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17.03.2021

5 Ways to Get a Storage as a Service

StaaS - storage as a service - is an offer for companies that need to expand their storage capacity. Data flows grow exponentially every year, so businesses need high fault tolerance, quick migration, data backup, and archiving. The service suits customers who store data both in the Softline cloud and at their own sites.
 
  1. StaaS on a local disk within the Softline cloud

 
is the main storage method. In this scenario, storage capacity is transferred from storage to VMware cloud infrastructure and provisioned as a local disk drive to the customer's guest virtual machine hosted in the Softline cloud. The operating system considers it a local disk.
 
  1. STaaS via iSCSI within the Softline cloud.
 
The storage capacity with the data storage system is provisioned as a LUN device via iSCSI. As well as in scenario No.1, the customer's guest virtual machine is located in the Softline cloud. An operating system or specialized software access the storage disk via the iSCSI protocol.
 
  1. STaaS via iSCSI beyond the Softline cloud.
 
Storage consumers may be located in a private cloud within the Softline data center, on rented servers, or beyond the Softline data center. The service is accessed through a dark fiber and/or internet channel. Scenario No. 2 is used to connect to the storage.
 
The difference is that if the service consumer is outside the Softline's area of responsibility, the SLA requirements become lower. In this case, service performance and quality are affected by the customer's service provider site and communication channel stability.
 
  1. STaaS via NFS within the Softline cloud
 
is a new service delivery format. It is similar to Scenario No. 2, but utilizes NFS instead of iSCSI. This scenario enables building the storage file system on the storage so that the customer can access the files without partitioning the file storage and creating the file system manually.
 
In addition, storage capacities support data version management, with future versions of files available to the customer in a separate folder within the same file storage.
 
  1. STaaS via NFS beyond the Softline cloud
 
is another possible implementation method. It combines the benefits of file access to storage capacity within the STaaS service with remote access to the service from Scenario No. 3. However, this method may negatively impact the service level because the service stability depends on the customer site providers and data links.
 

5 price plans

 
The customer can choose a price plan that suits best its requirements to capacity, performance, load profile, etc.
  • T0: 25-32 TB
  • T1: 5-12 TB
  • T2: 5-12 TB
  • T3: 2-12 TB
  • T4: 1-6 TB
 
If you want to try the service, contact Softline specialists for consulting, make a request through the Service Desk, and in 8 hours, disks with optimal characteristics will be ready for you. Our STaaS solution is powered by cutting-edge NetApp equipment. 
 
Softline offers 5 ways to scale your storage capacity flexibly, quickly, and securely. Choose the one that suits you best!
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