Oracle NAS comes up big -- twice

Rich Castagna, Editorial Director

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Enterprise: Features

Enterprise. Even after a good sales experience and a problem-free implementation, it still comes down to what

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the system can do. Apparently, Oracle users are happy enough with their systems’ capabilities to help earn the vendor a 7.47 score for features. That’s the highest-ever score for enterprise NAS, and it helped build an overall group average for the product features category that was also a record breaker. EMC finished second with a 7.04, the second-best score ever and enough to have prevailed in previous surveys.

Breaking down the numbers

  • Oracle’s top scores were a 7.56 for management features and a 7.50 for mirroring features.
  • EMC was the only other vendor getting 7.00-plus scores: a 7.08 for mirroring features, 7.15 for management features and 7.30 for capacity scaling.
  • NetApp was again the model of consistency, finishing third with a 6.66 average built on scores ranging from 6.35 to 6.93 on the category’s seven statements.
Midrange: Features

Midrange. IBM racked up three statement scores of more than 7.00 to earn a category average of 6.99, but couldn’t overtake Oracle’s six 7.00-plus tallies and 7.24 category score. System capabilities don’t seem to be a concern among midrange NAS products, as all vendors fared well in this category.

The overall category average was 6.66, enough to edge out the last survey’s average.

Breaking down the numbers

  • Oracle’s highest marks were posted for mirroring (7.39) and management (7.34); its lowest score was a still-lofty 6.93 for “This product is interoperable with other vendors’ products.”
  • IBM’s three above-7.00 scores included a 7.33 for mirroring, 7.23 for remote replication and 7.15 for snapshots.
  • NetApp’s sturdy third-place 6.85 featured a 6.94 for snapshotting and a 6.94 for remote replication.

This was first published in January 2012

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