Friday, March 8, 2013

Go Daddy Webcast on Storage Validation

SwiftTest and Go Daddy are announcing a jointly sponsored webcast entitled “Storage Validation at Go Daddy:  Best Practices from the World’s Largest Web Hosting Service Provider”.  I am thrilled about this webcast, as I am thrilled about our relationship with this great team.  

I believe the webcast holds important information for many IT organizations.  One of the major trends transforming IT today is the move towards Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).   While Amazon, Rackspace, and others have popularized the public model, what about private examples, where IT organizations provide IaaS to their internal customers?  Many IT organizations ambition to transition to this model, but many also wonder where to start, or fear change.

Go Daddy’s storage team is a very successful example of an internal IaaS provider.  They provide storage-as-a-service to Go Daddy’s application teams with 99.999% uptime, and labor efficiency well above industry standards.  With SwiftTest’s help, the Go Daddy team has implemented an amazing new storage validation process:  one or two weeks of validation of every new storage solution with SwiftTest tells the storage engineers all they need to know about the solution’s suitability for production: can it support the expected load? How will it behave at peak  capacity? Where are its limits? What is the optimal configuration?  With the insights generated through storage validation, they are now free to innovate, to pursue faster, better and cheaper solutions.  They are firmly in control of their cost structure, and their service delivery.  As they put it: they are now in the driver’s seat.

That process innovation was required to transition to IaaS should not be a surprise: as many industry observers have pointed out, IaaS is not just about the adoption of cloud technologies, it is also most critically about the transformation of IT organizations and of their processes.  Go Daddy’s journey is a great example to the many who see IaaS as the wave of the future, yet don’t know exactly how to get there.  SwiftTest was a key enabler of Go Daddy’s storage engineering process.  Our mission, as the leader in Storage Validation, is to empower storage experts, like the Go Daddy team, with the insight they need to improve service delivery and control costs.  We’re proud to be a part of their success!

Here’s the link to the exciting webcast!


Philippe Vincent
President and CEO

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