Over the years since we started selling NetApp equipment in 1998 we learned that the Sys Admins and the Network Admins loved their NetApp equipment. The problem for many of the storage folks was that purchasing new NetApp equipment required justifications and often a large capital expenditure which was hard to acquire from management. Additionally, within a few years of acquisition they faced a forced upgrade or high annual support costs for their NetApp legacy equipment. Both options create difficult choices for many Storage Administrators, most of whom don't enjoy writing budget proposals or costs justification.
In 2002, we answered many of our customers questions and concerns about the high cost of Legacy NetaApp support when we introduced our independent enterprise level service and support for NetApp equipment at a very reasonable price point. Yearly service contracts start at just $1500.00/yr USD. Since 2002, our business has grown into an international business supporting filers all over the world from our offices in the USA, UK and Australia mostly by word of mouth references and referrals.
In 2008 we began to hear from our customers that they needed an enterprise archive solution that was affordable, reliable, easily scalable, and built to last for the long term without the 2 to 3 year forced upgrade that NetApp seems to favor. Working with our customers through 2009 we designed a storage solution that could provide them a PetaByte of storage that would help keep their bean counters smiling in the back offices.
We began selling our SimplStor in 2010 and we are introducing our newest release of the product in June. And just like last year's version, we have customers who have ordered the product for delivery already and we have our first installation scheduled for early June with an international client.
For 2011, we increased our SimplStor density and performance, and upgraded the File System while keeping our price point low and easy to understand. The base head includes 68TB of storage and lists for $20,000.00 USD, and if you want to add our 90TB shelves the list price is $20,000. SimplStor is simple to install, simple to expand, includes one year of parts replacement and meets the price point that our customers requested.
Our customers depend on their NetApp equipment, and with Zerowait support they can continue to use it for their primary storage. With SimplStor our customers now have a complimentary option for their NetApp primary storage when they need an affordable archive solution for their secodary and tertiary storage requirements.
In addition, when our customers add a F5 ARX switch, they can easily implement a seamless storage tiering and single namespace strategy.
If you are looking for an affordable, reliable and scalable enterprise storage solution, Zerowait has the answer.