IaaS Wholesaler’s Object-Based Cloud Storage Saves Up To 70%

Looking to do for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) what wholesalers have done for virtually every other product or service, Artisan Infrastructure has announced the addition of Object Based Cloud Storage to its virtual Private Data Center (vPDC) platform (Cornerstone). The new offering, priced at $.029/GB and up to 70% below Rackspace, reduces the costs, capital resources, complexity and security concerns of alternative offerings or on-premise solutions while improving data accessibility, said CEO Brian Heirholzer.

Targeted at MSPs, CSPs, Telcos, VARs and other IT service providers, Cornerstone is designed to make it easier to deploy and manage their own business-class cloud storage services, including data backup, disaster recovery and file sync & share. Artisan said service providers are seeking competitively advantageous, yet affordable solutions which will allow them to compete against Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Google, Microsoft, HP Cloud Storage Services and other top market participants.

Conflicts abound in the managed services space, making it difficult for service providers to build and grow a business without competing with their vendors or having vendor attachment to their customers, said Wayne Pauley, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, in a prepared statement. “Artisan Infrastructure takes a hands-off approach that gives service providers greater customization of the services they offer and the freedom to operate without vendor interference. Artisan’s object-based storage platform is an example of this as it allows market specific services based on the MSP’s target audience.”

The file and object-based storage market is expected to be worth $23 billion this year, and reach $38 billion in 2017, according to a new study from IDC. At a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.5% from 2012 to 2017, scale-out FOBS – delivered either as software, virtual storage appliances, hardware appliances, or self-built for delivering cloud-based offerings – is taking advantage of the evolution of storage to being software-based.

“FOBS solutions are much more versatile and will quickly outpace more rigid, hardware-based options,” said Ashish Nadkarni, Research Director, Storage Systems, IDC. “Scale-up solutions, including unitary file servers and scale-up appliances and gateways, will fall on hard times throughout the forecast period, experiencing sluggish growth through 2016 before beginning to decline in 2017.”

Established in 2010, Artisan currently supports hundreds of MSPs, CSPs, Telcos, VARs, data center operators, and ISVs. “We are the Switzerland of infrastructure as services,” said Heirholzer.

Cornerstone is a best of breed, self service wholesale infrastructure providing service providers with: autonomy, control, security and visibility as if you own it, with unlimited scalability and geographic redundancy, he said. Key features include: 100% uptime guarantee; multi-site redundancy; pay as you grow; on demand compute resources; and HIPAA, SOX and PCI compliant.

“We do not own data centers, we own infrastructure equipment utilizing space and power within fully redundant and geographically diverse data centers (Cyrus One),” said Heirholzer. Artisan’s enterprise grade software and hardware includes products from Brocade, HP, VMware and NetApp.


The Devil Is In The Details

Artisan Infrastructure Object Based Cloud Storage option advantages include:

-the industry’s lowest cost option with pricing that is 70% below Rackspace at only $.029/GB

-100% wholesale only, so no channel conflict;

-complete autonomy, control, security and visibility; and,

-the broadest range of cloud storage options, including Anchor, TwinStrata, Maldivica, Mezeo, Vembu, Ctera and PHDvirtual.

The new offering is available immediately as a free unlimited capacity trial for 60 days, with general availability to be announced on October 15. The trial will be capped at 1,500 participants, and 750 have already signed up. To participate in the trial, CLICK HERE



Author: Steve Wexler

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