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September 17, 2014

Object Storage Alliance Formed

Sept. 17 — Leading technology vendors today announced the launch of the Object Storage Alliance, whose goal is to promote advanced technologies that allow organizations to drive informed decisions, glean insights and maximize the business value of their information.

Approximately 80 percent of enterprise data is unstructured; and last year Gartner predicted that the growth in enterprise data would exceed 800 percent in five years. With unstructured data growing at enormous rates and organizations storing more unstructured data, such as multimedia files, presentations and email messages, IT administrators need better ways to manage, index, access and secure the data. The Object Storage Alliance was formed to assist in offering best practices and education on technologies that enable informed decisions, insight and information innovation.

“The formation of the Object Storage Alliance is exceptionally timely for today’s IT marketplace, as it has shifted from a focus on infrastructure to end user requirements for information, insight and innovation,” said Ben Woo, managing director, Neuralytix, a global IT market research firm. “Object storage provides the scalability and flexible metadata management necessary for organizations to effectively use their data to achieve informed decisions, enhanced knowledge and data-driven innovation – which ultimately leads to competitive advantage, growth and value creation.”

The mission of the Object Storage Alliance is to promote the business value of object addressable storage. Eighteen industry-leading technology vendors have joined the vendor-neutral organization, organized by Neuralytix. Founding technology partners include AmplidataCaringoCloudianDataDirect NetworksDellEMCExabloxHitachi Data SystemsHPIBM,IntelNECNetAppQuantumRedHatRorke Global SystemsSanDisk and Tarmin. In addition, founding knowledge and media members include Neuralytix, SNIAStorage SwitzerlandTechAccelerator and ExecEvent.