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Quality Awards V enterprise arrays: NetApp alone at the top
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 9 Num. 1 March 2010
After tying with EMC in the last Quality Awards, NetApp prevails this time to nudge out EMC and IBM, which tied for second. NetApp Inc. continues to shed its "NAS-only" image with another impressive outing in the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Quality Awards for enterprise arrays. After a tie with EMC Corp. for the top spot in the last Quality Awards survey for this product category, NetApp is alone in the winner's circle this time around. NetApp's win was by a slim margin -- just 0.06 points -- and just barely ahead of EMC and IBM Corp., which tied for second with an overall rating of 6.45 compared with NetApp's 6.51. At the top of the enterprise array heap this time, NetApp's ratings have surged, especially considering its last-place finish the first time its product lines were included in this category just a few surveys back. Just like the fourth edition of the Quality Awards for enterprise arrays, the scores for the seven qualifying vendors (of eight included in the survey) were high across the board, with five of seven...
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In the last Quality Awards for enterprise arrays, NetApp and EMC finished in a dead-heat for first place. This time, NetApp ekes out a narrow victory over archrival EMC.
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