Click, click, click, and what do you know? The Compellent SAN is cheaper than the garden variety out there. Uh-huh. Apparently a more advanced tool is available for free if you give them name, address, phone number, e-mail, etc. My hope is it's like that car insurance commercial where the best quote may be from a competitor. My worst fear is that tools like these are little more than lead-generation factories.
Dell, EMC, IBM, Oracle, and VMware all offer some flavor of TCO tool, and they're all pretty much the same. The issue of how much vendors stack the deck in their own favor we can leave for another time. I'm more curious to know what else goes into your calculations that vendors don't consider, or purposely overlook. Add a comment below, or if you want more privacy, hit the "E-Mail" button at the top of this page and write me directly.
We'll see if these vendor promises are worth the paper they'd be printed on.