EMC queries blogger’s independence over pro-NetApp post as Qlogic and Emulex hit the courts

The storage blogosphere has heated up this week, with EMC probing hard about a pro-NetApp blogger’s allegiances as fists fly over FUD, DataCore calls out HP and Lustre gets dusted.

We found a new (to us) blog this week. It’s called Recovery Monkey and it immediately grabbed our attention thanks to a comment from EMC’s Chuck Hollis.

The post in question, “More FUD busting: Deduplication – is variable-block better than fixed-block, and should you care?” asserts that NetApp is the only vendor, to date, that can offer block-level deduplication for all primary storage protocols for production data - block and file, FC, iSCSI, CIFS, NFS” and goes on to say some rather nice things about the vendor.

First comment off the rack comes from EMC’s Chuck Hollis and includes this:

“Finally — and please don’t take this the wrong way — is there a business relationship between you and NetApp of some sort?

I’m not saying that there is, but — if there is — you should disclose it (or lack thereof).”

That’s a big call and perhaps highlights that while EMC has a loyal, entertaining and feisty tribe of bloggers, most are affiliated with the company. Along comes what looks like a genuine enthusiast (the author says he "works with NetApp on his About page) for the opposition and ... draw your own conclusion!

FUD, and the busting thereof, gets attention elsewhere this week too.

Virtual Geek picks apart some VMware-related memes, while NetApp responds to some FUD sent its way by likening FUDsters to some of the less-rigorous participants in the climate change debate. William Vambenepe has a little FUD of his own about the state of cloud standards.

Preston de Guise has also spotted the consequences of FUD: a Qlogic vs. Emulex lawsuit based on the lame fried egg video we noted a couple of weeks ago. He also taps into the widely-felt FUD generated by Google Buzz.

Storage Mojo, meanwhile, has some gentle meta-FUD for the whole storage industry. In an insightful analysis of Amazon Web Services’ revenue, he paints the cloud as the PC and today’s storage vendors as the minicomputer vendors of the early 1980s. And we all know what happen to them, don’t we?*

Wine not?

NetApp, meanwhile, gets canned elsewhere as the Storage Architect pens out one of those “let’s compare vendors to a widely variable category of goods” posts and choose wine as his metaphor.

NetApp scores the least-flattering comparison, namely:

“English wine. Yes, technically it is a wine, but really, no-one would buy it on that basis.  If you are a connoisseur, English wine is something that should be avoided.”


NetApp also gets some stick from StorageBod, who wonders why a final release of OnTap 8 is late.

“We sold something to the people who made Avatar” won’t go away as a blogging meme, this week via. TechHead. 3Par has a nicer (IMHPO) take on the “we sold something” idea, noting its support of charity Comic Relief (and happily being named alongside other tech companies supporting its efforts). It’s worth a look at this video to learn more about the organisation’s work:

Other anger this week includes the capacity guarantee arguments, which refuse to go away thanks to HP keeping them alive for another week. HP also gets some tap from DataCore, which accuses it of being slow and late in the virtual SAN space. Canned Platypus also has a big swipe at Lustre this week.

Settling down

The more productive reaches of the blogosphere are also busy this week, as Storage Architect reviews a 2TB Western Digital hard disk, Storage Switzerland tests IOCELL’s NDAS and Drunken Data and Zerowait correspond wittily and create useful insights.

*In case you don’t, it’s a simple story: they all went broke and died. Sun was probably the last of them. And FWIW, EMC itself gobbled one up when it acquired Data General, kept CLARiiON and threw away its server business that tried to put a minicomputer-style proprietary spin on Wintel. Double FWIW, Internet users at EMC are still identified as coming from DG when we check out our server logs here at SearchStorage ANZ.


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