$1.20 per GB per month—on par with spinning-disk storage systems. For many years, IT has viewed all-flash as more expensive than spinning disk, but the gap has narrowed recently and continues to shrink as increased availability drives down the cost of all-flash storage. It’s important to look past the up-front costs. All-flash lowers TCO by utilizing data reduction technologies such as inline deduplication and compression. That means you can take advantage of more usable space. All-flash drives also consume far less energy than spinning disks, thus reducing power costs. System Performance Creates Savings The biggest cost savings come from system performance. All-flash arrays like the HPE 3PAR StoreServ all-flash storage array, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors, run faster and more efficiently than their spinning disk cousins, which means that users experience better uptime and reduced slowdowns. For a small business, this probably won’t mean much; the hardware is still more expensive and strain on the system is probably relatively low. For larger organizations, however, it can turn into a net savings by reducing power costs and freeing up more time. Take Measure of Your Costs with an Outside Assessment To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of your current storage system, consider working with a consultant or IT solution provider that offers storage assessments. Getting an outsider’s view helps you identify things you might miss because you see them every day, and you can also learn about best practices used by other businesses. In addition to analyzing your ROI and on-going costs, an assessment helps you evaluate several other key factors:
- What are the deficiencies of your storage system and how can you fix them?
- Is your system overly complex? If so, can you simplify system management?
- Is there a way to create easier data access for end-users?
- Can you improve your ability to mine the data you store?
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