گزارش موسسه گارتنر درباره آرایه های ذخیره ساز همه منظوره در سال ۲۰۱۸
آرایه های ذخیره ساز همه منظوره
بر اساس گزارش سال ۲۰۱۸ موسسه گارتنر، جایگاه شرکت های فعال در زمینه آرایههای ذخیرهساز همهمنظوره به شرح زیر میباشد.
Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays
Vendor Strengths and Cautions
- DDN has significant deployments and mind share in the HPC market, where its arrays offer high-performance storage as well as archiving capabilities.
- DDN has vertical market solution specialists in life sciences, manufacturing, media, oil and gas, and finance, giving it expertise within its target verticals.
- Data services such as compression, deduplication and writeable snapshots are available only when configured as enterprise fusion architecture (EFA).
- The SFA series does not support file protocols natively, thus cannot position itself as unified storage for general-purpose use cases.
- DDN’s lack of mind share in the general-purpose storage market makes standardizing on its technology more difficult for storage architects seeking simplification.
- Innovative rental and lease offerings, multiyear enterprise license agreements, and the SC series’ perpetual right to use software license agreements that waive one-time charges when doing array refreshes keep Dell EMC on many end-user shortlists.
- A broad portfolio of storage arrays that are competitive within their respective market segments enables customers to choose storage solutions that optimally align with application needs without complicating vendor management.
- Dell EMC’s faster-than-forecast paydown of its debt and its broad product portfolio are keeping it a “safe choice” in a chaotic market.
- Dell EMC’s changes in senior management, loss of experienced sales and support personnel, and increased emphasis on hyperconverged integrated systems (HCISs), cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) are disrupting customer relationships and plans and creating opportunities for competitors.
- Managing a disparate collection of Dell EMC storage systems complicates vendor and asset management and adversely affects operational efficiency.
- Dell EMC’s strategy of “better together,” a slowdown in the cadence of significant product enhancements, and limited product rationalization may be precursors to declines in array competitiveness.
- All DX series arrays share the same microcode, administration GUI, replication and clustering for high availability.
- Fujitsu has deep and broad R&D and engineering resources that enable it to develop highly scalable multipetabyte DX8900 arrays and a family of hybrid arrays and SSAs, which all interoperate with each other.
- Data compression and deduplication are available and included in the purchase price of the DX500 and DX600 arrays.
- The high-end DX8900 arrays do not offer data compression or deduplication.
- Fujitsu made available new DX60, DX100 and DX200 S4 entry-level arrays in May 2017, which can now scale to similar capacities and performance levels as the midrange S3 arrays.
- Fujitsu does not offer a cloud gateway or connector or interface specifically for Amazon S3 or Azure with its storage arrays.
- A worldwide presence, a reputation for building reliable storage arrays, an effective support organization and being part of a large conglomerate have maintained Hitachi Vantara’s persona of being a “safe” storage vendor.
- The VSP’s common architecture, administrative tools, interoperability, ecosystem and scalability simplify the sales cycle and align well with channel capabilities.
- GAD, Hitachi Automation Director, Hitachi Infrastructure Analytics Advisor, and tiering to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) are improving usable availability and staff productivity, and keeping the VSP on user shortlists.
- Hitachi’s change in company direction and focus on its installed base leaves it generally unable to influence the GPDA storage market and puts its ability to execute its new strategy at risk.
- The vendor’s lack of HDD-level compression and deduplication, coupled with a reluctance to compete on price, limits its appeal in price-sensitive customer environments.
- Despite Hitachi Storage Advisor improvements, administrative and operational GUIs, and intuitiveness relative to Hitachi Command Suite, management complexity remains a problem within the VSP and, by inference, HNAS installed bases.
- Existing HPE 3PAR customers will be able to benefit from HPE InfoSight’s fault monitoring and predictive preventative maintenance analysis.
- HPE Nimble Storage provides competitively priced storage arrays due to an array design that uses 100% industry-standard commodity components.
- CS3000 and CS5000 arrays’ support of HDD-level compression and deduplication improves CS-Series economics across a broad range of workloads.
- 3PAR and Nimble arrays are not compatible; they use different GUIs and cannot replicate between each other.
- A lack of 3PAR HDD-level compression and deduplication makes comparing 3PAR versus CS-Series ownership costs difficult because such costs become a variable that is influenced by workloads.
- Rapidly integrating Nimble Storage into HPE will almost assuredly adversely impact existing sales and support relationships.
- Huawei’s OceanStor operating system underpins its entire general-purpose storage array portfolio, unifying and simplifying management from entry-level to high-end platforms.
- The OceanStor controller-based HyperMetro Active-Active architecture provides a cost-effective disaster recovery platform, enhancing high availability.
- Huawei’s supply chain, along with its efficient manufacturing processes, enable it to present cost-effective general-purpose storage arrays to the user community.
- Huawei employs a software value-added pricing model that complicates contract administration and makes total cost of ownership projections more difficult to determine.
- The vendor’s postsales customer support is more reactive than proactive, as it only recently introduced a cloud-connected predictive-analytics-driven support system outside of China.
- The geopolitical attitudes of leaders in some western countries may preclude organizations located in those countries from considering Huawei as a viable supplier of general-purpose storage arrays.
- The V7000 offloads compression to the compression accelerator card and thus has negligible performance overhead, as well as a compression guarantee of 2:1.
- The Storwize family and DS8000 series support a broad range of hypervisors and data protection software.
- The XIV supports secure multitenancy and integration with VMware, OpenStack and Microsoft Azure Site Recovery; all of this makes it suitable for private cloud and hybrid cloud deployments.
- The DS8000 series’ lack of native virtualization, compression and deduplication requires customers to deploy it behind a SAN volume controller (SVC) for these functions, with its accompanying cost and complexity.
- The Storwize V7000/V5000 and XIV Storage System still do not have data deduplication, which is a common data service offered by most enterprise hybrid storage vendors.
- Although the V7000 is a scale-out system, the lack of secure multitenancy makes it less attractive for private cloud deployments.
- Infinidat has achieved profitability with revenue growth balanced across North America, EMEA and the Asia/Pacific region, with new and repeat business.
- The InfiniBox is a high-end, simple-to-use, multiprotocol, low-cost general-purpose storage array that is feature- and performance-competitive with more expensive high-end arrays.
- Infinidat’s investments in direct sales and technical specialist teams help it and its channel partners to deliver valuable pre- and postsales services to large global enterprise accounts.
- Infinidat’s focus on high-end storage leaves it more vulnerable to established vendors with large product portfolios that can use their financial resources to create nonproduct barriers to entry into large accounts.
- InfiniBox does not yet offer data deduplication, synchronous replication, metro or stretch-cluster, or three-site replication.
- InfiniBox’s lack of 16 Gbps and 32 Gbps FC and 25 GbE support and a 24-port maximum may result in increased connectivity costs and limit usable scalability in input/output (I/O)-intensive environments.
- Infortrend uses independent SPC-2 test results to validate EonStor price/performance standing among midrange general-purpose storage arrays.
- Infortrend’s longevity, over two decades, as an independent technology provider of general-purpose storage arrays illustrates that it is providing value to the user community.
- Super capacitors, which last for the life of the storage system and require no maintenance, are paired with a flash module to protect against data loss due to power outages.
- Quality of service (QoS), multitenancy and vCenter plug-ins are missing EonStor features.
- Limited penetration in the Americas may unfavorably impact responsive service and support.
- Infortrend’s client care infrastructure does not include phone home or cloud-connected analytics support.
- The Inspur AS18000 series supports a broad range of hypervisors and backup vendors.
- The AS18000 series also supports local mirroring and snapshots, as well as remote replication in both synchronous and asynchronous modes, thus providing multiple levels and types of data protection.
- The autotiering feature supports four different tiers of storage, as well as the ability to archive data to the cloud via an embedded cloud gateway.
- Inspur lacks significant presence and overall brand awareness outside of Greater China.
- The AS5000G2 supports in-line compression, but does not support data deduplication. The AS18000 lacks data reduction technologies, such as compression and deduplication.
- A lack of secure multitenancy may be impediments when customers evaluate Inspur as a solution to deliver infrastructure as a service.
- Lenovo has a global service and support organization that makes it more appealing to international corporations.
- Both the DS Series and V Series storage arrays are proven technology with an established record of incremental enhancements.
- Utilizing IBM’s Spectrum Virtualize software at its core, the Lenovo Storage V Series storage array facilitates data migration from other enterprise storage arrays.
- Lenovo’s reliance on OEM relationships limits its control over product roadmaps and the ability to create differentiated storage offerings.
- Lenovo does not offer a cloud-connected client support infrastructure for the ThinkSystem DS Series and Lenovo Storage V Series.
- Selling architecturally dissimilar arrays that lack interoperability or common management tools complicates infrastructure management and sales cycles.
- NEC offers deep integration with VMware environments and supports VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs), VMware Storage Replication Adapters and vCenter plug-ins.
- The NEC Mx10 Series uses MAID technology, which reduces power consumption by automatically turning off HDDs when they are in idle state.
- The Mx10 Series integrates with NEC’s disk-based backup and archive deduplication appliance, HYDRAstor, via DirectDataShadow software, thus streamlining the backup and archive process.
- Compression and deduplication are supported via a third-party appliance, SANblox from Permabit, which was recently acquired by Red Hat, resulting in deployment complexity and increased risk of early product obsolescence.
- The lack of a significant presence outside of Japan means those customers must carry out a more comprehensive due diligence of NEC’s local postsales support capabilities.
- The Mx10 Series requires procuring an additional NAS gateway to enable file protocols.
- NetApp’s realigning its storage array series to clearly identified use cases and focusing on all-flash FAS has improved customer confidence in the vendor’s future direction.
- The Data Fabric architecture integrates NetApp products with the cloud and is an intelligible, easy-to-understand strategy.
- Ontap 9.2 software provides agility and data management features for application developers in a transparent manner, which makes the underlying storage array hardware transparent.
- The E-Series provides commodity-level functionality, competes on price and is often considered a tactical, rather than strategic, product choice.
- NetApp now sells more SSAs than disk-based general-purpose arrays.
- NetApp is not using an all-inclusive software pricing model with its FAS arrays, but a set of base and advanced bundles that somewhat simplify acquisition cycles and deployment decisions.
- Oracle offers multiple host interface protocols, enabling support for SANs and NAS infrastructures.
- Independent SPC-2 test results provide transparency regarding ZFS Storage Appliance performance.
- Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC) and Oracle Intelligent Storage Protocol (OISP) maximize the capacity utilization and performance associated with Oracle Database 12c.
- The ZFS Storage Appliance does not support a native interface to AWS or Microsoft Azure.
- Multitenancy support is a missing feature in the ZFS Storage Appliance platform.
- Adoption of the specific features associated with Oracle applications and databases raises concerns about vendor lock-in.
- As a provider of general-purpose storage arrays, Promise has exhibited staying power in a highly competitive market by focusing on the requirements associated with media and entertainment, postproduction, and video surveillance deployments.
- Promise provides timely certification for the latest versions of the macOS operating system versions, as well as support for asymmetric logical unit access (ALUA) to enhance availability and load balancing in a SAN infrastructure.
- The VTrak A-Class Shared SAN storage appliance supports up to eight VTrak E5000 or VTrak Ex30 RAID nodes, enabling capacity to scale to 7 PBs.
- Autotiering, thin provisioning, QoS, multitenancy and data reduction are missing features in the VTrak E5000 and VTrak Ex30 RAID platforms.
- Promise’s client support infrastructure is a reactive model that is unable to predict potential issues concerning performance and capacity, or perform online root cause analysis.
- Promise relies on a rather shortlist of Tier 1 channel partners and system integrators for its financial well-being.
- The QXS series offers responsive and granular tiering features.
- QXS offers highly resilient array controllers and enclosures from a heat, dust and vibration perspective, which meet both NEBS and MIL-SPEC criteria.
- Quantum has a unique focus on verticals such as media content production and video surveillance, with well-established partnerships with vendors in these verticals.
- The lack of support for file protocols decreases QXS appeal in the midsize enterprise segment, which increasingly prefers unified storage solutions.
- Additional licenses are required for snapshots, replication and tiering.
- Performance and capacity does not scale linearly as the QXS series does not support a scale-out architecture or a distributed file system.
- Synology DiskStation Manager (DSM) is feature-rich and updated at a regular cadence.
- Synology has a strong presence and mind share in the entry-level and midsize NAS market.
- The Synology arrays integrate with all major public cloud vendors for use cases such as file sync and share and archiving.
- Synology has a limited presence and mind share in the enterprise storage market.
- Its storage array platforms can perform a multitude of server and storage roles, thus creating potential confusion during the buying cycle.
- Synology storage arrays lack scale-out capabilities.
- Tegile has demonstrated an ability to adapt quickly and implement new features, purchase methods (such as all-inclusive storage software features) and monthly storage subscription charges.
- Tegile now has large 1 PB, high-availability scale-out arrays that have proven real-world 1,000,000 IOPS capabilities.
- Tegile’s arrays are modern designs that have all the features that incumbent arrays have plus more, such as compression and deduplication for hybrid HDD/SSD arrays.
- Most of the vendor’s growth is from the solid-state/flash products, not from the HDD or hybrid arrays.
- Western Digital will have to make significant investments in marketing, sales and support capabilities to grow Tegile’s customer base without negatively impacting customer satisfaction.
- Synchronous replication is still not available with the Tegile hybrid arrays.
- Tintri’s status as a publicly traded storage company differentiates it from privately held storage companies and will give it more credibility in many competitive situations.
- TGC and VM Scale-out software improves T800 Series’ attractiveness in small, midsize and large opportunities by simplifying provisioning and optimizing costs.
- Tintri has a diversified hybrid and SSA product portfolio running the same OS and management platform, with superb ease of use and competitive compression and deduplication features.
- Tintri’s IPO generated less cash than anticipated, which could adversely affect its growth plans and ability to reach profitability.
- Tintri’s decision to only support VMs via NFS or SMB3 file protocol access, and the limited scalability of its T800 Series arrays, forces customers that have not fully virtualized their infrastructure and/or large-capacity demands to pursue a dual vendor storage strategy.
- The inclusion of more storage features in hypervisors and hyperconverged systems competes directly with Tintri’s value proposition.
Vendors Added and Dropped
- Dell Technologies (now integrated into Dell EMC)
- Nimble Storage (acquired by HPE)
- X-IO Technologies
Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria
- Bundled all the hardware and software needed to store and retrieve data using industry-standard block and/or file host connection protocols into a storage array
- Implemented architectures with no single points of hardware failure
- Sold system through indirect or OEM channels, maintained brand awareness with end users, and had an average selling price of more than $24,999
- Annual company revenue of $50 million or more
- A multinational presence and 24/7 support capabilities
- Inclusion of dual-controller, scale-out and high-end storage systems in the same Magic Quadrant does not imply that the differences in usable availability, scalability, performance/throughput and functionality in these different architectural approaches are insignificant.