In-depth analysis highlights new economics that can be found by adopting Storage-as-a-Service model
New York – A recent research report by global IT industry analyst and marketing strategy firm Neuralytix detailed the abilities and challenges of on-premises Storage-as-a-Service (StaaS) offerings and compared the capabilities of four vendors in the market space. The review presents a comparison of features and price of offerings from Nutanix, Pure Storage, and StorONE. The report also documents how on-premises StaaS offerings differ from cloud-native storage vendor, Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The Neuralytix Insight looked at the reasons for the rapid and dramatic shift IT organizations are experiencing in how they deploy storage and recommend the StaaS model, which delivers capacity and performance for a periodic fee, to overcome them. The StaaS model provides capacity and performance for a periodic fee based on an organization’s exacts needs.
StorONE Highlighted for Ability to Fulfill the Original Promises of SDS
NEW YORK – January 29, 2020 – StorONE the first company to deliver on the promise of Software Defined Storage (SDS), with its S1 Enterprise Storage Platform today announced that CIOReview named StorONE among the “20 Most Promising Storage Solution Providers of 2019” in a special storage issue of the publication. The article, “Fulfilling the Original Promises of SDS,” highlights how the company’s approach to addressing the challenges of storage are in stark contrast to conventional means.
CIOReview is on a constant quest to identify the emerging players in the technology landscape and showcase their expertise, products, services and solutions in solving impediments and overcoming market complexities. The publication aims to allow the readers to develop a thorough understanding of StorONE and its value proposition in the storage solution space. The profile illustrates the functionality of StorONE’s solutions and services, along with insights into the strengths, vision, and roadmap of the company.
Now users can take advantage of a subscription-based billing model, priced per terabyte, without a long-term commitment. These all-flash arrays support all workloads and deliver best in class performance with complete data protection.
All AFAaaS systems include complete data management and protection features such as unlimited snapshots; support for all storage protocols (block, file, and object) on the same drives; support for iSCSI, Fibre Channel, NFS, and S3; and support for all drive types in the same server. Five configurations are available immediately: 18, 20, 40, 60, and 80 TB, with IOPS ranging from 100,000 up to 600,000.
As an IT planner, every so often, you might wonder how a particular workload might perform on an all-flash array instead of the current hard disk-based or hybrid storage system. The problem is how to know if, or how much of a performance difference, that all-flash array might make. Sure, you can look at vendor performance claims, and try to correlate benchmarks, but how do you know, for your specific workload, that it is worth investing in an all-flash array?
Don’t Trust, Test
The reality is until you get an all-flash array installed and implemented in your data center, you don’t know, and that means making a substantial upfront investment with no assurance of results. The all-flash vendor might, but probably won’t commit to some performance guarantees. Even if they do, vendors typically only cover the performance of their array, not on how well your application is crafted to take advantage of all-flash.
Test, but Can You Trust Your Test?
Another route is, of course, to evaluate an all-flash array from a vendor or two. Vendors, though, are increasingly strict in how long evaluations can run and under what circumstances they will place a unit in your data center. Returning a system after an unsuccessful assessment, especially if no one is at fault is complicated. Another challenge with evaluations is that, in most cases, it is just a simulation of the production environment. The full system typically can’t be brought into production. Also, assuming the typical thirty-day evaluation, how much testing can you get done? After all, the IT staff still has to complete their “normal” job in addition to running the review.
Testing with the Cloud?
Moving the application to the cloud is another option, but it also has unique challenges. First, will you migrate the application to the cloud in its entirety or only use the cloud as a test environment? If you are moving the application to the cloud, is the organization comfortable with that application’s data being in the cloud and with the potential security risks? If you are only going to use the cloud as a test environment, how well will that environment translate to the on-premises use case? There are so many new variables in your cloud test environment; computing is different, networking is different, and the storage hardware and software are different.
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The good news is IT planners now have a fourth option, All-Flash Array as a Service (AFAaaS). Instead of paying upfront for an all-flash array, hoping you can create the perfect evaluation environment or putting all your assets in the cloud, subscribe to AFAaaS. Our service provides an on-premises all-flash array for a monthly price with no long term commitments. The AFAaaS solution offers high performance, up to 500k IOPS, and 100TB or more of capacity at a per IOPS per GB price.
AFAaaS means that for less than $1,000 per month, you can put an all-flash array in your data center for as long (or as briefly) as you need. You can start by testing the first application on the system. If that goes well, make AFAaaS production storage for the application. If at some point you decide that the application is not performing as well as you expected, cancel the subscription.
We think though, once you get comfortable with our S1 software and its easy to use GUI, you’ll want to add even more applications to it. The service not only provides all the enterprise storage features you’d expect but improves on them. With S1, you can take unlimited snapshots, and retain them for as long as you need, without impacting performance. Another example of where S1 improves on enterprise storage features is our data protection capabilities. Instead of traditional RAID, which wastes expensive flash capacity and is slow to recover from a drive failure, our advanced erasure coding uses minimal extra drive capacity and provides rapid drive rebuilds.
As you experience the high performance and feature richness of the service, you’ll find that AFAaaS helps with expansion too. You can gradually move applications to the service as it makes sense, and as you have time. Your monthly cost goes up slowly as you drive more workloads to the service.
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StorONE and Oracle announced a more efficient, future-ready solution architecture and technology which allows companies to better utilize their IT resources, increase efficiency via application and storage tiering.
The cloud computing technology has been powering the IT transformation for more than a decade now. We have seen major change in the way applications adapt to user demands, scaling up and down to meet business SLA and resiliency, abstracting more and more from the underlying IT infrastructure and resources to drive IT efficiency, scalability and cost saving.
The practice of “doing more with less” continues to evolve and becoming doing “A LOT MORE with MUCH LESS”. Shifting from bare-metal application deployment to virtualization, containerization, serverless and functions force CIO to rethink better ways to transform the business application development and delivery framework to meet shrinking IT budget, improve IT agility, scalability, innovations and adopting new technologies. To achieve most of the IT transformation goals, keeping simplicity at balance is key to unlock the full potential of IT investment and business objectives for now and future.
Software development practices and tooling had gone through a long history of IT technology changes but the application framework seems to lack behind the innovation curve until the cloud computing adoption reached the milestones which without application framework remodeling, business will not able to enjoy the full scale of cloud technology benefits, cost-saving and agility to move business workloads across different cloud technology, be it private or public cloud providers. Companies needs to embark on IT complexity reduction by streamlining the number of development tools or platform used. Such initiative not only can deliver cost savings from integration, management and maintenance overheads, but also lowering the cost and resources required to meet the same business objectives and more efficient application lifecycle management.
Based on this table from GitLab’s website, if we count the number of tools that exist throughout the application development lifecycle, it is easily overwhelming for even an experienced developer or IT
administrator. Each of the tool comes with different technology stack, UI, user experience and workflow. It is even worst if we start compiling the integration efforts, maintaining them, paying for the software licenses and support. An easy solution to such cluttered IT environment is to streamline current practices on a cost-effective platform provider and re-strategize how the IT resources can be better managed to improve consumptions and ROI.
We may consider the tooling table just the tip of the iceberg. What beneath this is the IT
infrastructure that support the business applications and services. Containers, microservices, serverless, functions and Et Cetera, each of these new technologies is compounding on the already complicated IT architecture. The good news is, not only StorONE and Oracle offer solutions to simplify the application development and delivery layer, but also the underlying IT infrastructure and resources management.
What StorONE and Oracle can offer?
StorONE and Oracle are able to offer a much more efficient, future-ready solution architecture and technology which allows companies to better utilize their IT resources, increase efficiency via application and storage tiering. IT hardware procured 3 to 5 years ago are still capable of running demanding applications like databases. Company may consider redeploying or repurposing the older IT hardware resources for lower business SLA or non-mission critical workloads like web farm or application development testing. Oracle provides Open Source virtualization which is cost effective and allows consolidation and inventory of different IT hardware category into multiple tiers of software-defined datacenter cluster resources. StorONE’s software-defined storage runs natively inside the Oracle virtualization stacks to consolidate storage resources, protect storage media failure, deliver the required storage capacity, performance and protocols for application development and runtime.
A visionary system integrator once shared a holistic vision of a composable data center where compute, storage and network hardware components are no longer taking the center stage of data center. They are simply the commodity building blocks to construct any architecture requirements for business application to be hosted. The ability and flexibility to recompose and scaling IT resources without any constraints are the dream of most CIO in the world, of course not at the expense of IT budget and investments.
In fact, today we see that global initiative like OCP is gaining momentum as every data center players would want to be as cost-effective, scalable and agile as the Facebook’s infrastructure architecture. We encourage people to explore and learn more about their visions and the growing endorsement and participations from many major technology leaders like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, IBM and more.
New technologies and new ways of deploying and running business application will continue to evolve and innovate. What tailing is the new learning curve, adoption and legacy challenges. Every CIO wants to embrace new technologies at ease and not stretching their IT budgets or throwing away what had been invested. To gain great storage performance and capacity with StorONE solution is easy, and to procure the best storage hardware gears in the market is also simple and direct without worrying about high CAPEX and OPEX. Hardware footprint is critical to keep running costs and management overhead to the minimum.
Public cloud is great, but enterprises do not necessarily need to discard what they have built up over the years. Hybrid cloud indeed is the new norm and final goal to reach without going through all the difficulties and spending hefty cost to acquire. A simple strategy to transform the current on-premise resources to be as efficient as the public cloud infrastructure, improve resource utilization and management capability without losing controls on data ownership and privacy could be a viable choice. Keeping infrastructure costs low, have a better private cloud management tool, allow test environment to co-exist as the production without hard isolation, longer infrastructure lifecycle, tiering of business application, last but not least, prioritizing software driven solution over proprietary high cost vendor solutions. All these could have point to a few things, Open source, composable architecture and software driven solutions.
A complete enterprise storage solution now available via a cost-effective subscription model
NEW YORK – July 30, 2019 – StorONE, the innovator behind the S1 storage software platform, today announces the new S1-as-a-Service (S1aaS), a use-based solution integrating StorONE’s enterprise-class S1 storage services with Dell Technologies and Mellanox hardware. The solution illustrates a new level of storage economics providing an industry defining price point delivering a perfect balance between enterprise-class performance and data protection capabilities.
Providing the answer to the question of proper resource utilization StorONE has overcome the security risks and performance impacts traditionally associated with the cloud providing the reliability and capabilities of an on-premise architecture while guaranteeing you only pay for the resources you need to support your business today and tomorrow seamlessly and transparently.
Customers now get the best of both worlds: cloud-like simplicity and the pricing flexibility of a cloud-based model with the performance and control of an on-premise infrastructure. (S1aaS) starts at $999 per month for a 18 terabyte all-flash array that delivers up to 150,000 IOPS – with the most flexible, user definable price, capacity and performance capabilities and options in the market.
“S1aaS is going to change the economics not only of storage but of the entire data center,” said Gal Naor, CEO and co-founder of StorONE. “S1aaS makes enterprise-class all-flash array performance and data protection and control available for only $999 per month. No other vendor can offer a complete storage solution – whether on premises or in the cloud – for this low of a monthly cost.”
Like S1, S1aaS requires dramatically less hardware to achieve equal and in most examples superior results. StorONE stands alone as one of the only companies in the industry that can truly say they invested the time and talent to develop their own technology from the ground up providing a completely new, industry exclusive storage architecture. One of the key components contributing to the significant price point advantage of the S1aaS platform is the StorONE Total Resource Utilization (TRU) capabilities, (TRU) maximizes the communication channels and balance between storage media and CPU utilization delivering the right performance with less resources guaranteeing your business always recognizes the correct cost to performance ratio. At the same time, all storage services (high-performance, hyperconverged infrastructure, scale-out file storage, backup and archive/long-term retention,), all protocols (block, file and object), and all media types are supported on a single platform – for maximum flexibility and ease-of-use.
In addition, S1aaS delivers uncompromising data protection. Traditional RAID implementations are inflexible, hinder application performance, do not allow for the mix and match of the latest drive innovation, and by the nature of their design dictate long recovery times. StorONE with their S1 architecture introduces a next-generation approach that accelerates drive rebuild times, replaces dedicated hot spares with their abstracted system based balanced resource utilization model which offers more granular resiliency levels, further cuts costs by drawing from all available drive capacities and allows the implementation of the latest drive technologies on the fly. In addition, S1aaS also provides unlimited, nestable, writeable, and persistent snapshots based on patented algorithms guaranteeing zero performance impact with unlimited user definable flexibility included free of charge.
Recognizing all recent industry studies indicate most organizations if they have an affordable option prefer to run their performance demanding applications in their on-premise data center, and understanding the reasons for this choice StorONE developed their S1aaS offering to be deployed on-premise. Acknowledging the financial attraction of the cloud the StorONE, S1aaS solution delivers on the promise of a true cloud-like subscription model. Billed monthly, quarterly or yearly the customer receives the advantages of an OPEX model for all storage services with multiple payment options including credit card transactions. Performance and capacity are user definable and can scale as easily as the cloud providing the option to dynamically align storage resources with the ever-changing requirements of the business.
With the S1aaS platform you can replace tomorrows capacity and performance questions with the simplicity of a single step resource allocation adjustment. Today, tomorrow, next month or next year choose the right storage subscription model to fit your business delivering the right resources for the right reasons at the right time seamlessly and transparently for your users and your applications. And unlike other on-premise use-based services, which are usually just leases in disguise, there is no long-term commitment. Customers may cancel or modify their plan with a simple thirty-day notice.
“As high-performance SAS and NVMe flash drives become commonplace in the data center, storage media is no longer the bottleneck to performance,” said George Crump, Founder and Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland. “The storage management layer is the problem. Vendors try to compensate by using more powerful processors, more RAM, custom FPGAs and ASICs, as well as spreading I/O across dozens of flash drives, whose capacity is not needed. StorONE’s focus on efficiency – 150K IOPS from four conventional drives, an industry defining capability – is the foundational component of S1aaS. It enables a democratization of storage performance previously unavailable to the data center.”
“Advanced storage solutions like this require high-performance, programmable and intelligent networks,” said Motti Beck, Senior Director Enterprise Market Development, at Mellanox. “The combination of StorONE’s S1 software and Mellanox Ethernet Storage Fabric solutions eliminate the traditional bottlenecks that have been associated with server to storage communication and supports critical storage features, which improves date center efficiency and ensures the best user experience available.”
StorONE’s mission is to provide the industry with a solution that meets all the objectives of software-defined storage, plus data protection and resiliency that is 10X better than any other technology on the market along with system performance that is 10X better than the industry standard. Founded by proven disruptive serial entrepreneurs who have been awarded over 50 patents, and backed by top-tier industry luminaries and strategic investors, StorONE is completely changing the perception of storage from an IT cost center to a resource that provides organizations with a key competitive advantage. StorONE is headquartered in New York, with offices in Dallas, Tel Aviv and Singapore. Additional information about StorONE is available at https://www.storone.com