[POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualization?

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What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualization?

Local storage (hard drives in hypervisor's hosts)
42
9%
Direct attached storage (external storage that is NOT shared between hypervisor hosts)
8
2%
Entry-level non-enterprise grade SAN (Drobo/NetGear/QNAP/Synology/Iomega/etc)
22
5%
Free Software SAN (OpenFiler/FreeNAS/etc)
8
2%
Paid-for Software SAN (Starwind/Datacore/NexentraStor/etc)
15
3%
Cybernetics MiSAN / iSAN
1
0%
Dell Compellent
12
3%
Dell EqualLogic (PSxxxx)
45
10%
Dell PowerVault (MDxxxx)
40
9%
DNF Stonefly ISC/Voyager/USO
0
No votes
EMC CLARiiON
46
10%
EMC Isilon
2
0%
EMC VNX(e)
29
6%
EMC VMAX
5
1%
Fujitsu Eternus DX
4
1%
Fujitsu FibreCat CX/SX
1
0%
Hitachi AMS/USP/VSP Series
7
2%
Hitachi HNAS (former Bluearc)
1
0%
HP 3PAR
8
2%
HP EVA
32
7%
HP LeftHand (Pxxxx)
23
5%
HP StorageWorks (MSAxxxx)
36
8%
IBM DS Series
32
7%
IBM Storwize (Vxxxx)
8
2%
IBM XIV Storage System
6
1%
NetApp E/V/FAS Series
18
4%
Nimble Storage CS Series
1
0%
NEXSAN Beast/Boy, E/I Series
3
1%
Promise VTrak
2
0%
Xiotech Emprise
2
0%
 
Total votes : 459

[POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualization?

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:00 pm

If you are using more than one kind of storage, you can select multiple options.
Do not forget to click Submit vote button once you have selected your options!

The list is based on this discussion, unfortunately options cannot be changed once the poll is created.
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Re: [POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualizatio

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:52 pm

[Feb 26, 2012] Edited to add results analysis

I did not promote this poll outside Veeam forums, because my goal was to obtain accurate representation from Veeam Backup & Replication community specifically. Nevertheless, the poll collected 459 votes. Thank you all for active participation!

As expected, most of you are using some type of shared storage. This makes total sense because without the shared storage, too many benefits that virtualization brings are simply missing. Using local storage for production workloads is clearly more of an exception - and I am seeing our customers typically using non-shared storage in ROBO sites only, where buying the shared storage is usually unreasonable investment.

• Shared storage: 89%
• Local/DAS storage: 11%


The following is the list of most popular (over 5% footprint) shared storage models. As you can see, EMC CLARiiON was voted as the most popular SAN model, beating Dell Equallogic by one vote (frankly, I expected EqualLogic to win this one by a mile). Likewise, NetApp result was somewhat unexpected for me - only 4.4% combined across 2 series. I certainly expected more NetApp users... wonder what could be the reason - no good offering for SMB virtualization storage?

• EMC CLARiiON: 11.2%
• Dell EqualLogic (PSxxxx): 11%
• Dell PowerVault (MDxxxx): 9.7%
• HP StorageWorks (MSAxxxx):8.8%
• HP EVA: 7.8%
• IBM DS: 7.8%
• EMC VNX(e): 7%
• HP LeftHand (Pxxxx): 5.6%


Looking at this list at a different angle, HP leads as the top SAN vendor, followed by Dell and EMC.

• HP: 22.2%
• DELL: 20.7%
• EMC: 18.2%


Interesting how HP wins this one - despite there are no HP products in the top 3, their storage is still most common overall. I think HP could definitely use more clear positioning, and more aggressive marketing. When I hear "SAN for SMB", I am thinking "Dell EqualLogic, EMC VNXe, HP... hmmm". I literally don't know what is their SMB offering - unlike with Dell and EMC, who totally nailed those trademarks in our heads (and in case with VNX, this was done in less than 1 year).

And actually, this brings me to the top newcomer: EMC VNX(e), hanging on par with SAN models which have been around for a long while. Because the time VNX(e) has been around is clearly not enough to get the technical mind share win - I suppose I should say "awesome job, EMC marketing" (not that the actual product was bad or anything). First announced just 1 year ago, and already sitting at 7% penetration - fantastic result!
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Re: [POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualizatio

Veeam Logoby Doug.Butler » Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:30 am

Internal storage (RAID arrays inside the hosts).

BUT we are adding an EMC VNXe 3100 within 30 days.
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Re: [POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualizatio

Veeam Logoby tabrez@ajmalksa.com » Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:47 am

We are using HP MSA 2324sa for our primary production storage and ReadyNAS NV+ as our secondary backup storage
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Re: [POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualizatio

Veeam Logoby averylarry » Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:22 pm

Not sure where it fits in, and I don't use it (though I'm considering it), but what about VMware storage appliance? I guess it would also fall under some other category but it might be interesting to know.
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Re: [POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualizatio

Veeam Logoby Ratcha » Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:49 pm

averylarry wrote:Not sure where it fits in, and I don't use it (though I'm considering it), but what about VMware storage appliance? I guess it would also fall under some other category but it might be interesting to know.


True. Does anyone use it (or know of anyone who uses it)?

In this poll I guess it would fit under local storage at this point as it doesn't specify shared or not, though it would have been nice to know if anyone was using this.
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Re: [POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualizatio

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:02 pm

VMware Storage Appliance goes under Paid-for Software SAN.
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Re: [POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualizatio

Veeam Logoby cstringer » Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:18 pm

Has anyone got opinions or first-hand info on reliability and speed for HP? I am looking into replacing our Equallogic array with an HP StorageWorks P4300 G2. I no longer desire to pay huge amounts of money for EMC or Equllogic especially since we now use a homegrown solution with Linux and Rsync to replicate to our DR site. I just need speed and reliability. Thanks in advance!
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Re: [POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualizatio

Veeam Logoby jcwuerfl » Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:42 pm

IBM Nseries, wasn't listed in the poll options.
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Re: [POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualizatio

Veeam Logoby tsightler » Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:02 pm

Isn't IBM N Series just rebranded Netapp?
http://www-03.ibm.com/support/techdocs/ ... x/TD105042

I would probably just answer Netapp.
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Re: [POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualizatio

Veeam Logoby jcwuerfl » Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:39 am

Yes and no... IBM likes to change things =)
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Re: [POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualizatio

Veeam Logoby pzednik » Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:43 pm

DataCore SANSymphony-V and under that: WMC Clariion AX-4
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Re: [POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualizatio

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:31 pm

The number of poll options is limited to 30, so I had to drop IBM N Series for the reason Tom has mentioned. You can vote Netapp instead. Thanks!
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Re: [POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualizatio

Veeam Logoby bc07 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 5:48 pm

In addition to what I voted we have a SAN storage EonStore from Infortrend (FC host to SAS/SATA).
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Re: [POLL] What is your PRODUCTION storage for virtualizatio

Veeam Logoby Gostev » Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:25 pm

Poll locked after 4 weeks, see the 2nd post above for results analysis.
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