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Quality Awards IV: HP and IBM unseat NetApp
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 8 Num. 9 January 2010
NetApp, winner of all three previous Quality Awards for midrange NAS and one for enterprise NAS products, gets nudged aside as Hewlett-Packard and IBM prevail in our latest survey. After dominating the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Quality Awards for networked-attached storage (NAS) systems, NetApp has been nudged aside by Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co., among midrange vendors, and by IBM Corp., in the enterprise class, in the fourth cycle of our Quality Awards program. Respondents to the service and reliability survey made HP's midrange NAS product line the clear winner by ranking it No. 1 in all five rating categories and giving HP a comfortable margin over second-place finisher Dell Inc. Respondents' comments about the two winners were succinct and enthusiastic; an HP user simply remarked "Great!" and one very satisfied IBM customer raved, "IBM rocks!" About the Quality Awards The Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Quality Awards are designed to identify and recognize products that have proven their quality and reliability in ...
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NetApp, winner of all three previous Quality Awards for midrange NAS systems and one for enterprise NAS products, gets nudged aside as Hewlett-Packard and IBM prevail in our latest survey.
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