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Oracle says it is seeing strong growth in its NAS, SAN and tape storage portfolio. Maybe a high-end Axiom array is coming but, even so, there's no sign Oracle is about to emerge from the IDC Storage Tracker's "Others" category. The data excludes Oracle's engineered Exa- systems (Exadata, Exalytics, etc) and refers to basic …

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Anonymous Coward

The problem . . .

. . . is that you have to do business with Oracle, which is already a big turn-off for many.

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Anonymous Coward

Oracle had a storage business...

which was the HDS resell business they killed it. Pillar is a joke. They only bought it because Larry was the largest shareholder and it was about to go bankrupt. Nothing at all interesting in Axiom. ZFS arrays were interesting in the 90s, but they have been surpassed by NetApp... and now IBM V7 and EMC VNX. Those 40 of the global 100 companies have probably been running ZFS since the 90s. It certainly isn't any new tech that people are scrambling to get their hands on.

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WTF?

Re: Oracle had a storage business...

Do tell: why is Pillar a joke?

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Oracle had a storage business...

I wrote "joke" because Pillar only gained a handful customers in 10 years and was purchased by Oracle for nothing. A fire sale to prevent bankruptcy. Oracle is now treating it as a revolutionary technology that is growing rapidly.

Their IO QoS prioritization secret sauce was rendered unnecessary when the large wide stripers came in an delivered more than enough IO with no IO prioritization through a parallel IO architecture (XIV and Isilon for NAS). For those that wanted to prioritize volumes based on IO, even though it is generally not necessary in a parallel architecture, the auto-tiering approach won the day (Compellent and EMC).

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Anonymous Coward

Another Oracle numbers contradiction

According to Oracle, Exa is going to the moon and doubling every year. Storage is increasingly rapidly. Legacy Sparc stuff is growing. The only thing that isn't growing is x86 servers which they are intentionally ending, so who cares. Sun never sold very many x86 servers, $200 million per quarter at its peak. Oracle's overall hardware has dropped from $2.1 billion per quarter (Sun's 2008 numbers) to $900 million a quarter, so it has dropped in more than half. They also claim that Exa is over a billion per year or over $250 million per quarter. Pillar was a piddly $25-30 million per quarter prior to the Oracle acquisition.... so legacy Sun is about $600 million per quarter... or about 1/4th the size it was in 2008, which is also demonstrated in Oracle's audit financials. In their marketing department's financials, everything is booming.

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Anonymous Coward

100 new customers worldwide in 12 months - HP have added 100 new 3PAR customers in just the UK in the same period!

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