* Posts by spinning risk

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'Not normal': Dell and NetApp price war puts crimp in Pure Storage revenue growth

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No more tears (Tiers)

Sorry Pure. You are a victim of HCI and cloud. You failed to make the paradigm shift and FlashBlade is a dull, blunt instrument. Pure now resembles the HOOLY box and will see more of their lac lustre execs exiting the self-inflated gravy train.

Nutanix 'let chaos reign', groans CEO as shares tumble more than 20% amid dismal forecast

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HPe alliance- wow

Dellware must be concerned...

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Re: Which is worse?

John, your preaching to your competition. Very few, if any customers on here. They are regurgitating the FUD from their respective comp teams who do not understand your product.


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Bad info on 8 Node

I don't think you are right on 8 Nodes, unless their customers are lying too. There are many customers with 10, 20 and even 100 nodes or more in a cluster. There is even mention in a REG article that there is no limit to cluster size. What am I missing?

Pure Storage's would-be Data Domain killer out in March – but it's still shy about the internals

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Re: FlashBlade sales failures

MB left Pure?

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FlashBlade sales failures

FlashBlade came to the market with fanfare and bravado. They put their best sales leader in charge and off they went. The Flash sales team was tasked to try and sell a product that no one had any idea how to sell. Then, they build a sales team to try and sell it as an overlay. Then, you hear all about the goals, growth, and strategy on an earnings call; lots of buzz. Then, the next earnings call someone asks about FlashBlade and its growth and leadership says "we are not discussing the revenue for FB" OK, why not?

It has failed miserably. The only way it grew sales was to a very small base of Pure customers, that could afford it, or to bury it in a larger deal of flash sales and call it a Rapid restore product; the most expensive in history!

Voila, Object engine appears... another turd to circle the Pure toilet bowl....

Fight, fight, fight. Gloves are off again between Nutanix and VMware

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Re: Pure BS

Pure has/had one of the best marketing engines seen in recent years. Marketing and a strong (X EMC ) sales force was the reason they exploded on the market. Proof that not always does the best product win, sometimes its the best sales and marketing force! So what if many of the sales force got named in a lawsuit for non compete; they sold a lot of boxes!

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Re: WTF?


I think you missed the point VMware sent a note to the customers directly, not to Nutanix. VMware appeared to be bullying the customers for being on Nutanix install base list; they also said it would affect their brand and possibly their relationship with Dell and VMW.. "“We don’t want it to affect your brand, as (sic) also your partnership with VMware AND Dell - today or into the future.”


When you play the game of storage arrays, you win or you – where are the visionaries?

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Re: Nimble/HPE leads the way...

Pure is eating your lunch, even with Infosight....

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Re: HPE slipping away

You're pontificating to other vendors, not many customers here...Keep drinking the Kool-Aid kid.

I was with 3PAR for many years and after we got purchased the product lost its luster and was folded into HPe and became just another SKU, albeit better than the Left-Hand product which dissolved.

Good luck with your marginal portfolio of vanilla products....

Violin Systems gnaws off X-IO Technologies' storage arm

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Wet Spaghetti

Two, wet pieces of spaghetti cannot hold each other up

The week in storage, lovingly crafted by our machine-learning algos. loljk, we had to write this

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Nunes departure is not a good sign

Seeing Craig leave Datrium is really bad news for them. He is one of the best CMOs in the business. 3PAR happened, in a big part, because of Craig and the team he built. Someone needs to snap him up quickly and take a ride with him. Wish him the best!

Do you NVMe? Pure Storage smirks at rivals amid 34% sales surge

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Every Flash Array rep has to sell 1 FB to make it to club

Sounds like bundles are happening at Pure to the expense of Flash array revenue...

Forward-slash flash: OG upstart Pure Storage shows off fresh models

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Why is FlashBlade not mentioned in the updates? I thought it was their killer product that committed $80 M to the street last year and then no results?

Beam, Flow and Era: Not a yoga class, silly, Nutanix's move into copy data management

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Sour grapes and false hope- anon poster

It is funny that you feel you are so successful and accomplished yet have plenty of time to pontificate on a forum that is full of vendors and very few customers of IT. On what planet does a prospective employer share quotas and attainment, let alone sales numbers plus turnover numbers with a candidate; it didn't happen. What is discussed is the average deal size and yearly quota and an OTE discussion if you make it to the final round, which you clearly did not.

You have no way of knowing, as an outsider, the quality of the reps on their team as a whole. You may hear of turnover on the street and as in most companies, top-grading is a quarterly activity.

Sorry you did not get the job. They must be doing something right by not hiring you, twice, because Nutanix added 1000 new logos in their last quarter. Good luck staying mediocre.

Bloodied and broken AFA pioneer Violin picks itself up and tries again

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Just saw press release that Rick Ruskin is now VP of WW sales after building the channel for Kaminario. Watch and see I guess...

Gartner's Magic Quadrant flashes up pure flash array-pusher prize-plucker. It's Pure

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Re: Revenue should be the measure for ability to execute

Careful, Your Netapp is showing. Spoken like a vendor too..

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Way wrong!

Do you think the small companies in the quadrant like Tegile, Tintri, Pure (when it was small), Kaminario and Nimble pay anywhere near what the BIG boys pay? HPe or Dell, as individuals pay more than all the small players combined.FACT. If it was pay for ratings then why are the big vendors not at the top right far right? I do know Gartner does not use Pure at all in there DC for internal consumption yet they are at the top and have been in there for four years.

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Critical Capabilities Report- Does Gartner know something noone else does?

Saw the Critical Capabilities report. One vendor took first place in 3 of the 5 capabilities and second place in the other two; Spoiler.....

it was not Pure, Hitachi, Netapp or HPe. How did that happen?

Kaminario offloads compression to Intel's QAT engine

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Re: Add dedupe!

Your comment makes no sense....

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Better data compression?

Been seeing alot more of this company lately, looks like they are still doing well in the AFA space. The article says 30% better but what is that compared to?

Flash array startup E8 whips out benchmarks, everyone will complain

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Is their any Data reduction? What is the Raid persona and what is overhead? Can you scale them out?

Trying to find the value here. Thin Provisioning? Any guarantees at all?

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Looks like good performance

NVMe is pretty compelling on the E8

Does anyone know if E8 can scale up/out? or both?

Any data reduction capabilities?

HPE flashes out 3PAR, Nimble and MSA kit

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Jamaican Bezel

That Bezel seems to honor former 3PAR CEO David Scott's heritage; he is 1/2 Jamaican. Fact.

Traditional array all-flash retrofits knock XtremIO off top sales rung

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Nutanix rocks what?

If Nutanix rocks your workload you don't have one..

Infinidat benchmarking beatdown: Glugging slimfastq? Not us!

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Re: Performance and Price

No surprise on you liking IDat over Vmax. Curious to know your workload, SQL, Oracle? iops? avg block size, read write mix? Data reduction?

Proprietary: Pure sticks to flash module design, becomes a direct flasher

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Re: FUD or did you not do your homework?

5:1 Data Reduction from Pure is a stretch especially when they only guarantee capacity for 6 months on their array. Also, 1PB effective with 2 controllers? good luck! If they could scale out they might have a chance to keep latency low but they cant..Pobrecito..

Dell EMC canning XtremIO file services project

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Great observation! It means that VMAX Sucks less. However in the scheme of things VMAX would have to improve to actually SUCK.

Oh, 3PAR. One moment you're gliding along. The next, you're in the rain as HPE woos Nimble

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Re: more than 8 nodes

Stop selling man. HPe owns you now. Noone cares if it works or not; its HPe

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Re: Another thing on Chris's comment:

You have been drinking too much Nimble cool aide. There is no way Nimble could ever replace 3PAR with a scale up only architecture. How does Nimble scale out like a 3PAR or a Kaminario for that matter? (Scale out cluster does not count btw) Active active controllers that scale up and out; true performance....

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I hope you keep your job. The fact that all the unvested options were paid out is not a good sign for Nimble Team; that sucks and I am sorry.

When HP bought 3PAR we did not get paid our unvested options; we received a check for all vested in our W-2 (OUCH) and all unvested converted to HP stock at some crazy Nazi math calculation. They wanted the 3PAR team to stay on because the legacy HP storage team was lost and could not spell 3PAR if you spotted them the 3 and the P.

Many of us split because HP was too big and life turned into spreadsheet management; not to mention that HP screwed up the support model and pricing went through the roof. I knew it was the beginning of the end when they started charging for Thin Provisioning; something that was always free because it was by-product of the OS not something that was actively created.

I hope HPe does not break Nimble but why would they change...

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Re: Storage Spaghetti...

You did call it.

Old OS also means it was written for HDDs not SSD. That write algorithm was mean to account for rotational latency; problem #1.

#2 Metadata- ouch

#3 Garbage collection-Problematic

#4 Write cliff- easy to fall off