In DCIG's latest Midrange Unified Storage Buyer's Guide, more than 30 offerings from 8 companies were evaluated. After an initial questionnaire of more than 50 questions was completed, participating companies’ capabilities were assessed from the questionnaire and from information available in the public domain. Solutions were then evaluated for more than 65 characteristics, and weighted after conversations with end-users.
When the final results were in, four of the NetApp FAS3200 series models took the top four spots in this Buyer’s Guide, the first time a storage provider has ever done so in any DCIG Buyer’s Guide. Factors that particularly contributed to the NetApp FAS3200 models scoring so well were its full integration with VMware vSphere, the same management software across its entire line of midrange unified storage models and its read and write flash-based caching.