Apr 30, 2012
IT Pro Ranking: Midrange Storage Arrays
We surveyed 399 IT professionals for their perspectives on midrange storage arrays from a wide variety of vendors in our 2012 InformationWeek Midrange Storage Array Vendor Evaluation Survey. Respondents rated IBM and Dell/Compellent as best overall performers based on a set of 10 criteria, with ratings of 76% out of a possible 100%, but EMC and NetApp were close behind. Hewlett-Packard finished at the bottom of the pack with a rating of 73%.
IBM was tops in reliability and flexibility, while Dell/EqualLogic won on price, three of the top criteria cited as most important by our respondents. EMC was rated poorly on both acquisition and operational costs, reflecting the company’s traditional placement as a premium product.
According to our respondents, data protection, high availability and integration with server virtualization products are the most important features for midrange storage arrays. NetApp and Dell/Compellent have the highest overall scores when it comes to features.
While we included 13 vendors in our survey, only six product lines had enough IT users or evaluators responding to qualify for full assessment in this report. A vendor’s absence from the full evaluation is not a reflection of its performance or capabilities. (R3990512)
Survey Name InformationWeek 2012 Midrange Storage Array Vendor Evaluation Survey
Survey Date November 2011
Region North America
Number of Respondents 399
Purpose To determine preference for vendors supplying midrange storage arrays to enterprise IT organizations.
Methodology InformationWeek surveyed business technology decision-makers at North American companies. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers. Individual evaluations were conducted for vendors whose products have been used or evaluated in the past 12 months by 50 or more respondents. Respondents were asked to evaluate only those vendors/products for which they reported recent use or evaluation.