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Launch of On-Premise as a Service model set to disrupt cloud storage market

Thu 7 Aug 2014

A newly coined ‘On-Premise as a Service’ (OPaaS) private cloud solution made its debut today. Zadara Storage, the global cloud storage group, revealed its OPaaS option is available immediately and looks to redefine data storage services.

Zadara’s OPaaS will deliver “fully-managed, on-premise Storage Area Network (SAN) and Network Attached Storage (NAS) private cloud solutions.” The Pay-As-You-Go storage option will be physically delivered to the company, a colocation facility or via a service provider and sits alongside the firm’s popular Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA).

The storage specialist claimed its product will be the first cloud storage solution which takes away the need for capital expenditure. Despite this, it also promises to still offer the traditional benefits of enterprise storage, as well as the flexibility and rapid scaling features of other cloud-based solutions.

Zadara’s OPaas also provides IT managers with the option of conventional hard (HDD) or solid state (SDD) drives, as well as the capability to adjust scale online. It is all owned and centrally managed by Zadara, and includes a service-level agreement (SLA), hardware replacement service, remote monitoring, as well as general support.

“Zadara’s VPSA OPaaS is a unique solution,” said Ben Woo, managing director at global research firm Neuralytix.

“Enterprises and service providers alike are looking for storage-as-a-service that is simple and rapid to deploy, infinitely scalable, does not take up precious personnel time, and comes with a pay-per-use model. Zadara’s OPaaS represents this contemporary approach to storage,” he continued.

Zadara manages all of the assets for the customer and will charge them based on their consumption. There are no upfront costs and the minimum commitment to the solution is six months.

“With our OPaaS offering, customers’ monthly costs fluctuate depending on how much storage they use that month. Zadara OPaaS has no fixed term length and customers can use the service for as little as 6 months or in perpetuity,” Noam Shendar, Zadara’s VP of business development told Forbes reporter Ben Kepes.

A further advantage of this cloud storage model is the ability to create hybrid clouds by joining to Zadara Storage VPSA in public cloud spaces such as AWS and Microsoft Azure. Zadara also suggested its OPaaS storage would be well adapted for applications running cloud-based disaster recovery where extra cloud computing resources are applied as supplements when needed.

“This is IT the way IT managers want to buy it – managed, elastic, and private,” said Nelson Nahum, CEO of Zadara Storage.

“Tens of thousands of organisations have applications that need to stay on premise and behind the firewall, but so far that has meant they’ve been excluded from many of the benefits of software-defined storage. No more. With Zadara’s OPaaS solution, IT teams are free to save time, budget and hassle while gaining the incredible elasticity and agility scale they need,” Nahum added.

However, some experts remain sceptical about the claimed novelty of OPaaS. “This offering is more flexible than traditional leasing arrangements. But it still doesn’t get near the flexibility of true cloud offerings” said Kepes.

“This is a vaguely new approach to a couple of existing models, I’m pretty dubious about whether it’s really deserving of a whole new acronym,” he concluded.

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