Did you ever think that making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg? It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else. Lyndon B. Johnson
The same can be said for storage economics – According to Robin Harris :
In storage, the capacity illusion reigns supreme. We measure storage utilization by looking at capacity in gigabytes, which, as Hu points out, is the cheapest part of storage. The expensive storage component is I/O. And the expensive management component is people.
And while the main stream computer press simply recites whatever it is that the vendors are flogging this week, it takes some detective work for customers to find out how to get the most economical return for their storage investment. However, NetApp customers recognize that Zerowait provides high quality third party service and support for their legacy filers. And as we grow our European business many more customers are discovering the logic of purchasing transferable licensed filers. It does not take much effort to look at the price point of a new NetApp filer, compare it to a transferable licensed FAS980 and see that you can get a lot of storage and save a lot of money with a 980 and 336 spindles.
Storage economics – it is a term that will become more well known over the next few years.