Dell Positioned in "Leaders" Quadrant in 2010 Report on Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays

  • Leading analyst firm’s evaluation based on ability to execute and completeness of vision

Dell announced today that Gartner Inc. positioned the company in the “Leaders” quadrant of its 2010 Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays report1. Dell’s storage arrays include both EqualLogic and Dell/EMC solutions.

Dell’s EqualLogic PS series storage solutions deliver the benefits of consolidated networked storage in a self-optimizing iSCSI storage area network (SAN) that is affordable and easy to use, regardless of scale. By eliminating complex tasks and enabling fast and flexible storage provisioning, these solutions dramatically reduce the costs of storage acquisition and ongoing operations. Dell estimates it has added more than 20,000 new EqualLogic customers since completing the acquisition in 2008 and Dell extended its leadership in terms of iSCSI SAN vendor revenue to 50 percent of the total iSCSI SAN market in the first half of 2010.

The unique Dell/EMC partnership delivers enterprise-class storage with a common, high availability architecture and excellent investment protection. Fourth-generation Dell/EMC CX4 arrays deliver new levels of performance, flexibility, ease-of-use, data management and resource utilization. The Dell/EMC CX4 family forms the core of a scalable enterprise infrastructure that is easy to deploy, manage, and upgrade and supports both Fibre Channel and iSCSI protocols.

According to the Gartner report, “Vendors in the Leaders quadrant have the highest scores for their ability to execute and completeness of vision. A midrange disk array storage vendor in the Leaders quadrant has the market share, credibility, and marketing and sales capabilities needed to drive the acceptance of new technologies. They demonstrate a clear understanding of market needs; they are innovators and thought leaders; and they have well-articulated plans that customers and prospects can use when designing their storage infrastructures and strategies. In addition, they have a presence in the five major geographical regions, consistent financial performance and broad platform support.”

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“We offer customers the most comprehensive storage portfolio in the industry. Regardless of how customers choose to address their ever-increasing storage needs – whether it’s scale-out iSCSI or scale-up Fibre Channel – we’ve got state-of-the-art solutions and services that are simple, capable and affordable.” – Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager, Dell Enterprise Storage

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The Magic Quadrant was copyrighted 2010 by Gartner Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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[1] Gartner Research “Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Disk Arrays” by Roger W. Cox, Pushan Rinnen and Stanley Zaffos. Nov. 30, 2010