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December 12, 2007

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Kevin

Chuck,

This reminds me of HP's actions a couple months ago with regards to the Top Supercomputers list.

HP released a statement essentially saying they were the number one vendor on the list. They "topped" the list.

What it meant of course was that there were more systems on the list based on HP technology than other vendors. HP however, did not have a single system in the top 10.

I consider myself quite the skeptic these days, disecting statements from any company to reveal the truth behind their spin.

Sure IBM does it, so do countless others (including EMC I would imagine). This of course doesn't make it right, but rather one of "those things" in this business.

Chuck Hollis

Maybe you're right, it's common in the industry to do these sorts of "puff" releases.

For me, there's a line between over-amplification and mis-representation. IBM (as well as a few others) are starting to cross that line, which isn't good for customers, and isn't good for the industry, IMHO.

I'm not saying EMC is lily-white here, but I get to look at every press release that goes out (as do many other people here), and we routinely shut down any proposed press release that doesn't have a substantive, verifiable and worthwhile claim.

Fortunately for us, that restriction hasn't proved too onerous ;-)

Thanks for writing!

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Chuck Hollis


  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems
    @chuckhollis

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

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