HealthIT Cloud Cost Considerations: Out-Sourced Storage and Content Management Usage

Out-Sourced Storage & Content Management Usage

Internal Cost Considerations

  • Physical cost of storage media
  • Support/maintenance contract costs can vary, particularly if from application vendors!
  • Obsolescence always a concern
  • Migration costs to newer media can be substantial
  • Staffing cost to oversee infrastructure
  • Other priorities may jeopardize capital availability

Sourced Cost Considerations

  • Cost per Terabyte may be higher than internal
  • Outsourcer responsible for support costs (staff, maintenance contract, obsolescence, etc.)
  • Telecommunications cost – who is responsible?
  • Migration costs could be substantial to switch vendors or bring in house

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