Gartner Research

Storage Solutions: Differences Without Significance

Published: 18 June 2015

ID: G00275315

Analyst(s): Stanley Zaffos


I&O leaders who recognize that there are differences without significance among different vendors' storage solutions empower themselves when redesigning storage infrastructures and negotiating with vendors. This research provides an approach to quantifying the business value of these differences.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Identify Differences in Infrastructure Design, Facilities, Services Catalog, Head Count, and Budget Attributable to Differences in Product and Vendor Selection
  • Use Your RFP to Quantify Conversion Costs and Limit the Risks of Missed Conversion Schedules
  • Determine the Effectiveness of the Vendor Service/Support Organization and Frequency and Quality of Microcode Patches and Scheduled Releases via Discussions With Vendor Field Engineering Management and Reference Checks
  • Use Guaranteed Data Reduction and Protection Overhead Ratios, Rather Than Raw Capacity, When Comparing Per-GB Costs Between Competing Solutions

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