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The Hidden Costs of File Storage Revealed in New Infographic

We tend to talk a lot about unstructured data growth in this space, and how this trend drives up IT costs and increases complexity. Yes, I’m writing about this topic again, because it has such a powerful impact on businesses, but now I’d like to focus specifically on the numbers.

The Cost of Unstructured Data Growth

The increasing costs associated with file data growth aren’t just about storage capacity. There is far more to managing unstructured data than provisioning primary storage. We crunched through all the numbers to build our new TCO calculator and customized report engine, but they deserve their own front-and-center treatment, so now we’re publishing the details in a quick, easily digestible format. Our new infographic reveals the hidden costs of file storage, and it’s exactly what the traditional storage vendors don’t want you to see.

See the Infographic below or download a copy here


While there is more to file storage than primary capacity, I’m not saying running out of room is a small problem. Not by any means. One of the stats we cite in the infographic, for example, is a Gartner projection noting that a 35% annual growth rate for unstructured data means you’ll have to double your storage capacity every three years.

The infographic details the cost of keeping pace with primary storage growth, but it also looks at less obvious figures. For instance, do you know how much it costs to protect a single TB of data? Or what it takes in terms of IT hours/salary to manage these growing stores of unstructured data? In addition to answering these questions, the infographic also details the costs of extending fast access to remote offices, giving mobile users the fast, secure access to files they demand, and more.

If you’d like to find out how Nasuni File Services reduces the costs of file storage by up to 65%, test out our TCO calculator or send us some questions.



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Louis Abate

Louis Abate is a seasoned marketing professional with a passion for technology. At Nasuni, he heads up digital marketing and multimedia content creation. With one eye on the flow of industry news and the other on Nasuni’s services, you’ll find Louis writing about the evolving storage industry, client success and trends affecting today's businesses.

  • Fernando Leon

    Louis, nice graphic. Are you talking about a specific size firm? These are general numbers, but I have to question the cost per user. Are you factoring in the entire overhead per employee? Or, just the file storage portion?

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