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The Next Element for IT Service Providers in the Digital Age

Diana Gao

Senior Product Marketing Manager at EMC² ECS

Digital technology has disrupted large swaths of the economy and is generating huge amount of data, where the average backup hovers at around a petabyte. Not all organizations can cope up with this data deluge and look to service providers for storage and protection. Many service providers provide tape-based backup and archiving services. Despite their best efforts to innovate, data volumes always seem to grow faster, pushing the boundaries of tape capacity.

Today, companies of all sizes still use tape to store business information, but now it is more for cold storage than for data that needs to be accessed frequently. While tape as a low cost and reliable storage option is ideal for data not being accessed often, maintaining multiple versions of software and legacy infrastructure can put a burden on already taxed resources. These challenges come at a cost including software licenses, maintenance, and a waste of technical resources that could be spent on other more important initiatives to help drive business innovation. As a service provider, you need a secure and compliant data storage option that will enable you to sell more value added services.

As reported in Tech Target, a Storage magazine Purchasing Intention survey showed that the trend away from tape continues – 76% of IT professionals see their use of tape as a backup format either declining or staying the same.

Some service providers are considering offering cloud-based backup-as-a-service without causing any security concerns for their customers. Others are looking for a solution that combines the benefits of faster data access along with the cost advantages of tape.

More than a few service providers have discovered an ideal solution that covers all of these benefits: Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) object storage platform. As a highly scalable, multi-tenant, multi-protocol object storage system, ECS is the perfect platform that helps service providers to better meet their service-level-agreement (SLA) commitments to customers by offering highly resilient, reliable and low-cost storage services with enterprise-class security.

Iron Mountain® Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), a leading provider of storage and information management services, is one of those who have discovered this solution. In additional to its traditional tape-based storage-as-a-service, it partnered with Dell EMC to provide a cost-effective, scalable and modern Cloud Archive as a part of their services portfolio. Designed to scale as the volume of data grows with ECS as the backend storage platform, the Cloud Archive solution is ideal for organizations needing offsite, pay-as-you-use archival storage with near-infinite scalability.

“Our customers trust that we know where the data is by having those cloud-based solutions in our datacenters. It gives them a peace of mind where they know where their data is at rest.” said Eileen Sweeney, SVP Data Management at Iron Mountain.

Watch the video below to hear more about how Iron Mountain uses ECS to modernize its storage management services for 95% of Fortune 1000 companies. 

You’ll find the full rundown of Iron Mountain Cloud Archive solution with ECS here.

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Breakfast with ECS: Most Wanted Cloud Storage Feature Series – Part 5: Superior Economics

Diana Gao

Senior Product Marketing Manager at EMC² ECS

Welcome to another edition of Breakfast with ECS, a series where we take a look at issues related to cloud storage and ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage), EMC’s cloud-scale object storage platform.

Hello folks!

Breakfast wtih ECSGlad to have you back on this ECS feature series journey.

In the previous blog of this series, we discussed ECS’ enterprise-class features. In this blog, we’ll discuss why ECS has superior economics.

Entering the public cloud is simple. But as the data you store in the public cloud reaches a certain scale, it becomes simply expensive. You have to pay for every single time you touch your data – you must pay someone else a small fee to store your data, and another fee each time to index it, like it, share it, download it or even to just plain look at it.

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Breakfast with ECS: Most Wanted Cloud Storage Feature Series – Part 4: Enterprise Class

Diana Gao

Senior Product Marketing Manager at EMC² ECS

Welcome to another edition of Breakfast with ECS, a series where we take a look at issues related to cloud storage and ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage), EMC’s cloud-scale object storage platform.

Hello folks!

Welcome back to ECS feature series!Breakfast with ECS Enterprise

In the previous blog of this series, we discussed ECS’ smart capabilities. In this blog, we’ll discuss how ECS is built to serve the needs of enterprises.

When selecting a cloud storage vendor, enterprises have many questions: Is this cloud built for scale? Is it secure? Is it able to handle the different business applications needed for long term business growth? Will it simplify my operational management? We at EMC were thinking these exact things when we introduced ECS.  How can ECS improve your data privacy, manageability and operation efficiency?

Watch the video below and find out the answers.

ECS is enterprise-grade yet has incredibly low storage overhead, and is capable of storing nearly 4 PB of data in a single rack. Stay tuned for the next blog discussing more about ECS’ economical capabilities. Yes! You don’t want to miss it.

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Breakfast with ECS: Most Wanted Cloud Storage Feature Series – Part 2: Multi-Purpose

Diana Gao

Senior Product Marketing Manager at EMC² ECS

BreakfastWelcome to another edition of Breakfast with ECS, a series where we take a look at issues related to cloud storage and ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage), EMC’s cloud-scale object storage platform.

Hello folks!

Glad to have you back to this educational journey of Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) features.

In the previous blog of this series, you learned the market trend and why Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) is one storage solution that can cater to all of your needs. From this blog, you’ll learn more about the specific features that make ECS so awesome.

As traditional systems capture and store data based on data type, they have to manage different silos of data. While they give you consistency and speed, trying to manage these pools of data is like facilitating a conversation where no one speaks the same language. It’s a path to some serious complexity.

So, here we are! ECS is the one single shared storage that supports billions of files of all types and talks multiple “languages”, such as Amazon S3, OpenStack Swift, HDFS and NFS.

Check out today’s video below to learn more about ECS’ multi-purpose capabilities.

ECS is not only designed for multi-purpose, it is also “smart”. Check back for the upcoming blog introducing ECS’ smart features.

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Breakfast with ECS: Most Wanted Cloud Storage Feature Series

Diana Gao

Senior Product Marketing Manager at EMC² ECS

Welcome to another edition of Breakfast with ECS, a series where we take a look at issues related to cloud storage and ECS (Elastic Cloud Storage), EMC’s cloud-scale object storage platform.

Social media, mobile, cloud and big data are here to stay. Each has brought new opportunities to create more intimate, immediate relationships withElastic Cloud Storage customers, deliver better experiences, enhance business value, and gain competitive advantage. The principal asset that makes all this possible is the insight that comes from data – data that is growing exponentially and without structure.

Burdened by traditional storage systems, IT organizations have struggled to keep up with this explosion of data. This has led to adoption of public-cloud storage platforms like AWS S3, driven by compelling economic advantages over traditional SAN and NAS storage systems. However, public cloud storage platforms involve navigating some fundamental tradeoffs in the areas of data residency, compliance with local laws and regulations, as well as unforeseen costs.

With EMC’s Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS), you don’t have to balance these tradeoffs. It is one storage system that is able to balance the needs between capacity (flat budget for growing data), capability (more demands imposed by applications) and perceived economical alternatives in the public cloud.

Watch the video below and learn more about why Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) is one storage solution that can cater to all of your needs.

With ECS, you’ll enjoy these key benefits:

  • Multi-purpose platform
  • Smart storage
  • Enterprise class
  • Superior economics

What features make ECS such an awesome platform? Stay tuned for more blogs.

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