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CA Chorus Storage Scenario: How to Analyze and Lower DASD Costs

  • 1.  CA Chorus Storage Scenario: How to Analyze and Lower DASD Costs

    Posted 01-29-2014 09:03 AM

    As a storage administrator, you oversee the costs of your storage environment and manage DASD (direct access storage devices) costs. CA Chorus for Storage Management lets you efficiently analyze your storage environment and manage the cost of your DASD using the Investigator.

    To demonstrate the analytical tools, consider the Current Analyses object. Each row in the object presents an analytical scenario. Some of the Current Analyses object scenarios are:

    • What are the costs of maintaining any excess DASD capacity?
    • What are my annual Storage Administration costs?
    • What is the overall cost wasted or unnecessary DASD?
    • What are the costs of maintaining data sets not referenced in the past year?
    • What are my total costs associated with excess and over-allocated DASD?

    The questions in this scenario are based upon the current DASD capacity, free space characteristic data, and peak demand targets (DASD free space padding). The DASD free space padding value is expressed as a percentage of the overall capacity of online DASD and represents the desired level of excess capacity needed to handle peak demand, as well as short-term growth in DASD requirements.

    The analytical scenarios not only show current DASD costs, but they also show the projected costs for the next two years. The current (first) year cost is calculated as a number of gigabytes of unallocated DASD over the desired free space padding multiplied by the total cost per gigabyte of DASD. The second and third year calculations represent the potential cost savings that might occur if unused idle space is reduced.

    The values displayed are calculations based on the values shown in the Customer Site Costs Data object and data provided by the storage engine. The values displayed in the Customer Site Costs Data object are the values that you specified in the E4HI0011 Cost Analysis configuration job. The Customer Site Costs Data object is located in the Cost Analysis directory of the Storage object tree.

    The following are a few examples of the variables used in the analytical scenarios for this object:

    • Floor space cost per square foot
    • Cost per kWh for electricity
    • Typical cost per GB for DASD
    • Average annual erosion of DASD per GB
    • Designated Free Space Padding

    The following is the storage resource data provided by the storage engine:

    • Total DASD capacity (in gigabytes) of all online DASD.
    • Total allocated space (in gigabytes) of all online DASD.

    The following analyses are performed in this scenario:

    • Convert your monthly DASD maintenance cost into an annual cost.
    • Determine DASD floor space cost.
    • Determine the true cost per gigabyte you are paying for DASD.

    For the procedural details, see the full scenario.