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What traditional enterprises should know about object storage

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object storage traditional enterprisesObject storage is often a tale of two cities.

If you run a cloud savvy organization or develop cloud-native applications, you get it and you employ it. Think of mobile applications we use each day: social mobile, collaborative applications in which object storage is foundational. On the other hand, if you represent an enterprise, corporation or are a “traditional” (whatever that means) developer, object storage is perceived as something new.

In a recent report from Gartner, one of the key recommendations is to “train developers on best practices related to application design and the operational considerations relevant to an object storage system.”

The opportunity is there. As an enterprise embraces object storage skills, techniques and perspective, a key piece of the innovation puzzle falls into place. Other pieces include, but are not limited to, cloud platform and cognitive services. With just those three ingredients, you can easily come up with exciting solutions like the ones that my colleagues Suresh Jasrasaria and Andrew Trice share here.

It doesn’t take much imagination to see how this trio of object storage, cognitive and platform services can be applied to other applications across life sciences, media and entertainment, energy, gaming, virtual reality, commerce, and other industries.

Yet for some, seeing is still believing. That’s why there is a free tier of object storage services available through the Bluemix platform. For 12 months, users of the standard, cross-region service (which is available in the US but can be activated anywhere in the world) get the first 25 gigabytes, 20,000 GET requests and 2,000 PUT requests they use each month at no charge.

For those in the world of “traditional” development, those 12 months could be a time of great discovery. A major object storage puzzle piece may click into place.

Learn more about IBM Cloud Object Storage.

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