Invest in Storage Professional Services, Not More Hardware

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Storage assessment services are now commonly promoted by storage OEMs and independent software vendors (ISVs) as well as value-added resellers (VARs), system integrators and independent storage consultants. A typical $50,000 to $100,000 investment in a storage professional services engagement can free up wasted storage capacity and improve storage efficiency, avoiding millions of dollars in hardware acquisition expenses. Additionally, storage service provider tools, methodologies and managed services can make IT staffs more productive and better able to cope with head count restrictions during a down economy.

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<ul><li> 1. Invest in Storage Professional Services,Not More HardwareGartner RAS Core Research Note G00165133, Adam W. Couture, 27 February 2009 Storage assessment services are now commonly promoted by storage OEMs and independent software vendors (ISVs) as well as value-added resellers (VARs), system integrators and independent storage consultants. A typical $50,000 to $100,000 investment in a storage professional services engagement can free up wasted storage capacity and improve storage efficiency, avoiding millions of dollars in hardware acquisition expenses. Additionally, storage service provider tools, methodologies and managed services can make IT staffs more productive and better able to cope with head count restrictions during a down economy. Key Findings Basedonend-userinquiry,Gartnerhasobservedthatmoststorageinfrastructureismanagedinefficiently.Byimprovingstorageutilization,ITdepartmentscandelayincrementalstorageacquisitions. Storageprofessionalservicesareavailablethroughstoragesystemvendors,ISVs,resellers,systemintegratorsandVARsaswellasindependentservicecompanies. Recommendations Unlessyourstorageutilizationrateisabove70%,immediatelybeginplanninghowyoucanstaveoffhardwarepurchasesthroughbetterstoragemanagement. Honestlyassessyourinternalcapabilitiestodetermineifyourequireexternalassistancetoextendtheusefulcapacityofyourexistinginfrastructure.Forexample,basedonGartnerinquiry,manyITorganizationsareill-equippedtoaddressthenuancesofeDiscoveryandcompliance. Althoughcapacityreclamationserviceswillfreeupstoragespace,growthwilleventuallyrequirenewstoragepurchases.Makecertainyourstorageassessmentincludesaroadmapforcost-effectiveacquisitionstrategiesaswellasshort-termsavings. Ifyouareaskingtheserviceprovidertobenchmarksavingsfromstavingoffhardwareacquisitionsbecauseofrecoveredcapacity,makecertainthatGartnerhardwarebenchmarkreportsareusedasthebasisofthecalculations.</li></ul> <p> 2. 2ANALYSIS MoststoragevendorsandISVscandeliveravarietyofprofessionalYouthinkyouneedanewcar.Theodometeronyouragingsedanservices.Additionally,manylargerresellersandsystemintegrators,reads150,000miles,andyoureexpectingtopayatleast$30,000 suchasForsytheSolutions,DatalinkandChampionComputer,toreplaceit.Butafriendtellsyouhehasamechanicwho,forhavedevelopedconsultingandevenmanagementpractices,$500,willmakeimprovementstoyourcarandteachyousome supplementingproductsalesandimplementationservices.drivingtechniquesguaranteedtowringanother50,000milesout Ahandfulofpure-playconsultancies,suchasGlassHouseofyourvehicle.Wouldyouconsiderit?Thatsjustthesortofvalue TechnologiesandContoural,eschewproductsalesandcometopropositionstorageprofessionalservicesprovidersbringtothemarketwithavendor-neutralapproachtoprofessionalservices.table.Inmanyinstances,theyholdoutthepromiseoffreeingupcapacityandextendingtheusefullifeofstoragearraysforthepriceFigure1showstheGartnerdecisionframeworkforassessingofaprofessionalservicesengagement. theimpactofcostoptimizationprojectsrelatedtostorage assessments.InfrastructuremanagersshoulduseittoplanforAprofessionalservicesorganizationcanbeacriticaladjuncttoyourconfiguration-relatedcost-savinginitiativesintheirorganizations.ITorganization,bringingfreshtools,methodologies,efficienciesandForeachofthesixelementsofthedecisionframeworkshownininsightintoyourinfrastructureandstaff.AssessmentsthatatypicalIT thefigure,weprovideourexpectationsoftheimpactofthestoragedepartmentmayundertakeonceeveryfiveyearsaredailyeventsfor assessmentcostreductioninitiatives,includingthelow,mediumorstorageserviceproviders.Whatsmore,theyhaveinvestedheavilyhighbenefit.intheassessmenttools,trainingandmethodologiesthatwouldbeuneconomicalforenterprisesthatwouldusethemonlyrarely.Figure 1. Decision Framework for Storage Assessment Cost OptimizationBenefits LowMediumHigh Difficult toquantify the potential savings Potential Benefit although are- How big is the cash saving if the action is implemented? likely to be large Customer ImpactNone- What impact will this have on customers? Time Requirement</p>