Arrays cost councils four times more than software-defined storage

Nexenta finds UK councils spend around £1,200 per terabyte on storage arrays – four times more than on storage software

UK local authorities bought an average of 81.5TB of storage in 2013 at a cost of £1,200 per raw terabyte of storage delivered. Meanwhile, those that bought open-source or storage-software products paid only £290 per terabyte.

Those are the findings of a Freedom of Information request by storage software provider Nexenta, which asked more than 300 public sector organisations how much they spent on IT, enterprise storage and software-defined storage in 2013.

Of those asked, 133 local authorities said they invested in enterprise storage in 2013. 

Those councils spent £525m on IT last year, an average IT budget per council of £3.94m per annum (see Table 1 below). 

The same local authorities spent a total of £13m on enterprise storage in 2013, which translated to an average of £98,000 per UK council (see Table 2 below).

On average, councils bought 81.5TB of storage capacity each in 2013 and spent £1,200 on enterprise storage products per raw terabyte added.

The amount of storage purchased in 2013 by councils ranged from a few terabytes to 300 or more, the latter presumably by councils undergoing major storage and IT refreshes.

Nexenta – a storage software provider – also asked if councils had spent on open-source or software-defined storage products and how many terabytes of capacity they had under its management.

Only four councils responded, and they spent £64,396 on open-source storage or storage software to a total of 222TB. For that tiny minority which spent budget on software-defined storage, the cost per terabyte came out at £290.

Storage software – sometimes referred to as software-defined storage – allows customers to build storage systems from commodity server hardware and drives at much lower cost than purchasing off-the-shelf storage arrays.

Table 1: UK local authority spending on IT and enterprise storage in 2013

Local authority 2013 IT spend 2013 storage spend 2013 storage TB 
Basildon  £15,550 £8,000 24
Bedford  £485,092.95 £63,552.75 30.4
Blaby  £1,197,430 £26,750 21
Bradford  £814,000 £24,169 15
Broxbourne  £650,000 £62,000 22
Broxtowe  £896,000 £25,600 100
Burnley  £158,213 £107,000 56
Bury  £4,584,840 £21,662 21.6
Caerphilly  £3,245,456 £301,711 318
Cardiff  £6,831,000 £65,781.39 170
Carmarthenshire  £193,300 £30,000 29
Central Bedfordshire  £6,400,000 £704,801 139.2
Ceredigion  £722,175 £304,900 169
Chelmsford  £253,000 £16,500 4.8
Clackmannanshire  £630,000 £73,380 220
Coleraine  £89,000 £29,000 44
Western Isles  0 £13,652.55 204
Corby  £9,000,000 £33,000 14
Cotswold and West Oxfordshire £907,486 £50,000 50
Craven  £16,510.00 £19,404 53
Cumbria  £11,252,000 £52,100 120
Dartford  £1,100,000 £16,510 12
Derby  £9,499,673 £164,641 164
Derbyshire  £11,471,739 £9,000 7.2
Derbyshire Dales £391,156 £65,200 20
Derry (City of Londonderry) £97,664.44 £50,385.00 56
Devon  £570,000 £84,652.43 9
Doncaster  £2,081,660 £57,000.00 54
Dover (shared with Canterbury and Thanet) £2,600,000 £469,000 420
East Dunbartonshire  £2,645,449 £30,000 29
East Hertfordshire £262,412 £91,973 96
East Renfrewshire  0 £55,997 103
East Sussex  £4,800,000.00 £178,764.87 91
Eden  £356,000 £166,478 120
Epping Forest   £1,500,000 £20,000 16
Essex   0 £20,816 50
Fife  £7,678,311 £500,000 305
Fylde   £516,962 £96,806 95.1425
Gloucestershire   £2,342,656 £19,700 21.6
Greater London  £2,700,000 £75,000 58
Hampshire   £42,300,000 £103,000 420
Hastings   £18,000 £125,396.81 138.21
Hertfordshire   £1,267,102.32 £18,000 24
Hertsmere   £238,082 £194,160 114
Highland  £20,000,070 £82,000 156
High Peak   £600,000 £48,844 64.4
Inverclyde  £978,550.00 £50,000 72
Ipswich   £60,981 £33,784 28.8
Kent   £380,329.12 £198,000 42
King’s Lynn & West Norfolk   £144,000.00 £144,000 72
Leeds City  £280,667.87 £280,667.87 135.28
Leicestershire   £8,729,380 £144,000 240
Lewes   £200,000 £60,000 15
Lincolnshire   £13,500,000 £170,100 102
Lisburn City  £429,011.29 £124,627.68 149
Liverpool City  £27,500,000 £59,000 172
London Borough of Ealing £2,057,585.69 £149,556 266
London Borough of Hackney 0 £253,000 120
London Borough of Haringey £5,175,626 £10,239 3
London Borough of Havering £1,900,000 £437,150 102
London Borough of Hillingdon £3,510,000 £66,000 150
London Borough of Hounslow £7,036,404 £90,000 80
London Borough of Islington £20,000 £20,000 6
London Borough of Lambeth £63,000 £63,000 36
Manchester   £5,735,000 £204,622 52
Melton   £1,487,920 £21,650 21
Merthyr Tydfil  £60,000 £60,000 47
Midlothian  £3,820,000 £87,680 114
Mole Valley  £56,000 £8,600 21.6
Moyle   £25,406.34 £1,134 2.3
Newcastle-under-Lyme  £478,000 £72,500 66
New Forest   £100,000 £100,000 50
Newport  £1,900,000 £284,327.10 93.6
Northampton   £2,200,000 £62,991.87 41.8
Northamptonshire   £7,973,812 £220,000 200
North Ayrshire  £189,973 £18,000 17
North Lincolnshire  £442,127 £150,000 120
North Tyneside  £1,017,816 £444,400 355
North Warwickshire   £857,000 £40,000 12
North West Leicestershire £538,125 £60,000 20
North Yorkshire   £3,818,380 £540,000 177.5
Nottingham   £3,515,856.00 £11,785 23
Nottinghamshire   £494,301 £56,329 81
Oldham    £1,851,287.06 £30,000 9.6
Orkney Islands  £350,000 £19,000 48
Oxfordshire   £3, 719,141.83 £350,000 240
Perth & Kinross  £1,522,819 £44,092 72
Poole   £939,000 £19,680 55
Redcar and Cleveland £1,690,000 £7,000 144
Rhondda Cynon Taf    0 £360,000 150
Rochford   £192,000,000 £963.58 15
Rother   30,000 £15,000 20
Rotherham    £175,000 £172,500 40
Rugby    £4,000 £4,000 24
Rushcliffe  £32,500 £32,500 30
Scottish Borders  £1,863,436 £36,552 35.1
Shepway    £517,000 £15,318 22
Shetland Islands  £2,151,000 £36,000 21.6
Slough   £800,000 £60,000 50
Solihull    £6,635,445 £45,000 40
South Ayrshire  £895,131 £15,000 12
South Kesteven  0 £16,000 24
Stafford   £604,990 £12,209 30.6
Staffordshire   £181,251.42 £17,348.76 24
St Albans   0 £2,343.33 4.3
Stevenage   £262,412 £55,997 103
Stockport    £1,122,760 £33,965 18
Stockton-on-Tees   £326,695 £98,000 120
Stoke-on-Trent   £4,800,000 £246,175 262
Strabane    £77,451 £10,000 8
Stratford-on-Avon £173,078.62 £8,500 1.8
Telford & Wrekin  £1,109,356.78 £33,772.20 96
Test Valley   £1,280,000 £20,425 16
Thanet (shared with Canterbury and Dover)  £2,600,000 £30,000 29
Thurrock  £3,800,000.00 £42,000 21
Tonbridge and Malling   £391,905.00 £27,772 14
Torbay  £1,956,725 £5,000 7
Torfaen   £160,000.00 £160,000 116
Trafford  £583,806 £69,000 80
Tunbridge Wells  (Shared with Swale and Maidstone) £192,000 £122,000 144
Warrington  £337,404.00 £76,500 169
Warwickshire   £3,970,000 ​​£32,000  28
Waverley   583,000 £34,794.32 88.6
Wellingborough £74,462 £26,500 14
Welwyn Hatfield  £1,400,000 £86,000 40
West Dunbartonshire £1,368,265.23 £60,000 48
West Oxfordshire and Cotswold   £907,486 £52,100 120
West Somerset  £200,000 £16,000 7.2
Wiltshire  £183,000 £183,000 350
Wirral   £9,500,000 £21,238.10 25
Wolverhampton City  £1,622,000 £587,000 29
Worcestershire   £1,252,896 £23,000 14.4
Wrexham    £2,516,619 £31,000 5

 

Table 2: UK local authority spending on software-defined storage in 2013

Local authority Storage software spend 2013 TB
Broxbourne  £5,200 20
Cardiff  £15,000 40
Ceredigion  £23,380 112
Epping Forest £20,816 50

 

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