SwiftStack Cost Efficiency

Has this solution decreased your costs for storing and utilizing data? If yes, by how much?

Jim Merritt
Enterprise Architect at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
I can't say exactly how much it has decreased our cost of storing and utilizing data, and the big reason is that data growth doesn't stop. But I know it's less expensive. With our enterprise storage, to get the same level of protection that I get with SwiftStack out of the box, I might have to pay for my initial storage, then whatever protection level they have - whatever RAID level - and then I'll have to buy two or three software packages on top of that to do the mirroring and data protection at that level. And then, I might actually have to use more backup software licenses to back up that data as well. By the time that all adds up, we would probably be at the $4,000 per terabyte level. I know what my backup software costs, and it's outrageous, per terabyte. Whereas, with SwiftStack, I'm $500 or less per terabyte. Done. All in. Those numbers are general numbers. They're not accurate by any stretch of the imagination. But they are pretty close to the level of difference between the two.
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Chris Gatch
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It helped us to decrease our costs for storing and utilizing data. This was based on a comparative basis versus other choices that we considered.
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Ron Trompert
Group Leader Online Data Services at Surfsara
It has also decreased our cost of storing and utilizing data. It depends a bit because at Surfsara we have different storage systems with different characteristics used for different purposes. It's very hard to make a comparison. But when I look at SwiftStack versus our storage systems and the amount of manpower they take, that is where we win. For other big storage clusters, we need something like one-and-a-half or two FTEs to maintain them. With SwiftStack, we can get by with 0.1 or 0.2 FTEs.
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Engineering Manager at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
We are able to dynamically grow storage at a lower cost. We can repurpose hardware and buy commodity hardware. There is a huge cost savings, on average $100,000 a year compared to traditional storage for what we have at our size.
If you look at it from a cost per gigabyte perspective, we have dropped our costs significantly.
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