Gartner Research

There Has Never Been a Better Time to Buy a Storage Array

Published: 29 June 2016

ID: G00307903

Analyst(s): Stanley Zaffos, Valdis Filks

Summary

A price war caused by technology standardization, rapid innovation and reduced operational complexity has transformed the storage array market into a buyers' market characterized by 10% to 20% annual price declines. This research describes how IT leaders can benefit from this situation.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Over hybrid and solid state array price declines of up to 57% per raw TB have enabled IT leaders to grow capacity while holding storage acquisition budgets flat
  • Due to dramatically simplified storage administration, storage staff productivity measured on a TB/FTE basis continues to improve at annual, double-digit rates
  • Simplified inclusive licensing, controller upgrade programs, effective capacity guarantees and longer planned service lives are lowering annual storage operational ownership costs for IT leaders

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