The cost of storing unstructured data using traditional systems has been rising for years. This is one of the reasons Nasuni was founded in the first place – to deliver a cost-effective solution for enterprise file growth. And that, in turn, is why it’s frustrating to spot the occasional comment on a message board or IT thread suggesting that Nasuni is costly. So, with the release of our new TCO calculator, I figure the time has come to address the question directly. Is Nasuni expensive?
The True Cost of Unstructured Data Growth
The short answer is no. The long answer? The true cost of unstructured data growth is not just about storage and capacity. Yes, files are growing in size and volume, and these files need to be securely stored. But they also have to be protected against local failures and regional disasters. That translates into at least two and as many as four extra copies of each file, several of which have to be stored offsite. And it means running one or more dedicated data protection systems, in addition to your storage solution, to handle those copies.
File storage and protection are only the start. For most enterprises, files have to be accessible across the organization. Employees in different offices need fast access to the same volume of unstructured data so they can collaborate on projects, whether their colleagues are based in another state or country. These end users don’t always stay in one office, either. IT has to account for the rising number of mobile users. Engineers working at job sites, analysts traveling to client offices, commuters working on the train – they all need secure, fast access to critical files.
Finally, there’s a significant human cost to overseeing this system. How much time and effort is required on IT’s part to manage storage, backups, disaster recovery and mobile access? Can all this work be handled internally or does it need to be contracted out at an increased premium?
Today, many enterprises try to satisfy all these requirements by stacking one solution on top of another. They deploy a storage solution from one vendor and backup from another. They support a separate sync and share package as well. Then there’s the cost of extending fast access to small regional offices. That often requires expensive hardware, WAN optimization and more. Overall, IT ends up stuck with an expensive storage environment that is very difficult to manage.
A Single Solution
The difference with Nasuni is that everything you need to deal with unstructured data growth – unlimited scalability, built-in protection, fast access, simplified management – is wrapped into a single solution. In a few specific cases, when you’re simply looking at the price of storing a few terabytes at a single location, for example, then Nasuni File Services may appear to be expensive relative to some storage-only systems. Once the number of terabytes climbs, and you move beyond a single office to several locations, the relative price drops tremendously. (Our TCO calculator is an easy way to see the difference.)
So, no, Nasuni is not expensive. The savings come in part from everything Nasuni replaces, including backup, DR, file sync and share solutions and more. Our clients cut up to 65% from the total cost of storing, protecting and extending access to files because Nasuni eliminates the need for so many other storage systems. We built our new TCO calculator to give enterprises a quick, intuitive estimate of the possible value. Give it a try today and get your detailed savings breakdown as well as a customized TCO report.
Discover the true costs of storing, protecting, managing and extending access to file data – and, by extension, the real value of Nasuni File Services.