The Cloud Comes into the Private Data CenterOracle ZS5 Brings Cloud Scale and Best Practices into On-Premises Data Centers 

Data storage in a next generation apps world is experiencing a renaissance, even though storage is a commoditized and well-understood function in enterprise computing. Despite lower costs, data storage remains a strategic concern because the split personality of storage vendors has hindered enterprises from blending their on-premises and cloud environments.

Next generation apps require a different approach that blends both cloud and on-premises technologies. Next generation apps in the cloud require large-scale capacity, software-defined access for managing systems, and a substantially lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Now, with increasing interest in running next generation apps on-premises, cloud-grade storage offerings are making their way back to where IT started, the on-premises data center.

The recently unveiled Oracle ZS5 Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution, a hardware appliance with associated software, is such a hybrid product. It was designed originally for IaaS use, but with on-premises deployments in mind. Now enterprises can deploy their storage-intensive next generation apps in their own data centers. They experience a cloud-grade solution that not only offers lower TCO than older, non-cloud-grade storage offerings, but also the strategic option to move from on-premises back to the cloud with no penalty. Finally, the identical architectures of ZS5 offerings for both Oracle Cloud and for on-premises use enable a number of attractive hybrid scenarios, such as development and testing, backup, High Availability (HA) and multi-temperature storage tiering. 

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