Cloud computing is great and many of us are moving more and more of our data to the cloud through online applications. However, there is also a big market for on premise storage solutions – PDFs, images, video and other files are straining our server storage needs.
Scale Computing (www.scalecomputing.com), a developer and manufacturer of scale-out storage solutions for the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME), has developed a check list to help SMEs through the storage purchasing process.
Virtual servers and virtualized desktops are no longer just available for large corporations with a six-figure IT budget. The cost of some storage solutions are now low enough to make implementing virtual technologies feasible, and can reduce the risks of IT outage and data loss for businesses
Complete a gap analysis
Gap analysis is a tool that helps a company to compare its actual performance with its potential performance. By completing a gap analysis, SMBs will be able to buy the correct storage for now but also understand what they may need to purchase in the future
Cheaper is not always better
SMBs need to buy storage that suits their needs and growth. Although storage options may seem cheaper in the short term, this is not always the case in the long term. There are often additional feature costs like extra licenses as you grow and necessary software upgrades.
Be aware of hidden costs
Ask questions and then ask more questions! Make sure you understand the potential hidden costs which usually include contracts, software upgrades, installations and warranty.
Features vs. Functionality
SANs are not all the same and similarly not all data or storage systems are created equal. Therefore, when reviewing proposals, quotes and configurations, make direct comparisons based on product offerings and service levels to ensure that all requirements are being met on an apples-to-apples basis.
Complete a comprehensive Operational Cost Analysis
Understand the system from an operational point of view – costs vs. time and performance vs. business continuance.
Do an in-depth Business Impact Analysis
How much storage does my business really need? Is this storage solution flexible for my business growth?