Feeds

Unisys flags up customer storage waste

80% of large storage shops inefficient, badly run

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Unisys wants to alert its customers to their storage waste by offering a free analytics run, and then help them fix the outflow of wasted storage cash.

Storage Fusion, which provides the analytics software, offers it as a service. Its software is given access to a customers' storage infrastucture and goes through its connections, devices, nooks and crannies searching out things like utilisation, capacity allocation, disk tiering, and power consumed by storage hardware right down to the individual disk drives. Customers access their report through a web portal, it all being a self-service deal.

Storage Fusion makes its money by selling the analytics service, with customers using the report to rein in excess and unnecessary storage spending and make their existing kit work more effectively.

Unisys is partnering with Storage Fusion to offer its customers this analysis of their installed storage. An analytics run and report is free for companies with a minimum of 50TB of data.

Unisys reckons it can find so much waste and inefficiency in a 50+ terabyte shop that fixing it provides a return for the customer, and a profit for itself as well as covering the cost of the Storage Fusion service.

It says the storage intelligence they get can help businesses reduce power consumption by 50 per cent, improve storage utilisation by 30 per cent and potentially save millions in annual IT costs. They can also make better storage plans for the future.

All this is feasible because most customers with large storage shops run them badly - not that Unisys says that. However, it ran a survey that found that "more than 40 per cent of businesses have limited visibility, or almost none, into their existing data storage needs, and almost half struggle to forecast storage capacity."

Eighty per cent of its surveyed businesses failed to achieve the top 20 per cent's best practice level of 75 per cent storage utilisation, meaning plenty of scope for service engagements to bring them up nearer to best practice levels.

Nikki Wilton, director of information and data management at Unisys, said: “One large public-sector organisation that signed up for our... report discovered that large amounts of data were unprotected due to simple configuration issues."

These customers are running the storage part of their IT shops blindfold, but they got into such a tricky situation the Storage Fusion report can, Unisys says, immediately pinpoint areas of concern and enable them to do something about it. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online
Now you can run your own intelligence agency
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault
Applications need to be built to handle TITSUP incidents
Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first
Researchers test 802.15.4 and find we know nuh-think! about large scale sensor network ops
Turnbull should spare us all airline-magazine-grade cloud hype
Box-hugger is not a dirty word, Minister. Box-huggers make the cloud WORK
SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016
Flash WORM has a serious use for archived photos and videos
Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data
Got a supercomputer? Want to simulate a universe? Here you go
Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash
Lovely presentations... but not on your Flash-hating mobe
prev story

Whitepapers

Free virtual appliance for wire data analytics
The ExtraHop Discovery Edition is a free virtual appliance will help you to discover the performance of your applications across the network, web, VDI, database, and storage tiers.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.