* Posts by unredeemed

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VMware quietly sneaks out NSX 6.2 update and/or bug-blast

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Re: expect nothing

Really? Since 4.0? I think huge things have been refined over the years, perhaps not ground breaking, but they have taken things to the next level, and far exceeded the competitor space.

If vmware were to stop developing anything as of today, it would be 2+yrs before the competition even came close to offering similar enterprise features from scalability, HA, failover, 3rd-party plug-in integration, etc.

While the fundamentals are the same from 4.0 to today, everything is just IMO, better/bigger/faster. Of course it's thrown in a whole slew of complexity and licensing headaches too....

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ExaGrid growing in parallel, adds global GRID back-up to appliance software

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I love the marketing spin in the industry

The customer's quote is funny to say the least. "recovery process was long and complicated."

What exactly was complicated? The data is restored in its native format to however it was written. Ergo, you restore no different than exagrid or any other dedupe appliance. How much of that was coached, vs customer words?

Add to that, many many times product swap outs are people coming of an aging platform, going to a new HW platform. How old was the "DataDomain," they were replacing vs the newest iteration of Exagrid? Not exactly apples to apples here. But I guess if you agree to be a reference customer and the vendor gives you free equipment, you'll say whatever you are told to say...

At the end of the day though, this grid enhancement is huge for Exagrid. But 700 customers is not tooting your horn either.

<-- Has been a reference customer and has played the game of free HW, or PS, more than once, and sold my soul to say positive things. But hey free is free, and I can live with that if it helped the business and solved a business challenge.

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Symantec palms Veritas off on private equity group in $8bn mega-sale

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Re: Obolete disk management tools business for 8 Billion

Ah yes, because their whole business was built upon Storage Foundation, their money maker...

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EMC II, VMware and the future: Unpicking the house that Joe built

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I live in the Pacific Northwest locale (AK, WA, OR, and some surrounding states). While Hyper-V is around, it's probably 1 of 100 customers I meet. King County the largest county in WA, uses it. Since Microsoft is such a large contributor to local taxes, they support buying "local." Beyond that, hyper-V adoption is really not that big, nor accelerating. It just doesn't have the robust features needed that VMware has.

KVM on the other hand, and Oracle VM is picking up steam. I'm sure Nutanix which has a decent foot print here will pitch their upcoming hypervisor. Those mentioned, have more buzz than Hyper-V. I work for a large vendor here, and see customers from 50 employees to 5000+ employees. Hyper-V is just not that prevalent as you say. Perhaps in the SMB space maybe.

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Security software's a booming market. Why is Symantec stumbling?

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Symantec is big enough, even after their eventual split, to not do anything dynamic or game changing. They have a long development cycle, changes to the UI that would make the product "prettier," would take 3-5yrs if not more to actually see the light of day in production.

Damn the corporate world and the slow train it rides on!

*Full disclosure: Former happy symantec employee. I wish them the best, but product management is the biggest impediment to their products succeeding.

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NetApp's customers resisting Clustered ONTAP transition

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In the real world and not what a CEO says to appease investors, NetApp has been in a decline for years. The startup hybrid arrays like Nimble have been eating their lunch. EMC has taken their share, and sweetened the deals with VPLEX to make migrations easy, Of course there are the Pure's of the world and Tegile but those are isolated cases and workloads.

Where I used to battle NetApp and lose to features. I'm beating them for not being a scaleable product, or the whole story of ONTAP for storage and backup/DR is falling apart at scale; and products like Commvault/EMC/Veeam/ec are taking share minimizing the need for more expensive disk and snapshot space.

Perhaps NetApp should buy a backup software company to better round out their portfolio...

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EMC touts X-brick's hit house: 320TB all-flash cluster and XtremIO v4

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Re: recoverpoint = 150% additional storage required - more money for EMC

If you think RecoverPoint requires 150% additional storage, you're doing it wrong. Rule of thumb is to start at around 20% of capacity for your journal volumes. But that can vary based on change rate and retention.

A proper sizing and realistic understanding of your data is all that is needed. A blanket 150% sounds like fodder a competitor would spew.

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VCE now competing with VMware

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VCE ain't cheap. Requirements for premium support, and other value added price increases over piece meal EMC/Cisco gear. However you get a single rack to install, power and uplinks. Then a single number to call for support L1/L2. With automatic transfers if needed for senior support at the respective OEM. There is value to it. But it depends on the needs of a customer.

What I'd like to hear is what VSPEX and their new BLUE gear means to VCE? Will KVM be an option next?

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Storage biz gets down with da kidz, announces new update on Reddit

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What a wasted AMA

The sad thing about this AMA, is it was hosted by someone with ZERO clue about the products and zero technical abilities. He is a global brand manager, no more than a marketing person. His then online persona tried to be cool and collected, tried hard to have a swagger; but in reality he answered very little about Veritas and where it was headed.

A product manager would have been better, or even a technical product manager. Alas, reddit users got stuck with the marketing guy.

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Another day, another load of benchmarketing, this time from HDS

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SPC is a relatively okay benchmark to cite, granted it may not have much real-world application to most customers, since they won't be buying a config near what was benchmarked.

A better joke on a benchmark is probably anything from DCIG, or how Symantec uses a special tool called Gen_Data to show dedupe numbers, or how DataDomain metrics are measured with a synthetic data tool as well.

Looking through the fud is half the battle!

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NetApp shows hybrid love, revamps products for Amazon's cloud

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I think you're mistaken. Steelstore doesn't compete with Spanning. Unless somehow Steelstore learned how to during the acquisition, to backup Google Apps, SalesForce.com, etc?

I think you mean, TwinStrata, which is now CloudArray or CloudGateway or something by EMC.

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Hey, Joe. Give EMC the gun and SHOOT IT DOWN - before someone else messes 'round town

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The sad part is there are two groups to appease here.

1. Investors who want a quick pay check.

2. The business and the people that work for said business that do well together, and not split apart competing against each other.

There is no middle ground in most cases. Greedy people are greedy. You can't make them be less greedy.

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Will EMC swallow cloudy upstart? These analysts seem to think so

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Re: Am I the only one...

I don't see an issue. If anything your solution would be a cluster of a support nightmare.

In the EMC world, you would have specific array's for specific workloads. Need 5-9's of service, VMAX. VDI/database/high IOPS, Xtreme. Then there is Isilon, VNX, etc...

The alternative, buy multiple arrays from NetApp, Pure, Nimble, HP, etc... Few players have a solid all encompassing product line. Yes many of EMC's overlap to a large degree, but they are targeted workloads, when you have a great EMC SE to work with that can cut the BS. NetApp was on the right track for a number of years, but have gotten long in the tooth and near monolithic.

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Hold on now, EMC recently purchased TwinStrata this past year, and that is almost exactly like this product. It's a physical or virtual gateway, that provides CIFS/NFS/iSCSI protocol support. As a gateway it cache's data that eventually lives on more than a dozen cloud storage providers, including EMC's ATMOS and I assume ECS.

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VMware's MARVIN emerges as 'EVO' for branch offices and web-scale rigs

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VCE is not an SMB play, it's entry point is way too high, and "Marvin," will not be a competitor at all.

If anything this puts many of the SMB/mid-sized storage arrays at risk. Who needs a Nimble or Lefthand or converged Nutanix when you can get something like marvin?

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Gartner mages throw deduping backup appliance bones, claim EMC's in lead

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Commvault is software, and not an appliance. StorageTek isn't really a backup appliance, but more so a NAS. Though Oracle will sometimes say otherwise...

That said, DataDomain has the biggest market share and the most flexible options. It's the oldest product too. It's got a lot of features, and a lot of features that can work concurrently, not to mention more compatibility/integration with 3rd parties than anyone. If only it didn't cost so much...

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NetScout sues Gartner over magic quadrant placement

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Don't Hammer Bob's backup biz: At least sales are up

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Commvault partners with any storage vendor, they don't have an allegiance. I've run into them with CoRAID, NetApp, HDS, even Isilon from EMC. They only claim to need "disk," and will do anything to push their software stack. I do not doubt it's a good product, it's just that their pre-sales teams are very coy and misleading about their true hardware requirements for production workloads.

Someone like NetApp buying Commvault would be a huge win I think for both companies. And HDS is a good bet too, though I think NetApp would make it's attempt first and be aggressive in its offer for it, if only CV wouldn't ask for a 50% premium of their worth.

The only way IMO for CV to really start dominating is to offer a true integrated hardware bundle. Built to spec, supported by a single vendor. Once that happens, Symantec and EMC, watch out.

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Nutanix vs VCE: Battle of the converged upstarts rages on

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Oh yay, let's compare last years gear via a whitepaper and no hands on experience, to what I assume is current rev Nutanix hardware?

Why no comparison to VNX2, or even dare I say it ScaleIO? (I know, I know it's not part of VCE, but it's the closer storage platform to yours) Since it's VDI, you know EMC leads with XtremeIO right?

While you're at it, use actual hardware in a repeatable benchmark and not a whitepaper.

Lastly... is the cost of the hypervisor and support included into your TCO?

At the end of the day, find it impressive how startups are in terms of professionalism. I have two colleagues that work at Nutanix as SE's that are good people, that wouldn't stoop to this marketing rubbish.

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Security stock slinger Symantec speeds up with latest Backup Exec

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Odds are they are using deduplication to achieve this, maybe even borrowing from NBU with their Accelerator technology. So the speed improvements of 100% are not unreasonable, but at the same time, this is in certain datasets with low change rates of a certain data type.. So really, it applies to no one but their own labs.

So many people have suffered with BE 12, 12.5, 2010, R1, R2, R3, 2012, etc... That not many people left have that much faith in Symantec, let alone BackupExec anymore.

It's always been an SMB product, and has always been artificially crippled so as to not step on the toes of NetBackup. Only time will tell. Odds are, based on past performance of their products, you wont get anything stable and working till at least R2 of the release. So let's see an update to this article in 2016...

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Storage faithful tremble as Gartner mages prep flashy array quadrant

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Re: I find it a bit...

Though, the traditional arrays that add flash, or are all flash, are at a huge disadvantage against native AFA's. Usually lacking in say for example inline dedupe and compression, that most AFA's already have natively.

Most of the traditional arrays that can be sold as an AFA config, are for certain use cases, that often are not the same as a native AFA.

That said, I think if it were to include them, they would be ranked way low, or bring down the overall ranking.

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Life in the FAS lane: We reveal NetApp's four new flash-disk arrays

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NetApp's idea of a "None of these have a full unified architecture according to NetApp." Is a joke. Nothing more than marketing spin.

Yes OnTap is a unified OS. However, if another unified device provides file and block, even if there are two OS's, but use a central management console, who cares? Does it meet the business requirements? Is it reliable?

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EMC ships '17PB' of biz flash, brags it's NAND numero uno ... That's cute, grins HDS

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Re: 17TB ??

Wishful thinking on your part. Did you get hurt by a bad sales rep? Thats about the majority of the reason folks hate EMC.

When they lead the world in overall global storage shipments, not to mention some other lines of business like backup appliances, etc... It'll be hard to rock that boat for the foreseeable future.

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GULP. Veeam adds thousands of accounts. It must be eating SOMEONE'S lunch

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Cheap and easy

For an SMB that is near 100% virtualized, Veeam is cheap. I have no qualms moving away from the traditional apps to something like Veeam or vRanger, etc... I've recommended it for years now.

Many folks that have segregated IT groups, where the VM Admin wants Veeam for his stuff, and forces the Backup Admin to just sweep up his files using their normal backup app to presumably move to tape as needed.

Are they landing any large $100k+ deals? What's their average deal size?

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Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure

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EMC?

What does this statement mean? "continue to lack high-end features for Oracle and VMware environments that are only available on Simpana."

Which features? From a VMWare standpoint, I'm a bit shocked seeing as how EMC owns a significant stake in VMware, VDP is Avamar, and EMC sales tout the vmware features of avamar 7 and Legato/Networker 8.1

As for Oracle, integrate with RMAN, do backup, get dedupe. What else is needed?

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C'mon, Commvault: You have the tech to build VM mutants...

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Re: How realistic is this in the realworld?

LOL. Avamar was doing this circa 2001 or so, you are very incorrect. This is way before Commvault was even a name in the enterprise. Avamar to this day still has the best client-side dedupe performance in the market I've seen against various platforms. It's just cost prohibitive.

An appliance is purpose built for a limited task at hand. Purpose built, and purpose tuned. That cannot be said for Commvault, backupexec, TSM, etc. When PureDisk was around is was a cluster *** to get support, due to all the finger pointing on your own hardware, HBA's, multi-pathing software, etc. Commvault is no different.

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How realistic is this in the realworld?

I can't see this feature being rolled out that widespread, without a lot of x86 servers and fast storage to make it happen.

Commvault already needs pretty beefy servers as is (They are not an appliance vendor like EMC) so all processing is done in the MediaAgent typically. e.g. PCI Flash, 15k disk, 32+GB of RAM, etc.

Now you want to take a backup, and then perform an automated P2V, and DASHCopy it? How much more compute is needed to do that in a reasonable amount of time, let alone how many concurrent ones can you do?

Since you're creating an entirely new dataset/stream, how efficient can DASHCopy even be? I fear the bandwidth needed in the manual will say "Dark Fiber required to remote site."

On paper this sounds great. Architecturally (Let alone in a tight RTO), sounds like a nightmare.

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Storage heaven or hell: What’s it like in your world?

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There was a push back in the day for centralized management, and centralized this and that. However, we've gotten more and more complicated if anything with point products.

Take EMC for example. RecoverPoint, Avamar, Networker, DataDomain, DPA, All great products in their own regard. Together, a nightmare to manage by a single per or two. There are dashboards to link some of these products together, but they are dashboards, not management tools.

Symantec is another. Endpoint protection, endpoint encryption, manage it with Altiris (Or whatever they are calling it these days). Then there is DLP and a few other Security products they offer. BackupExec, NetBackup, EnterpriseVault, Storage Foundation. No common UI to offer concurrency between products...

CA, IBM, etc... The list goes on and on.

The flipside is that you buy into a Nimble, Compellent or NetApp array that claims to do it all. Then realize you bought a jack of all trades, master of none.

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Big Yellow loses its head... again: Symantec, we need to talk

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Re: I can help them out...

Pretty much this.

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EMC: We've stomped out VNX2 reboot issue

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Avamar had an issue like this, but more so related to it's Linux OS. Pretty much had to do a reboot each year, until the appropriate patches were installed. A few other EMC products, also running under linux had this issue.

Luckily for EMC, they are aware of which systems and customer are affected, and were proactive about the fix.

This one though, a bit more extreme at only 80 days. Seems like QA as of late is taking a dump here. This with the avamar/datadomain issues, what a pain in the arse.

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Let... the SAN shine: 2013 – the year of virtual storage area networks

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I didn't see a mention of vSpex or FlexPod? Both allow a customer to use commodity servers, infrastructure, and templates for storage; and build out a reference architecture without the VCE like premium you say costs a few virgins...

It'll still use the big iron of a VNX or FAS filer, but you have a reference template to build off of that is known to work and can save you a bit of money if you don't need converged support.

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Violin Memory is winning flash-supply race – Quadragon™ rivals

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How is EMC in there as "In use?" It's not even available for sale yet. Unless we're talking an all flash VNX, or flash in the VNX/VMAX?

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Look out, Gartner: Behold the El Reg all-Flash Quadragon™ wonder map-o-graphic

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I think from this reading, it's basically a 3-way tie for the most part, Violin, Pure, and the potential for EMC to make a move.

I know of some EMC demo boxes out in the wild, and I'll leave it at that. I know of a LOT of EMC folks moving over to Pure from the sales and SE side of things.

All EMC needs to do is actually hurry up with a product. Pure is getting the sales team together, from EMC, and needs to get some big wins, and marquee customers. As for Violin, I have yet to see them in my patch of the woods.

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Interesting how you would compare a VNX to XtremeIO, when they have nothing in common... Nothing.

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Don't bother competing with ViPR, NetApp - it's not actually that relevant

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I don't see how in the world NetApp thinks ONTAP can do what they want under a single OS. The thought of all these new features being bolted on, patched in, etc; onto an existing platform is a recipe for disaster IMO. It won't perform, won't scale, wont be easy to manage.

There is a reason Isilon is so good at what they do. There is also a reason VMAX/Symmetrix, HDS VSP, HP 3Par, etc are so good at what they do; with purpose built technologies. The thought that a single set of controllers will do all of tasks mentioned under ONTAP, as a single point of failure (like how they try to sell me on using snapshots for backups) It just scares me, and should anyone listening to their fodder.

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CommVault gives Simpana the share 'n' sync treatment

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EMC has a dropbox competitor, it's called Syncplicity. It works with isilon or atmos and soon im told vnx

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Icahn doubles down on Dell offer with $14 per share buyback scheme

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FAIL

Going private is needed for Dell

For Dell to survive, they have to go private. It'll allow them to burn through a lot of middle management, shake up the company in terms of products and focus, and generally not be a loss leader anymore.

If sold to Icahn, there will be a payout to investors like himself, higher than what would be received by going private. The company would be put into more debt, and the company continue their downward spiral and will fail. Pieces of the business sold off and massive layoffs. More so then simply a management shake-up from going private.

So on one hand both scenarios get a payout to investors. However the greedy folks always want more. But only one of them will not involve taking on more debt to pay shareholders.

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No one ever got fired for buying enterprise storage, right?

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Symantec has been selling Storage Foundation for a decade if not more. They have had a very TIGHT compatibility list of what hardware to use from storage to HBA's to servers. They say "buy commodity hardware, use our software." Well it sucks and can be plagued with a lot of fingerpointing from various vendors. e.g. too slow of disk, wrong HBA driver/firmware, Multipathing issues, etc. This mantra has been used in PureDIsk, NetBackup, etc too. There are other vendors like FreeNas and the like that offer this as well.

What is predicted in this article is years and years off. It's been done for years, but getting it right has never been possible. This is why the HDS, EMC's, and Netapps of the world continue to operate and work. Because their wares have proven themselves. Sure a startup will spin a compelling story, but for what? Some budget conscious admin that likes to be on the bleeding edge? Yeah good luck with that.

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Dell's Compellent beats Isilon with 85 per cent fewer nodes

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How does a benchmark on a system 2+yrs ago, a few models older, a few generations of OneFS older; to a system with an unreleased OS, on a apples to Oranges disk subsystem?

And how relevant or realistic is this benchmark at all? It's bragging rights, but no one builds a system to match this benchmark workload.

I much prefer $.00 per IOP. And not node count or disk config or max IOP's in a synthetic benchmark.

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Dell crams baby small-biz data center into a tower chassis

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This is great!

I think this is a great idea, that more vendors should have created and marketed. The first pic in the article is so true in so many SMB's.

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VMware sells off Shavlik patch management tools to LANDesk

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FAIL

LANDesk - Great product, poor management

A lot of mid and upper level managers completely ruin the potential that LANDesk has. The "Red-sweater," club as they are known as they are former Novell Employees, and boastful of that. (Not sure why IMO).

That said, it's a great product, that doesn't require much infrastructure, but poor management execution and limited vision and focus has kept them at the desktop level and out of the datacenter where the real money is.

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EMC2 is now EMC II, too

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While I've heard "Evil Machine Company," They really are not that way anymore, that's legacy EMC. Where sales reps would strong arm customers for PO's.

Now it's more like "Everything More Complicated," or "Everything More Costly."

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Storage fan seeks 'mature' cash cow for 'something more'

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You sure about that?

I'm VERY sure there are different sizes of VMAX like the 10k, 20k, etc. I think there is also a specific MSP version as well. The 10k and 20k can come close in price to the VNX 7500 depending on how the discounting is applied. VMAX they can go deeper on the cuts I believe.

Also EMC World will have something new for the VNX... At least that is what the sales reps are saying.

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Symantec to offload Altiris: report

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FAIL

Good riddance

The only folks that liked the product were the Symantec SE's that were fed the kool-aid. Well that and some of the original customers where they still had a fantastic server and desktop backup tool, that got deprecated in favor of Ghost and BackupExec, what a joke and huge step down in functionality.

The product was overly complex, required a lot of server hardware, invasive on the desktop, and very slow to adopt new OS's from MS (It took more than 2yrs to support Win2k8). Then to make matters worse, Symantec was pushing it to all their AV customers and BackupExec installs. Saying that Altiris is the best way to deploy software. NO THANK YOU and good riddance!

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NetApp insists it won't drop StorageGRID

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Alert

Incorrect facts

EMC has ATMOS for object store. As I've been told by sales reps, object store in isilon isn't going to happen anymore, due to ATMOS.

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VMware adds EMC daddy's deduping backup to vSphere

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Re: Good news for SME's

VMware had a backup product before, it was terrible. This new iteration is the replacement. I don't see how VMware is charging anything more than what it did before?

That said, this is also a stripped down version in terms of functionality, so I see this as mainly an SMB play only No replication, no tape out, fixed size, etc... Basically not a fit for SME/Enterprise at all, exactly where the full blown Avamar product plays. Avamar was NEVER an SMB product for obvious reasons...

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Tape juggler gets BILLION FILE capacity

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Find out the market share of GPFS vs StorNext.. StorNext had the mass market appeal and OS support that others didn't. Probably cheaper and easier to use than anything IBM!

Ultimately StorNext is a good product, still in use in a lot of multimedia based shops from broadcasting to game design, movie production, etc.. Slowly though, large scalable NAS systems like Isilon and others are slowly chipping away at their past dominance.

Add to that Quantum's die'ing business in the form of the DXi and tape. They should split StorNext off into it's own business IMO. It's the only one good product they have left.

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EMC unveils new Networker tool, thrusts it into clouds

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Re: Err...

No it hasn't. Though they were slowly bringing it together in NMM2.2-2.3... As an example, prior to NMM2.4, folks still had to use NMSQL for certain SQL maintenance tasks during the backup.

With NMM2.4, no longer. The code is merged.

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Overland patent broadside: Targeted firms vow to fight

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For years Overland was in dire need of a cash boost. Their products were never that great, just average. Is this how they'll get their much needed cash? through royalties?

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Dell finally nabs Quest for $2.4bn

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Lots of folks I work with on the West coast in the US use Quest software for SQL and Vmware. From performance monitoring (Toad), the all too common SQL backup tools (Litespeed), and vmware backup tools(vRanger).

This is a HUGE win for Dell. However, Dell's execution to merge products and do it in a timely matter will be the biggest obstacle for them to get over.

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