Starcom Selects Zadara VPSA Storage to Support their Managed Services Business Worldwide
Zadara Virtual Private Storage Array with Multi-Zone HA replaces EMC and NetApp Arrays in US and UK
BARCELONA, SPAIN – VMworld, Booth #S419 – October 13, 2015 – Zadara™ Storage, the provider of enterprise-class storage-as-a-service (STaaS), and Starcom today announced that Zadara’s award-winning Virtual Private Storage Array™ (VPSA™) platform has been selected by Starcom to replace their EMC VNX and NetApp FAS storage arrays. The VPSA solution will support their VMware- and Microsoft-based applications in data centers located in Europe and North America.
Starcom is the UK’s leading supplier of integrated business systems for the retail, manufacturing and distribution sectors. As part of a strategic IT infrastructure review, Starcom investigated the leading enterprise storage vendors for alternative solutions. After a rigorous evaluation, Starcom selected the Zadara VPSA solution to support their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Intelligence and e-commerce, hosting and managed services businesses. By leveraging Zadara’s On-Premise as a Service (OPaaS) solution, they gain the benefits of an OpEx, pay-as-you-go model, but with the control of having the storage reside physically inside their data centers. With Zadara’s advanced data protection features including snapshots, clones, replication and data encryption, the Starcom team are comfortable that their critical data is well protected. To add an additional level of high-availability, they are deploying Zadara’s Multi-Zone HA feature between data centers, which provides metropolitan failover should one of their data centers suffer a catastrophic failure. To provide the highest levels of performance, Starcom is implementing Zadara’s endpoint iSER connectivity option between the VPSA storage and the compute servers.
“We chose Zadara Storage because they provided the enterprise class performance and data protection features necessary to support our critical applications,” said Steve Donaghue, Director of Hosting Services at Starcom. “By implementing the Zadara iSER option, we are seeing 33% more IOPS in our VMware environment. We found their On-Premise as a Service offering to be far more flexible and cost-effective than the EMC and NetApp products we had been using. Additionally, we recognized significant savings by moving from a CapEx charge to an OpEx consumption approach that complements our business model.”
“We have monitored Zadara Storage for several years and are impressed with both their technology and their ability to stay ahead of the competition,” said Simon Robinson, research vice president at 451 Research. “As the industry continues to adopt an as-a-service model, we are not surprised to see more and more companies aligning with Zadara to leverage their VPSA architecture.”
“Starcom is an excellent customer for Zadara Storage and we are pleased to welcome them to the family,” said Dani Naor, vice president, international sales, at Zadara Storage. “With the Zadara VPSA platform they are able to offer their customers a truly enterprise-class, on-demand cloud platform with comprehensive high-availability features and a guaranteed quality of service.”
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Starcom is the result of the merger between an international hosting provider and an on-site infrastructure specialist with over 25 years’ collective experience delivering on-premise and cloud server design and support, providing them with a unique combination of skills, experience and ability.
Starcom not only provide cloud solutions, they also have on-premise technicians and infrastructure, support, consultancy and systems integration services to provide clients with maximum flexibility – enabling them to get the most value from their IT infrastructure.
About Zadara Storage
Zadara Storage offers enterprise storage-as-a-service, delivering high-performance, highly available file and block storage. The company’s patented, software-defined Virtual Private Storage Arrays™ (VPSA™) deliver flexible, multi-tenant enterprise SAN and NAS technology for peta-scale primary and secondary storage. With isolated resources, exceptional data security, and management control, VPSAs meet the most stringent Service-Level Agreements (SLAs). Zadara is available both via OPaaS (On-Premise as a Service) and through a wide range of worldwide cloud and colocation providers, including value-added relationships with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Dimension Data, TelecityGroup, CloudSigma, and others. Visit www.zadarastorage.com, the Zadara Blog, or on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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