Storage vendors have long talked about “affordable disaster recovery” and “reduced total cost of ownership,” but customers have had a great deal of trouble making those promises a reality. Is an affordable EMC DR solution a myth or reality?
Although enterprises recognize the need for a proper disaster recovery and business continuity strategy, the projects are often delayed or neglected due to the exorbitant costs of EMC storage systems and software. However, there are a few strategies that actually turn the myth of affordable EMC storage into a reality.
1) Leveraging Used EMC CLARiiON Storage
Although EMC brought a lot of innovation to the table with the new EMC VNX series, the EMC CLARiiON CX4 and CX3 series are still the most affordable disaster recovery platforms when purchased on the used market. Leveraging used EMC storage for large disaster recovery sites allows you to greatly reduce the cost of buying large volumes of SATA and fibre channel drives, buying up to 2x the amount of storage versus new EMC disaster recovery solution.
2) Leveraging Used Connectrix (Brocade and CISCO) FCIP switches
Connectrix SAN gear is another major investment required to implement a disaster recovery solution. From FCIP switches, core directors, or edge switches, leveraging used equipment can save tens of thousands at both the production and disaster recovery site.
3) Third Party Maintenance for Disaster Recovery
More than suitable for production environments, third party maintenance for EMC storage and Connectrix gear at the disaster recovery site almost seems like a no-brainer. Reducing the cost of maintenance by more than 30%, third party maintenance on EMC storage equipment can actually improve your service levels to better than 4-hours with on-site spares kits.
4) Repurpose Legacy Storage Systems
Consider this scenario: as enterprise data continues to grow and expand, your IT director has made the decision to upgrade your EMC CLARiiON CX4 or CX3 system to the EMC VNX system. Instead of getting rid of your CX4 system, why not add disks to right-size the environment, place it under third party maintenance, and repurpose it for disaster recovery?
The EMC CLARiiON CX3 storage arrays and CX4 series are widely deployed to provide data protection and disaster recovery services. The reliable products can be optimized to create an effective disaster recovery infrastructure to meet your data demands and your budget constraints. Used CX3 and CX4 series, from reliable vendors like Reliant Technology, can provide the data protection you need without overextending your IT budget.
Need help planning or additional information? Talk to a dedicated Reliant Storage Specialist today to get expert advice and ensure you have the storage you need at a price you can afford.