SNIA SSSI Delivers Solid State Storage Enterprise Total Cost Of Ownership Analysis Tool At Storage Networking World Fall 2009

New TCO calculator, tutorial, hands-on-lab, and white paper augment the analysis of solid state storage enterprise cost of ownership

October 12, 2009

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PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) released an important new Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator that analyzes enterprise solid state storage ownership costs by application at Storage Networking World (SNW), being held October 12 - 15, 2009, in Phoenix, Arizona. Simultaneously, the SSSI announced a supporting TCO tutorial, TCO white paper, and TCO hands-on-lab (HOL) to explain how to use this powerful new analysis tool. The SSSI also offered further educational materials for both enterprise and client environments to attendees at the Solid State Storage Summit - held Monday, October 12, from 2:10 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The SSD TCO model calculates the total cost of ownership for hard disk and solid state drives. Users simply enter comparison data for a given application (data such as I/O transfer size, percentage random read/write and current HDD RPM) and the model provides the TCO. The calculator is designed to test a given enterprise application and not the entire datacenter. The model enables TCO analysis on power usage, drive enclosures, drive acquisition, support and maintenance costs.

The SNIA Solid State Storage Tutorial Track, which takes place at SNW the afternoons of October 13th and 14th, consists of five SNIA Tutorials by members of the SSSI, covering important solid state storage topics such as how to evaluate performance; how to calculate total cost of ownership; what users can expect from solid state storage in the next two years; and an overview of storage class memory. These in-depth tutorials are in addition to three educational presentations on solid state storage taking place during SNW's concurrent sessions. The SSSI is providing a hands-on-Lab with the TCO calculator on Monday afternoon and throughout the day on both Tuesday and Wednesday. To download the TCO Calculator, please visit:

The SSSI has also just released a new white paper, "Total Cost of Solid State Storage Ownership: An In-Depth Analysis of Many Important TCO Factors" that reviews the many aspects of TCO that should be considered when choosing a storage solution. It shows a TCO calculation for a random write intensive Microsoft Exchange email application, designed for 2,000 heavy Blackberry users. The calculation compares the cost between the implementation of an SSS-based system and an HDD-based system. To download the white paper, please visit

"Since our inception last year, the SSSI has made great strides in educating the industry about solid state storage," said Phil Mills, Chair of the SSSI. "With its strong and diversified cross-industry participation, the SSSI continues to offer new and highly relevant contributions in the exciting and high-growth solid-state storage arena."Terry Yoshii, Vice Chair of the SNIA End User Council (EUC) and SSSI TCO Calculator Committee Lead added, "The TCO Calculator provides solid state storage customers with a powerful tool that considers many factors beyond purchase price. This is important because it enables people to make informed decisions."
About the SSSI
The SNIA Solid State Storage Initiative was created to foster the growth and success of the market for solid state storage in both enterprise and client environments. The SSSI is responsible for coordinating and managing all activities within the SNIA related to the use of storage made from solid state devices, including education, technical development, business development, marketing, implementation and conformance testing. For additional information or to get involved visit the SSSI web site at
About the SNIA
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of some 400 member companies spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA's mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA Web site at 

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