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Is the all-flash data centre just a tantalising dream?

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Designing from the ground up

If you consider the number of man years spent in design/build/test, I think you'll discover that the majority of the effort is in the software vs the hardware, even if the HW is fully custom. Next, you'll want to do the analysis to find out exactly how much you're winning by doing more custom HW vs off the shelf HW. It's considerable, but not nearly as much as some of the HW centric folks would hope for. So, a fully mature company would probably have both, but you can harvest the important custom HW portions later on in a piecewise fashion.

After all, things change fast enough & volume is low enough that even the mega storage dinosaurs buy off the shelf disks because it was never worthwhile to build custom drives.

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