DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

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DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide. In this Buyer’s Guide, DCIG weights, scores and ranks more than 50 enterprise midrange arrays from 19 companies. Although the print edition of the DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide includes just 50 midrange array data sheets, at least 100 array models are actually represented, because nearly every data sheet represents a series of arrays.

This plethora of vendors and products in the enterprise midrange array marketplace–combined with a lack of readily available comparative data–can make product research and selection a daunting task. DCIG creates Buyer’s Guides in order to help end users accelerate the product research and selection process–driving cost out of the research process while simultaneously increasing confidence in the results.
DCIG invested hundreds of hours designing a survey that would capture the data that matters most to prospective midrange array purchasers, gathering the relevant data, and then analyzing the results. The data collection survey included 104 scored questions with 288 scored items per midrange array. The resulting data was categorized, standardized and distilled into summary scoring and ranking tables as well as a one-page data sheet for each array. This powerful combination of summary data and data sheets make it easy to do quick, side-by-side comparisons of storage arrays–enabling organizations to quickly get to a short list of products that may meet their requirements.
The word “Enterprise” is new in the title for this year’s refresh of the DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide. The term “Enterprise Midrange Array” is intended to reflect business expectations regarding continuous availability, comprehensive features, and storage capacity.
The arrays highlighted in this Buyer’s Guide offer organizations the redundancy they are looking for along with data protection features like snapshots and replication capabilities. Although there is no official maximum on storage capacity for the arrays included in the DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide, those products included generally scale to less than one petabyte.
Although the word “Enterprise” is often associated with high costs, it is notable that both new entrants and dominant vendors now make enterprise features available in arrays at prices within reach for mid-sized organizations. Illustrating this price shift, the overall top scoring array in the 2014 Buyer’s Guide has a starting list price under $50,000.
The DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide Top 10 solutions include (in alphabetical order):
  • Dell Compellent SC8000
  • Dell EqualLogic PS6100/PS6110
  • EMC VNX7500
  • EMC VNX5700 
  • HDS HUS 150
  • HDS HUS VM 
  • HP 3PAR StorServ 7400
  • NetApp FAS3250
  • Huawei OceanStor 5800T
  • Starboard Storage AC4500.
The HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 brings together the best of what both block and file have to offer: block storage services in the form of its 3PAR StoreServ family and file storage services with its 3PAR StoreServ File Controller earning the  “Best-in-Class” distinction in this Buyer’s Guide. HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400 stood out in the following ways from other arrays listed in the Buyer’s Guide:
  • A single array can be scaled out to 4 mesh-active controllers managing up to 864 TBs of data
  • Offers HP 3PAR Peer Persistence and Remote Copy software to synchronously replicate data and then implement uninterrupted VM failover and failback without needing to implement a third party appliance or replication software
  • Has “Best-in-Class” features, yet carries a starting list price below $50,000–which puts it within reach of many mid-sized organizations
The DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide achieves the following objectives:
  • Provides an objective, third party evaluation of enterprise midrange arrays that evaluates and scores their features from an end user’s perspective
  • Ranks each enterprise midrange array in each scoring category and then presenting these results in an easy to understand table
  • Provides a standardized data sheet for each of the midrange arrays so users may do quick side-by-side comparisons of products
  • Provides insights into what features midrange arrays offer to optimize integration into VMware environments, as well as support for other hypervisors and operating systems
  • Provides insight into which features on a midrange array will result in improved performance
  • Gives any organization a solid foundation for getting competitive bids from different providers that are based on “apples-to-apples” comparisons
The DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide puts at the fingertips of organizations a resource that provides them with a comprehensive list of midrange arrays that can assist them in this all-important buying decision while removing much of the mystery around how midrange arrays are configured and which ones are suitable for which purposes.
The DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide is available immediately. It may be downloaded for no charge with registration by following this link.
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Ken Clipperton

About Ken Clipperton

Ken Clipperton is the Lead Analyst for Storage at DCIG, a group of analysts with IT industry expertise who provide informed, insightful, third party analysis and commentary on IT hardware, software and services. Within the data center, DCIG has a special focus on the enterprise data storage and electronically stored information (ESI) industries.

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