Enterprise-class private storage cloud developer Zadara Storage has expanded its offerings and partnerships in a series of recent moves the company said will increase its ability to offer storage as a service regardless of how customers use it.
The enhancements make Zadara Storage the only provider of cloud storage that works with all existing enterprise applications and can be consumed via a cloud or on-premise infrastructure by the hour or by the month, said Noam Shendar, vice president of business development for the Irvine, Calif.-based company.
While enterprise storage is usually thought of as big iron that will be used for years once purchased, and while storage-as-a-service has traditionally been more focused on ease-of-use for individual consumers, it is possible to have both, Shendar said.
"We say it can be both," he said. "It can be easy to use while supporting enterprise applications. Storage can be flexible and acquired as a service with no upfront purchases and no guessing about whether enough capacity was purchased in advance."
Zadara Storage can be deployed in front of public cloud storage from such providers as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Dimension Data, Equinix and CoreSite, Shendar said. It can also be deployed on commodity x86-based servers as part of a private cloud.
In either case, the company's Virtual Private Storage Array last month was enhanced with enterprise storage capabilities such as zero-impact snapshots, thin provisioning, remote mirroring and SSD caching, Shendar said.
Zadara's Virtual Private Storage Array service is also now available as part of the public cloud storage offering of both CloudSigma, based in Palo Alto, Calif., and Zurich, Switzerland; and Eircom, based in London, England, and Dublin, Ireland.
The Zadara Virtual Private Storage Array represents a good opportunity for telecoms, hosted data center providers and other solution providers looking to add storage as a service, said Christopher Cassidy, unified communications product manager at Capella Telecommunications, a Peterborough, Ontario-based distributor for the telco and broadcast industry and provider of enterprise infrastructures.
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