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February 20, 2008


George P. Thomadakis

Hello Chuck ,

Even though i am from the oposite side a NetApp partner that is , i couldn't agree more with what you say . The game seems to be changing and i can see it on the 'street' were server vendors only succeed when they 'bundle' solutions . This is BTW their only real strength compared to the 'pure' guys like yourself and NTAP .
Whenever though there is a ''serious'' play with Data Management and Functionality it is mostly between the 'pure' guys like u and NTAP and the Server vendors are ever absent , or cannot really comply to the customers real needs and problems and are 'trying' to sell things they do not have of undermine you and NTAP. And of course do not forget that both IBM and hp still ''believe'' they are Storage vendors and this is VERY dangerous , but i strongly believe that this will diminish in the coming Quarters as it is not possible for any vendor in any industry to be making wonders in all fields no matetr how big they are, this is just out of the question . You gotta focus more as The information Stored is getting bigger and Bigger and i think that this is were we'll be seing only 2-3 Storage architectures surviving. Look at what happened to the Switching and Routing Bussiness , to the Database Bussiness , to The ERP Bussiness , to the OS Business and everything else for what matters.

Thanks for posting me

Stephen Foskett

The truth is, enterprise storage is not, has rarely been, and should not be about sexiness, hipness, or clever-but-flaky ideas. Storage must be the bedrock on which all of IT sits, and IT is the bedrock on which our economy sits. We need straight-faced solid engineering and testing or we're all sunk.

Apple's Xserve RAID was a decent box for one reason: It eschewed everything unnecessary and solidly stored and streamed data. I think Promise's array will do that, too. Users wanting more should look for a company equally committed to delivering solid, reliable features.

But I would like EMC to "copy" Apple's "which array is this?" button!


Hey Chuck, you know I tend to agree with you, but now I'm working for a server company. Hahaha. We'll see how things work out at Dell in the years to come. I guess you've thrown down the gauntlet for us.

I think the issue is leadership vision and commitment to the storage vision. Steve Jobs was not all that interested in storage. Carly Fiorini wasn't that interested either, but Mark Hurd may turn out to understand storage better. IBM is much harder to figure out - but I wouldn't say they have had strong executive endorsements for their storage business.

Michael Dell seems pretty committed and speaks knowledgeably about the business. I think he is an exception.

Shibin Zhang

"Witness NetApp's recent acquistion of Onaro, just to be relevant in the storage management discussion."

It's a good move. However, I doubt whether they know how to make best use of Onaro.

"Steve Jobs was not all that interested in storage"

Agree. He is interested in fashion and multimedia things, but I noticed he is adding more and more video stuff to his cool boxes.

Rådgivende ingeniør

Yeah, because storage is very important to put some important information. That's why our vendor is very serious when it comes for the storage.

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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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