Sectors - HP takes on EMC and NetApp, swipes Cisco for good measure!

This week’s dive into the storage blogosphere finds a new belligerent party– HP – taking on EMC and NetApp. We’ve also found evidence of Oracle’s array-busting “Database Machines” in Australia!


After weeks of finding NetApp and EMC beating each other up via blogs, HP has waded in to join the brawl. And it has done so twice!

Round one came in this post that calls out a NetApp press release as boastful and tenuous.

Round two saw HP defend itself against EMC’s praise for Cisco’s Unified Computing launch by noting its own rather nifty blades. It’s a fair cop in some ways, as the EMC post linked to in the previous sentence discloses the company is hardly neutral on the subject of Cisco’s new adventures.

NetApp, meanwhile, thinks it may have been … erm … an unacknowledged influence on the slideware Cisco used at its launch.

Elsewhere, Oracle launched its “Database Machine” some time last year. For those who don’t remember, it’s a storage device and a clutch of servers welded together into a low-TCO bundle of Win (to use the latest net-talk). We’ve been asking Oracle to explain it to SearchStorage ANZ ever since, but the authorised spokesdrones have been on the wrong side of an ocean.

Now, to our surprise, it turns out there is a working Database Machine in Australia and the company is blogging about what it’s like to use the thing.

A preview: the device contains:

“… 8xHP DL360's, 14 Exadata Storage Cells with 12 disk in each, Infiniband,Oracle Unbreakable Linux, Enterprise Edition Database, RAC and Partitioning.”

Of course the blogs have some IBM/Sun commentary. Here’s Drunken Data’s take. And StorageZilla’s cheery black hole analogy. Zerowait has a go, too, wondering what would happen to the NetApp vs. Sun legal stoush if the transaction goes ahead. IT Ranter Steve says if IBM does get Sun, the latter company’s customers could flee!

And lastly, Storage Sanity is grumpy this week, having paid way too much for cloud storage. There’s a lesson in that, we’re sure!

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