NetApp tops enterprise array field again


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If it hasn't done so already, NetApp is shaking off that "only NAS" label with yet another big win in the Quality Awards for Enterprise Arrays.

Products in the survey

These products were included in the seventh Quality Awards for Enterprise Arrays survey (the number of responses for finalists is in parentheses).

  • EMC Corp. Symmetrix DMX/DMX-3/DMX-4 or VMAX/VMAXe (90)
  • Fujitsu Eternus DX8400 or DX8700*
  • Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. XP Series/HP StorageWorks P9000 Series/HP P10000 3PAR Storage Systems/HP 3PAR T-Class Storage Systems (82)
  • Hitachi Data Systems USP/USP V/VSP Series (35)
  • IBM DS8000 Series or XIV Storage System (45)
  • NetApp Inc. FAS6000 Series or V6000 Series (60)

*Too few responses to qualify

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By now, everyone should be convinced: NetApp Inc. is an enterprise data storage powerhouse and not just a major network-attached storage (NAS) player. For the fourth survey in a row, NetApp has won top honors in the Storage magazine/ Quality Awards for Enterprise Arrays (including one shared win with EMC Corp.). As it did the last time out, NetApp won on the strength of top scores in four of the five rating categories to roll up an overall average rating of 6.69.

But NetApp’s margin of victory over second-place finisher IBM (6.61) was slim, which reflects how close the competition was in all the rating categories. Hitachi Data Systems Corp. was also in the hunt, ultimately coming in third with a strong overall 6.46, followed by EMC (6.30) and Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. (6.25).

About the survey

The Storage magazine/ Quality Awards are designed to identify and recognize products that have proven their quality and reliability in actual use. The results are derived from a survey of qualified readers who assess products in five main categories: sales-force competence, initial product quality, product features, product reliability and technical support. Our methodology incorporates statistically valid polling that eliminates market share as a factor. Our objective is to identify the most reliable products on the market regardless of vendor name, reputation or size. Products were rated on a scale of 1.00 to 8.00, where 8.00 is the best score. A total of 213 respondents provided 320 system evaluations.

This was first published in March 2012

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