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IT as a Profit Center

For decades, IT departments have been a cost center. Information technology is a cost to the company. The services and capabilities are undoubtedly valuable, but like legal, accounting, or human resources departments they are a cost to the company. In [...]

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The Storage Costs of Protection

I have presented several blog entries on the topic of data protection costs. In a previous blog I suggest that we cannot afford to protect data at the rate that we are now accustomed to. In another entry, I attempted [...]

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SSD Opens the Way for More Tiers of Storage

I came across this graphic from the HDS Competitive Marketing Group, and it depicts very well the SSD/Flash innovation into traditional storage architectures. What used to be simple tiers 1, 2 and 3, storage tiers now range from –2 to [...]

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2014 Prediction #3 – Price Erosion Will Not Keep Up with Growth Rates

This post is the third in my prediction on the economics of IT series. Be sure to read predictions 1 and 2 if you missed them. My 3rd prediction has to with spending, price erosion and growth. From a macro [...]

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We Cannot Afford to Protect, Certify, and Encrypt All of the Data That Current Traditions Expect

This is the 2nd installment of my series on 2014 IT economic trends (read the previous posts here and here). This second prediction may not ring true for all IT planners and architects. I started taking note of the costs [...]

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Depreciation of IT Assets Will Diminish

In my last blog of 2013, I set up a premise for IT and storage predictions in 2014, from an economic or financial perspective. This first prediction is not really radical, or even new. I, along with many others, have [...]

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IT economic Predictions 2014

Hu Yoshida has recently completed a blog series on 2014 trends and predictions, and I’d like to add a few of my own from an economic or IT finance perspective. As I look back on the 15 years of developing [...]

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Spy Agencies Rely on Storage Economics

A Canadian colleague sent me this article last week, and referenced the fact that low cost (I think they meant to say low price) is the reason spy agencies around the world are able to effectively keep all the data [...]

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Cost of Very Long Term Data Retention--The Final Installment

The past 3 blogs (part 1, part 2 and part 3) presented the basic framework to identify and measure long-term data retention options. In this final entry, I will summarize other cost areas that need to be considered when one [...]

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Understanding the cost of migration & re-mastering in very long-term data retention

In my third installment on the economics behind long-term data storage (read the first two here and here), I will discuss the single largest cost component for keeping data for very long period of time, and these are the costs [...]

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The Economics of Very Long-Term Data Retention – Part 2

In my part one of my blog on this topic, I constructed a scenario to understand and determine operational cost factors of preserving and retaining data for very long periods of time (100 years or more). Response is that this [...]

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The Economics of Very Long-term Data Retention

The past couple of weeks I have met with clients in western Canada, New York, New Zealand and Australia. There has been a long-standing comparison of disk and tape over the years. Some of the basic arguments have not changed, [...]

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What To Do With All That Reclaimed Capacity

I am supporting a large customer transformation to virtual, thin and tiered storage. The projections that we made months ago about improving utilization has come true; we are forecasting a net reclamation of about 1.5PB of storage through these transformation [...]

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Intermediate Steps to Cloud, and Still Reduce Costs

In my previous blog I discussed some of the investments and steps people can take to be cloud-ready, or cloud-enabled, without necessarily moving everything to an off-site or consumption based delivery model. There are key ingredients that can help to [...]

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Cloud Illusions

I am working in South Africa this week, speaking at some great customer events in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Beautiful cities with beautiful people. In some after-meeting discussions with a large government customer, the topic migrated to clouds, and the [...]

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Race to the Bottom: Can Moore's Law Keep up with Big Data?

Moore’s law has been a stable predictor of density and price in the IT world for many decades. Initially used to describe transistor density as a function of time, it has been loosely applied to the price of IT, and [...]

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Cloud Economics from the IaaS Perspective

I came across an interesting article on how IaaS cloud-provider-economics work. While it is a simple article with basic economic concepts, it sheds some light on how commoditization and differentiation in the market will have to change in the near [...]

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Big Data Cost Tier/Ratio

As a follow on to my July 6th blog post, here are some cost points to consider for the tiers of storage to be used for big data. First, in a four-tiered storage cost model (with big data being tier [...]

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Big Data Economics, Putting New Wine in Old Bottles

In the past 2 months, I have been involved with several big data conferences and speaking opportunities with customers and analysts from all over the world. I see some clear and actionable economic conditions around big data projects that are [...]

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An Economic View for Big Data Planning

Two weeks ago I spoke at a CIO forum in Australia, sharing the stage with IDC on the topic of trends and directions with big data. Last week, same topic but in Thailand. Next week, same topic but in London. [...]

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