I'm starting to learn about object storage, and everywhere I read1 about its advantages, I see the following statement: "Scalability is increased as the physical location of data becomes irrelevant", but what does that mean? I understand that it's related to the unique identifier every object has, but the unique identifier is still attached to a physical location. So why is object storage the most scalable way of storage?

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  • It's just marketing. In the end all objects end up stored somewhere as files, which in their turn are stored as a bunch of blocks on some medium. "Cloud object storage" is simply a higher level abstraction, and comparing it with its own implementation details is inherently misleading. – mustaccio Jan 6 at 16:26

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