Wednesday, October 27, 2010

5 Ways to Leverage Used SAN Storage to Cut Costs, Reduce Risk and Prepare for Exponential Storage Growth

Recently I was introduced to Reid Smith, owner of Reliant Technology, a systems integrator with an interesting twist on architecting data storage solutions. While the storage architects at Reliant believe the value of new hardware they also understand the value proposition high-quality refurbished equipment can deliver to the cost conscious end user. The following are some interesting thoughts imparted by Reid on the subject.

Buying, owning and operating an enterprise storage can feel like a balancing act, always compromising between what you need and what you can afford, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Used data storage is a cost-effective alternative, offering equivalent quality and functionality for your storage area network (SAN) at a fraction of the price.

First, a few facts:

• Savings - Used data storage is typically 20-60% less than buying a new, making it an extremely attractive option for cost-conscience CIOs, IT Directors and Storage Administrators.
• Age - Current generation products such as 8Gbps, 4Gbps SAN switches and storage controllers and upgrades are available.
• Quality -The used provider is more concerned than you about quality, as repeat business is the name of the game. It’s in the used storage specialists’ best interest to make sure zero issues or outages occur, so that you will come back for additional capacity and performance upgrades.

Used storage offers several advantages for data centers:

1. Stretch Your Budget - Save 20-60% on the storage you need and want for your facility, helping to bring critical projects within reach.
2. Boost Capacity - Take advantage of reduced prices to buy 20-80% more disk, helping to keep you ahead of the growth curve and ready for capacity demands.
3. Prepare for Expansion - Legacy storage systems can be upgraded with larger, faster drives, helping to put new life in an older storage array.
4. Back Up Your Data - Used SAN storage systems are ideal target for archive and disaster recovery storage infrastructure.
5. Improve Performance - The affordability of used data storage allows you and your team to run more performance applications in RAID 10 with high disk drive count- helping to boost performance and positively impact application performance.

Bottom Line: If the performance and functionality of the current (or even one back) generation meets the storage requirements of your applications and your budget is tight why not consider refurbished SAN storage. Even if your budget is not tight, the frugal option of deploying reliable, refurbished equipment could free up significant funds that could be applied more productively on another project.

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