Bigfoot in the Data Center

No Bigfoot

Bigfoot is a fun myth, but not a fun reality in your data center

Bigfoot, the large primate rumored to inhabit the Pacific Northwest, is the stuff of legend. Hunted and hoaxed for generations, there has been no credible evidence of Bigfoot’s existence. The mystery may never be solved.

Bigfoot is a fun myth, but not a fun reality in your data center. A large data footprint can be a costly beast when it comes to costs for power, cooling and floor space.

Tegile IntelliFlash arrays are able to shrink data up to 90 percent, depending on the applications and workloads. The resulting space footprint to store that data conserves not just storage capacity but the cost in physical space to maintain that capacity. In other words, data reduction services such as inline deduplication, inline compression, and thin provisioning create a ripple effect of cost savings. (To learn more about this ripple effect in cost savings, see this webinar, ‘The Potential Business Value of Low-latency Flash’).

Tegile arrays use major data reduction tools:

  • Inline Deduplication is enabled at the storage pool level, regardless of the number of LUNs or file shares within that storage pool, thus significantly maximizing storage savings. Additionally, It can be turned on or off at the volume level depending on the requirements of the application.
  • Inline Compression just as deduplication, is enabled at the storage pool level or at the LUN or file share level.
  • Thin Provisioning improves capacity utilization by leveraging just-in-time allocation of storage.

Achieve a 10-1 reduction in storage footprint for VDI

A virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is an ideal example of the cost savings that result from data reduction. Tegile removes redundant data from OS images, applications, libraries, and user-specific applications spread across virtual desktops, and to shrink that data further, our array compresses the resulting data load. Tegile can achieve 10:1 reduction in the storage footprint of VDI deployments. As a side benefit performance blazes at warp speeds because more data can be served out of memory; moreover, wear is reduced on flash media, thus extending its lifespan.

Let’s do the math

What does this mean in terms of numbers? Let’s do the math. (Our thanks to Wikibon for these figures listed in its report ‘The Potential Business Value of Low-latency Flash’.)

Environmental costs in the graph below are based on an HDD array, and estimated environmental cost of $425,000. Compare those costs to the third example, an all-flash array with data reduction, and environmental costs go down to to $35,000 – a savings of over 90% – or $390,000, easily enough to finance your own Bigfoot expedition. Even the difference in cost between an all-flash array with and without data reduction is enough to install hundreds of security cameras in the Cascade Mountains to keep watch for Bigfoot.

A small footprint is the best footprint

When it comes to cutting data center costs, a small footprint is the best footprint. Data reduction processes that are tuned to the storage system, applications, and data load result in radically lower costs for rack space and power costs, which is good for your bottom line and a greener world. To learn more about the benefits of data reduction, check out Tegile IntelliFlash data reduction.

At Tegile, we think it’s time to make Bigfoot data centers the thing of legend, not reality.

One comment on “Bigfoot in the Data Center

  1. Sam Sanyal on

    Amazing cost reduction 90% ! In addition, the systems response time, user and transaction response time is a strikingly differentiating.


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