Monday, August 25, 2014

Zadara Storage at VMworld US 2014

- Noam Shendar, VP Business Development 

We're at VMworld this week in San Francisco - one of our favorite industry events!

Here's an overview of what you'll find at our booth and some of the exciting product news we're sharing at the event:


Zadara @ Innovators Pavilion, Booth #2135

OPaaS
Come see on new On Premise as a Service (OPaaS) solution, the next evolution of our storage platform that brings the same elastic, private block and file storage that we've been running in clouds such as Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure to private data centers. That means you get full privacy behind your firewall, but all the goodies of as a service, such as a SLA, pay only for what you use, complete flexibility and 100% OpEx.

You can also seamless replicate from on-premises storage into the public cloud and vice versa, as our Virtual Private Storage Arrays are available, as-a-serivce, everywhere.

VPSA now with iSER RDMA - applications go faaaaaaast 
Latest breaking news from VMworld is that we added Mellanox 40 Gigabit Ethernet Technology for iSER RDMA to our Virtual Private Private Storage arrays.

On the back end traffic goes directly to applications’ memory buffers, minimizing latency at every step. For the customer, this means screaming, low-latency performance for those latency-sensitive applications and databases that require higher transactional rates. And all of this at a comparable costs to Ethernet.

Join our presentation at the Mellanox booth 
Tue. 8/26, at 2:15pm
Booth #2023
Come see new iSER VPSA and learn more about our elastic SAN and NAS solution at the Mellanox Technologies booth

If you'd like to set up a meeting with me or one of our experts at VMworld - contact us here

I look forward to see you in San Francisco!

[Press Release] New Zadara Storage Solution Using iSER RDMA Boosts Application Performance and Reduces Costs

Virtual Private Storage Array Adds Mellanox 40 Gigabit Ethernet Technology for iSER RDMA to Deliver Lower Latency and Higher Transactional Rate for Databases 


VMworld, San Francisco, CA – August 25, 2014 –Zadara™ Storage today announced a new high performance storage as a service (STaaS) solution offering for private clouds – the Zadara iSER VPSA™ - using a first of its kind Ethernet transport mechanism for exceptional performance at reduced costs. The latest generation of its award-winning Virtual Private Storage Array™ services, iSER VPSA takes advantage of iSCSI Extensions for RDMA (iSER) using 40 Gigabit Ethernet to cut latency and boost application performance. Zadara Storage is the first vendor to offer a storage array supporting this next generation Ethernet-based transport. While all block-based applications running on Zadara iSER VPSA will see significant improvements, latency-sensitive databases will see a marked improvement in their transaction per second (TPS) count.

Developed in collaboration with Mellanox (NASDAQ:MLNX), a pioneer in RDMA-based networking, the iSER VPSA works by delivering iSCSI storage traffic over 40 Gigabit Ethernet, with minimal overhead. Traffic goes directly to applications’ memory buffers, hence minimizing latency at every step. The Mellanox NIC based iSER VPSA solution offers significant application level performance improvements while being comparably priced to ordinary Ethernet solutions without RDMA capabilities.

Zadara Storage is the world’s only provider of fully-managed NAS and SAN in the cloud and on-premises with elasticity, high QoS, scalability, privacy and pay-as-you-go pricing. This latest offering, iSER VPSA, is available for customers of the recently announced OPaaS (On-Premise as a Service) offering who use Mellanox iSER compatible NICs on site at no additional charge. As with other Zadara Storage solutions, Zadara Storage’s iSER VPSA incorporates the same hallmark multitenancy, high QoS, dedicated, private drives, hourly metering, consumption pricing, and full suite of enterprise storage features. Zadara iSER VPSA is available in addition to the company’s existing Storage as a Service (STaaS) solutions deployed at public clouds providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Dimension Data, CloudSigma, and others.

“The Zadara iSER VPSA storage platform is an ideal solution to boost application performance using iSER over RoCE ( RDMA over Converged Ethernet),” said Kevin Deierling, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “The combined solution of Zadara’s iSER VPSA with Mellanox RDMA-based 40 Gigabit Ethernet NICs delivers substantially improved latency and throughput compared to more costly interfaces like Fibre Channel, and thus delivers cost savings and converged enterprise storage for private clouds of all sizes.”

“Hot on the heels of our OPaaS announcement, which brings the power of a cloud business model to private storage, we are innovating again with our iSER VPSA solution,” added Nelson Nahum, CEO of Zadara Storage. “With it we can now deliver to our customers more performance and potentially save them money. It is noteworthy that, thanks to our patented software defined storage architecture, we were able to be the first to deliver this breakthrough capability to the market.”

Zadara Storage is showcasing its new iSER VPSA as well as the recently debuted VPSA On-Premise as a Service (OPaaS) solution at the VMworld Innovator’s Pavilion.

Helpful Links 
 • Zadara Storage website
 • Start a Free Trial: Zadara Storage
 • Zadara Storage on Twitter
 • Zadara Storage blog

Tweet this: #VMworld: @ZadaraStorage iSER VPSA uses @Mellanoxtech 40GB Ethernet for screaming performance, at lower cost: http://bit.ly/XKwrWM

About Mellanox 
Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage and financial services. More information is available at www.mellanox.com.

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-premises 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. Its 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

Friday, August 8, 2014

Making Sense of Alphabet Soup: How On-Premise as a Service Actually Works

Yesterday we launched the on-premises version (called OPaaS) of our venerable storage platform to acclaim - The Register  and a bit of confusion - Forbes.

That confusion is our fault. We got so excited explaining what we're delivering (it's awesome) we forgot to tell anybody HOW we're doing it. Let's fix that right now. If you ordered the smallest OPaaS deployment we offer today we would ship to you -

-- 2 48 port 10GB switches
 -- 1 48 port 1GB switch
 -- 1 firewall -- 2 x86 servers
 -- A mix of SSD, SATA and SAS drives, 72 in total
-- Cables, instructions, miscellany

We have a default mix of drives but if you wanted a specific set then you would get it. We call that entire collection of hardware a 'Zadara Storage Cloud'. If you work for Widgets Inc. we would call it 'Widgets Inc.'s Zadara Storage Cloud'. Each x86 server is a 'Storage Node,' a Zadara Storage Cloud is a collection of Storage Nodes and the related switches, cables, etc. Every Storage Node in a Zadara Storage Cloud has to be close (in milliseconds) to every other node so a Zadara Storage Cloud is a geographically limited construct. As an example if Widgets Inc. wanted Zadara storage in their San Jose and New Jersey data centers we would deliver two clouds, 'Widgets Inc.'s Zadara Storage Cloud, San Jose' and 'Widgets Inc.'s Zadara Storage Cloud, New Jersey.'

A bit of history - The first Zadara Storage Cloud launched over three years ago at an Equinix facility in Northern Virginia, right next to AWS US-EAST-1, we call it 'Amazon Web Services East 1' (so imaginative!). Today it's over a thousand drives serving NFS, CIFS and iSCSI to nearly a hundred AWS customers. We currently operate more than 15 other publicly available clouds globally including storage for Azure, CloudSigma, other AWS regions, KVH, CoreSite, Equinix and others. We also operate several private Zadara Storage Clouds for our OPaaS beta customers. 

The Zadara software is where the magic is. We'll get into the details on this blog next week but basically Zadara's software lets customers build RAID Groups using drives across any number of Storage Nodes. From those RAID Groups customers create block or file volumes and export those to their servers. There is a bit more to it, details to follow.

Every Zadara Storage Cloud, public or private is monitored 24/7 by our operations and engineering teams in Irvine, CA and Yokneam, Israel. We monitor for faults, ship replacement hardware and perform remote software upgrades from these facilities. We also monitor utilization so we can implement a feature that I love, Proactive Delivery. When any Zadara Cloud becomes 70% full we immediately and automatically ship another pair of storage nodes (or as many as are required based on usage trending). If you don't use them you don't pay for them. If you only use three drives from the new nodes you only pay for three drives. On-demand pricing for on-premises storage.

A Zadara Storage Cloud can grow to hundreds of Storage Nodes and hundreds of petabytes of storage, and any Zadara Storage Cloud can replicate to any other Zadara Storage Cloud on the planet.

I hope this helps clear up some of the confusion we caused. Questions? Email me at craig@zadarastorage.com. Ready for some storage done right? Get in touch here - http://www.zadarastorage.com/get-started.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Changing the Enterprise Storage Story

- Craig Carl, VP Product Management

Today Zadara Storage announced the next evolution of our storage platform - Zadara On-Premise as a Service (OPaaS). We pronounce it 'OPUS' (yep, just like this).

OPaaS brings the same block and file storage that we've been running for three years to support customers of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and other public clouds to private data centers. 

OPaaS finally brings a collection of cloud inspired features to on-premises storage -

  • Storage delivered as a service, including a SLA. 
  • Pay only for what you use, metered by the hour with complete flexibility. 100% OpEx 
  • Replicate from on-premises storage into the public cloud and vice versa. 
  • Never migrate your data again, Zadara automatically replaces the hardware under your data set on-line and in perpetuity. 
  • Strong resource isolation - one workload can't impact the performance of another so you can bring in new applications without slowing down existing ones. 
In the last ten years we've seen huge changes in the way enterprise IT acquires and uses compute and networking resources; compute virtualization and software-defined networking are now de rigueur. Traditional storage vendors have failed to keep up with these changes, and most SANs you find today are basically the same beast they were 10 or even 15 years ago (OK, they’ve gotten bigger). It's time for that to change.

Enterprise storage customers shouldn't be forced to pay for disk and controller resources they aren't using right now. They should be able to reap the financial benefits of reducing their storage footprint while at the same time knowing they can grow that footprint easily. Public clouds are an incredible business enabler; storage sub-systems should make it easy to securely use data in any public cloud or to isolate it completely. The idea that storage administrators have to migrate data every time they replace an array is laughable; even worse is the current ‘state of the art’ solution - add a storage virtualization layer in the storage network, it just makes the problem worse! Traditional SANs do a horrible job of isolating the impact of one workload from another, leaving that as an often futile exercise for the storage administrator when it should be a basic feature of any array.

Over the next several days I'll dive more deeply into the details of Zadara's OPaaS solution on this blog. But if we’ve already brought you to that ‘aha’ moment, an understanding that enterprise storage can be better, more agile, flexible and done the right way, get in touch with us (craig@zadarastorage.com) or here: http://www.zadarastorage.com/get-started  – we can help.

[Press Release] Zadara Storage Debuts On-Premise as a Service (OPaaS) Enterprise Storage - Fully-Managed SAN and NAS Private Cloud Storage With Pay-As-You-Go Pricing

Managed, Flexible, Scalable, OpEx-Only Storage On Premise, Without the Grunt Work
“Like A Chauffeured Rolls Royce That You Pay By The Mile – And Swap Your Ride As You Drive Along” 


Irvine, CA– August 7, 2014Zadara™ Storage, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of its VPSA™ On-Premise as a Service (OPaaS) solution, a groundbreaking private cloud storage as a service option that provides fully-managed enterprise SAN (block) and NAS (file) with consumption-based pricing and no need for capital expenditure. Proven in Zadara’s public cloud deployments over the last three years, VPSA OPaaS is physically delivered to any enterprise, colocation or service provider, and leverages Zadara’s patent pending Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) solutions, that is already deployed across four continents.

Zadara Storage’s VPSA OPaaS is the first SAN and NAS product that eliminates the need to invest capital dollars and staff, yet it offers all the benefits of traditional enterprise-class storage plus the flexibility, rapid and elastic scaling with a pay-as-you-go pricing as if this were a cloud-based solution. Finally, IT teams can buy storage the way they’ve always wanted – on demand. Zadara Storage’s VPSA OPaaS provides IT managers with their choice of SSD and HDD resources with the full ability to scale up or scale down instantly from an online console – and to replicate to Zadara Storage in public clouds worldwide to form hybrid clouds - but with the entire resource owned and maintained by Zadara, with included SLA, hardware replacement, remote monitoring and support. 

“Zadara’s VPSA OPaaS is a unique solution,” said Ben Woo, managing director at the global market research firm Neuralytix. “Despite what most people assume at first, OPaaS is not a storage gateway, nor a CapEx workaround such as a lease, and does not affect the balance sheet. OPaaS also is not dependent on AWS, Azure or other cloud service providers. Instead, OPaaS represents an elastic, managed NAS and SAN with cloud capabilities built on top of it. Enterprises and service providers alike are looking for storage-as-a-service that is simple and rapid to deploy, infinitely scalable, does not take up precious personnel time, and comes with a pay-per-use model. Zadara’s OPaaS represents this contemporary approach to storage.”

“Zadara Storage’s OPaaS is like getting a chauffeured Rolls Royce where you pay by the mile – and can swap your ride as you drive along,” said Rajinder Basi, CEO at FlexiScale, a provider of a wholly scalable cloud hosting infrastructure on demand. “We were about to spend a huge sum on a more traditional hardware storage infrastructure when we learned about Zadara’s VPSA OPaaS solution, and we gave it an immediate thumbs up because it’s OpEx business model matches exactly our own with the multitenancy, metering and billing features we need to run our business - allowing customers to scale out and down their infrastructure on demand. The solution has let us avoid a hefty CapEx outlay and gives us the flexibility to make sure we’re providing the perfect platform for the customer now, as well as in the future – while freeing us from the mundane grunt work of managing a storage infrastructure.”

Named in Gartner’s Cool Vendors in Storage 2014 list, Zadara Storage designed its VPSA OPaaS for those organizations needing from 20 TB to multi-petabytes of primary storage applications requiring multi-tenancy with rock solid Quality of Service (QoS) and elasticity. Zadara manages all assets for the customer and bills them based on consumption, without upfront fees and with a minimum commitment of only six months. Also unique is the ability to form hybrid clouds by linking to Zadara Storage VPSA in public clouds including AWS and Microsoft Azure, in sites across the world. Zadara OPaaS is also well suited for applications that benefit from cloud-based disaster recovery, and cloud bursting where extra cloud computing resources are applied as needed to supplement on-premise environments.

”This is IT the way IT managers want to buy it – managed, elastic, private and OpEx-only,” said Nelson Nahum, CEO of Zadara Storage. “Tens of thousands of organizations have applications that need to stay on premise and behind the firewall, but so far that has meant they’ve been excluded from many of the benefits of software-defined storage. No more. With Zadara’s OPaaS solution, IT teams are free to save time, budget and hassle while gaining the incredible elasticity and agility scale they need – with the control and privacy of on-premise deployments using a proven technology approach.”

Helpful Links 
• Zadara Storage website
• Start a Free Trial: Zadara Storage
 • Zadara Storage on Twitter
 • Zadara Storage blog

Tweet this:
.@ZadaraStorage debuts OPaaS: On Premise As a Service — #PureOPEX pay-as-you-go SAN and NAS in your datacenter: http://bit.ly/1tXzrMz

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. Its 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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

All flash? No cash! HDD SSD SAN NAS - Alphabet Soup for the Admin’s Soul


- Noam Shendar, VP Business Development

All flash is gaining much hype - and for good reasons. Flash is changing architectures, delivering faster workloads, enabling new applications and is helping to achieve better efficiencies – we are just at the beginning of the flash revolution in the data center.

But we all know that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and that although hyperbole often has a grain of truth, it needs to be looked at critically. With flash, the cost equation (TCA and TCO) is becoming more confusing whether on-premise or in the cloud, and flash vendors add to the confusion with marketing lingo. Well, who can blame them? Flash is a great technology and it’s tempting to market it everywhere.

So let's take a little pause from the flash rah-rah, let the dust settle, and see where it makes sense to use all-flash, where to use some flash, and where the good ol’ traditional, and far less sexy, spinning magnetic drive fits. (Heresy alert: for some, even tape may still be a relevant solution, but let’s leave that for another discussion....)

Does it really make sense to pimp up a truck with a Ferrari engine? 


HP just came out with a new speedy ride, the 3PAR StorServ 7450. And as Calvin Zito mentions in a recent blog post, this new array is "significant because this puts SSD with HP 3PAR on par with the cost of 15K SAS hard drives."

Note my added emphasis. So it’s true: when comparing database applications that require high IOPS (let's say tens of thousands of IOPS or more), flash can now be on par with, or even more cost efficient than HDDs! That’s especially true when using new, high-capacity SSDs (already at 4TB and quickly growing).

For these workloads, the trend is clear and set by the giants of the web. Many of the mega-web 2.0 companies (like Facebook and Amazon) are switching to flash-based solutions. They really do need the performance gains along with the lower power consumption and consolidation that SSDs can offer.

But honestly, is every business like that? Is your business one like that?

Time for some transparency - how far will your $ go? 


When it comes to all-flash there is a “but,” and it’s a big one. These configurations cater to very specific and particular needs, and are most likely not the needs of many businesses or business applications running day to day. The performance examples that some flash vendors use don’t apply to the variety of workloads many organizations are facing. Not everybody is working the financial markets or oil and gas industry with large-scale analytics, and even those companies run a mix of applications with disparate requirements.

So if these are not your only needs, the days of the all-flash data center are still far away, because those less sexy spinning drives will continue to deliver capacity for a tiny fraction of a price. With the rapid and exponential growth of data still looming as the enterprise’s biggest concern – budget for capacity is dispositive. It’s not frequent that we encounter an IT manager that has too much of it!

The configurations the all-flash marketers are using for comparison claim SSD and HDD price parity at $2/GB. But for other workloads, the cost per gigabyte of spinning drives is in fact just a few cents. Flash is in fact still pricey by an order of magnitude and, often, overkill.

The best price vs. performance (hint: it’s not either/or


SSD vs. HDD data center costs and performance

Customers who want the best of all worlds and get better performance, great capacity and lowest cost should seek a hybrid solution. Use flash strategically, where and how you need it to best fit your application needs while making sure you keep in line with how deep your pockets are. This also means you should be taking advantage of low-cost spinning drives for managing the onslaught of growing data and your organization’s hunger for capacity.

Because flash comes in many shapes, sizes and colors – from hardware to software acceleration – the best solutions need to offer flexibility and options, so that you can mix, match and achieve the best price/performance point for your particular needs.

Here are three tips on how to achieve the best price vs. performance using an intelligent HDD and SSD mix on our Virtual Private Storage Arrays (VPSA) in the public cloud or on-premise deployment:

1. Use SSD for cache 
Using software to intelligently bring hot data to SSD lets you enhance storage performance in existing systems, and is probably the most cost-effective way to improve performance. All of our VPSA are provisioned with an SSD cache that is elastic and scalable – so you can utilize it for hot data such as metadata, journals, or user applications for both data read and write caching.

2. Where SSDs can fit and how to test their impact
If you have an application, such as a database or analytics, that requires high and random IOPS for reads and writes, SSDs are definitely the way to go.

But before you dish out the cash, I suggest you first test the workloads on the various drives we offer. Since you can provision on the fly and pay by the hour, you can try different drives (both HDD and SSD) to test performance levels and change them without disrupting your applications. You’ll often find it might be your application that’s slowing you down, or maybe you need to add CPU rather than change the drives themselves. Testing will help you find the best way to improve the bottleneck for the lowest cost.

3. Take advantage of big, cheap capacity – 5TB HDDs 
The biggest challenge for organizations today is the sheer size of data created. The costs of scaling are threatening IT departments around the globe. Most of this data doesn't need high performance, but also can't be archived in storage that requires hours or worse for retrieval.

We’re proud to now offer 5TB drives in the cloud and on-premise. As our VPSA deliver dedicated drives and resources, customers are charged per drive, not per GB. So these new repository HDDs deliver a dramatic new cost efficiency!

Customers Using an Intelligent Mix 


I wanted to share an example of a customer who is using HDDs for capacity and SSD caching to contend with Big Data capacity and analytics’ performance demands.

Farm Intelligence2 is a unique (and very cool!) Big Data solution that facilitates the use of Aerial Scouts to monitor hundreds of thousands of acres of crops and process both visual and nonvisual imagery to alert farmers of conditions they should monitor and adjust.

With fast growing customers and more acres to monitor around the globe, the company sees a rapid data growth of 10TB a week! But it’s not just capacity they need, but also high-performance block storage for analytics.

Farm Intelligence2 is a great example of a client who utilizes our VPSA at AWS for 100TB volumes, QoS and native NAS, and takes advantage of large, repository drives to scale massive data, and SSD caching to support their analytics workloads. With this intelligent mix, they can achieve the greatest cost efficiencies for their performance and capacity needs. (You can learn more here.)

SSD vs. HDD – where we’re heading 


Given the rate of cost reduction in various drive types, 10K and 15K SAS drives will slowly disappear and SSDs will replace them as they can deliver far greater performance at or near the same price, making them a no-brainer for pure high-performance applications. But when it comes to capacity, HDDs will continue providing far better dollar-per-GB for a long, long time. Even Gartner agrees with that. And the hybrid approach, too, will continue offering superior value and flexibility for a long time to come.

In the meanwhile, we are proud to offer our customers solutions across the board – constantly re-evaluating new technologies and developments in the industry and updating our offerings where appropriate to give our customers the greatest benefit. We’ll leave it to other to spend marketing dollars on hype. We’ll instead keep a close watch on the SSD vs. HDD arena and make sure you continue to have the best of all options, with full cost transparency and granular performance control so you can focus on getting the serious jobs done while staying within your budget and required SLAs.

Is your organization deploying flash? Let me know your thought on the best mix for your buck in the comments below!

Curious to learn more about VPSA? Visit our website and start a FREE TRIAL today.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

[Press Release] Zadara Storage First To Offer 5 TB HDD Drives With Its Enterprise Storage as a Service (STaaS) For Even Greater Cost Efficiencies

Zadara’s Fully-Managed NAS and SAN as a Service With Its New Hard Drive Options Now Delivers Greater Capacity, Power and Space Efficiency at Lower Cost 


- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -

Irvine, CA– July 29, 2014 – Zadara™ Storage, Inc., whose enterprise Storage as a Service (STaaS) offering provides fully-managed NAS and SAN in the cloud with high QoS, scalability and privacy, today announced the addition of 5 TB Repository Drives to its complement of available SSD and HDD storage options. The move makes Zadara Storage the first cloud-enabled storage provider to offer the cost-, power-, and space saving advantages of these drives to IT managers. Enterprises and service providers using Zadara’s proven Virtual Private Storage Array™ (VPSA™) solution now can obtain even better pricing with the 5 TB drives’ price/performance advantages. The new 5 TB drives are available to users of Zadara’s VSPA at both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure’s data centers today, as well to organizations that want to install Zadara’s solution on premise.

The 5 TB drives provide exceptional price/GB ratio and enable volumes sizes of hundreds of terabytes for massive data storage applications such as geospatial information systems (GIS), video, SaaS and big data. With their low power consumption and improved density, the 5 TB drives, when coupled with Zadara’s standard SSD cache, enable high I/O performance at a manageable cost. Zadara Storage customers may select the new 5 TB drives along with a number of other HDD and SSD choices when they provision their VPSA from within their private online management interface. As has always been true with Zadara Storage, customers can later revise these choices and scale up or down with the click of a button in line with capacity and performance needs. 

“The best customer-focused solution is an intelligent combination of flash cache, flash capacity, and cost-effective spinning drives. Hybrid storage yields the right performance at the right price and, uniquely, can support multiple price-performance points simultaneously,” said Nelson Nahum, CEO of Zadara Storage. “We’re delighted to offer 5 TB Repository Drives alongside our SSD and other HDD choices. And as the industry continues to innovate, we will continue to keep pace by making sure we provide a broad variety of choices with our dedicated drives so that we remain the best and most efficient option for running important applications in the cloud.”

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 st orage. 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