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Users rate Dell and Hitachi as best NAS storage vendors
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of January 2014 Vol. 12 No. 11
Storage magazine's eighth Quality Awards service and reliability survey on the best NAS storage systems had Dell besting the enterprise group and Hitachi topping the midrange. Storage managers trying to dig their way out from growing piles of file data might hate the fact that they need to buy another network-attached storage (NAS) box. But their hate quickly turns into the closest thing to love you'll find in a data center when they actually get that new NAS up and running. About the Survey Over the past eight years, our Quality Awards survey measuring user satisfaction with NAS storage products has yielded some of the highest scores among all categories. The latest crop of evaluations continues this trend, with Dell Inc. grabbing its first win for best NAS storage and emerging as the favorite among enterprise-class NAS systems; Hitachi Data Systems Corp., often considered an enterprise vendor, topped the midrange group for the second year in a row. There were seven product lines qualifying in each group. This year's survey had...
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