GOAL: Less than 8.98% of Total IT Budget
RATIONALE: The overall cost of storage is expensive and growing. So storingas much as possible on the fewest number of devices is critical. One way to measure efficiency is the cost per stored gigabyte. Lower costs are a byproduct of automated tiering, backup and archiving processes, but also a measure of the overall utilization of the entire system. According to Gartner, the cost of the data network as a percent of total IT spend should be less that 8.89%. A higher number shows inefficiency, either in hardware, software or management.
POTENTIAL RESULTS: An efficient data network will not only cost less, but will be easier to manage and perform faster.
SOURCE: Gartner Worldwide IT Benchmark Report 2006: Volume 3: Key Infrastructure Metrics: Data Network