5 posts • joined 24 Dec 2010
compilers are real life
I learned the importance of compilers back in the 90s when benchmarking a Data General AViiON UNIX server (Motorola 88110) with gcc against a MIPS R4000 with a MIPS compiler. On paper we were faster, but were badly beaten in the customer test. We also tested it with some unoptimizable code and found that we were indeed faster. MIPS were as much a compiler company as a hardware company and that was their strength. They had a much better compiler and that's why they deserved to win.
If the better compiler is indeed used in real life on the Intel chip then that translates into real customer value.
Rolling 4 quarter totals would paint a clearer picture than quarter by quarter analysis because some vendors tend to do poorly in their own Q1 and very well in their own Q4. e.g. your headline is comparing Netapp's Q4 with IBM's Q1 and those two vendors both exhibit strong Q4 up-swing.
gamers moving to xbox and ps3?
It would be interesting to know if the slowdown is a corporate spending slowdown or a consumer slowdown. Also, games have traditionally driven a lot of high end PC sales, but game consoles have become a cheaper option. Also tech gamers sometimes buy or assemble white box systems and torrent a copy of windows - completely under the radar of IDC PC numbers. I suspect the slump is a combo of many of these factors, rather than because of win8.
I have procured 3 PCs in the last 6 months for family members. Alienware with w7, HP i7 laptop for multimedia (came with w8 which was considered a minor annoyance initially) replacing a 4Yo dell, and a white box i7 with w7 for gaming replacing a 6yo dell (which had been GPU upgraded at the 3yo point). All of those people also have iPads., and I'm writing this comment on an Acer Android tablet.
So it's more of a perfect storm than a single factor (w8) I think.
IBM's GPFS doesn't seem to have a problem with billions of files
IBM's GPFS seems to be fast at processing billions of files, for example...
Which leaves me thinking that perhaps Object storage still hasn't found its real purpose in life.
IBM's XIV: Storage for the Enterprise
Chris, IBM's XIV is not positioned or priced in the same space as Storwize V7000 or DS5000. XIV's market is above both of these in the food chain, in larger enterprises. Customers buying XIV are largely new accounts to whom IBM would have previously proposed DS8000, customers who might otherwise have purchased HDS VSP, EMC V-MAX etc. That's not something our competitors are keen to admit (even to themselves) but that's just the way it is. SB
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