Save money by using the right storage!

It sounds so simple: use the type of storage that fits the character of your data. Yet we still see it go wrong very often in practice. Compare it to the work of a construction worker: he doesn’t use his hammer to get a screw in the wall either. Sure, it will eventually work out, but of course it is not ideal. That’s how it works with data storage.

Right tool for the right job

Want to have your virtual machines on a storage? Then use primary storage, which is high-end, expensive and fast. Want to backup or archive? Then it is not so smart to use this type of storage for that purpose. As with the hammer and the screw, yes, it can be done, but it is not optimal. And it hounds you with unnecessary costs, and they can add up considerably.

Save a lot of money!

As mentioned, we regularly see backup and archive data on primary storage. For backup, sometimes it makes sense to back up the most important virtual machines to primary, high-speed storage. But beware! High-end primary storage is four to five times more expensive than secondary storage for backup. After three years, primary storage wears out and needs to be replaced, while secondary storage lasts ten years. All added up and multiplied, storing data on primary storage that doesn’t belong there makes you ten to 15 times more expensive. That difference can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars for large companies and organizations with a lot of data storage. These are not small amounts. Simple to solve by using the right tool.

Secondary storage better for its task

On top of that, secondary storage is better equipped for its task. A backup storage can preserve a backup better than a primary storage. For archive storage, this is even more true; in many cases, this storage can even be taken offline. And even when using cloud, this tool is best used for those purposes for which it was created. The cloud is basically set up for multiple people in random locations to work together. Then mainly use it that way.

Weighing well

Those facing the purchase of new storage would do well to weigh these issues. An investment must be made anyway, but to stay in the imagery, do you need a hammer or a screwdriver? The return on investment varies considerably

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