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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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Why Companies Adopt Both Public and Private Clouds

More and more companies are basing significant portions of their IT infrastructure in the cloud. According to the RightScale 2017 State of the Cloud Survey of IT professionals, a full 95 percent of respondents said that their companies have adopted the cloud as an integral part of their IT operations. For some of those companies, the focus is on the public cloud; for others it’s on an in-house private cloud. The majority make use of both public and private clouds.

What is it about public and private clouds that causes so many companies to be drawn to them? Let’s take a look at the benefits each of these cloud models offer to businesses today.

The Benefits of the Cloud

It was not that long ago that the standard approach to IT in most companies was to build and maintain their own in-house datacenters. But the cloud computing model has brought about a fundamental shift in the way businesses seek to meet their IT needs. No longer must companies devote scarce capital (CapEx) funds to the purchase of their own servers, storage, and networking hardware. Instead, the cloud model encourages them to purchase IT services on a pay-as-you-go basis for a monthly fee.

Customers pay only for the services that they actually use. The cloud platform provider is responsible to acquire, support, and upgrade the required hardware and software as necessary, and to ensure that a sufficient amount of these resources is always available to allow on-demand provisioning and scaling. The result is that the cloud model offers companies lower overall costs, greater flexibility and agility, rapid deployment of applications, and a substantial reduction in the amount of expert staff required to manage the organization’s IT infrastructure.

How Public and Private Clouds Differ From One Another

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Public cloud platforms, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) are, as the name implies, open to everyone. They operate on a multi-tenancy model in which hardware and software resources are shared among a number of different customers. This allows the public cloud to realize economies of scale that drive down costs for all users.

Private clouds, on the other hand, are built on a single-tenancy model. That means they are devoted exclusively to one customer, and there is no sharing of resources. Private clouds can be implemented either in a company’s on-premises datacenter using its own hardware, in an external facility run by a trusted partner such as a managed services provider (MSP), or even, in some cases, with dedicated resources in the facilities of a public cloud provider. The key is that a private cloud is isolated to a single customer, and there is no intermingling of that customer’s hardware/software resources or data with those of other customers.

Advantages of the Public Cloud

Because of its large multi-tenant user base, a public cloud platform can normally provide IT services at a lower cost than a private cloud could achieve. Costs are also reduced by the fact that customers have no responsibility for purchasing, housing, supporting, or managing hardware. The result is that workloads can be deployed on a public cloud platform more quickly and inexpensively than would be the case with a private cloud.

Advantages of a Private Cloud

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The main driver in the decision of many companies to make use of a private cloud is the desire to retain maximum control over business-critical data. Although public clouds now provide the highest levels of data protection, the multi-tenant nature of such platforms, and the fact that they are designed to allow access by users around the world, presents a level of perceived vulnerability that many companies are not comfortable with. Plus, businesses in certain industries face strict regulatory compliance obligations, such as those imposed by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). With a private cloud, all of a company’s data can remain safely hidden behind the organization’s own firewall, totally inaccessible to outsiders.

The ability to tailor a private cloud to the exact requirements of a company’s specific workloads may also provide performance advantages over what could be achieved with a public cloud platform.

The Zadara Storage Solution Spans Both Public and Private Cloud Platforms

The Zadara Storage Cloud provides a common storage solution for both public and private clouds. Its VPSA Storage Arrays support each of the major public cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). They also form the basis of many private cloud implementations. The Zadara Storage architecture also provides resource isolation, so users gain the benefits of multi-tenant public clouds, but with the security and predictable performance of a private cloud. Whether they use the public cloud, a private cloud, or a hybrid combination of the two, Zadara customers receive all the benefits of the cloud model, including paying a monthly fee for just the amount of storage they actually use. And Zadara takes on the responsibility to monitor and support the customer’s storage, whether on-site or in the public cloud.

If you would like to know more about how Zadara can help you develop a comprehensive cloud solution for your company, please download the ‘Zadara Storage Cloud’ whitepaper.

September 13, 2017

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Why the Hybrid Cloud Is Gaining Momentum

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Today, cloud computing has become the standard operating mode for businesses of all sizes. According to RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Report, fully 95 percent of the respondents to their survey are now making use of the cloud in one form or another.

Companies that are using cloud computing have a choice of three approaches: the public cloud, a private cloud, or the hybrid cloud, which seeks to combine the advantages of both the public and private cloud models. With a hybrid cloud, companies divide their IT workloads between an on-premises private cloud and the public cloud. According to the State of the Cloud Report, “hybrid clouds have become the preferred strategy at 85 percent of enterprises,” up from 82 percent the previous year.

Why has the hybrid cloud gained such favor among so many organizations? Let’s take a quick look at some of its advantages.

Data Security

Probably the number one consideration that leads companies to use a hybrid cloud is the need to keep their most sensitive data secure. Many IT administrators still have doubts that the public cloud, with its multi-tenancy model and universal accessibility via the internet, can provide the level of data protection they require. That’s especially true for organizations in industries like finance or healthcare, that are subject to regulatory compliance requirements concerning the way personal information is handled.

By using a hybrid cloud, companies can keep their most sensitive or mission-critical information safely at home, on their own premises and behind their own firewalls, while still having access to the benefits of the public cloud for data that is less sensitive.

Flexibility

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From a purely operational perspective, perhaps the biggest advantage of the hybrid cloud is the level of flexibility it offers. In contrast with the public cloud, companies have complete control over the on-premises portion of their hybrid cloud solution. They can customize hardware and software to exactly fit the needs of their workloads, thus maximizing the efficient use of their on-site resources. At the same time, they can move workloads or data into the public cloud as needed or permitted by data security or regulatory concerns. For example, many hybrid cloud installations make use of a technique called “cloud bursting,” in which applications running in-house can spill over to the public cloud to accommodate sudden surges in the demand for compute or storage resources.

Backup/Restore and Disaster Recovery

A very important consequence of the ability to move both data storage and compute resources between a private, on-premises environment and the public cloud is that business continuity and disaster recovery regimes can be cost-effectively optimized. For example, the use of software-defined storage (SDS) provides access to advanced data protection features such as remote replication, mirroring, compression, deduplication, and snapshotting. With these, an organization of whatever size can implement enterprise-level backup/restore and disaster recovery capabilities across its entire IT infrastructure, both on-premises and in the cloud, from a single point of control.

A good example of how a unified data protection scheme can span both private and public clouds is the Zadara Storage Cloud. Zadara installs VPSA Storage Arrays at customer locations for use in on-site private cloud implementations. In addition, VPSA Storage Arrays are already installed in the facilities of major cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and others. Under software control, data can be automatically and transparently mirrored between VPSA Storage Arrays both from on-site to a cloud service, or from cloud to cloud.

Performance

One of the inherent difficulties of the public cloud is that when data is physically housed in locations that are geographically distant from users, latency effects can put a cap on performance. With a hybrid solution, performance-intensive workloads can be housed on-site, with data storage and servers in close proximity to one another, while less demanding applications can run in the cloud.

Cost Effectiveness

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A hybrid cloud can provide cost advantages in a number of ways. For example, workloads that are already successfully running on existing hardware in a company’s data center can stay where they are rather than having to undergo the often complex and disruptive exercise of being adapted to run in the cloud. In this way, an organization’s investment in legacy hardware need not be lost.

On the other hand, by making use of the compute and storage services available in the public cloud, companies can avoid capital expense (CapEx) spending to acquire or replace on-premises hardware. Instead, they can take advantage of the cloud’s as-a-service model to obtain the storage and computational resources they need on an operating expense (OpEx) basis. Zadara, for example, provides storage services for a monthly fee. Customers pay only for the amount of storage they actually use in any given billing period, no matter how many VPSA Storage Arrays may be installed at their site.

Is The Hybrid Cloud a Good Option For Your Company?

The move toward cloud computing continues to gather steam. In many cases, enterprises will eventually move the majority of their workloads to the public cloud. But for those companies with I/O performance or data security concerns, the hybrid cloud will continue its reign as the enterprise computing environment of choice for some time to come.

If you’d like to explore how a hybrid cloud could work for your company, please download the ‘Zadara Storage Cloud’ whitepaper.

August 2, 2017

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How MSPs Can Sell Enterprise Backup and Recovery Services

In today’s 24/7/365 commercial environment, information is a crucial resource for almost any business.  With that said, enterprise backup and recovery services are critical.

A company that loses access to its data for even just minutes will almost certainly suffer significant negative repercussions.

For example, every hour of downtime can cost a Fortune 1000 enterprise an average of $500,000 to $1 million. Plus, companies risk long-term loss of both customers and reputation.

Many times businesses don’t really understand how vulnerable they are to a potentially catastrophic loss of data due to disruptions such as man-made or natural disasters, hardware/software failures, malware attacks, or ill-advised actions by workers that can result in critical information being inadvertently (or deliberately) deleted or corrupted. Without a comprehensive backup solution in place, companies run the risk of critical and irreplaceable data disappearing in an instant due to some unanticipated circumstance.

Yet many businesses lack a viable strategy for ensuring that their vital information is adequately backed up and recoverable. Far too many companies aren’t consistently backing up their data at all. And many of those that do are actually more vulnerable than they know because their backup process doesn’t cover all the necessary bases.

That’s where a Managed IT Services Provider (MSP) can perform a vital service for its customers. Many businesses don’t have the time, money, or expertise to craft an adequate backup plan on their own. But a good MSP can help identify and implement enterprise-class backup solutions that will keep their clients’ data safe and available in almost any circumstance.

To learn more about Zadara Storage enterprise backup and recovery services, click here to join our webinar, “Why Service Providers Love Zadara Storage” on June 7th. 

Why Many Companies Have Inadequate Data Backup

The biggest reason many businesses skimp on their enterprise backup and recovery services is cost. It’s undeniable that implementing a good backup plan requires an investment of funds that might seem to be more urgently needed elsewhere. That often leads to companies relying on solutions that are less costly, but also less comprehensive and reliable.

Many times IT managers believe they are covered because workers are backing up their data to some type of on-premises storage on a daily or weekly basis. Or the company may maintain an account with a cloud backup service that automatically uploads data from servers or employee computers on a preset schedule.

But such practices can give an organization a false sense of security. It’s not uncommon for businesses that have some type of backup solution in place when they lose data to still have to call on a professional data recovery service to retrieve information that the company’s backup system was not able to fully restore.

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What a First-Class Data Backup Solution Looks Like

Sometimes small businesses settle for inadequate backup because they are unaware of the enterprise backup and recovery services features that they need. The backup solutions offered by Zadara Storage provide a good picture of what a modern enterprise-grade backup system looks like.

For example, Zadara’s VPSA Storage Array technology enables backup to both on-premises and remote storage in order to ensure that a local disaster, such as a fire or flood, can’t wipe out both the original data and the backup at the same time. In addition, all data is RAID protected, which ensures that copies of the data are dispersed across several disks so that a drive failure will not cause data loss.

The Zadara technology allows automatic, continuous, incremental backups, with frequent zero-impact snapshots not only of data but of the operating system and running applications as well. This, along with mirroring to local and remote storage, enables automatic failover to virtual servers in the cloud or on site. If a local server should suddenly go down, these already-provisioned backup servers can instantly kick in, allowing a client’s applications to continue running without interruption. Moreover, with Zadara’s multi-zone and multi-cloud capabilities, even if a major cloud provider such as AWS or Microsoft Azure suffers an outage, the backup system can still provide customers with continuous access to their data.

Other features of a top-notch enterprise backup solution include unlimited scaling, in-flight and at-rest encryption, and centralized management. A critical service an MSP can add is continuous verification of backups, to ensure not only that client data is backed up correctly, but that it can, in fact, be recovered.

 

How MSPs Can Encourage Clients To Adopt Enterprise Backup and Recovery Services

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MSPs, as trusted partners in helping companies get the best from their IT investments, have the opportunity to educate their clients about the dangers, potentially to the very survival of the business, of making less than adequate provisions for backing up critical data. At the same time, the MSP must be able to provide a solution that not only meets the required operational standards but which also is affordable within the client’s budget constraints.

That’s why partnering with a top-notch STaaS (storage-as-a-service) provider like Zadara Storage is key. Because the STaaS model is inherently more technically comprehensive and cost effective than solutions involving traditional storage, MSPs that take the initiative to encourage clients to upgrade their backup capability can offer enterprise-grade backup at a small business price point.

If you’d like to know more about how you can provide your customers with backup services that are more comprehensive and cost-effective than they can achieve on their own, please download the ‘Zadara Storage Cloud’ whitepaper.

May 17, 2017

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How DRaaS Allows Service Providers To Offer Enterprise Disaster Recovery To Customers

Are you ready to provide enterprise disaster recovery to your customers when an unexpected disaster strikes? When disaster strikes any business, whether large or small, its most vital functions can be disrupted with little or no warning. And if the organization is not well prepared to resume operations in the shortest possible time, it can suddenly find that its very survival is threatened.

The statistics are sobering. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than ninety percent of businesses directly impacted by a disaster will fail within two years. In fact, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that 40 percent of such businesses never reopen their doors at all after the emergency.

Yet many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are not well prepared to handle a disaster if it should strike. The biggest reason is that implementing an effective disaster recovery (DR) solution can be extremely costly. The traditional approach has been to set up duplicate, geographically separate IT facilities that can take over if the organization’s main data center is disabled. The costs of the hardware, software, staff, and management resources needed to provide that kind of backup have proven so substantial as to discourage many companies from even attempting to adequately prepare themselves for a potentially debilitating disaster.

But with the advent of cloud-based Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), that no longer need be the case. By incorporating a first class DRaaS solution into their own offerings, IT managed service providers (MSPs) can now offer their clients enterprise-level disaster recovery at affordable prices.

Sign up for our webinar on June 7th “Why Service Providers Love Zadara Enterprise Cloud Storage” to learn more.

What Is DRaaS?

As the name implies, DRaaS allows companies to purchase disaster recovery services from a cloud storage provider instead of setting up and running their own DR facilities. Rather than having to use capital funds to purchase DR hardware and software up front, customers simply pay a monthly service fee based on their actual usage of the DRaaS vendor’s services. The vendor will also provide the management oversight required to meet targets such as customer-specified RTO (recovery time objective) and RPO (recovery point objective) levels.

With DRaaS, copies of the client’s data and even entire virtual machines, are stored in the cloud. The DRaaS vendor furnishes both the compute and storage resources needed to support the client’s workloads. When a disruption occurs with the organization’s primary data center, operations can automatically failover to the cloud. A first class DRaaS provider will offer multiple backup sites to insure that a customer’s data won’t be impacted by localized disasters. For example, Zadara Storage allows customers to synchronously replicate their data to any of more than 30 public crowds around the world, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Advantages of DRaaS

DRaaS can offer a level of disaster recovery functionality that would be very difficult for most companies to achieve on their own. For example, a top-rated vendor, such as Zadara Storage, will provide the highest levels of security for customers’ data. Zadara Storage Clouds™ are physically located in some of the most secure data centers in the world. These facilities incorporate sophisticated physical security features such as biometric access controls and 24×7 surveillance. Stringent identity management controls, along with in-place and in-flight encryption, insure that only authorized users can gain remote access to the data.

A DRaaS Success Story

think Procurement describes itself as “Australia’s most unique eProcurement platform.” think’s IT infrastructure is almost entirely housed within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment. When the company’s management identified a need for a disaster recovery solution that spanned both on-site storage and the cloud, they turned to a Melbourne-based IT professional services company, RedBear IT, to develop a solution. RedBear partnered with Zadara Storage to quickly implement a cost effective, simple to manage multi-cloud DR solution.

think Procurement’s management was quite pleased with the result of this collaboration between their MSP and Zadara Storage.  Steve Ash, COO of think said, “As cloud-based DR, the Zadara solution designed by the RedBear IT team saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars by comparison to a typical ‘traditional’ disaster recovery solution”. The full case study can be found here.

 

DRaaS Works Both For MSPs and for Their Clients

Managed IT services companies that work with top-notch cloud storage providers such as Zadara Storage can gain a real competitive advantage by offering their SMB clients the highest level of disaster recovery services. If you’d like to explore how partnering with Zadara can open new doors for your business, please download the ‘Zadara Storage Managed Services’ whitepaper.

April 5, 2017

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Storage Disaster Recovery: Using the Right Tools to Match Your Objectives

When setting up your storage architecture, there are lots of considerations. One of the most important is how you will handle backup and restoration. Traditionally, this requires installing some sort of proprietary backup software. However, that isn’t your only option anymore, and it may not be the best option based on your storage performance and storage disaster recovery requirements. We’ll talk about matching the right storage solutions to your backup needs in a moment. First, let’s consider the actual costs of downtime in the data center.

Storage Disaster Recovery: The Real Costs of Downtime

Downtime appears out of the blue to suck productivity and profits, damage your brand reputation, and drive down your customer service ratings. UPS systems and other equipment failures are the most common reason for downtime, followed by service provider outages, and dreaded cyber crimes.

For years, research firms and other organizations quoted downtime at $7,900 per minute. The latest research raises that to about $9,000 per minute, which represents a rise in costs of 38 percent in just five years. The average outage runs up a tab of $740,357. According to the same study, the maximum cost of downtime by the businesses surveyed was up by 81 percent to $2,409,991.

But that’s just the cost of productivity losses. It doesn’t include other tangible and intangible losses due to downtime, including any data lost during the outage that is unrecoverable, any legal or regulatory costs due to the event, damaged equipment, and the damage to the brand’s reputation within the industry and in the eyes of customers. It also fails to include losses of opportunity — how many new customers would have bought during the downtime that will never come back again?

The Causes of Downtime

A previous study on data center downtime revealed that the average length of incidents in data centers was 86 minutes. A complete data center outage lasts an average of 119 minutes. Partial outages generally last about 56 minutes, and about 91 percent (almost all) of data centers experience at least one unplanned outage within a given two-year period.

What causes downtime? The biggest cause is equipment failures, which account for about 40 percent of all data center outages. Though it makes more headlines, cyber crimes lead to only about 18 percent of data center outages, yet it is by far the fastest growing reason, climbing from just 10 percent of all outages to 18 percent of outages between the years 2010 and 2013 (the last year for which statistics are available).

How the Right Storage Solution Helps Minimize Downtime for Speedy Storage Disaster Recovery


The right storage solution can double as your backup and DR system, meaning you get cost savings in addition to improved storage performance.

There are several ways to approach backup and disaster recovery solutions in terms of storage performance. Each technique should be evaluated and leveraged, as-needed, to address your data protection goals. One is by using proprietary backup and DR software, but this is usually a time-consuming process. Cloud-based service providers take all the hassle out of backup and DR by shifting the storage, security, and maintenance issues to the cloud provider, freeing up your internal IT staff.

Another option is snapshots. Snapshots are instant backup copies of the data, which can be made available to other applications immediately, on demand. Snapshots tend to be faster and less disruptive than most traditional backup methods.

Data mirroring is another option. Mirroring copies the data from one location to a storage device, and does so in real time. The information stored is an exact replica of the data as it was produced. Data mirroring can be done either locally or offsite.

 

Backup Storage Options

Evaluate each option based on what your storage performance, Recovery Point Objectives (RPO), and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) are. Snapshots and Mirroring are great tools, but for different reasons. They each protect against different things. Snapshots allow you to roll back to any point in time, nearly instantaneously and with Zadara, avoid the typical high cost of storage. Mirrors (local and remote) protect against site failure, but often take longer to recover.

Typically, you need a mix of tools to meet your RPT and RTO objectives. The only common denominator is that older backup/recovery tools have become obsolete and architecting the right solution up front will save you time and money in the short/long term.

Taking a deeper look at your storage options will help you determine which are right for your backup and DR needs. Download the ‘Zadara Storage Cloud’ whitepaper to learn more.

August 16, 2016

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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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Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) Enterprise Suite – data management and protection now included

Helping Customers Take Advantage of Disaster Recovery, Data Protection and Advanced Data Management Features in the Public Cloud

Zadara’s Virtual Private Storage Array™ (VPSA™) Enterprise Suite, our popular bundle of snapshots, clones, remote replication and data encryption features, is now available at no extra charge, so customers can take even more advantage of advanced data protection and management features and enjoy continued safe and sound data storage with Zadara Storage NAS and SAN in the cloud solutions.
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April 30, 2014

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Disaster Recovery in the Cloud – 6 Key Challenges to Building a Data Replication System

Why Cloud for Disaster Recovery? 

The failure domain is a main cloud consideration for many enterprises and businesses who seek an affordable, manageable solution for protecting their data from loss. The ability to replicate business data to a secondary off-site location—without building and managing an additional IT data center and infrastructure—is a great cost- and management effort saving benefit. For smaller enterprises and businesses, the cloud provides implement a disaster recovery plan that would have not been otherwise possible.

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January 30, 2014

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Video: Asynchronous Remote Replication between AWS US-West and US-East Regions

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Zadara Cloud Block Storage Virtual Private Storage Arrays (VPSA) are a software-defined SAN and NAS array on demand, featuring dedicated drives, HA dual controllers, RAID level selection, volume-wise IO throttling, volume sharing, clustering and hourly usage billing. VPSA’s are available by-the-hour at leading public clouds, and as licensable software-defined storage solution for private clouds, service providers and various on-premise environments.

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May 29, 2013

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