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Published: 19 Oct 2012

Storage costs have reached a point where they attract significant attention from senior management. As a result, storage budgets are being carefully scrutinized, and managers are facing unprecedented pressure to reduce costs. While it's possible to cut budget line items here and there, addressing the systemic problem of rising storage costs requires a more strategic solution. One effective approach is to adopt an internal service provider or utility model. Conceptually, this shift to a consolidated model based on standardized tiers of services makes sense--it drives efficiency through standardization and improved utilization, reduces risk by providing predictability and consistency, and ensures higher levels of service with offerings aligned with business needs. This final element, alignment with business needs, is the key to a successful transition to an internal service provider model, but it can also be one of the biggest challenges. It requires teamwork and strong cooperation across a number of functions within the organization. This means not only ... Access >>>

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