Once upon a time a man went to the market and was offered a very cheap elephant. He immediately took the offer. You can’t pass up a great deal, right? But after he got it home, he discovered it needed to be fed, watered, and he had to buy a bigger shovel to clean up after it!
Some storage solutions are like a cheap elephant. The vendor makes it look like a great deal, but once you get it set up, will you end up with a lot of unanticipated costs and have to pay more just to clean up a big mess? Many storage vendors typically focus on raw storage capacity when they give you a quote, but they’re leaving out a lot of the hidden costs that can really add up.
Raw capacity does not give you the full story. You need to know how much space you’ll actually have for your files. Ask your vendor:
The answers to these questions will give you the “true usable capacity” available to you, which is critically important when you’re comparing cost per usable terabyte.
A system that draws a lot of power and uses a large number of network ports isn’t the bargain you might think. Here are some questions you should be asking:
Often, organizations have a dedicated networking team, separate from the storage team, and they charge a flat rate to manage each port.
The time you spend deploying and managing infrastructure is a real cost to your business. Ask your vendor the following:
Ultimately, we buy infrastructure to get a job done so user productivity is an important variable when considering cost. Before committing to a system, make sure you understand:
At Qumulo, we won’t sell you an elephant for your data center and you definitely won’t need a shovel. We’ve built our product from the ground up with the goal of saving you time and money well after the initial purchase.
With Qumulo File Fabric (QF2), you can use 100% of provisioned usable capacity for your files, not just 75% to 85%, as with other vendors.
QF2 runs on modern, standard hardware, which requires less power and cooling than that of legacy, custom systems and is much denser in terms of rack space and its use of networking ports.
QF2 is extremely simple to install. Once the nodes are racked and cabled, all an administrator has to do is sign the end-user license agreement, name the cluster, set up an admin name and password and perhaps enter some IP addresses. From the moment QF2 is unboxed, it can start serving data in a matter of hours, not days. It is even easier to create a QF2 cluster in the public cloud.
And if there’s an issue, QF2’s QumuloDB allows you to diagnose it in real-time. Qumulo DB collects information about file system changes as they occur. Rather than having to parse through pages of log files or run separate programs, administrators can gather insight from the QF2 dashboard, including how the data is being used, who has touched it and how often. So if a process or user is using too many system resources, an administrator can see it in real time and apply a capacity quota.
Real-time analytics also help you understand how your capacity is being used over time so you will be able to estimate when you will likely run out of space and make realistic plans for how much storage you’ll need in the future. This data allows our customers to make informed decisions about their workflows so they can buy only the storage they need.
Qumulo Care is staffed by experienced system administrators who can help you get to the bottom of any problems you can’t solve yourself. Our responsive, personal customer care has one of the highest Net Promoter Scores (NPS) in the industry and excellent reviews on Gartner Peer Insights. The cost of Qumulo Care, including 24-hour cloud monitoring, is already a part of your subscription so you don’t pay extra.
At Qumulo, we’re always improving our software, and updating it every two weeks. That means that QF2 subscribers get new capabilities and better performance at no additional cost.
Typically, storage appliances becomes less valuable over time because your software is aging as your workloads become more demanding. Compare that to other storage vendors who charge for new features in “add-ons” and complex licensing schemes.
QF2 also runs in the public cloud, with continuous replication among QF2 clusters no matter where they run. QF2 is the only way to get truly scalable performance for NFS and SMB-based file storage in the public cloud today and the only way to create a universal file fabric that bridges the divides created by geography, data center locations and run-time environments.
QF2 is a platform built for the next 5 years not the last 5 years. This means that our customers know they won’t have to start the storage buying process over again in just 2 years.
So, if you want to avoid the elephant in the data center, contact your Qumulo sales reps and ask them to help you calculate the cost of a QF2 subscription and how much you’ll save compared to other vendors.
If you’re interested in learning more about how the QF2 architecture can save you money while giving you capacity and scalability, read Qumulo File Fabric Technical Overview.
Ben Gitenstein runs Product at Qumulo. He and his team of product managers and data scientists have conducted nearly 1,000 interviews with storage users and analyzed millions of data points to understand customer needs and the direction of the storage market. Prior to working at Qumulo, Ben spent five years at Microsoft, where he split his time between Corporate Strategy and Product Planning.
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