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Zadara’s Enterprise Storage as a Service (STaaS) Adds Support For Microsoft Azure Cloud
|By Business Wire
|May 12, 2014 12:01 PM EDT
Microsoft TechEd -- Zadara™
Storage, Inc. today announced the immediate availability of its
enterprise-class cloud storage as a service (STaaS) for the Microsoft
Azure public cloud platform. Already deployed at select US sites via
Azure’s ExpressRoute high-bandwidth, high QoS, low latency network
connection, Zadara’s service offers expanded possibility to Microsoft
Azure users: the ability to run enterprise IaaS workloads on file (NFS
and CIFS) and block (iSCSI) storage with the performance, consistency
and privacy of single-tenant solutions – at multitenant scale and
pricing. At the same time, Zadara’s new support for Microsoft Azure
makes the many industry-leading features of the platform now available
to Zadara’s users.
The news represents what Zadara believes is an industry first – the
first multi-cloud capable SAN and NAS as a service offering that frees
IT managers to provision and deploy once to Zadara’s platform, and then
to attach the same storage to Microsoft Azure and other public cloud
offerings such as AWS. Zadara’s multi-cloud capabilities in its
Private Storage Array™ (VPSA™) offering enable the Microsoft Azure
community to support advanced applications such as Microsoft SQL
clusters in the cloud, remote asynchronous replication with 1-minute
recovery point objective (RPO) support, SSD read/write caching, and
backup/recovery and business continuity needs.
As multi-cloud moves from a buzzword to real-world deployment, Zadara’s
enterprise Storage as a Service for Microsoft Azure enables enterprise
applications to unleash the scalability and superior economics of the
public cloud, without the hassles often associated with supporting
traditional storage architectures.
ExpressRoute offers more reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies
and higher security that enable deployment of high-performance, massive
applications within private networks,” said Steven Martin, General
Manager, Microsoft Azure. “We are very excited to see Zadara extend the
capabilities of Azure for our mutual customers.”
With Zadara’s enterprise STaaS, IT managers now can deploy seamlessly
across the leading public clouds of their choosing – at Microsoft Azure
or AWS– without rewrites or hassles, knowing they can access superior
enterprise-grade storage capabilities and still pay with a pure OpEx
model not CapEx, by the hour, without long term commitments or up-front
fees. This flexibility applies even to those high-availability, high
IOPS applications that formerly exceeded the storage capabilities of the
public cloud – applications that now are easily provisioned and run with
the hallmark high
QoS, low latency attachment to Microsoft Azure VMs, and global
footprint for which Zadara’s is famous.
Zadara’s Virtual Private Storage Arrays are colocated at Equinix
facilities that are designated as Azure ExpressRoute exchange sites and
feature high speed fiber lines directly connected to Microsoft Azure.
All Zadara customers’ 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, adjusting Azure ExpressRoute’s bandwidth to
VMs, 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.
“Now Microsoft Azure-based enterprises can have it all – elastic,
high-QoS NAS and SAN for their most demanding applications, made
affordable, highly performant, and available worldwide by Zadara’s
proven storage as a service offering,” said Nelson Nahum, CEO of Zadara
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
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.
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