CoreSite Adds Storage as a Service In LA With Zadara
February 19th, 2014 By: Jason Verge
Data center provider CoreSite is offering storage as a service through enterprise storage provider Zadara. The service is tailored to media customers in Los Angeles with high storage requirements. This is the latest in a series of announcements of colocation and wholesale data center providers layering services atop of their baseline space offerings. This allows CoreSite to offer a flexible cloud storage in a single tenant setting, billed hourly.
“CoreSite is proud to provide services to enable Zadara’s enterprise-class VPSA solution which offers the scalability to add or change storage capacity at will throughout our Los Angeles facilities,” said Brian Warren, Senior Vice President at CoreSite. “In addition to storage-as-a-service from Zadara, our local customers can interconnect to cloud-based IT resources and applications resources as part of CoreSite’s Open Cloud Exchange community of enterprises and networks and cloud providers.”
Zadara offers flexible SAN and NAS “as a service” without upfront costs or long term commitments. CoreSite will now offer the Zadara Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) for block and file SAN and NAS at CoreSite’s downtown Los Angeles facility at One Wilshire. Zadara’s dedicated hardware is located on premises at CoreSite’s facilities, adjacent to CoreSite customers’ compute resources, and connected to servers by CoreSite’s high-speed fiber lines. The architecture allows exceptional Quality of Service for even the massive data volume needs of the entertainment industry.
“Organizations are either staying put on traditional storage because they haven’t found the enterprise-grade features they need in the cloud or they’ve had frustrating experiences with rudimentary cloud storage that required complex architectures or yielded insufficient or unreliable performance,” said Nelson Nahum, CEO of Zadara Storage. “Through our relationship with CoreSite we’re eager to help more service providers and enterprises start moving more of their business applications to the cloud.”
The LA service specifically targets media & entertainment community with enterprise-grade, high IO, high Quality of Service primary storage needs as well as for backup and repository applications.
Other features available in the cloud include NFS, CIFS, clustering, large volume sizes, asynchronous replication, and read/write clones. Zadara provides dedicated disks, virtual controllers, and separate networking to achieve single-tenant, predictable performance, but since it’s delivered via cloud, offers a multi-tenant price and ease of deployment.
Each customer receives its own management interface where they can add or eliminate disks, as well as control a wealth of other configurations such as disk or SSD, adjusting controller capacity, and other fine tuning. Storage is prices at around 11 cents per gigabyte per month, depending on controller and disk selection.
Zadara’s VPSA is now live in 11 cities globally, allowing expansive replication and backup possibilities.
The release was times with the Hollywood Post Alliance event in Indian Wells, CA, where broadcasters, studio industry leaders and their partners gathered to discuss new cloud options, among other trends.