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NAS storage systems satisfaction survey: EMC, Hitachi earn top marks
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of January 2013
NAS storage systems are the storage workhorses of most data centers; EMC's and Hitachi Data Systems' NAS entries lead a strong field in our satisfaction survey. The Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Quality Awards for network-attached storage (NAS) have always been a wide open affair. The enterprise group has had six different winners in seven years, and after NetApp Inc. dominated early with three straight wins, there have been four different midrange NAS winners. In the latest installment of the user satisfaction survey, EMC Corp. regained the top spot among the enterprise group after being nudged out of the top NAS storage systems spot by Oracle Corp. last year, and Hitachi Data Systems Corp. prevailed among the midrange products, its first win since topping the enterprise field in the very first NAS Quality Awards survey. Overall rankings Overall ratings: Enterprise NAS systems Enterprise: EMC had the highest scores in two of the rating categories and tied for first in another on its way to a winning overall score of 6.84. ...
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