NetApp has abruptly extended its flash solid state drive (SSD) storage strategy by admitting a second use case into its SSD universe, one for specific workload acceleration through a tier zero drive shelf. Previously, it promoted the use of flash for read caching in the controller via its PAM (Performance Acceleration Module) …
Ummm... will EMC follow suit?
"The NetApp move is a recognition that controller read caching doesn't answer every array acceleration need. Super-charging your Mercedes car makes all its journeys faster but you still need a Ferrari for particular trips. Will EMC follow suit? It hasn't done so yet but CEO Joe Tucci used to drive a Ferrari."
You do of course realize that EMC realized this many months ago... (you allude to EMC having it earlier, did you just have a massive brain fart) what exactly do you think tier 0 in a DMX is for? I'll let you in on a secret, IT'S NOT FOR READ CACHING. Also by the time NetApp says they will actually release their product I can actually order to do the exact same thing (act as a really fast HD), that SSD's will have been purchasable by EMC customers for a full year already (and the guess is that they are from the same mfg STEC).
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