• Flash Memory Market Leaders Honored at Summit

    IT Brand Pulse announced the results of the recent  2013 SSD Brand Leader Survey as voted by IT professionals.  Survey respondents were asked which vendors they perceive as the leader in eleven SSD product categories; the leaders will be honored at the Flash Memory Summit on August 14, 2013 in Santa Clara, CA.

    “The results of the 2013 SSD surveys reflect the many acquisitions of start-ups by larger storage companies,” said Frank Berry, CEO of IT Brand Pulse. “Of the hundreds of SSD start-ups, the only remaining pure-play SSD companies perceived as leaders by IT pros were Fusion-io and Nimbus.”

    • For All DRAM SAN SSD Systems, IBM’s recent acquisition of TMS secured itself as a repeat top choice for leadership titles in the six categories of Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation. Like last year, Kaminario was number two behind IBM/TMS in the Market Leader standings, followed by Kove.
    • Nimbus Data continued its dominance in both All Flash NAS SSD Systems and All Flash Unified SSD Systems.  For the second year in a row, Nimbus Data swept all the categories: Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation. Rounding out second and third for the Market Leader award in All Flash NAS SSD Systems were Violin Memory and Skyera, respectively.  For All Flash Unified SSD Systems, Skyera was the runner-up Market Leader, ahead of Whiptail.
    • For SSD NAS Cache ApplianceSSD DAS/SAN Cache and Hybrid HDD/SSD Systems, NetApp had a high-profile in this survey as the Market leader in all three of the product categories.  Having added CacheIQ to its fold late last year, NetApp/CacheIQ swept SSD NAS Cache Appliance:  Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation Leader. The runner-up leader across the board in this product category went to Violin Memory, followed by Alacritech.  In the SSD DAS/SAN Cache survey, the leader votes for Performance, Reliability, and Innovation went to Fusion-io (IO Turbine), who also came in second in the Market category (EMC placed third).  NetApp tied with SanDisk (FlashSoft) as the Price leader and EMC was the Service & Support leader. For Hybrid HDD/SSD Systems, IT professionals repeated their selections from 2012:  IBM (who finished second in Market) captured the Innovation award, EMC (third, Market) was the leader in Performance and Reliability and the Price award went to Dell.  NetApp took the Service and Support title for the first time.

    • LSI (SandForce) was also a two-time Market leader winner for SSD Controller Chips. While IT perceptions showed LSI as a repeat leader in the Price and Innovation categories, they swept the awards by capturing the Performance, Reliability and Service & Support titles previously held by Intel, who came in second in every category.
    • Voting in the PCle SSD SAN Adapters category revealed QLogic as the Market Leader and leader in four of the five other leader choices in the 2013 SSD Brand Survey.  QLogic posted wins in the Price, Performance, Reliability, and Innovation categories, giving up only the Service & Support crown to EMC, who IT pros ranked second in Market above third place, Virident.
    • In the SAS/SATA SSD Modules survey, brand leadership split four ways with Seagate coming in as Market Leader (and tying with Intel for Service & Support). Intel, the second place finisher for Market Leader, captured the Reliability title while the Performance and Innovation categories went to Samsung (who finished third in Market).  Western Digital rounded out the leader list as the Price champion.
    • In the second straight year, Fusion-io led the way for PCle SSD DAS Adapters as the Market Leader pick.  Once again, Fusion-io was tapped as both Performance and Innovation leader, and this time around added the Reliability Leader award. Intel, which won the Service & Support category again, landed in second place as Market Leader, with LSI, in the third position.  In the Price category, a first place 3-way tie occurred among Fusion-io, Intel, and SanDisk.
    • IT Pros selected EMC/XtremIO as the 2013 leader in 5 of 6 brand categories for All Flash SAN SSD Systems. EMC was chosen as Market Leader, and captured the top spot for Performance, Reliability, Service & Support, and Innovation. NetApp won the Price Leader category and IBM/TMS was second as Market Leader.

    IT Brand Pulse awards are the symbols for brand leadership because they are voted by IT pros (not vendor-sponsored).  Our surveys are designed to measure the pulse of brand leadership in specific product categories. IT professionals respond to one survey covering various products. Within each product category, respondents choose the overall market leader, as well as the leader in price, performance, reliability, service and support, and innovation.

    Cheryl Parker is the Director and Senior Analyst for IT Brand Pulse, a trusted source of data and analysis about IT infrastructure, including servers, storage and networking.

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