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Quality Awards: Big and small Quantum tape libraries lead the field

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Product features

Enterprise. IBM managed to slow down the Quantum juggernaut a bit in the product features rating category; it wasn’t enough to deny a victory, but certainly enough to give the company a run for its money. Quantum edged out IBM, 6.72 to 6.63, although IBM managed to prevail on two of the eight category statements, gaining its highest marks for management features and user interface.

ENTERPRISE TAPE LIBRARIES: PRODUCT FEATURES

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Breaking down the numbers

  • Quantum had the only 7.00-plus statement score with a 7.15 for scaling; it was just shy of 7.00 for performance (6.95) and an overall feature set that meets users’ needs (6.90).
  • IBM’s highest scores were for scaling (6.78), overall feature set (6.74) and performance (6.73).
  • All four vendors rated highly, with all statement scores coming in above 6.00.

Midrange. Quantum kicked into overdrive with its second 7.00-plus category score, a very impressive 7.06 that resulted from scoring more than 7.00 on seven of the eight category statements. Rarely out of the top three statement leaders in this category, IBM’s 6.63 earned it second-place honors, while Oracle’s 6.55 put it in third.

MIDRANGE TAPE LIBRARIES: PRODUCT FEATURES

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Breaking down the numbers

  • Quantum’s highest scores were for management features (a very impressive 7.24) and interoperability (7.21).
  • IBM’s top mark (6.81) was for overall feature set, while Oracle’s high score was earned for loading and ejecting tapes efficiently (6.73).
  • Scores were strong for the entire field, with a record product features category average of 6.39.

This was first published in December 2011

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