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Cut the Crapex, Part 3: Save on CAPEX Using Software-Defined Storage

According to survey and social data from Spiceworks, IT budgets are stagnating. Buyers don’t expect to see a boost to their budget – for critical items like new hardware, staff, or training – any time in the near future. And that means that growth decisions are likely to be made at the last minute, in a reactionary, rather than proactive, way: Waiting for end-of-life rather than upgrading to improve performance.

This tightening of the IT belt might paint a gloomy picture for the future, but it doesn’t have to. By leveraging software-defined storage like ioFABRIC Vicinity, IT departments can reduce their CAPEX (capital expenses) and leave wiggle room in their budgets for smart growth. Here’s how:

Meet data needs with commodity hardware 

The amount of data is doubling in size every two years, and is expected to reach a massive 44 zettabytes (44 trillion gigabytes) by the year 2020. And many businesses are going to struggle to keep up, if they don’t start planning today.

Using Vicinity, companies can expand their current data storage capacity without breaking their CAPEX budget. Because Vicinity unifies all of a company’s storage solutions, it is not necessary to use expensive vendor hardware to meet growing data needs. Instead, companies can easily integrate cheaper commodity hardware into their current system. This enables them to save their budgets for initiatives that will have a larger impact on business operations and the bottom line.

Defer CAPEX by utilizing existing hardware smartly 

Budgets may be stagnant right now, but that doesn’t mean they will stay this way. In order to ride out the current state of affairs, IT departments should be looking for ways to defer CAPEX.

Vicinity can get the most out of data storage devices, saving the cost of upgrading unnecessarily early. By leveraging smart automation, Vicinity dynamically manages capacity and performance of a company’s data across all devices. This means that hardware that was previously used at only 40 or 60 percent of its optimal will be brought up to 100 percent, creating more space and better performance across the board, without adding additional (and often expensive) resources.

Extend the life of SAN/NAS 

Many experts claim that SAN and NAS are on life support, and that may be true. However, that doesn’t mean that companies have to spend a huge amount of capital to rip and replace these legacy systems today.

Vicinity’s SAN Extender can get more life from existing SAN by seamlessly adding capacity, performance and other features. SAN will be put to good use for static or slow data, and newer hardware like flash will be used for high-performing workloads. This delays the need for immediate upgrades, as it reduces the depreciation of existing hardware.

This is the third 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 exampled the many reasons why storage budgets are so bloated, and how to calculate your own Crapex. In Part Two, we showed you how Vicinity reduces OPEX by getting more from your storage, eliminating the impact of downtime, and simplifying the lives of IT admin.

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.