By now, most people, especially those in the position to shop for IT products and services, are aware of the “aaS” or “as a Service” offerings. Currently, you can get a wide range of aaS offerings, including infrastructure, platform, application, storage, disaster recovery, database, monitoring, communications, and in case you can’t narrow it down: XaaS or “Everything as a Service” (also sometimes called “Anything as a Service”). To date there is no Kitchen Sink as a Service, but stay tuned. Since it’s new to the industry, many people wonder how On-Premise Storage-as-a-Service works.
You Can Have Your STaaS and Eat Your Data On-Premises Too
Now you don’t have to choose between low-cost cloud storage and the security of onsite storage. You can have your cake and eat it too.
The majority of those services are offered only in the cloud. In other words, a vendor of DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) is offering to store your backups and other DR plans and documentation in the cloud. Hence, aaS services are usually assumed to be cloud-only services. A large number of businesses, particularly enterprises with huge databases filled with proprietary secrets and valuable customer data, don’t want to use services in the cloud. They want to keep their top-secret and highly-sensitive data on the premises, thank you very much.
What they aren’t aware of is the concept of on-premises aaS. Storage is now available aaS and on-premises.
How On-Premise Storage-as-a-Service Works
Wouldn’t it be nice to have the speed when you need it, but not have to pay for it when you weren’t using it? That’s just one of the many benefits of Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) by Zadara Storage.
On-premises STaaS (Storage as a Service) allows you to keep all of your data on premises, and pay only for the capacity you consume. This gives you even more advantages than just keeping your data in-house and keeping storage costs low. It also allows you to shift storage expenses from the CapEx side of your ledger sheets to the OpEx side. Additionally, with STaaS, you can get exactly what you need, precisely when you need it, but you pay for only what you need, only when you need it.
On-premises STaaS works much like a car lease, only it’s better. It’s like leasing, but only paying for the miles you drive instead of paying for all of the time you keep the vehicle. The other way that it’s better is that you can get the kind of car you need at any given time, and only pay for what you use. For example, say you need an SUV with lots of seating and storage space during the week to haul kids and equipment, but you also need an economy car to commute back and forth to work, and a high-performance sports car to zoom around and have fun in on the weekends.
This is what on-premises STaaS does for your storage needs. When you need lots of rugged horsepower it delivers lots of CPU. When you need lots of storage space, it delivers greater capacity. When you simply need rugged utility, it’s got that, too. You just aren’t paying for the Ferrari to sit in the driveway while you’re puttering along on the Interstate in your Prius.
According to industry research, most organizations will eventually migrate to some type of enterprise SaaS. IT Brand Pulse predicts that OpEx spending on storage, including on-premises SaaS, will grow over the next few years. By the year 2020, OpEx for SaaS will grow to 50 percent of all storage spending, and by 2023, it will reach 80 percent of all storage spending.
Zadara Storage has the STaaS you need. To learn more about Zadara’s on-premises STaaS solutions, download the IT Brand Pulse Brand Leader Profile Report!