DTS is now offering Object Storage during FY17 at a rate of $0.0198 per GB per month. Agencies can find more information here. The DTS Hosting Object Storage product is a low-performance, unstructured data storage option available for low-access files such as long-term data archives, documents or logs generated and managed by applications, and audio/video/image files. This storage solution utilizes scale-out commodity hardware rather than a magnetic tape infrastructure to assist with accessibility as well as reduced storage costs.
Object storage is different than a typical file service in that it stores files along with a variety of associated information as objects. The object metadata allows for improved policy-based data management. The data is stored across different storage media with the option to store it across different locations. This allows for the storage to be very scalable, resilient, and highly available, avoiding the need for data backup in many cases. The objects are also stored in such a way that they are accessible from any node in the object store, making a private cloud storage solution available to DTS customers. All of these features make object storage a great solution for data archival and management.
Unlike most file storage services, objects are stored and accessed using web protocols. This simplifies unstructured data storage and access for many different application types, especially web applications. Due to this difference in access method, mapped drives to end-user desktops will not be available. Every effort should be made to manage the data using agency or enterprise applications that support object storage access.