Object storage, otherwise known as object-based storage, is a data storage architecture that manages data as objects. This is different from other data storage architectures like file systems, which store data as a file hierarchy, or block storage, which manages data as blocks within sectors and tracks.
Object based storage allows the retention of massive amounts of unstructured data. It’s used in several instances such as photos on Facebook, songs on Spotify and services such as Dropbox.
As a client, you have two top-level uses for object storage on Hostwinds. The first is where your backups are stored if you have any of our backup services purchased.
You’ll see your backed up data under their Object Storage panel, the size and the naming of the object block for the backups that are there, along with an object count.
An example of this can be seen above… A list of backups, their size and object count. You also have the ability to make the storage public with a publicly accessible link, or delete the storage altogether.
Making Object Storage Public
Checking the box under Public will make the object storage selected a public link. The shareable link will appear to the right of the checkbox.
You can then visit that link in your browser. The link will provide a text-based listing of the objects that are accessible. Adding the listed object to the end of the current URL will let you download the object you’ve selected.
To make your object no longer publicly accessible, simply uncheck the Public checkbox next to it.
Pressing the Delete button next to an object will open a popup prompt requesting confirmation. Once clicking Confirm, the object will be deleted you’ll no longer be billed for the data used going forward for that object.
Important Note: If this is not done, you will continue to be billed for Object storage, even if the hosting service that the backups are for has been canceled.
Creating New Object Storage Containers
As a Hostwinds client, you’re able to create your own object storage containers whenever you want. Simply provide a name for your container and then press the Create Container button as seen below: