StorONE eliminates capacity-based pricing, offers per-drive pricing model

Issue 4 2022 News

StorONE announced a new pricing model that enables customers to scale for free, driven by a significant software update to the StorONE Storage Engine. The combination enables companies to improve performance, increase density, lower costs and permanently end storage migrations.

StorONE’s Scale-for-Free pricing model is based on the number of drives in use, not total capacity. The new model breaks free of expensive capacity-based licence schemes that punish customers for using high-density drives, keeping them from enjoying hardware innovation.

The StorONE Storage Engine is a complete rewrite of storage I/O, auto-tiering and erasure coding, enabling customers to enjoy the benefits of modern Flash and hard disk drive densities without risking data or performance. StorONE's new pricing model encourages the use of the highest-density drives available as well as upgrades as newer, higher-density options become available, without data migration and without paying additional software licence fees.

“Customers often say to us that they’d love to do an upgrade but can’t afford the licensing costs associated with adding capacity from new drives, or they can’t afford all the Flash drives that the vendor requires to meet performance expectations,” said Eric Johnson, CEO of StorONE reseller, Fulcrum Technology Solutions. “While they may find savings in adopting new hardware, the penalty of capacity-based pricing wipes out that benefit. StorONE’s new Scale-for-Free model eliminates that trade-off and allows us an easier path to providing the upgrades our customers need.”

“StorONE has always been about efficiency, and our Scale-for-Free, drive-based pricing model is the next step in maximising storage environments,” said Gal Naor, StorONE co-founder and CEO. “Now organisations can more easily take advantage of per-drive capacity expansion without worrying about their software licensing fees.”

Auto-tiering and metadata management

Introducing an advanced new auto-tiering algorithm that provides consistent performance in hybrid configurations, combined with StorONE vRAID (the company's RAID rebuild capabilities), organisations can safely use the highest-density Flash and hard disk drives without concern for inconsistent performance or prolonged drive-recovery efforts.

Metadata management has been enhanced, enabling customers to scale to 20 PB without needing a TB+ of memory like competing solutions require. And now, with StorONE’s new pricing model, there is no pricing penalty for moving to the higher-density drives.

Ransomware with telemetry

As ransomware continues to be a daily threat to most organisations, StorONE has enhanced its 360° ransomware protection with new telemetry information that alerts when an organisation is under attack and pinpoints the best immutable copy of data to use for recovery. Additional protection has been added with two-factor authentication to help prohibit unauthorised access.

Flexible data encryption

Moving away from a one-size-fits-all solution that is typical in the industry, StorONE is now providing data encryption on either an application level (where supported) or volume level where more appropriate, as with NAS or some hypervisors. Organisations that require complete encryption across all data can select self-encrypting drives, which the new release supports.

Additional new features

• HTML 5 GUI interface allows control of the StorONE engine from any location and almost any device.

• RESTful API support enables automation and integration of StorONE into existing operations consoles.

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