EMC labelled "desperate", NetApp turns poet , HDS tiers up, IBM and HP turn on the megaphone

Our weekly slog through storage blogs finds NetApp turning its hand to poetry at the same time it is called "bait" for a buyout.


A strange week in the storage blogosphere this week, as hostilities have been muted, but volumes of interesting posts are up.

But let’s start with the hostilities because, well, we’re that kind of column!

The nastiest piece of work is Seeking Alpha’s post entitled “EMC's Data Domain Acquisition: A Sign of Desperation.” We think he’s down on the deal!

EMC is dishing it out, too, albeit unofficially in this post from EMC employee and “these are my opinions” blogger Storage Anarchist, who finds himself agreeing with analysis that Compellent is struggling. The Anarchist reckons everyone else but EMC is struggling too, for what it is worth!

NetApp has not fired back. Instead, the company is writing poetry, a distinct change from its usual blogged output.

Here’s the first stanza of its efforts.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Is that VM here at all?
Or is the thing I think I see
Running XEN on Hyper-V?

If you want more evidence that NetApp is now a kinder, gentler, blogger, the company has also started using the word “journey,” a descent into cliché even more risible that its poetry in our humble opinion! All this blogging may not matter, anyhow, as Zerowait airs an analyst opinion that NetApp is M&A bait.

Also in vendor-land, HDS’ Hu Yoshida is still trying to make a point about the difference between thin and dynamic provisioning. Yoshida’s colleague Michael Hay blogs about tiers and the Linux FS btrfs. HP has a staged Q&A about just how great its LeftHand products. Inside System Storage, IBM’s effort, is also full of self-love, with a multi-part review of an IBM storage conference. We don’t know how you feel about blogs being turned over to the corporate messaging megaphone in this fashion, but we’d rather read bad poetry.

Adaptec’s Storage Advisor blog also walks a fine line between corporate gumpf and useful material, as shown by this “gosh the price of power is going up and our products don’t use much of it” post. We’re more interested in the follow-up that says the Adaptec blogger is coming to Australia for some BMX races, because your editor likes riding bicycles (why not join my team for the Gong Ride. If you don’t want to ride, donate freely!)

Cloud controversy

There’s a little argy-bargy around the cloud this week. Robin Harris, aka StorageMojo, is very pro cloud this week, as he unveils a cloud storage startup. But Steve Foskett has some issues with the way cloud computing is being defined.

The best visual we could find this week comes from Drunken Data, which has whipped up this piece, titled “Shocking tales of storage.” Click on it for a bigger, legible, version.

Elsewhere, Storage Architect Chris Evans continues his review of Sun’s model 7000 unified storage box.

Preston de Guise continues his sterling work with this post on NetWorker’s software distribution functions. Storage Nerve looks at the economics of storage hardware maintenance and Ruptured Monkey wonders when a “business” turns into an “enterprise”, among other things.

Lastly, an interesting sign of the times: American newspaper USA Today has compared SOHO NAS devices. If that doesn’t make networked storage mainstream, we don’t know what does!


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