In April 2012, The Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) completed a five-year study entitled “Dell EqualLogic TCO Analysis – Multi-generational Manageability and Efficiency at a Low Cost” that pitted the Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SAN against the top iSCSI vendors in the industry.
What they found was something that I.T. professionals have been touting for many years now…that their Dell EqualLogic SANs maintain the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of any iSCSI SAN in the industry over a five-year period.
The report also said, “When deploying Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SANs, costs are up to 47% less in smaller deployments and 55% less in larger deployments than nearly identical offerings in the market.”
What the Numbers Mean
Here’s a breakdown of some of the main points and results from the test:
- Dell EqualLogic has the lowest total cost of ownership.
- In the small storage solution, Dell ($228,111) costs 41% and 47% less than nearly identical offerings from Vendor A ($384,536) and Vendor B ($429,751).
- In the large storage solution, Dell ($429,086) costs 39% and 55% less than nearly identical offerings from Vendor A ($699,510) and Vendor B ($958,316).
- Dell charges no additional license or maintenance fee for any software used with PS series storage systems. Many times, when things are offered for no additional charge in one area, another area increases to make up the difference. Dell has not increased costs in other areas to make up for the free software.
- The management costs associated with Vendor A and Vendor B are 50% to 60% more expensive than with Dell. This includes the cost of migrating old data, system upgrades after three years, and manpower.
- With lower hardware costs and no software costs, Dell support costs are also significantly lower than those of both competing vendors.
Clients and interested parties may always obtain EqualLogic pricing and conduct their own studies.
ESG Lab Report, “Dell EqualLogic TCO Analysis – Multi-generational Manageability and Efficiency at a Low Cost,” an April 2012 report sponsored by Dell. For the full report see: http://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/20097135/download.aspx