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DCIG 2017-18 All-flash Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

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The DCIG 2017-18 All-flash Array Buyer’s Guide weights, scores and ranks more than 100 features of twenty-five (25) products from twelve (12) different storage vendors. Using ranking categories of Recommended, Excellent and Good 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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Difficult to Find any Sparks of Interest or Innovation in HDDs Anymore

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In early November DCIG finalized its research into all-flash arrays and, in the coming weeks and months, will be announcing its rankings in its various Buyer’s Guide Editions as well as in its new All-flash Array Product Ranking Bulletins. It as DCIG prepares to release its all-flash array rankings that we also find ourselves remarking just how quickly interest in HDD-based arrays has declined just this year alone. While we are not ready to declare HDDs dead by any stretch, finding any sparks that represent interest or innovation in hard disk drives (HDDs) is getting increasingly difficult.

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Server-based Storage Makes Accelerating Application Performance Insanely Easy

By | All-Flash Array, Converged Infrastructure, Flash Memory, Hyper-converged, Networked Storage, Solid State Storage Flash Memory, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD, SSD, SSD Flash High performance, SSD Storage Systems, Storage Systems, Virtualization | No Comments

In today’s enterprise data centers, when one thinks performance, one thinks flash. That’s great. But that thought process can lead organizations to think that “all-flash arrays” are the only option they have to get high levels of performance for their applications. That thinking is now so outdated. The latest server-based storage solution from Datrium illustrates how accelerating application performance just became insanely easy by simply clicking a button versus resorting to upgrading some hardware in their environment.

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X-IO Refers to iglu as “Intelligent Storage”; I Say It is “Thoughtful”

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In the last couple of weeks X-IO announced a number of improvements to its iglu line of storage arrays – namely flash optimized controllers and stretch clustering. But what struck me in listening to X-IO present the new features of this array was in how it kept referring to the iglu as “intelligent.” While that term may be accurate, when I look iglu’s architecture and data management features and consider them in light of what small and midsize enterprises need today, I see the iglu’s architecture as “thoughtful.”

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All-Flash Arrays Driving Need for 32Gb Fibre Channel; Interview with QLogic’s Vikram Karvat, Part I

By | All-Flash Array, DCIG, Fibre Channel, Networked Storage, Solid State Storage Flash Memory, Solid state storage Flash Memory SSD, Storage Systems | No Comments

All-flash arrays, cloud computing, cloud storage, and converged and hyper-converged infrastructures may grab many of today’s headlines. But the decades old Fibre Channel protocol is still a foundational technology present in many data centers with it holding steady in the U.S. and even gaining increased traction in countries such as China. In this first installment, QLogic’s Vice President of Products, Marketing and Planning, Vikram Karvat, provides some background as to why fibre channel (FC) remains relevant and how all-flash arrays are one of the forces driving the need for 32Gb FC.

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Real-World Performance Testing Can Help Savvy Organizations Future Proof Their Emerging Flash Infrastructure

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Almost all size organizations now view flash as a means to accelerate application performance in their infrastructure … and for good reason. Organizations that deploy flash typically see increases in performance by factor of up to 10x. But while many all-flash storage arrays can deliver these increases in performance, savvy organizations must prepare to do more than simply increase workload performance. They need to identify solutions that help them better troubleshoot their emerging flash infrastructure as well as future proof their investment in flash by better modeling anticipated application workloads on all-flash arrays being evaluated before they are acquired.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Key Considerations When Selecting a Hybrid Storage Array

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A storage decision that many small, midsize and large enterprise organizations are trying to make regards what type of array to host their production data on. This often comes down to the selection of either an all-flash or a hybrid storage array. Since most organizations do not have the luxury of saying, “Money is no object,” the majority are, for now, selecting hybrid storage arrays to get flash-like performance for their most active application data while using disk to store the bulk of their application data. It as organizations evaluate hybrid storage arrays that there are key factors that they need to consider.

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

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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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