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Evaluator Group Releases Comprehensive Coverage of Virtual SAN Research

Tuesday, August 19th 2014

Boulder, CO (PRWEB) August 19, 2014. Virtual SAN technology has emerged as a very viable option to share storage resources across multiple server without the need for a physical storage network. Evaluator Group has seen it as an alternative storage solution for organizations concerned with cost that have multiple remote locations or deploying large web-scale environments. Savings in some deployments range from 50% to 80%.

“Virtual SANs are what some vendors are calling ‘software defined storage’ but it is a segment of a larger definition,” said Camberley Bates, Managing Partner & Analyst at Evaluator Group. “In seeing the adoption, especially with flash technologies and the CAPEX savings for remote offices, we felt our IT end users would greatly benefit from an independent evaluation.”

To ensure informed decision-making for this technology segment, Evaluator Group has created comprehensive coverage of virtual SAN products. The coverage addresses the considerations and tradeoffs of the solution architecture. Coverage includes an Evaluation Guide, reviews of individual products, a Workbook to assist with decision-making, and a product Comparison Matrix. A free Executive Summary on the research is also available.

“Organizations are beginning to use virtual SANs to centralize management, a great benefit for those with many remote offices. We are also seeing the technology adopted in the SMB market due to its cost-effectiveness,” said Leah Schoeb, author of the virtual SAN technology segment and Senior Partner & Analyst at Evaluator group. “Very often, virtual SAN is employed on storage that an organization already owns. Hopefully this coverage will help improve understanding and guide IT in their decision process.”

Evaluator Group provides a complete set of tools and analyst expertise for assistance in product selection. The Evaluation guide offers an overview of the technology area and helps IT end users identify if their organization is a good candidate for virtual SAN. Using the Workbook as the next step in the process, requirements can be narrowed down to determine which features are most important to the organization. The Product Briefs cover key characteristics, usage cases, product potential, and Evaluator Group’s commentary on strengths and weaknesses. Last, the Comparison Matrix provides a side-by-side comparison of all products within the virtual SAN space.

The virtual SAN coverage includes all products on the market from major vendors, including: DataCore, EMC, HP, Maxta, StarWind, StorMagic, and VMWare. Premium subscriptions are required to access the information and begin at $2750 for IT end users. A free Executive summary is available.

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