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January 08, 2008



Product looks great. EMC definitely missed the SMB space - or (apologies Chuck!) the entry level storage space if you wish to stay away from marketing segments - and the critique in my opinion is fair. The reason that other products are doing well in this space - from the mainstream companies HP, IBM and Dell as well as Equallogic, Lefthand, NetApps and the sub 15K vendors (NexSan, Promise, etc.) is primarily due to EMC's lack of offering until now.

Yes, price is important and so is functionality, but some customers invariably just want 'disk', or large capacity, or just acceptable performance RAID and this is a space that EMC has not ever addressed.

Whether this was by lack of understanding of this space or by design for EMC as a company, due to more lucrative targets elsewhere is for you and the rest of the EMC execs to know :)

The AX100/AX150 did not entirely address this space due to lack of scalability and restriction to just SATA drives. The CX3-10 and NS20 are both good products that have gone some of the way to address this space, but are just defeatured or restricted-scalability versions of existing higher-end products in the EMC portfolio.

The introduction of the AX4-5 will partially address this space.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    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.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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