StorOne builds hybrid flash arrays based on Seagate hardware

Tuesday, March 2nd 2021

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Tangling with competitors

StorOne wants to go toe-to-toe with midrange storage by Dell EMC, Hitachi Vantara, HPE Nimble Storage, NetApp and Pure Storage. Dave Raffo, a senior analyst at Evaluator Group, said StorOne took a different approach from software-defined storage software that runs on x86-based servers.

Raffo said StorOne tuned its S1 stack to specifically optimize Seagate’s server technology. He added that the StorOne-branded Seagate arrays especially target HPE Nimble’s Adaptive Flash hybrid arrays.

“They seem to be aiming this at Nimble the most,” Raffo said about StorOne. “Their strategy is they can beat Nimble’s performance, but at a substantially lower price. Nimble has InfoSight predictive analytics and better integration with VMware and the major backup vendors. If you’re talking about just pure performance and price, StorOne thinks they can beat Nimble.

“This system is not for people who run high-transactional databases or need all-flash storage,” Raffo added. “A lot of people just want a good storage system that works” and doesn’t break the budget.

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