Cleversafe commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study and examine the potential return on investment (ROI) that enterprises may realize by using Cleversafe object storage. The purpose of this study is to provide readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of Cleversafe to reduce the cost of storing massive data sets required for the collection and analysis of big data.

To better understand the benefits, costs, and risks associated with object storage, Forrester interviewed an existing customer using Cleversafe. Cleversafe’s object storage technology replaces traditional RAID systems using technologies that offer the same levels of availability and data protection with significantly lower overhead.

Prior to adopting Cleversafe, the customer that Forrester interviewed had 6 petabytes (PBs) of data configured on highperformance redundant RAID storage systems. Because of the redundant systems and the overhead required for RAID configurations, the customer required 15 PBs of raw storage for 6 PBs of data. By moving to Cleversafe, the customer reduced its storage to 7.2 PBs of raw storage with equivalent levels of data protection.