Re: My first downding here
LOL.. Yup about a year or so..When the heck did EMC realize the effiency of virtualizing the Control plane?
maybe longer than a year. Their Software took forever to evolve from the old views of LUNs as objects over the entire enterprise. They were the #1 mfg. of SAN boxes for years..But got fat and lazy and have been playing catch up for a while. Reminds me of the 80's when Big Blue thought the future of all Enterprise datacenters would always be IBM mainframes and the cash would always roll in. They played catch up also for quite a while. ( I guess they never saw coming the server-client solution for a fraction of the cost and power usage. ) Also the Shark SAN product line took time to mature. I know years ago we used to take sharks in as a trade-in. I think Sun SAN division got screwed when they got bought by Oracle. Sure Oracle..Bundle hardware and Oracle together and see how that works out for you. It works well for Microsoft and Intel chips.
Ramp that 1200.00 investment into a corporate multi-million dollar investment and..Well you can see where that is going now..Does Sun even have a SAN division any longer? I know I haven't seen one in about 3 or 4 years. HP makes a solid solution with above average software, Micro code and quality parts.
Of course HP doesn't mfg. their own SAN boxes but the requirements are top notch at a good price point for Enterprise. HDS solutions can be a bit pricey but very high quality and support from CS&S engineers. You get what you pay for i suppose and if you are a big boy in the corporate world you want the best because it is the lifeblood of data in that world.