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Ken Clipperton

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DCIG Quick Look: iXsystems TrueNAS X10 Offers an Affordable Offramp from Public Cloud Storage

By | iSCSI, Networked Storage, Storage Systems | No Comments

For many of us, commuting in rush hour with its traffic jams is an unpleasant fact of life. But I once had a job on the outer edge of a metropolitan area. I was westbound when most were eastbound. I often felt a little sorry for the mass of people stuck in traffic as I zoomed–with a smile on my face–in the opposite direction. Today there is a massive flow of workloads and their associated storage to the public cloud. But there are also a lot of companies moving workloads off the public cloud, and their reason is cloud economics.

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Blockchain Technology Being Used to Protect Data as Opposed to Holding It Ransom

By | Archiving | No Comments

Blockchain technology holds the potential to dramatically enhance global commerce and every supply chain. Unfortunately, the first real-world experience many organizations have had with it is using its implementation vis-à-vis Bitcoin to pay a ransom to cybercriminals who have encrypted their company’s files. The good news is that vendors like Nexsan see the upside of blockchain and are using it for more noble purposes: protecting files stored on its Unity Active Archive appliances.

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DCIG 2017-18 Small/Midsize Enterprise All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | All-Flash Array, Buyer's Guides, DCIG | No Comments

The DCIG 2017-18 Small/Midsize Enterprise All-flash Array Buyer’s Guide weights, scores and ranks more than 100 features of twenty-four (24) small/midsize enterprise-class all-flash arrays that achieved rankings of Recommended or Excellent. These products come from eleven (11) vendors including Dell EMC, Fujitsu, iXsystems, Kaminario, NEC, NetApp, Nimble Storage, Pivot3, Pure Storage, Tegile and Tintri. This Buyer’s Guide offers much of the information an organization should need to make a highly-informed decision as to which all-flash storage array will suit their needs.

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DCIG 2016-17 Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | Backup Appliance, Buyer's Guides, Cloud, Cloud Storage, Data Protection, Deduplication, Disaster Recovery, Disk Based Backup, Online Backup, Tiered Data Systems | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of the 2016-17 Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide developed from the backup appliance body of research. As core business processes become digitized, the ability to keep services online and to rapidly recover from any service interruption becomes a critical need. Given the growth and maturation of cloud services, many organizations are exploring the advantages of storing application data with cloud providers and even recovering applications in the cloud.

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DCIG 2016-17 Deduplicating Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Editions Now Available

By | Backup Appliance, Buyer's Guides, Data Management, Data Protection, Deduplication, Disk Based Backup | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of the following DCIG 2016-17 Deduplicating Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Editions developed from the backup appliance body of research. Other Buyer’s Guide Editions based on this body of research will be published in the coming weeks and months, including the 2016-17 Integrated Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide and 2016-17 Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Editions.

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DCIG 2016-17 Midmarket Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | Buyer's Guides, Hybrid, Networked Storage, Storage Systems | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of the DCIG 2016-17 Midmarket Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide as the first Buyer’s Guide Edition developed from this body of research. Other Buyer’s Guides based on this body of research will be published in the coming weeks and months, including the 2016-17 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide and the 2016-17 High End Storage Array Buyer’s Guide.

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DCIG All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide will Reveal Dynamic Flash Memory Storage Marketplace

By | All-Flash Array, Buyer's Guides, Flash Memory, SSD, Storage Systems | No Comments

Since the publication of the DCIG 2014-15 Flash Memory Storage Array Buyer’s Guide, the storage industry has embraced the term all-flash array. For that reason the forthcoming refresh of the buyer’s guide will be called the DCIG 2015-16 All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide. More than terminology has changed over the last eighteen (18) months. The fresh data DCIG compiled shows that all-flash array vendors have substantially reduced the barriers to all-flash array adoption.

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The Three Biggest Challenges to Realizing Flash’s Full Potential and Micron’s Strategy to Overcome Them

By | DCIG, Flash Memory, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD, SSD, Storage Systems | No Comments

At a recent analyst briefing, Micron Storage leaders identified at least three critical transitions that must take place in order to unleash the full potential of flash memory in the data center and explained their strategy for accelerating those transitions.

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DCIG Updating the Flash Memory Storage Array Buyer’s Guide

By | Buyer's Guides, DCIG, Flash Memory, Storage Systems | No Comments

DCIG is in the process of researching the Flash Memory Storage Array marketplace with the intention of publishing the DCIG 2015-16 Flash Memory Storage Array Buyer’s Guide in July 2015. Since the publication of the 2014 edition, many storage providers have come out with new models, new providers have arrived on the scene and others have exited or been acquired–warranting a fresh snapshot of this dynamic marketplace. The purpose of this courtesy notice is five-fold To inform prospective storage purchasers and storage providers that DCIG intends to publish the DCIG 2015-16 Flash Memory Storage Array Buyers Guide in July 2015. To describe the appeal of flash memory storage arrays while clarifying DCIG’s definition of the category. To disclose DCIG’s inclusion criteria and enumerate the products identified in our preliminary research. To give storage providers and end users an opportunity to inform DCIG of additional products that may qualify for inclusion or that should be excluded. To give notice of key dates…

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DCIG Updating the Flash Memory Storage Array Buyer’s Guide

By | Buyer's Guides, DCIG, Flash Memory, Storage Systems | No Comments

DCIG is in the process of researching the Flash Memory Storage Array marketplace with the intention of publishing the DCIG 2015-16 Flash Memory Storage Array Buyer’s Guide in May 2015. Since the publication of the 2014 edition, many storage providers have come out with new models, new providers have arrived on the scene and others have exited or been acquired–warranting a fresh snapshot of this dynamic marketplace.

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DCIG Updating the Private Cloud Storage Array Buyer’s Guide

By | Buyer's Guides, Cloud Storage, DCIG, Grid Storage, Private Cloud | No Comments

DCIG is in the process of researching the Private Cloud Storage Array marketplace with the intention of publishing the DCIG 2015-16 Private Cloud Storage Array Buyers Guide in March/April 2015. This will be an update to the DCIG 2013 Private Cloud Storage Array Buyers Guide. Since the publication of 2013 edition, nearly every vendor has come out with new models and new vendors have arrived on the scene warranting a fresh snapshot of this dynamic marketplace. The purpose of this courtesy notice is five-fold To inform prospective storage purchasers and storage vendors that DCIG intends to publish the DCIG 2015-16 Private Cloud Storage Array Buyers Guide in March/April 2015. To describe the appeal of private cloud storage while clarifying DCIG’s definition of private cloud storage. To disclose DCIG’s inclusion criteria and enumerate the products identified in our preliminary research. To give individuals an opportunity to inform DCIG of additional products that may qualify for inclusion in the guide. (While there is…

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DCIG Updating the Private Cloud Storage Array Buyer’s Guide

By | Buyer's Guides, Cloud Storage, DCIG, Grid Storage, Private Cloud | No Comments

DCIG is in the process of researching the Private Cloud Storage Array marketplace with the intention of publishing the DCIG 2015-16 Private Cloud Storage Array Buyers Guide in March/April 2015. This will be an update to the DCIG 2013 Private Cloud Storage Array Buyers Guide. Since the publication of 2013 edition, nearly every vendor has come out with new models and new vendors have arrived on the scene warranting a fresh snapshot of this dynamic marketplace.

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DCIG Preparing Updated Hybrid Storage Array Buyers Guide

By | Buyer's Guides, Hybrid, Storage Systems | No Comments

DCIG is in the process of researching the Hybrid Storage Array marketplace with the intention of publishing the DCIG 2015-16 Hybrid Storage Array Buyers Guide in February/March 2015. This will be an update to the DCIG 2014 Hybrid Storage Array Buyers Guide that was published in November 2013. Since the publication of 2014 edition, nearly every vendor has come out with new models, warranting a fresh snapshot of this dynamic marketplace.

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Four Key Product Research Questions Answered by a DCIG Buyer’s Guide

By | Buyer's Guides, DCIG | No Comments

DCIG creates Buyer’s Guides in order to help end users jump-start the product research and decision-making process. We do this by providing an informed, third party evaluation of products that scores their features from an end user viewpoint. DCIG’s product rankings dashboards and standardized one-page data sheets enable “at-a-glance” comparisons that help organizations to quickly get to a short list of products that may warrant a closer look.

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Clarifying Comments about the Midrange Unified Storage Array vs Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guides

By | Buyer's Guides, DCIG | No Comments

The original version of a recent article on The Register site reported on the release of the DCIG 2014-15 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide with the observation, “Tech analyst DCIG has released the 2014 refresh of its Mid-Range Array report and there are a few surprises. NetApp tops the list and the landscape is full of upset apple carts.”

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DCIG 2014-15 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | Buyer's Guides, Storage Systems | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the September 2 release of the DCIG 2014-15 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks more than 200 features of forty (40) different storage arrays from fourteen (14) different storage providers. The plethora of vendors and products in the 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.

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Four Early Insights from the Forthcoming DCIG 2014-15 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide

By | DCIG | No Comments

DCIG is preparing to release the DCIG 2014-15 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide. Although this is a diverse marketplace, there are some themes that emerged as we compared the features being offered in arrays today versus the arrays covered in the 2013 edition of this Buyer’s Guide. Those themes include much larger cache sizes, multiplied storage capacity, public cloud storage connectivity, and support for Microsoft virtualization technologies.

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Today it is Really All About the Integrated Solution

By | Backup Appliance, Cloud, Converged Infrastructure, DCIG, Disaster Recovery, Flash Memory, Inmage, Private Cloud, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD, SSD Flash High performance, SSD Storage Systems, Storage Systems | No Comments

As I attended sessions at Microsoft TechEd 2014 last week and talked with people in the exhibit hall a number of themes emerged including “mobile first, cloud first”, hybrid cloud, migration to the cloud, disaster recovery as a service, and flash memory storage as a game-changer in the data center. But as I reflect on the entire experience, a statement made John Loveall, Principal Program Manager for Microsoft Windows Server during one of his presentations sums up to overall message of the conference, “Today it is really all about the integrated solution.”

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Microsoft Paves the Way for Server SAN and Hybrid Cloud Adoption

By | Cloud, Cloud Storage, DCIG, Hybrid, Tiered Data Systems | No Comments

At TechEd 2014 in Houston, TX this week, Microsoft made it clear that it is no longer content to just send customers to storage array vendors to meet their storage needs, especially when it comes to embracing a cloud-oriented approach to infrastructure. In the process of improving Windows storage technology, Microsoft is effectively delivering the benefits of–and addressing the barriers to–the adoption of server SAN technology.

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