Hi folks, Dimitris from NetApp here (http://recoverymonkey.org).
First: Mostly anonymous comments - your feedback is like tears in the rain. Use your real name and disclose affiliation. It's the professional thing to do.
Second: Do read the whole article.
"The end is nigh" my left foot, Mr. Man Mountain... (who works for HP - I had to dig up that little tidbit from one of his past posts). Go take care of your own house instead of spreading sensationalistic FUD.
So here's the deal:
1. All-Flash FAS (AFF) is here TODAY and offers far more maturity, robustness, flexibility and functionality than any other AFA. Nobody can offer this particular combination in the AFA space today.
2. EF is here TODAY, offering great reliability, very short I/O pathlengths leading to low latency, and super high speeds, while remaining extremely cost-effective.
3. FlashRay (and more importantly MarsOS) is not a replacement for either - the vision for the final product far surpasses what the other AFAs are doing. The initial release is still appropriate for several deployments but people needing the extra features today should go with AFF or EF.
MarsOS has a ton of innovation - as time passes more will be revealed. But we looked at all the various architectures out there - and instead of developing from scratch, we could have bought another player if we thought they had something significant to add to the table.
The capability to inter-operate with ONTAP for instance is a big deal. We are trying to make having separate silos not be too painful, yet recognize that one product cannot possibly do it all (ONTAP tries and succeeds for 90% of the workloads out there).
We are building a serious, future-proof tech to carry us for the long haul in the solid space arena. Not the same value prop as small vendors whose only goal is to get acquired.
Building enterprise storage is not easy - making something go fast is easy, making it cheap is easy. Add reliability, flexibility, future-proofing etc. and it gets harder and harder.
MarsOS is designed to work with any CPU architecture and is extensible to any solid state type - not merely optimized for NAND flash. Very important to not paint oneself into a corner.
Look at it from a big picture standpoint. I agree it's hard for some vendors since they cannot address the big picture.