Gartner Research

How to Quickly Estimate I&O Costs

Published: 08 November 2013

ID: G00258400

Analyst(s): Jay E. Pultz, Gary Spivak


Requiring only a half dozen readily available data inputs, Gartner's Total Cost of Infrastructure and Operations (TCIO) model helps I&O leaders optimize costs and develop business cases or budgets.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Estimate Your I&O Costs With TCIO
    • Putting I&O Into Financial Perspective
    • Data Center Cost/Budget Components
    • I&O Costs Outside the Data Center
    • Putting It All Together: An Example
  • Adjust Your TCIO Estimate by Refining Assumptions and Parameters to Fit Your Particular Situation
  • Use TCIO to Identify Cost Optimization Opportunities and Start to Build Budgets/Business Cases
    • Identifying Cost Optimization Opportunities
    • Supporting the I&O Budget
    • Developing Investment Business Cases

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2020 Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Gartner is a registered trademark of Gartner, Inc. and its affiliates. This publication may not be reproduced or distributed in any form without Gartner’s prior written permission. It consists of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization, which should not be construed as statements of fact. While the information contained in this publication has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartner research may address legal and financial issues, Gartner does not provide legal or investment advice and its research should not be construed or used as such. Your access and use of this publication are governed by Gartner’s Usage Policy. Gartner prides itself on its reputation for independence and objectivity. Its research is produced independently by its research organization without input or influence from any third party. For further information, see Guiding Principles on Independence and Objectivity.

Already have a Gartner Account?

Purchase this Document

To purchase this document, you will need to register or sign in above

Become a client

Learn how to access this content as a Gartner client.