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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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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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HP 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Series Lays Foundation for Flash Lift-off

By | Data Management, Data Protection, DCIG Sponsored Analysis, Flash Memory, HP Storage, Hybrid, iSCSI, Networked Storage, SSD, Storage Systems, Thin Provisioning | No Comments

Almost any hybrid or all-flash storage array will accelerate performance for the applications it hosts. Yet many organizations need a storage array that scales beyond just accelerating the performance of a few hosts. They want a solution that both solves their immediate performance challenges and serves as a launch pad to using flash more broadly in their environment.

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Four Early Insights from the Forthcoming DCIG 2015-16 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide

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

DCIG is preparing to release the DCIG 2015-16 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide. The Buyer’s Guide will include data on 33 arrays or array series from 16 storage providers. The term “Enterprise” in the name Enterprise Midrange Array, reflects a class of storage system that has emerged offering key enterprise-class features at prices suitable for mid-sized budgets. The DCIG 2015-16 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide will provide organizations with a valuable tool to cut time and cost from the product research and purchase process.

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A Primer on Today’s Storage Array Types

By | Cloud Storage, DCIG, Fibre Channel, Flash Memory, iSCSI, SSD, Storage Systems | No Comments

Anyone who managed IT infrastructures in the late 1990’s or early 2000’s probably still remembers how external storage arrays were largely a novelty reserved for high end enterprises with big data centers and deep pockets. Fast forward to today and a plethora of storage arrays exist in a variety of shapes and sizes at increasingly low price points. As such it can be difficult to distinguish between them. To help organizations sort them out, my blog entry today provides a primer on the types of storage arrays currently available on the market.

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Early Insights from the Upcoming DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide

By | DCIG, Fibre Channel, Flash Memory, iSCSI, Storage Systems, Virtualization | No Comments

The time for the release of the refreshed DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide is rapidly approaching. As that date approached, we have been evaluating and reviewing the data on the current crop of midrange arrays that will be included in the published Buyer’s Guide (information on over 50 models) as well as the models that will be included in DCIG’s online, cloud-based Interactive Buyer’s Guide (over 100 models.) Here is a peak into some of what we are finding out about these models in regards to their ability to deliver on data center automation, VMware integration and flash memory support.

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Fusion-io Acquires NexGen to Accelerate the Process of Data Center Transformation

By | DCIG, Flash Memory, iSCSI, SSD, Storage Systems, Virtualization | No Comments

Last week’s acquisition of NexGen Storage by Fusion-io was greeted with quite a bit of fanfare by the storage industry. But as an individual who has covered Fusion-io for many years and talked one-on-one with their top executives on multiple occasions, its acquisition of NexGen signaled that Fusion-io wanted to do more than deliver an external storage array that had its technology built-in. Rather Fusion-io felt it was incumbent for it to take action and accelerate the coming data center transformation that it has talked and written about for years.

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The Two Forces Driving the Evolution (or is it Revolution?) in Enterprise Midrange Array Architectures

By | DCIG, Fibre Channel, Flash Memory, iSCSI, SSD, Storage Systems | No Comments

In May 2010 DCIG released its first-ever Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide in which we covered 70+ models from over 20 vendors. Fast forward just three (3) short years later and DCIG is on track to release not one, not two, not three no, not even four Buyer’s Guides on enterprise midrange arrays but five distinct Buyer’s Guides on this topic! So what has changed in just three (3) short years that DCIG feels the need to produce so many? To understand this requires a closer look at the forces that are driving the evolution and revolution in enterprise midrange arrays.

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DCIG 2013 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | DCIG, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, Storage Systems | No Comments

DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its inaugural DCIG 2013 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks over 100 features on 30 different storage arrays from eight (8) different storage providers. This Buyer’s Guide provides the critical information that small and midsize enterprises particularly need in regards to storage arrays that will need to serve a variety of purposes within their organization. These purposes may include storing large amounts of unstructured data such as files and emails, hosting virtualized and high performance applications and even serving as a target for archival and backup data stores.

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Why FCoE and iSCSI Trump Infiniband in Today’s SSD Deployments; WhipTail CTO Interview Series Part V

By | DCIG, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand, iSCSI, Storage Systems, Virtualization | No Comments

In this final installment of our blog series on WhipTail Technologies, a Solid State Drive (SSD) array provider with some impressive features and capabilities, I am continuing my discussion with WhipTail Technologies Chief Technology Officer, James Candelaria. Last time, we looked at how WhipTail implements software RAID on its devices. Today, we will be discussing the different transport protocols supported by the WhipTail array and why the FCoE and iSCSI protocols trump Infiniband in today’s SSD deployments.

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SSD Optimization Techniques that Minimize MLC Flash Deficiencies – Interview Series Part II with WhipTail CTO Candelaria

By | DCIG, Fibre Channel, Interviews, iSCSI, Storage Systems, Virtualization | One Comment

Today is part 2 of an interview I recently did with WhipTail Technologies Chief Technology Officer, James Candelaria, an emerging provider of SSD storage solutions. In my last entry, he and I discussed one major roadblock to widespread enterprise SSD adoption: the performance penalty incurred by garbage collection. This time, we’ll look at how WhipTail optimizes SSD performance while minimizing the deficiencies of MLC flash.

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DCIG 2012 Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available for Free Download

By | DCIG, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, Storage Systems, Virtualization | No Comments

Today DCIG is very excited to announce the availability of its updated DCIG 2012 Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks over 90 features on more than 50 midrange arrays from 18 different storage providers. However the reason that DCIG believes users will find this guide even more helpful and insightful than the prior DCIG 2010 Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide is that it takes an in-depth look into how well each midrange array integrates with VMware and supports its vStorage APIs.

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Initial Observations from the Forthcoming DCIG 2012 Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide

By | DCIG, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, Storage Systems | No Comments

If you are a regular follower of the DCIG blog site you may have noticed that there has been a noticeable lack of blogging activity on DCIG’s site this week. Unfortunately it is not because I have been taking a vacation, fishing or merely lounging by the lake. Rather I have been locked away in my office completing the background research associated with the upcoming release of the DCIG 2012 Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide due out in the 4th quarter of 2011. Out of that some interesting early observations have emerged.

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Expanded Edition of the DCIG 2011 Small Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | DCIG, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, Storage Systems, Virtualization | One Comment

Today DCIG, LLC, and Foskett Services, LLC, are pleased to jointly announce the availability of an Expanded Edition of the DCIG 2011 Small Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks over 35 small enterprise storage array models priced from $5,000 – 30,000 from 19 different vendors.

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Time to Refresh the DCIG 2010 Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide

By | DCIG, Deduplication, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, Storage Systems, Virtualization | No Comments

About a year ago DCIG decided to do something completely different in the analyst space: a side-by-side independent comparison of products in a particular market segment in the form of a Buyer’s Guide. The end result of that was the DCIG 2010 Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide. But believe it or not, a year has already passed since that was produced and it is now time to update and refresh that Buyer’s Guide for a number of reasons.

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DCIG 2011 Small Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

By | DCIG, iSCSI | 3 Comments

Today DCIG and Foskett Services are pleased to jointly announce the availability of DCIG’s latest Buyer’s Guide, the 2011 Small Enterprise Storage Array Buyer’s Guide. This Buyer’s Guide is focused on storage arrays that are priced from approximately $10,000 – $30,000 and is specifically targeted at small enterprises and business units within large enterprises who are looking for the most value for their IT dollar when spending on storage.

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HP Shares Details about the Future of 3PAR within its StorageWorks Division

By | Cloud Computing, DCIG, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, Storage Systems, Virtualization | No Comments

Now that the acquisition of 3PAR by HP is a done deal, there are three big questions on the minds of many. How will 3PAR’s InServ Storage Servers fit into HP’s overall storage portfolio? Is HP’s relationship with HDS over? Does HP keep its EVA line of storage? These are some of the questions I was able to get answered this week when I met with Craig Nunes, the new HP Director of StorageWorks Marketing at Storage Networking World (SNW) 2010.

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Dell’s Christmas Storage Shopping List

By | Cloud Computing, DCIG, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, Storage Systems | No Comments

Now that the bidding war between Dell and HP for 3PAR has subsided with HP emerging the victor, the question becomes, “Which storage company is on Dell’s 2010 Christmas shopping list?” While there are still a good number of storage companies available, when one takes a hard look at which companies are the best fit for Dell, the list gets pretty short pretty quickly.

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Next Up from DCIG – Small Business Storage Array Buyer’s Guide

By | DCIG, iSCSI, Storage Systems | 3 Comments

A few months ago DCIG released its first ever Buyer’s Guide – the Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide – to gauge the interest of such a guide among users and vendors alike. Needless to say, DCIG has been overwhelmed with the positive response and has received numerous requests to produce more like that one. But due to the amount of research and expertise required to produce these guides in an authoritative fashion in other segments of the storage market, DCIG elected to reach out to other analysts in the industry who have the needed experience to do this task.

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