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    2014 ENTERPRISE MIDRANGE ARRAY BUYER’S GUIDE THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO EVALUATING ENTERPRISE MIDRANGE ARRAYS

    By Jerome Wendt and Ken Clipperton

    http://www.dciginc.com

  • © 2013 DCIG, LLC. All rights reserved. Licensed to HP for distribution.

    DCIG 2014 ENTERPRISE MIDRANGE ARRAY BUYER'S GUIDE THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO EVALUATING ENTERPRISE MIDRANGE ARRAYS

    Table of ContentsTable of Contents

    i

    1 Introduction

    3 Executive Summary

    5 How to Use this Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide

    6 Disclosures

    6 Enterprise Midrange Array Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria

    7 The 8-Step Process Used to Score and Rank Enterprise Midrange Arrays

    8 DCIG Comments and Thoughts on Enterprise Midrange Array…

    8 Value of Included Software

    8 Automation

    9 VMware Integration

    9 Flash Memory Support

    9 Reliability

    9 Performance and Pricing

    10 Observations and Recommendations Regarding Each Midrange Array Ranking

    10 "Best-In-Class" Ranking

    11 “Recommended” Ranking

    11 “Excellent” Ranking

    12 “Good” Ranking

    12 “Basic” Ranking

    13 Enterprise Midrange Array Scores and Rankings

    14 Overall Scores and Rankings

    16 Management Software Scores and Rankings

    18 Enterprise Midrange Array Models 19 Aberdeen AberSAN ZXP2 HA

    High Availability ZFS SAN

    20 Aberdeen XDAS D42F7 8GB FC

    21 Aberdeen XDAS iSD41

    22 Aberdeen XDAS iXD32 10G

    23 Aberdeen XDAS T42F

    24 Celeros SmartSAN XT23S-FC

    25 Celeros SmartSAN XT235-iSCSI

    26 Dell Compellent SC8000

    27 Dell EqualLogic PS6100/PS6110 Series

    28 Dell EqualLogic PS6500/PS6510 Series

    29 Dot Hill AssuredSAN 3000 Series

    30 Dot Hill AssuredSAN 4000 Series

    31 Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5000 Series

    32 EMC VNX5700

    33 EMC VNX7500

    34 EMC VNXe3300

    35 Hitachi Data Systems HUS 150

    36 Hitachi Data Systems HUS VM

    37 HP EVA P6550

    38 HP StoreEasy 5000

    39 HP StoreVirtual 4730 Storage

    40 HP 3PAR StoreServ 7400

    41 Huawei OceanStor S2600T

    42 Huawei OceanStor S5800T

    43 IBM DCS3700

    44 IBM DS5300

    45 IBM Storwize V7000U

    46 IBM XIV Gen 3

    69 Product Rankings Dashboard

    Appendix

    A-1 Appendix A—Definitions, Explanations and Terminology

    B-1 Appendix B—Enterprise Midrange Array Provider Contact Information

    C-1 Appendix C—Author Contact Information

    D-1 Appendix D—Complete List of Midrange Arrays

    47 IceWEB Unified Storage Appliance Model 7000

    48 Imation Nexsan E60

    49 Imation Nexsan NST5500

    50 Infortrend EonStor DS B24F-R2852

    51 Infortrend EonStor DS S16E-R2152-6 1GBE

    52 Infortrend EonStor DS S16E-R2251 10GbE

    53 Infortrend EonStor DS S16F-R2852-6 8G FC

    54 Infortrend EonStor DS S48F-R2652-4 16Gb FC

    55 Infortrend ESVA E60-2230

    56 Infortrend ESVA F75-2830

    57 NEC M500

    58 NetApp E2600-12

    59 NetApp E5460

    60 NetApp FAS3250

    61 Oracle Pillar Data Systems Axiom 600

    62 Oracle Sun ZFS Storage ZS3

    63 Overland Storage SnapSAN S5000

    64 Overland Storage SnapScale X2

    65 Scale Computing ICOS Storage Nodes M Series

    66 Starboard AC4500

    67 X-IO Hyper ISE 7-Series

    68 X-IO ISE 200 Series

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    DCIG 2014 ENTERPRISE MIDRANGE ARRAY BUYER'S GUIDE THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO EVALUATING ENTERPRISE MIDRANGE ARRAYS

    Introduction

    Amid the ever-changing nature of technology and the advancements continually showing up throughout the data storage industry, one important aspect is unchanging: corporate data is being created at in ever greater quantities, and the pace is increasing in unpredictable ways.

    According to one recent multi-university study of 26 corporations and large nonprofits, the volume of data is expanding by 35% to 50% every year in most organizations, which essen- tially doubles the volume of data stored every two years. The highest rate observed was 150% growth. Additionally, the researchers observed that in every organization studied, data growth far exceeded revenue growth.1

    Because of this accelerating data growth, many organizations are evaluating storage purchases. There are many enterprise midrange storage arrays available to meet this data explosion. This Buyer’s Guide includes standardized data sheets for 50 arrays from 19 providers. In most cases, each data sheet represents an array series. As a result, the 50 data sheets actually represent well over 100 specific array models.2

    The word “Enterprise” is new in the title for this year’s refresh of the DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide. The term “Enterprise Midrange Array” is intended to reflect busi- ness expectations regarding continuous availability, comprehensive features, and storage capacity.

    The arrays highlighted in this Buyer’s Guide offer organizations the redundancy they are looking for along with data protection features like snapshots and replication capabilities. Although there is no official maximum on storage capacity for the arrays included in the DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide, those products included generally scale to less than one petabyte.

    Although the word “Enterprise” is often associated with high costs, it is notable that both new entrants and dominant vendors now make enterprise features available in arrays at prices within reach for mid-sized organizations. Illustrating this price shift, the overall top scoring array in the 2014 Buyer's Guide has a starting list price under $50,000.

    Like all prior DCIG Buyer’s Guides, this DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide does the heavy lifting for organizations as they look to purchase a midrange array by:

    • Listing each individual midrange array model by storage provider

    • Listing different midrange array features, whether or not they are supported and, where appropriate, how they are implemented

    • Weighting these features according to what organizations consider most important

    • Scoring these features

    • Ranking each midrange array model

    • Creating a data sheet for each midrange array model

    1. Beath, Cynthia, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Jeanne Ross, and James Short. "Finding Value in the Information Explosion." MIT Sloan Management Review RSS. MIT Sloan Management Review, 19 June 2012. http://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/ finding-value-in-the-information-explosion/.

    2. Each array model represented in this Buyer’s Guide by the most robust model in that array series. Detailed data was collected on each model in the series and is available in the associated DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Interactive Buyer’s Guide. A comprehensive list of array models is given in Appendix D-1.

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    Introduction continued

    The end result is that this DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide gives organi- zations the opportunity to do “at-a-glance” comparisons between many different arrays. This will enable them to more quickly sort through the many arrays to identify a short list of prod- ucts that meet their specific needs. Prospective purchasers can focus their product evaluation energies on those selected arrays and move more quickly to the competitive bid process.

    Note that this Buyer’s Guide is not intended to be a substitute for bringing individual midrange arrays models in-house for testing. That function should still be done, if possible, since every array will perform differently under different application workloads and data center environments.

    We hope you find that this Buyer’s Guide meets its intended purpose in your environment.

    Ken & Jerome

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    DCIG 2014 ENTERPRISE MIDRANGE ARRAY BUYER'S GUIDE THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO EVALUATING ENTERPRISE MIDRANGE ARRAYS

    The DCIG 2014 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide is a tool designed to cut time and cost from the product research process. DCIG invested hundreds of hours design- ing a survey that would capture the data that matters most to prospective midrange array purchasers, gathering the relevant data, and then analyzing the results.

    The data collection survey included 104 scored questions with 288 scored items per midrange array. The resulting data was categorized, standardized and distilled into summary scoring and ranking tables as well as a one-page data sheet for each array.1 This power- ful combination of summary data and data sheets make it easy to do quick, side-by-side comparisons of storage arrays.

    On the demand side, multiple factors contribute to a newly dynamic and competitive environment. Enterprises are keeping more data and seeking to do more with the data they keep. Beyond data growth, consolidated virtual server environments create a highly random work load that is challenging for traditional storage arrays. Desktop virtualization creates yet another new set of challenging storage workloads.

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