What do we mean when we say “No Storage Tax”?
Alex Rublowsky
April 28, 2020

At Buurst, we’re thinking about your data differently, and that means it’s now possible to bring all your data to the cloud and make it cost effective. We know data is the DNA of your business, which is why we’re dedicated to getting you the best performance possible, with the best cloud economics.

When you approach a traditional storage vendor, regardless of your needs, they will all tell you the same thing: buy more storage. Why is this? These vendors took their on-premises storage pricing models to the cloud with them, but they add unnecessary constraints, driving organizations down slow, expensive paths. These legacy models sneak in what we refer to as a Storage Tax. We see this happen in a number of ways:

  • Tax on data: when you pay for storage to a cloud NAS vendor for the storage you’ve already paid for
  • Tax on performance: when you need more performance, they make you buy more storage
  • Tax on capabilities: when you pay a premium on storage for NAS capabilities

So how do we eliminate the Storage Tax?

Buurst unbundles the cost of storage and performance, meaning you can add performance, without spinning up new storage and vice versa. As shown in the diagrams below, instead of making you buy more storage when you need more performance, Buurst’s pricing model allows you to add additional SoftNAS instances and compute power for the same amount of data. On the opposite side, if you need to increase your capacity, Buurst allows you to attach as much storage behind it as needed, without increasing performance levels.

Why are we determined to eliminate the StorageTax?

At Buurst, our focus is providing you with the best performance, availability, cost management, migration, and control –not how much we can charge you for your data. We’ve carried this through our pricing model to ensure you’re getting for the best all-up data experience on the cloud of your choice. This means ensuring your storage prices remain lower than the competition.

 

Looking at the below figures illustrates this point further:

NetApp
ONTAP™ Cloud Storage
10TB
Buurst’s SoftNAS $1,992
ONTAP $4,910

%

NetApp
Azure NetApp Files
8TB
Buurst’s SoftNAS $1,389
ANF $2,410

%

AWS
Elastic File Services
8TB
Buurst’s SoftNAS $1,198
AWS EFS $2,457

%

AWS
Elastic File Services
512TB
Buurst’s SoftNAS $28,798
AWS EFS $157,286

%

These figures reflect full-stack costs, including computing instances, storage, and NAS capabilities, in a high availability configuration, with the use of SmartTiers, Buurst’s dynamic block-based storage tiering. With 10TB of data, SoftNAS customers save up to 60% compared to NetApp ONTAP. And at 8TB of data, when compared with Azure NetApp Files and Amazon EFS, customers see cost savings of 42% and 51%, respectively. The savings can continue to grow as you add more data over time. When compared to Amazon EFS, SoftNAS users can save up to 82%at the 512TB level. Why is this? Because we charge a fixed fee, meaning the more data you have, the more cost-effective Buurst will be.

But we don’t just offer a competitive pricing model. Buurst customers also experience benefits around:

  • Data performance: Fast enough to handle the most demanding workloads with up to 1 million IOPS on AWS
  • Data migration: Point and click file transfers to with speeds up to 200% faster than TCP/IP over high latency and noisy networks
  • Data availability: Cross-zone high availability with up to 99.999% uptime, asynchronous replication, and EBS snapshots
  • Data control and security: Enterprise NAS capabilities in the cloud including at-rest and in-flight data encryption.

At Buurst, we understand that you need to move fast, and so does your data. Our nimble, cost-effective data migration and performance management solution opens new opportunities and capabilities that continually prepare you for success.

Get all the tools you need so day one happens faster and you can be amazing on day two, month two, and even year two. We make your cloud decisions work for you – and that means providing you data control, data performance, cost-management with storage tiering, and security.

To learn how Buurst can help you manage costs on the cloud, download our eBook:

The Hidden Costs of Cloud Storage

 

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