Tiered Storage Economics: Defining and Calculating the Economic Benefit of Dynamic Tiered Storage Solutions

Tiered Storage Economics: Defining and Calculating the Economic Benefit of Dynamic Tiered Storage Solutions

02:11, November 3 2010

By Hitachi Data Systems

As IT architects and storage planners continue to look at best practices and technologies to proactively reduce ownership costs, dynamic tiered storage solutions should be part of a short- and long-term strategy for improved asset utilisation and storage efficiencies. While many IT planners assume that purchasing low-cost disk solutions alone will drive down the total cost of storage ownership, Hitachi Data Systems has observed that price alone cannot sufficiently impact lowering of operating expenses or reducing the total cost of disk ownership. Properly designing and implementing dynamic, multi-tiered storage architectures can significantly reduce current and long-term total cost of ownership. This paper examines trends and empirical results by Hitachi Data Systems consultants and IT analysts, which indicate that providing multiple tiers of storage to meet multiple lifecycle demands can have a positive impact on return on investment (ROI) and reductions in capital and operating expense.

As IT architects and storage planners continue to look at best practices and technologies to proactively reduce ownership costs, dynamic tiered storage solutions should be part of a short- and long-term strategy for improved asset utilisation and storage efficiencies. While many IT planners assume that purchasing low-cost disk solutions alone will drive down the total cost of storage ownership, Hitachi Data Systems has observed that price alone cannot sufficiently impact lowering of operating expenses or reducing the total cost of disk ownership. Properly designing and implementing dynamic, multi-tiered storage architectures can significantly reduce current and long-term total cost of ownership. This paper examines trends and empirical results by Hitachi Data Systems consultants and IT analysts, which indicate that providing multiple tiers of storage to meet multiple lifecycle demands can have a positive impact on return on investment (ROI) and reductions in capital and operating expense.
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