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Oracle NAS comes up big -- twice

Rich Castagna, Editorial Director
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OVERALL RATINGS

Enterprise NAS: Overall

Enterprise. Oracle’s 7.36 is the highest overall score we’ve seen in all the NAS Quality Awards surveys. EMC

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Corp. set the record in the previous survey, but Oracle bested that mark by more than half a point. Oracle set the record by earning the highest marks in all five ratings categories, with an unprecedented score of more than 7.00 in each category. EMC’s showing was nearly as impressive, finishing with a 6.99 overall score, which would have easily won any previous NAS survey.

Oracle’s ratings were strong across all categories, with its highest marks coming for its sales efforts, product feature sets, and relatively quick and painless deployments. EMC was also a strong challenger in all five categories, posting sterling scores that included two 7.00-plus ratings, with the other three coming in at 6.92 to 6.98. The other vendors also fared well, with Dell Inc. posting a very respectable 6.54 to finish third, followed by NetApp (6.40) and Hewlett-Packard Co. (6.13).

Midrange NAS: Overall

Midrange. In winning the midrange group, Oracle didn’t set a new overall score record, but it did manage to tie the best overall mark, a 7.15 set by IBM on the last survey. IBM couldn’t quite repeat its record-setting performance, but it earned a 7.02 to finish second -- only the third 7.00-plus overall score ever among midrange NAS.

Oracle and IBM battled through the five rating categories, with Oracle prevailing on four and IBM finishing first for sales-force competence. IBM came in second for three categories and third in the final one. NetApp’s solid 6.75 was good for an overall third place, followed by HP (6.42), EMC (6.35) and Dell (6.15).

This was first published in January 2012

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