Cost Reduction

The recent IDC report that put EMC at the head of the storage pack is hardly surprising to storage managers and industry analysts. An established front-runner in the business data storage race, EMC’s innovative products have consistently pushed the data storage market toward the future. However, that innovation has come with a hefty price tag for enterprise customers with steadily growing storage demands.

Luckily, there are several strategies for reducing the cost of your next EMC storage purchase. Here are a few of our best cost reduction strategies:

  • Employ EMC Third Party Maintenance Where It Makes Sense
  • Leverage Used Storage Systems to Handle Growth
  • Repurpose Legacy Systems to Reduce Total Cost of Ownership

Employ EMC Third Party Maintenance Where It Makes Sense

Depending on the size of the company and industry, maintenance and support can consume almost two-thirds of an IT budget. Deploying third-party maintenance for legacy systems with burdensome support costs can significantly reduce the portion of your budget ear-marked for recurring maintenance. If arranged correctly, third party maintenance can allow for a flexible maintenance contract that is tailored to the specific needs of the enterprise, providing an appropriate level of service while reducing the cost of maintenance by 40-80%.

Leverage Used Storage Systems to Handle Growth

Deploying used EMC CLARiiON storage systems and upgrades can save you 50-70% over new systems. IT storage managers that deploy used storage solutions can purchase 150-200% more storage, expand their storage capacity, and add infrastructure to optimize their projects and stay under budget.

Used storage arrays and used storage capacity upgrades for EMC systems are readily available from reliable vendors. The following storage systems are readily available from companies like Reliant Technology:

EMC CLARiiON CX Series

EMC CLARiiON CX3 Series

EMC CLARiiON CX4 Series

EMC Connectrix SAN equipment

Working with the right storage partner, storage managers can find warranty-backed equipment, which is guaranteed to be compatible with their existing storage infrastructure.

TIP: Don’t risk purchasing used equipment that is not backed by a reliable warranty or sold by consultants without in-depth storage resources. Choosing the right vendor is important, so make sure that the used equipment is backed by a Next Business Day warranty and the company has an established RMA process.

Repurpose Legacy Systems to Reduce Total Cost of Ownership

So you’ve just purchased a new VNX storage array—what should you do with your EMC CLARiiON CX4 storage array? The options are endless.

Repurposing your storage array is the key to reducing the total cost of ownership and maximizing your IT budget. Legacy systems can be repurposed at a disaster recovery site, transformed into archive space, or moved to testing and development environments More, you can add additional space to existing systems at a fraction of the cost, and even swap smaller drives for larger ones to offset additional expenses.

Paying a premium for storage doesn’t necessarily mean better storage or better service. Hundreds of EMC storage customers have realized that low-price, high-value EMC storage sources exist, and are taking advantage of those strategies to reduce their costs and do more with less.

So, how do you want to improve your EMC system and reduce your costs? Talk to a dedicated Reliant Storage Specialist today to get expert advice and ensure you have the storage you need at a price you can afford.