4 posts • joined 11 Oct 2011
This is good stuff from NetApp. Probably the best low end unified array in the market. VNXe or IBM DS does not come close to this stuff. VNXe does not have FC or FCoe and IBM does not have a worthy low end. Love the fact 8.1 can run on these engines.
Lightening is cool
To me it's the next best thing from EMC after symm innovations. Good idea to put in PAM card kind of flash on the servers and tie it to the array. It will be interesting to see what HDS and NetApp does. Won't be surprised if they would OEM Fusion-io or even buy them. Again watch the SAN space, EMC does it intelligently but NAS is still a struggle for EMC with or without Isilon. Fusion-io is super cheap and good stuff with IO turbine makes it worthy competitor to EMC
Two short stroking masters accuse each other! Remember the VG gateway with 4 VNX and symm in the backend. EMC gets it's own Medicine back. 2.5B paid for Isilon and EMC will want to make it work desperately. NetApp on the other hand was quite for 6 months and now wants it's mojo back in the game. Keep going both!
Unified scale-out is key for EMC to stop the NetApp train. Cheap games like painting pavement and accusing does not help.
Love ontap 8.1
It's interesting many EMC folks are busy writing comments here. As a customer for both I live this 8.1 stuff. Remarkable approach from NetApp. For the disks same with EMC VNX. All FC drives were not supported on VNX. But that said look into the new unified scaleout approach. Not sure if any other vendor could even create a true unified approach. All said EMC VMax a class apart for FC San and NetApp is the true NAS champ. Isilon, we looked is too primitive in enterprise features. Isilon cannot replicate Windows environment seamlessly yet and what are we talking about. Love the ONTAP block and compression.