* Posts by oli_from_germany

13 posts • joined 19 May 2010

NetApp veep: 'We've shifted 750,000 all-flash arrays'. Er, really?

oli_from_germany
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Re: Sales Engineer is a great job!

Sales Engineer IS a great job - at Netapp :-) I have many solutions to real business challenges, many stories to tell :-)

But back to the matter:

"ONTAP and WAFL handle data very well, but the basic file system underpinnings are built for spinning media." - Yes - and why is this bad? Most of our customers Data is till located on spinning media. And most your customers Data is there too I assume - derived from your technology: SSDs are only day-fresh accelerator, spinning media for longterm storage. And your CASL is not optimized for the lion's share of your customers data? Ai-ai-ai...

"We think keeping snapshots on the most expensive storage possible is not an awesome idea when they can be kept more efficiently on big, fat, cheap 7200 RPM platters." - Totally agree - this is why we keep Snapshots with a short retention locally (and not on SSD as you obviously assume). But we drove this one important step further many years ago: we replicate old snapshots to smaller, larger or even systems, different Disks (typically large SATA, happy with SSD-topping) or also single controllers (with 5x9 affordable service) for longtime-retention. This is what WE can and no one else. And this is a full-backup of all your data, every 30 Minutes replicated 20 km away and kept there for 6 month up to ~ a year - typical commercial customer setup. Sorry for boring you but again I need to mention that all replicated Snapshots on the target system(s) can still be used for restore, test/dev/forensincs and, and, and...

Bringing this to customers attention let them put the millisecond blabla aside typically because this is relevant, business process supporting functionality :-)

One last thing: you already drive a Porsche? I already doubted the generation of revenue before. What do the Investors say about that? Burning capital that way is maybe a shortterm business-model...

Have a nice weekend

from Germany

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oli_from_germany

Three times I saw Nimble in my Accounts, lost two times, one is pending

1: they cut the price in halves just with their final offer, discounts were already low. No Idea how they generate revenue this way - and customers going with this are not my favourites (revenues pay employees, replacement parts logistics, back office, service guys and so on)

2: they offered synchronous mirror "just like Metro Cluster" but available in 2016 “I swear" - with no additional costs now and later. First they sold a product that does not even exists, second I still wonder how they generate revenue (see 1:) - sounds more like getting streets attention amongst all the other flash-microsecond-you-need-only-that-one-trick-pony-shacks

3: they insisted so much on millisecond write latency at a prospect that they forgot to listen to customers read-intensive environment. The IT guy later told us that this was ridicoulous and a strategic story was missing completely - there was always a u-turn to the pony.

And by the way reading through Nimbles Datasheet at

http://info.nimblestorage.com/rs/nimblestorage/images/nimblestorage_technology_overview.pdf

it shows all Netapp Technologies, well maybe only a 1/256th of them but all well known, absolutely nothing special.

No need to be scared for me, Nimble.

Disclosure: Netapp Systems Engineer and proud of it :-)

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Samsung brings out new longer-lived 1TB Flash podule for PCs, notebooks

oli_from_germany

840 on Mac

I'm running the EVO 840 in my late 2009 iMAC with Adapter Bracket. It runs extremely fast, all random and sequential Task like MP3/Video Encoding, very large Photoshop Files editing and multiple VMs at once. Booting into Yosemite from Poweron takes ~ 10 seconds for a working desktop! So I don't see an advantage for Windows here.

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Oracle crashes all-flash bash: Behold, our hybrid FS1 arrays

oli_from_germany

Strange...

Oracle claims 640 KB granularitiy as "most efficient data granularity" - well, Netapp has 4 KB granularity for Snapshots, SSD- and Card-Caching, replication and so on. So NetApp is 160x more efficient than Oracle and 64.000x more efficient than the other competitors? Not that bad...

Oracle says "[Columnar] Compression is supported only on Oracle storage systems". This is the case only for some years now. It used to be supported before they bought SUN. Why? It is a software feature! It works with every 2.5" IDE/SATA/SAS/whatever Disk.

Disclosure: NetApp Empl.

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IBM wrestles controls, pulls midrange array sales out of death dive

oli_from_germany
Happy

Netapp's Dedup-Appliance...

is a Netapp. Chris, I'm disappointed that you're not aware of Netapp's most basic functionality. We do dedup in primary storage for more than 7 years now. And we can replicate all data and Snapshots deduped to a second and even third array. So absolutely no need for a dedup Appliance (and moving terabytes around for hours during backup) as everything is already deduped (and by the way: compressed too). And if you have a different primary storage and look for a dedup appliance for backup with heavy added value - go for syncsort with Netapp, it rocks :-)

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How can NetApp respond to Tintri?

oli_from_germany
Happy

Wrong Aspect

NetApp does this on top of just stuffing virtual machines with storage:

- replicating data around on their gear, small to medium to large boxes and vice-versa > consolidation, intercontinental data protection - multiple topologies, old to new boxes and vv

- doing hundreds of snapshots on all data > uncomparable RPO, massive testing and development environments setup quick means excellent time to market, top sla's

- doing metrocluster transparent site failover in case of hardware component error > uptime increased

- having integration software for snapshots/clones for many major business apps > ease of use

- having some thousand engineers worldwide to provide worldwide 24/7 support for all class of business

- virtualizing other vendor storage to integrate it into new netapp feature ecosystem > investment protection

- delivering block and file storage from one system with the complete feature set below it (snaps, dedup, compression, worm)in all system families >> true unified storage, nobody else has it

btw, who were this tintri-guys?

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Converged system threesome show off new Vblocks

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Still the same old story

This product does this, that product does that. And we call it unified because you will get your 150 position invoice from one supplier.... EMC is creative in just one thing: creating new names for old stuff.

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Nimbus boots EVA out of Mitsubishi

oli_from_germany
Gimp

Dilbert Style CIOing

I have a vision....

CIO: we just bought that 3 million SAP Licenses and Consulting so storage must be cheap - could't get a discount with SAP

Admin: but...

CIO: cheap! every disk is the same!

Admin: buys FATA Array, "cheap".

Years later, SAP performance hurts business much, new CIO in place. The former went on to new challenges - he is known for implementing SAP at low cost...

new CIO: my iPAD has flash memory - at least I read so - and it runs fast --- so why don't we buy flash for SAP?

Admin (still the same poor Guy): yes, but it is very expens...

CIO: buy it! I want iPad style performance in SAP!

....

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SGI storage gets a head transplant

oli_from_germany
WTF?

Pre-Order?

Sounds smart. Because every Customer pre-orders new NAS Equipment without testing... Ah, I forgot, they assure....

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EMC replaces ControlCenter with ProSphere

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EMC cant do Software

Even if they claim to be one of the largest sw manufacturers. I worked for emc for 7 years as a consultant and i saw navisphere, control center, symmetrix manager (which was already outsourced from cc very early cause the couldnt get cc to control their main storage, the same with navisphere) powerpath, geospan/srdf-ce and so on. They all sucked, were more then heavy to install and support was bloody bad even for internals. Its still the same. Emc cant do usable storage management software. The only stuff that was and is working are their command line tools - not very 2011.... Have a look at Dells storage or others shows you where to buy.

I.e. When upgrading CC in minor or major steps all historical data was lost! This was fact from 5.0 to 6.0 over several version and couldnt be fixed although there was an oracle db below...they needed to drop it. Customers liked this.....

Performance management is historical and ancient - for clariion and vmax. Collect data and get a zip file. Visualize the data in a sucking java gui that slows down even the fattest ram/cpu combo. Customers still complain about this.

I would never buy an emc system again, others just can do muuuch better.

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Anobit flash can take a pounding for 5 years

oli_from_germany
Paris Hilton

Lets use real world Math

Assume that in the future these drives will mostly be used in tiered storage scenarios to provide suffcient io in front of a sata bunch (or marketing-speech "nearline-sas", sounds faster but isnt).

Then writes will go down on ssd but some algorithm will stage data to tier 2/3 from time to time. so the ssd will never fill up to its maximum. Lets say half the disk will be filled before the data is staged. You end up with 36.000+ ios per cell, right? Does it mean it will just last 2.5 years?

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Xiotech sexes up new boxes

oli_from_germany
WTF?

14.4? Haaha

If my Name creation Guy would Name my newest hispeed Disk System After a MODEM from the stoneage I would Know what to do.... And If you ask the 25 year old hiflyer Sales guy about this He doesn't even Know about this....

Whatever, Renaming a product is often Done because of a Bad Reputation of the product....

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Wobbly drive array problems? This'll stiffen your rack

oli_from_germany
Pint

grows by 150 ;-)

Hmm, maybe it leads to an invisible blackhole in the end. It is sucking up all data around and this is why we have so much growth in data out there...

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