There are many manufactures of storage and at some point, they may all tend to look alike.  The truth however, is that each have characteristics that may or may not be the best fit for your specific environment.  A storage decision can only be made after careful consideration of your existing infrastructure, long term goals, budget, administrative resources and what applications are in use or are anticipated.

Storage features that may impact your decision are in how it should be accessed (fibre channel, iSCSI, local), data structure (block, file), physical devices (SATA, SSD, Hybrid) transports (CIFS, NFS), speed, expandability and management features.

Going a step further, your disaster recovery and business continuity goals play a role in which storage is evaluated as each handle how data is protected and/or replicated with varying characteristics.

One of the latest advances in storage is in analytics.  Storage vendors can now provide you with more information than ever before that allows for better decisions on storage growth as well as application and storage performance.  In addition, with the gathering of data analytics to a central location, vendors can be pro-active in alerting you not only when problems occur, but also that a problem may be about to occur and deal with it preemptively.

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