Evaluator Group Grows Depth of Coverage with Open Storage Platform Software Research

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Addresses growing requirements for enterprises building private cloud environments.

“OSP gives [companies] a way to tap into the power of custom-configured systems using software-defined storage and commodity hardware without assuming risks they can’t tolerate or requiring IT expertise they don’t have.”

The Open Storage Platform (OSP) is a model for creating flexible, scale-out infrastructures using off-the-shelf components; specifically, software-defined storage and industry-standard server hardware. With origins in the hyper-scale systems developed by the large, cloud and web-based businesses, OSP disaggregates hardware from software. This allows companies to build storage and compute systems with clustered architectures that can exploit the economics of “commodity” hardware and grow to enormous proportions, cost effectively.

Recognizing it as a strong solution for a variety of use cases, Evaluator Group is releasing new research to help IT end users better understand the designs and trade-offs of Open Storage Platform Software solutions. Later in 2016 Evaluator Group will release OSP hardware research. Download the Executive Summary and also gain access to the Industry Insight papers to learn more about the technology.

OSP systems, which often include embedded hypervisors, also enable companies to build hyperconverged systems with components of their choosing by enabling them to “roll their own” infrastructures without the risk or complexity associated with custom design and integration.

The Open Storage Platform provides a recipe for building private, hybrid and even public cloud infrastructures, as well as application-specific deployments in areas such as big data analytics and Hadoop projects. However, as this technology matures we expect to see OSP-based systems making their way into more mainstream IT environments.

“For most companies the hyper-scale disaggregation concept made sense ‘on the white board’. The challenge has been how to make it more doable,” said Eric Slack, Sr. Analyst at Evaluator Group. “OSP gives them a way to tap into the power of custom-configured systems using software-defined storage and commodity hardware without assuming risks they can’t tolerate or requiring IT expertise they don’t have.”

“Our large enterprise clients are examining new models for deploying private cloud environments,” said Camberley Bates, Managing Partner and Analyst at Evaluator Group. “This has opened conversations around Open Source, do it yourself and software / hardware components. This research is designed so they can evaluate options and reduce the risk of solution selection.”

Establishing deployment objectives and having a clear understanding of underlying system designs is a critical preliminary step in the evaluation process. IT professionals are guided through each step of that process with comprehensive research from Evaluator Group.

The new coverage includes Industry Insight papers, product reviews, a standard and interactive product Comparison Matrix, and a Workbook addressing requirements. Product reviews cover unique offerings from Atlantis Computing, DataCore, EMC, Hedvig, HPE, IBM, Maxta, Nexenta, Quantum, SoftNAS, StorMagic and VMware.

Using the Open Storage Platform Industry Insight documents, IT end users can understand the basics of this new solution category. The Open Storage Platform Comparison Matrix allows for side-by-side evaluation of product specifications and capabilities, and an interactive version allows users to build their own customized comparison with Evaluator Group data. Lastly, the Product Briefs cover key characteristics, usage cases, potential and commentary on strengths and weaknesses.

Premium subscriptions are required to access the research and begin at $3500 for IT professionals. A free Open Storage Platform Industry Insight paper is available with registration.

About Evaluator Group
Evaluator Group Inc. is a technology research and advisory company covering Information Management, Storage and Systems. Executives and IT Managers use us daily to make informed decisions to architect and purchase systems supporting their digital data. We get beyond the technology landscape by defining requirements and knowing the products in-depth along with the intricacies that dictate long-term successful strategies.

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