* Posts by Iknowsomethingaboutstorage

7 posts • joined 22 Aug 2012

Dell EMC 'years behind' in everything from flash to cloud, hoots NetApp CEO


Re: Except...

Sure Dell EMC is happy having everyone willing to compare with them. Sure it means something.

A tech giant that has stated (or helped to state) many of the standards in the industry, holds tons of patents and has changed the industry paradigm a lot of times (CAS, first enterprise storage with flash drives, true ILM, hybrid cloud...) is really far away from NetApp. NetApp has only a successful one-for-all OS, commodity hardware and cheap prices. I cannot see a clear strategy behind those (except, may be, the last point).

Dell EMC owns VMware, PowerEdge, PowerMax, DataDomain, Isilon, Unity... and much more products, all of them true leaders if we rely in analyst's figures and studies.

Of course Michael Dell has a lot of work to do to consolidate the biggest merge in the tech sector, and revenue (far away from the NetApp revenue if we talk about M$, not percentages) (percentages lies) will be affected somewhat depending of the market perception of the different actions to come. But with VMware in his hands (the cloud solution his competitors sell and in what base their solutions), it is funny to say (I am not saying believe, because I judge you more intelligent than your comment) Dell EMC is losing the race... against NetApp. Simply funny.

Regarding the other points, I assume you are not familiar with the Dell EMC portfolio. Almost all of Dell EMC storage systems are deeply integrated with the public cloud... or they live in the public cloud as SDS. AWS, Google, Azure, integrates the hypervisor, storage (virtual appliances) not only to store; also to protect and allow a completely functional DR DC in the public cloud.

Now someone has discovered (again) NVMe and it comes (again) to be a magic word. You are also forgetting Dell EMC bought DSSD many years ago to get the thing... and to deploy now this technology across the entire portfolio , where applicable (Dell World 2018).

It is not only to have the bigger thing. Is also to know what to do with that.

I recommend you to step back to see all the landscape and learn to project the view ten years forward. Surely you will miss some points, but you will be less hater or believer and become more logic.

I only think NetApp CEO has an enormous mouth and the best strategy to show you are the #1 is become the #1. And not only for your own words.

Michael Dell? More like Michael in-Dell-nial: No public cloud, no future


New thinking

Regarding the cloud, no doubt it will be very present in the IT arena from now. And I am a believer of the cloud role for future architectures. But I do not believe one-size-fits-all but in the use cases.

This last weekend, Netatmo servers were down several hours (may be for for maintenance). Although not all the users around the world were affected, I was.

Was pretty funny for me to have a bunch of hardware deployed on premises in my home and being not able to access to them even they were all up'n'running. Thinking about the same regarding business-critical apps makes me thinking a lot if the cloud fever is what IT really needs... for every case.

EMC mess sends New Zealand University TITSUP for two days

IT Angle

I would like some information

"The storage systems"

All storage systems?

"Sign-on to networks was slow, Internet connections went down and even printing was problematic."

Because a storage failure?

"We've also contacted the executive who sent the email below. He appears to have flicked it to the University's communications team and hasn't offered any of the detail we requested about the nature of the outage or the EMC products involved."

Then... with what information are we working?

EMC: We've stomped out VNX2 reboot issue

IT Angle

Re: 80 days... is that all?

Of course it sounds pretty funny... you have to reset to avoid unexpected resets...

But I don't believe EMC had not been testing new generations VNX less than 80 days. It sounds like a very familiar bug, annoying common today in Enterprise systems about an unexpected reboot after a fixed time frame. I had the same problema with Brocade switches and I believe all those bugs have a common root.

Believing today Enterprise systems are buggiest than yesterday is for very young systems engineers... I could write a book about this kind of issues along my career, started a lot of years ago.

Why storage needs Quality of Service


This article miss key information


We're currently using EMC VMAX and VNX systems and both have QoS functionality. We use this feature mainly on VNX because this system is shared between prod and dev apps.

VNX QoS engine let you create policies to limit or guarantee IOPS, Mbps or response time.

It runs pretty well.

I'm quite surprised to see no mention to one of key storage players, so I believe Bryan has a partial view of the storage arena.

Let them eat cache: EMC unleashes ass-kicking flash box

IT Angle

Re: Leading the way

Of course HP and IBM (as well other big companies) have agreements with a lot of different technology partners. But this is like Gartners' quadrant: I won't discuss IBM, EMC, HP, HDS, Netapp "visionary" hability but a different thing is "execution" ability.

In this case, EMC is not signing an agreement to adopt or certify a given technology. This storage manufacturer is covering the entire solution (end to end) with its own designs / technology, bringing and integrating all components together. I understand this is the point to get customers' confidence.

Apropos: http://allthingsd.com/20120817/as-ibm-joins-flash-madness-club-deal-chatter-turns-to-fusion-io


Re: Leading the way

Any number of companies... many flash players... (please provide some SERIOUS examples) It seems there's a lot of people doing things... but the REAL (not imaginary, in your mind) players (IBM, HP, Netapp, HDS...) are adopting technologies EMC was the first to introduce at enterprise level. Please review timelines and DCs


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