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Total cost of ownership (TCO) is the ultimate measure to compare IT infrastructure platforms, as it incorporates the purchase and support costs of the platform along with ongoing operational and management expenses. The operational efficiency built into your software stack can greatly affect your bottom line—once you have procured and implemented your platform, operational costs for administration and maintenance can easily balloon. A solution that streamlines and automates routine maintenance tasks can increase uptime and save an organization time and money. In this study, we use results from the VMware Cost-Per-Application calculator and examine the operational expenses of the two platforms using five scenarios to provide a hypothetical TCO comparison.
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