Top 20 Storage Solution Companies - 2019

The growing influx of information in today’s digital world has set the stage for enterprises to embrace latest technologies that optimize the abundance of data for discrete business objectives. Companies now acknowledge that an optimal, efficient, and sensible way to manage big data can play a crucial role in enhancing their business success. Cheaper and denser flash/solid-state drives (SSDs), NVMe, AI, machine learning, and multi-cloud data management are more than just buzz words in the storage landscape that empower organizations to usher in efficient orchestration of business operations. In the wake of increasing cybersecurity threats and changing regulatory environment, efforts to devise realiable ways to protect and manage confidential information are also pressing demands that need immediate resolution.

Plummeting prices of NAND flash is reducing SSD costs, as flash chips represent the bulk of the cost of an SSD, enabling manufacturers to develop denser storage units for the same cost as that of lower capacity drives. Alongside, manufacturers are gradually shifting from the 32 and 64-layer flash to the 96-layer 3D flash, in order to offer higher storage capacity in the physical footprint of a standard SSD. The growing adoption of flash arrays with NVMe capabilities delivers high bandwidth with ultra-low latency, thereby supporting more applications, workloads, and use cases across enterprise IT infrastructure, generating more income for companies. NVMe provides the ability to share flash storage among multiple server racks for organizations with large database deployments and extends direct memory access capabilities over a switched fabric to create shared storage.

Alongside, analytics-driven by AI and machine learning guides IT teams to predict future storage requirements, flag infrequently used data to lower storage tiers, identify potential compliance risks, and automate routine tasks. Today, AI and machine learning have matured, transcending into other areas of IT to generate recommendations for administrators, which in turn, can be leveraged to automate day-to-day operations. In addition, multi-cloud data management allows enterprises to spread different workloads across multiple clouds, fostering improved performance, better data protection, and on-call availability. Such a diverse set of merits and advantages empowers enterprises with the capability to transparently migrate data from on-premises configurations to either public or private clouds.

At the confluence of these trends, there are several players vying for the top position in the market with an array of innovative solutions to strengthen the foundation of enterprise storage and ensure that information is always available, accurate, reusable, and protected in today’s data-driven world. However, as business requirements and goals differ, it can be cumbersome for organizations to select the right solution vendors from this crowd. To help them carry out this task with utmost ease, a distinguished panel of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, industry analysts, and CIOReview’s editorial board has narrowed down the selection to a final 20.

We present to you the “20 Most Promising Storage Solution Providers - 2019.”

Top Storage Solution Companies

AGILESTORAGE is a workload-agnostic storage company that transforms data storage into a simple utility with on-premise, hybrid, and multi-cloud infrastructures. The company has developed a robust workload agnostic storage platform (WASP) to help enterprises achieve agility through flexible, scalable, efficient, and sustainable storage infrastructures for their data over the cloud. WASP is deemed as the first real storage hypervisor in the market with containerized multitenant virtual storage management (VSM) architecture that provides agility while shifting to the cloud. AGILESTORAGE has embedded flexibility into the DNA of WASP to empower enterprises with superior storage agility to accelerate digital transformation, and embrace the future of cloud data storage

InfoBeyond is known for providing advanced communication, security and intelligence solutions. The company aims at developing innovative solutions that solve some of today’s most critical IT challenges. It specializes in cybersecurity, big data, and wireless/satellite communication. The products the company offers include security protocol tool, NXdrive, cloud security architecture tool and imageR. The team at InfoBeyond also provides solutions for cybersecurity, big data and machine learning, networking and communications, and blockchain. Their efficiency systems, mathetical modeling, prototyping, system design, theoretical analysis helps them provide personalized services to their clients

Kanguru is known for providing secure hardware encrypted USB solutions, portable data storage, fully-integrated secure remote management, duplication equipment and more to organizations and businesses around the world. The company's range of products includes encrypted flash drives, hard drives and solid state drives, remote management, duplicators, external drives, DVD/Blu-ray burners, AV/SSPM and accessories. The company caters to clients from different sectors including government, military, enterprise, corporations, healthcare, energy, utilities, and financial institutions. Kanguru aims at helping everyone globally who wish to have good security policies

OakGate Technology is a leading vendor of test, validation, and benchmarking products and services to the storage industry. This privately held company is a recognized leader in test and validation tools for reliable state storage. Our customers include top-tier component suppliers, drive manufacturers, and storage system OEMs worldwide. Based in Loomis, California, OakGate Technology was founded in 2008 by industry veterans from storage and server industries. OakGate's highly capable and flexible platforms support all popular storage protocols and are based on advanced, proprietary software and industry-standard hardware. It's turnkey system platforms are available in desktop, rack-mount or integrated configurations and support PCIe, SAS, SATA and FC protocols

Parsec Labs offers its storage portability platform for data migration between block, file, and object storage, irrespective of brands and types of storage devices across different types of data, like structured and unstructured. By focusing on appliance-based rather than capacity-based migration, the company offers the first and only universal data replication and migration platform that delivers vendor-neutral data portability across platforms taking out risks, vendor lock-in, and enormous costs of data migration for IT organizations. The company also helps interconnect fiber channel with a new generation of storage devices that use NVMe over fabric.

StorONE is a transforming software-defined storage with a new class of SDS that completely redefines expectations in performance, results, functionality, convenience and cost. It provides information storage system facilities for small and medium enterprises businesses. Founded by proven disruptive serial entrepreneurs and backed by top-tier industry luminaries and strategic investors, StorONE provides enterprise-class functionality, high performance and high capacity for less than $0.01 per GB. With more than 50 patents awarded in its first seven years of deep technical development, StorONE is completely changing the perception of storage from an IT cost center to a resource that provides organizations with a key competitive advantage. StorONE is headquartered in New York, with offices in Dallas, Tel Aviv and Singapore

Top Gun Technology is a leading vendor of third party trade of refurbished IT hardware. The company provides expert consultation to data center professionals seeking alternative cost saving solutions for multiple OEMs new offerings such as IBM, Oracle/SUN/STK, HP, Cisco, EMC and others. Top Gun has a sales staff with 30 plus years experience in technical support and sales of hardware and associated services. The organization's active presence in the marketplace has enabled it to create a significant inventory that is constantly evolving with the latest available hardware on the used market

Arxscan

Arxscan

Arxscan is a reporting & analytics solutions company based in Asbury, NJ. The team at Arxscan can understand datacenters of all sizes and provides unprecedented reporting & analytics for their clients. Arxscan can cover all major configurations of SAN, NAS, DAS, virtual storage and fibre channel switching all in a single instance of the software. Their range of services includes dynamic reporting, comprehensive performance and detailed metrics. They can give their clients the clarity they need to improve in today’s complex data center environments

Coho Data

Coho Data

Based in Santa Clara, CA, Coho Data is known for being a converged infrastructure solution for the enterprises, combining SDN, SDS, and commodity hardware that allows companies to bring the efficiency and flexibility of the public cloud into on-premise data centers. The company aims to enhance and improve business operation. Coho Data is a specialist in enterprise storage, virtualization, software-defined data center, private cloud and IT infrastructure. Coho Data's DataStream architecture has been optimized for virtual private clouds, containers and “New IT” workloads such as Big Data-as-a-Service

DataDirect Networks

DataDirect Networks

DDN storage helps their clients manage at scale data better, faster and safer. The company builds the solutions using Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Analytics, and HPC, which can fit the clients' data needs now and in the future. DDN's range of products include block storage, flash storage, file storage, AI storage, object storage, and monitoring and management. The company caters to clients from the finance, education, media, life sciences, manufacturing, and oil and gas sector. Headquartered in Chatsworth, CA, DDN offers its services to clients in over 50 countries

Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies is committed to transform businesses, shape the future of innovation and develop technologies that can drive human progress. The company aims to build a digital future where human progress can be transformed by technology. Dell's range of products includes cloud, converged infrastructure, data protection and networking among many others. The solutions Dell offers includes infrastructure solutions, workforce solutions, industry solutions and OEMs. They are known for catering to clients from all industries and sectors. It is global technology company headquartered in Round Rock, Texas

Fujitsu

Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) organization, which offers a complete range of technology products, solutions, and services. The company's range of products includes client computing devices, integrated systems, storage, servers, networks, electronic devices, software, network switches and more. Fujitsu caters to clients in the automotive, manufacturing, retail, transport and financial services sectors among many others. It is also known for offering MetaArc, iot, smart mobility, HPC, AI, biometrics, technical computing, RFID, sensors, smart grid and much more

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is a global technology company headquartered in San Jose, CA. The range of services offered includes servers and systems, data storage, networking, software, industries and segments, applications and more. They also provide consulting services, operational support, IT consumption solutions, financial services, education and training. The company caters to clients in all parts of the world. Their clients come from all sectors including manufacturing, media, life sciences, automotive, oil and gas, healthcare, retail, education, financial services, public sector and much more

Huawei Technologies

Huawei Technologies

Huawei is a global provider of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. They aim to bring digital to every person, home, and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. The company provides end-to-end solutions that are both competitive and secure. Huawei's range of products includes switches, routers, WLAN, storage, cloud data center network solution and network management and analysis software among many others. The services offered includes cloud planning, design, and implementation service, big data enablement service, customer support service and many others

IBM

IBM

Headquartered in Armonk, NY, IBM is a multinational technology company. Its range of products include analytics, automation, blockchain, cloud, iot, mobile, security, supply chain and more. They are also specialists in financing, training and providing industry expertise. The company aims to serve its clients through progressive thinking, progressive leadership, progressive policy and progressive action. IBM caters to clients from all sectors including media, manufacturing, life sciences, healthcare, aerospace, energy, chemical, automotive, electronic, retail and consumer products, banking and financial markets among many others

NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation, based in Irving, TX, is a security solutions provider aiming at orchestrating a brighter world. The company's range of solutions and services includes big data analytics, biometric authentication, cloud, display and digital signage, OEM services and much more. NEC also provides products such as data storage, embedded systems, fiber optic devices, integrated IT infrastructure, network products and software. Their customers are from different sectors including aerospace, logistics, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, telecom, government, agriculture, healthcare, media, transportation and many others

NetApp

NetApp

NetApp builds storage and data management solutions that are designed to help customers accelerate business breakthroughs and achieve outstanding cost efficiency. The company's mission has always been to help the customers achieve what matters most to them. Throughout the world, leading organizations count on NetApp for software, systems, and services to manage and store their data. They help enterprises and service providers envision, deploy, and evolve their IT environments. Customers also benefit from their open collaboration with other technology leaders to create the specific solutions they need

NovaStor

NovaStor

NovaStor is an award-winning, international data backup and recovery software company with solutions supporting physical, virtual and cloud environments. With offices located in the USA and Europe, NovaStor services thousands of companies and has delivered millions of seats worldwide. NovaStor utilizes a full-service approach, providing an expert-level technical team specializing in providing solutions to data protection problems for underfunded, overwhelmed IT Administrators. The company’s primary focus is providing backup and recovery software to home users, small and medium-sized businesses and enterprises

Pure Storage

Pure Storage

Pure Storage is a leading vendor of enterprise data flash storage solutions specially designed to substitute for electromechanical disk arrays. As data becomes a more valuable asset to companies, emphasis on enterprise storage has increased. Pure Storage is considered to be a key player in the solid-state storage array market and aims to provide a seamless transition from alternate storage methods. Pure Storage products have been designed to provide companies with "flash for the price of disk" by using comparable features and pricing. Incorporated into their end-to-end product suite, Pure Data-Centric Architecture, Pure Storage solutions can help with consolidating applications, simplifying integration, providing real-time data streams, and increasing productivity

Technologent

Technologent

Top Gun Technology is a leading vendor of third party trade of refurbished IT hardware. The company provides expert consultation to data center professionals seeking alternative cost saving solutions for multiple OEMs new offerings such as IBM, Oracle/SUN/STK, HP, Cisco, EMC and others. Top Gun has a sales staff with 30 plus years experience in technical support and sales of hardware and associated services. The organization's active presence in the marketplace has enabled it to create a significant inventory that is constantly evolving with the latest available hardware on the used market