We've beening looking around for what amounts to be the "best" platform out there for storage management. With all the choices everything is beginning to be a blur to us. We can't really afford any of EMC's product line as an upgrade will be a forklift with them.
We were considering 3par and Exagrid both sounds nice but our issue is how hard is it to manage the software? How easy is it to maintain? The best thing about them is that an upgrade is not a forklift.
Are there any other platforms that we should look at that can dedup, provide HA and do backups.
All the applicances that we looked at all do de-dup after a full backup. Are there any platform/appliances that can do a de-dup prior to a backup or do both simuntanteouly without a performance hit?
What's the best of "breed" out there right now?