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Pros
"The initial setup is not difficult or overly complex. It's very straightforward and easy to implement.""Enables content sharing by multiple users.""Some of the most valuable features are how convenient and easy to use S3 is. It's nicely integrated with AWS and is available on the AWS console.""It is easy to manage and easy to understand.""The most valuable features are unlimited storage, scalability, and performance.""This solution is good at storing historical data and we were using it for other purposes.""The main aspect we like is that it's been easy to use.""Amazon S3 has multiple types of data detection. You can store data on a monthly basis, yearly basis, and long term basis."

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"Being able to scale on demand, and being able to get out of our security operation center, and not having to purchase hardware upfront, has drastically reduced the overhead that was required to maintain our information. We have also gained additional capabilities in terms of speed of replicating that information.""One of the most valuable features is its integration with other cloud solutions. We have a presence within Amazon EC2 and we leverage compute instances in there. Being able to integrate with compute, both locally within Zadara, as well as with other cloud vendors such as Amazon, is very helpful, while also being able to maintain extremely low latency between those connections.""The processing is much faster with this product.""It's very easy to expand and compared to other storage systems that we've used, it's a lot more expandable and a lot more flexible in how it's deployed.""The most valuable feature of Zadara is its ease of use and safety. Overall the solution is a complete package, it has all the features needed.""The most valuable feature is the flexibility in terms of deployment options.""One of the most useful features is that they provide iSCSI as a service.""Zadara Storage Cloud having 24/7 management saves me support and engineering costs because the storage and computing are managed by a third-party. We are able to focus more attention on the customer, which is truly our core business. Even at 1:00 AM or 2:00 AM at night, someone will answer, which is important."

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Cons
"We need the mapping to Windows. That feature is needed in S3. That feature is in the Azure cloud where we can map it like a drive. We can map the cloud storage to the effort driving our Windows PC. But Amazon is not providing that feature for the S3 solution.""The only pain point is migrating the life cycle policy because if someone is a newbie, they cannot easily create the life cycle policy.""The pricing and licensing are pretty complex.""The security model can be improved as it is a bit confusing.""Technical support could have a faster response time.""They could always increase object storage ability.""When we need to find the queries there is no user interface, it is the only textual format that is bulky. If we need some data we will use Athena for queries and we will get results. When comparing this solution to others, such as DataDog, they provide a wonderful UI, and user-friendly dashboards, and many other features that this solution is lacking.""It could maybe use more integration."

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"Having iSCSI over the internet using a VPN, the IPSec tunnel is really the only thing that I find missing from this product.""The range of support of VMware could be better. It can support Windows, however, it cannot support other operating systems like IBM AIX. This needs to improve.""Some of the features are a little bit slow to come to market.""There are still some storage features that they lack. For example, other vendors implemented the auto-tiering feature a long time ago, while Zadara Storage Cloud is just coming out with this feature today. So, they are a little bit late compared to the market.""Cost-wise, because it's a pay-per-use model, it may ultimately end up costing us more in the long run than something we developed ourselves.""The initial setup of the solution is complex.""The management interface is more geared towards end-users rather than a service partner like ourselves, and there are improvements that can be made around that.""I would like to see them be a little bit more proactive in terms of the patches and updates that are available. I would like to see more disclosure and information around what fixes or what enhancements are available within a patch, and help in coordinating and scheduling that. Right now, it's driven more by the customer in reaching out via a support ticket."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing is pay as you go, and I'm happy with the pricing."
  • "The cost of storage is cheap. However, the cost to have a better interface can get expensive. We are using Athena for this purpose and if we did some heavy queries the cost will start adding up. When the Athena query is running, it will scan the bucket and they charge for how many GBs we are going to scan. The function of scanning has a lot of costs attached to it, this is a negative point."
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  • "One of the factors that ruled out several providers was cost. They were way too expensive for the volume of data that we needed and the speed at which we needed to be able to manage it. There aren't a lot of providers that can do that."
  • "If you just take the street price of Zadara Storage Cloud and look up the price or cost per hour, then you could think that Zadara Storage Cloud is extremely expensive or a solution only for enterprise use. That is not true. You need to compare the entire system. This means that you don't stop looking at just the street price, but you need to consider all the features, requirements, and costs of support as well as the extra cost that other vendors have. Other players just play with hidden, additional costs. Everything is included in Zadara Storage Cloud's licensing cost; what you get is what you pay for."
  • "For our use, it's appropriately priced and overall, it's proved to be very cost-effective against other tier-one vendors."
  • "The pricing and licensing are very simple and the cost is predictable, although, like everything that you pay for as you use, you have to be mindful of what you're using."
  • "It is a nice licensing model and it makes it quite simple because we just pay for what we use, and the bill that comes shows us exactly what customers are using what resources."
  • "The pricing is very competitive and the fact that they have very compelling discounts for multi-year commitments is great."
  • "The price of Zadara is very good and it covers everything. There is no subscription needed."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    Amazon S3 has multiple types of data detection. You can store data on a monthly basis, yearly basis, and long term basis.
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    The licensing is pay as you go, and I'm happy with the pricing.
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    The only pain point is migrating the life cycle policy because if someone is a newbie, they cannot easily create the life cycle policy. This is because there are multiple, additional ways. If I want… more »
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    Hey Ramon - happy to help however I can!   There's a good report recently published by GigaOm titled "GigaOm Sonar for Storage as a Service" that does a nice job of highlighting the STaaS vendors -… more »
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    One of the most valuable features is its integration with other cloud solutions. We have a presence within Amazon EC2 and we leverage compute instances in there. Being able to integrate with compute… more »
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    I would like to see them be a little bit more proactive in terms of the patches and updates that are available. I would like to see more disclosure and information around what fixes or what… more »
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    Also Known As
    S3, Simple Storage Service
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    Overview

    Amazon Simple Storage Service is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

    Amazon S3 has a simple web services interface that you can use to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers.

    Zadara is a complete enterprise storage solution because it has all the functionality you expect in enterprise storage — and so much more. It starts with our patented virtualization software running the same industry-leading storage you can buy from a legacy vendor. It’s OpEx, so you pay only for what you use. And it's fully managed by us 24/7. In other words, Zadara can do everything your legacy storage can do, just a whole lot cheaper and easier.

    With the Zadara Storage universal solution, you can deploy storage of any data type (block, file, object), in any location (cloud, on-premise, hybrid - worldwide), and via any protocol (FC, iSCSI, iSER, NFS, CIFS, S3, Swift).

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    Netflix, Airbnb, Thomson Reuters, Zillow, Alert Logic
    Time, Inc. A&E Network, The Washington Post, News UK, McGraw Hill, Gilt, Toshiba, Deloitte, VMware
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    Comms Service Provider20%
    Media Company8%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Computer Software Company38%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government6%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise33%
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    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise22%
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    Amazon S3 is ranked 5th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 8 reviews while Zadara is ranked 4th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 8 reviews. Amazon S3 is rated 9.0, while Zadara is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Amazon S3 writes "Secure, scalable, and easy to manage and understand". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Zadara writes "Flexible, good performance, cost-effective, and well-suited for disaster recovery storage". Amazon S3 is most compared with Oracle Cloud Object Storage, Amazon S3 Glacier, Microsoft Azure File Storage, Google Cloud Storage and NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, whereas Zadara is most compared with Wasabi, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Azure Block Storage and Red Hat Ceph Storage. See our Amazon S3 vs. Zadara report.

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