Did NetApp lose it’s customer database? They get lashed by HDS, HP anyway

Our weekly visit to the storage blogosphere finds HDS lashing NetApp over its customer analysis data, which we suspect could have caused a data loss. Plus, HP gets ignored, EMC gets criticised and bloggers go mild for Acadia.

Ooooh! We got blogged about!

Last week we stumbled upon an internal NetApp analysis of its customer database that says HP kit is a dud and HDS is hard to beat on price, among other things.

We’re kind of kicking ourselves about that story, because the since-deleted post in NetApp’s RSS feed also included a link to the actual database under discussion. We clicked on that link and found ourselves asked to enter a password, but chose not to do so as we felt it was best not to come into possession of the database itself!

We now wonder if, perhaps, someone else did and a copy of this database has fallen into some unauthorised hands. Of course if that’s the case, NetApp has a whole lot of explaining and/or disclosing to do.

That would have been a colossal scoop, but instead we’ll have to make do with the fact that the story was considered worthy of a post from HDS’ Hu Yoshida, who cites our story and then explains why he thinks NetApp is having such a hard time selling against his company.

For what it is worth, HDS is not the only vendor interested in the story. Analysis of our server logs show literally hundreds of readers from EMC and more than a few from NetApp, too.

Okay … enough self congratulation, let’s do more blogs.

Sadly for NetApp, that means more bad karma, as HP’s Calvin Zito fans the flames of the recent benchmarking brawl between the two.

NetApp gives plenty back this week, laying into the announcement by EMC, VMware and Cisco of its new VCE alliance, vBlock products and joint venture company Acadia.

One NetApp blog, “Exposed” labels VCE “CVD,” short for “Cloud Vendor Desperation.” (That’s so witty guys …. not!) Jay’s blog reckons VCE/vBlock/Acadia is not really open and not really as good as what NetApp can do in the cloud.

Elswhere, VCE/vBlock/Acadia gets oodles of blogger attention, so much that its easiest to sum them up by popping them into a list of posts by attitude: (if I’ve missed one, let me know)

Positive post

Meh/Neutral/Wait and see

Negative post

Storagezilla (twice!)

Scott Lowe


Chuck Hollis (in five posts !)

The Storage Architect

StorageRap (twice!)

Virtual Geek


Fence-sitting is therefore the dominant sentiment among non-aligned bloggers, which seems sensible enough given that don’t even know where they are going to put Acadia offices yet. And on a purely personal note, how on earth one is supposed to form an opinion about this stuff is beyond your correspondent, who wonders why the four very clever companies involved couldn’t have called the whole thing Acadia instead of making us all trying to figure out the interrelationships between VCE, vBlock and Acadia (And don’t get us started on the way VmWaRe uses capital letters, which is driving sub-editors batty around the globe).

And now, a picture!

That picture came from Seagate’s Twitter feed, which sadly does not let us know whose hard disk was used to make the bike.

Also on Twitter (note cunningness of segue, dear readers) is this tweet from Greg Shulz. If you are too lazy to click the link, it reads “What a difference from yesterdays EMC Cisco #VCE call and todays HP #virtualizaiton #storage call, hardly any tweets.”

He’s right. There’s hardly anything at all out there, other than HP on its PR megaphone.

Elsewhere, HDS has a pop at EMC on the subject of scalability. EMC employee The Storage Anarchist pops right back and includes HP for good measure.

The week’s last fight is between Emulex and Qlogic, with the former heaping ridicule on the latter for its new heat sinks. Yes, you read that right: a blog brawl over heat sinks!

More blogs!

It’s also been a good week for blogs with a more professional tone.

Information playground, for example, has a thoughtful piece about technology’s carbon footprint. Adaptec’s Storage Advisors has a good look at what large hard drives mean for us all (keep your eyes peeled for a Search Storage ANZ feature on more or less the same subject). Storagebod coins the great term “World of Storcraft” in this post.

Fiber Channel gets a workout as Ideas International consider its role vs. SAS and Emulex notes the new, 16Gb, version of the standard. Preston de Guise looks at NetWorker on Linux (we have news of Backup Exec in penguin-land, too) and Drunken Data seizes on this Sun post revealing that ZFS is getting native dedupe! Grumpy Storage continues his look at RFEs.

Storage Mojo turns his attention to the lawsuit over Gartner’s Magic Quadrants (news story here) which he labels a “magic hydrants”, which puts him way ahead of NetApp’s renaming putdown powers in our books!

Lastly, if you want some insights into EMC’s inner workings, get thee to the blog of EMC HR person Polly Pearson, whose post is quite revealing this week.

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