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Storage Costs: Distribution of costs to Acquire, Maintain and Support

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Storage and data management

Metrics concerning the strategy, purchase, deployment, management, and consolidation/virtualization of storage.
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Storage Costs: Distribution of costs to Acquire, Maintain and Support

Storage and data management

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 RESULTSA 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.

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SOURCE:  IDC: Managing IT Infrastructure Renewal: A Business Framework to Reduce Server and Storage Costs: September 2010

REFERENCES: 

  • Intelligent Data Managementhttp://content.dell.com/us/en/enterprise/d/campaigns/intelligent-data-management.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=biz&redirect=1
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