Analyst house Gartner, Inc. recently announced its Best Distributed File Systems and Object Storage Software of 2020, as reviewed by verified customers through its Peer Insights Customers’ Choice series. Gartner Peer Insights is a robust enterprise IT product and service review platform that hosts more than 255,000 verified customer reviews across 355 defined markets. In markets where there is enough data, Gartner Peer Insights recognizes the vendors that are the most highly rated by their customers through the Customers’ Choice distinction.
Peer Insights Customers’ Choice does not include an expansive vendor listing or proprietary graphic to help organizations select the best tools. Rather, it provides reviews that go through a strict validation process to ensure they are authentic and professional. Gartner Peer Insights are meant to be a complement to its expert-led research reports. At Solutions Review, we read the reviews, available here, and pulled out the key takeaways.
Cloudian Earned the Highest Average Score
Cloudian HypersStore received 45 verified reviews, with the highest average rating of 4.7 stars. 78 percent of the reviews were 5 stars, while 20 percent were 4 stars. The only other provider named a Customers’ Choice for this category was Dell EMC, which received an average score of 4.6 stars. Additionally, Cloudian was named a challenger in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage.
Dell EMC Received the Largest Number of Reviews
Dell EMC’s offerings (Isilon and Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage) collectively received 84 reviews, netting an average of 4.6 stars. 64 percent of the reviews were 5 stars, and 35 percent were 4 stars. 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.
Gartner Recommends Using Customer Reviews to Supplement Vendor Evaluation
Where Gartner’s Magic Quadrants are aimed at helping organizations identify vendors to keep tabs on in the overall marketplace, peer reviews are driven only by customer feedback based on specific experiences relative to unique technology environments. That’s where the disconnect can sometimes come from when comparing analyst resources to individual reviews. In this way, it is best to utilize all the tools at your disposal when assessing data center backup and recovery solutions.
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