Top 5 Alternative Enterprise Storage Vendors
Storage for enterprises have come a long way in the recent years and may different vendors are starting to capitalize on that market. Just a decade ago, if you wanted storage, you would be looking at 15,000 RPM drives that have a capacity of between 72 and 144 Gigabytes. And these kinds of storages ran very hot and often failed more often than the small 7,200 RPM drive.
Fast forward to now, there are some great enterprise vendors that give their customers great storage that will keep all of their data safe. And Formation Modern Enterprise Storage is one of those companies, but there are some other great ones out there that you can choose from.
- EMC/XtremIO is a newer company that has been around for a year, but they have shown some great strides in storage. Their software XtremIO is an all-flash array, which comes with higher scalability, configuration types, improved compression, and better handling of workloads and this is all on the 3.0 version. And EMC gives their customers data protections, fast throughput, and deduplication.
- NetApp gives their customers two kinds of storage, EP540, and EP550. Most of their competitors use level boarddrives, but NetApp uses 2U storage arrays that have 2.5 in SAS SSD drives.
- SanDisk/ Fusion-IO this is a merged company, SanDisk, which you probably recognize as the place that makes SD cards actually purchased Fusion-IO recently but their products are still the same. The main product is the Dynamic Data Placement; this gives their customers auto-tiering between the hard disks and flash. And it automatically moves any hot blocks of data to the flash layer and cold blocks to the hard disk layer.
- Oracle/Pillar uses flash that is put onto x86 and Sparc servers, but they have a separate SAN storage, Pillar. Pillar storage array is application aware with SAN and NAS and supports Fibre Channel, iSCSI modules, and NAS because it has spinning disks with flash and has storage on a single system.
- IBM/ Texas Memory Systems was first an SSD storage system that started in 1978. It came out with its first line of SSDs in the early 2000s. It utilizes SLC as well as eMLC also known as enterprise multi-level cell drives. These are designed specifically for enterprise use, and they have a lower chance of error than MLCs. But they do offer SSD, DRAM caching, as well as PCIe flash.
These companies are just some of the thousand different alternative enterprise storage vendors on the market that will be able to help you keep all of your business data safe. When you are looking for a storage vendor, you want to get quotes and explain everything you expect from them upfront. This will help you pick the right one for your needs and the right price. You don’t want to pay for things you don’t need or for services that you won’t use.