Easy NetApp Upgrades!

NetApp Upgrades Made Simple
Storage Upgrades and Migrations: Easy as 1, 2, 3.

Zerowait will keep your NetApp running until you decide the time is right for a complete storage upgrade. We offer 24×7 hardware support, expansion shelves and expert NetApp help on-call, even after that dreaded NetApp EOA/EOS!

When it comes time for a new storage system, Zerowait has pulled together everything people love about their NetApp into a far better but dramatically less expensive solution. SimplStor Z has all the functionality, reliability, and ease of management, but SimplStor Z is fundamentally less expensive than NetApp to buy new, expand later and support for a decade or more. SimplStor Z’s core Copy on Write technology is generations beyond NetApp and those other overpriced proprietary storage systems. Another BIG SimplStor advantage, no disruptive EOA/EOS/EOL. Zerowait is a support business #1. For over a decade we have shipped SimplStor and never refused to support any of them.

Zerowait makes your new storage upgrade simple as 1-2-3.

1. Our Storage Architects work with you to plan every detail.
2. Zerowait gives you an attractive trade-in credit for your old NetApp hardware and we support your existing storage in-place until the migration is complete and data verified.
3. We completely erase and sanitize the data on any returned disks before your old components are repurposed by Zerowait to support other legacy NetApp users around the world.

We have supported NetApp users 24×7 for more than two decades. Our storage experts have helped over one hundred organizations move from pricey proprietary storage systems like NetApp onto affordable new SimplStor systems.

Want to learn more? Ready to see a SimplStor Z demo? Call 1.302.996.9408 or email us at sales@zerowait.com.

Regards,

Mike

Michael Linett – President
Zerowait Corporation
Phone: 302.996.9408

Over 20 years providing NetApp Service and Support 
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Phone: 302.996.9408
Manchester, UK: +44 161.513.7429
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SimplStor Z- the next station stop

SimplStor Z - the next station

About six years ago I wrote about our efforts as we began the development of our SimplStor ZFS project.

Zerowait has been continuously working to build a turnkey fully-supported Linux-based ZFS enterprise storage solution to satisfy our most demanding clients and remain affordable, easy to use, and reliable. After many years of development and testing, we recently added SimplStor Z, a ZFS open hardware design version of our proven SimplStor system that has been delivered with XFS or Windows for over a decade.

During the last few years, our team has created what I consider the next generation of Copy-on-Write file system solutions. As most of our customers and friends know, Zerowait has been working with NetApp systems since 1998, and their file system is based on a 30-year-old design from the last millennium. The Zerowait engineering team has designed and built a storage solution that is considered by many of our NetApp support customers as a replacement for their primary NetApp filer installations. Zerowait’s SimplStor Z provides ZFS functionality, is supported 24×7, all without the high prices and hassle of constant upgrades from a proprietary hardware manufacturer.

Below are the 3 questions that have come up in our conversations with customers:

ONE – How did the Zerowait SimplStor Project evolve over the last 6 years and become a Linux based OpenZFS enterprise storage solution?

Answer – The premise of SimplStor has always been open hardware, open software, and nothing proprietary, supported 24×7 by Zerowait’s proven team. Over time, Zerowait’s hardware and remote “phone home” exception monitoring systems have evolved to be faster and more capable, and as OpenZFS evolved it became obvious that merging Zerowait’s hardware and support with Linux and OpenZFS was going to be a game changer for many storage users. NetApp was essentially the first copy-on-write filesystem with WAFL, but that was about 30 years ago. Sun created ZFS about 20 years ago. After much work by the Linux community, OpenZFS has matured and now offers features that NetApp can’t touch, and we’ve added OpenZFS without any proprietary lock-ins, high prices or disruptive EOA/EOS that drives customers crazy.

Today, OpenZFS on Linux provides significant functionality beyond what NetApp, Dell/EMC or HPE can provide. But the market gap has always been an integrated and fully supported open hardware and software solution.

TWO – How did the Zerowait team design flexibility, scalability, and read-and-write performance adaptability into SimplStor Z, so that it could provide advantages to customers considering new NetApp rather than upgrading their existing filers?

Answer – Our team started with the premise that Zerowait SimplStor Z had to be like the other SimplStor models—easy to use, easy to install, and easy to maintain for the long term. We also insisted that SimplStor Z had to be as reliable as NetApp and provide a far better long-term value to our global community of support customers.

Our focus was on building a reliable and flexible OpenZFS on Linux solution that was rock solid and allowed our customers to tweak their read-and-write performance parameters to meet their specific workloads. The Zerowait engineering team worked through firmware, driver, and myriad hardware problems to create a hardware platform that provided reliability and would “call home” automatically whenever an anomaly or exception was detected. Our long-time customers know that Zerowait’s Exception Reporter is an amazing tool, and we integrated it into our RMA and Engineering ticket process so that expert storage support engineers are notified right away when a SimplStor Z system has a problem.

The SimplStor platform provides an outstanding value. SimplStor provides everything an Enterprise storage customer needs: hot pluggable components, write caches, read caches, memory options, and SAS, SATA, and SSD drive configurations. Zerowait SimplStor Z also can be configured with multi-node High Availability (HA) clustering, automatic failover, replication, robust encryption options, powerful deduplication, and cloud integration options. The open system approach that SimplStor leverages provides unparalleled functionality and flexibility not found in any other storage solution available today.

THREE – What is next on the Zerowait SimplStor Roadmap?

Answer—Zerowait created a global organization to support NetApp’s customers who wanted to keep their legacy on-prem equipment beyond NetApp’s EOA/EOS sunsetting of products. Lately, NetApp has employed a heavy hand pushing customers into the cloud. For many customers who demand control, performance, security, or on-site storage for compliance reasons, Zerowait was the solution to their NetApp mandated migration headaches. Many of these customers provided input as our SimplStor Z project evolved. Our first goal was to fulfill customers’ requirements for migrating away from their Legacy NetApp equipment and onto our SimplStor Z platform.

Some of Zerowait’s NetApp support customers have been working with us for over 20 years. There is a tremendous amount of trust between Zerowait and our family of customers. The huge tech companies that some of our team members have worked with in the past just don’t have that kind of relationship with their customers. Zerowait’s customers know that long-term service and support is key, as important as an outstanding hardware and software platform. As one of our customers said recently, “It’s refreshing to work with a support company that sells hardware that you know is built to last! “

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Time to Upgrade the NetApp?

 

Greetings,

Time to upgrade your NetApp? Before blindly upgrading to the next over-priced filer, we have a far better choice. SimplStor Z has everything you love about NetApp, without the things you don’t. Far less expensive and none of that disruptive EOA/EOS pressure, SimplStor Z combines the power of Linux & ZFS with non-proprietary hardware to give you a feature-rich, reliable, fast, set-and-forget enterprise storage solution. Need snapshots, HA, replication, encryption or dedupe? SimplStor Z has it all. Purpose-built for your workload today with upgrades on the fly in the future, SimplStor Z is simple to manage and supported by storage experts 24×7.

Concerned about moving off NetApp? Don’t be. More than one hundred NetApp users have trusted Zerowait and SimplStor when it was time to get off that pricey proprietary storage system.

And your old NetApp has more trade-in value with Zerowait! For two decades we have provided NetApp 3rd party hardware support 24×7. With customers around the world, Zerowait maintains four NetApp spare parts depots. Parts from your existing NetApp systems can find a new home with other Zerowait customers.

Need to extend the life of your legacy NetApp system until time to upgrade? We do that for NetApp users every single day. Helping customers solve storage problems and reduce their IT spending is what we do. Let’s talk, 1.302.996.9408 or sales@zerowait.com.

Trusted by NetApp users around the world for over two decades, Zerowait is the Oldest Name in NetApp 3rd Party Support.

 

Over 20 years providing NetApp Service and Support 

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NetApp Users Love ZFS

 

Trusted 24X7 NetApp SupportGreetings,

Zerowait has been the affordable choice for 24×7 NetApp support and upgrades for over two decades. During that time ZFS has matured into a formidable challenger to any proprietary storage system.

We introduced SimplStor a decade ago to give customers a more affordable but new-built alternative to our legacy NetApp products. Configured with Linux and ZFS (or XFS or Windows Server if you prefer), SimplStor is a turnkey, built-to-order hardware and software solution backed by Zerowait’s proven 24×7 support that is fundamentally less expensive to buy and support.

Whether you need inexpensive long-term archival storage or a solution quick enough to keep up with your most demanding storage needs, SimplStor with ZFS gives you everything you love about NetApp, without the high prices!

  • Snapshots
  • Mirrors
  • Replication
  • Encryption
  • 24/7/365 on call engineering and support
  • Call home automated support
  • Extended service and support plans

Feature-rich, reliable, fast and including 24×7 enterprise-level support, SimplStor has it all. And Zerowait storage experts can plan your entire SimplStor deployment and data migration.

Trusted by NetApp users around the world for over two decades, Zerowait is the Oldest Name in NetApp 3rd Party Support.

I’d like to tell you more about SimplStor and ZFS. Let’s talk, 1.302.996.9408 or sales@zerowait.com.

 

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Trusted 24X7 NetApp support

Trusted 24X7 NetApp Support

Zerowait  began supporting NetApp “filers” 24×7 twenty-three years ago. Back then NetApp was still a small company, the business potential was not as obvious as it might seem today. Honing our skills year by year, Zerowait became a trusted partner to hundreds of NetApp users, and we thrived. More than just the frugal choice, Zerowait engineering staff has earned a reputation for being NetApp experts, and today we are proud to have repeat customers around the globe.

In an ecosystem with surprisingly high prices, our 24×7 hardware support policies, NetApp expansion capacity, replacement parts and even entire systems with transferable software licenses are remarkable bargains. And Zerowait will support your NetApp FAS/V/AFF for as long as you would like, long after NetApp announces EOA/EOS/EOL.

And when you are ready to get off of those pricey proprietary storage systems entirely, we have an affordable on-prem NetApp alternative. With its impressive feature set, SimplStor has everything you love about NetApp without those high prices. And the time-tested team at Zerowait can help with your data migration.

If you need to cut IT spending but still demand top-quality products and expert support 24×7, count on Zerowait. Let’s talk, 1.888.811.0808 or sales@zerowait.com.

Trusted by NetApp users around the world for over two decades, Zerowait is the Oldest Name in NetApp 3rd Party Support.

 

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Your NetApp Experts On-Call 24×7

Jack of All TradesWith all the acquisitions, consolidations and layoffs, I often speak to IT staff who are overwhelmed by staffing cuts and inherited responsibilities. The truism has been used for 300 years, “jack of all trades, master of none.” Forced to support dozens of platforms, IT staff is often stretched beyond any reasonable expectation of technical skills or a normal workday.

Zerowait’s NetApp experts are available 24×7 and we will NOT bust your budget! From boosting your productivity by answering a quick question, to an hour-plus of more involved troubleshooting or “how-to” training, Zerowait experts are just a phone call away. Zerowait’s IT Support (ITS) is a prepaid hourly support service that saves NetApp users time AND money, even if you need days or weeks of help.

For over two decades Zerowait has been the affordable alternative for all-things NetApp! And not just less expensive: After hundreds of satisfied customers, Zerowait engineers are trusted, time-tested NetApp experts.

More than just NetApp experts on-call, Zerowait offers NetApp FAS/V/AFF hardware support policies, expansion shelves and replacement parts. We even sell entire NetApp systems with transferable software licenses!

Whatever your NetApp needs, give us a call. Zerowait can help.

Let’s talk. Call 1.888.811.0808 or email sales@zerowait.com.

 

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Retreat from the Cloud, Part 2

 

Retreat from the Cloud II 

Last month I predicted companies would use 2021 to reinvest in neglected on-prem computing resources. The rush to the Cloud last year disappointed many:

  • Losing control of critical digital assets
  • Budget overruns
  • Finger pointing after each security breach
  • Frustrating service disruptions
  • Unmet performance expectations

Using the Cloud is like renting, not like owning. You surrender control and security to others. Don’t let a vendor push you into the Cloud prematurely. Think it through carefully, and ask “what could go wrong?” Some Cloud uses might be fine, while another workload or critical data could be quite risky. Like putting all your eggs in one basket, dependance on a single platform that you do not own could ultimately come back to bite you. Hard.

For over twenty years Zerowait has delivered budget saving solutions to NetApp users. Let us help you stay on the platform you know and trust. Our 24×7 NetApp FAS/V/AFF hardware support protects you even after your filers are EOA/EOS/EOL. Our biggest bargain is off-lease NetApp controllers with transferable software licenses. These systems are available at prices far below any equivalent capacity or performance new from NetApp and can be supported by NetApp or Zerowait. We even have a warehouse with replacement parts and expansion capacity for almost any NetApp system. All NetApp hardware we sell is thoroughly tested and guaranteed by Zerowait, the oldest name in NetApp third-party support.

Don’t have money to burn? Call or email, we have many ways to help on-prem NetApp users navigate hard choices during difficult times. 1.888.811.0808 or sales@zerowait.com.

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Retreat from the Cloud

Storms in the CloudOne thing three decades in IT gives you is perspective. Over that time our industry has swung like a pendulum, into and out of dozens of computing trends. With the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine, I predict the next swing in that IT pendulum will be a retreat from the hosted cloud and rebuilding neglected on-prem capabilities.

The pandemic last year drove many into the cloud with stunning speed, some companies having no other alternative. After a decade of cloud marketing overhype to pave the way and then too little time for testing sample data sets or workload planning, companies simply dove into the cloud headfirst. Shocking budget overruns, mysterious service disruptions, performance disappointment, loss of control and finger pointing after successive security breaches are the all-too-common cloud complaints.

Zerowait provides an affordable on-prem alternative to the cloud. Not just less expensive, we are NetApp experts supporting customers like you for over twenty years. Let us help you stay on the platform you know and trust – and do it at a budget friendly price. Our 24×7 NetApp FAS/V/AFF hardware support is a bargain, even if your filer is EOS/EOL. We have a warehouse with replacement parts and expansion capacity for NetApp systems, even a large selection of controllers with transferable software licenses. Everything we ship is thoroughly tested by the NetApp experts at Zerowait.

What do you need to maximize your NetApp storage investment? Call or email: Zerowait can help. 1.888.811.0808 or sales@zerowait.com.

 

 

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Storing Data Long-Term?

Do you have long-term data retention needs? Are you accumulating and storing information for five, ten, twenty years? My advice is NEVER NEVER NEVER use a proprietary storage platform! While the sales pitch may sound really clever today, those hooks in proprietary filesystems, custom firmware mods and unique hardware additions often become vulnerabilities, costly gotchas that you regret over the long run.

I’ve been doing this a long time, and I get dozens of requests from frustrated CIOs each year asking us to support a proprietary platform that has been orphaned after a corporate acquisition or killed off entirely with an unexpected EOL/EOS announcement. The astute CIOs realize that staying with an unsupported platform is not viable and with each passing year migrating off becomes even more challenging.

We help NetApp FAS/V/AFF owners solve the EOL/EOS problem every day, but companies who selected many other platforms can be stuck in a dangerous data dead-end. If your plans include a new storage requirement or you are retooling an existing workload, let Zerowait design a SimplStor with Linux that gives you maximum flexibility, longevity and data integrity. We never use proprietary technology in SimplStor builds, and we never cut off a customer with EOL/EOS.

Zerowait designs and builds SimplStor systems that are tailor-made to meet every customer’s on-prem storage needs. And after 21 years, our 24×7 support is the best in the business. Talk to storage experts you can trust. Call or email today, 1.888.811.0808 or sales@zerowait.com.

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Has your NetApp Support Lapsed?

NetApp Support Lapsed? Do you need to survive an unexpected NetApp support lapse?

If you are looking for an affordable NetApp hardware support contract, we have been doing exactly that for 21 years! Do you need support for 3 months, 6 months, or for an entire year? Zerowait has you covered.

Maybe you need another NetApp controller? We do that, too! Do you need more NetApp storage capacity? Yes, we do that! Need expert NetApp advice or data migration assistance? We do that, too! Whatever NetApp needs you’ve encountered, Zerowait has you covered at prices you can afford even after IT budgets have been slashed.

As your FAS/V/AFF ages, two things happen. First, NetApp will turn up the heat and pressure you into an expensive and disruptive upgrade. And second, the expansion capacity, upgrades and replacement parts you need become harder and harder to find. Zerowait won’t ever push you into a costly or disruptive upgrade, because we NEVER announce “End of Support” on NetApp products! And we aren’t like those sketchy eBay sources, Zerowait tests and guarantees everything we sell.

Your business depends on that data. Don’t gamble with it: Zerowait is a company you can trust. After supporting NetApp users like you 24×7 for two decades, we are the affordable NetApp experts you can depend on.

Whenever you need expert NetApp help and don’t have money to burn, give us a call. Zerowait has many ways to help you survive these painful budget surprises.

Email sales@zerowait.com or call 1.888.811.0808 to learn more.

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