For years there has been one way of buying and implementing storage solutions to support tier 1, performance-centric, production workloads. The Storage Box – a bulky, inflexible and expensive purpose-built storage array consisting of tightly knit, pre-defined software and hardware. Customers bought it, used it for three or so years, and replaced it. It was static, monolithic, and always a largely underutilized solution.
The last decade or so has seen the introduction of Public Cloud storage as a market disruptor, with adoption rates increasing over the last two-to-three years. Today, it is a must for an organization to have a “Cloud Strategy”. Business benefits of the Cloud are very evident – flexibility, cost savings, efficient scaling, and ensuring high utilization. The Cloud is everything the traditional storage array is not, and organizations need to either adopt the Cloud, support the Cloud, or compete with the Cloud.
The question to ask then is – why isn’t every single workload running on the Cloud? The answer can be a combination of challenges in complexity, the cost at scale, regulatory requirements, vendor lock-in and more. Hence, as enterprises appreciate the benefits of the Cloud, they must always look for alternative solutions that provide the benefits of the Cloud while overcoming the challenges of Public Cloud.
Executing the “Cloud Strategy” can often prove to be the biggest hurdle for enterprises. Herein lies the opportunity for Managed Service Providers (MSPs). MSPs have the expertise required to deliver Cloud services to customers. They can collaborate with large enterprises to build a customized cloud service offerings based on specific needs. Historically however, smaller MSPs have struggled to provide the same flexibility and cost savings that the larger public cloud providers have been able to deliver, simply due to the need to make massive capital investments in purchasing large storage arrays required to create customized solutions. However, software defined storage (SDS) has matured as a technology over the last few years, and can now be used as a viable alternative by MSPs. SDS offers flexibility and scalability, can run on “commodity” hardware and most importantly delivers the financial benefits needed to be competitive. However, most MSPs do not have the intellectual property needed to design a SDS based solution. This is where Kaminario comes in – and our newest consumption-based Cloud Fabric offering. Cloud Fabric is a platform designed to be the backbone for managed cloud providers, enabling them to compete head-to-head with larger Public Cloud providers.
Cloud Fabric combines our mature and proven VisionOS storage operating system with analytics and intelligence from Kaminario Clarity and storage orchestration tool Kaminario Flex. This unique offering enables MSPs to drive storage utilization to near 100%, which is critical in achieving Cloud-like economics. In addition Cloud Fabric also ensures that MSPs can deliver traditional array-like flexibility, performance-at-scale, and security that enterprises require.
The Bottom Line
With a solution like Kaminario Cloud Fabric, MSPs can now design customized cloud services that allow enterprises to run the most mission critical workloads on the Cloud. All this while eliminating the limitations of large scale Public Cloud solutions.