CapEx, OpEx, Floor Wax, and TFinity

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Dear Ms. Meade:
How would an enormous up-front capital expenditure (aka CapEx) for a TFinity reduce my capital expenditures? By definition, reducing CapEx means spending less, but you’re saying if I fork out a lot of money, I’ll spend less? Where is that logic? And reduce my operating expenditures? (OpEx)? TFinity will do all that–is it a toaster and a floor wax, too?

Doing Fine With My Powderhorn

Dear Doing Fine:
So glad to hear that things are going well in your world.

Would you be interested in what is going on in the real world?  It turns out that old technology is expensive. Tried to get spare parts for your Model T lately? How about finding truly floppy floppy-disks (the 8×8 inches model) for your Atari?

At some point, it’s more expensive to keep old technology, given long-term expenses, than to replace it. Once we talk about replacing something, you are looking at your capital expenses. And the TFinity does reduce Capex considerably. This part is very straightforward: costs less up-front, doesn’t require extra software applications and  servers to run them–in fact, once you buy the TFinity, you have what you need–partitioning (that’s right, no database, no server and no external application, as required by the other very large libraries), encryption (that’s right, no external software or hardware as required by the other very large libraries), and remote management (once again, no external anything needed). Right there, you’ve reduced your capital expenditures compared to the other guys.

Operating expenses falls right into line with this. Didn’t I say NO external software, hardware, anything? Those typically  come laden with service agreements and idiosyncratic interfaces.  In my world, that means more parts to manage and to break, more software to learn, and more service agreements to pay. I’m not so sure about your world.

As to the floorwax part–TFinity lets you use more floorwax, given that it uses so much less data center space. Alternately, you could put some other equipment in the saved space. And the amount of power a TFinity uses is approximately that used by a toaster–but only when the library is really, really busy, and depending on how you configured it.

The expenses associated with your aging and soon-to-be no-longer-supoported Powderhorn are obvious and inescapable. Sometimes, you have to do the math and face hard financial realities. When that happens for you, please remember that the TFinity is fabulous. (Yes, Ms. Meade E. Ahmogul gets paid by Spectra, but it’s true anyway.)

I do hope you enjoy your Powderhorn and its savings on floor wax (as much as ten dollars). I also hope that, once you switch to TFinity, you enjoy savings on space, power, and more (savings that will be in the thousands of dollars, even after you subtract the ten dollars on additional floor wax).

Sincerely yours,

Ms. Meade E. Ahmogul