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What is the best solution for an enterprise-level storage environment?


We're planning to offer Storage as a Service (STaaS) to our customers. 

I'm looking for your recommendations on a solution for an enterprise-level storage environment from where we can offer this service. The environment should offer a unified storage environment and should be able to deliver all SAN, NAS, and object storage offerings.

Thanks for your help!

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Top 20Real User

I would recommend Pure Storage FlashArray/XL for the enterprise level,it is relatable and high performance storage.

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Top 5Real User

SAN - Best in class for price/performance: IBM Flash system. The new IBM FS5200 offers amazing performance, a 5:1 compression ratio (without performance penalties), and a very competitive price

For object storage - IBM Cloud Object Storage.

On top of that, you can put IBM Spectrum Scale - it is a multi-protocol, high-performance, highly available, clustered file system and associated management software. IBM Spectrum Scale can scale in several dimensions, including performance (bandwidth and IOPS), capacity, and the number of nodes (instances) that can mount the file system. IBM Spectrum Scale addresses the capacity and performance requirements to support modern scale-out applications such as AI/ML/DL with multi-cloud support.

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author avatarEvgeny Belenky
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@Thomas Scheibler can you please specify several reasons why?

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Top 5Vendor

You can check us on Apace Systems | www.apacesystems.com. Apace is best known for an intelligent storage platform for both micro and macro data, unified with content or media speciality intelligence…

We do implement it On-Premise, Cloud, Edge or Hybrid with support to all the Cloud Services Globally…

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Top 10Reseller

NetApp AFF/FAS (or OEM Lenovo DM series), with no doubt, is the best answer. 

SVM provides total customer isolation; it's able to run FC/iSCSI/NVMe SAN. CIFS/NFS NAS, object S3 from one box. 

It's able to scale up and out. It is possible to combine All-Flash and Hybrid models in one scale-out cluster. Not supported to combine Lenovo and Netapp models in one cluster. 

-Ontap Select for VMware ESX or KVM

-Able to run on all the big 3 cloud hyperscalers. 

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