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Storage Pricing for Hosted Systems

New Pricing Structure Proposed for FY 2011

In an ongoing effort to provide competitive, high-quality services and be responsive to customer feedback, the Center for Information Technology (CIT) has proposed to restructure its pricing for managed storage for the Windows and Unix hosting services.

Beginning October 1, 2010 (federal fiscal year 2011), disk storage and backup storage will be priced separately, and volume discounts will be available. The table below shows both the proposed FY 2011 and the current FY 2010 rates.

Restructured Storage Service Effective FY 2011

Service
 
Proposed FY 2011 Rate
 
FY 2010 Rate
 

Standard Storage Services

   
Standard Disk Storage

0 to 5120GB
(0 to 5TB)
$1.00/GB/month $5.00/GB/month, includes
both disk and backup storage
Standard High Volume Disk Storage

greater than 5120GB
(greater than 5TB)
$0.75/GB/month $5.00/GB/month, includes
both disk and backup storage
Standard Additional SAN Storage Provisioning Request
(allow one week) 
$60.00/request
Not applicable
Standard Expedited Additional SAN Storage Provisioning Request
(allow three days)
$180.00/request
Not applicable

Premium Storage Services

   
Premium Disk Storage

0 to 5120GB
(0 to 5TB)
$2.50/GB/month $7.50/GB/month, includes
both disk and backup storage
Premium High Volume Disk Storage

greater than 5120GB
(greater than 5TB)
$1.88/GB/month $7.50/GB/month, includes
both disk and backup storage

Premium Additional SAN Storage Provisioning Request
(allow two weeks)

$120.00/request
Not applicable
Premium Expedited Additional SAN Storage Provisioning Request
(allow three days)
$360.00/request
Not applicable

Backup Storage Services

   
Backup Storage

0 to 102400GB
(0 to 100TB)
$1.35/GB/month $5.00/GB/month, includes
both disk and backup storage
High Volume Backup Storage

greater than 102400GB
(greater than 100TB)
$1.25/GB/month $5.00/GB/month, includes
both disk and backup storage

Service Managed Storage Services

   
Service Managed Storage Shared SQL Server and SharePoint

0 to 5120GB
(0 to 5TB)
$4.85/GB/month, includes both disk and backup storage
$5.00/GB/month, includes
both disk and backup storage
High Volume Service Managed Storage
Shared SQL Server and SharePoint

greater than 5120GB
(greater than 5TB)
$4.50/GB/month, includes both disk and backup storage
$5.00/GB/month, includes
both disk and backup storage

What Will the Changes Mean?

Previously, managed disk storage and backup storage were bundled as a single offering at a single rate with no discounts.

The proposed 2011 pricing structure gives customers more options and flexibility in managing their costs by pricing disk storage and backup storage separately. Also, customers with large amounts of data may be able to take advantage of the volume discounts for disk storage, backup storage, and service-managed storage.

The new pricing structure includes:

  • Standard and Premium categories each with separately-priced options for disk storage and additional SAN (storage area network) provisioning services.

    Standard storage services are generally used for mid-tier storage needs while Premium storage services are typically used to support large enterprise-level configurations. In general, Premium storage provides more paths from disk to server and supports higher input/output rates compared to standard storage. Premium storage also offers enhanced support for concurrent maintenance and live firmware updates resulting in less scheduled downtime.
  • Backup storage independent of disk storage services.
  • Volume discounts for both disk storage, backup storage, and service-managed storage. Discounts will apply to the amount of storage above the specified thresholds.

  • Storage area network (SAN) provisioning with initial provisioning included in the server cost.
    For additional SAN provisioning, customers are allowed one free provisioning request per server per month. If more frequent provisioning is needed, customers will be charged per request. Rates for SAN provisioning vary depending on whether the provisioning is for standard or premium SAN storage and whether customers require expedited service.

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This page last reviewed: February 24, 2014