Exploring The Deployment Topologies and Service Offerings for the Enterprise File Fabric

Storage Made Easy offers three different hosting models for its Enterprise File FabricTM product solutions.

Below are some notes to help understand the choices and decide which offering  may be best suited  for an organization.

** Please note that the aim of the post is not establish the value proposition for the File  Fabric itself but rather outline which of the various deployment options would be most suitable for company.

Software as a Service (SaaS)

The SaaS service is a widely shared multi-tenant service accessed over the Internet.  The  SaaS service is hosted  in the United States and also in the UK.  The two installations are completely separate, and customers can choose to centre an account in either region or indeed have two separate accounts in each region.

The SaaS service is suitable for organizations with from one to around twenty users. It is the most economical option for small businesses.  SaaS works well for moderate workloads, but is inappropriate for high volume data uses cases, and additionally certain kinds of automated workflows and situations where consistent performance is required.

Most File FabricTM features are available to SaaS users but enterprise features, such as Enterprise Content Search and Enterprise Content Discovery for example, are not available with SaaS. That is not to say you cannot search across Clouds for documents. with the SaaS service, you can, you just cannot search the contents of documents stored on the various clouds. To achieve this you would need to use IaaS or On-Premises product solutions.

On-Premises

The on-premises offering allows customers to run their own File FabricTM instances in their own data centres (conventional or cloud).  On-premises is intended for organisations that have IT system management capabilities.

All of the File Fabric’sTM features are available with the on-premises offering, and it can be deployed in a wide range of configurations for scaling, load balancing and high availability, either single GEO, or across GEO’s.

On-premises installations give customers complete control over their installations, and can scale to tens or hundreds of thousands of users either for a single company or for any companies in a multi-tenanted fashion.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

With the IaaS service each customer organization gets its own dedicated File FabricTM installation, hosted in one of several leading third party virtual private server environments – including a G-Cloud-approved option – and managed by Storage Made Easy.

IaaS installations can be provided in a wide variety of sizes to handle different workloads, and all of the File Fabric’sTM features are available to IaaS customers.  Every IaaS system is fitted with Storage Made Easy’s customized production monitoring software that alerts our support team instantly if anything goes wrong with your File FabricTM.

IaaS provides enterprise grade scalability and control in a managed service package that frees your IT staff of the system management workload.

This brief overview should give you a basic understanding of the three File FabricTM deployment models that are available to your organization, and help you determine which one one best meets your requirements.

For more information about these options and the Enterprise File FabricTM, please contact us at sales@storagemadeeasy.com

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