What do we mean when we say “No Storage Tax”?

What do we mean when we say “No Storage Tax”?

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 allup 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 compute 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

 

How can you leverage the cloud to manage the costs of your Isilon data while you grow?

How can you leverage the cloud to manage the costs of your Isilon data while you grow?

Recently, a SoftNAS customer that provides a sales enablement and readiness platform evaluated their current on-premises storage environment. They had growing concerns regarding whether or not their existing solution could support the large volumes of data their applications needed. The customer had Isilon storage in their datacenter and a dedicated remote Disaster Recovery (DR) datacenter with another Isilon storing 100 TB of data. With the growth of their data-intensive applications, the company predicted the dedicated DR site would be at full capacity within two years. This pushed them to evaluate cloud-based solutions that wouldn’t require them to continue purchasing and maintaining new hardware.

SoftNAS quickly became the ideal choice as it could support the petabytes of file storage they needed, allowing them to dynamically tier their storage by moving aging data to slower, less expensive storage. This new capability would solve their need for 100 TB of storage, as well as allow them to pay only for the services they used while also eliminating the need to pay for and maintain physical datacenters, network-attached storage, and storage area network (SAN) appliances.

By moving data to SoftNAS, the customer was able to quickly build a cloud-based DR platform with 100 TB of storage attached to it. Because of the successful disaster recovery platform, the company plans to make SoftNAS their primary storage solution, leveraging enterprise-class features like bottomless scalable storage and highly available clustering, allowing them to take full advantage of what the cloud has to offer.

So, how does this success story relate to you?

Data volumes are increasing at rates that are virtually impossible to keep up with using on-premises storage. If you’re leveraging an Isilon storage solution, you’re likely looking for ways to expand your storage capacity quickly, securely, and with the lowest cost. When considering your data storage strategy, ask yourself a few key questions:

  1. Do I have the physical space, power, and cooling for more storage?
  2. Do I have CapEx to purchase more storage?
  3. Do I want to build more data centers for more storage?

On-premises storage solutions can limit your organization from truly unlocking modern data analytics and AI/ML capabilities. The cost and upkeep required to maintain on-premises solutions prevent your teams from exploring ways to position your business for future growth opportunities. This push for modernization is often a driving factor for organizations to evaluate cloud-based solutions, which comes with its own considerations:

  1. Do I have a reliable and fast connection to the internet?
  2. How can I control the cost of cloud storage?
  3. How can I continuously sync live data?

With SoftNAS running on the cloud you can:

  • Make cloud backups run up to 400% faster at near-block-level performance with object storage pricing, resulting in substantial cost savings. SoftNAS optimizes data transfer to cloud object storage, so it’s as fast as possible without exceeding read/write capabilities.
  • Automate storage tiering policies to reduce the cost of cloud storage by moving aged data from more expensive, high-performance block storage to less expensive, slower storage, reducing cloud storage costs by up to 67%.
  • Continuously keep content up to date when synchronizing data to the cloud of your choice by reliably running bulk data transfer jobs with automatic restart/suspend/resume.

Get started by pointingSoftNAS to existing Isilon shared storage volumes, select your cloud storage destination, and immediately begin moving your data. It’s that easy.

Find out more about how SoftNAS enables you to:

  • Trade CapEx for OpEx
  • Seamlessly and securely migrate live production data
  • Control the cost of cloud storage
  • Continuously sync live data to the cloud

Download our eBook to learn about managing cloud data costs without sacrificing performance.