Gartner Research

Solid-State Array TCO Reality Check

Published: 22 January 2016

ID: G00291763

Analyst(s): Joseph Unsworth , Arun Chandrasekaran

Summary

Solid-state arrays deliver superior performance and are increasingly replacing legacy and hybrid external controller-based storage systems. Infrastructure managers can use this research to determine the total cost of ownership based on Gartner end-user surveys and inquiries.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Use Data Simulation Tools That Emulate Your Own Workloads to Verify Vendor Claims on Data Reduction, and Insist on Contractual Warranties Around Reduction Ratios
  • Select Vendors That Offer Flexibility, Supported by Maintenance Guarantees, to Decouple Software, Capacity and Controller Upgrades That Can Be Extended Beyond Standard Three- to Five-Year Terms
  • Collaborate With Facilities Teams to Accurately Estimate Space, Power and Cooling Savings to Build a Stronger Internal Business Case
  • Measure and Quantify Workforce Productivity Through Storage Administration Efficiency, End-User Productivity and Reduced Transaction Times

Case Study

  • Conclusion

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