Acronis Unveils Free Online Storage ROI Calculator

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-07-15 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The calculator asks users for three pieces of information: the number of servers and workstations being backed up, the data change rate, and the overall cost of storage hardware and software. Based on this information, users can obtain accurate reports on how much storage space would be saved through deduplication, the dollar savings and the percentage of savings.

People who watch the numbers in corporate offices will go for this: A data center manager now can utilize a free online service to determine storage capital cost savings due to deduplication and have the dollars-saved information ready on demand if asked for it.

Storage management and disaster recovery provider Acronis on July 15 made available a new calculator that is designed to estimate the storage savings an organization could obtain using deduplication to improve storage capacities.

The calculator asks users for three pieces of information: the number of servers and workstations being backed up, the data change rate, and the overall cost of storage hardware and software. Based on this information, users can obtain accurate reports on how much storage space would be saved through deduplication, the dollar savings and the percentage of savings, Acronis Senior Director of Marketing Bob Thaler told eWEEK.

Acronis also has made available a second calculator, one that charts ROI for more general data center budget items, such as staffing, power and cooling, and resources.

"IT managers, if they're not looking specifically for ROI in storage hardware and software or dedupe, but they are looking for ROI for disaster recovery or for overall ROI for time, money, people and resources, they're both available free on our Website," Thaler said.

"Secondly, if customers want to use it internally, or attach it to an e-mail and send it to a colleague and say, 'Take a look at this, it's a good starting point for assessing how we can save money,' we can zip it up [in a Zip file] and make it a stand-alone module they can run on their own desktops," Thaler said.

For example, a customer with 10 servers and 2TB of data that changes 5 percent per day and is kept for four weeks will save about $20,000 in storage costs annually, Thaler said.

Acronis' latest product, Backup & Recovery 10, was released July 9.

Storage management provider Aptare offers a freely downloadable, informative whitepaper on storage ROI at this Website.

 


 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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