News
5/29/2009
09:10 AM
George Crump
George Crump
Commentary
50%
50%

Storage CAPEX VS. OPEX

Wrapping up our series on choosing storage projects, part of the conversation has to be what is more important, CAPEX or OPEX? Almost every storage project you decide to embark on will have to be brought to management as something that is going to either reduce your capital expenditures or lower your operational expenditures. Which part of these projects are more important?

Wrapping up our series on choosing storage projects, part of the conversation has to be what is more important, CAPEX or OPEX? Almost every storage project you decide to embark on will have to be brought to management as something that is going to either reduce your capital expenditures or lower your operational expenditures. Which part of these projects are more important?Storage projects that focus on reducing the CAPEX side of your budget tend to be very popular in tough economic times but most of these projects are going to require a capital investment to get started. Your hope is that the savings they generate can surpass that investment, the difference is that the amount of patience waiting for the investments to pay for themselves is shorter in tough economic times.

To hit that return on investment faster new storage projects need to save CAPEX in multiple areas at the same time. A good example is primary storage optimization technologies that also optimize a second tier of storage. Ocarina Networks for example can deduplicate and compress file based data while moving to a second tier of storage. Alternatively Storwize can provide inline compression and decompression of active data when it is accessed but allow backup applications to keep the data in its compressed form as they move it to their backup device. In these cases the CAPEX is not only reduced on primary storage but also on a secondary storage tier.

Another option to better cost justify a storage project is to have it improve CAPEX and OPEX at the same time, essentially reducing costs while improving staff productivity. A good example here is storage solutions like those from 3PAR, DataCore or FalconStor that enable you to use thin provisioning and storage virtualization to better utilize storage capacity, while simplifying the steps involved in designing an optimal performance to demanding applications or automatically manage multiple tiers of storage.

Wether you choose a big storage project or an edge storage project, having that project cost justify itself quickly is critical for not only getting that project approved but building credibility in getting future projects approved.

Track us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/storageswiss.

Subscribe to our RSS feed.

George Crump is founder of Storage Switzerland, an analyst firm focused on the virtualization and storage marketplaces. It provides strategic consulting and analysis to storage users, suppliers, and integrators. An industry veteran of more than 25 years, Crump has held engineering and sales positions at various IT industry manufacturers and integrators. Prior to Storage Switzerland, he was CTO at one of the nation's largest integrators.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
10 Recommendations for Outsourcing Security
10 Recommendations for Outsourcing Security
Enterprises today have a wide range of third-party options to help improve their defenses, including MSSPs, auditing and penetration testing, and DDoS protection. But are there situations in which a service provider might actually increase risk?
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-7444
Published: 2015-09-01
The Special:Contributions page in MediaWiki before 1.22.0 allows remote attackers to determine if an IP is autoblocked via the "Change block" text.

CVE-2015-2807
Published: 2015-09-01
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in js/window.php in the Navis DocumentCloud plugin before 0.1.1 for WordPress allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the wpbase parameter.

CVE-2015-6520
Published: 2015-09-01
IPPUSBXD before 1.22 listens on all interfaces, which allows remote attackers to obtain access to USB connected printers via a direct request.

CVE-2015-6727
Published: 2015-09-01
The Special:DeletedContributions page in MediaWiki before 1.23.10, 1.24.x before 1.24.3, and 1.25.x before 1.25.2 allows remote attackers to determine if an IP is autoblocked via the "Change block" text.

CVE-2015-6728
Published: 2015-09-01
The ApiBase::getWatchlistUser function in MediaWiki before 1.23.10, 1.24.x before 1.24.3, and 1.25.x before 1.25.2 does not perform token comparison in constant time, which allows remote attackers to guess the watchlist token and bypass CSRF protection via a timing attack.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Another Black Hat is in the books and Dark Reading was there. Join the editors as they share their top stories, biggest lessons, and best conversations from the premier security conference.