DCIG recently updated its research into enterprise all-flash arrays and will soon publish the DCIG 2020-21 Enterprise All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide. As we reflect on what has changed since we published the prior edition in 2018, five advances seem especially significant. Any business planning to refresh its storage infrastructure should take these advances into consideration.
Author: Ken Clipperton
Every enterprise storage briefing now includes a discussion of infrastructure analytics. For some vendors, this is a relatively new endeavor. Other vendors have woven analytics into the design of their company and products from day one. As companies evaluate enterprise storage offerings, they should pay careful attention to these infrastructure analytics and how they fit with their own needs, abilities, and culture.
Enterprises of all sizes are using unstructured file data in new and varied ways to drive innovation and create value. Whether they are optimizing retail operations through AI-enabled video analytics or improving healthcare through an in-depth analysis of high-resolution microscopy images, they are capturing file data from more sources and in a greater variety of file sizes than in the past. In turn, they must store multiple petabytes of data to support these new workloads. They need petabyte-scale file data management.
File-based workloads are at the heart of innovation and of collaborative workflows in many enterprises. Enterprises pursuing transformation increasingly store multiple petabytes of unstructured file data. They frequently need to process that file data in the cloud and to access and collaborate on that data from many different locations. Public cloud providers offer some file services of their own, but have welcomed other file service providers into their clouds because those providers help move more workloads into their clouds.
DCIG focuses its research primarily on enterprise storage and data protection. This article is, and is not, a departure from that focus. With so many businesses now urging or requiring employees to work from home, cyber resilience at home has become an important consideration for businesses of all sizes. I routinely work from home and recently experienced the failure of my primary work computer. This article reflects what I learned about cyber resilience at home from that experience.
If your mental image of a high-end storage array is rack after rack full of blinking lights, you would be right only 30% of the time. Today, nearly half of all high-end storage array models support configurations that fit into less than 8RU—that is just fourteen inches of rack space. How can this be?
IBM announced a new family of FlashSystem storage systems on February 12. The announcement has several implications for the enterprise storage marketplace.
DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its 2020-21 Enterprise Midrange Hybrid Array Buyer’s Guide. This Buyer’s Guide helps enterprises assess the enterprise midrange hybrid array marketplace and identify which array may be the best fit for their environment. The Buyer’s Guide includes data sheets for 14 enterprise midrange hybrid array series that achieved rankings of Recommended and Excellent. These products are available from ten vendors including Dell EMC, FUJITSU, Hitachi Vantara, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Infinidat, iXsystems, NetApp and Tintri.
Enterprises embracing digital transformation require much more flexible and responsive data center infrastructures. Happily, advances in integrating storage management into the broader data center ecosystem are taking hold. As a result, enterprise storage management is becoming much more integrated into the overall data center management environment.
Enterprise expectations for their technology infrastructures have changed significantly over the last five years. Happily, advances in storage technology are meeting those new expectations. This article identifies three advances in enterprise storage that are transforming the storage ownership experience.