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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 2016-17 Unified Utility Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Edition Now Available

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

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its 2016-17 Unified Utility Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Edition. This Buyer’s Guide, one of six Utility Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Editions produced by DCIG, reviews and ranks 29 unified utility storage arrays from eight providers. This Buyer’s Guide provides much of the information that organizations need to make an informed decision about unified utility storage arrays that are intended for use in enterprise environments. These arrays are highly available, support both block and file protocols, scale to at least 75TBs and are available for less than $1000/TB.

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DCIG 2016-17 FC SAN Utility Storage Array and Utility SAN Storage Array Buyer’s Guides Now Available

By | @Ethernet Storage, Buyer's Guides, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, Networked Storage, Storage Systems | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its 2016-17 FC SAN Utility Storage Array Buyer’s Guide and 2016-17 Utility SAN Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that each weight more than 100 features and rank 62 arrays from thirteen (13) different storage providers. These Buyer’s Guide Editions are products of DCIG’s updated research methodology where DCIG creates specific Buyer’s Guide Editions based upon a larger, general body of research on a topic. As past Buyer’s Guides have done, it continues to rank products as Recommended, Excellent, Good and Basic as well as offer the product information that organizations need to make informed buying decisions on FC SAN Utility and multiprotocol Utility SAN storage arrays.

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DCIG 2016-17 iSCSI SAN Utility Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | @Ethernet Storage, Buyer's Guides, iSCSI, Networked Storage, Storage Systems | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its 2016-17 iSCSI SAN Utility Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that weights more than 100 features and ranks 67 arrays from fourteen (14) different storage providers. This Buyer’s Guide Edition reflects the first use of DCIG’s updated research methodology where DCIG creates specific Buyer’s Guide Editions based upon a larger, general body of research on a topic. As past Buyer’s Guides have done, it continues to rank products as Recommended, Excellent, Good and Basic as well as offer the product information that organizations need to make informed buying decisions on iSCSI SAN utility storage arrays.

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DCIG 2015-16 Sub-100TB All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

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

DCIG is pleased to announce the November 17 release of the DCIG 2015-16 Sub-100TB All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks more than 100 features of thirteen (13) arrays from six (6) different storage providers. Using ranking categories of Best-in-Class, Recommended, Excellent, Good and Basic this 42-page Buyer’s Guide offers all of the information an organization should need to make a highly informed decision as to which all-flash arrays will suit their needs.

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DCIG 2015-16 Sub-250TB All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

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

DCIG is pleased to announce the November 17 release of the DCIG 2015-16 Sub-250TB All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks more than 100 features of nineteen (19) arrays from ten (10) different storage providers. Using ranking categories of Best-in-Class, Recommended, Excellent, Good and Basic this 49 page Buyer’s Guide offers all of the information an organization should need to make a highly informed decision as to which all-flash arrays will suit their needs.

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The Proper Role of a DCIG Buyer’s Guide

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

DCIG’s recently published 2015-16 All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide has been getting a lot of attention, including some pretty harsh criticisms. DCIG published a blog entry earlier this week that addressed the false allegations that DCIG Buyer’s Guides are rigged “pay-to-say” research with predetermined outcomes. Today’s blog entry explains the proper role of a DCIG Buyer’s Guide, and gives vendors an opportunity to provide constructive feedback.

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DCIG Does NOT “Rig” its Buyer’s Guide Research or Data to Arrive at Predetermined Conclusions or Rankings

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

DCIG appreciates the attention given to its recently released DCIG 2015-16 All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide. This type of dialog and feedback is absolutely critical in helping DCIG, the industry as a whole, and most importantly, the buyers and the organizations for which they work to make informed buying decisions about all-flash arrays.

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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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Expanded Use Cases for Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliances

By | Backup Appliance, Business Continuity, Buyer's Guides | No Comments

Viewing hybrid cloud backup appliances strictly in the context of “backup and recovery” is a mindset that organizations must strive to overcome. While these appliances certainly fulfill this traditional role, new use cases are constantly emerging for these appliances. Hybrid cloud backup appliance have now matured to the point where organizations may use them in multiple roles besides just backup.

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The DCIG Buyers Guides Complement the Gartner Magic Quadrant

By | Buyer's Guides, Supplier Evaluation Software | No Comments

Recently almost every time that DCIG notices its brand being compared to other analyst firms, it is most often against the likes of Gartner, IDC and Forrester, with its Buyer’s Guides most commonly compared to the Gartner Magic Quadrant. Some have even gone so far to wonder if the DCIG Buyer’s Guide may eventually replace the Gartner Magic Quadrant. A better way to view the DCIG Buyer’s Guides is as a complement to the Gartner Magic Quadrant rather than as a replacement for it.

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Sorting through the Nuances in How Quality of Service is Implemented on Hybrid Storage Arrays

By | Buyer's Guides, Data Center Management | No Comments

DCIG recently released two Buyer’s Guides on Hybrid Storage Arrays – the DCIG 2015-16 SME Hybrid Storage Array and the DCIG 2015-16 Midsize Enterprise Hybrid Storage Array – that examine many of the features that hybrid storage arrays offer. Yet what these Guides can only do at a high level is reveal how certain features are implemented on hybrid storage arrays without getting into any real detail in terms of how they are implemented. One such feature is Quality of Service.

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Refreshed Look of DCIG Home Page Reflects Best of Old and New

By | Buyer's Guides, DCIG | No Comments

DCIG is proud to announce the release of its refreshed home page and website. This latest version of DCIG’s website combines the best of what DCIG has historically delivered – informative content in the form of blog entries – as well as a heightened focus on a number of new analyst and software offerings that are based upon the research that goes into the preparation of every DCIG Buyer’s Guide.

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Performance Testing as a Technology Validation Method is as Complex as It Sounds

By | Buyer's Guides, Performance | No Comments

One of the main objectives of every DCIG Buyer’s Guide is to help enterprises and/or their buyers create a short list of technology products that align with their specific business or technical needs. But once they have a short list of products that meet those needs, they still need some criteria to help them make the right choice from among those products. While there is no silver bullet that guarantees they make the “best” selection, performance testing is an option to which organizations often turn to validate a choice in technology though using this method is as complex as it sounds.

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