GigaOm names Zadara ‘Leader’ and ‘Fast Mover’ for File-Based Cloud Storage

When looking at key criteria for evaluating file-based cloud storage, Zadara comes out on top according to GigaOm report

The following blog highlights a recent report, GigaOm Radar for File-Based Cloud Storage v1.0 Key Criteria for Evaluating File-Based Cloud Storage. You can download and read the report HERE

Enterprises rely on file storage as a critical component of every hybrid cloud strategy. More enterprises are supporting distributed workforces, and the ability to access data from anywhere seamlessly is essential. File storage is seen as accessible and easier to use than other forms of storage as the demands on data mobility and workloads continue to increase.

Storage providers know that file can fill gaps for the enterprise, especially when paired with a “lift and shift” migration when simplicity and performance are important. GigaOm reports file storage is still the primary interface for the majority of big data, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and high-performing computing applications. File storage still provides the best combination of performance, usability, and scalability for many workloads, especially when collaboration is essential, they report. 

With all the varying approaches available, it can be difficult to find a solution that solves today’s needs while being ready to evolve and face future challenges. 

The report finds that while NetApp is seen as the leader among storage vendors of the moment, Zadara, which offers storage as a service that can be consumed both on-premises and in the cloud with the same flexibility, granularity, features, and user experience. Both are designed for enterprise workloads.

GigaOm on Zadara’s File Storage

The report states that Zadara’s Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) platform is available on all major cloud providers as well as on-premises. The solution is very flexible, secure, highly configurable and provides block, file and object storage service in a single system, they report. Advanced data services and other innovative functionalities enable users to address several use cases. 

Strengths include, the solution is mature and solid with services that allow users to build hybrid cloud infrastructures and move data across different environments for several types of workloads and applications. Zadara has also developed an interesting serverless solution, with containers that can run directly into its virtual controllers. Easy to use, scalable, and flexible. 

Weaknesses the report highlights include Zadara’s focus on enterprise workloads and the solution is not primarily aimed at serving very high (multi-petabyte) capacity and performance demanding applications even though more than 15% of Zadara customers use the solution also for big data analytics.

‘One size fits all’ storage doesn’t work for the complexity of today’s computing environment. As more enterprises moving to the cloud, file and cloud storage solutions that focus on data management, analytics, and integration with microservices such as Kubernetes will be increasingly important, they report. 

Zadara looks, performs, and behaves like an enterprise NAS appliance, with native NFS and CIFS, yet it can be provisioned on the fly, delivers web-scale volumes and is charged on-demand, by the hour. 

To learn more about Zadara’s file storage capabilities visit our website or email us at

To learn more about the key criteria for evaluating file-based cloud storage download the report today. 


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