Stop Comparing the Cost of Storage, Start Understanding Data Storage Services

Understanding the real cost of storage means understanding the use case.

Data storage makes up a large percentage of the total spend of IT so it's natural for any business to review it when looking to save money. As organisations move from a traditional infrastructure model to a cloud model (private, public, or hybrid), it is also natural for the business to ask IT how its current spend compares with that of the cloud world.

Immediate comparisons are then made between what the business presently pays for its on-premises traditional SAN based model, with that of a public cloud storage service such as Amazon’s S3. And this is where things get confused.

This whitepaper explores the challenges of comparing the cost of storage, some common use cases and approaches and offers advice on how to effectively budget for data storage services.

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