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The Business Case for Storage Networks

Chapter Description

This chapter covers the copious non-technical reasons for preferring storage networks, from the legal implications of Sarbanes-Oxley to the economy of scale created by their usage. Discover the other advantages storage networks could provide to your business within.


This chapter discussed how the commoditization of storage hardware and the poor utilization rates endemic to DAS environments lead to poor storage yield, a correspondingly high COPQ, and an increased TCO for storage. Storage networks provide strategic advantages by lowering IT costs and by eliminating the waste associated with poor storage utilization. Storage networks also address vulnerabilities by increasing data availability.

In the following chapter, I outline how the tangible and intangible benefits of networked storage, primarily increased utilization and increased availability, can lead to a reduction in the TCO for storage.