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DCIG 2015-16 Small/Midsize Enterprise (SME) Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

 

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DCIG is pleased to announce the March 27 release of the DCIG 2015-16 Small/Midsize Enterprise (SME) Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks more than 90 features of twenty-two (22) hybrid storage arrays from nine (9) different storage providers.

Hybrid storage arrays promise to deliver the dramatic performance of all-flash storage arrays, but at a lower cost because hybrid storage uses both flash memory and hard disk drives. The “secret sauce” varies from vendor to vendor; but in every case, it involves sophisticated caching and/or automated storage tiering software.

The SME designation is based on limiting this Buyer’s Guide to products which scale to less than 500 TB maximum raw capacity. In many cases this capacity limit correlates to other functionality important to smaller enterprises, including simplified management that minimizes installation and on-going administration costs.

DCIG’s goal in preparing this guide is to evaluate, score and rank each solution based upon a comprehensive list of features. Scoring and ranking tables enable end users to do “at-a-glance” comparisons between many different array models; and standardized one-page data sheets facilitate side-by-side comparisons that enable organizations to quickly get to a short list of products that may meet their requirements.

The DCIG 2015-16 SME Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Top 9 solutions include (in alphabetical order):

  • iXsystems TrueNAS Z20
  • NexGen N5-1000 Hybrid Flash Array
  • NexGen N5-200 Hybrid Flash Array
  • NexGen N5-300 Hybrid Flash Array
  • NexGen N5-500 Hybrid Flash Array
  • Tegile T3100
  • Tegile T3200
  • Tegile T3300
  • Tegile T3400

The Tegile T3400 earned the Best-in-Class ranking among all hybrid storage arrays in this buyer’s guide. The T3400 stood out by offering the best balance of strengths across all the scoring categories. The T3400 array incorporates 28.2 TB of raw flash capacity in a 2U form factor. The T3400 can function either as a hybrid array or as an all-flash array depending on which shelves are used for expanded storage.

We continue to be impressed by not only the quality of features in Tegile’s products but also the breadth of offerings they have produced with their line of hybrid and flash storage arrays. Tegile consistently achieves high marks in our comparative analyses of various solutions from vendors throughout the industry. That they are able to achieve these high scores in not just one but multiple DCIG Buyer’s Guides across various markets is a very impressive feat.

About the DCIG 2015-16 SME Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide

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.

The DCIG 2015-16 SME Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide achieves the following objectives:

  • Provides an objective, third party evaluation of products that evaluates and scores their features from an end user’s perspective
  • Ranks each array in each scoring category and then presenting these results in an easy to understandtable
  • Provides a standardized data sheetfor each of the arrays so users may do quick side-by-side comparisons of products
  • Provides insights into what features the arrays offer to optimize integration into virtualization environments
  • Provides insight into which features 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 2015-16 SME Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide is available immediately to subscribing users of the DCIG Analysis Portal. All DCIG Buyer’s Guides are available for download at no charge to any end-user who registers for the DCIG Analysis Portal.

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Chuck Cook

About Chuck Cook

Chuck Cook is an Analyst at DCIG, an independent storage analyst and consulting firm, which provides informed, insightful, third party analysis and commentary on IT hardware, software and services. Chuck joined DCIG in July of 2014 bringing 20 years of information technology and unified communications experience to the DCIG team.

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