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.
Category: Storage Systems
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.
Have you had a key software vendor go from support increases of 3-5% to more than 20% annually? Have you had your key software vendor acquired and the acquirer then end development of the product? Have you had a key technology vendor exit your region at a time you were planning to expand your facilities? As an IT Director, I endured all these untimely and costly outcomes of vendor decisions. And then I discovered how to mitigate these risks through Open Source software such as OpenZFS, which solves these problems for software-defined storage.
Over the last five years, what mid-sized enterprises expect from their technology infrastructures has changed significantly. Data and the continuous availability of the systems that provide that data are critical to virtually all business operations. Beyond operations, we have entered a period of digital transformation where data has become a tactical and even strategic resource. Data is the foundation for value creation. Enterprise storage systems are changing in a variety of ways to address enterprise expectations for continuous availability, greater capacity, and the performance required to support critical workloads.
Pure Storage’s most notable announcement at its 2019 Accelerate conference concerns its new Cloud Block Store offering. On the surface, this may look like a “me-too” offering. It is anything but. Rather, it represents a “me-first” moment for Pure Storage. Cloud Block Store creates a new benchmark for measuring how vendors deliver their storage volumes in the cloud.
Every year at the Flash Memory Summit held in Santa Clara, CA, attendees get a firsthand look at the technologies that will impact the next generation of storage. This year many of the innovations centered on forthcoming interconnects that will better deliver on the performance that flash offers today. Here are DCIG’s main takeaways from this year’s event.
On July 25, 2019, iXsystems® announced two new storage systems. The FreeNAS® Mini XL+ provides a new top-end model in the FreeNAS Mini product line, and the FreeNAS Mini E provides a new entry-level model. These servers are mini-sized yet provide professional-grade network-attached storage.
Flash Memory Summit is the world’s largest storage industry event featuring the trends, innovations, and influencers driving the adoption of flash memory. DCIG will again present at the Summit this year. DCIG’s presentation will draw from its independent research into all-flash arrays and the Competitive Intelligence that DCIG performs on behalf of its clients.
The current generation of all-flash arrays offers enough performance to saturate the network connections between the arrays and application servers in the data center. In many scenarios, the key limiter to all-flash array performance is storage network bandwidth. Therefore, all-flash array vendors have been quick to adopt the latest advances in storage network connectivity.
iXsystems is taking simplified service delivery to a new level by enabling a curated set of third-party services to run directly on its TrueNAS arrays. TrueNAS already provided multi-protocol unified storage to include file, block and S3-compatible object storage. Now pre-configured plugins converge additional services onto TrueNAS for simple hybrid cloud enablement.