The Ultimate Guide To StaaS

STaaS is a fully managed service on an OpEx subscription model. StaaS allows you to pay for only the storage you require enabling you to quickly scale and provision resources. StaaS is often cloud based however some provides offer on-premises storage too.

Benefits of StaaS

There are many benefits of StaaS, in terms of resource:

  • Faster provisioning, from days and weeks to minutes and hours.
  • No more ordering and waiting for new hardware to be delivered and set up.
  • No more worrying about appliances reaching end-of-life or end-of-support.
  • Consolidate devices and safeguard against obsolescence.
  • Reduced training and maintenance releases valuable IT resources.

StaaS also has benefits regarding performance:

  • High performance with cost-effective scaling.
  • Optimise processes and workflows across your business.
  • Better visibility into VM input/output counts and specific disk or network bottlenecks.

StaaS also reaps security benefits too such as the MSP will monitor and regularly update security measures and advice on the best cloud or on-premises deployment to protect your data.

One of the main benefits of StaaS includes it’s time and cost-avoidance savings.  As there is no need to carry the cost of spare capacity and no need to buy and deploy hardware every time you need more capacity; StaaS is extremely cost efficient.

Public Cloud vs Private Cloud

Any cloud is just a collection of servers. However, they do have differences to bear in mind.

In the public cloud, these servers are housed in large data centres that are usually owned and operated by the behemoths of the digital age – AWS, Google, Microsoft Azure. You neither control nor have access to these servers.

In a private cloud, the servers are owned by you or a private cloud provider. With private cloud – as with on-premises storage – you know where your data is stored.

If you decide to use public cloud, you will be managing the cloud resources in-house and paying to use them. You will need to know – and stay on top of – exactly what those resources are, as well as other information like:

  • How many accounts do you have?
  • Have your developers’ added machines, new functionality, or external connections?
  • Who put that data or application there? Are you sure it’s configured properly? Does it have vulnerabilities?

Based on price, public cloud is often perceived as a cheaper alternative to private cloud, but it can come with hidden or unexpected costs and must be carefully monitored and managed by your team to avoid your monthly bills spiralling out of control.

Banner prices among hyperscalers are very competitive due to the economies of scale they work on, but you will need to look at each vendor’s pricing structure very closely.

That said, no single architecture or environment fits all. If you manage your storage in-house, you’ll have to look at the cybersecurity needs of all your applications and data sets (as well as doing a cost comparison) before deciding on public cloud, private cloud, on premise, or the right mix.

Why Choose Creative ITC’s STaaS?

Creative ITC’s StaaS is Pay-as-you-go on-premise, cloud or hybrid storage – pay per TB. So, you don’t have to worry about any unnecessary costs. Creative ITC’s solutions are suitable for any media tyoe– flash, hard disk, SSD, object storage, tape, or cloud.

Creative ITC match storage types to suit different business requirements with greater agility without the expense of hyperscalers.

Why not contact us today and see how our solutions can benefit your business.