Tata Communications expands flagship IZO platform

Tata Communications has launched IZOTM Cloud Storage, a simple and scalable storage service portfolio, adding to its IZO cloud enablement platform. Underpinned by the world’s largest wholly-owned subsea cable network, IZOTM 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 – continues to grow.

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, making the once difficult task of managing multiple storage environments – be it long-term data retention or high performance storage – much simpler.

“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,” says Genius Wong, president of Global Network, Cloud and Data Centre Services at Tata Communications. “Powered by our unparalleled global network, IZOTM Cloud Storage tackles each of these challenges in a simple yet ingenious way. Expanding our IZOTM platform with cloud storage capabilities is part of our mission to provide CIOs with the ability to manage every aspect of their cloud infrastructure as one.”

According to Ovum, the IT environment is changing rapidly from a simple on-premise capability to a hybrid cloud arrangement where data needs to be available for these cloud workloads. Organisations 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,” says Roy Illsley, principal analyst, IT Solutions at Ovum. “The market needs a simple solution that can be used by all users and meets the needs of operating in an increasingly hybrid cloud environment, but importantly making sure the corporate data is secured according to the corporate governance policies.”

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