Cut the Crapex, Part 2: How Intelligent Software-Defined Storage Reduces OPEX

One of the most common frustrations of IT departments is how much storage costs to manage and maintain. Companies are spending an inordinate amount of their budget on OPEX (operating expenses), rather than on innovation and forward-thinking initiatives. In fact, IDC reports that companies typically spend twice as much managing storage as they do purchasing it [Matt Eastwood, IDC, Worldwide Server, Power and Cooling, and Management and Administration Spending 2014-2018 Forecast].

So how do you battle a bloated budget that is being eaten up by high OPEX, resulting in excessive Crapex? By managing your storage in a smarter, better way.

Getting the most out of storage

On average, companies utilize only 60 percent of their storage capacity [IDC, “Measuring Cost of Downtime and Recovery Objectives Among US Firms,” July 2013]. This results in wasted resources and the need to add additional hardware prematurely.

The OPEX of underutilized storage hardware can be a huge burden for companies, and it can prevent them from scaling or responding to rapidly increasing data needs in a timely manner.

By automatically placing data on the storage media that aligns best with that data’s performance or capacity needs, Vicinity optimizes each element of your storage infrastructure. This ultimately reduces the number of needed storage devices, and saves on maintenance costs of storage hardware being used at only a fraction of its capacity.

Eliminating the impact of downtime

For companies with more than 10,000 employees, storage downtime can cost upwards of $1.5 million USD per hour [IDC, “Measuring Cost of Downtime and Recovery Objectives Among US Firms,” July 2013]. And, regardless of the size of your company, downtime can impact everything from immediate revenue to contractual obligations to long-term relationships with your customers.

Downtime is often the result of capacity problems and tasks that are repetitive and prone to human error. Without Vicinity, companies have to dedicate a huge chunk of their OPEX towards avoiding downtime and responding to it when it inevitably occurs. The time and personnel cost alone, especially when dealing with extended periods of downtime, can be catastrophic.

Vicinity’s intelligent automation can reduce downtime to nearly zero for most businesses, thus significantly slashing their OPEX requirements. Here’s how:

  • Fast recovery time: Because Vicinity is always actively monitoring your storage, it can quickly and easily correct issues without involving manual input
  • Data migration: One of the most labour-intensive storage activities can be handled seamlessly with Vicinity, while the application continues to run
  • No more SAN/fabric zoning: Vicinity automatically handles routing and application access to data volumes
Less training, simpler lives for IT admin

Bringing on new IT admins, or retraining current staff, is a difficult challenge for companies stuck with proprietary vendor storage solutions. They often have to spend thousands of dollars per staff member, per year, to keep them up-to-date on managing their storage platform.

Investing in expert storage rather than storage experts solves the challenges of training and retaining. Vicinity reduces training time and costs to nearly nothing, generating significant OPEX savings. It is vendor-neutral, meaning a company’s storage can be comprised of a composite of vendor, commodity and other hardware. But IT admins don’t have to become experts on each of these products – Vicinity enables administrators to provision storage without familiarity with any particular vendor’s proprietary product.

Plus, Vicinity’s active monitoring and analytics equips staff with the knowledge they need to avoid or manage any potential issues that may occur. This will eliminate the emergency “put out the fire” mentality and save on out-of-hours work, while freeing up staff time to focus on more important issues.

This is the second part in our three part exploration of how Vicinity can eliminate your company’s Crapex – the amount of your budget being eaten by excessive OPEX and unnecessary CAPEX. In Part One of our three part series on Crapex, we examined the many reasons why storage budgets are so bloated, and how to calculate your own Crapex. Check out Part Three to see how you can save on CAPEX.

Ready to see exactly how much your storage OPEX, CAPEX and – ultimately – Crapex can be reduced if you make the switch to Vicinity? Try our free ROI Calculator.

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