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The third year of the Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards for enterprise arrays saw some shifts among the vendors, but a familiar theme prevailed as Hitachi Data Systems won again.
In horse racing, it's called the Triple Crown. In bowling, it's known as a turkey and in hockey, it's a hat trick. We're inclined to call Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Corp.'s three victories in a row in the Diogenes Labs–Storage magazine Quality Award for enterprise arrays "remarkable."
"Their hardware is rock solid," says Carlo Tosti, technical specialist at TD Bank Financial Group in Toronto. Tosti's group has a variety of HDS TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform (USP) and Lightning 9900 Series arrays in its shop, which over the years has evolved into an all-HDS environment. Keith Fisher, manager of information processing in the Office of Information Technology for the State of NJ, concurs with Tosti. At one point, the state agency had a mix of EMC Corp., HDS and IBM Corp. storage. "As the boxes got old, went away and we bought new stuff, it was all Hitachi," says Fisher.
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This was first published in July 2007