Just as we are consistently aware of cost per gallon a
gasoline, IT managers are looking at the cost per gigabyte. Old formulas looked
at the cost per gigabyte of storage since the corporate databases relied on
data storage. Now with the Internet boom and the needs to support remote data
access, Kontron has observed that IT managers are also looking at the cost per
gigabyte of data throughput, blending the system storage and usage costs into a
services can maximize storage as needed for emerging system configurations.
An interesting example of the changing way the world is
looking at cost per gigabyte is the 3G iPhone. The cost in the US of the 8 GB iPhone
went down by 50\%, giving the user a smaller cost per gigabyte of storage, while
the cost of the data service from AT&T went up by 50\% for consumer plans. There
is a 20 month breakeven which should seem pretty attractive to users even with
a 2-year contract. Since data usage charges are for unlimited use – the more
data the lower the ongoing cost per gigabyte.
For the IT manager the enterprise Internet access costs and
the equipment costs are an important piece of the overall cost per gigabyte
that are ideal for minimizing cost per gigabyte by taking advantage of the dual-core
Intel® Xeon 3000 Sequence processorand Intel® 3100 chipset and optional
rear hot-swap SATA hard drives, to help the enterprise accelerate and manage
traffic. Kontron customers have cited that the combined cost per gigabyte on
the system with network access is significantly reduced of late.
It may be time to start referring to cost per terabyte.
Kontron - Nancy Pantone