DCIG Awards iXsystems TrueNAS “Excellent” Rating (in 2015-2016 Midsize Enterprise Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide)

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Ranked “Best-of-Class” in the hardware category and “Excellent” for software a second time

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iXsystems, an industry leader in storage and servers driven by Open Source, today announced its TrueNAS Z20 and TrueNAS Z30 both were named “Excellent” by industry research firm DCIG in the 2015-2016 DCIG Midsize-Enterprise Hybrid Storage Buyer’s Guide. This news comes only a mere few weeks after the TrueNAS Z20 was also awarded an “Excellent” rating in the Small/Midsize Enterprise (SME) Hybrid Storage Buyer’s Guide as well.

More than 90 different criteria from 27 different products were evaluated, weighted and scored. There is an “Overall Score” as well as rankings for “Software”, “Hardware”, “Management”, “Virtualization”, and “Support”. DCIG ranked each product into "Best in Class", "Excellent", "Good", and "Basic". The TrueNAS Z20 and TrueNAS Z30 both received an overall score of “Excellent” and also received “Excellent” for software as well. Additionally, the TrueNAS Z30 received a “Best in Class” for the hardware category, which is the same honor the TrueNAS Z20 received in DCIG’s 2015-2016 SME Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide, published at the end of March.

DCIG’s scoring, ranking tables, and one-page data sheets enable end users to do "at-a-glance" comparisons between many different array models. The higher the ranking, the greater the likelihood that the product contains the features needed.

“With the DCIG Midsize Enterprise Hybrid Storage Buyer’s Guide, organizations have access to a compelling resource that delivers real world information in a format that is easily understood and actionable,” said Ken Clipperton, senior analyst of DCIG LLC. “I learned about iXsystems as a result of my work on an earlier Buyer’s Guide. As the corporate sponsors of the thriving open source FreeNAS project, with kernel programmers contributing to both FreeNAS and FreeBSD, they have figured out how to bring the benefits of open source innovation to market in the form of the commercially supported TrueNAS series of hybrid storage arrays.”

The iXsystems TrueNAS Z30 and TrueNAS Z20 achieved Best-in-Class and Recommended honors in the Hardware category, respectively, due in part to the robustness of the TrueNAS modular, tool-less hardware platform itself, the high storage density, and its self-healing features. Additionally DCIG showed that the TrueNAS products are ahead of many competitive products from the likes of EMC, HP, Dell, Hitachi, Nimble Storage, Tintri, etc:

  • The TrueNAS Z20 and TrueNAS Z30 were ranked "Best-of-Class" in hardware
  • The TrueNAS Z20 and TrueNAS Z30 were ranked "Excellent" in software
  • In-line storage capacity optimization
  • Concurrent support for both SAN and NAS
  • Multiple snapshot and storage capacity optimization methods
  • Flash-based caching
  • Automated snapshot policies with local and remote protection
  • Support for all VMware vSphere VAAI Block features evaluated by DCIG
  • Support for Microsoft ODX and Windows 2012 Server clustering
  • Integration with VMware snapshots for a stable resurrection point
  • No separate licensing for features such as thin provisioning and replication

“iXsystems believes that Open Source technology has the power to change the world through its process of open and collaborative innovation. This recognition from DCIG in both guides further validates our Open-Source-driven approach in delivering enterprise-class storage to solve nearly any data challenge,” said Brett Davis, Executive Vice-President of iXsystems. “The feature gap between TrueNAS and the three products ranked above us is narrow and shrinking by the day as we continue to evolve the product. Today with TrueNAS, you can acquire an enterprise-strength appliance that has 95% feature-parity for less than half their price. There’s no question that TrueNAS is hands-down the best value in Hybrid Storage, period.”

This recent ranking is further testament to the growing recognition that TrueNAS is one of the best valued solutions to choose for business-critical data storage. To learn more about TrueNAS send an email to sales(at)iXsystems(dot)com, call 1-855-GREP-4IX, or visit http://www.iXsystems.com/TrueNAS.

About iXsystems:
By leveraging decades of expertise in hardware design, its contributions to many Open Source software communities, and corporate stewardship of leading Open Source projects (FreeNAS and PC-BSD), iXsystems has become an industry leader in building innovative storage solutions and superior enterprise servers for a global marketplace that relies on open technology.

Thousands of companies, universities, and government organizations have come to rely on iXsystems' storage, servers, and consultative approach to doing business. Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley since its founding in 1996, through incorporation into BSDi in 2000, and expansion as iXsystems in 2005, the dedication to white-glove customer service, industry-leading support, and transparent technological contributions has never wavered and continues to help lay the foundation for a new era powered by open technology.

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