Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Congratulating SerenITaaS on their Global Launch!

And How Australia's Leading Active Education Platform Helped Drive Our Enterprise Storage to a New AWS Region 


- Noam Shendar, VP Business Development, @NoamShen

Yesterday, Zadara announced our tenth global data center deployment(!) and new availability in our fifth AWS Region in Asia Pacific, based in Sydney, Australia. With this announcement, we are also celebrating the launch of our partners SerenITaaS, a Zadara worldwide VAR that’s taking our technology to new heights, and new geographies.

Based in Ontario, Canada, SerenITaasS is a member of the Zadara Integration Program Partner (ZIPP) and a provider of advanced data storage solutions. Its Organik Storage for Cloud, Hybrid & Private Architecture is powered by our very own Virtual Private Storage Arrays, and is particularly advantageous for on-premise pay-as-you-go deployment of our elastic SAN and NAS solution and for operators of public clouds seeking hyperscale block and file storage with isolated, QoS resources per customer and embedded metering and billing.


What I find particularly exciting about our continuing global expansion, is that our growth is customer and partner driven. Our deployment at the Equinix facility in Sydney will help meet the needs of organizations in Australia seeking as-a-service enterprise storage and cloud solutions, but also to meet the needs of SerenITaaS longstanding customer, Echo360, a leader in active and distance learning solutions.

 “Education customers gain the ease and value of a cloud deployment with the performance of an on-premise installation.” (Tony Abate, chief operating officer of Echo360) 

Echo360 is a vanguard in the field of education, transforming teaching and learning through active learning technology that makes it easier for institutions to teach and for students to learn, inside and outside of the classroom. Using our VPSA service at AWS, they enable institutions to capture and archive campus lectures and other digital learning resources, and stream or download this learning content to online students anywhere. VPSA enables them to easily scale, replicate content across the globe and ensure students, faculty and organizations experience predictable performance (QoS), without performance degradation due to ‘noisy neighbors’.

As the market leader in Australia, with more than 70% of universities using their technology, our enterprise cloud storage infrastructure will be helping Echo360 power solutions for some of the biggest technical and further education (TAFE) higher education institutions, including Christ Church Polytechnic Institute of Technology, North Coast Institute and Illawarra Institute.

Making The Cloud Work For You
I’m thrilled to see more and more organizations across the globe being able to take advantage of the cloud through Zadara VPSA solution and to watch how new solutions and platforms are made possible by using our technology.

We look forward to working with SerenITaaS in Australia and New Zealand, where they will lead the development of relationships within the ANZ AWS partner community, enabling local companies to resell Zadara Storage services in ANZ as well as from any of the global Zadara Storage node locations.


AWS Summit Sydney
If you are in Sydney today for the AWS Summit - SerenITaaS will be there at the from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm local time. Join us at the coffee cart at the right hand back of the hall next to the EC2 booth and talk enterprise-ready SAN and NAS by the hour in AWS, across the globe.

I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate SerenITaaS on their launch and to thank them and our customers at Echo360 - we’re thrilled to join you Down Under and look forward to joint futures successes.

Learn more about SerenITaaS: http://serenitaas.com
Learn more about Echo360’s active learning platform: http://echo360.com

Get in touch with me, or our team about VPSA in Australia or any other global locations here

The SerenITaaS sponsored coffee cart at the AWS Summit - it was a fantastic event!






Zadara Storage Expands Down Under with AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) as Yet Another Region Offers its Enterprise Storage as a Service (STaaS)

Elastic, High-Performance Virtual Private Storage Array (VSPA) Provides Cost-Effective, High QoS Option for Global Replication, Primary and Repository Storage: Becomes 10th Global Data Center to Offer Zadara’s Service


  - Press Release -

Irvine, CA– April 7, 2014Zadara™ Storage, Inc. today announced that its enterprise-class cloud storage as a service (STaaS) is now available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) Region following the brand new deployment by Zadara partner SerenITaaS, a provider of advanced data storage solutions. Now enterprises and service providers in Australasia who need block and file, SAN and NAS capabilities or who wish to replicate local data globally, can leverage Zadara’s award winning Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) high QoS offering. The deployment represents the fifth AWS Region to offer Zadara’s VPSA, and the 10th announced global data center, allowing more organizations and service providers to enjoy the high QoS and other benefits of traditional on-premises storage in a flexible, pay as you go, OpEx-only model for either primary (for applications) or secondary (for repository) storage applications.

SerenITaaS deployed Zadara’s storage at the Equinix facility in the Mascot area of Sydney in part to meet the needs of its longstanding customer, Echo360, the leader in active and distance learning solutions. “All higher education segments, universities, TAFE and RTO, require a reliable way to store their valuable instructional media and videos,” said Tony Abate, chief operating officer, Echo360. “With Zadara deployed in Australia integrated with the AWS Sydney powering our compute cloud, we have a unified, local hosting option for customers. They can automatically capture and archive campus lectures and other digital learning resources, and stream or download this learning content to online students anywhere. Our education customers gain the ease and value of a cloud deployment with the performance of an on-premise installation.”

SerenITaaS, a sister company of Stratus Technology in Markham, Ontario, Canada, and a global Zadara Integration Program Partner, will also lead the development of relationships within the ANZ AWS partner community, enabling local companies to resell Zadara Storage services in ANZ as well as from any of the global Zadara Storage node locations.

"We are delighted to help bring Zadara Storage services for AWS to Australia and New Zealand and enable Echo360 to conduct its hosting operations on the Zadara/AWS platform," said Glenn Cameron, CEO of SerenITaaS. "The Canadian and Australasian technology communities have always had a great relationship. We look forward to working with the AWS partner community down under to expand its portfolio of capabilities."

Zadara’s Virtual Private Storage Array is colocated at Equinix’s facility and connected to the AWS compute resources via AWS Direct Connect high speed fiber lines. Drives are private and not shared with anyone else, so Zadara users can obtain single-tenant performance at multitenant prices and avoid the “noisy neighbor” problem (which occurs in competing services when other customers degrade storage performance). Expansion to more drives, or switching from disks to SSDs, is as simple as clicking a button on the dedicated online management interface provided to each customer. At any time Zadara users can also eliminate drives, adjust controller performance, and fine tune other storage needs on the fly – allowing agility and control in a flexible, pay-as-you-go model.

“We’re proud to make AWS Sydney our 10th announced data center to offer Zadara’s elastic, enterprise storage as a service to local enterprises and service providers,” said Nelson Nahum, CEO of Zadara Storage. “We’re eager for the AWS community to leverage this opportunity to migrate high-performance computing applications to the AWS Sydney area with our SAN like capabilities on board.

Zadara Storage will showcase is VPSA service at the AWS Summit Sydney on Wednesday April 9 at the Hordern Pavilion & Royal Hall of Industries from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm local time.

About Zadara Storage 
Zadara™ Storage is a pioneer provider of enterprise storage as a service (STaaS), delivering high-performance, highly available and predictable (QoS) file and block storage, in a pay-as-you-go model for on-premise deployment and via global service providers.

The company’s patent-pending, software-defined Virtual Private Storage Arrays™ (VPSA™) deliver flexible, multi-tenant enterprise SAN and NAS technology for peta-scale primary and secondary storage. With isolated resources, exceptional data security, management control and predictable performance, VPSAs meet the most stringent Service Level Agreements (SLAs), even in public cloud deployments.

The company’s as-a-service model offers enterprises, SMBs and startups a flexible, agile and cost-efficient storage infrastructure, available on-premise and through a wide range of worldwide cloud and colocation providers, including a value-added relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS). For more information visit www.zadarastorage.com. 

Media Contacts:
A3 Communications
EMEA: Federica Monsone Phone: +44 (0) 1252 875 203
Email: fred.monsone@a3communications.co.uk

US: Mary Kae Marinac
Phone: 978-685-3136, Email: mkm@mkmarinac.com

Monday, April 7, 2014

Zadara Storage at NAB 2014 - Media Cloud Storage

Media Cloud Storage for Ingest, Dailies, Editing, Rendering, VFX, Encoding, Backup, and Archival

We’re thrilled to be at the NAB Show this year, the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters.



Zadara Storage at Huawei Enterprise booth #N9325 - Media Cloud Storage 

We’ll be joining our partner Huawei Enterprise USA in booth #N9325, showcasing our Digital Media Storage-as-a-Service solution, available for deployment on premise (Private Cloud) and in a colocation offering at CoreSite data centers in Los Angeles.

Flexible, Affordable, Private Media Storage as a Service 

Huawei Zadara Digital Media Storage is designed especially for the Digital Media Industry (for Ingest, Dailies, Editing, Rendering, VFX, Encoding, Backup, and Archival), delivering robust SAN and NAS storage capable of delivering many simultaneous streams, with unprecedented flexibility, simplicity and project isolation - metered by the hour and with no commitment. Literally 100s of terabytes by the hour!

Media Cloud Storage in Downtown Los Angeles

Organizations in the media and entertainment industry rely on computing applications with massive demands and constantly changing files that perform better on NAS and SAN storage than on object storage offerings (which accommodate static files only). For this reason, many digital media productions have so far not been able to leverage the agility, efficiency and flexibility of the cloud. 

The joint Zadara Storage and Huawei Enterprise solution at CoreSite LA datacenters (at One Wilshire and 900 Alameda in Los Angeles) makes a significant impact on media organizations’ ability to benefit from the best of both traditional and cloud storage, with great flexibility and without compromise. With Virtual Private Storage Arrays™ (VPSA™), customers can meet the demanding performance targets of mission-critical applications, yet leverage the cloud’s superior economics and scale, and pay as they go for these resources out of operating rather than capital expense budgets.

In addition, companies with Asia-Pacific or other global collaboration and disaster recovery requirements can automatically replicate to any Zadara site around the world, including Northern California, Singapore, Tokyo, the US East Coast, Toronto, Zurich, Dublin, Sydney and more. 

Accessible on-premise, as-a-service 
The Zadara Huawei media cloud storage as a service solution is available in a unique as-a-service solution for on-premise deployment. With VPSA™ customers can use the agility and flexibility of storage as a service in the entire content lifecycle, including Ingest, Dailies, Editing, Rendering, VFX, Encoding, Backup, and Archival.

Meet us at NAB!
Contact us here to set up a meeting or demo with our team, or stop by the Huawei booth in the Connected Media pavilion in North Hall:
Huawei booth NAB 2014 Zadara Media Cloud


You can learn more about the Zadara Huawei Media Cloud Storage here or click the image below and you will be redirected to our joint landing page where you can download a PDF solution brief and learn more about our offering.

We look forward to seeing you this week in Las Vegas!

Cloud Storage Media and Entertainment

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ensuring Better Value for Our Customers

Doug Jury, VP of Sales, takes a look at how Zadara’s latest price reduction enables our customers to do more, and do it better. 



The last line of my Zadara Storage email signature reads: ‘Customer Service is in our DNA’ - I think this motto has not only been part of Zadara’s sales force and 24/7 engineering support for our customers, but it returns to the first line of code our engineers wrote – Zadara’s flagship offering, Virtual Private Storage Arrays (VPSA), were designed to help customers do more, at a better value and with unprecedented flexibility, cost-efficiency and control.

This morning’s announcement of our new pricing - with dedicated drives reduced by up to 51% and Zadara’s Enterprise Suite of data management features (ie., cloning, snapshots and data-at-rest encryption) now complimentary - is a culmination of our rapid growth, new partnerships and growing revenues (this is the third consecutive quarter of doubling revenues). We felt our dramatic expansion should be something that also reaches our customers, and we’re passing along the savings from our Tier 1 partnerships and hardware cost decreases to you.

The new prices for our wide range of dedicated drives (SAS, SATA, SSD in various speeds and capacities) are available from today, and already appear in the VPSA cloud console, across our global locations.

For existing customers, we've already updated your billing rates, and your upcoming invoice will reflect the new pricing for the entire month. If you are not a current VPSA customer, you can access the cloud console by registering here and create an account to begin a free trial.

We’re thrilled to share our success with our fast growing customer base, and to help more and more organizations take advantage of the cloud by delivering exclusive enterprise-grade storage capabilities with superior flexibility and greater value.

Doug Jury
Zadara StorageVP, Cloud Sales
doug@zadarastorage.com
Twitter @doug_jury
Skype doug.zadara

Customer Service is in our DNA

Zadara Storage Updates Enterprise Storage As a Service (STaaS) Prices; Dedicated Drives Reduced by Up To 51%; Enterprise Suite now Complimentary

As A Result of Q1 2014’s Rapidly Increasing Scale and Efficiency, Zadara’s Virtual Private Storage Array (VSPA) Service Now Delivers More Value than Ever 


Irvine, CA – April 2, 2014Zadara™ Storage, Inc., provider of enterprise-class cloud storage as a service (STaaS) solutions, announced lower pricing for its flagship Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) offering that is available worldwide in ten locations across seven countries on 4 continents, at Amazon Web Services, Dimension Data, Equinix, CloudSigma, VIVAVO, KVH, CoreSite, SerenITaaS, and more partner data centers. Effective today, the per-drive pricing in Zadara’s VPSA offering was reduced by as much as 51%, depending on drive type. Zadara also announced that its award-winning Enterprise Suite of high-end features is now included with each VPSA at no additional cost.

At a time of increasing hardware performance with decreasing costs, Zadara’s enterprise storage continues to provide IT managers with heightened value and access to what remains the industry’s only capabilities for many critical features for enterprise applications to migrate off premises and into cloud deployments, whether public, hybrid or private. Concomitant price decreases will be delivered across the board in all geographies. Hallmark Zadara capabilities for such enterprise requirements as clustering, global asynchronous replication, and NFS and CIFS file sharing, are still a part of the VPSA service - and a major reason why so many accounts to date have moved mission-critical storage applications to Zadara’s enterprise Storage as a Service (STaaS) offering.

“This is not a belated April Fool’s prank. Our dramatic expansion of Tier 1 partnerships along with hardware cost decreases gives us even better operational efficiency, and we are passing along the savings to our customers,” said Nelson Nahum, CEO of Zadara Storage. “After concluding our third consecutive quarter of doubling revenues and accelerating growth, Zadara is equipped to act upon our commitment to offer the most exceptional customer value in an enterprise cloud storage solution. We’re making it even more of a no-brainer for accounts to move their business applications, with high QoS and scalability, to our proven pay-as-you-go OpEx-only enterprise storage as a service offering.”

Zadara’s Virtual Private Storage Array is colocated at partners’ facilities and connected to compute resources via high speed fiber lines. Drives are private and not shared so Zadara users can obtain single-tenant performance at multitenant prices and avoid the “noisy neighbor” problem (which occurs in competing services when other customers degrade storage performance). Expansion to more drives, or switching from disks to SSDs, is as simple as clicking a button on the dedicated online management interface provided to each customer. At any time Zadara users can also eliminate drives, adjust controller performance, and fine tune other storage needs on the fly – allowing agility and control in a flexible, pay-as-you-go model.

About Zadara Storage
Zadara™ Storage is a pioneer provider of enterprise storage as a service (STaaS), delivering high-performance, highly available and predictable (QoS) file and block storage, in a pay-as-you-go model for on-premise deployment and via global service providers.

The company’s patent-pending, software-defined Virtual Private Storage Arrays™ (VPSA™) deliver flexible, multi-tenant enterprise SAN and NAS technology for peta-scale primary and secondary storage. With isolated resources, exceptional data security, management control and predictable performance, VPSAs meet the most stringent Service Level Agreements (SLAs), even in public cloud deployments.

The company’s as-a-service model offers enterprises, SMBs and startups a flexible, agile and cost-efficient storage infrastructure, available on-premise and through a wide range of worldwide cloud and colocation providers, including a value-added relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS). For more information visit www.zadarastorage.com

Media Contacts: 
A3 Communications
EMEA: Federica Monsone
Phone: +44 (0) 1252 875 203
Email: fred.monsone@a3communications.co.uk

US: Mary Kae Marinac
Phone: 978-685-3136, Email: mkm@mkmarinac.com

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Zadara Storage Announces Stretchy Semi-hybrid Solid State Software Storage as a Service (SSSSSSaaS)

Pioneering, disruptive solution offers improved TCO, TCA, ROI, and DOA 


Today, Zadara Storage launched the Stretchy Semi-hybrid Solid State Software Storage as a Service (SSSSSSaaS), a virtually-defined, on demand software cloud. The SSSSSSaaS solution will first be available to customers in the European co-principality of Andorra, with future deployments proceeding globally in an easterly direction (i.e., clockwise).

“With this latest innovation we will surely be recognized as an industry leader in the acclaimed Magic Corner,” said Nelson Nahum, CEO of Zadara. “Our SSSSSSaaS offering provides unprecedented storage stretchiness, thanks to our software-defined, federated orchestration of zettascale, semi-hybrid, instantly available, de-duplicated instances.”

“Never before were so many attributes available in a single service offering,” said John Furrier, CEO of SiliconANGLE Network. “This is the logical and obvious next step following on the heels of the SDx, BYOD, IoE, and XaaS movements. IT leaders are always looking to adopt the latest acronyms, and there is no doubt they will rush en masse to leverage this cutting edge, remarkably stretchy technology.”

[Clarification to our readers: This announcement was part of a long tradition of inventing crazy news on April 1st - April Fools' Day. We wanted to have a bit of tech fun by inventing a new product that combines all the latest industry buzzwords. Thank you for all your fun/ny comments across our social channels!]

SSSSSSaaS Agilification and Stretchiness in comparison to competitive offerings:

Monday, March 24, 2014

Zadara Storage at AWS Summit San Francisco 2014

We're excited to head out to AWS Summit in San Francisco this week! It's always an exciting event packed with technology innovation, great discussions and new connections.

Zadara Storage will be in booth #613 as well as joining NetApp in booth #112 - you can learn all about our activities at the summit in our newsletter below. You can join our mailing list by placing your address in the form below, and be first to hear of our upcoming events, new features and global locations.





Looking forward to see you in San Francisco!


AWS Summit San Francisco

AWS SUMMIT NEWS


Zadara Stroage at AWS Summit SF - Booth # 613

At the AWS Summit SF, we’ll be showcasing our SAN and NAS as a Service Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA™) solution, latest features and expanding global hub locations. Join us in booth #613 to see live demos, start a free trial or chat with members of our stellar team!
Zadara Storage at NetApp booth #112
We will also be demoing the Zadara elastic NetApp® Private Storage (eNPS) for AWS (or how we colloquially call it: NetApp by the hour) in the NetApp booth between 11:00-1:30pm. 

Zadara Storage eNPS is priced as low as $0.16/GB/month and includes all NetApp features, such as Snapshots, Snapshot Copies and SnapMirror. It works with existing NetApp tools, scripts and workflows and customers can SSH into their private instance of Data ONTAP.  Participants attending our eNPS demo will be able to win an Amazon Kindle - at 1:00pm sharp!



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Photo by Ellsworth Bell 


Zadara Storage helps Farm Intelligence2 build Petascale Big Data analytics in AWS cloud



Big Data repository & high-performance analytics help farmers get better yield
Learn how Zadara Storage is helping Farm Intelligence2 build ‘Big Data for Crops’ analytics service in the AWS Cloud. Growing by 10TB per week, Farm Intelligence2application converts Aerial Scout data on potential crop stressors, including moisture, minerals, weeds, pests, gaps, and height variability, into actionable insights to help farmers improve farm yields.

"There is literally no other storage platform that could have handled our needs except Zadara"

Farm Intelligence2 is using Zadara as the centerpiece of a new software platform and analytics storage architecture with the elasticity, enterprise-grade features and high QoS that lets the company stay focused on helping farmers find opportunities to increase their yield, instead of the minutiae of managing a storage architecture.
"It would have taken at least three full-time employees to manage and deploy the storage that we neatly hand off to Zadara and obtain ‘as a service.” 
 - Steve Kickert, CTO at Farm Intelligence2

LEARN MORE ABOUT FARM INTELLIGENCE 2


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100TB to the cloud! Special offer

Migrating to the cloud has never been easier! Register before the end of the month, and move 100TB to Zadara VPSA or eNPS at AWS US - for free, anytime this year.
We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

Your Zadara Storage team.
www.zadarastorage.com
Contact us!


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