lion-thumbThe famous saying that March “comes in like a lion” is typically attributed more to weather trends than industry or business trends. But the first half of March 2016 has been filled with dramatic announcements, industry changing innovation and disruption in storage market leadership. With the recent announcements of a wide range of rack scale Flash systems (check out the latest DDN all flash array updates), new innovations to dramatically increase IOPS through smart software (DDN IME and EMC DSSD) and continuing the trend to drive down cost/GB of SSD storage from a wide range of components and systems, it has been an exciting month. The storage industry is not one in which innovation can stop for even a day if a vendor wants to stay at the front of the pack.

All the innovation has not been left just to SSD and block storage devices. This month’s announcement of Tech Target’s 10th Annual Enterprise NAS Quality Awards introduced another shake up. DDN was recognized as an Enterprise NAS provider for the first time in this award series. And we didn’t just show up on the radar of the Enterprise NAS market, we came in recognized in the top 3 providers! True to what our customer adoption trends over the past 2 years have exhibited – the enterprise is ready for a new type of NAS. DDN GRIDScaler and EXAScaler NAS solutions deliver to today’s demanding Enterprise market:

  • Hardware designed to leverage the full performance of SSD devices, delivering the highest IOPS and highest reliability of All Flash Array NAS solutions available
  • Software designed to optimize the use of Flash for write and read acceleration (leveraging DDN IME and SFX software)
  • Parallel access framework to accelerate data analytics, Hadoop map reduce jobs and hosting environments with a large number of concurrent users
  • Integrated, end-to-end data management to simply and cost effectively tier from SSD to spinning disk then off to tape or cloud-based archive
  • Industry leading high density data center footprint

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Enterprises have been rapidly adopting DDN Storage for their data analytics, low latency network drives, content collaboration and distribution, and compute intensive workflows. 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 their data centers.

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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.

  • Molly Rector
  • Molly Rector
  • CMO, EVP Product Management and Worldwide Marketing
  • Date: March 15, 2016