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October 16, 2008


marc farley

While the physical configurations of SVC installs are more complicated than installing systems, I suspect the licensing end of things will end up causing the most difficult problems for customers.

Other than that, I think the pink was a nice touch. Do they come in plushie wrappers?

Chuck Hollis

I thought the Hot Pink was a bold move, too.

Me? I'm more of a Fierce Green kind of guy ...

Barry Whyte

LOL @ the pink comments.

We've had many many requests for a lower entry price to an SVC world, and we've listened. While something like AX4 does as you say provide that entry level of attachment, it doesn't provide the same enterprise level functionality, nor the ability to expand as your business does. You need to buy another one, or a different one, and then have islands of storage.

With SVC EE you can consolidate those islands, so maybe you have an EMC AX4 today, and you think you need another one and 3 months ago it seemed like one was enough. The ability to pool and consolidate, and start to do more and more backups, and maybe get Thin Provisioning an no additional charge to get more out of what you have...

All with the knowledge that if you have a conversion path to larger clusters and the bigger brother SVC in the future without having to rip it all out and start again.

Of course you can always order the lower cost node hardware with the "classic" SVC license.

Chuck Hollis

Thanks, but I think you took it off-topic a bit.

For example, cost comparisons between pre-integrated or assemble yourself. Or comparisons in simplicity and ease of use between the two approaches.

Or the lack of iSCSI in this market. Or the positioning question.

I guess during a political debate, if you don't want to answer, you change the question.

-- Cheers!

Barry Whyte

Chuck, I'm no politician, thats for sure. I wasn't intending to be off-topic. I was responding to your question about why would you have two boxes when you could have one. Two allows you to grow as I suggested above.

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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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