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The Data Center Cost You Can No Longer Afford to Ignore

March 29, 2016 Author: Don Brown

cost-iceberg_blog.pngThere’s a lot of important information buried in the data hidden in your infrastructure – information that could help you prevent your next outage, security breach, compliance failure, or other major disaster leading to downtime or lost revenue. A rethinking of the traditional approach to Operational Analytics is necessary.

It’s no longer sufficient to simply capture log, network, security, storage and application data into separate silos if an enterprise wants to retain a competitive edge, this is now the minimum bar. The ability to extract and correlate metrics across these datasets is critical to full understanding and control of your infrastructure.

The question is, how much data is that? Are you collecting and retaining ALL firewall logs, web server logs, mail server logs, database logs, UPS logs, VM logs, host metrics, APM logs, syslogs, netflow and SNMP traps and the myriad other event sources in your IT environment? Are you keeping them with full fidelity rather than aggregates? How quickly are they retired to tape or other non-analytic storage?

As I speak to CIO’s around the world, it’s clear that most organizations are collecting less than 5% of the totality of this data and are effectively flying blind. This is almost never due to a lack of desire, but a combination of limits on both the scale of the legacy technologies involved as well as their dated license models.

If you don’t think there’s anything important in this discarded data, think again.

Now imagine if you could eliminate cost and scale as the problem and capture all event data economically. How much would you capture then? 50%? 75%? 100%? With Rocana Ops, you can collect as much as you want because license cost isn’t tied to data ingest volumes or age. That means the more event data you ingest daily into Rocana Ops, the more you save versus legacy event warehouse and log analytics solutions that utilize rent based licensing, as depicted in this graph.

blog_offload_graph.pngIndeed, with Rocana Ops, the cost to capture 100% of your event data is often less than what you are paying to capture under 5% of your data today. Even further, Rocana does all of this on low cost commodity hardware -- no more esoteric hardware configurations to buy, support or configure.

Just think: At a time when IT budgets can’t keep up with the volume and velocity of event data, Rocana Ops enables you to capture it all in a way that can actually free up budget for other business priorities. Here are two common scenarios where we see CIOs taking advantage of the scalability and low TCO of Rocana Ops:

  • Legacy Solution Consolidation – A typical enterprise will have 20 or more legacy point event monitoring solutions, each with its own system, maintenance, training, skill, and license requirements. This is expensive and grossly inefficient. Consolidating to a single Rocana Ops solution lets you collapse these costs.
  • Legacy Solution Offload – Just because end users prefer a costly legacy solution interface doesn’t mean you can’t minimize what you are paying for that solution. Leverage Rocana Ops as your core event data warehouse to keep costs low while feeding an applicable subset of data to a legacy solution based data mart to keep end users happy.

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