Today DCIG, LLC, and Foskett Services, LLC, are pleased to jointly announce the availability of an Expanded Edition of the DCIG 2011 Small Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks over 35 small enterprise storage array models priced from $5,000 – 30,000 from 19 different vendors.
According to IDC Storage Systems senior research analyst Amita Potnis, the trend toward purchasing lower-priced systems continued in 2010 as revenues for external storage systems in the lower-price bands ($0-$24,999) increased by 21.1% year over year as end users looked to get the most for their money. This IDC number reflects the growing impact that small enterprise storage arrays are having on organizations of all sizes and the increase in money that they are spending on this particular category of external storage.
Declining storage capacity cost and increased network bandwidth coupled with constantly improving performance are contributing to make these external storage systems both affordable and practical. Yet it is the introduction and rapid adoption of server virtualization that is now making external storage a necessity in even the smallest organizations.
Among the types of external storage systems available, small enterprise storage arrays are riding this wave of server virtualization adoption. While large enterprises led the initial surge of server virtualization adoption, analysts at Gartner expect that by 2012, 50% of all application workloads will run on virtual machines, with most of that growth coming from businesses with 100 to 999 employees.
This is leading more of these size organizations to look for storage arrays that are affordable, easy to deploy and reliable, and perform well. The only problem is that neither the storage providers nor the storage arrays in this class are well known as the majority of the focus to date has been on midrange and large enterprise storage arrays.
This Expanded Edition of the DCIG 2011 Small Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide changes that. Organizations for the first time now have at their fingertips a Buyer’s Guide that provides them with a comprehensive list of small enterprise storage arrays that are priced between $5,000 and $30,000. This Buyer’s Guide can assist in making this all-important buying decision while removing much of the mystery around how small enterprise storage arrays are configured.
This Buyer’s Guide accomplishes the following objectives
- Provides an objective, third-party evaluation of small enterprise storage arrays that evaluates, scores and ranks their features from an end user’s viewpoint
- Includes recommendations on how to best use this Buyer’s Guide
- Scores and ranks the features on each small enterprise storage array based upon the criteria that matter most to users so they can quickly know which small enterprise storage arrays are the most appropriate for them to use and under what conditions
- Provides data sheets for 37 small enterprise storage arrays from 19 different storage providers so users can do quick comparisons of the features that are supported and not supported on each small enterprise storage array
- Provides insight into the features that a small enterprise storage array offers that will result in improved performance without needing to run timely and costly internal performance benchmarks on multiple products
- Provides insight into which features on a small enterprise storage array will result in increased power and space efficiency so your costs stay down over time
- Gives any organization the ability to request competitive bids from different providers of small enterprise storage arrays while still having confidence that they are getting a small enterprise storage array that meets their application needs
The criteria for a storage array’s inclusion in this Buyer’s Guide were as follows:
- It had to allow networked storage connectivity (FC, iSCSI, and/or NAS) to multiple servers
- It had to support at least eight (8) internal hard disk drives (HDDs)
- There had to be sufficient public available information to make a meaningful decision
- The model had to be shipping by March 1, 2011
- It had to be approximately priced between $5,000 and $30,000
Some of the key findings that came out of the research that went into preparing this Expanded Edition of the DCIG 2011 Small Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide include:
- 86% of the arrays support both 1 Gb Ethernet and the iSCSI protocol
- 52% of the arrays support FC (4 Gb or higher)
- Only 38% of the arrays support 10 Gb Ethernet
- Only 24% of the arrays support NAS
- All arrays that support NAS also support iSCSI
- 67% offer support for a single storage controller
- 47% offer support for dual storage controllers
- 19% offer support for either single or dual storage controller configurations
The Expanded Edition of the DCIG 2011 Small Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Top Five solutions in the $5,000 to $15,000 model category include (in alphabetical order):
- Aberdeen LLC AberNAS 260/360 Series (#1 overall in this class)
- D-Link Corp DSN-5110-10
- Dell PowerVault MD3200i/MD3220i
- EMC VNXe3100
- PROMISE Technology, Inc. VessRAID 1000i Series
The Expanded Edition of the DCIG 2011 Small Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Top Ten solutions in the $15,000 to $30,000 model category include (in alphabetical order):
- Aberdeen LLC AberSAN Z20/Z30/Z50 (#1 overall in this class)
- Dot Hill Systems Corp. AssuredSAN 2700 series
- EMC VNXe3300
- HP StorageWorks P2000 G3 10GbE iSCSI/FC
- StoneFly, Inc. Voyager TSC16
- Winchester Systems Inc. VX-2300/3400 and SX-2300/3400 series
The Expanded Edition of the DCIG 2011 Small Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide is availa
ble immediately for free download with registration via DCIG’s website.