Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Another day in DC

Even the government can save money
Even the government can save money!

Last week we went to DC to meet with a few clients who are looking to expand their Data Storage without busting their budgets. We discussed how Zerowait helps organizations around the world with our legacy service for NetApp equipment and also the ins and outs of acquiring NetApp systems with transferable licenses. One of our Federal clients is very interested in our SimplStor products for their on line archives and tier 2 /3 storage.

Many Federal departments and agencies are Zerowait customers. And it was really fun to go to the Pentagon!

Saving the government money is everyone's business.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

How are you going to reduce your Storage Costs?

Our customers are telling us every week that they want to simplify their data storage and network infrastructures. Overwhelmingly they feel that the best way to accomplish a reduction in complexity is by removing pretentious proprietary software and hardware vendors from their supported systems. They need to reduce costs without affecting their high reliability data access. Is it possible to reduce costs while data storage and content delivery requirements continue to grow?

When it comes to storage most organizations find out fairly quickly that the vast majority of their data has not been accessed in the past 90 days, and much of it has not been looked at in over a year. Executives are asking their IT staff’s “Why is this storage being kept on the most expensive storage in the organization?” Before the 2008 Financial Panic the answer was typically “It is easier to keep all storage on the primary disk although it is expensive, we require less staff.” In technology simplicity often trumps cost and when times are good no one was looking at their marginal cost of storage for secondary, tertiary and dead data. Putting everything on your recently purchased EMC or NetApp storage solution made things easy. But technology has moved on, multi vendor storage maintenance, interoperability, and support is not as complex as it was just a couple of years ago. As many of our customers have suffered staff reductions, Zerowait is now helping them manage their storage infrastructures and helping them retain the high availability they need at a cost they can afford.

Can your organization easily reduce the cost and complexity of your data storage assets and infrastructure? There are plenty of alternatives available now that will allow you to reduce the cost of your archival storage. Clearly all organizations view their storage assets differently based on history, experiences, and cost. There have been plenty of books, and hundreds of articles written on data storage classifications, and I am certain there will be many more written.

I think everyone can agree that organizations have multiple tiers of storage, although they classify them very differently. Whether you are looking to cut your costs by using cloud storage providers, outsourcing, off shoring, or a managed service provider, there is one thing you must be certain of, your organization absolutely must have access to your data storage assets to succeed. Without data access your organization won’t have the competitive edge it needs to survive in the global marketplace.

Zerowait can help your organization classify your data, reduce your costs, and maintain high availability data access.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Storage solutions for tight budgets

Zerowait has a tremendous stock of NetApp equipment in our warehouses across the globe and this month we are featuring several specials from our NetApp inventory and also on our SimplStor product line. Please click on the image below for more information on the products featured this month.

October's Storage Savings

Monday, October 03, 2011

Intersting Oracle ZFS press release

The Oracle Trade show is this week in San Francisco and NetApp is a Premier sponsor of the show. I'll bet the Oracle Press release is making for some interesting conversations with customers at the NetApp booth.

"Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance delivered 2x the performance
at less than half the cost per SPC-1 IOPS of NetApp's FAS 3270A on the
SPC-1 benchmark (1)."

I made a collage of the different images available on the Web about the press release and the show.

interesting times

If Oracle's ZFS solutions are truly 1/2 the cost and offer twice the performance of NetApp's current systems I believe that many NetApp customers will be forced to review their IT storage budgets. Our customers include many budget minded IT staffs that use Oracle on NetApp equipment that Zerowait supports and this announcement will certainly get their attention.

NetApp equipment has many features that make their storage equipment versatile and reliable. One reason for Zerowait's continued growth in the NetApp service business is because our customers like the reliability of NetApp, but not the cost of upgrading their equipment on a three year cycle. Zerowait offers these customers an affordable high availability way to extend the life cycle of their NetApp equipment.

If Oracle begins to offer trade in incentives to Oracle users who migrate their storage off NetApp gear I think Oracle will get some good traction in the marketplace.