Composable Storage 101

Today, it seems like the majority of companies are embarking on a “digital transformation” to make improvements to their internal systems and processes. This includes improving the way they store business-critical data in order to create a better experience for both customers and internal stakeholders. To achieve this, many businesses are moving away from traditional on-premises datacenter models and are exploring more “cloud-like” IT infrastructure strategies, such as composable storage.

 

Introducing Composable Storage

While cloud storage offers companies extreme flexibility, it does have it shortfalls – particularly for large SaaS or consumer internet application providers.  These companies are often hesitant to move mission-critical, revenue generating application data to the cloud. What’s a company to do when they want the agility and simplicity of cloud storage with the performance and control of dedicated infrastructure? Composable storage technology delivered as a service offers IT organizations a new approach to building dedicated storage infrastructures.

Composable storage offers customers the ability to quickly scale data storage infrastructure to achieve the specific performance and capacity needed for their business. The composable storage paradigm enables organizations to achieve the flexibility that they need to meet storage requirements in real-time. In other words, composable storage brings a cloud-like technology experience to an on-prem datacenter.

While we could all benefit from a little flexibility, here are a few specific examples of how businesses can leverage the benefits of composable storage:

 

  • An eCommerce business needs to improve performance during the busy holiday season so that harried shoppers don’t go elsewhere to quickly complete their holiday shopping.
  • A large corporation has just acquired a SaaS-based start-up and needs to quickly increase the capacity of their storage to integrate new users and data into the system.

The ability to scale up, down, out, or in as needed isn’t the only flexibility (aka composability) that composable storage offers though.

 

Hardware Composability

If you choose a storage vendor that requires you use customized, vendor-specific hardware, you’ll find yourself locked in with expensive storage infrastructure. Instead, you can drive down unnecessary costs by choosing a vendor that gives you the flexibility to couple their storage software with industry standard, enterprise hardware. For example, Kaminario partners with leading hardware providers to offer a certified reference stack that ensures enterprise-class capability at a far more efficient cost point than traditional storage arrays.

 

Economic Composability

Composable storage offers you the flexibility to quickly scale up for increased storage capacity or scale out for improved performance. But if your current storage capacity requirements are minimal, why should you be paying for storage that you aren’t using? By acquiring storage through a consumption-based pricing model, your organization gets the flexibility to only pay for the storage that you need.

Learn more about how composable storage can give you the same flexibility as cloud storage with the dedication of on-premises infrastructure. Download the Storage Switzerland ebook, “Developing a Cloud-Like Experience for Mission-Critical Data”.

 

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