7 Storage Vendors Keeping Up With Big Data

Confused about what storage system to choose for your big-data analytics initiative? Here are some vendors to check out.

One of the more confusing aspects of a big-data project is figuring out what type of storage to use. Wading through all the technical terms and marketing-speak is time consuming and you often end up confused and frustrated as opposed to enlightened. In this slideshow, we provide some shopping guidance for big-data storage. There are many storage vendors pushing their particular products and architectures. We list seven that are adept at supporting big data and explain how they can be good options in certain scenarios.

Your choice in a storage platform will mostly revolve around the type of data being stored, how it is collected, and what type of analytics framework is used to collect and perform data mining. Some popular analytics frameworks include Spark, Hadoop, Flink, and NoSQL.

There are several different types of storage solutions for big data, depending on your environment. From a network-attached storage perspective, clustered/scale-out NAS remains a popular choice. Object-storage systems also are gaining traction as storage optimized for hyperscale computing environments. Last, there's a niche market in big-data analytics that can take advantage of pre-configured and easy to deploy hyperconverged platforms, which include compute, network and storage in one neat little single-vendor bundle.

That said, let's take a look at which storage vendors and products we're excited about when it comes to supporting big-data initiatives. Our section includes the typical players that have been in the storage space for years. But we also include some up-and-coming vendors and technologies that are making an impact on the rapidly growing and changing world of big data.

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About the Author(s)

Andrew Froehlich, President, West Gate Networks

President, West Gate Networks

As a highly experienced network architect and trusted IT consultant with worldwide contacts, particularly in the United States and Southeast Asia, Andrew Froehlich has nearly two decades of experience and possesses multiple industry certifications in the field of enterprise networking. Froehlich has participated in the design and maintenance of networks for State Farm Insurance, United Airlines, Chicago-area schools and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is the founder and president of Loveland, Colo.-based West Gate Networks, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and data center build outs. The author of two Cisco certification study guides published by Sybex, he is a regular contributor to multiple enterprise IT related websites and trade journals with insights into rapidly changing developments in the IT industry.

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