Evaluating Egnyte’s Cloud Storage Solution

Evaluating Egnyte's Cloud Storage Solution

The consumer space is already crowded with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and services such as Dropbox. But it’s the same story in the SMB and Enterprise markets. Those same consumer-centric solutions are muscling into the IT department with offerings like Dropbox for Teams, joining the war with enterprise-focused brands such as Egnyte.

On top of this complexity, picking the right cloud solution for a business can have far greater consequences versus picking where a consumer stores his or her personal data. This is your business on the line, so finding the best solution is key.

The good news is, with the proper framework and upfront analysis, you can simplify the task of selecting a cloud service provider. To get the most clarity, IT departments should break down their decision into five key areas.

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Get the benefits of shared storage (without adding hardware costs) [VMware]

Shared storage

So you’ve decided to virtualize your storage. Virtualization often means dealing with complex shared storage for the first time. For example, a SAN configuration may require an FC Switch, a Server HBA, FC cables, and an external RAID storage hardware. Its complex, it takes up space, and it isn’t very efficient.

What if there was another option available? One that allowed to you create a software-based shared storage solution that acted like a SAN and not like a traditional Virtual SAN Appliance?

This solution is closer to reality than you may think.

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3PAR vs. EVA: Which Storage Solution Offers More Value? [HP]

3PAR vs. EVA: Which Storage Solution Offers More Value?

When HP completed the acquisition of 3PAR in September, 2010 for $2.35 billion, it was unclear what HP would do with 3PAR’s product line. HP already had a competing product in their EVA!

3PAR was the first to bring storage virtualization to the market and were a leader in thin provisioning. Many speculated that HP would have to end their EVA product line as both EVA and 3PAR were mid-to-high range products with overlapping features.

Instead of ending the HP EVA product line or ending 3PAR’s products (and just taking their intellectual property), HP continues to support and sell both 3PAR and EVA product lines to mid and high range enterprise customers.

Confused? Enterprises are still trying to figure out how these two similar products compare, and how to decide which solution will drive the best outcomes. Let’s quickly compare 3 points: terminology, architecture, capabilities and I’ll give you my recommendations.

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