Gartner Research

10 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Acquiring Servers

Published: 27 October 2017

ID: G00342318

Analyst(s): Daniel Bowers


IT organizations are continually challenged to reduce costs of on-premises server infrastructure. I&O leaders should use the 10 best practices identified in this research to lower IT infrastructure acquisition spending.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Strategy No. 1: Use a Processor With Better Price/Performance
  • Strategy No. 2: Select Lower-Cost Memory Configurations or Third-Party DIMMs
  • Strategy No. 3: Deploy Next-Generation SSDs
  • Strategy No. 4: Add More Memory to Existing Virtualization Hosts
  • Strategy No. 5: Extend x86 Server Life Cycles to Five to Eight Years
  • Strategy No. 6: Use Third-Party Maintenance
  • Strategy No. 7: Standardize on Three to Five Configurations and Consolidate Purchases
  • Strategy No. 8: Use Lower-Cost Vendors
  • Strategy No. 9: Buy and Sell in the Secondary Market
  • Strategy No. 10: Avoid New Servers Altogether by Optimizing Mode 1 and Mode 2 Operations

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