It’s a sticky situation, as Justin Fredericks discovered, much to his chagrin. He manages IT for Sandy Alexander, a New Jersey-based graphics communications company. The company must manage and store enormous image files for its clients, and protecting all of that data was very expensive. Even conducting incremental backup required writing multiple terabytes of file changes daily, and it took hours to complete. In fact, the amount of backup data was so enormous, Sandy Alexander couldn’t protect its entire data set, because it was too expensive and cumbersome.
Justin and many other ClearSky customers have found a solution for overcoming the storage equipment buying cycle with our on-demand storage service. With ClearSky, Justin can opt to never buy storage equipment ever again. What’s more, not only will he never have to buy storage hardware, but he won’t have to buy additional capacity to cover backups or multiple copies of the data set stored on-prem, at the edge and in multiple places in the cloud. ClearSky customers pay only for usable storage — all backups and copies come at no additional charge.
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The Storage Service Solution to a Broken Buying Cycle
Here’s how it works. ClearSky Data’s on-demand storage service takes advantage of the cloud and the edge to provide high performance with a very small footprint on-prem. ClearSky provides and fully manages a 2U appliance that caches hot data, which accounts for about 10% of the total data set.
Both hot and warm data are stored at a point of presence (PoP) nearby on the metro edge, so if an end-user requests data that’s not in the local cache, it can still be retrieved at sub-millisecond latency. And all data, including archive, is stored in a backing cloud.
So, what do enterprise organizations get in return for giving up the traditional storage hardware buying cycle?
- High performance: Because we only need to store a fraction of the organization’s data locally, we can afford to invest in the fastest solid-state storage on the market for the fully managed local appliance, which typically improves performance for end-users over traditional storage systems. And, as mentioned above, even if the data isn’t available locally (which it will be more than 90% of the time), it can still be accessed from the nearby PoP without noticeable latency.
- Scale storage as required: Because ClearSky provide storage-as-a-service, organizations can scale up or down as required, paying only for the capacity they need. ClearSky never charges for backups or copies of the data set.
- Automatic backup and disaster recovery: These processes take place in the background, so IT can stop babysitting backup and replication. Even better, ClearSky’s service provides recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) that are measured in minutes, not hours or days.
- Cut the total cost of ownership (TCO) for storage in half: With ClearSky, IT doesn’t have to buy and manage on-prem storage equipment, backup systems, backup storage, replication and additional storage for copies. That takes a huge bite out of the total cost of storage, slashing it by 50% or more for enterprise IT.
So, there’s no reason to stress over an upcoming storage refresh. Simply replace your storage infrastructure with ClearSky’s storage service, and never buy storage hardware ever again.
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