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How to Calculate the Total Cost of Cloud Storage

Published: 18 October 2013

ID: G00255331

Analyst(s): Arun Chandrasekaran , Pushan Rinnen, Gene Ruth


Cloud storage economics depend on more factors than just the cost per GB to be an attractive alternative to on-premises storage. Without a comprehensive business case, IT leaders will make mistakes and waste money.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Analyze All Explicit and Hidden Costs During the Planning Phase
  • Build a Business Case That Considers Nontangible Benefits
  • Emphasize Workforce Productivity Gains
  • A Three-Year TCO Comparison: On-Premises Versus Public Cloud

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