Everywhere you look, there are signs of uncertainty. Each of these concerns impact financial markets, demand for products and services, as well as corporate/consumer confidence. With uncertain times like this, it is difficult to make strategic decisions about forecasting storage demand and to make large capital expense purchases.
IT managers face challenging decisions every day:
• How much storage capacity will I need today, next year, or in 3-5 years?
• What will my storage I/O look like today, next year or in 3-5 years?
• How much will my company grow in the next few years?
• How much of my limited capital budget am I willing to risk on purchasing new hardware?
Over-purchasing and over-provisioning is an IT manager’s nightmare, but it’s also safer in many ways than under purchasing. Most IT managers would rather have excess idle resources then not enough resources when their customers need it. How can IT managers eliminate the need to pull out the proverbial crystal ball and forecast during uncertain times?
Immortal Storage: From CapEx to OpEx
By shifting from a CapEx business model to an OpEx business model your storage becomes immortal. By definition, this means “living forever, never decaying or dying.” In the storage world this means that your storage becomes a “service” that can live-and-breathe. You can grow your storage (or shrink) as-needed and you only pay for what you use. You can change the “personality” of your storage.
Suppose for a minute that today your storage is only accessed heavily during the last week of the month. What if next year, it is accessed heavily 3 weeks out of the month? You would need to change your storage hardware. With a CapEx purchase, this may be difficult. However, with Storage-as-a-Service you are only a few clicks away from changing the elements within your storage environment.
This cost-effective solution can put your mind at ease even though we truly never know what’s going to happen next in the economy. An OpEx, consumption-based pricing model safeguards your budgeting and financial decisions forever. It won’t matter what the newspaper reports tomorrow because your storage is future-proof in an OpEx model. You can respond immediately to increase, decrease or completely change your storage resources as-needed.
Zadara Storage-as-a-Service to the Rescue
The Zadara Storage Cloud, we leverage Intel® Xeon® processors and Intel® Solid State Drives to build award-winning, patented Software Defined Storage that gives you the flexibility to put your storage in any location (cloud, hybrid or on-premise), supporting any data type (block, file or object) and supporting any protocol (fibre-channel, iSCSI, iSER, NFS, CIFS, S3 or Swift). With the Zadara Storage Cloud, you simply can’t make a mistake, because you can always change your storage resources.
As a member of the Intel® Storage Builders program and by working closely with Intel® architects and engineers, we have leveraged the power and reliability of Intel® Xeon® servers, Intel® Solid State Drive and other technologies to build highly-reliable, agile and scalable Software Defined Storage (SDS), that provides users with state of the art service-based solutions.
In uncertain times, the one certainty is that you need to stay flexible. Leverage the Zadara Storage Cloud to give yourself the key flexibility you need.