Global distributor Tech Data starts delivering All-Flash Arrays as-a-Service (AFAaaS). Now users can make use of a subscription-based billing model, priced per terabyte, without a long-term commitment. These all-flash arrays support all workloads and deliver “best in class performance” with complete data protection.

All AFAaaS systems include complete data management and protection features such as unlimited snapshots; support for all storage protocols (block, file, and object) on the same drives; support for iSCSI, Fibre Channel, NFS, and S3; and support for all drive types in the same server. Five configurations are available immediately: 18, 20, 40, 60, and 80 TB, with IOPS ranging from 100,000 up to 600,000.

The All-Flash Array as-a-Service models include built-in data protection and resiliency. Instead of traditional RAID schemes that require long rebuild times and impact performance, S1’s next-generation abstracted architecture would accelerate drive rebuild times, eliminate dedicated hot spares, and offer granular, user-definable resiliency levels. S1 would allow unlimited, nestable, writeable, and persistent snapshots with “zero performance impact.” Organizations can run random and sequential workloads, cloud-native and legacy applications, and support containers, microservices, and line-of-business applications, together on one shared platform.

AFAaaS models would require less hardware resources to match or exceed competitor’s specs. StorONE’s patented algorithms would maximize communication channels and balance between storage and CPU utilization, so users get the full rated IOPS, throughput, and capacity of their media investment. Since there is no need to overprovision, users pay only for the resources needed today. They can “seamlessly and transparently” add drives as requirements grow.

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