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Initial product quality
"It's a piece of cake--really no issues, just plug and play," says Rush Enterprises' Williams of HP's EVA8000 (6.58). Yaple, at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, manages EVA5000s/8000s, as well as a couple of EMC Clariion CX300 Series arrays. "As far as getting the CX up and running," he says, "it's really not very complicated."
Compellent wasn't without its own quality virtues. Respondents liked Storage Center's ease of use, awarding it a 7.38 for "This product is easy to get up and running"; it also received a 7.33 for "This product is easy to use." However, they weren't as pleased with the statement "This product requires
| very little vendor intervention," giving it a 6.83.
But Compellent's big advantage relates to value. It was the clear winner when we asked respondents how they felt about the statement "This product offers good value for the money," receiving a 7.11 vs. EqualLogic's 6.95. The third-place "value product" was Hitachi with a rating of 6.81.
This was first published in April 2008