I can’t express how excited I am about Dimension Data Cloud’s new Tiered Storage offering. While we have consistently added new features over the last three years, this is the one I’ve most anticipated. It finally addresses the Achilles heel of cloud environments – the struggle to run traditional relational databases in a constrained disk I/O environment.
First let me explain what our new tiered storage offering is all about. You can now choose one of three storage tiers for your Cloud Servers. In the past, the “Standard” option was really your only option. While we are very proud of the fact that it is easily the fastest standard offering in the market (there will be more on that in a subsequent post), we realized that many of our clients didn’t always need that much speed. If they did, we’d be the only player in the space. So we added a new Economy offering to the market. We still believe it will exceed what most public cloud offerings have as a “standard” but at a significantly lower price. Even more exciting is our new premium storage offering. Why? Because while we have been striving to make the Cloud faster, more powerful and easier to use – our biggest goal has been to completely replace the need for traditional architectures. Too many cloud apps have to be written specifically for cloud. With our premium storage, we can now run just about any workload with very minor changes. Go ahead and deploy high transaction SQL Server or mySQL instances. You will be able to scale them much higher than before.
One last very cool feature of our tiered offering is that our clients will be able to “live” migrate between tiers. This means that you can go ahead and set up the development environment on the cheap stuff, and migrate it to the expensive stuff as your needs increase. If you ever feel you over-provisioned, feel free to scale back at any time. I always feel that the greatest aspect of using a cloud should be the flexibility, and this is a level of flexibility only offered by Dimension Data.
Why did it take this long? Believe it or not, the reasons are less technical and more about business. For cloud to work financially there has to be enough demand at each level of storage in order for us to keep inventory on that storage level. As we’ve scaled and our clients have grown, we can now carry inventory on a variety of different speeds knowing they will be fully utilized. That said, we can add as many new levels as our clients use. I’m not sure exactly what we’ll see, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a flash-based super premium offering as well as a super economy offering for archival purposes (dependent on the latest updates to billing). In fact, just let us know what you would like to see.
Go ahead and run with it. Storage is no longer the Achilles heel of cloud.