Quality Awards IV: HP and IBM unseat NetApp


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For enterprise-class NAS systems, NetApp nearly repeated its Quality Awards III win but was upset by IBM by the narrowest margin we've ever seen in the NAS evaluations -- an extremely slim 0.04 points. But NetApp should find some consolation in IBM's close victory as IBM resells NetApp's NAS products. Because the Quality Awards seeks feedback on a range of activities that affect users' experiences -- not just the speeds, feeds and features of the product -- it's not uncommon for two vendors selling essentially the same product to end up being ranked very differently.

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Products in Storage magazine's Quality Awards survey

The following products were included in the Quality Awards for NAS IV survey (the number of ratings responses are in parentheses).


  • BlueArc Corp. Titan 1100, Mercury 50/100*
  • Dell Inc. PowerVault NF100/NF500/NF600, NX300/NX1950/NX3000/NX4 (60)
  • EMC Corp. Celerra NX4, NS-120 (53)
  • Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. ProLiant DL Storage Servers, StorageWorks Network Storage System X1000/X3000 (63)
  • Hitachi Data Systems Essential NAS Platform 1000 Series (13)
  • IBM Corp. N3000/N5000 (38)
  • LSI Corp. (formerly ONStor) Cougar 3000 NAS Gateway*
  • NetApp FAS200/FAS900, FAS2000 (all with NAS interface) (69)
  • Overland Storage Inc. (formerly Adaptec) Snap Server 620/650*
  • Panasas Inc. ActiveStor 7 Series/8 Series*
  • Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) InfiniteStorage NAS2000/NAS3000, NEXIS 2000/NEXIS 7000*
  • Sun Microsystems Inc. StorEdge 5210/5220, Sun Storage 7110/7210/7310 Unified Storage System (28)


  • BlueArc Titan 2000/3000 series*
  • DataDirect Networks Inc. GRIDScaler/EXAScaler/xSTREAMScaler*
  • EMC Celerra NS-480/NS-960 (58)
  • Exanet Inc. EX1500*
  • Hewlett-Packard StorageWorks EFS Clustered Gateway, 4400 Scalable NAS File Services, 9100 Extreme Data Storage System (30)
  • Hitachi Data Systems Lightning Blade, TagmaStore Blade, AMS1000/500/200, WMS100 with NAS Option, Hitachi NAS Platform 3000 Series (27)
  • IBM N6000/N7000 (31)
  • Isilon Systems Inc. Isilon IQ*
  • LSI (formerly ONStor) Cougar 6000 Series NAS Gateway*
  • NetApp FAS3000/FAS3100, FAS6000 (all with NAS interface) (83)
  • Panasas ActiveStor 9 Series*
  • SGI InfiniteStorage NEXIS 9000*
  • Sun StorEdge 5310/5320, Sun Storage 7420 (20)

* Too few responses to be included in final tabulations; at least 13 complete sets of responses are required.

This was first published in January 2009

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