Tata Communications today announced the launch of IZO Cloud Storage, a storage service for enterprises.
IZO Cloud Storage is designed to address enterprises’ complex storage demands, as the volume of unstructured data – such as videos, social media posts, images, emails and customer details – is set to constitute 80 percent of the 125 Exabytes of data generated by organizations in 2017.
The new storage service portfolio aims to support enterprises’ hybrid cloud adoption by combining network connectivity, cloud storage and data security. This eliminates the cost and complexity of working with a multitude of different storage software providers, network vendors and systems integrators.
“As data volumes continue to skyrocket while data retention and sovereignty regulations across industries tighten, companies today face three major challenges: cost, complexity and security,” said Genius Wong, president of Global Network, Cloud and Data Centre Services at Tata Communications.
According to Ovum, the IT environment is changing from a simple on-premise capability to a hybrid cloud arrangement where data needs to be available for these cloud workloads.
CIOs demand higher levels of system and network availability, and cost-effective storage; however, all this must be managed and maintained by one department with one IT budget, creating tensions between conflicting demands and priorities.
“The growth of public cloud storage offerings is adding to this complexity and has fuelled the rise in ‘shadow IT’ – where line of business customers bypass the CIO and procure storage services themselves,” said Roy Illsley, principal analyst at IT Solutions at Ovum.
IZO Cloud Storage offers unlimited storage capacity in Tata Communications’ owned and associated data centres in India, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK.
The new service is also scalable, as enterprises are able to store unlimited amounts of data on a pay-as-you-grow basis with no Capex investment. Unlike with many existing solutions, businesses will not have to pay extra for accessing or modifying their data, ensuring predictability of storage costs.