StorONE launches S1aaS, a new storage-as-a-service product

S1 as a service is software-defined storage and combines StorONE's storage services with hardware to provide on-premises storage with a cloudlike subscription service.

StorONE has announced S1 as a Service, which integrates StorONE's S1 storage service with Dell Technologies and Mellanox hardware.

One of the key components to S1aaS is the Total Resource Utilization (TRU) feature. This feature maximizes communication channels and balance between storage media and CPU utilization, according to StorONE. Additionally, one platform supports all storage services, all protocols and all media types.

StorONE designed TRU over the course of eight years and aims to remove underutilization in order to give customers 80% more capacity and performance from the same hardware. StorONE claims this gives the lowest capital expenditure and operational expenditure costs available.

Additionlly, S1 gives users hardware freedom, where they are not locked into a particular vendor's pricing or portfolio. S1 is software-defined storage, which enables IT admins to manage shared storage resources through a single dashboard.

A study by ESG Research in 2017 about European storage trends found that nearly 60% of organizations have deployed or are looking into software-defined storage, while 21% are interested in it in the long term.

In an effort to improve data protection, StorONE designed S1 to speed up drive rebuild times, replace dedicated hot spares with an abstracted system with more granular resiliency and reduce costs. StorONE also uses erasure coding to give users unlimited, nestable, writable and persistent snapshots.

S1aaS can be deployed on premises but is available with a cloudlike subscription model. Organizations are billed monthly, quarterly or yearly, and capacity and performance are user-defined. Pricing starts at $999 per month for an 18 TB all-flash array (AFA), delivering 150,000 IOPS. For $1,797 per month, users receive a 36 TB AFA, delivering 250,000 IOPS. The 54 TB AFA and 300,000 IOPS option costs $2,497 per month.

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