Data Storage: Buying Enterprise Data Storage Protection Systems: 10 Best Practices
Get the Teams Together
Commission both a testing team and an advisory team that represents the requirements of end users.
Know What You Have to Protect
Conduct an initial discovery of what's in your environment with each vendor to ensure the POC testing plan is representative of the specific infrastructure.
Test Big Data Workloads
Test large volumes of data to capture an accurate assessment of how the data protection system will actually handle the high capacity and high performance requirements.
Compare vendors in a way that puts pressure on them to push performance to the full requirements of the enterprise