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What Is File Storage

What Is File Storage?

File storage is a data storage format in which data is stored and managed as files within folders. In the storage world, file storage is used by direct-attached storage (DAS) and network-attached storage (NAS) systems. 

If you’ve ever accessed files on a hard drive, your local computer, or a shared drive hosted on your company’s server, you’ve dealt with file storage. File storage systems provide readability and convenience for users. 

The primary tradeoff is flexibility and efficiency. File paths can be long and the rigid hierarchy of directories, subdirectories, and folders can become difficult to manage the more data you have to store.

The Benefits of File Storage

The benefits of file storage include:

  • User-friendly interface: A simple file management and sharing system makes it easy to  use across an organization.
  • Easy-to-scale archives: Each file has a unique address and can be stored in a scale-out system manually or automatically. 
  • Data protection: File storage has been around for a long time, so there are many standardized technologies and protocols for data protection.

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Why Use Pure Storage FlashBlade for File Storage?

As easy as it is to keep buying new DAS devices to store your files and folders, how much easier and more efficient would it be to scale out if you didn’t have to segment your files into siloed storage drives?

Pure Storage® FlashBlade® is a scale-out NAS solution that delivers native all-flash performance for your file and object storage needs. FlashBlade scales out without sacrificing consolidation—new blades can be added non-disruptively to increase both capacity and performance of your file storage system. From the end user’s perspective, you can access all your files within one cohesive system. With FlashBlade, it’s possible to simplify and consolidate your data storage into a modern storage infrastructure that can scale with your needs.

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