Hitachi Data Systems commissioned Edison Group, Inc. to conduct a Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) economics study to evaluate the total cost of ownership (TCO) and total cost of acquisition (TCA) that could be realized from migrating self-build deployments, including both virtual and bare-metal solutions to UCP converged infrastructure. The aim of this study is to demonstrate tangible and important cost savings in moving to UCP around operational efficiency that allow customers to deliver scalable and efficient infrastructure to meet business needs.

In order to understand the full impact of moving to UCP, Edison interviewed an existing HDS customer that had transitioned to UCP from self-build or do-it-yourself (DIY) infrastructure. The interviews examined in detail the operational processes involved in delivering IT services to the customer, in this instance a mix of internal and external clients operating on shared infrastructure.

Edison combined customer data, Edison intellectual property on converged infrastructure (specifically from previous work with EMC’s VCE solutions [1]) and collateral from Hitachi Data Systems’ IT Economics practice to produce a financial model comparing the TCO and TCA achieved from deploying an UCP solution with reference to both DIY and VCE. These figures where translated into costs per virtual machine, based on customer data.

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