[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!