Gartner Research

IT Market Clock for Storage, 2014

Published: 25 September 2014

ID: G00262613

Analyst(s): Dave Russell, Joseph Unsworth , Valdis Filks , John Monroe , Pushan Rinnen , Gene Ruth, Arun Chandrasekaran , Roger W. Cox , Stanley Zaffos , Sheila Childs, Alan Dayley


Commoditized industry-standard components have reduced the hardware, scalability and performance differentiation of storage products. Software innovation, support, manageability and cloud service pricing have become extremely important to I&O leaders, who need to specify measurable success criteria.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The IT Market Clock
    • Useful Market Life
    • Commoditization
    • Market Life and Commoditization Measures
    • Market Clock Changes for 2014
  • The IT Market Clock Recommendation Summary
  • Market Background
    • Cost
    • Data Retention
    • Management
  • Supplier Landscape
    • Storage in Vertically Integrated Systems
    • Storage Hardware
    • Storage Management Software
  • Asset Class Profiles
    • Advantage
    • Choice
    • Cost
    • Replacement

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