GOAL OR METRIC: Budget = 32% Acquisition, 54% Support, and 11% Maintenance
RATIONALE: Analyst firm IDC recently issued a report that suggests averages or norms for an organization's storage cost structure. Naturally, a large percent goes to buying new gear and tools, since storage needs are growing at such a rapid pace. Support is the largest percent, due to the complexity of the storage infrastructure. What is telling is the goal of only 11% maintenance. The only way to lower storage maintenance costs is through automation, tiering, and virtualization of the storage infrastructure. It requires taking a holistic approach that unifies storage, rather than simply adding pockets of new, but disconnected storage. It also requires the addressing of the backbone: iSCSI, Fibre, NAS, DAS, Solid State, etc.
POTENTIAL RESULTS: A holistic strategy that uses automation of storage (tiering, backup, archiving, etc.) and unifies storage will reduce staff time required for manual processes and increase utilization of each storage device.
SOURCE: IDC: Managing IT Infrastructure Renewal: A Business Framework to Reduce Server and Storage Costs: September 2010