What is TCOnow! for Enterprise Flash


Many storage architects wonder what kind of performance improvement they can realistically expect from flash storage, and how much more it will cost. TCOnow! for Enterprise Flash allows you to compare an existing environment, maximum of 10 groups, to a new detailed environment. Using a combination of empirical data and sophisticated modeling, TCOnow! automatically generates a detailed business case report, as well as single-page PDF (known as QuickView), or a complete PowerPoint presentation.

This accelerated analysis is made possible because TCOnow! contains state-of-the-art performance models, innovative new storage workload design models, plus the design rules and pricing data for more than 100 different arrays. In addition, a country- and region-specific cost database is included for items such as rent, electricity, employee benefits, tax rates, etc. As a result, TCOnow! provides a default answer for every question posed during the performance and TCO analysis, and an easy way to change each response if you have empirical information available. Combining TCOnow's performance model with its database of costs and its sophisticated inferencing engine means once you have completed your preliminary assessment you have access to a series of "what if" analysis options. Now, you can test what level of short stroking would be required to meet your performance needs, and what the cost would be compared to an all-flash or hybrid solution. Even the performance and cost of different drive and RAID options can be rapidly analyzed.

TCOnow! for Enterprise Flash allows you to design and compare the performance as well as the True or Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of two quite different customer scenarios: an "existing storage environment to a new one" where you compare FlashSystem to a conventional array, or a "new to new" situation such as an IBM FlashSystem versus EMC XtremIO. In a "new to new" comparison, the IBM solution can be a pure IBM FlashSystem, or a FlashSystem hybrid. Either of these can then be compared to new flash products or conventional arrays from EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard, NetApp, Violin Memory and Pure Storage. In the case of an "existing to a new" storage solution the existing system can be any conventional array from IBM, EMC, HP, NetApp and Hitachi compared to a new IBM FlashSystem or FlashSystem hybrid.

TCOnow! shrinks a typical multi-week analysis project into a matter of hours. This accelerated analysis is made possible because CIOview's software is packed with data and algorithms on disk arrays, hard drives, advanced functions, and management software. If you want to avoid being hit by hidden fees and disk upgrade costs, then this is the product for you!

Current Vendors

IBM Dell/EMC HDS HP NetApp Pure Storage Violin Memory

People are saying. . .

“We knew all about the sub-millisecond response time of Flash, and we had a good idea of which workloads we wanted to move over first. While it makes a lot of technical sense we still had to show the Finance heads what the cost would be to stay with what we had compared to replacing it with Flash. In the past we spent weeks putting together spreadsheets only to have finance change their assumptions before we had a chance to give our first presentation. Now finance can use TCOnow! to change all of their financial assumptions themselves. This has given them a tactile sense of what is driving our storage costs and their confidence in our assumptions is much higher.”
- Government Contractor

“Looking at multiple storage groups and their storage costs compared to some kind of consolidation and new storage purchase is something none of us wanted to do. Using TCOnow! almost anyone can do it, even the finance department!”
- Regional Bank

“It sounds like such a simple question: what will the costs be of staying with our current storage environment for the next two years compared to the cost of migrating and perhaps doing some kind of consolidation. Intuitively we did not want the disruption, but once we used TCOnow! the performance and financial benefits could not be ignored.”
- Financial Services

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