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True IT – Storage Stories: 2 (Fairy tale)


Here comes the fairy tale!!!CIO Storage

Once upon a time, there was a great company and they had great products and they were very successful. They had 1 PB of total storage and they were consistently growing.

The business this company was in, consistently kept on changing, they didn’t. Bad days were ahead.

They kept on purchasing new storage every quarter, until the CIO thought, lets go back and see what have we purchased and what are we using. He got external consultants to walk in there and perform an analysis of their entire storage environment. To the surprise of the CIO and the storage teams, they found that the average utilization on storage across the board for all their storage arrays was about 28%.

They had 70% Tier 1 storage, 20% Tier 2 storage and 10% Tier 3 storage. Average utilization on Tier 1 and Tier 2 was 20% while on Tier 3 was 100%. These consultants showed them how they can re-tier storage, increase efficiency, utilization and further reduce storage footprint in their IT environment through consolidation. A total savings of 10 Million USD over 3 years was proved to this customer using CAPEX/OPEX savings based on where their storage was today. The CIO budgeted of this work to be performed, planned the kickoff in 3 months.

Before the project kicks off, The CIO resigns and leaves. Due to troubled times, the company files for chapter 11 Bankruptcy. A new CIO takes over this position. The project is now stalled, the new CIO realizes that Storage consolidation and optimization is not one of their priorities (10M dollars) and moves on to do other projects while the company is still in bankruptcy.

Lesson Learnt:

Its never too late and never wait too long to realize your savings, put a plan together today on how the organization can optimize, increase utilization, efficiency with the existing storage environments before its too late. Every penny saved goes towards the bottom line.

This company just got sold for pennies on a dollar. By the way, its is an absolutely true story.

Who is the winner here, the CIO, the company, the shareholders, the storage admins, the storage architects, the consultants or someone’s ego?

  • pat

    Storage Architects win. Any architect will be able to adjust to budgets and/or management changes.

  • http://storagenerve.com storagenerve

    Though the question is, how closely do Storage Architects and Capacity Planning folks work. There seems to be disconnect between Organizational Units that have responsibility for Storage as whole.

  • http://storagenerve.com storagenerve

    Though the question is, how closely do Storage Architects and Capacity Planning folks work. There seems to be disconnect between Organizational Units that have responsibility for Storage as whole.