True Cost of Enterprise Storage: A TCO Analysis


What’s Today’s Cost of Enterprise Storage?

The cost of enterprise storage depends on who you ask.

Traditional storage providers such as NetApp and EMC can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. It doesn’t matter if it’s purchased upfront or leased, it’s still a huge capital expenditure.

However, many companies (cloud providers) offer a software-based solution where it becomes an operating expense where you pay as you go. While this is a wonderful cost-effective solution, it may leave you without some of the traditional enterprise-grade features that you have come to rely on.

Many storage and IT managers are hesitant to migrate their data to the cloud for a couple common reasons — performance and security being at the top of that list. Wouldn’t it be great if there were an OpEx-based storage solution that still had the performance, security and other enterprise-grade features that are associated with traditional storage?


Agility, Flexibility, and Enterprise Grade Features (without Capital Expenditures)

Zadara Storage offers Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) through a complete, universal storage solution. Our business model is OpEx-based so you only pay for the storage you use. If you need 200TB today, and only 25TB tomorrow, no problem; you can scale up and down as needed with us, and we’ll only charge you based on your usage. By switching to an OpEx model, we’ve had customers save up to 85% of their storage costs.

Additionally, we offer all the enterprise-grade features that you’re used to such as cloning, mirroring, snapshots, DR, and more. We support all data types (block, file, and object), any protocol (Fibre Channel, iSCSI, iSER, NFS, CIFS, S3, Swift) and in any location (Cloud, Hybrid and On-Premise).

As far as security goes, we offer both in-flight and at-rest data encryption where the user owns the keys. Only you have access to your data. Worried about performance issues in the cloud? Download our white paper ‘Getting Great Storage Performance in the Cloud’ or read our case study to see how Netrepid increased their performance by 80%.


Predicting the Future: If we only had a crystal ball

Despite the cost and uncertainty of the future, businesses are still over-paying for their storage needs and wiping out their entire department’s budget. Even with growth rate predictions, there’s no true way to tell exactly how much storage capacity a business will need in 6 months, 12 months, 2 years or 5 years. Inevitably, users must choose between over-provisioning storage and wasting money or not purchasing enough and being unable to satisfy demand.

Let’s Talk Savings


By using our customized TCO calculator, we can look at your specific environment and estimate how much you could save using an OpEx solution vs. a CapEx solution.   


Status Quo vs. ROI: The Next Storage Battleground

Interested in learning more? Join us on August 17th at 11:00am PST for a webinar that goes into further detail about the cost-effectiveness of an OpEx, Storage-as-a-Service solution.

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