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Right up there with Storage Swtizerland on integrity, pay for a report get a positive write up. Can't bellied buyers with any common sense pay any attention to this nonsense.
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Interesting view on NetApp regarding cloud technology "their (NetApp) technology is not well positioned for where the future in storage will occur, such as big data and cloud computing" full article - http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-05-16/netapp-is-said-to-be-pushed-by-elliott-to-change-its-board-1
Given as previously documented here on el reg, NetApps past CTO is off with a team of 40 engineers building an all flash array. You have to ask how long this product will be in play. Looks more like a stop gap tactical solution to keep their hat in the all flash storage game. Slapping SSD's in where HDD's were is not the answer.
Flash will undoubtedly be a feature of some description of data storage solutions moving forward. Irrespective if it's in the server, storage cache or flash as part of the storage array itself.
Flash however is not going to replace disk, simply because data is being created faster than flash is. So therefore where does it go? Disk and tape. The CMO of Seagate (of course he has an interest) recently commented that in order to store 50% of data being produced today flash manufacturers would have to invest $195bn in new factories to make flash. That is not going to happen.
So however pretty and attractive flash is right now and hysteria that surrounds it, disk is here to stay, so is tape for that matter.
Simple supply and demand logistics, irrespective of price point claims and marketing hype.