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Cloud Storage - Rent or Buy?

posted Apr 26, 2016, 1:39 PM by Bradley Johns

With data archive requirements continually growing, the Cloud is frequently mentioned as a low cost option for storing infrequently accessed data. But is it really the lowest cost alternative for the storage of infrequently accessed information? This analysis demonstrates that a private cloud solution has a significantly lower TCO over five years.  Link to the white paper: http://strongboxdata.com/wp-content/uploads/sbdocs/SDS_TCO_Cloud_vs_StrongBox.pdf

A cloud storage TCO comparison

posted Apr 27, 2015, 9:45 AM by Bradley Johns

A new solution has emerged to help address the challenges associated with long term data storage and disaster recovery; cloud storage. Proponents of cloud storage point to a number of benefits, among them is substantially lower cost than traditional on premise storage.  User cost savings accrue by reducing the amount of hardware, software and storage management required. This is made possible through the use of ready-made cloud based storage infrastructure, thereby eliminating many of the storage costs and management tasks required to effectively manage a large and growing amount of information.

However, understanding and comparing cloud storage costs can be a challenge. Sponsored by Fujifilm, this white paper presents a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) comparison between a leading cloud storage provider and the new Fujifilm Dternity Media Cloud service. It is based on a representative 250 TB use case that includes estimates of the amount of data to be stored and its activity level.  While the leading cloud storage services are viewed by industry observers as very cost competitive, the Fujifilm Dternity solution provided an even greater TCO savings. It was estimated to be 34% less expensive over the five year analysis period and the hybrid on premise/ public cloud mixed solution was 47% less expensive.

Tape Storage - A solution for today and tomorrow

posted Dec 15, 2014, 8:59 AM by Bradley Johns   [ updated Dec 15, 2014, 9:07 AM ]

As organizational data storage needs continue to soar, the unique characteristics of tape storage and robust technology roadmap provides a compelling case for expanding its usage. The Tape Storage Council just released a memo that discusses the recent advances in tape including significant increases in capacity, performance, durability and reliability. Some of the highlights include the October, 2014 announcement by IBM of the new TS1150 tape drive with a 10 TB Enterprise tape cartridge, the 2013 announcement by Oracle of the T10000D tape drive including an 8.5 TB tape cartridge, and the September, 2014 LTO Consortium tape roadmap extension to generations 9 and 10 with compressed cartridge capacities of 62.5 TB and 120 TB respectively.  In addition, recent demonstrations by Fujifilm, Sony and IBM demonstrate the capability of tape storage to meet future capacity and performance requirements. The memo is attached and visit the Tape Storage Council at tapestorage.org.

Lowering Long Term Retention Costs with Tape NAS

posted Aug 29, 2014, 10:04 AM by Bradley Johns   [ updated Aug 29, 2014, 10:08 AM ]

There is an abundance of innovation taking place in the storage industry today; high capacity disk drives, flash , cloud, software defined storage,  tape and integrated systems that combine elements of each. However, when crafting a solution for the long term storage of digital data, an essential aspect of the solution has to be cost effectiveness. But as important as cost may be, it can be a challenge to sort through all the different technologies and cost components to develop a reliable estimate of the cost of storing digital information over an extended period of time; there are so many variables, and different technology life cycle considerations.  However, by establishing some initial cost estimates, and making a set of projections, it is possible to develop a reasonable assessment of the long term costs of storing file data.

After developing some reasonable estimates and projections, it's clear that over a 10 year period a file retention solution that includes tape has a substantial cost saving potential versus a solution based on high capacity disk drives.  For the tape solution, the total cost is $ 234,525, for the disk solution, the total cost is $519,904. The total cost of the tape solution is 55% less than the high capacity disk solution.  In addition, the energy consumption of the tape solution is over 90% less than the disk solution. While there are a several estimates and forecasts in this analysis, they are certainly reasonable based on current technology trends. It is clear that for long term data storage, a solution that incorporates tape is likely to substantially reduce the overall cost of storing important file data

New approaches to dealing with long term file storage

posted Jun 9, 2014, 9:34 AM by Bradley Johns   [ updated Jun 9, 2014, 9:39 AM ]

Are you tired of messy data build up? Is your data center file server storage filling up with infrequently accessed files? Simply deleting them is usually not an option, as many of them may need to be kept for a variety of business reasons. On the other hand, taking on a massive archive project is hard to justify in an era of tight budgets. The default answer in many cases is to simply buy more file servers, and postpone dealing with the problem until another day when budgets and resources are less scarce.

While certainly understandable, simply adding more storage, can be an expensive approach. It and can also impact backup windows and increase the storage management workload. With the introduction of the new StrongBox DataManager feature, the Crossroads Systems StrongBox is powerful solution. It provides the function necessary to easily move files off existing file servers, and onto lower cost storage. In addition, once the data is on the StrongBox, policies can be implemented and the data secured for the long term. For more information on this challenge, check out the “Why StrongBox Beats Disk for Long Term Archiving” whitepaper at Why StrongBox beats disk.

Bending the Cost Curve - Leveraging Tape to Deliver Budget Savvy Data Storage

posted Jun 1, 2014, 9:37 AM by Bradley Johns   [ updated Jun 1, 2014, 9:59 AM ]

Have more data than budget for storage? Are you looking for ways to reduce the cost of data storage? Then the BrightTalk webcast Bending the Cost Curve: Leverage Tape Technology to Deliver Business Value with Jon Toigo (Toigo Partners Intenational) and I might be of interest. Some of the highlights of the web cast were: The growth of digital data is projected to grow at over 40% per year, and highly virtualized environments are reporting growth of over 300% per year. However, studies suggest that as much as 40% of the data residing on Tier 1 storage has not been accessed in over 6 months. Moving this “stale” data from primary storage to tape storage, may significantly reduce overall storage costs.

Jon discussed tools and techniques, including new storage offerings, that take advantage of tape storage to lower overall storage costs. We also had an enjoyable "Between Two LUN's" question and answer session that touched on Cloud Storage, the changing role of tape, and the relative total cost of ownership of tape storage solutions versus high capacity disk system.

Taming Big Data Storage with Crossroads Systems StrongBox

posted Jun 3, 2013, 1:40 PM by Bradley Johns   [ updated Jun 3, 2013, 1:45 PM ]

Big Data has burst onto the Information Technology scene. The confluence of advances in servers, analytic techniques and software has changed the way enterprises deal with computing infrastructures.  The variety, volume and velocity of Big Data are also accelerating. Diverse applications such as simulation, visualization, modeling, seismic, video surveillance, and analytics are creating and processing unprecedented amounts of unstructured information.  While these applications provide exciting new insights for business, they also place increasing requirements on the storage infrastructure and challenge storage management in a multitude of ways.  The StrongBox Big Data solution is a powerful new tool that integrates IBM tape libraries to simplify management of Big Data storage repositories and lower associated costs. Taming Big Data Storage with StrongBox

Why high capacity tape storage will be essential to managing the coming archive data tsunami

posted Jun 21, 2012, 9:16 AM by Bradley Johns

The continued growth of digital archive data challenges the ability of enterprises to effectively control costs while meeting service level objectives and compliance requirements. Fortunately, the storage industry recognizes these challenges and is looking to help customers address the effective management of the archive information tsunami. A good example is the recent report  published by the Information Storage Industry Consortium entitled , “INSIC’s 2012-2022 International Magnetic Tape Storage Roadmap” (available at http://www.insic.org/news/2012Roadmap/news_12roadmap.html). I"ve posted on the implications of the roadmap for customers at  http://bradjohnsconsulting.blogspot.com/

File Archive TCO Study finds savings up to 80%

posted Apr 16, 2012, 1:44 PM by Bradley Johns

The goal of this white paper is to provide guidance to storage suppliers, storage re-marketers and customers on the long term costs associated with storing file archive data. The amount of archive data is projected to grow dramatically over the coming years, and yet customers’ Information Technology budgets are highly constrained. As a result, organizations are looking for cost effective solutions for the data archival. This paper evaluates two approaches to storing file based, non-compressible, archive data: 1) a solution that includes the new Crossroads Systems StrongBox® configured with an enterprise tape library and, 2) an equivalent amount of Unified Storage from a leading industry supplier. The white paper finds that customers may reduce TCO up to 80% over a ten year period with the StrongBox tape-based solution.

posted Apr 1, 2012, 1:32 PM by Brad Johns   [ updated Apr 13, 2012, 9:45 AM by Bradley Johns ]

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