Services is responsible for providing the service to the customer as follows:

Service Delivery – Project managing the provisioning of the service.

HMC – Customers will be notified of any incidents by our Hosting Management Centre, who will manage these incidents until resolved.

Specialist Team – platform support, maintenance and overall capacity planning.
In addition, the HMC may assist the customer for password resets and credentials assistance. You can find out more about our service model here.

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