Big Data is all the rage in corporate IT departments these days, but building IT systems with the ability and flexibility to make the most of your data is easier said than done.
Scale-out NAS (network-attached storage) is one option that enterprises have turned to for easier data management. A good SONAS system can provide much-needed scalability at a lower price point than a traditional SAN with easier management.
But as with any IT purchase, there are a number of factors to consider. Our Big Data storage project center can help you narrow your search for a vendor, but figuring out things like return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO) is another matter. That’s where our Big Data storage ROI calculator can help, and it might help you think about the cost issues involved in any storage system purchase, not just scale-out NAS systems.
The biggest benefit to any new IT system is how much faster you can respond to critical changes in your business, yet that’s tough to quantify without knowing how valuable even a small increase in speed and agility is worth to your organization. But we can help you with the big questions, such as the cost of your new system, staffing issues, management, utilization, scalability, downtime, provisioning and power and cooling costs. Our storage ROI calculator can help you calculate those costs for the first five years of your new system, giving you a good idea of your true costs for some time.
No ROI calculator will tell you everything you need to know, of course, but it can help you think about issues you might have overlooked. Our Big Data storage ROI calculator can be downloaded here.