For Infrastructure & Operations Professionals

File Storage Costs Less In The Cloud Than In-House

We Calculate A 74% Cost Reduction, But It's Hard To Compare Apples To Apples

Why Read This Report

There's a great deal of hype surrounding cloud delivery models of all flavors, with the assumption that it will usher in a new era of cheaper, better IT. But most I&O organizations struggle to compare the capital, operational, and staffing cost differences between internal and cloud storage. This document will break down the cost differences by modeling a common workload — file storage — built and deployed traditionally versus consumed through the public cloud. Our models reveal a significant cost difference, with the cloud-based model coming in 74% less expensive than I&O running it in-house. However, we encourage I&O leaders to use this document and the associated "Cost Analysis Tool: Cloud Versus Internal File Storage" Excel workbook as a tool and methodology for comparison. Customize the tool with numbers from your own environment and make a better decision as to whether cloud file storage makes sense in your business technology environment.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Cloud Storage Is Workload-Specific
  • Quick Storage Comparisons Don't Measure Storage Costs Effectively
  • An Accurate Comparison Requires A More Detailed Model
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

    Cloud Storage Offerings Are Still Developing: Use Caution
  • Related Research Documents

TOOLS & TEMPLATES

  • Models & Calculators:

    It's Easy To Get An Incomplete And Incorrect Comparison Of Cloud And Internal Storage

  • Models & Calculators:

    Traditional File Storage Systems Are Expensive To Buy And Run

  • Models & Calculators:

    Cloud Storage Is More Straightforward And A Lot Cheaper Than Traditional Storage

  • Models & Calculators:

    A Gateway Can Make Cloud Storage More Viable, But Also More Expensive