Data Storage's True Costs

 

Data storage costs are far more then just the cost of the physical hardware or the the "backup software". Fighting with complex backup systems, data storage tapes, file servers, and disaster recover planning are all hidden costs which constantly pirate IT resources. IT administrators are aware of the time required to complete data backup tasks and account for these costs as a part of the job (including removing the IT staff from addressing other critical tasks). Many Larger organizations have teams dedicated to data storage, security, monitoring and backup verification.

At Great Lakes SAN we know resources are tight and IT administrators' time constraints even tighter. Great Lakes SAN prides itself on freeing up IT resources to address other critical tasks while we take care of your data. Below is a typical IT administrators' time allocation and breakdown surrounding data storage. Let's see how Great Lakes SAN can potentially save you time and money with Storage as a Service.  

Data Storage IT Admin Time Breakdown
Task Time Time with Great Lakes SAN
Initial Install/Configuration/Migration 160hr (one time) 0*
Backup Monitoring 2hr/week 0
File Server Monitoring 1hr/week  0
 Reloading Tape Drives 1hr/week  0
Testing/Verifing Backups  1hr/week  0
Off-site Transport 1hr/week 0
Disaster Recovery Verification  2hr/week  0
Update System (reprovision as needed) 1hr/week  0
Learning new features 1hr/week 0
Worries about data (168/week)! 0
Weekly IT Admin's Time
10hr/week 0

 * Great Lakes SAN offers migration assistance as an option

Typical In House Data Storage Cost Break Down (10TB w/ Tape backup)
IT storage item year 1 year 2 year 3 year 4 year 5 year 6
File Server/SAN (x2 on-site & DR) $65000       $65000  
File Server Maintenance (HW only) $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000
IT Staff cost (10/hr/week @ $75/hr) $51000 $39000 $39000 $39000 $51000 $39000
Backup Software $2000         $2000
Backup Software License/support $1200 $1200 $1200 $1200 $1200 $1200
Tape Backup Hardware $6500       $6500  
Tapes ($65/tape * 1.5 tapes month) $1170 $1170 $1170 $1170 $1170 $1170
Off site disaster recovery rent ($400/month) $4800 $4800 $4800 $4800 $4800 $4800
Total in house Cost for On-site and DR Storage $133670 $48170 $48170 $48170 $131670 $50170

 

Typical In House Data Storage Cost Break Down (10TB w/ S3 Cloud DR)
IT storage item year 1 year 2 year 3 year 4 year 5 year 6
File Server/SAN (x2 on-site & DR) $32500       $32500  
File Server Maintenance (HW only) $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000 $2000
IT Staff cost (10/hr/week @ $75/hr) $51000 $39000 $39000 $39000 $51000 $39000
Cloud Backup/DR (amazon s3) $11673 $11673 $11673 $11673 $11673 $11673
Cloud Server for Backups (amazon ec2) $552 $552 $552 $552 $552 $552
Total In House with cloud DR $97725 $53225 $53225 $53225 $97725 $53225