3Par, HDS, NetApp and EMC conflict over storage guarantees

Storage bloggers have found a new topic to argue about: storage guarantees. HDS and 3Par have one, EMC sees no reason to and bloggers take sides.

Another week, another argument: that’s the storage blogosphere for you!

This week’s disagreements centre on “storage guarantees,” a commodity HDS and 3Par have each made available of late and NetApp has had for a while now. The Storage Architect doesn’t like them and Techmute is not a fan either.

EMC’s Chuck Hollis thinks they are a silly idea too, as he would, and likens vendors who offer them used car salesmen. That’s bait for 3Par, who comes up with some more illustrations to trump the ones Hollis used.

But the weirdest thing about this little debate is that NetApp is on EMC’s side, more or less, and the big N doesn’t like 3Par’s guarantee either!

We’re yet to find any big N blogs about the demise of its VTL, a scoop if ever there was one for kind-of-colleague Beth Pariseau! About Restore has already analysed the demise of the product. We’d like to add $0.05 to the debate, too. Anyone else remember NetApp’s StoreVault line for small business? It bit the bullet in the first week of February 2009. Here we are in the first week of February 2010 and another product drops off the price list. We suspect right now you’re thinking one of two things:

  • NetApp may have some kind of post-Christmas product review process
  • SearchStorage ANZ is peopled by paranoids who do not understand the difference between correlation and causality

Also in “blog about this week’s news” mode is Steve Foskett, who looks at CommVault’s new cloud play (we reported it here in case you missed it). CommVault has a post of its own titled “Why a Practical, Hype-Free Approach to Cloud Storage is Necessary,” which is interesting given that the company inserts gushing Tweets in its press releases. The caper works like this: journalists and others who read CommVault releases are, we imagine, supposed to be so impressed that they spontaneously cut and paste the marketing-copy-laden Tweet and share it with their Twitter buddies. And yes: we think it is an impractical way to spread hype if ever there was one!

While we’re on news that only generates a post or two, HP has blogged about how its recent announcement of a partnership with Microsoft seems to have generated just one piece of journalism. And not many blog posts, either.

The week’s other animosity is milder, as Storagezilla predicts a world of pain for NetApp now that is has hyper-aggressive Oracle suing it over ZFS, rather than meek Sun. IDEAS international is more analytical in its assessment of Sun/Oracle, as was Storage Mojo.

Emulex is also a little aggressive, taking on arch-rival QLogic on the issue of heat with this slightly lame video which proves that if you can get some egg white and a tiny frying pan, plus an over-eager marketing department, you can cook up something pretty unpalatable.

Elsewhere, Sun’s Fishworks blog has a techy piece about IOPS. Scott Lowe works in similar territory with this look at optimising Celerra, while RayOnStorage looks at SSD performance.

Adaptec looks at the different RAID requirements of video surveillance recording systems, a topic inspired by seeing lots of them in China. Steve Foskett notes Drobo’s support for 4K drives and also casts his eye over tiering (as does Pillar’s Mike Workman, after a fashion), the latter topic taken up by Information Playground too.

HDS’ Hu Yoshida finds a nasty conundrum, then solves it with virtualisation, while his colleague Michael Hay hops on a train and gets inspired to think about tape futures.

Storagebod has some interesting insights into his current gig: building a humungous media library, and we get to know a little more about Preston de Guise’s day job, too, in this post about media handling.

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