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Zadara expands hyperscale cloud options with Google storage service

Google Cloud Platform expands Zadara Storage VPSA and ZIOS hyperscale cloud SaaS options, which already support Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Zadara Storage has integrated support for Google Cloud Platform, as it expands its hyperscale cloud storage as a service for block, file and object data.

The move allows Google Cloud Platform customers to access the Zadara Storage Cloud as local physical or hybrid cloud storage via Fibre Channel, iSCSI/iSCSI Extensions for RMDA, NFS and CIFS, Swift and Simple Storage Service protocols. The Google storage cloud as a service is added to existing Zadara support of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Zadara Storage supports more than 50 public hyperscale cloud service providers worldwide, including CoreSite, Dimension Data, Equinix, Eircom and TelecityGroup.

Zadara Storage Cloud appliances are designed on x86 servers and the vendor's OpenStack-based Zadara Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA) virtualization software. Zadara's enterprise-grade cloud allows multiple VPSA and Zadara ZIOS Intelligent Object Storage tenants to run in isolation on the same physical machines.

Zadara typically installs its storage appliances at regional colocation facilities that are geographically close to a cloud service provider's main data center. The Zadara equipment uses the public hyperscale cloud tier as a multi-tenant storage target with workload isolation. The vendor also offers VPSA hardware through its On Premise as a Service in a customer's data center.

VPSA storage nodes are interconnected using multiple 40 Gigabit Ethernet connections. Each VPSA instance includes dual controllers that access dedicated disk drives, flash and networking, based on a customer's preferences.

The biggest challenge in adding Google cloud storage involved the logistics of lining up regional colocation facilities with requisite bandwidth and geographic redundancy, said Nelson Nahum, CEO at Zadara Storage, based in Irvine, Calif.

"We cross-connected our Zadara Cloud to Google Cloud Platform. It's a great achievement that positions us to offer a data repository with data protection, backups, high availability and recovery. Customers can share the same data on premises and between multiple public clouds," Nahum said.

Zadara's inclusion of Google storage comes as more companies look to hybrid hyperscale cloud storage to boost data sharing and flexibility, said Simon Robinson, research vice president of the storage and information management practice at 451 Research.

"Data is the crown jewels of most organizations, and they are rightfully very careful about where that data lives," Robinson said. "That's where an appliance like Zadara can play a role. It used to be a binary choice between keeping it on premises or going wholesale into the cloud. By offering a hybrid of those two choices, Zadara has a chance to help customers [who] want to embrace the benefits of the cloud without throwing away the positive aspects of keeping data local."

Zadara's hyperscale cloud software-as-a-service model imposes an hourly charge based on consumed resources per VPSA. Zadara also sells optional services to replicate data between cloud storage platforms for disaster recovery and failover. Customers can choose remote synchronous replication between VPSA appliances or multizone synchronous mirroring between VPSA instances and a local data center.

Nahum said Zadara next week will announce a strategic partnership with Intel to offer "flash as a service." The news includes new all-Intel Zadara Storage flash appliances that support 1.6 TB Intel SSDs.

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