DCIG is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the 2021-22 DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Multi-site File Collaboration Solutions report. This report provides guidance on TOP 5 solutions organizations should consider for SDS-based file storage solutions that enable effective file collaboration.
Category: Storage Management
In many organizations, core business processes rely on effective file-based collaboration. With an organization’s users now spanning the globe, legacy systems fail to meet the collaboration needs of a distributed workforce. Many SDS-based file storage solutions offer features that enhance multi-site file collaboration. This article describes 5 capabilities enterprises should evaluate when selecting a solution.
Enterprise storage providers are embracing artificial intelligence and machine learning to create AI-enabled intelligent infrastructure. The focus and maturity of each vendorâ€™s offering varies. Some are focused on individual array health, relying more on fault data than predictive analytics. Others focus on application-level performance and availability. Both approaches offer significant benefits to customers.
DCIG is initiating research into the software-defined storage (SDS) marketplace, focusing initially on block storage. DCIG invites SDS block storage providers to participate in the survey research taking place through September 2020. DCIG will publish results in the 4th quarter as one or more TOP 5 reports. DCIG’s TOP 5 Reports help IT decision-makers save valuable time through a succinct analysis of SDS solutions.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, enterprise storage vendors continue to deliver innovation. DCIG recently updated its enterprise storage research and then compared the results with data from nine months ago. It quickly became evident that many storage vendors are focused on enhancing the ownership experience.
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.
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.
Many businesses are embarking on digital transformation initiatives that will put technology at the core of business value creation. At the same time, many of these same businesses are seeking to reduce or eliminate the cost of managing IT infrastructure. Storage vendors are addressing these seemingly incompatible goals by investing in new storage management capabilities including unified management, automation, predictive analytics, and proactive support. Now iXsystems has released TrueCommand to bring the benefits of unified storage management with predictive analytics to owners of its ZFS-based TrueNAS and FreeNAS arrays.
On the surface, all-inclusive software licensing sounds great. You get all the software features that the product offers at no additional charge. You can use them – or not use them – at your discretion. It simplifies product purchases and ongoing licensing. But what if you opt not to use all the product’s features or only need a small subset of them? In those circumstances, you need to take a hard look at any product that offers all-inclusive software licensing to determine if it will deliver the value that you expect.