EMC kicks Oracle, V-Max destroyed by spinning disk, HDS in FCoE mess, NetApp clams up

Another week in the storage blogosphere sees an abeyance in brawling as NetApp clams up, EMC attacks Oracle, IBM gets dense and bloggers battle HDS.

What a weird week in the storage blogosphere!

The usual hostilities are absent, but there’s still bile-aplenty, even if most of it is directed at Oracle and has little to do with storage.

EMC’s Chuck Hollis kicks things off in this post that savages Oracle’s lack of a virtualization strategy and generally accuses Oracle of all manner of lock-in naughtiness.

Of course it is sometimes hard to know where VMware marketing ends and EMC marketing begins, which often makes us wonder if posts like Hollis’ aren’t an example of big brother EMC giving poor little boy genius VMware a helping hand.

But we are laying that paranoid scenario to rest for a week at least, given that others have ire for Oracle, too. Storagebod, for example, riffs on the more or less the same subject as Hollis.

Virtual Geek sinks the slipper, too. Cinetic, meanwhile, ropes in Pillar Data as important in Oracle’s ambitions for its post-Sun storage play, a topic that attracts some musings from analysts Ideas International (while we are on analysts, here’s Storage Switzerland’s latest look at Data Domain).

Oracle, for its part, has a Virtualization blog, but it hasn’t been updated for more than a month. The company does also have a corporate megaphone extolling the virtues of its new database machine (a device that, despite multiple requests, it never quite seems to get around to explaining to SearchStorage ANZ. Oh and while we are on matters ANZ, check out this post from Oracle local user group bigwig Daniel J Strassberg).

Time for a video, now, of V-Max being destroyed by a spinning disk.

Okay, okay, We’ve been a bit naughty in the way we’ve described that. But journalists’ kids need food too, okay?

On with the show.

There’s a bit of a brawl going on between Ruptured Monkey and HDS’ Hu Yoshida. The former accuses the latter of demonstrating – how shall we put this? – insufficient non-ignorance of some FCoE nuances in this post. Another difference of opinion is playing itself out between The Backup Blog and Storagezilla, as the former takes offense with the latter’s views on backup.

There’s plenty of love in the room, however, between an Australian storage blogger we discovered this week who uses the name Eigenmagic and EMC’s Chuck Hollis. Eigenmagic likes Chuck’s approach to chargeback. Mostly.

We keep coming back to Chuck this week because NetApp’s blog squad is oddly silent, a rare departure from the compay’s usual ability to take issue with something.

But here’s one we want to take exception to, even though it breaks our rule of not sending you to other commercial publications. But when someone blogs that “external storage’s days are numbered” we cannot help but heap on the scorn in the expectation it rubs off on our readers.

Something we cannot deny is that disks keep getting bigger, a fact IBM’s Barry Whyte explains in this useful post. Also useful, as ever, is Preston de Guise. The cautionary tale posted this week by StorageNerve will also have utility, we feel.

Another new blog we discovered this week comes from Caringo CTO Paul Carpentier, whose first words were “Does the workd really need yet another storage blog?” We’ll let you know in coming weeks.

Time for another video. This one is also from EMC (without NetApp being narky it all gets a bit bland around here) and we found it via. The Storage Anarchist. It deals with tiering in a way cool way.

Lastly, a wee tangent: a couple of this column’s Twitter buddies have suggested we cover the dust storm that hit our home of Sydney, Australia, this week.

It sure was an odd event, seeing as your editor woke up to find a red sky and a fine dust in the air that made you feel like you had just cleaned a blackboard or ten.

To appreciate just how much dust was in the air, check out this video of the outback Australian town of Broken Hill and what happened when the dust storm hit.

You may also want to check out the photos in your editor’s very own twitpic stream, which can be found here.

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