HDS, IBM and EMC brawl as NetApp’s new CEO gets the thumbs up

Our weekly stroll through the wacky world of storage blogs finds the usual sniping, 3Par’s usual weird video, general approval for NetApp’s new CEO, advance info about new products and lots of thinking about storage virtualization

Are you totally, utterly and completely over everything new in the world being identified as a symptom of the global financial crisis?

We sure are here at SearchStorage ANZ. So we can understand this week’s sniping that sees HDS’ Storage Economist David Merrill take aim at an IBM study asserting that we are all still making more data despite the GFC.

IBM has a beef with HDS, too, as Barry Whyte gets stuck into HDS’ Hu Yoshida on the subject of tiering. Seemingly unperturbed, Yoshida carries on in the same vein this week. Another IBM blogger, Tony Pearson, also comes out swinging this week. The object of his ire is this post from EMCer Scott Waterhouse with the succinct title “Backup Sucks”. Pearson reckons Waterhouse’s moaning is because, to paraphrase, EMC backup sucks but IBM can do it better. (While we are on sucking, Preston de Guise writes that NetWorker more or less sucks at backing up Mac OS X)

That would be up there for corporate shill of the week, were it not for HP seemingly writing a ‘bot to hook up its blog blog to random brochureware generator, as you can read here.

This HDS post gives HP a run for its money, and in most weeks we would say NetApp belongs in the contest, although it is understandable that when a big event like a new CEO comes along you’re not going to be Mr Personality, a title we cannot therefore award to company founder Dave Hitz, at least based on this fulsome post about his new boss. The blogosphere also likes the new boss. ESG’s Steve Duplessie calls him “one of the smartest people you could ever hope to meet.” Stephen Foskett gives the transition a big thumbs up, too.

Another recurring theme this week is Google, at least its filesystems. HDS’s Michael Hay has a think about them and StorageMojo wonders if they are running out of capacity, then concludes it probably is not.

Okay – video break. Here’s 3Par’s latest weirdness, a dirge about VMware.




There’s a fair bit of interesting news around the blogosphere this week, too.

Exhibit One is ZeroWait’s post about a handy way of figuring out the lowest cost storage option, based on the price a data centre pays for electivity. Stephen Foskett also has news, in the form of a post saying EMC’s automated tiering for V-Max is imminent. Scott Lowe has news of NetApp’s Rapid Cloning Utility (RCU); the other is the Virtual Storage Console (VSC) products, which will apparently be launched at VMworld.

We’ve also found an indescribably obscure piece of news here. Suffice to say that checking out the source of the story will almost certainly open your eyes to aspects of the storage industry you may never have even contemplated contemplating in the past.

Getting technical

Plenty of technical stuff out there this week, like this vTacit piece and Information Playground’s walk through Atmos and guest HDS blogger Ken Wood on instancing. Preston de Guise is at it too, with his usual array of posts like this one on labelling, another on 2GB saveset chunks and these musings on NetWorker 7.4.5. How he also found time to see District 9 and dash I’ll never know!

We’ve also found a technical video about how IBM has figured out some cool science stuff that could mean faster storage media.

Okay, you have probably spent enough time here so let’s wrap up with a couple more, like StorageZilla’s look at the Big Lie in Backup. AboutRestore looks at LTO-5 and the future of tape, while David Chappell wonders if SOA is a dud.

Lastly, HDS has some awards that SearchStorage ANZ readers might want to enter. Details here.


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