Gartner Research

The Issues and Costs of Building Your Own Storage, Compared to Buying Storage or Using Cloud Storage

Published: 28 September 2015

ID: G00280148

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, which reduces storage acquisition costs and increases supplier choice. IT leaders with storage responsibilities should evaluate when and how to leverage this trend.

Table Of Contents


  • 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

Gartner Recommended Reading

©2021 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.