Stories by David Merrill

Price per megabyte a misleading metric

Today's business environment continues to be difficult. IT is still a target for cost reduction while still delivering critical services. As a result, IT managers can be easily seduced into thinking that low-price disk equates to lower cost and, therefore, reduced total cost of storage ownership. However, price does not equal cost, and price per MB is the wrong single-metric to use in storage economic decisions. In fact, the purchase price of disk is only a fraction of the total cost of operational ownership.