I spy web servers which don’t lie

The storage blogosphere is reporting an interesting incident involving Symantec and Permabit, plus a stoush between Oracle and NetApp.

Whenever SearchSecurity ANZ finds out something naughty about NetApp, our server logs suddenly report a surge in traffic from EMC. And if we catch out EMC, traffic floods in from NetApp’s domain. Everyone piles in to read about bad news at IBM!

Permabit recently noticed something similar: it’s web server – and especially pages about dedupe software - is getting rather a lot of traffic from Symantec’s Minneapolis office.

Permabit has decided that this means Symantec has decided its own dedupe products aren’t up to it and that the whole company is learning about real dedupe by up on Permabit’s products. We think the real story is that someone in Minneapolis went to a meeting where a client or prospect asked some questions about Permabit and someone from Symantec decided to do a little and left a browser window open over lunch.

A little more serious is this press release , noticed by ZeroWait, in which Oracle gives NetApp a touch up over the pair’s respective performance. We cannot find a competitive call-out like this by Oracle about any other storage vendor in this or other recent Oracle press releases. What’s up with that? IDEAS International has more on Oracle’s storage portfolio and also looks at Dell’s direction.

Preston De Guise has written our favourite blog post recent times here, in which analyses the trouble at RIM as a failure infrastructure at CEO level. The image below gives you the tone the post – just go read it to get the rest.

Preston also penned a good’un on 20 Common Misconceptions about Backup.

Scott Drummonds also has a good’un, in this case analysing the role flash. It’s also hard not to like this IBM post on fashion tips for storage engineers (not to mention his review of Neal Stephenson’s new bookhere’s mine FWIW.

StorageIO makes inquiries about whether the cloud eats data while StorageMojo looks at the problems you may encounter running cloud storage.

Antony Vanderwert the release an XIV management app for iDevices. We look forward to the “I left an iPad in a taxi and someone wiped our XIV” story soon.

Backblaze is the only blogger we can find to have commented on the “salt increases density” story that has gone around lately, with the graphic below more amusing than the post.

Canne Platypus talks Gluster, Chuck Hollis describes what he thinks the storage market looks like these days and Storage Without Borders looks at what Big Data means to him personally.

Rodos makes an interesting observation about the maturity the cloud, thanks to Steve Jobs. Steve Foskett declares his anti-FCoE bias and StorageZilla gets misty-eyed about his boss.

DataCore ANZ manages to get the Tea Party, the Occupy movement and virtualisation into a single post, which we think is a feat worth noting.

HDS’ Hu Yoshida reveals that India has become the company’s second largest country, after China. I’m not sure many vendors could make that claim – and fewer are probably happy that HDS can already make it.

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