NetApp slammed over “tiering is dead” comments, EMC savaged by IBM and Pillar

NetApp is the subject of the blogosphere’s ire this week, as CEO Tom Georgens' comments that tiering is dead attract criticism from every corner. Also: EMC in disclosure ruckus, Pillar on the offensive, IBM kills the DS8600 and IDC data queried.

Wow! After last week’s blog roundup covered issues of disclosure and identity, the IT media has been rocked by the revelation that Randall C. Kennedy has an alter ego. Now allegations have emerged that Storage Switzerland’s George Crump may have failed to disclose potential conflicts of interest. Dimitris of RecoveryMonkey, where the whole debate started, also keeps the flame alive with this post querying whether anyone is truly independent. Storagebod works in similar territory.

The week’s big debate, however, involves NetApp CEO Tom Georgen’s public pronouncement last week that Tiering is Dead. The rest of the industry has lined up to call him out on this utterance.

Storage Architect is one of several to rebut this idea, with HDS’ Michael Hay, Drunken Data also in on the act. 3Par offers a post and a video in which Marc Farley makes the point that EMC’s FAST isn’t terribly good ... yet, a sentiment echoed by Storagebod in a post that has some interesting comments from Storagezilla (and here’s ‘Zilla’s tiering post, for good measure, and a late one after the bell from TechMute).

Oddly, EMC has not weighed in, but others are weighing in against EMC on a range of other issues. IBM’s Tony Pearson finds little to like in EMC’s enhanced Atmos. Storagebod also takes issue with the company on several issues. Pillar writes EMC off as second rate in this post. And NetApp’s BaR and Grill blog riffs on a W. Curtis Preston story in ways that include criticism of EMC. NetApp also cops some heat, from Storage Anarchist and StorageBod, but is generally pretty chuffed with having racked up a $US1billion quarter.

An unusual criticism this week comes from Adaptec, who bemoan that some of the system builders who use its products do so in silly ways (you might also want to help the company with a wee survey). Another unusual attack comes from Drunken Data, who is not entirely happy with IDC’s analysis of the digital universe. Also on the attack is William Vambenepe, who’s not sure if REST is really all it is cracked up to be.

Products disappear

Lots of product demises make the blogosphere this week, as StorageMojo notes the failure of InPhase, Storage Anarchist mentions IBM’s DS6800 is with us no longer (he’s got plenty of “tiering is dead” stuff in there too. AboutRestore finds lessons to be learned from COPAN’s collapse.

An interesting pair of posts from Onlinestorageoptimization and StorageIO call for more authenticity in green IT debates.

Elsewhere, Permabit declares the low-hanging dedupe fruit has all been picked and Ray On Storage compares georeplication to RAID.

Preston de Guise looks into the new features of NetWorker 7.5.2 and StorageTexan wonders why DAS is making a minor comeback. HP enthuses about booting your server direct from a SAN and HDS Hu Yoshida thinks out loud about Cartesian Scaling.

DrunkenData looks at a company called ProStor that apparently builds arrays from laptop disks and Storage Sanity goes on a winter Olympics-related persion that lets me point out Australia is the only Southern Hemisphere nation to have won a medal at the games. We are also ahead of Great Britain!

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