Data Infrastructure Subscription: Why It Makes Sense

As enterprises continue to look for ways to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and gain competitive advantage, many are taking a closer look at improvements that can be made to their technology stack. And what they’re finding is that the traditional paradigm is no longer serving them well. So, what’s the alternative? For many, a subscription-based approach is the most economical, logical solution. Let’s take a closer look.

Traditional Acquisition Model

Many enterprises currently use a traditional approach to acquiring data center technology, where organizations forced to predict and pay — upfront — for their growth requirements for the next 1, 3, or 5 years. As you can imagine, even your best forecasting can fall short, leaving you with technology you can’t use and capital investment that could’ve been better spent elsewhere. To effectively prepare for your future, you must buy all the technology you need today—meaning that much of the tech you purchase on day one may go unused for months or even years. Additionally, once you’ve started building your apps on a specific software/hardware stack, migrating to something new is often a painful, difficult process.

The Subscription Approach

Public cloud has changed the way organizations pay for technology – introducing the subscription and pay-as-you-go model. Many traditional technology vendors are also starting to reengineer their pricing models in a similar manner.Subscription benefits include:

  • No capital outlay: The subscription model allows you to pay-as-you-go without requiring an initial capital outlay. Because there’s no massive outlay of capital on day one, businesses can more quickly get to market.
  • Flexibility: Subscriptions models are typically available in month-to-month and long-term contracts. Enterprises can enjoy the preferred pricing of a long-term contract or the ultimate flexibility of a month-to-month contract; the choice is yours.
  • Fixed monthly costs: Shifting costs to the operating budget often makes for better bookkeeping, and fixed monthly costs give your enterprise the ability to make informed decisions and plan ahead.
  • Scale up or down as necessary: If you make a capital investment, you’re stuck with what you purchased. But subscription models provide the ability for enterprises to add—or remove— resources as needed. In a subscription model, your solution is built to scale with your business’ growth—and unlike traditional solutions, if your business needs to scale down, your costs will also go down.
  • IT experts: Because your vendor handles your infrastructure’s underlying technology and R&D, a subscription model means your enterprise doesn’t have the burden of assigning IT staff to constantly monitor and improve your setup. You can free up the time and money you’d spend on an IT team to go towards marketing, sales or any other area of your business.

The Kaminario Subscription Difference

Kaminario’s subscription service builds on all of the existing benefits of the subscription model and then goes further. Specifically:

The Many Advantages of a Subscription Approach

Certainly, a subscription-based approach to acquiring your data center technology is an attractive solution, thanks to its flexibility, scalability, predictability, lower capital outlay, and ease-of-maintenance. But a Kaminario subscription offers extended benefits including a software-only solution that helps you decrease costs and easily move capacity where needed while offering the ultimate in pricing flexibility. Click here for more information on Kaminario’s acquisition options.

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