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Hyperconverged Evaluation Guide

Last updated January 23rd, 2017 for corrections. Hyper-Converged Evaluation Guide is part of a series of guides designed to help IT professionals evaluate storage technology alternatives.

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SAN Comparison Matrix – Entry-Level – Free Download

Last updated January 12th, 2017 with the release of software for scale-out for HPE StoreVirtual 3200. Offers a side-by-side review of SAN Storage products. Covers hardware, scalability, configuration & performance data.

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SAN Storage Evaluation Guide

Last updated January 4, 2017 with new format and Eval(u)Scale Requirements. SAN Storage Evaluation Guide is part of a series of guides designed to help IT professionals evaluate storage technology alternatives

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NAS Evaluation Guide

Last updated January 4th, 2017 with new format and Eval(u)Scale requirements. Provides an overview of NAS, characteristics, implementations, and questions to ask to identify if NAS is right for your enterprise.

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Archive Software Evaluation Guide

Last updated January 3rd, 2017 with new format. Provides an overview of Archive Software and questions to ask when evaluating if Archive Software is right for your enterprise.

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Hitachi Insight 2016 Industry Update

Hitachi’s Insight 2016 Strategy Session in Las Vegas last week focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), the new Hitachi Insight Group (announced in May) and a platform for delivering IoT solutions called “Lumada”. They also reminded

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VMworld 2016 Insight: Intel and Evaluator Group

At VMworld 2016 Russ Fellows, Sr. Analyst with Evaluator Group, sits down with Chuck Brown from Intel to discuss IOmark benchmark results using Intel server-based storage systems.

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VMworld 2016 Insight: IBM and Evaluator Group

At VMworld 2016, Camberley Bates, Managing Director for Evaluator Group, talks with Eric Herzog, VP of Product Marketing for IBM Storage. Eric discusses the many changes that IBM Storage has undergone during the past year.

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VMworld 2016 Insight: Pivot3 and Evaluator Group

At VMworld 2016, Eric Slack, Sr. Analyst with Evaluator Group, talks with Bruce Milne, CMO at Pivot3. Eric and Bruce discuss Pivot3's success in the Hyperconverged Infrastructure market while giving a rundown of where Pivot3 is now and how

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VMworld 2016 Insight: VMware and Evaluator Group

Lee Caswell, VP of Products, Storage and Availability at VMware talks with Camberley Bates and Russ Fellows of Evaluator Group about results of recent benchmark tests performed with VMware VSAN systems.

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VMworld 2016 Insight: SimpliVity and Evaluator Group

Eric Slack, Sr. Analyst with Evaluator Group, talks with Adam Sekora, Director in the office of the CTO at SimpliVity. They discuss how SimpliVity has found success in the Hyperconverged Infrastructure market.

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VMworld 2016 Insight: DataCore and Evaluator Group

John Webster, Sr. Analyst with Evaluator Group, talks with Augie Gonzales, Storage Virtualization Specialist with DataCore Software, at VMworld 2016. They discuss DataCore's big announcement at the event.

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Storage Architectures: Block and Object

Graphical display of storage access using FCoE protocols and Object access, along with an overview of the SCSI storage protocols and packet encapsulations.

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NetApp / SolidFire Industry Update

Published June 9th, 2016. Download our concise Industry Update on the takeaways from the NetApp SolidFire analyst event. Includes information on future offerings and our comments.

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EMC World 2016 Industry Update

Published on May 9th, 2016. A concise Industry Update on the the announcements from EMC World 2016. Includes information on EMC Unity, future product releases and our impressions of the event.

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Micron Industry Update

Published April 20th, 2016. Download this concise Client Advisory Note on the the current state and future plans of Micron. Includes an introduction of new Micron products and Evaluator Group's comments.

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Analyst Video: Open Storage Platform, An Overview

Please note: No download is available for this video but by clicking download, you will receive the Industry Insight Paper: Open Storage Platform, Realizing the Hyper-scale Dream.  Open Storage Platform (OSP) is an architecture for

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Optimizing Oracle with HP Solid State Storage

Optimizing Oracle with HP Solid State Storage - Webinar presentation featuring Russ Fellows, Sr. Analyst with Evaluator Group and Edward Whalen, Chief Technologist with Performance Tuning.

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Open Storage Platform, An Introduction

A new model for understanding the deployment options and product offerings for storage has emerged, one that can aid in discussions, evaluations and decisions. This model, called the “Open Storage Platform”, is based on how systems are

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Solid State Storage Evaluation Guide

Updated January 5, 2015 with end-of-year updates. Evaluator Group’s Solid State Storage Evaluation Guide is part of a series of guides designed to help IT professionals evaluate storage technology alternatives.

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Object Storage Evaluation Guide

Last updated January 2, 2015 with end-of-year updates. Provides an overview of Object Storage and questions to ask when determining if Object Storage is right your enterprise.

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Archive Systems Evaluation Guide

Last updated January 2, 2015 with end-of-year updates. Provides an overview of Archive Systems and requirements for different environments

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Data Deduplication Evaluation Guide

Last updated January 2, 2015. Provides an overview of reduplication, factors that affect deduplication rates, an in-depth discussion of deduplication, and questions to ask when determining if a deduplication technology is right for your

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VTL Evaluation Guide

Last updated January 2, 2015 with end-of-year updates. Provides an overview of VTL/data protection and provides questions to think about when evaluating if VTL is right for your enterprise

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Object Storage Usage Executive Summary

Object Storage Usage Executive Summary published April 18th, 2014. Object Storage Usage Executive Summary. The full document includes University Research, Info Repository, Cloud Storage, Evaluator Group Insight

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IOmark Setup Guide – YouTube Series

Check out the IOmark_Suite YouTube Channel for step-by-step instructional videos on setting up IOmark on your own. In 15 short and easy steps, IOmark will be up and running on your servers.  Click HERE to navigate to the YouTube channel.

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Storage Systems Using Solid State Technology

Randy Kerns explores Solid State Technology and its many variations of use in the storage industry. He covers the different approaches to utilize solid state technology and the value of the solutions in different environments.

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SAN Performance Concepts 101

Leah Schoeb reveals all the Storage Performance Concepts in our Storage Education Series. This is the first of a series on Storage Performance where she explores the performance in physical and virtual environments, and covers various ways

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Storage Evaluation Guide Overview

A evaluation guide covering all of enterprise storage. Details what types of storage are best suited to storing specific types of data, how to create a storage strategy and architecture. Covers primary, secondary and data protection.

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Big Data Tip Series – SearchStorage Articles

In this completed 4 part series, John Webster provides tips on managing big data in an organization. First article covers how big data analytics differs from traditional data warehousing and introduce the distributed compute cluster as a

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Validation or Benchmarking

Leah Schoeb covers the differences between validation and performance benchmarks. Introduction Validation and performance testing often get confused with and performance benchmarking.  They are separate activities with very different

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