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Options for Building Your Own Storage

Published: 25 November 2013

ID: G00255556

Analyst(s): Valdis Filks, Arun Chandrasekaran


Innovative open hardware designs and storage software can be used to create storage arrays from industry-standard commodity components, thereby reducing storage acquisition costs and vendor lock-in. IT leaders should evaluate when and how to leverage this disruptive innovation.

Table Of Contents


  • Innovation Description/Definition
    • Relative Primary Storage Costs
    • The Basic Building Blocks of a Storage Array
    • The Soft Issues and Costs Are More Difficult to Control
  • Business Impact
    • IT Impact
    • Adoption Rate
  • Risks
  • Key Technology Providers

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