Top Enterprise Flash Array Storage – 2016 Edition

According to the IT Central Station community, the most important criteria when choosing an enterprise flash array storage is simply the speed and flexibility it offers your organization.   All-flash storage options may differ on capacity, drive type, networking options and features, but each option should be individually evaluated to the needs of your company. The trick is to find the right array with the highest performance yet lowest cost.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 46,000 views of the top enterprise flash array storage vendors by real users in 2015 and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing vendors on IT Central Station.

Enterprise Flash Array Storage

If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our Enterprise Flash Array Storage page on IT Central Station at https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/enterprise-flash-array-storage#top_rated.

Backup Solution Review Roundup: Acronis vs. EMC vs. Veeam

This week’s review roundup is a selection from recent reviews of Backup solutions written by IT Central Station community members.

backupOur community members have shared a range of informative reviews, giving readers real user experiences of these IT solutions. Making sure you use the right Backup solution can be critical to the smooth operation of your business. Read what our real users have to say about the solutions they are using:

Acronis – “It allows us to backup our remote sites to a local NAS device, and allows for easy retrieval of data…back in the early days it was almost impossible to get a week’s worth of backup data without having to start all over again. And by that I mean uninstall, reinstall the whole product. It suffers from these issues less now but that is because we have learned which way to deal with the software and how best to make it work in our environment. It does not do “what it says on the tin” at all. You have to work it out yourself.” Read the full review here.

EMC Data Domain – “Efficient De-duplication, highly efficient replication, Data Domain BOOST for enabling a level of ‘Source-Side’ De-duplication.For many clients it has provided a Backup & Archive tier of storage separate from primary storage systems, replicated so as to eliminating the need for tape and has enabled organisations to achieve backups within backup windows and provide an appropriate place to tier and archive inactive data too whilst ensuring it is protected, secure and recoverable. Tighter integration with certain storage arrays or software for even more seamless data tiering perhaps, however the system is quite hard to fault as it ‘just works’.” Read the full review here.

Veeam – “Veeam has saved us many hours retrieving deleted files as well as testing backups. Our old backup solution was getting to the point where we could not go more than a couple of days without backups failing. With Veeam we have not had any time where backups did not run. We also have been able to run since January 2014 with no “failed” backups. The performance is slow when making changes. I am unable to determine if the cause is slow disk that we use for our storage, of if Veeam is slow. When I delete a VM in Veeam it takes about 20 minutes to delete the backups with 83 restore points.” Read the full review here.

Visit IT Central Station to browse other reviews of Backup solutions including Backup Exec, Avamar, Druva, and Bacula Enterprise. What Backup solution are you using? Tell us about it!

 

CIO.com—8 Tips and Questions for Choosing Software Vendors

In a recent post for IT Central Station’s Executive Interview Series with Diane Schwarz, we took an in-depth look at specific tech buying decisions for a specific industry. Now let’s take a look at the results of a survey of executives from a variety of industries by CIO.com.CIO.com

CIO.com asked dozens of IT executives for some answers about how to choose a software vendor.

They summarized the survey in a recent post on CIO.com and provided these eight suggested questions to ask yourselves when searching for an enterprise-level software vendor who best fits your needs.

  1. Figure out what it is you really need
  2. Check the software provider’s credentials and certificates
  3. What do other customers have to say? [Here at IT Central Station!]
  4. Can it scale?
  5. Check for hidden or additional fees.
  6. Who gets custody of your data in the case of divorce?
  7. Take a test drive.
  8. Agree to key performance indicators (KPIs) before signing a contract.

For more details about each question from CIO.com, click here.

4 More Questions to Ask Software Vendors from CIO.com

Will the software integrate easily with our existing systems? The last thing you want to find out after you have spent a lot of time and money on new software is that it doesn’t work with your legacy systems, especially when you thought it would.

How easy is it to set up and train users? “Most vendors will provide training,” notes Barbara Ware, Marketing Director, Bravepoint, a provider of business solutions. “Make sure it’s included with the implementation costs.”

How will you support me after the sale? “Do your homework and make sure the vendor has been around a while,” says Ware.

How are updates and upgrades managed? “Updates should be cloud-based for ease of installation,” says Ware. And they should not disrupt business

Check out what others are saying about these vendors and solutions on IT Central Station:

 

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