T here is nothing “magical” about Gartner’s Magic Quadrant report. Completing the questionnaire is certainly hard work and very time-consuming, but it’s nothing compared to what goes into developing the product that is being reviewed. But, it should be viewed as just one valuable piece of data you can use to find the best solution for your problem that fits your budget.

Gartner’s definition of a “Challenger” is worth repeating. A Challenger, in Gartner’s vernacular, is a vendor that “executes well enough to be a serious threat to vendors in the Leaders quadrant. They have strong products, as well as sufficient credible market position and resources to sustain continued growth. Financial viability is not an issue for vendors in the Challengers quadrant, but they lack the size and influence of vendors in the Leaders quadrant.” See The Register and StorageNewsletter.com for great summaries of this Magic Quadrant.

Let’s break this down and see how it applies to Quantum:

  • Serious threat to vendors in the Leaders quadrant—I read this as Challengers are vendors you should take a serious look at because they have something the Leaders do not.
  • Strong products—Enough said here. Products that can solve most customers’ problems.
  • Credible market position—Customers have purchased our product, have successfully used it to solve primary storage issues, and are publicly willing to say so. Over 850,000 storage arrays based on this architecture have been sold.
  • Resources to sustain continued growth—This is a product that merits continuing investment.
  • Financial viability is not an issue—Quantum has been around for a long time, and continues to invest in and support the products.
  • Lack the size and influence of vendors in Leaders quadrant—Big is not always better—think startups or small companies. Influencing the market could mean the company is driving innovation, or it could mean the company is stifling innovation due to a self-preservation focus. Again, think startups or small companies.

QXS™ hybrid flash storage is primary storage designed for large unstructured data, random data, and as a target for large backups. Many of our customers also use QXS hybrid flash storage with Q-Tier—our real-time, automatic, intelligent tiering software—for intensive data analytics. Q-Tier scans all the data, scores it, and, if necessary, moves it to the appropriate tier based on actual usage of the data. This tiering allows you to have a small amount of flash storage for your active data and the majority of your data on less expensive hard disk drives (HDDs).

Given that most companies, according to analysts, use only about 8 to 10% of their data at any one time, it would follow that, if you have smart software, you should be able to have primary storage that has only 8 to 10% of the expensive flash storage for you to achieve the performance of all-flash arrays. This smart software is Q-Tier.

This real-time tiering is achieved via a dynamic heuristic algorithm which is similar to algorithms used in the antivirus space. Antivirus tools are unable to check every piece of data coming into the system without having significant performance degradation, so they do broad scans of the data. Q-Tier does a similar type of scanning. This enables the scanning, scoring, and movement of data to happen every five seconds. This is in contrast to other vendors that look and evaluate every piece of data. Their tiering is done in a batch mode once a day, so they don’t bring the system to its knees. But, the result is data and applications that need performance don’t get it right away.

QXS hybrid storage is worth a look. Contact your local Quantum sales representative or value-added reseller (VAR) to see for yourself how QXS hybrid flash storage can help your business.

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