“What am I getting back for my money spent?” All budgeting, personal or professional, is the art of making things add up to the right answer. Think buying a house, rebalancing your 401(k), sending a child to college. The stakes are especially high in IT when you have to secure vital data while keeping enterprise backup and recovery costs low. To make the right IT budgeting decisions on data protection – you’ll need to crunch the right numbers. Give these a spin:


1. Speed of backups

If an investment can give you complete reliable backups 50 percent faster what happens to ROI? Sandvikens Kommun, a municipality in Sweden, found that automating and accelerating backups not only helped IT improve services to its 37,000 residents: The city’s employees also became more productive. Faster backups also allow you to replicate data to another location if that’s your ultimate disaster recovery goal.


2. Time to recover lost data: from hours to minutes

Data recovered in minutes instead of hours impacts the ROI of an entire business, not just IT. ICS8 found it could recover an entire file share server (9 TB) in less than 20 minutes. Florida-based Resort Collection cut its recovery from a virus attack from 48 hours to 45 minutes.


3. Deduplication ratio

This is an all-important metric for maximizing performance and minimizing storage. “We’re achieving a deduplication ratio of at least 15:1,” notes Sandvikens Kommun’s Infrastructure Manager Fredrik Ehrling. With a new data protection solution, IT security company ICS8 protects 78 TB of data protected using only 2.55 TB of physical storage, a 31:1 ratio.


4. Storage costs savings that can be “astronomical”

The deduplication ratio translates into radically reduced storage costs. For Sandvikens Kommun, deduplication means it can save money by spending less on physical devices to store data. “The more data we could deduplicate, the less storage we needed to pay for,” explains Ehrling. Back in the US, medical practice Allergy Partners found that its deduplication backup appliance delivers six times the data storage at less cost than tape backups, savings their IT director describes as “truly astronomical.”


5. Expected data growth

A high deduplication ratio converts into lower costs for storage at a time when data needs are growing exponentially for many organizations – needs that can only be met if you implement the right data protection solution. “We’ve been able to achieve a 71-percent deduplication rate for data retained for 10 days,” notes Allergy’s senior engineer Jason Reed, “This is so important because of the increasing amount of data we need to store.”


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