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The Economics of On-Premise Flash Storage vs. Public Cloud

Due to the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative and the Cloud First initiative, agencies are being asked to evaluate cloud services among their modernization options. While some cloud services have a reputation for being an economical option, many agencies are understandably reluctant to transfer control and management of their IT infrastructure to a cloud service provider because of concerns over security, access, and meeting critical SLAs.

There is another option. We compared the costs of an agency growing its storage consumption on the Amazon EBS cloud vs. a leased Tegile IntelliFlash HD storage array. The results may shock you...