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

Summary

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

Analysis

  • 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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