When you visit Blomp’s website and check out our blogs, you will see many different subjects that explain cloud storage and everything related to it. One specific blog talks about the different types of cloud storage, its advantages, when it is best to use them and how they can help your business. In today’s blog, we will also be talking about the different types of cloud storage, object vs file vs block however, in a completely different way.

First, let’s talk about why it is important to know the different types of cloud storages. To start with, ask yourself this question: How can one decide which cloud storage is the best fit for them, if they don’t know what choices do they have? They simple can’t. Second, knowing the different types of cloud storages can help you understand their strengths, weaknesses and even the ways they should be used. Afterall, isn’t it to learn something new every day? Well, let’s make the three types of cloud storage, object, file and block, your “something new” today. 

Object vs File vs Block

Object storage:

In object storage the data can made up of anything. It could be an audio file of you singing your heart out, a video file where you’re celebrating your birthday, a newly formed software… the list can go on. When this data goes into the storage, it is given a unique “name” except it is made up of numbers. Yes, each one is unique.

What’s amazing about object storage and is considered as a primary advantage is that it maintains easy accessibility all while storing massive amounts of unstructured data. On top of that, object storage has the ability to be modified by its owner

File storage:

Yes, a storage where you store files, and administrators dream. Of course, with file storage, it is easy to edit, rename, delete, and manipulate these files and folders. To explain it even more, think of creating a document (all your data saved in a single file) and saving it on your hard drive, network attached storage (NAS), flash drive and so on… that is what file storage is. File types usually are jpg, .docx or .txt. (Pretty sure you have seen these billions of times.)

File storage is found on windows and apple IOS, so it is possible that you have been using it without your knowledge. Now you know!    

Block storage:

In block storage, the data saved is split into  fixed blocks. It allows the data saves to be spread out across different and multiple environments. With block storage, one can quickly retrieve the data and manipulate it. This is due to storage system reassembling the data blocks and presenting it to the user. So, you can guess what is one of benefits of block storages, its easiness to modify. Other than that, block storages are used for their speed (low latency) and reliability.

Now, which one of these three do you think it is used most? If you answered Object storage, you guessed it right! See? You’re fitting right in! Head to our blogs and enjoy some more. If you guessed wrong, do not worry, we accept you too!