HP, EMC in podcast brawl, Sun/Oracle trouble rumour, bloggers love Xsigo and Pillar swipes at IBM

Our weekly trip into the storage blogosphere finds IBM, Pillar, HDS, EMC and HP annoyed with one another, a rumour about Sun and news of what happens if you shout at a disk drive.

PR people approach journalists all the time, more often than not with jargon-ridden, self-congratulatory muck (like this nauseatingly self-congratulatory post from CommVault) that this journalist discards in half a heartbeat.

But until this week we had never had an approach directly to this column, from a representative of the PR company that publicises Pillar Data. The operative in question really, really wanted us all to know about this post in which Pillar CEO Mike Workman has a swing at IBM’s recently-announced XIV.

Workman is about the 10th blogger to do so, for what it is worth, which is our narky observation by way of trying to deflect attention from the fact that this column has been successfully influenced, chalking up negative one for the little credibility we ever possessed and a big fat point for the forces of modern marketing.

It also shows, just perhaps, that we’ve ascended the celebrity ladder and can now consider ourselves to be a G-List luminary. Send designer goodie bags to the usual address, dear readers!

Oh and for what it is worth, IBM deserves some opprobrium this week, for this video posted by IBM storage blogger Tony Pearson. It’s moderately funny, but opening with a Dungeons & Dragons joke? Please. Leave the nerd stereotypes to The Big Bang Theory.

The only real conflict this week is between HP and EMC and starts in Episode 27 of the Infosmack podcast in which EMC’s Chad Sakac has some unkind things to say about HP’s storage strategy. HP points out that the offending material can be found at about the 34 minute mark of the show, so go there, listen to it, and then check out HP’s video rebuttal. Another waft at HP comes from StorageIO who looks at the company’s response to VCE/Acadia and seems to think it is more than a tad tepid (the blog also goes rogue in funny ways).

EMC, meanwhile, wins some praise from analysts at Ideas International for VCE/Acadia, while there is some low-level HDS/EMC hostility from The Storage Anarchist.

The other controversial piece lurking about this week comes from Drunken Data, who channels rumours that the Oracle/Sun deal has hit a significant snag. The inebriated one thinks Sun could come out the other end alone and on its last legs, which would be a shame because we have just discovered a nifty Sun blog penned by fellow Australian Brendan Gregg.

Brendan is also responsible for what must be close to the best storage video ever, which you can view below.

There’s lots of love out there this week for Tech Field Day, where the big winner in terms of impressing people seems to have been Xsigo. Ruptured Monkey praises the company to the skies and StorageMojo liked what he saw, too. Ocarina got some love, while Storage Architect had fun and StorageRap has many thumbs up for the event. Organiser GestaltIT gets praised for its efforts and model.

Elsewhere, About Restore has lots of fun watching Quantum products slip out of EMC’s catalogues and NetApp has a post we think might be a funny parody of Primary Colours.

Preston de Guise posts about boosting NetWorker security and also the post-Sidekick crash question, namely can one trust Azure? StorageBod has a riposte of a sort in this post about who or what to blame when clouds bork. What has this got to do with storage wonders if cloud represents the end of computing history, while VCritical notes that not all virtualization platforms are created equal from a storage point of view. Pivot Point offers some interesting insights into similar matters, as he recounts an experience of slow storage in a virtualized environment. Drunken Data is also at the coalface, trying to write about some CA kit, while StorageZilla has added a new, rapid-fire, section to his blog.

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