Let's face it - corporate data is growing and shows no signs of slowing down. At the same time, IT organizations are continuously tasked with doing more with less, which often takes the form of extending the lifecycle of IT assets, including storage devices. Many organizations thus elect to expand the capacity and extend the maintenance contracts of older storage arrays rather than replace them. However, deferring a technology refresh may not always be the most cost effective or operationally optimal approach when it comes to storage.
Reasons to Replace Storage Versus Extending Maintenance on Aging Devices
Why should you consider replacing storage versus extending maintenance on aging devices? Consider these three reasons:
- Cost Savings - Extending maintenance & support on older arrays, especially those that are end of life, is expensive. It's more costly for an OEM to provide support and parts for older devices, not to mention that they would rather you buy new hardware than extend the life of old gear indefinitely. Also, storage capacity is typically less expensive on a per TB basis during the purchase of a new array versus incremental add-on capacity by virtue of the economies of scale inherent in a new purchase. The storage tiering capability of many new arrays also provides the ability to further optimize the cost & performance of disk storage versus the value of the stored data to the organization.
- Storage Efficiency - If you are extending the life of a 3- or 4-year old array, you are prolonging the use of relatively inefficient technology, as older arrays typically exhibit low capacity utilization rates. The Virtualization and Thin Provisioning capabilities of modern arrays can help you reduce your deployed capacity by up to 50% or more. In fact, due to the efficiency of today's storage technology, we are seeing a consolidation trend in data centers where a single device can replace multiple arrays - for a fraction of the cost and data center footprint as before.
- Operational Improvements - In addition to cost savings gained through consolidation of devices and reduction of data center power & cooling, modern arrays offer greater performance and features that enable new capabilities. This ranges from increasing the consolidation ratio for virtualized environments to offloading certain data copy and replication activities to the array itself, improving server performance. Furthermore, the self-tuning and automated tiering of data in new arrays can virtually eliminate the headache and manual effort of continually optimizing storage for critical database operations.
CompuCom can help you evaluate the cost and modernization benefits of refreshing your existing storage versus committing to prolong legacy assets with expensive extended maintenance contracts.
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