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JetStream DR on Cloudian offers MSPs lower-cost DRaaS

A California-based managed service provider has deployed a new disaster-recovery-as-a-service offering that integrates JetStream Software’s DR product with Cloudian’s object storage technology.

Enterprise Networking Solutions Inc. (ENS-Inc), an MSP based in Rancho Cordova, Calif., said it is the first service provider to use the DRaaS product JetStream DR on Cloudian. The DRaaS offering, which targets customers using VMware vSphere, continuously replicates data from customers’ VMs to Cloudian’s object store, housed in an off-site recovery environment.

ENS-Inc has used JetStream DR as an MSP partner for about two years, having beta-tested the product in 2018. The MSP has also used Cloudian’s HyperStore platform as an archival storage tier for three years.

Paul Smitham, president at ENS-Inc, said combining the technologies for DRaaS can reduce costs by 60%. MSPs can pass the cost savings along to customers. 

“DR sometimes is very expensive and, a lot of times, people don’t think they need it because it is so expensive,” Smitham said.

ENS-Inc has provided JetStream DR on Cloudian for about six months, originally on a beta basis. The offering is now in general use. “We have customers on it, and we are starting to get more and more,” Smitham said.

DR sometimes is very expensive and, a lot of times, people don’t think they need it because it is so expensive.
Paul SmithamPresident, ENS-Inc

Additional cost savings stem from the use of JetStream DR, which Smitham said costs much less than competitive products from vendors such as Veeam and Zerto. He noted those products don’t extend to object storage yet.

At the moment, ENS-Inc uses JetStream DR on Cloudian to replicate customers’ data to DR sites in Rancho Cordova and Las Vegas.

Rich Petersen, president and co-founder at JetStream, said feedback from partners such as ENS-Inc has helped prioritize the development of new features. “We have been getting a lot of great guidance,” he said.

Jon Toor, CMO at Cloudian, added that service providers have represented a major slice of the Cloudian’s target market since the company’s launch in 2011. He suggested object storage has found a home in the data protection world.

“Object storage has really emerged as the de facto target for backup software and continuous replication software,” he said. “[DRaaS] is the kind of use case Cloudian was designed for.”

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StorONE launches S1aaS, a new storage-as-a-service product

StorONE has announced S1 as a Service, which integrates StorONE’s S1 storage service with Dell Technologies and Mellanox hardware.

One of the key components to S1aaS is the Total Resource Utilization (TRU) feature. This feature maximizes communication channels and balance between storage media and CPU utilization, according to StorONE. Additionally, one platform supports all storage services, all protocols and all media types.

StorONE designed TRU over the course of eight years and aims to remove underutilization in order to give customers 80% more capacity and performance from the same hardware. StorONE claims this gives the lowest capital expenditure and operational expenditure costs available.

Additionlly, S1 gives users hardware freedom, where they are not locked into a particular vendor’s pricing or portfolio. S1 is software-defined storage, which enables IT admins to manage shared storage resources through a single dashboard.

A study by ESG Research in 2017 about European storage trends found that nearly 60% of organizations have deployed or are looking into software-defined storage, while 21% are interested in it in the long term.

In an effort to improve data protection, StorONE designed S1 to speed up drive rebuild times, replace dedicated hot spares with an abstracted system with more granular resiliency and reduce costs. StorONE also uses erasure coding to give users unlimited, nestable, writable and persistent snapshots.

S1aaS can be deployed on premises but is available with a cloudlike subscription model. Organizations are billed monthly, quarterly or yearly, and capacity and performance are user-defined. Pricing starts at $999 per month for an 18 TB all-flash array (AFA), delivering 150,000 IOPS. For $1,797 per month, users receive a 36 TB AFA, delivering 250,000 IOPS. The 54 TB AFA and 300,000 IOPS option costs $2,497 per month.

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