Top 10 Enterprise Storage Area Network Products and Vendors

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Parker July 01, 2022

Selecting the best data storage system for your organizational needs not only requires very careful planning, but also thorough comparison-shopping considering SANs do not come cheap. IT decision-makers must consider a wide range of factors, from cost, scalability, reliability, and performance to availability, management, simplicity, and data protection.

Top SAN Products for Your IT Storage Operations

To help narrow down your search, here are ten premium SAN products you really can’t go wrong with that Riverstone both supplies and supports: 

1. HPE 3PAR STORESERV       

HPE 3PAR StoreServ is a family of flash-optimized systems that offers rapid and automated provisioning. 3Par StoreServ leverages a multi-tenant design to offer 8-times faster provisioning than non-flash alternatives, along with 75% capacity savings. 

HPE 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage refers to the whole 7000 family, which includes both the 7000 models (7200, 7400, 7450) and the 7000c models (7200c, 7400c, 7440c, 7450c). HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8000 Storage, introduced in August 2015, is the replacement for the 7000 family.  

If you already have this hardware, contact us for 3PAR third party support today! 

2. EMC VNX AND VNXE      

The Dell EMC VNX family of storage systems provide a wide set of connectivity options for block access and for file access as a NAS system. There are two different series in the VNX family: the VNXe which is targeted as an entry level storage system and the VNX which is a mid-tier system. 

Just because Dell EMC has discontinued the VNX series in favor of their Unity products doesn’t mean there still isn’t value in these incredible systems. 

If you already have this hardware, contact us for third party EMC VNX maintenance today! 

3. NETAPP FAS SERIES       

NetApp FAS offers powerful, affordable, flexible data storage for midsized businesses and distributed enterprises. The NetApp filer (also known as NetApp Fabric Attached Storage) series operates in the enterprise class Storage Area Network (SAN) environment, and presents storage over the network using file-based and block-based protocols. The FAS Series, named ‘Best in Overall Value’ by Info-Tech Research Group, is affordable, and is a more powerful storage platform than other systems in its class. 

If you’re already leveraging this technology, contact us for NetApp 3rd party support today! 

4. PURE STORAGE FLASHARRAYS       

Pure Storage FlashArray is the world’s first enterprise-class, all-NVMe flash storage array. It represents a new class of storage – shared accelerated storage, that delivers major breakthroughs in performance, simplicity, and consolidation. Pure Storage is fresh and modern today and will be for the next decade. Without forklift upgrades or planned downtime, Pure takes the work out of storage ownership and delivers unprecedented customer satisfaction. 

5. HITACHI VANTARA VSP     

The VSP platform includes several product lines that target midrange to enterprise customers, supporting workloads from DevOps to AI applications to mainframe computers. All VSP systems guarantee 100% availability and include built-in data protection such as replication and at-rest encryption. The family includes the G Series hybrid, F & E Series all flash models, and finally their most recent 5000 Series. 

If you’re using these devices today, be sure to contact us about Hitachi third party maintenance! 

6. DELL EQUALLOGIC PS SERIES        

EqualLogic PS Series arrays bring a new level of performance to service more of your most demanding applications and virtualization requirements, while delivering the simplicity of the EqualLogic management experience. Featuring six array configurations, including 2U/2.5″ drive options with All Flash and Hybrid Arrays, it is ideal for organizations with growing data and performance needs. It is often compared to the HP StorageWorks. 

If this tool is in your IT stack today, contact us about 30-40% savings on EqualLogic third party maintenance today! 

7. NIMBLE CS & AF SERIES ARRAYS     

HPE Nimble CS and AF Series adaptive flash storage closes the app-data gap, giving you the fastest, most reliable access to data. By combining predictive analytics with flash storage, customers are able to radically simplify operations. 

Contact our team about Nimble storage maintenance today! 

8. IBM FLASHSYSTEM (STORWIZE)    

IBM FlashSystem products are enterprise computer data storage systems that store data on flash memory chips. Unlike storage systems that use standard SSDs, FlashSystem products incorporate custom hardware based on technology from IBM’s 2012 acquisition of Texas Memory Systems. Storwize hardware provides performance, reliability, and efficiency benefits versus competitive offerings. 

If this hardware is in your stack, ask about our IBM third party maintenance today! 

9. DELL EMC UNITY ARRAYS      

Dell EMC Unity is one of Dell EMC’s mid-range storage array product lines. It was designed from the ground up as the next generation of midrange unified storage array after the EMC VNX and VNXe series. Unity arrays deliver the ultimate in simplicity and value, enabling your organization to speed deployment, streamline management and seamlessly tier storage to the cloud.  

If you’re already leveraging EMC storage, learn about our third party EMC hardware support today! 

10. DELL EMC SC SERIES     

Dell EMC SC Series arrays provide a unified platform for the ultimate in performance, adaptability, and machine-driven efficiency. With an open, future-ready design, SC Series storage integrates seamlessly with applications and infrastructure, enabling you to scale on a single platform and add capabilities without forklift upgrades. 

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Parker, Park Place Assistant