Friday, August 04, 2017

More Storage, More Flexibility, Less Money - Balance Required

Since we introduced our SimplStor Affordable Petabyte earlier this year we have had quite a few of our NetApp support customers ask us if we could provide them with a special feature or two for their environment if they migrated to SimplStor. Our SimplStor platform was designed to be flexible while NetApp builds a standardized product and forces their customers to adapt their workflows to their products. Zerowait’s philosophy is to build a flexible product that adapts to our customers’ environments.

To make it easy for our customers to move to SimplStor, our first job was to create an extremely flexible financing and leasing program. Our program includes trade-in value for used NetApp equipment and other incentives to help our customers match their workflows and storage requirements to their budgets. Job number 2 was to create a set of interoperable hardware solutions that could grow with our customer’s needs. 

Our customers wanted Scalability, Flexibility, and Reliability in an affordable high-density package.  Quite the balancing act!  We are now shipping to our customers systems that range from 120TB in 2U to a 1  Petabyte solution in 8U that scales to 7.5 Petabytes in a standard rack.

If you would like to discuss this solution which provides you with the flexibility needed to migrate your data to a very affordable and scalable storage solution, please feel free to contact us with a time/date to arrange a conference call with you and your team. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Storage Capacity vs Budget: TKO, Zerowait for the Win!

Recently, we introduced our SimplStor Affordable Petabyte and it was very well received by our customers. Quite a few asked if we could provide them with an affordable ½ Petabyte solution and many others asked us about financing and lease options with 24- to 60-month terms.

We aim to please, so working with our financing and leasing partners we designed options that provide low interest rates and flexible, multi-year support packages that can be renewed yearly or purchased with additional discounts when ordered with the system. Your own ½ PB of onsite storage starts at less than $1,000 a month! Additionally, we accept trade-ins on NetApp  Filers and  E Series, which can further reduce your new equipment costs.

Zerowait’s SimplStor was designed to be easily configured to meet your requirements — whether you are looking for a storage solution for your structured data, unstructured data, or Virtual Tape Library. SimplStor PB is available today in configurations from ½ Petabye to 7.5 Petabytes.

If you would like to discuss this solution which provides you with the flexibility needed to migrate your data to a very affordable and scalable storage solution, please feel free to contact us with a time/date to arrange a conference call with you and your team.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Suddenly! 1 Petabyte < $100,000 with support

Since the beginning of the year, we have had a number of customers tell us that they need really big storage on premises and that it must be  Affordable, Reliable and Scalable. Some of our clients wanted us to design and bring to market a SimplStor as a VTL and others wanted it for their unstructured data.  Our customers have considered the cloud for their big storage and found that it was expensive to recover from a cloud storage provider, and for others there are data security concerns and requirements that certain data  must stay on site for data preservation,  insurance and compliance reasons. 

Our NetApp and SimplStor customers and hardware partners in Europe, North America, and Australia worked with us over the last few months  to design  a flexible platform  that could meet their changing needs over time, scale easily to a Petabyte in  under 10 U and expand to at least 6 Petabytes in a standard rack and  it must include Zerowait’s global engineering  support, service,and parts.

Working  together  with our customers and hardware suppliers we designed a  complete solution that met their requirements.  SimplStor PB  is available today offering 1 petabyte in 8U with 1 year of support (monitoring, 24/7 access to engineers and Next Business Day parts) — your own onsite storage, all for less than $100,000!  Further, it is scalable to 7.5 Petabytes in a single cabinet with 3 years of support for less than $1,000,000! No monthly fees, and you have total control of your data.

If you would like to discuss this solution which provides you with the flexibility needed to migrate your data to a very affordable and scalable storage solution, please feel free to contact us with a time/date to arrange a conference call with you and your team. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

NetApp Migrations Streamlined

Exceeding expectations every day
Since we started working with NetApp in the 1990's we have helped a lot of our customers migrate data to and from their Filers. Scheduling sufficient time for the migration has often been a problem for our customers, and there are a few ways that we can help streamline the process for our customers when they are migrating to or from a NetApp  Filer.

Recently, as customers have been upgrading to cDot, we have been provisioning and providing a short-term rental of ‘Swing Gear’ for our customers who have been migrating from 7 mode to cDot. By working with our engineering team our customers can save significant time by having our team set things up ahead of time. Zerowait’s   Swing Gear provides an affordable and flexible solution for customers about to undertake a cDot upgrade. And we can save you a lot of preparation time, because our Swing gear can be delivered when you need it, and ready to go.

Many of our long term NetApp support customers have decided to get off the NetApp train at the  cDot stop. A growing number  of these customers have decided to switch to our SimplStor solutions for their storage because they like our service, support and price points.  For these customers, we have several solutions available which can save considerable time for your data migration. The time required depends on the protocols and complexity, but working with a vendor that has experience with both the Source data systems and the Destination data systems has many advantages. If you are looking to migrate away from your NetApp equipment and to our SimplStor platform, a trade in and migration solution can solve a lot of your problems and reduce your costs.

At some point every organization needs to migrate their data and need to find a solution that will have the least cost in time and money on their operations.  A conversation with our sales or engineering staff Zerowait will  help you save time and money by taking advantage of our  preconfiguring Swing gear and NetApp Filer trade in programs.

Please give us a call at 302.996.9408 or fill out this form  if you would like to discuss your migration options with our engineering team.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

The Secret to a successful migration from NetApp

Every year it seems more NetApp customers come to Zerowait for affordable support while they look for alternative storage solutions for their data. For CIFS users finding NetApp cDOT a bridge too far, for example, we often recommend a Windows Server R2 SimplStor solution. But then the questions come up: What do we do about support on our filers during the transition? They’ll no longer be on NetApp support!  And how do we move the data safely and securely? What happens to the equipment when we decommission it?
It’s true that migrations can be tough, but our three-stage data migration framework, described below, streamlines the process and ensures that production data is available with minimal downtime and support is available throughout.

The first stage is continuity of support on the existing NetApp equipment. If NetApp support is unavailable (EOS) or unaffordable, a Zerowait Parts Assurance (ZPA) policy can fill that requirement for as long as you need it. The ZPA offers enterprise level technical support with NBD parts replacement. In addition, if you want our help in planning, administering or performing the actual migration we can help under one of our flexible Incidental Technical Services (ITS) plans. Our engineers have worked with many customers on migrations and stand ready to support your team’s efforts and help you ensure that your data is transferred safely.

Once the data is transferred successfully to the SimplStor server (the second stage of the process), we follow up with stage three: sanitization and redeployment or removal of your legacy NetApp equipment.

Under this simple framework there is no rush to migrate your data before OEM support runs out. The days of vendor-induced completion dates are gone; Zerowait can support your NetApp legacy equipment for as long as you need.

As our NetApp support business has grown over the past 15 years, we have listened to our customers and in response have developed an array of products and services. Our NetApp migration offering is one of these. How can we help YOU get the most from your IT budget?

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