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Published: 16 Oct 2012

What does a storage solution actually cost? Ask a vendor and they'll most likely answer your question with another question: How much do you want it to cost? It's a well-known fact that vendors, consultants, analysts and even CIOs themselves can manipulate the TCO analysis to make costly solutions look cheap, cheap solutions look costly and anything in-between depending on their particular agenda. Manipulating TCO models TCO models offer ample places to build in bias. Acquisition price-the lower the price, the lower the TCO, but is this the price you actually get? System sizing-vendors can undersize the system to lower the acquisition price and resulting TCO. Estimated utilization-the higher the utilization the lower the TCO, but who is doing the estimating and how realistic is it? Cost of management-the more people it takes to administer the storage the higher the TCO. This is a judgment call only you can make. High availability-the greater the uptime, the lower the TCO. Is it 99.999 or 99.9? Be realistic. Frequency of configuration changes-the more ... Access >>>

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