DCIG is an analyst firm focusing on archive, backup, retrieval and storage systems, as well as information management and data security. For its newest DCIG 2013Midrange Deduplicating Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide, DCIG evaluated more than 45 offerings from 10 companies. After completing an initial questionnaire, the capabilities of participating companies were assessed based on both the questionnaire as well as information available in the public domain. Solutions were then evaluated for more than 100 characteristics, and weighted after conversations with end-users. Solutions were assessed and ranked either “Best-in-Class,” “Recommended,” “Excellent,” “Good,” or “Basic” across functionality and capability relative to the overall market landscape.
NEC HYDRAstor HS8-4000 and HS8-3000 models earned DCIG’s overall top “Best-in-Class” designation, and also captured four of the top five rankings. HYDRAstor also earned the top “Best-in-Class” ranking and all top five rankings in the Hardware category. HYDRAstor appliances achieved these high rankings by offering the top Hardware rankings, as well as most scalable hardware among the appliances that DCIG evaluated. Other features that contributed to NEC earning the high rankings included HYDRAstor’s global deduplication and modular scale-out architecture. Organizations can leverage HYDRAstor’s scale-out architecture to start with only as much capacity and performance as needed, but scale capacity to over 7.9PB and performance to over 1 PB/hr non-disruptively by adding nodes to their existing configuration.
“DCIG created its Buyer’s Guides to provide an objective third-party evaluation from an end-user’s perspective,” said
According to DCIG, IT managers have increasingly turned to viable and cost-effective Purpose Built Backup Appliances (PBBAs) to control the explosion of data, which is reaching limits that are hard to imagine. As noted in DCIG’s latest midrange deduplicating backup report, what makes PBBAs even more attractive is the inclusion of mainstream deduplication technology. Deduplication usage continues to gain prominence for its ability to reduce data footprints and allow end users to put more data on disk. Making the use of disk for data protection is more economical, and in many cases, accelerates recovery times.
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