Government wasting vast sums of money on legacy storage

New research suggests that local and central government could save up to £9.5m per year, simply using next-gen storage solutions

More than 98% of government departments are squandering money on legacy storage solutions, rather than opting for software-defined alternatives, according to research published today.

Nexenta, a software-defined storage (SDC) specialist, sent Freedom of Information requests to 397 central and local government departments. Across the 317 departments that responded, a total of £13,876,068 was spent on storage in 2013.

While the figure may sound reasonable given the breadth of government operations, closer inspection found that the value for money was abysmal. A total of 11,439 terabytes were acquired during the year, putting the average cost per TB at £1213.

Nexenta estimates that had these departments acquired software-defined solutions, the savings would have been close to £9.5m – equivalent to the entry level salary of 447 Band 5 nurses or 410 police officers.

"SDS is packed with enterprise features but with a very low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) – making it an ideal solution for the public sector. The market needs to understand the savings that can be achieved, and think how this money could be invested into other areas such as the NHS, emergency services and the prison service,” said Tarkan Maner, chairman and CEO of Nexenta.

Simon Robinson, research VP for 451Research, added: "The UK public sector could really benefit from adopting a Software-Defined Storage (SDS) approach. At the moment they are under extreme budgetary pressures but they still need to do more with less, particularly as their data repositories grow rapidly.”

“SDS is coming of age and now offers enterprise features which will satisfy even the most conservative storage administrator. Education is key but it's time the public sector realised the huge savings that could be made from taking a software approach."

Microscope contacted the Cabinet Office for comment and will update the story if and when they choose to respond.

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