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News, information, opinion and commentary on issues affecting enterprise data storage and management.

Meet Zadara at AWS Summit New York City on July 17th

AWS Summit New York City
New York City, NY – July 17, 2018
Javits Center, Booth #530

Are you sacrificing enterprise features for the cloud? Well, you shouldn’t have to.

Zadara gives you all the power of industry-leading enterprise storage, without the cost and complexity of owning and operating your own infrastructure. Your business relies on storage with high performance, control, availability, and privacy – and you shouldn’t settle for anything less in your cloud storage solution.

Meet the Zadara team at AWS Summit New York and learn how Zadara takes AWS to a new level, by bringing you the enterprise storage functionality you require.

Full-featured NAS file and SAN block storage — including AD and HA/DR with dedicated resources — for just $5K per month. Don’t wait. This offer is only available until July 17, 2018.

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Zadara adds a host of storage related features to any AWS account including security and encryption of data at-rest and in-flight with customer-owned keys, cross-region replication, added redundancy, volumes over 100TB in size, snapshots with built in lifecycle policies, thin provisioned clones, and more.

Download the Supercharge Your AWS Storage infographic to find out which enterprise features you’re missing.


June 27, 2018

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Bring Cold Object Storage to Your Private Cloud

In today’s computing environment, more and more companies are beginning to work with massive datasets, ranging into the hundreds of petabytes and beyond. Whether it’s big data analytics, high-definition video, or internet-of-things applications, the necessity for companies to handle large amounts of data in their daily operations continues to grow.

Historically, enterprises have managed their data as a hierarchy of files. But this approach is simply inadequate for efficiently handling the huge datasets that are becoming more and more common today. For example, public cloud platforms, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, that must service many thousands of users simultaneously, would quickly become intolerably unresponsive if every user data request meant having to traverse the folders and subfolders of multiple directory trees to find and collect the information needed for a response.

That’s why modern public cloud platforms, and other users of big data, use object storage in place of older file systems. And as the use of private clouds grows, they too are employing object storage to meet the challenges of efficiently handling large amounts of data.

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What Is Object Storage?

With object storage, there is no directory tree or folders. Instead, there is a flat global namespace that allows each unit of stored data, called an object, to be directly addressed.

Each object contains not only data, but also metadata that describes the data, and a global ID number that uniquely identifies that object. This allows every object in the storage system, no matter where it might be physically stored, to be quickly retrieved simply by providing its unique identifier.

Why Object Storage is Well Suited To Private Clouds

When it comes to handling massive datasets in a cloud environment, object storage has a number of unique advantages. Let’s take a look at some of these:

  • It’s infinitely scalable. Because of its flat namespace, an object storage system can theoretically be scaled without limitation simply by adding objects, each with its own unique ID.
  • Metadata makes searching easy. The metadata that accompanies each object provides critical information about the object’s data, making it easy to search for and retrieve needed data quickly and efficiently without having to analyze the data itself.
  • It’s highly robust and reliable. The VPSA Object Storage differs from a traditional RAID redundant storage using a distributed “Ring” topology policy under the hood.  Zadara Object store allows for a 2-way or 3-way replication as options which the customers can choose at creation time. By the use of erasure coding (instead of RAID) to achieve continuous and efficient replication of data across multiple nodes, an object storage system automatically backs data up, and can quickly rebuild data that is destroyed or corrupted. Nodes can be added or removed at will, and the system uses Swift’s underlying Ring replication to ensure that new objects are incorporated, or removed ones are rebuilt, automatically and transparently.
  • It simplifies storage management. The metadata of an object can contain as much (or as little) information about the data as desired. For example, it could specify where the object is to be stored, which applications will use it, the date when it should be deleted, or what level of data security is required. Having this degree of detail available for every object allows much of the data management task to be automated in software.
  • It lowers costs. Object storage systems don’t require expensive specialized storage appliances, but are designed for use with low-cost commodity disk drives.

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Zadara VPSA Object Storage

Zadara offers an object storage solution that incorporates all the advantages discussed above, and then some. VPSA Object Storage is specifically designed for use with private as well as public clouds. It is especially suited to storing relatively static data such as big data or multimedia files, or for archiving data of any type. VPSA Object Storage provides anytime, anywhere, any-device remote access (with appropriate access controls) via HTTP.

The VPSA Object Storage solution, which is Amazon S3 and OpenStack Swift compatible, features frequent, incremental, snapshot-based, automatic data backup to object-based storage, eliminating the need to have separate backup software running on the host.

If you would like to explore how Zadara VPSA Object Storage can help boost your company’s private cloud, please contact us.

October 10, 2017

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Zadara & Amazon Web Services (AWS): A Simplified Enterprise Storage Solution via AWS 1-Click Interface

On June 7th, Zadara announced  our launch of the “Zadara Cube”, now available via AWS 1-Click.

AWS 1-Click

The Zadara Cube is now available via AWS 1-Click. AWS 1-Click allows AWS users to more easily and more quickly deploy solutions in just a few clicks of a button via the AWS Marketplace. Current AWS customers can search the AWS Marketplace and easily compare the different variations of the Zadara Cube and start deploying new enterprise storage instances immediately.


The Zadara Cube

The Zadara Storage cube is a simplified version of the award-winning, patented Zadara Storage VPSA Storage Array. The Zadara Cube has the same performance and enterprise features as the Zadara VPSA Storage Array.


The Advantages

There are three main advantages of Zadara AWS 1-Click. First and foremost, your data is storage in a trusted cloud. AWS is a world-class, industry leading cloud provider so reliability is a non-issue.

Secondly, as suggested above, the Zadara Cube via AWS 1-Click provides AWS customers with a simple way to deploy enterprise-class cloud storage. Simplicity is key!

Lastly, and conveniently, the Zadara Cube charges appear on the same billing as the rest of your AWS services.


Zadara Storage & AWS: Better Together

As a partner of AWS, Zadara complements the services they offer, which results in a turbocharged cloud storage solution.


Try us out for free on the AWS Marketplace today!

June 14, 2016

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Zadara Storage Cloud for Managed Service Providers


Many people question what the Zadara Storage Cloud can do for managed service providers. The Zadara Storage Cloud is very robust at meeting the storage requirements for both single and multiple users. With its software defined storage (SDS) capabilities, it can be scaled up and down based on current usage needs. In this instructional brief, we examine how to manage multiple clients in AWS using Zadara Storage Cloud, scaling up and scaling out the storage as your customer base grows.

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April 20, 2016

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OwnCloud – Running 3rd Party Apps on the VPSA


Many customers have asked about running 3rd party apps on the VPSA. With Zadara’s Container Services, application developers can run Docker Containers embedded in the Virtual Private Storage Array. This provides a powerful application layer to extend the capabilities of the enterprise storage by bringing the application closer to the hardware for faster and optimal performance. No more network latency, just fast access to terabytes of world class storage.

Nowadays, quick, snappy and highly responsive cloud apps are what we expect to see. In this post, I’ll show how to get that “desktop experience” running OwnCloud – a popular file sharing application – using Zadara’s VPSA.

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April 17, 2016

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Zadara’s Ability to Connect to Multiple VPCs at AWS

Does Zadara have the ability to connect to multiple VPCs at AWS?

Within a private data centre, the flexibility of owning and managing the local network means that the way in which storage is assigned to servers can be tightly configured. Fibre channel provides all the capabilities for multi-tenancy, using features like zoning and masking. In the IP world, traffic can be isolated through the use of VLANs and separate subnet ranges.

In Amazon Web Services (AWS), Virtual Private Clouds or VPCs can be used to create whole isolated networks that can be further subdivided into separate subnets. A VPC might be used to manage an entire department or in many cases there may only be a single VPC defined. Zadara’s VPSA provides the capability to connect to multiple VPCs and deliver multi-tenanted storage either to one or more VPCs in a single AWS account or connect multiple VPCs from separate AWS accounts. Multi-VPC support provides a high degree of flexibility in defining storage networks with VPSA, as well as making sure resources are used as efficiently as possible.

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April 4, 2016

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Comparing AWS EBS vs. Zadara VPSA (And Why Zadara Doesn’t Sit on Top of EBS)

A recurring question our new customers ask is: “are you providing a storage solution on top of Amazon Elastic Block Storage (AWS EBS)?” While there are those vendors who employ this approach, Zadara delivers an enterprise solution by allocating individual physical drives to each customer that are completely isolated from those of other customers and from the EBS infrastructure.

Zadara Storage Clouds are built in data centers adjacent to Amazon EC2 and connected to EC2 using multiple short, private, redundant 10Gbps links in each region (this capability is called AWS Direct Connect). As shown in the figure below, your AWS Virtual Private Cloud is directly connected to Zadara and will be seen as native block and file storage to your AWS EC2 instances.

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January 11, 2016

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Cutting storage management and costs in half: Moving from GlusterFS to Zadara VPSA at AWS

For businesses to run more efficiently and effectively, reducing the time required for storage management is as important as reducing its overall cost; most often these two are contingent on one another.

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October 27, 2015

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Managing Disaster in The Public Cloud

Despite the best intentions of the public cloud infrastructure providers, issues do happen from time to time. Some problems are more significant than others, as we saw with the recent Amazon Web Services (AWS) DynamoDB outage (details here). The impact to AWS customers was widespread and although it would be easy to dismiss the affected services as trivial (Netflix, IMDB, Tinder, Buffer), these are still clients running production workloads. Do a quick Google search and it’s easy to find many other similar examples, including this one affecting Microsoft’s Azure Storage Service.

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October 15, 2015

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Backup to S3 (B2S3) AWS Proxy

Reduce Amazon Charges and Increase B2S3 Throughput Utilizing an HTTPS Proxy in EC2

As part of our 15.07 product release, Zadara Storage now offers the ability to backup snapshots of your volumes to S3, or to any S3 API compatible object store. This provides a cost effective, infinitely scalable storage destination for your volume backups, all from an integrated solution right in your VPSA.

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September 21, 2015

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