So we previously established that we see 5 different storage architectures from a broad sense.
1) Storage Islands 2) Scale Up, Dual controller, add shelves for capacity, stuck on performance 3) Scale Up, Hub & Spoke 4) Scale Out, add storage AND capacity linearly as needed 5) Bring your own Platform (BYOP)
So who falls where and why?
Here again is my take, I am open to anyone commenting and I am willing to change this designation if valid cases are made. Also note some are listed under multiple categories, not everything fits in nice buckets so easily, but I did try.
1) Storage Islands – Netapp E-series, EMC DSSD, Data Gravity,
2) Scale Up, Dual controller, add shelves for capacity, stuck on performance – NetApp AFF, EMC VNX, Dell Compellent,
Dell Equallogic, Pure FlashArray
3) Scale Up, Hub & Spoke – EMC XtremeIO, EMC VMAX, Nutanix, Atlantis USX Appliance
4) Scale Out, add storage AND capacity linearly as needed – NetApp SolidFire SF Arrays, EMC Isilon, Dell Equallogic
5) Bring your own Platform (BYOP) – NetApp SolidFire Element X, VMware VSAN, EMC ScaleIO, OpenStack Ceph, Atlantis USX SW, PernixData
So what do you think?
Edits: Moved Equallogic to Scale Out per a conversation on twitter 4/25/16