Oracle NAS comes up big -- twice

Rich Castagna, Editorial Director

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Enterprise: Reliability

Enterprise. This was a closely contested category, but Oracle triumphed once again with five 7.00-plus scores

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to four for EMC for an overall edge of 7.28 to 7.10, respectively. Product reliability is typically one of the strongest categories for enterprise NAS products, and all finalist vendors performed well this time; Dell showed its enterprise muscle with good scores on patching issues to come in third with a 6.68, followed by NetApp (6.38) and HP (6.30).

Breaking down the numbers

  • Oracle had the top single statement score with a 7.44 for “The product meets my service-level requirement.”
  • EMC registered the second-highest statement score, a 7.37 for the key statement “This product experiences very little downtime.”
  • You can apparently count on enterprise NAS, as scores for the downtime statement were solid across the board for an aggregate 6.91 average.
Midrange: Reliability

Midrange. Oracle was pressured by IBM for midrange NAS reliability honors but ultimately outpaced its rival, 7.22 to 7.00. Of the five statements in this category, Oracle had only one sub-7.00 score, while IBM had two. 

Third-place finisher NetApp (6.70) had the only other above-7.00 statement score in the group for systems that experienced little downtime.

Breaking down the numbers

  • Three vendors scored more than 7.00 for the statement “This product experiences very little downtime”: Oracle (7.46), IBM (7.15) and NetApp (7.05).
  • IBM’s 7.17 for “Patches can be applied nondisruptively” was the best in the group.
  • Vendors might want to revisit their upgrading procedures: “Vendor provides comprehensive upgrade guidance” netted the lowest averages among all vendors.

This was first published in January 2012

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