Solutions Review’s Enterprise Data Storage Vendors to Watch Vendors to Watch is an annual listing of solution providers we believe are worth monitoring. Companies are commonly included if they demonstrate a product roadmap aligning with our meta-analysis of the marketplace. Other criteria include recent and significant funding, talent acquisition, a disruptive or innovative new technology or product, or inclusion in a major analyst publication.
Enterprise data storage solutions act as a central repository for information, commonly offering data management, protection, and sharing. Because enterprises are increasingly handling massive amounts of business-critical data, they require storage systems that are highly scalable, offer unlimited connectivity, and support multiple platforms. There are several approaches to enterprise data storage, including Storage Area Networks (SANs), Network-Attached Storage (NAS), Direct-Attached Storage (DAS), and cloud storage. The importance of data storage is underlined by the exponential generation of new data and the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
These enterprise data storage Vendors to Watch have met at least two of our five points of inclusion and represent to some degree the evolution of the marketplace. It’s in that spirit we turn our attention to the immediate future. Providers are listed in alphabetical order. Provider names and logos are linked so you can learn more.
Cloudian is an independent provider of object storage systems, offering S3 compatibility along with a partnership ecosystem. Additionally, the provider’s data fabric architecture allows enterprises to store, find, and protect object and file data across sites. Cloudian is recommended 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.
Cohesity consolidates secondary storage silos onto a hyperconverged, webscale 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. Organizations looking for both enterprise data storage and backup should consider Cohesity. The vendor is consistently mentioned among the best in the storage space, and regularly pops up in analyst reports as a major player. While Cohesity’s VM backup capabilities are strong, its core strength is in managing, indexing, and protecting secondary storage data.
Pure Storage is an all-flash enterprise storage provider that enables broad deployment of flash in data centers. 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. The provider’s solution is recommended for use cases such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, real-time analytics, life sciences, HPC, and rapid restore data protection workloads.
Rackspace provides hybrid cloud-based services, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and web hosting. The vendor offers Cloud Files and Cloud Block Storage, and public cloud services are offered in data centers in the central and eastern United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Hong Kong. Though many know Rackspace as primarily a web hosting and managed service provider, the company has shifted its strategy toward public cloud tools. 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.
Scality is a venture-backed software provider that delivers large-scale storage management and infrastructure solutions. The vendor’s flagship solution is called RING, and makes x86 servers scale to hundreds of petabytes and billions of objects. 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.