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Zadara Enhances Storage-as-a-Service Offering with Object Store and Other Key Enterprise Services

Zadara Storage 

Zadara Storage, the provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS), today announced the addition of new storage services to their award-winning Zadara Storage Cloud. The powerful new services, targeted at both enterprises and service providers, deliver a common storage-as-a-service platform that can be deployed at any location, supporting any data type and connecting to any protocol.

With traditional on-premise IT infrastructure dropping from 61% in 2015 to just 47% of worldwide external storage spending by 2019, (IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud Infrastructure Tracker 3Q15, January 2016), the dramatic transition from CapEx to OpEx storage is underway. “Enterprises need scalable, elastic, enterprise-class storage-as-a-service that is always aligned their changing worlds, and that’s exactly what we provide,” said Nelson Nahum, CEO and co-founder of Zadara Storage. “The new storage services being introduced today reinforce our commitment to providing enterprises and service providers the ability to focus on managing their business, rather than managing their storage.”

The new ZIOS™ Intelligent Object Store service provides private, as-a-service, object storage with Zadara’s hallmark isolated resources. Zadara’s unique approach to dedicating resources provides the economic and scalable benefits of multi-tenancy, with the guaranteed performance and security of single-tenancy. ZIOS capacity is infinitely scalable and the performance scales equally, as capacity grows. The product is S3/Swift compatible, and provides different levels of administrative access as well as charge-back billing. ZIOS runs on Zadara clouds and shares the same infrastructure as Zadara's block and file services VPSA™ solution.

To further address the growing need for flexible, high-performance, storage-as-a-service within both enterprises and service providers, Zadara has introduced 16Gb Fibre Channel host connectivity and large flash cache options. By adding 16Gb Fibre Channel connectivity, Zadara customers can now leverage their investment in Fibre Channel’s low-latency, high-performance and proven enterprise-grade interoperability together with their Zadara solutions. The addition of large flash cache (up to 3.2TB) enables users to deploy large inexpensive drives to store huge amounts of data, while enjoying the high performance of flash for databases and applications with unique performance needs. Zadara also added support for VMware SRM, larger capacity 1.6TB SSDs, and enhancements to their Docker service - Zadara Container Services (ZCS).

“In five years, Zadara Storage has become a growing force in the cloud storage market with a distinctive approach to enterprise storage,” said Nick Sundby, director, storage consulting and business value practice lead at IDC. “The new functionality announced today addresses the widespread need for more performance, security and scalability. With ZIOS, the customer has the useful option of secure object storage on dedicated hardware, combined with the as-a-service pricing that many organizations prefer.”

“Zadara Storage continues to introduce features that give them competitive differentiation in the rapidly growing storage-as-a-service market,” said Simon Robinson, vice president, Infrastructure at 451 Research. “Zadara’s approach to delivering storage that evolves with users’ needs reinforces their reputation as an innovator and aligns extremely well with the market demands.”

“One cloud model will not rule all," says David Vellante, cofounder and Chief Analyst at Wikibon. "Over the next ten years, we see about $200B shifting to hybrid cloud services from legacy infrastructure management. These services will live in the public cloud, on-premise and at the edge of the network. Zadara Storage is directly participating in this transfer of value by innovating in all three of these areas. The business impact will be more value created for end consumers and less time spent managing infrastructure.”

Published Tuesday, April 12, 2016 9:00 AM by David Marshall
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