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Critical Capabilities for Primary Storage

Published: 17 October 2022


Primary storage arrays and software-defined storage are crucial to business-critical, hybrid cloud use cases. I&O leaders need to assess platform offerings, core technologies and vendor business model capabilities across various use cases, which are driving IT operating model strategies.

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Key Findings
  • Vendor investment in software-driven artificial intelligence for IT operations is transforming IT infrastructure into a predictive, intelligent data services management platform, with the potential to substantially reduce hardware administration and support costs.

  • Managed storage as a service is targeted at replacing traditional IT hardware administration and capital expenditure sourcing with consumption-based platforms that accelerate IT innovation across a broad spectrum of data services technology partnerships.

  • Software-defined storage initiatives extend on-premises storage workloads to operate seamlessly across the hybrid platform substrate with SaaS-based central control and data planes to augment platform management and data services offerings.

  • Cloud IT operations use cases lean

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  • DDN NexentaStor
  • DDN VMstore T7000-Series
  • Dell Technologies PowerFlex
  • Dell Technologies PowerMax
  • Hitachi Vantara VSP 5600
  • Hitachi Vantara VSS Block
  • HPE Nimble/Alletra 6000
  • HPE Primera/Alletra 9000
  • Huawei OceanStor Dorado V6
  • Huawei OceanStor Pacific
  • IBM FlashSystems
  • IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud
  • InfiniBox/InfiniBox SSA II
  • Inspur HF18000G5/HF5000G5
  • NetApp AFF A-Series
  • NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP
  • Pure Storage Cloud Block Store
  • Pure Storage Flash Array//X Series
  • Zadara zStorage
  • Performance
  • Storage Efficiency
  • RAS
  • Scalability
  • Ecosystem
  • Multitenancy and Security
  • Manageability
  • Online Transaction Processing
  • Server Virtualization and VDI
  • Containers
  • Application Consolidation
  • Cloud IT Operations

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Critical Capabilities: A deeper look into provider offerings

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As a companion to the Magic Quadrant™, a Critical Capabilities report scores competing products and services against a set of meaningful differentiators. It reveals which options are the best fit in various use cases to help you focus on the vendors best suited to your needs.

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