Re: With EMC leadership team effectively out, storage is just a commodity for Dell
I don't think you can argue that traditional SANs are a commodity. There are multiple places where that architecture will survive - and thrive - for several more refresh cycles, even outside of unix and mainframe.
This is not to say that HCI doesn't have its place - as does commodity server-resident storage.
Do I build an infrastructure from traditional 3-tier, or do I roll out a VSAN?
VSAN wins hands down in many cases, but what if I have legacy applications that don't migrate, nor sit well on next gen kit? What if my storage is mucho petabytos?
If I'm standing up a Hadoop data warehouse, do I build compute and data nodes from x86 boxen or do I put an Isilon or a NetApp on the back as the data lake? All-x86 is cheaper, no doubts, but a dedicated data lake brings certain capabilities to the table for specific use cases.
Do I want to host my Splunk environment in HCI or should it stand alone?
Nice to have the bare metal pure play and I save on capital costs, but containing inside HCI removes a lot of operational headaches (and costs there).
A lot of these questions are going to depend upon the preferences of they that will maintain the gear, their biases, their budgets and the outcomes they are looking for.