The IT Infrastructure Manager at a global manufacturing company recently ran the Quick Scan and a full evaluation of NXPowerLite for File Servers and shared their results back with us. They saw some fantastic savings that we wanted to share.
The Quick Scan showed an estimated 1.8 TB saving and took just 1 hour 48 minutes to run:
The full evaluation took 64 days to complete and showed a little over 2 TB saving - this could equate to as much as $20,000 of savings*.
The full evaluation optimizes a copy of each file, which it then discards, so the figures it produces reflect exactly what NXPowerLite will achieve running live. They will be running the software live now and will check back with live results and growth data in a few months, so I will update the blog with more information on the effects over time when we have it.
The customer found Quick Scan was a useful tool in itself for, describing it as a "Great tool to get a better picture of how file shares are being used".
Feel free to give it a try on your own storage, our scanning tool is completely free to use - you can register for an evaluation here.
We were thrilled that the Quick Scan estimate came so close, and moreover that this customer stood to take back such a large percentage of their storage. We were slightly less thrilled by how long the full scan took on a data set of this size**, so we've made sure speed features prominently in our 2015 development pipeline - we plan on utterly transforming the speed of the optimisation.
You can read the entire conversation and see the full reports on Spiceworks.
* based on the average lifetime cost of storage figures we've been collecting from customers, which come in at between $8,000 and $10,000 per TB (including hardware, management, backup etc.).
** Although someone on the development team did point out to me that our software comfortably ran for 64 days solid optimising files, which is a great testament to the great work the team have put into making our software robust.