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  The Business Case for Network Storage Consolidation

When you are preparing the business case for network storage consolidation, you'll need to leverage a strategic assessment, appropriateness fit, and TCO comparison to make the case for storage investment.

Define Your Goals Keep these important points in mind:
  • Giving the storage investment a strategic context will help justify the size and type of the storage investment.
  • Disk space can be cheap, but enterprise storage can be expensive. Use the case to demonstrate that the type of networked storage being evaluated is appropriate to the needs of the enterprise.
  • Those needs are strategic so the return on the investment should be related to strategic initiatives such as infrastructure consolidation (for management efficiency and green measures), improved service levels, and more streamlined disaster recovery.
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Use the Storage Acquisition Business Template to define and articulate your business case for network storage consolidation.

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