Azure seems safe as HDS, Microsoft, avoid Sidekick backlash as bloggers rescue your reading

The storage blogosphere has finally become civil, as most large vendors (think HDS, IBM, EMC and NetApp) go into product release mode and start saying nice things about themselves, instead of nasty things about one another!

What a difference a week makes in the storage blogosphere.

To refresh your memories, last week we had NetApp harassing Oracle and HP, Emulex getting on Brocade’s case and IBM and EMC having a go at each other.

This week, almost nothing. HDS’ Hu Yoshida takes a gentle dig at EMC’s Chuck Hollis, saying he doesn’t agree with everything he says. Hit him with another piece of warm, wet, lettuce why don’t you, Hu? Another limp effort comes from Emulex, which takes very gentle exception with its FCoE rivals. CommVault has a waft at ILM, in a similar vein.

Probably the most vigorous swipe of the week comes from The Storage Architect, who takes up the cudgels on behalf of 3Par and swings it at EMC on the issue of Thin Persistence.

We think more swings need to be taken on this front, because Thin Anything has to be among the worst names ever invented for anything. And we say that in the knowledge that Windows Live Hotmail is out there in the wild! (What was wrong with plain old Hotmail?)

Anyway, if you want to understand thin, this might help:


Now that you have digested thin, let’s see if we can figure out why the vendor blogs are so civil this week. We’re baffled, given that we expected sparks to fly as a result of the lengthy outage on T-Mobile’s Sidekick service, which is run by a piece of Microsoft using HDS kit. For a while there, it looked like HDS was taking the fall. It’s since emerged that Microsoft probably didn’t do very good backups.

Preston de Guise’s NetWorker blog weighs in with his opinion that this whole cloud thing is a bit nebulous. About Restore derives three lessons from the debacle.

We’d hoped to find some moderately irrational ranting about how if Microsoft cannot deliver a proper service through a recently-acquired and peripheral part of its empire, then by extension Azure is dangerously unstable. But sadly, no-one took the bait, leaving dull product release posts as the week’s dominant item.

Happily, other bloggers come to the party and make things interesting, albeit in a technical and educational way rather than anything to get you chatting around a water cooler.

Which is not to say there is not good reading out there, like this Steve Foskett piece on “The Dumb Disk Fallacy,” exploring ideas that enterprise storage must be overpriced because bare disk drives are so cheap.” There’s alsotwo fine posts from StorageMojo, one looking at a Google study on DIMM failure rates and another pronouncing optical media in imminent danger of pining for the fjords.

Analyst Ideas International has an interesting yarn this week, comparing “Performance & Energy Tradeoffs of 15K vs.10K RPM Disk Drives”. The winner is … this benchmark!

While we’re on analysts, here’s Storage Switzerland’s take on storage optimisation.

We’ve spared you the product announcement posts, because they lapse into tedious PR-speak. But we cannot help but share this EMC piece with you, as while its talk of internal innovation is a tad nauseating, it’s instructional on the company’s culture.

Lastly, very sad news. You may recall how the storage blogosphere rallied in support of EMC employee Nick Glasgow, who was afflicted with Leukemia. Sadly, Nick passed away recently. We wish Nick’s family all the best.

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