Quality Awards II: The elite of enterprise arrays


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The winner
Last year, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Corp. captured the first Diogenes Labs–Storage magazine Quality Award for enterprise arrays, winning four out of five categories. In the 2006 edition of the survey, HDS has consolidated its claim as the top-rated array by repeating as the winner, sweeping all five categories. Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. moved up from its third-place finish in 2005 to a solid second, placing second in every category. EMC Corp., which was fifth last year, moved up two notches to third, while IBM Corp. remained in fourth. The biggest surprise was Sun Microsystems Inc., which was a strong second in 2005 but fell to last place this year. We also included 3PAR Inc. in our survey this year, but it didn't garner enough responses to be statistically valid for the award.

Dean Register, an IT integrator at a Midwestern energy company, recently replaced the company's IBM TotalStorage ESS 800 with an HDS TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform (USP) 1100. "Administratively, it [the IBM array] was relatively easy to use," says Register, but "the box did not scale very well; you couldn't load it down." The new TagmaStore is a different story. "The Tagma is a genuine industrial-strength box that was built for speed," he says.

The TagmaStore USP system was too new to be included in our 2005 survey. Although TagmaStore was included in this year's survey, it accounted for only 41% of the HDS-related

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responses. In contrast, EMC's new DMX systems constituted 59% of its respondents. IBM also had a very low rate of new system responses, with just 29% related to the newest DS systems and the balance for various generations of "Shark" arrays.

This was first published in September 2006

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