Hybrid and all-disk arrays still have their place in enterprise data centers but all-flash arrays are “where it’s at” when it comes to hosting and accelerating the performance of production applications. Once reserved only for applications that could cost-justify these arrays, continuing price erosion in the underlying flash media coupled with technologies such as compression and deduplication have put these arrays at a price point within reach of almost any size enterprise. As that occurs, all-flash arrays from Dell EMC XtremIO and Pure Storage are often on the buying short lists for many companies. Those companies considering these two products can turn to a recent DCIG Pocket Analyst Report that compares these two products to help them make an informed buying decision.
DCIG Pocket Analyst Report Compares Dell EMC Data Domain and ExaGrid Product Families
Technology conversations within enterprises increasingly focus on the “data center stack” with an emphasis on cloud enablement. While I agree with this shift in thinking, one can too easily overlook the merits of underlying individual technologies when only considering the “Big Picture”. Such is happening with deduplication technology. A key enabler of enterprise archiving, data protecton, and disaster recovery solutions, vendors such as Dell EMC and ExaGrid deliver deduplication technology in different ways as DCIG’s most recent 4-page Pocket Analyst Report reveals that makes each product family better suited for specific use cases.
2017 might well be the year that backup and recovery went from being viewed as a corporate insurance policy for data to a key business enabler and for good reasons. Natural disasters and ransomware attacks have heightened the need for fast, reliable backups and recoveries while new backup product architectures are changing the conversation around what services that cloud data protection appliances can deliver. As organizations go to select one of the current generation of cloud data protection appliances, here are four considerations they should keep in mind.
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