DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its 2016-17 Unified Utility Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Edition. This Buyer’s Guide, one of six Utility Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Editions produced by DCIG, reviews and ranks 29 unified utility storage arrays from eight providers. This Buyer’s Guide provides much of the information that organizations need to make an informed decision about unified utility storage arrays that are intended for use in enterprise environments. These arrays are highly available, support both block and file protocols, scale to at least 75TBs and are available for less than $1000/TB.
It was just a couple of months ago that I became aware that enterprise file sync-and-share capabilities were available for the first time behind corporate file walls with the introduction of Nexsan’s UNITY product. While at the time I could not find another storage system that offered similar capabilities, that all changed this week when HGST, a subsidiary of Western Digital, announced that it had partnered with CTERA, to offer a competitive product in the private enterprise file sync-and-share space.
Formally or informally, almost all size organizations currently implement file sync and share in some capacity. However, almost all organizations have reservations about its implementation, especially when using public cloud file sync and share solutions such as DropBox. Nexsan’s UNITY™ represents the first storage platform in the mid-to-enterprise market to introduce enterprise file sync and share that operates inside of corporate file walls. In part 2 of my interview series with Nexsan’s CEO, Robert (Bob) Fernander, he explains how this works and what benefits early Nexsan customers are seeing from it.
What is old is new again and perhaps nowhere does that adage hold more true than with Nexsan. Having once been a standalone company before being acquired by Imation a few years ago, Nexsan is now back as a storage company with Imation operating in the background as a holding company. In this first installment in my interview series with him, Nexsan CEO Robert Fernander provides some details on the “new” Nexsan as well as provides an overview as to what products new and old that organizations can now expect to find as part of its product portfolio.
Nexsan’s introduction of 3 TB SATA hard disk drives (HDDs) into its E-Series™ storage systems made it the first enterprise storage vendor to offer storage arrays with these size HDDs in them. But the stories behind the headline are the QUALITY of HDDs that Nexsan uses in its storage array and the enhancements that Nexsan made to its storage controllers to support them. These underlying features should instead contribute to users having the same or even higher uptime and performance expectations than they had in the past when using Nexsan storage systems.
Many midsize companies are evolving operations to ensure business agility while at the same time seeking to better manage their IT related costs. This is leading them to re-prioritize selection criteria to focus on storage systems that help achieve these goals. Responding to these demands, Nexsan this week announced its new E-Series line of storage systems that promise efficient, easy-to-use and enterprise-class solutions in order to deliver a different kind of storage experience for these size organizations.
The topic as to what storage management features organizations really need on a storage array continues to be a hotly debated. In the last decade, we have seen a multitude of features propagate on storage arrays including disk striping, thin provisioning, and storage tiering just to name a few. But deciding which of these features are “nice-to-haves” and which ones are really “needed” in a virtual operating environment (VOE) becomes very difficult to make without a close examination of one’s environment.
As the economy continues to sputter, all size organizations remain prudent in their storage buying decisions which is leading them to examine enterprise midrange arrays from multiple storage providers. But to make the right choice requires that organizations look beyond obvious points of comparison such as the enterprise midrange array’s price and performance to the features that make it operationally efficient.
Selecting a storage system from someone other than the incumbent historically has been a decision that most IT managers are reluctant to make. A 2008 Forrester Research report highlights this reticence as it found that over 80% of organizations bought all of their storage from only one storage provider. But times change and new storage systems such as the Nexsan DATABeast are demonstrating that IT managers can make a change in their storage system provider.
Over the next few years IT managers face entirely new sets of challenges when it comes to managing storage. These challenges go well beyond just buying enough storage capacity to keep up with data growth. Instead IT managers need to come up with entirely new storage management strategies that enable them to more effectively and efficiently manage storage such that they can meet their application requirements while at the same time keeping their costs and risks in check.
I have heard it said that you cannot compare the complexity found in small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) to what is found in the “really big” enterprise shops. That is certainly true in some cases but when one starts to examine the complexity associated with backing up, recovering and managing data at the dozens of branch offices that many SMEs support, it equates to any challenge that large enterprises face. However it is this exact complexity that the new features on the Nexsan Dedupe SG 2.0 are designed to address.
The rumored closing of COPAN Systems in early December 2009 raised a few alarm bells around the storage industry. However it was not COPAN Systems’ demise that was the main cause of concern as its impending doom has been rumored for some time. Rather it is question of whether of not the MAID technology that COPAN largely succeeded in making its signature feature will die along with COPAN. After all, if COPAN cannot make a go of MAID technology in this übergreen corporate environment, who can and under what circumstances?
“Efficient” is now a term that is used to by storage providers to describe their disk storage systems. But a recent internal survey conducted by Nexsan Technologies among its end users revealed that the way they view “efficient” storage is not necessarily how either providers or industry pundits define it.
September and October are the traditional months that many midsize businesses start to
forecast what projects they hope to accomplish in the upcoming year and then put together
budgets in support of those plans. Projects currently being given the highest priority are
those that are power efficient, space efficient and cost efficient to meet organizational “Green” initiatives.
Yesterday’s announcement of the new Nexsan DeDupe SG solution should particularly appeal to current resellers. As a company, Nexsan already has a solid reputation as a storage system provider, is experiencing steady growth and was on track to do an IPO last year before last fall’s stock market decline. But maybe more attractive to resellers, Nexsan sells 100% of its product through the channel.
It is only after organizations start to deploy storage systems with SATA HDDs that they really start to focus on the reliability of SATA HDDs. While it is unlikely they will lose any data regardless of whose system they deploy, the amount of time that their IT staff spends and resulting operational expense in managing the replacement of failed SATA HDDs can and will vary widely according to which storage system they select. It is only by selecting SATA storage systems that specifically account for the idiosyncrasies of SATA HDDs that organizations can both protect their data and not have to deal with headaches of constantly replacing failed SATA HDDs.