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2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS NAS Solutions Report Now Available

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2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 ENTERPRISE Hybrid Cloud SDS NAS Solutions


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OMAHA, Neb., (April 2nd, 2024) – DCIG is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the 2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS NAS Solutions report. An outcome of DCIG’s research in software-defined storage (SDS) for file storage, DCIG evaluated twenty-nine companies for a hybrid cloud SDS Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution use-case across six different categories. This report provides guidance on the DCIG TOP 5 enterprise solutions for unifying on-premises and cloud storage under a single management plane. The report is available for free download.

For many organizations, the rapid growth of data has resulted in a proliferation of storage systems, whether on-premises in the corporate data center, at branch office locations, or in the cloud. The result is a plethora of data silos and a lack of visibility into the organization’s file estate.

As a result of these dynamics, organizations are often faced with the reality of not knowing the what and where of their data across the organization. This visibility gap complicates data protection, governance, analysis, security, compliance, and planning, which in turn impacts costs.

Hybrid cloud SDS NAS solutions, based on enterprise-class software-defined storage, offer a transformative approach to handling the growing accumulation of unstructured data. By decoupling the storage hardware from the management software, a software-defined storage system eliminates storage silos, simplifies storage management, and enhances the visibility of unstructured data. Consequently, organizations achieve a more effective data management strategy that meets the challenges of unstructured data growth and provides the agility to address changing business requirements.

These solutions capitalize on the benefits of SDS, such as:

Cost efficiencies. SDS-based hybrid cloud NAS solutions notably reduce storage management costs. As SDS solutions abstract the storage management layer from the physical storage platform, organizations can optimize storage across on-premises and cloud environments based on actual storage needs and usage patterns.

Flexibility. In contrast to disparate storage systems and devices dispersed across multiple locations, these solutions present cloud and on-premises storage as a single unified storage pool. Thus, organizations can optimize the placement of data for cost, compliance, and workload priorities.

Global file management capabilities. Global views, including permissions management, capacity utilization, and analytics, enable new opportunities to ensure optimal performance and cost for managing an organization’s unstructured data.

Reduces administrative costs. Hybrid cloud SDS NAS solutions simplify storage administration and reduce the need for multiple tool sets to manage different NAS devices and file servers. The best SDS solutions offer automation tools and APIs that automate routine storage and life cycle management activities like provisioning, tiering, protecting, and migrating data.

Enhanced data security. Hybrid cloud SDS NAS solutions routinely provide robust security features such as encryption, access controls, multi-factor authentication, multi-tenancy, and immutable storage. These features complement other cyber security strategies organizations take to protect their digital assets from bad actors.

Fast file performance. These SDS-based solutions commonly place active data close to users and applications through tiering or caching while placing less frequently accessed data on more cost-effective storage tiers in the cloud. Consequently, these solutions improve application performance and ensure fast file access for end users.

Multi-protocol file support. Hybrid-cloud SDS NAS solutions routinely support multiple file storage protocols. This flexibility allows organizations to select the best-fit file protocol for each use case.

Advanced storage features. Today’s SDS solutions offer advanced storage services such as predictive analytics, object storage interfaces, and AI-driven data management. These features further enhance the value of investments in software-defined storage solutions for hybrid-cloud use cases.

In addition to the advantages these SDS-based solutions bring to modern file data management, cloud storage integration contributes additional benefits to those presented above, such as:

Scalability. Because these solutions can leverage the data stores of public cloud providers, organizations can scale on demand without requiring capital hardware purchases.

Cyber-resiliency. Cloud storage systems enhance data resiliency against cyber attacks. Organizations can leverage features like immutable storage, replication, snapshots, and automated failover to both mitigate and recover quickly from a cyber attack or other unforeseen events.

Multicloud storage architectures. Hybrid cloud SDS NAS solutions can often utilize multiple cloud providers for vendor diversity and flexibility. Infrastructure managers can place file data with the cloud provider best suited for business priorities or avail data to specialized services within a cloud ecosystem.

Offloads storage infrastructure management. By moving some or most unstructured data to centralized cloud storage, organizations can eliminate some of the space and costs required for hosting NAS devices and file servers across their locations. For the data center especially, less hardware translates into less physical space, meaning a smaller footprint and reduced energy and cooling costs compared to legacy solutions.

Global file access. Cloud file storage enables access to file data from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. This especially benefits organizations with distributed office locations and teams across the globe. Administrators can configure permissions for users and groups to ensure data security.

These benefits and more provide organizations with a global file platform that addresses the needs of scalability, governance, compliance, security, analysis, and decision-making in the context of an avalanche of accumulating data.

As noted above, the 2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS NAS Solutions report is an outcome of DCIG’s research into the marketplace for software-defined storage (SDS) for file storage. DCIG identified twenty-nine companies offering products meeting DCIG’s definition of a hybrid cloud SDS-based NAS solution.

The general feature categories evaluated include:

  • Deployment Capabilities
  • Data Protection and Security Capabilities
  • Product and Performance Management Features
  • Technical Support
  • Licensing and pricing

TABLE DCIG TOP 5 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS NASBased on its evaluation of these features, the following storage software providers earned a DCIG TOP 5 award (in alphabetical order):

  • CTERA Enterprise File Services Platform
  • IBM Storage Scale
  • Nasuni File Data Platform
  • NetApp Cloud Volumes
  • OSNEXUS QuantaStor

The full DCIG TOP 5 report is available for download immediately at the link below. The full report contains additional details such as:

  • A listing of all twenty-nine solutions evaluated
  • Distinguishing features shared by all DCIG TOP 5 providers
  • A deeper explanation of the key similarities and differences between the DCIG TOP 5 providers
  • A profile of each solution that highlights notable features that earned it a DCIG TOP 5 award.

Individuals may access the full report at no cost by following the link below.

2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid-Cloud SDS NAS Solutions

Other than excerpts published in this announcement, the contents of the 2024-25 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS NAS Solutions report are copyrighted and may not be republished without permission. 

About DCIG: The Data Center Intelligence Group (DCIG) empowers the IT industry with actionable analysis. DCIG analysts provide informed third-party analysis of various cloud, data protection, and data storage technologies. DCIG’s audiences include C-level executives, IT managers, IT professionals, magazine editors, bloggers, analysts, and providers within the IT and cloud service industry.


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