what a steal
Those prices look like one would expect from that group of companies. I'm sure others could come in at far less than half the cost. IMO the whole value prop of fancy management stuff really isn't realized until you have a bigger scale, the scales mentioned in these blocks seem really small(physical server count at least), yet the price tag for the blocks seem really big. If the price of fancy management software is that much of a premium, I'd rather do it myself, I may spend an extra 15 minutes on it BFD.
Also illustrates how the V-MAX can't scale down, they can't sell you a cost effective system that can start smaller and scale up to meet the needs its a full rip & replace. Pretty typical too.
Surprised that they opted to use rack mount servers at all, I mean how much does the blade chassis cost anyways?(HP's at least, not much). I would think it would be better to be more "unified" and have a single scalable solution that uses the same parts from the low end to the high end(just more of them), they are "blocks" after all right?
It also seems that the vblock design sort of falls apart when you get beyond one block, I mean I certainly hope they aren't "forced" to dedicate a single V-MAX to a mere 64 blades, that thing should be able to handle 600 blades, or maybe even 1000. What I'm trying to say is once you get beyond the first one your mostly just adding more blades at that point, you have one base "block". It doesn't sound like they thought it out too well(big surprise).