Quantifying the Business Value of Komprise Intelligent Data Management

Over the summer, this headline caught my eye: The world will store 200 Zettabytes of data by 2025 and half of it will be stored in the cloud. It’s estimated that 463 exabytes of data will be created each day globally – that’s the equivalent of 212,765,957 DVDs per day.

You may already know about and are trying to deal with the massive growth of unstructured data in the enterprise, but did you know that 60-90% of enterprise data is cold data? Yet, this cold data is often stored and managed in the exact same way as your hot or active data—which is highly inefficient and costing organizations millions. The good news is the problem of so-called “data hoarding” is gaining awareness. The bad news is that it may actually be contributing to global energy wastage.

In this post I’m going to summarize how to quantify and track the ROI of analyzing and managing cold data efficiently with Komprise. Organizations across industries are running Komprise Intelligent Data Management to cut 50%+ of the overall storage costs, and 70%+ of cold data costs by:

  • Identifying hot and cold data across NAS, file and object storage.
  • Providing interactive ROI analysis of how much an organization saves, based on different data management policies.
  • Transparently archiving (or tiering) cold data to cost-efficient secondary storage such as cloud or object storage.
  • Delivering transparent access to archived data from the source, so there is no disruption to users or applications.
  • Lowering disaster recovery (DR) costs and shrinking backups; providing a cost-efficient DR solution and eliminating cold data from the active backup footprint.
  • Scaling on-demand to handle massive data growth via a seamless, scale-out architecture that simply adds virtual appliances as the amount of data grows—without any dedicated infrastructure.
  • Providing an adaptive architecture that throttles back as needed to run in the background, without impacting storage or network performance.
Komprise Intelligent Data Management Savings Over 3 Years Donut
Figure 1: Komprise Intelligent Data Management Analytics of Data Usage and Savings Over 3 Years

Organizations using Komprise report lower storage costs, lower disaster recovery costs, smaller backup footprint, and lowered backup costs, as well as improved performance of the Tier 1 storage and increased visibility. Case studies here. In this post we’ll walk through how to calculate the business value of Komprise. The TCO shown is an aggregation of data from 10 organizations using Komprise to manage data across NAS, object storage, and cloud. The data footprint in the organizations varied from 100 terabytes of NAS data to 10 petabytes of NAS data. Typical NAS storage used were NetApp, EMC Isilon, and Windows File Servers. The customer profiles are as shown in the table below:

Customer profiles used to calculate the business value of using Komprise Intelligent Data Management
Figure 2: Demographics of Organizations Used in TCO Analysis

Financial Benefits and Savings of Komprise

  • Reducing the Cost of Cold Data Storage: By identifying and transparently archiving cold data on secondary storage, Komprise reduces the cost of storing cold data.
  • Reducing the Cost of Mirror/Replication/DR by 70%: Most organizations mirror all the NAS data on identical infrastructure at a second site for disaster recovery and protection from hardware failure. Komprise reduces DR/mirror costs in two ways:
    1. When Komprise moves cold data from the NAS, that footprint is no longer mirrored, thus eliminating the mirror costs of cold data. Since the cold data is typically moved to resilient storage that maintains multiple copies, the data is still recoverable in the case of a disaster.
    2. Komprise also provides a copy functionality to put a low-cost DR copy of data in a secondary storage solution of the customer’s choice. This is used to reduce the DR cost of active hot data—so instead of using an identical mirror of NAS storage that doubles the costs, the mirror/DR costs can be cut by over 70% by using Komprise.
  • Reducing the Cost of Backups: Backups are getting more expensive, backup windows are getting longer, and backups are hard to manage due to of the sheer volume of unstructured data. By moving cold data out of the actively managed footprint, Komprise shrinks the bulk of the backup footprint. This makes backups run faster, reduces backup licensing, and reduces storage costs.
Cost Metrics of the Komprise Intelligent Data Management TCO Analysis – All costs are over a 3 year period per TB
Figure 3: Cost Metrics of the TCO Analysis – All costs are over a 3 year period per TB

Komprise Cost Savings Analysis

Based on the average costs from the cost metrics above, on a 4PB NAS environment with a 30% year-over-year growth rate, Komprise saves customers an average 57% of overall storage costs and over $2.6M+ annually.

Detailed Cost Savings Breakdown of Using Komprise Intelligent Data Management Over 3 Years
Figure 4: Detailed Cost Savings Breakdown

Going Beyond Cost Savings

In addition to the operational savings, customers report several benefits of using Komprise, including:

  • Plan Future Storage Purchase with Insight and Visibility: With an analytics-first approach, Komprise provides much-needed visibility into how data is growing and being used across a customer’s storage environment. IT no longer has to make critical storage capacity planning decisions in the dark and now can understand how much more storage will be needed, when and how to streamline purchases during planning.
  • Optimize Storage, Backup, and DR Footprint: Komprise reduces the amount of data stored on Tier 1 NAS, as well as the amount of actively managed data—so customers can shrink backups, reduce backup licensing costs, and reduce DR costs.
  • 27 Times Faster Cloud Migrations: Auto parallelize at every level to maximize performance, minimize network usage to migrate efficiently over WANs, and migrate more than 27 times faster than generic tools across heterogeneous cloud and storage.
  • Reduced Datacenter Footprint: Komprise moves and copies data to secondary storage to help reduce on-premises data center costs, based on customizable policies.
  • Risk Mitigation: Since Komprise works across storage vendors and technologies to provide native access without lock-in, organizations reduce the risk of reliance on any one storage vendor.
ROI on 4PB of NAS, 60% Archived by Komprise Intelligent Data Management
Figure 5: ROI on 4PB of NAS, 60% Archived by Komprise

In an increasingly hybrid, multi-cloud IT infrastructure environment, the need for visibility across storage and intelligent data management to efficiently handle the pace of data growth is no longer just a nice to have. Komprise provides a simple to adopt, scalable, storage-agnostic, ROI-driven solution. Importantly, Komprise is non-intrusive, working in the background to optimize your storage and data management spend—without any changes to user or application access.

I hope you find this ROI overview to be useful. Be sure to schedule a demonstration with our team if you’d like to learn more. Don’t compromise. Komprise.

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