By Bruce Backa, CEO of NTP Software
For file data, storage efficiency is almost never about price per gig. Organizations need to look elsewhere to manage file data costs. But, to do this, you need to understand what drives cost. Let’s review what we know and how we know it.
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) dominates the equation. The financials for file data aren’t driven by the cost per gig of disk. They’re driven by what you do with those gigs once you have them. The current industry statistic is that TCO is 5 to 7 times acquisition cost. With purchase price being only 1-sixth of TCO, this means if you paid zero for your disk, you would still only save 16% of your costs...
In addition to having broad industry data from analysts like Gartner Group and IDC, NTP Software has done hundreds of File Data Assessments for customers of all sizes and industries. Our actual results and the analysts’ industry averages are remarkably consistent. From this information, we can write the following prescription for managing file data cost effectively:
Through our partnership with NetApp we have developed solutions that address the real costs associated with data storage. Our joint solutions address the issues that most do not realize they face, namely the potential for savings in operational costs that go ignored by most organizations. For more info check out our NetApp Solution Connection Page or visit us on the web at www.ntpsoftware.com.