Benefits of OSS over traditional storage

Item OSS Traditional storage
Reliability
  • Guarantees 99.99% designed service availability.
  • Offers automatic scaling without affecting external services.
  • Guarantees 99.999999999% (11 nines) designed durability.
  • Offers automatic redundant data backup.
  • Depends on hardware reliability. Traditional storage has a relatively high failure rate. If a disk has bad sectors, data may be lost and cannot be recovered.
  • Manual data recovery is complex and involves a lot of time and technical resources.
Security
  • Provides enterprise-grade, multilevel security.
  • Supports multi-user resource isolation and remote disaster recovery.
  • Provides authentication and authorization, as well as whitelist, anti-leeching, and RAM account features.
  • Traffic cleaning service and black hole service must be purchased separately.
  • Security must be implemented independently.
Cost
  • BGP backbone network without bandwidth restrictions. Upstream traffic is free of charge.
  • No maintenance staff or hosting fees required.
  • Storage space is limited by hardware capacity. Manual scaling is required. 
  • Access speeds are slow during single or double-line access. Bandwidth restrictions are imposed. Manual scaling is required during peak traffic periods.
  • Requires professional maintenance staff and high costs.
Data Processing Capabilities Provides image processing, audio/video transcoding, accelerated content delivery, archive services, and other value-added data services. Must be purchased and deployed separately.

More benefits of OSS

  • Easy to use
    • Provides RESTful APIs, a wide range of SDKs, client tools, and a web console. You can easily upload, download, retrieve, and manage massive amounts of data for websites and applications in the same way as for regular files in Windows.
    • Sets no limit on the number and size of files. Unlike the traditional hardware storage, OSS enables you to easily scale up (expand) your storage space as needed.
    • Supports streaming upload and download, which is suitable for business scenarios where you need to simultaneously read and write videos and other large files.
    • Offers lifecycle management. You can delete expired data in batches or transition the data to low-cost archive services.
  • Powerful and flexible security
    •  Provides flexible authentication and authorization, including STS, URL, whitelist, anti-leeching, and RAM account features.
    • Offers user-level resource isolation. You can also use the multi-cluster synchronization service.
  • Rich and powerful value-added services
    • Image processing: Supports format conversion, thumbnails, cropping, watermarks, scaling, and other operations with a wide variety of file formats including jpg, png, bmp, gif, webp, and tiff.
    • Audio/video transcoding: Provides high-quality, high-speed, parallel audio/video transcoding capabilities for audio/video files stored in OSS. You can easily make your audio/video files compatible for different types of devices.
    • Accelerated content delivery: Content Delivery Network (CDN) can be used with OSS to speed up the delivery of content stored in OSS. This service features high stability, unlimited origin bandwidth, and easy configuration.