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Metered storage - how to cut storage costs by only paying for what you use

Published on 23 February 2012 | Filed under: NetApp

There’s no way round it: you have to store your data. What’s more, you have to do so securely and in a way you can retrieve it easily. And you need to do this for as reasonable a price as possible.

If you use traditional methods of data storage, you’ll know the problems:

• High running costs
• A lot of time spent on management and admin
• Significant expense when you require extra storage capacity

Traditional data storage isn’t cheap or easy

Operating your own storage hardware isn’t cheap or easy. You have to budget well in advance for potential capital expenditure.

You also have to predict the growth of your data. This can be tricky. If your expansion is greater than you forecast, you have to spend time organising additional storage hardware at short notice. What you should be doing instead, of course, is focusing on your new customers.

Metered storage is the answer

NetApp metered storage resolves these problems. Rather than struggle with in-house hardware, you can use a data storage service based on a pay per GB (gigabyte) meter. You lease storage as and when you need it.

When you choose a NetApp data storage solution, you benefit from:

• A price per GB of data
• Monthly billing for the storage you use above your committed amount
• Extra storage when you want it
• Built-in upgrades

Metered storage set-up

Set-up is simple. Because you lease your data storage, you don’t have the headache of buying and installing hardware. Support, software subscriptions and installation are included in your monthly bill.

The switch to NetApp metered storage is straightforward. Once you make the move, you have a flexible leasing solution ready to adapt to increased demand. You no longer have to plan your data storage needs in advance. You don’t have to invest capital in storage hardware.

With NetApp data storage, you eliminate risk

NetApp data storage is secure. Thanks to NetApp Snapshot, you can have instant backup copies. This service has a negligible effect on storage costs and performance.

NetApp also gives you peace of mind with SnapMirror. You can protect against disaster with rapid, simple data recovery for systems in multiple locations.

NetApp metered storage cuts costs

NetApp metered data storage cuts costs by allowing you to pay for what you use and no more. It reduces your redundant data with a 50% deduplication guarantee for VMWare. This reduces storage costs even further. And it offers complete security.

NetApp is well worth your consideration. In the meantime, you could be wasting time and money …

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