What is Object Storage?

Object level storage is also known as object storage or object-based storage. It 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. Object storage is optimised to scale unstructured data (such as user generated content, like photos on Facebook). Our LaunchTM Object Level Storage solutions build on these capabilities to make new things possible, including:

  • Archive tiering to boost storage performance + lower total storage costs.
  • Media tier storage to scale cost-effectively.
  • Cloud native app support to reduce complexity and simplify global addressing.
  • Enhanced security, with a data encryption in flight, device separation and enhanced policies e.g. on versioning.
  • Better outcomes by design. Goodbye tape. Hello Cloud.

Australia’s most-recommended Object Level Storage Provider.

For some, storage is out of sight and out of mind. But with over 70% of IT budgets already consumed by legacy costs1, and over 82% of Australian organisations experiencing lost data last year2 choosing the right solution has never been more important.

No two organisations start from the same place, or have the same goals, so no two solutions should be the same either. We deliver:

  • Quota management and oversubscription for your namespace pool of storage
  • Expertise on demand, with over 100 NV1 engineers, over here, not over there, for your retention, encryption, budget & compliance requirements
  • Best-practice multi-node resilient design
  • Transparent pricing and service assurance e.g. free from variable fees for data egress, retrieval or API transactions

Our single site or multi-site solutions are protected by design against logical corruption, human error, disk failure and site failure and can lock down objects with specific retention policies to ensure compliance.

Features of our object level storage.

  • 1

    Your Namespace

    A logical storage container spanning multiple instances of physical hardware for 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 costly dedicated replication and backup infrastructure.

  • 2

    Your 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

    Your 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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1 Gartner Australia, 2016; vForum VMware Keynote, Oct17

2 Ovum Research Australia, 2016; Data protection is becoming another driver for cloud adoption, Alan Rodger|02 Sep 2015