Evaluator Group Releases Comprehensive Coverage of Virtual SAN

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Virtual SANs are seen as a growing offering for web-scale and remote office applications.

Russ Fellows, Evaluator Group, Storage, Virtual SAN, Unbiased research, Leah Schoeb

Russ Fellows, Senior Partner, discusses the new virtual SAN research

Very often, virtual SAN is employed on storage that an organization already owns. Hopefully this coverage will help improve understanding and guide IT in their decision process.

Virtual SAN technology has emerged as a very viable option to share storage resources across multiple servers without the need for a physical storage network. Evaluator Group has seen it as an alternative storage solution for organizations concerned with cost that have multiple remote locations or deploying large web-scale environments. Savings in some deployments range from 50% to 80%.

“Virtual SANs are what some vendors are calling ‘software defined storage’ but it is a segment of a larger definition,” said Camberley Bates, Managing Partner & Analyst at Evaluator Group. “In seeing the adoption, especially with flash technologies and the CAPEX savings for remote offices, we felt our IT end users would greatly benefit from an independent evaluation.”

To ensure informed decision-making for this technology segment, Evaluator Group has created comprehensive coverage of virtual SAN products. The coverage addresses the considerations and tradeoffs of the solution architecture. Coverage includes a free Executive Summary, an Evaluation Guide, reviews of individual products, a product Comparison Matrix, and a workbook to assist with decision-making.

“Organizations are beginning to use virtual SANs to centralize management, a great benefit for those with many remote offices. We are also seeing the technology adopted in the SMB market due to its cost effectiveness,” said Leah Schoeb, author of virtual SAN technology segment and Senior Partner & Analyst at Evaluator Group. “Very often, virtual SAN is employed on storage that an organization already owns. Hopefully this coverage will help improve understanding and guide IT in their decision process.”

Evaluator Group provides a complete set of tools and analyst expertise for assistance in product selection. The Evaluation Guide offers an overview of the technology area and helps IT end-users identify if their organization is a good candidate for virtual SAN. Using the Workbook as the next step in the process, requirements can be narrowed down to determine which features are most important to the organization. The Product Briefs cover key characteristics, usage cases, product potential and Evaluator Group’s commentary on strengths and weaknesses. Lastly, the Comparison Matrix provides a side-by-side comparison of all products within the virtual SAN space.

The virtual SAN coverage includes all products on the market from major vendors, including: DataCore, EMC, HP, Maxta, StarWind, StorMagic, and VMWare. Premium subscriptions are required to access the information and begin at $2750 for IT end users. A free Virtual SAN Executive Summary is available.

About Evaluator Group

Evaluator Group Inc., a technology research and advisory company, has been covering Information Management, Storage and Systems for over 15 years. Executives and IT Managers use us daily to make informed decisions to architect and purchase systems supporting their digital data. We surpass the current technology landscape by defining requirements and providing an in-depth knowledge of the products as well as the intricacies that dictate long-term successful strategies.    

Press Contact: For more information about Evaluator Group, contact Caitlin McCluskey at 303.221.7867 x1008 or caitlin(at)evaluatorgroup(dot)com.

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