Austin, Texas (PRWEB) October 21, 2013
As certain as death and taxes, the growing amount of data continues to rise. According to one recent multi-university study of 26 corporations and large non-profits, the volume of data is expanding by 30% to 50% every year, in effect, doubling the data stored rate every two years. Yet, even as noted in the recent study, for many organizations, the budgets to support the growing amount of data continues to decline. It is with this certainty in mind that end users looking for ways to manage enterprise data growth turn to alternatives for their Enterprise data storage management needs and select midrange storage solutions.
Like data growth, end user expectations for enterprise classification also continue to rise. With the 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide, midrange arrays more than earn the designation with continuous availability, storage capacity and comprehensive features such as redundancy, data protection, snapshot and replication, at prices that are well within reach of mid-sized organizations.
“I don’t think there’s an end user I speak with that doesn’t confirm that data growth far exceeds the revenue growth plans of their organizations,” said Jerome Wendt, president and lead analyst, DCIG, LLC. “With that kind of pressure in mind, it’s no surprise that users continue to look for ways to get the most out of their data management and protection investments; and why midrange arrays are taking on more and more enterprise class features, yet still remaining well within tight budget parameters. Our latest midrange array Buyer’s Guide is the most comprehensive to date, and represents well over 100 specific array models. We know it will be an indispensable aid for users looking to eliminate unnecessary research cycles and best meet their specific needs.”
For the newest Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide, DCIG, LLC evaluates more than 50 offerings from 19 companies. After an initial survey containing more than 150 questions was completed, product capabilities were assessed based on data provided by the vendor, prior DCIG research, and information available in the public domain. Products were then evaluated on more than 140 characteristics. After scores were compiled, products were ranked “Best-in-Class,” “Recommended,” “Excellent,” “Good,” or “Basic” across functionality and capability relative to the other products included in the Buyer’s Guide.
The intent for this Buyer’s Guide, as with all DCIG Buyer’s Guides, is to provide an “at-a-glance” comparison from which end users can select the most appropriate solution for their existing needs. This Buyer’s Guide also provides perspective on how solutions from less well known midrange array providers compare against established and better known brands.
The DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide Top 10 solutions include (in alphabetical order): Dell Compellent SC8000; Dell EqualLogic PS6100/PS6110; EMC VNX7500; EMC VNX5700; HDS HUS 150; HDS HUS VM; HP 3PAR StorServ 7400; NetApp FAS3250; Huawei OceanStor 5800T; and Starboard Storage AC4500.
The HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 brings together the best of what both block and file have to offer: block storage services in the form of its 3PAR StoreServ family and file storage services with its 3PAR StoreServ File Controller earning the “Best-in-Class” distinction in this Buyer’s Guide. HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 stood out in the following ways from other arrays listed in the Buyer’s Guide:
The DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide achieves the following objectives:
“Meeting performance and reliability requirements, while keeping within budget, is a must for end users,” added Wendt. “Knowing this, we incorporated data on integrated performance monitoring software and hooks on automation for provisioning and ongoing management of midrange arrays. We also took a hard look at alternative hypervisor support in addition to industry-leading support for VMware. We are seeing a trend gaining traction where organizations are intentionally implementing multiple hypervisors. We remain confident that DCIG Buyer’s Guides can cut cost and time from the purchase process by enabling end users to focus their energy on product evaluations and competitive bid processes versus wasting cycles on determining what solutions may best fit their needs.”
Disclosure and Methodology
DCIG identified 19 companies that provide enterprise midrange arrays, regardless of cost. Each array had to meet the following criteria:
No vendors, whether clients or not, were afforded preferential treatment in the Buyer’s Guide. All research was based upon information provided directly by vendors, research and analysis by DCIG and other publicly available information.
It is worth noting that each Buyer’s Guide is not intended to be a substitute for internal testing. DCIG encourages any organization that is considering the purchase of any solution included in a Buyer’s Guide to do its own in-house testing.
The DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guides is available immediately and may be downloaded for no charge with registration at the following http://dcigbuyersguides.com/.
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