ProtecTIER and Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Deduplication
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Just recently, Gartner published a report, titled “Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances”. This is a completely new analysis, so I’d call it a “Gartner’s first look” on this market.
1. “Customers have raised viability concerns regarding IBM's continued product plans in this market.”
Rest assured! IBM continues development on ProtecTIER.
2. “There is a need to purchase the deduplication license by the terabyte (TB), separately from the ProtecTIER engine.”
While Gartner sees this as a concern, I believe this is actually an advantage:
Our pricing model also offers easy (and cost-effective) capacity upgrades when customers’ storage requirements grow over time. No other vendor can provide this capability. With other vendors’ solutions, installing a second box means double cost.
And there’s another advantage in this model: IBM has also developed a unique pricing alternative for TSM customers, lowering overall costs of the backup solution. (For any customer who may be running TSM, IBM has built a special deduplication filter which maximizes deduplication ratios for TSM backups).
3. “ProtecTIER is lacking some advanced features, such as data shredding and OST Auto Image Replication (AIR) support.”
ProtecTIER’s high availability, dual node cluster capability, along with the ability to manage up to a PetaByte (PB) of data behind a single installation has positioned it as an enterprise leader in the market that can grow as the customer requirements grow.
Disk Flexibility: Every other vendor will lock the customer to a specific disk configuration that is approved for their appliance. IBM offers many options both with IBM as well as non-IBM disks. This flexibility ensures the lowest entry price point of a solution.
Future Upgrades: With 30% to 40% CAGR range, customers can expect that their repository will double over the next two to three years. When customers upgrade an appliance, after three years they are forced to buy three year old disk technology (if not older). With IBM, the customer has the flexibility to purchase the best offering (and best technology) when that time comes.
Box swaps: Due to the limitation on disk offerings many customers choose to simply replace their appliance for a new one at the end of three years.
Improved TCO: Only IBM provides a TCO approach enabled by the Gateway design:
I’d like to end this article with a quote from Randy Fleenor, IBM’s ProtecTIER sales executive: