Data Storage Solutions Directory

Below is a directory of Data Storage vendors, tools and software solutions including a company overview, links to social media and contact information for the Top 28 Data Storage companies. If you would like a printed version of this page including solutions profiles and a list of the top questions to ask in an RFP – Request for Proposal, click here for a Free PDF.

 

Link to AWS
Solutions Overview

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a range of IT infrastructure services to enterprises. In addition to storage, the provider’s solutions and products include cloud computing, compute, networking, content delivery, databases, analytics, application services, backup, and archive. AWS provides a variety of cloud storage solutions, such as Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and AWS Backup, among others. Users are enabled to select from object, block, and file storage services as well as cloud data migration options when selecting their solution. The vendor’s various platforms also support both application and archival compliance requirements. Amazon Web Services was founded in 2006 and is based in Washington.

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Amazon Web Services’ Amazon S3 leads the market in regards to revenue and the amount of data under management. This dominance gives AWS control over both the ecosystem of developers who use the S3 API, but also the storage vendors that implement the S3 API in their storage platforms delivered on-prem. Though AWS has been hesitant to emulate some of its competitors by natively offering products from other vendors such as Dell EMC and NetApp, the provider can deliver end-to-end solutions from edge and on-prem enterprise data centers to public cloud storage services without sacrificing security.

Contact

440 Terry Ave
Seattle, WA
United States
+1 (206) 266-1000
www.aws.amazon.com

Link to Caringo
Solutions Overview

Caringo Inc. is a provider of object-based technology for accessing, storing, and distributing unstructured or file-based data. The vendor’s flagship product, Caringo Swarm, provides private cloud storage that enables users to deploy storage clusters without being locked into proprietary hardware. In addition to data storage, the provider offers enterprise IT, medical, high-performance computing, and media and entertainment solutions. Caringo’s storage platform is offered in private, public, and hybrid cloud environments. Users also have the ability to scale on premise with any mix of x86 hardware. Caringo was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Texas.

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Caringo has provided an object storage solution for more than 12 years because it was among the first generation of object storage vendors, however, it distinguishes itself by being the rare provider from that generation to survive as a stand-alone business. Additionally, Caringo customers often make repeat purchases of Swarm, which indicates confidence in the solution. Though the provider is small relative to others in this guide, user reviews from Gartner stated that they received prompt attention in regards to sales and support.

Contact

6801 North Capital of Texas Highway
Austin, TX
United States
+1 (512) 782-4490
www.caringo.com

Link to Cloudian
Solutions Overview

Cloudian is an independent provider of object storage systems, offering S3 compatibility along with a partnership ecosystem. The vendor’s flagship solution, HyperStore, provides scalability, flexibility, and economics within the data center. Additionally, Cloudian’s data fabric architecture allows enterprises to store, find, and protect object and file data across sites. These processes can take place both on-prem and in public clouds within a single, unified platform. Cloudian was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in California.

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Cloudian’s solution is recommended to be deployed as a target for enterprise backup solutions and data tiering. It is also frequently used as an archive for rich media and video surveillance. Though its file service implementation is still growing and not fully integrated, Cloudian works well with object-based workloads. The provider is also expanding its integration by qualifying HyperStore as a target for third-party backup, data management, and cloud gateway products. Additionally, Cloudian offers HyperStore as an appliance, and as software. 

Contact

177 Bovet Rd
San Mateo, CA
United States
+1 (650) 227-2380
www.cloudian.com

Link to Cohesity
Solutions Overview

Cohesity consolidates secondary storage silos onto a hyperconverged, web-scale data platform that supports both public and private clouds. The vendor’s storage solution enables users to streamline their backup and data protection, and then converge file and object services, test/dev instance, and analytic functions to provide a global data store. Cohesity provides a single platform, a single GUI, and an app ecosystem, as well as machine learning capabilities. The provider offers two hyperconverged platforms; C3000 and C4000, as well as its distributed file system solution, Cohesity SpanFS. Cohesity was founded in 2013 and is headquarted in Texas.

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Cohesity is recommended to users who are also in the market for a backup solution, in addition to a storage platform. The provider was also named a Top 25 Disrupter and one of the 10 Coolest Hyperconverged Products by CRN in 2016. According to Gartner Peer Reviews, while the provider’s VM backup capabilities are strong, the solution’s core strength is managing, indexing, and protecting secondary storage data. Cohesity also offers 24/7 technical support year round via phone, web, email, or IM. 

Contact

300 Park Ave
San Jose, CA
United States
+1 (855) 926-4374
www.cohesity.com

Link to DataDirect Networks
Solutions Overview

DataDirect Networks, also known as DDN, is a provider of scalable storage and processing solutions, as well as professional services. Organizations have the ability to use DDN storage to capture, store, process, analyze, collaborate, and distribute data, information, and content at a large scale. The solution is offered in two appliance options, and is also available as a software-only distribution. The vendor provides services to financial services firms, healthcare organizations, energy companies, government facilities, and cloud service providers. DataDirect Networks was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in California.

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DataDirect Networks has a heritage in the HPC market, as well as the resource to effectively serve the object storage needs of customers with its Web Object Scaler (WOS) solution. Enterprises have the ability to select from a range of WOS hardware and software deployment options that suit their respective infrastructure, cost, and management preferences. Though DDN has made no notable product updates to WOS in the past year, the provider does offer integration between WOS and its parallel file system appliances, GRIDScaler and EXAScaler, for handling warm and cold datasets between environments. 

Contact

9351 Deering Ave
Chatsworth, CA
United States
+1 (800) 837-2298
www.ddn.com

Link to Dell
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Dell EMC enables digital transformation through hybrid cloud and big data solutions built on a data center infrastructure that brings together converged infrastructure, servers, storage, and cybersecurity technologies. The provider’s featured solution, Dell EMC Unity XT, offers multi-cloud enablement and an NVMe-ready design. Users are enabled to support virtualized applications, deploy unified storage, and address Remote-Office-Branch-Office requirements. The platform’s Unisphere management GUI also allows users to easily configure and manage storage. The vendor also offers file and object storage solutions. Dell EMC is headquartered in Massachusetts and was founded in 2016.

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Dell EMC’s storage solutions are recommended as an archive and cloud storage for unstructured data when object storage is preferred. Additionally, platforms are frequently used to support high-throughput, file-based workloads, and are increasingly being used for very large analytics workloads. These solutions are typically sold with Dell EMC hardware, but both can be deployed solely as software. The large installed base of these solutions, combined with integrated implementation planning and post implementation support experience from Dell EMC provides confidence in the solution’s reliability. 

Contact

176 South St
Hopkinton, MA
United States
+1 (508) 435-1000
www.dell.com

Link to Fujitsu
Solutions Overview

Fujitsu is a Japanese information and communication technology company that offers a range of technology products, solutions, and services. These services and solutions include consulting, systems integration, managed services, outsourcing and cloud services for infrastructure, platforms and applications, data center and field services, and server, storage software, and mobile technologies. Fujitsu provides all-flash and hybrid storage, hyper scale storage, and storage management software, as well as storage for backup and archive. Fujitsu was founded in 1935 and is headquartered in Japan and California.

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Fujitsu is recommended to organizations with midrange capacity needs. The provider recently added Intel Skylake CPUs and optimized flash software as a means to enhance both the controller and operating system. The provider has been praised for its consistent systems reliability and uptime, even during project time. Additionally, while client visits and meetings are a weakness of the company, Fujitsu is strong with regard to scalability and resources such as PM, SDM, and Architect.

Contact

2290 North First St
San Jose, CA
United States
+1 (408) 745-4900
www.fujitsu.com

Link to Hedvig
Solutions Overview

Hedvig delivers enterprise storage for environments running at any scale. The provider’s platform is a software-defined storage solution with distributed systems DNA, unrestricted by existing architectures that are unable to keep pace with scale-out applications. Additionally, Hedvig accelerates data to value by collapsing disparate storage systems into a single platform, thereby creating a virtualized storage pool that easily provisions storage and runs in both public and private clouds. Hedvig is headquartered in California and was founded in 2012.

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Hedvig’s solution is supported by the cloud, but also runs on standware hardware, such as x86 and ARM-based servers. Rather than using RAID, the provider’s architecture parses data into blocks that are spread around the cluster based on policies, or a best effort basis, in order to maintain resiliency during failures. Users should be aware that the Hedvig cluster requires a minimum of two nodes, but three is recommended, and there is no specified upper limit. Additionally, Hedvig offers 24×7 global technical support.

Contact

Contact Info
2350 Mission College Blvd
Santa Clara, CA
United States
+1 (888) 798-0914
www.hedvig.com

Link to Hitachi Vantara
Solutions Overview

Hitachi Vantara assists enterprises with storing, enriching, activating, and monetizing their data. The provider offers four solutions under the umbrella of object storage, namely, Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), HCP Anywhere, Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI), and Hitachi Content Intelligence. Each provides object storage; file synchronization, sharing, and end-user data protection; a cloud file gateway; and search and analytic insights, respectively. The vendor is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and also offers backup and disaster recovery solutions. Hitachi Vantara was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in California.

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Hitachi Vantara’s Hitachi Content Platform is a mature product that is deployed across a wide range of geographies and industries with expertise in compliance-focused archiving. The provider also consistently puts in effort to enhance the quality of support and service for the solution. Though Hitachi Vantara has shifted its business focus to Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics, HCP continues to maintain and expand one of the broadest ISV support ecosystems in the industry. HCP is recommended for traditional archiving solutions and new diverse use cases, such as data management for distributed workloads.

Contact

2535 Augustine Dr
Santa Clara, CA
United States
+1 (800) 227-1930
www.hitachi.com

Link to HPE SimpliVity
Solutions Overview

HPE SimpliVity provides hyperconverged storage by converging the entire IT stack in each node, consolidation up to ten devices and apps in a building block for virtualized workloads. Prior to HPE’s acquisition of the company, SimpliVity delivered hyperconverged infrastructure on a range of industry-standard x86 platforms. Now, HPE SimpliVity provides its software-defined solutions that are built and supported by HPE. The vendor offers two platforms, HPE SimpliVity 380 and HPE SimpliVity 2600, which can both be integrated with the intelligent networking fabric, HPE Composable Fabric. HPE SimpliVity was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in California.

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HPE SimpliVity is recommended for use cases such as ROBO, small office, retail, and VDI, where applications tend to be less latency sensitive and infrastructure can benefit from a smaller footprint. The vendor is praised for its ease of use and intuitive management interface. HPE SimpliVity also offers extensive integration with VMware, enabling users to manage storage and functionality through the same vSphere Web Client they have in use already in order to manage other infrastructure operations. This includes full VM operations, such as restoring a VM.

Contact

6280 America Center Dr
San Jose, CA
United States
+1 (888) 342-2156
www.hpe.com

Link to Huawei
Solutions Overview

Huawei Technologies is a telecom solutions provider that offers infrastructure application software and devices with wireline, wireless, and IP technologies. The vendor has three divisions in the United States: enterprise (IP networking and router, wireless, storage, and data center security), carrier, and consumer devices (smartphones and tablets). In regards to storage, Huawei offers all-flash storage, hybrid flash storage, cloud storage, Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI), and data management. Its HCI platform, FusionCube for Cloud enables resource-on-demand provisioning and linear expansion. Huawei Technologies was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in China.

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Huawei’s FusionStorage 7.0 is ready to enable hybrid cloud connectivity between on-prem and public cloud environments, although its public cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is currently mainly focused on China. The solution is recommended for use cases such as big data analytics, home directories, video surveillance, and commercial HPC. Additionally, Huawei’s platforms have shown strong momentum in the “safe city” market, especially due to its management of the video surveillance process.

Contact

Huawei Base, Bantian
Longgang District, Shenzhen
China
+86 755-28780808
www.huawei.com

Link to IBM
Solutions Overview

IBM offers a wide range of technology and consulting services, including predictive analytics and software development. The provider offers a range of storage options, including flash storage, Software-Defined Storage (SDS), data protection software, hybrid storage arrays, Storage Area Networks (SAN), and tape storage. Through these products, IBM’s solutions support hybrid cloud storage, converged infrastructure, and virtual infrastructure. Additionally, the platforms allow for storage for blockchain, artificial intelligence, private cloud, and SAP. IBM is headquartered in New York and was founded in 1911.

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IBM’s solutions, IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Cloud Object storage, are typically used for scientific and commercial HPC, big data analytics, AI, home directories, backup, active archiving, and content distribution. Spectrum Scale also offers multicluster and cross-geography, single-name space support, with the ability to expand to public clouds. Additionally, users should be aware that the IBM partner selection process is critical, as the knowledge of partners widely varies. IBM Spectrum Scale is also being sold by many OEM partners and is viewed as a top choice for distributed file storage in HPC use cases. 

Contact

1 New Orchard Rd
Armonk, NY
United States
+1 (800) 426-4968
www.ibm.com

Link to Inspur
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Inspur provides big data services, cloud data center, cloud services, and smart enterprises. The provider offers Active Storage (AS) and the infrastructure SDS (AS13000) platform. Inspur AS13000 is delivered as a hardware appliance, but a software-only solution is also available for strategic customers and partners. While Inspur provides many services, its storage business is the second largest within the company, after its server business. The majority of Inspur’s storage dealings take place in China, with the government and transportation/logistics industry accounting for more than half of its revenue. Inspur is headquartered in China and was founded in 1983.

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The Inspur AS13000 works especially well with enterprises in the Asia/Pacific region, as the provider has seen aggressive growth in that market share. Additionally, in China, Inspur has taken a leadership position in relation to AI, machine learning, HPC, and big data analytics workloads on its server platforms, which has resulted in a demand for a turnkey solution that includes its AS13000 distributed file system product. While Inspur is still evolving from a server to a portfolio company, and does not have a long history in enterprise storage, it differentiates itself through multiprotocol support and extreme scalability. 

Contact

47451 Fremont Blvd
Fremont, CA
United States
+1 (800) 697-5893
www.inspur.com

Link to Kaminario
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Kaminario provides all-flash storage, and was founded by storage professionals from Dell EMC, NetApp, and IBM. The provider’s data platform delivers real-time analytics, datacenter automation, and assured data access, which allows users to protect their digital ecosystem. Kaminario’s flagship solution, Kaminario K2, is now in its sixth generation. The platform provides scale-out and scale-up architecture, which allows organizations to grow in capacity based on their needs. The vendor works with a network of resellers and distributors on a global scale. Kaminario was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Massachusetts.

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Kaminario K2 is a popular solution in the niche online transactional processing market. Additionally, Kaminario offers K2 as both an appliance, and as a pay-as-you-go cloud version. The solution has also been praised for its performance, due to its 1.5 million IOPs and 50 GB/s throughput. Though the provider does not have a deep product portfolio breadth, the fact that it only offers all-flash arrays shows the strong focus the vendor has on its product. The newest generation of K2 is also software-defined, allowing it to be future-proof. 

Contact

75 Second Ave
Needham, MA
United States
+1 (877) 982-2555
www.kaminario.com

Link to NetApp
Solutions Overview

NetApp is a storage, cloud computing, information technology, and data management solution provider. In addition to predominantly offering on-prem storage infrastructure, the provider also specializes in hybrid cloud data services that facilitate the management of applications and data across cloud and on-prem environments, in order to accelerate digital transformation. The vendor’s solution, StorageGRID, is an object storage platform whose primary access method is the Amazon S3 API. The tool offers hybrid cloud workflow, and adheres to SEC and FINRA regulations. NetApp was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in California.

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NetApp was initially popularly used as storage infrastructure for unstructured data, but newer versions of StorageGRID are commonly being used for modern application use cases, such as applications that utilize the product’s S3 API. The solution is also making notable progress in the market for object storage. Additionally, StorageGRID is beginning to attract well-known brand names to its platform spanning a diverse range of industries, including media and entertainment, healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation. NetApp was also early to embrace the public cloud, resulting in deep integrations with public cloud providers. 

Contact

1395 Crossman Ave
Sunnyvale CA
United States
+1 (408) 822-6000
www.NetApp.com

Link to Nutanix
Solutions Overview

Nutanix provides cloud software, compute and storage infrastructure, and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions for implementing enterprise virtualization without complex and expensive network storage, whether it is SAN or NAS. Nutanix Complete Cluster’s converged compute and storage architecture can scale to manage petabytes of data while running thousands of virtual machines. Nutanix’s storage solution, Nutanix Acropolis, offers built-in AHV virtualization, networking services, platform services, and enterprise storage capabilities such as data protection and disaster recovery features. Nutanix is headquartered in California and was founded in 2009.

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Nutanix Acroplis is recommended for mid-sized businesses. The solution was praised for its ease of use, as well as the visibility that comes with the user interface. Users should be aware that the file-based storage from Nutanix is not as stable as the block based storage solutions. The vendor has also eliminated traditional RAID, which decreases I/O when changing the number of nodes in a cluster. Additionally, the platform is hypervisor agnostic, which provides flexibility. Nutanix also offers 24x7x365 product support through the web, the provider’s support portal, or by phone call. 

Contact

1740 Technology Dr
San Jose, CA
United States
+1 (855) 688-2649
www.nutanix.com

Link to Pivot3
Solutions Overview

Pivot3 provides Dynamic Hyperconverged and PCIe Flash Arrays, as well as hybrid cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in order to deliver maximum resource utilization. The vendor’s offerings are optimized for server virtualization, virtual desktop, data center consolidation, video surveillance, business continuity, disaster recovery, and remote and branch office. Pivot3’s storage solution provides security, resilience, and management at scale for the user’s environments. Powered by its Intelligence Engine, the vendor automates the management of multiple mixed application workloads and reduces unplanned downtime. Pivot3 is headquartered in Texas and was founded in 2003.

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It is recommended that if an organization has VMware on-prem and implements Pivot3’s solution, the two should be integrated. Though the platform can run as a self-contained cluster, integrating can benefit other users of Pivot3. Users should also be aware that no training is offered beyond information from the installer, so it would be advantageous to ask them any questions. Additionally, Pivot3’s technical support includes implementation services, advanced consulting, and tune-ups. The solution was also praised for its simple implementation, according to Gartner Peer Reviews. 

Contact

221 W. 6th St
Austin, TX
United States
+1 (512) 807-2666
www.pivot3.com

Link to Pure Storage
Solutions Overview

Pure Storage is an all-flash enterprise storage provider that enables broad deployment of flash in data centers. Its technologies enable Software as a Service (SaaS) organizations, cloud service providers, and enterprise and public sector users to deliver secure data to power their DevOps and modern analytics environments in a multi-cloud environment. The vendor’s platforms accelerate random I/O-intensive applications such as server virtualization, desktop virtualization (VDI), database (OLTP, rich analytics/OLAP, SQL, and NoSQL), and cloud computing. Pure Storage also enables users to adopt next-generation technologies, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, to maximize the value of their data.

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Pure Storage’s Flash Blade is recommended for use cases such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, real-time analytics, life sciences, HPC, and rapid restore data protection workloads. The platform has been adopted by customers at a rapid rate, making Pure Storage a more trusted brand in the enterprise. Additionally, FlashBlade is targeting emerging workloads that require a unified system that is designed for all-flash and capable of delivering high performance for mixed and metadata-intensive workloads. 

Contact

650 Castro St
Mountain View, CA
United States
+1 (800) 379-7873
www.purestorage.com

Link to Qumulo
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Qumulo is an enterprise data storage startup whose solutions are available on Qumulo storage servers, on hardware from companies such as Dell and HPE, and natively on AWS in the public cloud. The provider was formed by professionals from Isilon Systems, Adobe, and Wily Technology. The vendor offers Qumulo File Fabric (QF2), a scale-out NAS tool that runs on-prem and in the public cloud, as well as preintegrated Qumulo Core appliances. Additionally, the provider offers software that is available on AWS Marketplace, third-party hardware, and standard hardware that Qumulo sells directly to customers. Qumulo was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Washington.

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Qumulo is making notable gains in the market for distributed file systems, especially when contrasted with its traction from the previous year. Additionally, Qumulo’s QF2 hybrid cloud capability goes beyond backup to the public cloud and delivers a scale-out file system that operates identically across on-prem and public cloud environments. This enables public cloud bursting capability for processing data in the cloud. Qumulo’s execution on hardware, software, analytics, and cloud capabilities combined with biweekly software release deployment results in a quick turnaround on features or problem solving. 

Contact

1501 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
United States
+1 (206) 260-3588
www.qumulo.com

Link to Rackspace
Solutions Overview

Rackspace provides hybrid cloud-based services, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and web hosting. While the vendor is primarily a web hosting and managed service provider that has been offering OpenStack-based public cloud services, but it has shifted its strategy to being a managed service provider across a range of public clouds, rather than focusing on its own native cloud storage services. In regards to storage, Rackspace offers Cloud Files and Cloud Block Storage. The vendor’s public cloud services are offered in data centers in the central and eastern U.S., the U.K., Australia, and Hong Kong. Rackspace is headquartered in Texas, and was founded in 1998.

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Rackspace’s managed service team has the ability to provide a white-glove approach to implementing and managing storage-centric cloud use cases, such as backup, content distribution, archiving, and disaster recovery. Users with stringent performance or host security needs are able to make use of RackConnect to integrate their cloud storage environments with dedicated servers that can be spun up in its cloud in a single-tenanted manner. Additionally, Cloud Files has native integration with the Akamai CDN, which has presence in more 70 countries, and serves content to users with low-latency access from a large set of edge locations globally. 

Contact

1 Fanatical Pl
San Antonio, TX
United States
+1 (844) 675-1042
www.rackspace.com

Link to Red Hat
Solutions Overview

Red Hat is a software provider that offers open-source software products to the enterprise community. The vendor provides operating system platforms, along with middleware, applications, and management solutions, as well as support, training, and consulting services. Red Hat provides Red Hat Ceph Storage, an open-source software product supporting block, object storage access and file access, as well as the underlying storage for Red Hat’s data analytics infrastructure solution and Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Cloud. The platform supports modern workloads like cloud infrastructure, data analytics, media repositories, and backup and restore system. Red Hat is based in North Carolina and was founded in 1993.

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Red Hat Ceph Storage offers versatility, as shown by the increasing popularity of the platform being deployed as a block, file, and object storage system. The solution is also tightly integrated with both the OpenShift platform for containers and Kubernetes, which enables data persistence and protection for containerized workloads in either hyperconverged or disaggregated form factors. Additionally, Red Hat Ceph Storage is certified across a broad spectrum of server hardware, with reference architectures available from server OEMs like HPE, Cisco, and Supermicro, and as hardware appliances through backup vendors such as Commvault. 

Contact

100 E. Davie St
Raleigh, NC
United States
+1 (888) 733- 4281
www.redhat.com

Link to Scality
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Scality is a venture-backed software provider that delivers large-scale storage management and infrastructure solutions. The vendor’s flagship solution, RING, makes x86 servers scale to hundreds of petabytes and billions of objects. Additionally, RING has an end-to-end parallel architecture and a patented object storage core that increases availability and durability. The platform integrates with applications through standard storage protocols such as NFS, S3, OpenStack Swift, and Cinder. Scality offers its services to telecommunications and media companies throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Scality was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in California.

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Scality RING delivers hardware independence and the ability to run and expand mixed-server environments without interruptions of service. The solution is recommended for multipetabyte, geographically distributed deployments of unstructured data for content distribution, email, video, active archiving, backup, medical imaging, and HPC archiving. Users should be aware that though RING performs differently based on the server hardware platform chosen, they can run a proof of concept on approved reference architectures before full deployment and include a performance evaluation. 

Contact

555 California St
San Francisco, CA
United States
+1 (650) 356-8500
www.scality.com

Link to StorageCraft
Solutions Overview

StorageCraft provides a converged primary and secondary scale-out storage platform with integrated data protection, which supports on-prem, cloud-based, or hybrid deployments. Additionally, the vendor offers data protection, data management, and business continuity solutions. The provider’s flagship platform, OneXafe, is a converged data platform that unifies enterprise data protection with scale-out storage in a configurable solution. OneXafe also offers reduced operational complexity and cost of ownership, in addition to business continuity and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) capabilities. Storagecraft is headquartered in Utah and was founded in 2003.

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StorageCraft provides support in a range of languages, including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and Portuguese. Users can place up to seven OneXafe appliances in a ring or cluster, where the file system will automatically distribute data blocks across all members and drives. Additionally, the solution has bee praised for its fast rebuilds, which make it a better alternative to traditional RAID arrays. OneXafe appliances also present their storage as SMB and NFS shares, making them versatile tools. Typical applications being targeted by StorageCraft include unstructured data, file server consolidation, data archiving, and disk-backup targets. 

Contact

380 Data Dr
Draper, UT
United States
+1 (801) 545-4700
www.storagecraft.com

Link to SUSE
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SUSE is an open source software provider that delivers software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions. The SUSE Enterprise Storage (SES) is based on Ceph and provides unified access for block, file, and object protocols for mainstream enterprises. Additionally, SUSE is one of the eight founding organizations on the Ceph Advisory Board, and a contributor to the Ceph open-source community. SES is delivered as software or as reference architecture through hardware OEMs with Dell EMC, Supermicro, HPE, Lenovo, Huawei, Fujitsu, and Cisco. SUSE is headquartered in Germany and was founded in 1992.

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SUSE is an active contributor to the Ceph open-source community, with a focus on making Ceph consumable by enterprises by introducing improvements in manageability and supportability, The solution is recommended for use cases such as private cloud storage, content distribution, backup, and archiving. Though there is a learning curve for the solution, SUSE has recently doubled its number of customers and is now popularly being considered as a commercial support solution for Ceph storage. SUSE also offers 24×7 localized technical support. 

Contact

Maxfeldstr. 5
90409 Nürnberg
Germany
+49 (0)911-740 53-0
www.suse.com

Link to Swiftstack
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Swiftstack provides private cloud storage for enterprises, offering the benefits of public cloud on infrastructure IT controls. The vendor’s public cloud storage offerings come from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. SwiftStack storage can be addressed over file services or via object APIs for use in content delivery, active archive, collaboration, and other data-centric workflows. Additionally, the provider is the main contributor to the OpenStack Swift project, as well as 1space and ProxyFS, which are dedicated to hybrid/multicloud and file access, respectively. SwiftStack has recently expanded its focus on Amazon S3 API support to adjacent sreas such as hybrid cloud storage. SwiftStack is headquartered in California and was founded in 2011.

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SwiftStack leverages open-source technology while focusing its engineering on enterprise data services and integration. The solution is recommended to organizations with use cases such as scientific research data, media, backup and archive, and storage for cloud-native applications. Though SwiftStack has a smaller go-to-market effort in comparison to more mainstream vendors, it differentiates itself from larger providers through a focus on modern workloads including media rendering, genomics, and commercial HPC use cases.

Contact

333 Bush St
San Francisco, CA
United States
+1 (415) 625-0293
www.swiftstack.com

Link to Violin Systems
Solutions Overview

Violin Systems, also known as Violin, is an enterprise storage solution provider that supports cloud, hybrid cloud, and on-prem environments. Violin storage platforms are powered by Concerto OS, an integrated storage operating system. In addition to storage, the vendor also provides a combination of data protection, business continuity, and data reduction services through its integrated data services. Violin also delivers CAPEX and OPEX savings. The provider offers server, desktop, private cloud, and hybrid cloud storage solutions, as well as a range of hardware. Violin Systems is headquartered in California and was founded in 2005.

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Violin Systems’ FSP 7650 is delivered to the user with all of its flash already installed, but the user only pays for what they need. This is a part of the provider’s pay-as-you-grow plan, which they refer to as Scale Smart. The provider’s graphical user interface differentiates itself from others by allowing users to customize several dashboards, which can serve to bring the most relevant information to the forefront. Violin Systems’ platform is recommended to organizations that need high IOPs with very low latency.

Contact

2560 N. First St
San Jose, CA
United States
+1 (650) 396-1500
www.violinsystems.com

Link to Virtustream
Solutions Overview

Virtustream provides cloud computing management software and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to enterprises, service providers, and governments. The provider is a subsidiary of Dell Technologies, and was acquired by EMC in 2015. This resulted in EMC’s managed services and some cloud-related assets being combined with Virtustream’s offerings. The vendor’s solution, Virtustream Storage Cloud (VSC) delivers an archive-focused object storage service based on Dell EMC’s storage appliances. Additionally, the provider has multiple data centers in the U.S., as well as data centers in Germany, the Netherlands, and the U.K. Virtustream is headquartered in Virginia and was founded in 2008.

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Virtustream has credibility with Dell EMC customers, as Virtustream Storage cloud differentiates itself as the only public cloud storage offering that is co-engineered, co-sold, and commonly supported with Dell EMC solutions. The solution is best suited for Mode 1 long-term storage archive workloads as an extension of Dell EMC solutions such as Data Domain Cloud Tiering, Isilon CloudPools, CloudArray, and CloudBoost products. Additionally, Virtustream Storage Cloud has integrated with Unity All-Flash arrays as a part of Dell EMC’s Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program.

Contact

8444 Westpark Dr
McLean, VA 22102
United States
+1 (703) 970-5008
www.virtustream.com

Link to Western Digital
Solutions Overview

Western Digital (WD) provides data storage solutions to enable organizations manage and preserve their digital content. The provider offers Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) and Solid-State Drives (SSDs) for desktop and notebook personal computers, as well as the performance enterprise and capacity enterprise markets. Additionally, Western Digital offers HDDs used in consumer electronics such as DVRs, security surveillance systems, and gaming consoles. The vendor’s storage solution, ActiveScale, has recently introduced two-site asynchronous replication and the ability to deploy selected Docker containers on the platform itself. Western Digital was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in California.

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Western Digital’s ActiveScale is being considered as a solution for very large unstructured data management challenges, despite it being a relatively new solution. The solution is recommended for large-scale deployments of analytics, content distribution, archive, and backup when a turnkey appliance is the preferred delivery model. Additionally, Western Digital is leveraging its combined resources, including disk storage manufacturing and supply chain expertise, in order to deliver higher value for ActiveScale’s overall hardware efficiency. Western Digital is also able to optimize drive size and placement within a rack at the point of manufacturing.

Contact

5601 Great Oaks Pkwy
San Jose, CA
United States
+1 (408) 717-6000
www.Western Digital.com