The explosive growth in cloud computing has created a tremendous challenge for storage. Available storage options have inherent risks and shortfalls, and the growing opportunity simply won’t wait for service providers who take a “do nothing” approach. Fortunately, new solutions are available that enable you to avoid the risks and cash in on the cloud storage opportunities in front of you.
A $15 Billion Opportunity
Parallels SMB Cloud Insights™ research finds cloud-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) revenue doubling, from $15.8 billion in 2012 to $31.3 billion in 2015. That’s a $15.5 billion opportunity for growth. It’s happening right now, and it’s right in your back yard.
DAS and SAN: Cheap and Unreliable, or Expensive and Unaffordable?
Storage Area Networks (SAN) and Direct Access Storage (DAS) are by far the most common approaches to cloud service storage today, but neither is ideal, for different reasons.
The problem with enterprise-class SAN solutions is that they typically require expensive dedicated hardware and are far too costly for low-cost cloud hosting.
And, while DAS is fast and inexpensive to procure (and therefore super common), it has a high failure rate that increases overall cost of ownership and significantly impacts service availability. DAS disk space utilization is a meager 36% on average, and HDD failures can cost millions in customer service expenses and in lost customer opportunity.
IaaS: The Fastest Growing Segment of Cloud Revenue
As businesses move their IT workloads to the Cloud, IaaS has become the fastest growing segment of cloud revenue. Fully one-third of every cloud service dollar will be spent on IaaS this year.
IaaS provides on-demand servers, storage and networking, and is the foundation for delivering other cloud services. Cloud IaaS providers need a cloud storage solution that enables high availability cloud services while at the same time being cost effective for large scale hosted clouds.
That’s why it is essential that all the components of IaaS are highly available, reliable and scalable. And the choice of storage technology is absolutely critical to meeting these requirements.
Parallels Cloud Storage – Eliminating Points of Failure, Avoiding High Costs
Parallels Cloud Storage solves the cloud storage problem by providing a distributed, shared solution that eliminates the single points of failure of DAS and reuses existing commodity hardware to avoid the high cost of SAN.
This approach enables storage for virtual cloud servers to be distributed across multiple physical machines. If one data source becomes unavailable, virtual servers can rapidly get their data from another data source.
A Call to Arms
By separating storage from computing resources, IaaS providers are enabling high-performance, high-reliability cloud servers that fit the needs of low-cost cloud service computing.
To meet the demanding service level requirements of your next-generation cloud customers, optimize your IaaS offerings and take part in the revolution.