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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: The Secret Sauce for Cloud Service Providers

Corey O'Connor

Senior Product Marketing Manager at Dell EMC² ETD

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 storage platform.

Breakfast wtih ECSWhen organizations search the hundreds of Cloud Service Providers out in the market to partner with, it can quickly become an extremely daunting task.  Most CSP’s claim to offer unique, expertly managed services that will ‘transform’ or ‘redefine’ or ‘fully optimize’ your IT strategy – all at different and somewhat confusing tiers of cost.  The truth is, entrusting a third party to securely store and manage your data is no easy decision for any organization.

For CSP’s, it’s no secret that having a flexible object-based platform as part of their storage portfolio is a key advantage. CSP’s love object storage for two main reasons: high scalability and low cost. Object storage is infinitely scalable. Need more capacity? Simply add more nodes to the environment. Most object storage platform offerings also leverage low cost commodity infrastructure (x86 servers, SATA drives, etc.) to deliver the cloud-scale economics that most large public cloud providers benefit from. These platforms also do not require expensive disk controllers and RAID implementations often featured in traditional file-based systems.

Munich based CSP Global Access, who specialize in Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Storage-as-a-Service, and Backup-as-a-Service, looked to EMC to provide a secure, highly scalable object-based platform to deploy their new cloud services at scale and at a low cost that they would be able to pass down to their customers.  With no vendor lock-in, enterprise grade security and performance, proven results – and now with ECS in their data center – Global Access can continue to provide a suite of comprehensive cloud services with the highest security and compliance standards worldwide.

Read the Global Access customer profile for the full story on how they implemented EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS).

Daniel Lehman, Key Account Manager of Global Access, says “Some of the things we are able to do to offer low storage prices – are possible but not to grow in the same sizes like with ECS.  With ECS it can be one, two, five, or even ten petabytes with no problem. That’s adding more building blocks but it’s not a problem to grow to these sizes. Automated replication to different locations is integrated as well so we don’t have to worry about how it works – that’s a function of ECS. This can be complicated to offer with other storage products from different vendors as well from EMC so this is one of the unique things of ECS for us.”

Watch the full video below to hear more about how Global Access uses ECS to offer new specialized cloud services to their customers.

Are you a CSP looking to deploy new cloud services? Get started by trying ECS for FREE for non-production use by visiting www.emc.com/getecs.

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