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Unified Storage: Tiered performance, cloud economics


A large percentage of you are embarking on a common journey; data is growing at unprecedented rates and you are struggling to manage it. Surprising? Not at all given the number of applications and social media outlets that offer value solely based on flexible and instant access to data. However, a gap exists in the traditional Storage-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings. You want to control storage costs, while also providing 24/7 access to the data. You also are concerned about security, power, compliance and return on investment (ROI) when evaluating storage infrastructure options.

Today's storage purchaser is expecting five core elements to any service:

  • Element 1: Flexibility in offering, multiple tiers of storage over multiple protocols; 
  • Element 2: Ability to change my environment and add or delete compute instances without incurring storage fees or going through lengthy change process;
  • Element 3: Access to "see behind the curtain" and report on the configuration, health and performance aspects of the service;
  • Element 4: Support for 24/7/365 and scaling, both technical and geographically; and
  • Element 5: Capability, experience and reputation of delivering tier 1 services backed with service level agreements that provide value.

Knowing that data consumption will only rise, how much storage will your organization require today? Next week? Next year? Forecasting storage needs can be difficult and time consuming, resulting in storage over-purchasing, excess capacity and wasted expenses. Why pay for more than you need when today's cloud models allow you to "pay-as-you-grow?"

We recently introduced our next-generation Unified Storage offering, designed specifically to meet the needs of companies struggling to manage vast quantities of data by providing a simple storage solution that offers cloud economics in a managed hosting environment. Unified Storage includes:

  • Pay-as-you-grow sizing with multiple associated billing options
  • Scalability from gigabytes to petabytes
  • Tiers of storage based on performance and availability
  • Snapshot and replication options
  • Best-in-class service and support

Data collections grow. Why not apply cloud's elastic economics to your storage infrastructure to grow along with it? Start with a foundation based on performance, proven best practices and scalability. Customers can leverage Unified Storage to manage data volumes and storage costs, limit over-purchasing of storage capacity and provide 99.99 percent application uptimes.

Matt Brickey is senior director, product management, at CenturyLink Technology Solutions.

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