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Dec 2015 - Industry Development and Models - Doc # US40732715

Storage Investment Strategies to Address Leading Challenges and Reduce Total Cost of Ownership

Author: Laura DuBois Group Vice President, Cloud IaaS, Computing, Storage and Infrastructure Software

This IDC study identifies storage infrastructure investment strategies that mitigate leading operational storage challenges. It also provides an outline of components to be considered when calculating a TCO or ROI for a given storage investment.

"There are overarching pressures to reduce cost, increase agility, and mitigate risk. These challenges manifest themselves in a number of ways including the need to meet more stringent service-level objectives, increase performance for specific workloads, automate provisioning and migration tasks, and reduce storage-specific capital and operating costs," said Laura DuBois, group vice president at IDC. "To address leading storage challenges, investments are being made in flash optimization, public and private cloud IaaS, scale-out storage infrastructure, converged infrastructure, modern storage management and workflow automation, and a range of protection, recovery, and availability approaches. However, when storage leaders are considering investments to address today's operational challenges, they should do so with an eye to reducing TCO."

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