Gartner has just released his magic quadrant for primary storage. A new magic quadrant that replaces two more: the magic quadrant for SSD storage arrays and the magic quadrant for multifunctional storage arrays. The suppliers in this quadrant offer hybrid storage arrays, SSD arrays, or both, developed internally or purchased as part of an OEM contract, says Gartner.
The primary purpose of a primary storage array is to support structured data workloads that respond to response time and the number of I / O & # 39; s per second (IOPS), Gartner says in his report. Typical usage situations include critical application executions, traditional database workloads and internal transactional applications.
It is Netapp that dominates this magical 2019 quadrant for Pure Storage, which compares to it in completeness, but is still a lot lower in execution capacity, and is reset to both criteria for Dell EMC. In addition to Netapp, Pure Storage and Dell EMC, Gatner also stands out leaders : HPE, IBM, Infinidat, Huawei and Hitachi Vantara. Kaminario, ranked last year in the leader quadrant of the magic quadrant for SSD storage arrays, will be relegated to the visionary square this year.
In May 2018, NetApp was one of the first major storage vendors to offer NVMe drives and NVMe-oF connectivity with its AFF A800 array Gartner says. Although most primary storage providers have a cloud strategy, NetApp ONTAP today offers the best possible integration with leading cloud storage providers (Amazon, Google and Microsoft). NetApp storage arrays in private data centers can replicate, back up or archive data to a public cloud and support hybrid application architectures.
Gartner points to Netapp's three strong points: its Data Fabric strategy, with which it can position itself as a storage solution for hybrid environments; are Active IQ technology that, by combining predictive analysis and community knowledge, has enabled it to improve customer satisfaction; and its SSD bays, which enabled the end-to-end NVMe standard to be approved.
But Gartner points out some weak points: customers questioned by Gartner report that the effectiveness of after-sales support has been irregular and has had a negative impact on overall customer satisfaction ; NetApp prospects and customers in emerging markets must choose reliable distribution partners, the company's ability to export directly in these countries remains largely ; the EF series is only a performance-based array and does not have a full set of data management services .
About Pure Storage, Gartner notes that, like his Pure Storage product strategy, his commercial programs & # 39; s designed around simplicity . The company recently upgraded its storage program Evergreen, That provides takeover loans to modernize its controllers and the capacity of its existing infrastructure The company has also brought a model of cloud consumption.
Gartner emphasizes the simplicity of Pure Storage, fundamental feature of its product and support strategy, which reduces complexity, administration and maintenance. From product to support, the company develops a customer-focused culture that leads to exceptional customer satisfaction and retention . The software and hardware modules that DirectFlash has developed itself have made it possible to catch up with NVMe technology and give access to new generation technologies without breaking .
However, Gartner notes that customers are expressing concern that the company has insufficient local support in emerging countries that she has struggling to achieve sustainable profitability, causing some customers to worry about long-term viability and that society does not offer an economical hybrid network solution that can limit competitiveness in some data centers .
About Dell EMC, Gartner points out that the manufacturer has a broad portfolio of primary, medium and high-end entry level arrays, suitable for a wide variety of workloads and with a strong and reliable partner network in both emerging and mature markets But the research firm points out Continuous alignment of processes, procedures and product support staff, resulting in sporadic and inconsistent customer support Gartner also notes that PowerMax arrays do not offer end-to-end NVMe functions Although they support internal NVMe SSD support. Finally the lack of interoperability between Dell storage systems EMC adds complexity to management and operational inefficiency when deployed in large IT infrastructures .