Re: Someone's gotta test
And to add to that, SDS companies are also putting together reference architectures that they bake to make sure the solution is rock solid. Nexenta has done that with their MetroHA and qualified specific hardware from Dell and Supermicro. I understand that this is in order to help support the solution vs. having a support team that has to know about any and all commodity hardware in the world. They also require to have Nexenta install the solution, being that it is a complex active/active fully redundant data center solution don't want someone forgetting to plug in a cable and claim that the solution is balls awful when it was their staff that did the install.
There is a trade-off between solution costs, installation costs and support costs depending on what type of "open" system you want to create or implement.