Storage As A Service
Managing storage is not a core function for many businesses. The endless tasks of evaluating storage solutions, going through the procurement process, decommissioning older systems and implementing newer technologies as well as maintaining and supporting the systems can be very labour intensive and time consuming.
Storage as a Service (SaaS) can confer multiple benefits, saving on power consumption and space — both at a premium in many companies — while providing almost instant scalability and the ability to utilise additional services on demand.
SaaS can be provided either in a secure datacentre or hosted on your site without the upfront capital investment of purchasing dedicated hardware. Autonomy is unaffected as you – the customer – still retain all the access required to manage and support everyday operations and can continue to hold responsibility for all day-to-day applications and user configurations. ERA have over 18 years of experience working in this space and are able to offer customers SaaS solution tailored to your needs now and for the future.
Financially, savings can be made on the cost of power and cooling, as well as office space, IT support and system management. Furthermore, all hardware and software purchased can be classed as a service, not a capital asset, moving spending from Capex to Opex and allowing those funds to be used elsewhere.
For an off-site solution ERA assume responsibility for secure and reliable connectivity and performance, providing remote access to hardware via direct dark fibre connection – all supported by a full 24/7 Service Level Agreement (SLA). A key gain is the scalability and flexibility it offers to your business. Moving to an outsourced model can enable companies to better respond to their clients’ needs, manage their internal resource more efficiently and expand their core business. Traditionally, a company’s IT team spends valuable time on hardware support, upgrades and managing connectivity issues. Now their skills can be focused back on the business, developing creative solutions for the company and their clients. Furthermore, as real estate prices continue to spiral, precious square-footage that has previously been used for equipment storage can be repurposed into revenue-generating spaces.