Re: Choose your Flash vendor with care
You forgot to quote the price of the array and your contact informations for potential buyers….
Reality is, XtremeIO is NOT yet on the market, while some of these startups have more than two years of selling and many happy customers. Sure they are startups with all the possible risks (basically one, to disappear living a customer with a dead system), but the fact some of them are selling means there are customers willing to buy those solutions.
I do not agree at all with the article, too much generic and vague. As always, it all belongs to choices: there are customers trusting the big vendors and never switching to a startup, but also others that see a real and big value in those "slight differences" and go out buying them right because of those features.
Also, not all solutions are "dual head + linux + zfs", this is (sorry) a really dumb statement. There are plenty of really different solutions out there, scale-out systems, object storage in the backend, and others. And this means mainly two things:
- freedom of choice for customers, that have more opportunities to find the best fit for their needs instead of choosing a "almost right solution with some drawbacks"
- a push to "the big ones" to accelerate their development/selling cycles
Surely some of them are out to be acquired. But when I see quotes about the big ones being EMC VNX (ex clariion...), HP 3Par, Dell Compellent, someone is forgotting they were aquired exactly as the new ones would possibly end up.
Or is it a startup is cool only when it gains a famous brand logo on their chassis?