Rod Lucero, chief architect for IT at $2.2 billion manufactured-housing lender Conseco Finance Corp., was only looking for a new way to back up his data as part of his disaster recovery planning when he decided to buy SANsymphony storage management software. But he says he has gotten a lot more than that from the technology offered by Fort Lauderdale-based DataCore Software Corp. Essentially, he upped the utilization rate on his storage from 50% to more than 80%, eliminated two staff positions and saved the company at the very least $136,000 from reclaimed storage. The ability to pool his storage was "a huge, huge benefit," Lucero says. And he hasn't even been using the software a full year yet.
Data storage is so relatively inexpensive--and gets cheaper with each year--that companies tend to accumulate more and more without ever reviewing what they already are supporting. Technology experts have one piece of advice: There is an alternative to shelling out for more storage. Just ask Lucero.