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DDN Enterprise NAS Recognized as Market Leader; Ahead of IBM, HP and Dell


Ranked as Top Three NAS Storage Vendor Worldwide, DDN Offers Full End-to-End Data Life Cycle Management Merging File, Object and Block at Highest Scale

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – March 15, 2016

DataDirect Networks (DDN) today announced that it has earned top honors in the Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com Quality Awards. Enterprises have been rapidly adopting DDN Storage for data analytics, low latency network drives, content collaboration/distribution and compute intensive workflows. The growing Enterprise preference for DDN Storage is highlighted by the user community recognizing DDN for the first time in the Enterprise NAS Quality awards. An additional tribute to DDN’s capabilities is the strong ranking in the Top 3 providers with a position just 0.02 points behind EMC VNX and Isilon solutions.

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DDN jumped to the 2nd place position when looking at Initial Product Quality and Product Features, highlighting that DDN not only provides the innovative capabilities to manage today’s data intensive workflows but also makes it easy for users to install and integrate DDN Storage quickly and easily into data centers.

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The objective of the Quality Awards is to identify the most reliable products in the market. As a relative newcomer to the category DDN edged out past incumbents with end user respondents scoring the company highly in many categories including product features, fast and flawless deployment out of the box, product support and sales competency.

Enterprise workflows require “next generation NAS” solutions to provide extensive parallel access to a growing number of users and diverse applications while scaling seamlessly and delivering high performance mixed I/O support.

DDN’s products are in two-thirds of the Top 500 largest supercomputing sites in the world. Enterprises are turning to DDN, and the company’s 15 plus years of experience, to solve their large scale data storage challenges as they grapple with rapid data growth, Hadoop driven data analytics challenges and the need to leverage open source innovations. DDN solutions deliver full end-to-end data lifecycle management merging file, object and block at the high scale. The Quality Awards recognition validates the demand and rapid customer adoption for those solutions and products not only in the Enterprise but in Big Data, Cloud and HPC markets. The company’s products leverage its broad portfolio of solutions to solve demanding data problems, boosting customer ROI, simplifying environments and greatly speeding up analytics and workflows.

“No longer is Enterprise NAS used just as a tool to deliver large file throughput and file sharing. It is now strategically positioned at the center of the datacenter providing the tools to accelerate data analytics, move data across geographies and serve as the central point to manage entire workflows from SSD cache to archive and the cloud,” said Molly Rector, CMO and EVP of Product Management at DDN. “DDN has capitalized on the broadening demand for its performance optimized, Enterprise NAS end-to-end solutions GRIDScaler and EXAScaler – with more than 50 percent of new DDN customers and product revenue coming from the Enterprise market.”

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2016 Quality Awards: About the Survey

The Storage magazine/SearchStorage Quality Awards are designed to identify and recognize products that have proven their quality and reliability in actual use. The results are derived from a survey of qualified Storage/SearchStorage readers who assessed products in five main categories: sales-force competence, product features, initial product quality, product reliability and technical support. Products are rated on a 1.00 to 8.00 scale, where 8.00 is the most favorable score. This is the 10th edition of the Quality Awards for NAS systems; there were 505 valid responses to the survey providing 616 sets of ratings for vendors’ products/product lines.

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About DDN

DataDirect Networks (DDN) is the world’s leading big data storage supplier to data-intensive, global organizations. For more than 15 years, DDN has designed, developed, deployed and optimized systems, software and storage solutions that enable enterprises, service providers, universities and government agencies to generate more value and to accelerate time to insight from their data and information, on premise and in the cloud. Organizations leverage the power of DDN storage technology and the deep technical expertise of its team to capture, store, process, analyze, collaborate and distribute data, information and content at largest scale in the most efficient, reliable and cost effective manner. DDN customers include many of the world’s leading financial services firms and banks, healthcare and life science organizations, manufacturing and energy companies, government and research facilities, and web and cloud service providers. For more information, go to www.ddn.com or call 1-800-837-2298.

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