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October 15, 2008


Anon Y Mous

Hi Chuck,

I’ve got to say that your comment about curtains is spot on. Personally, I just bought a new desktop PC after my wife decided we needed crown molding. Mind you, now that I see crown molding, I still don't understand why we needed it.

I could probably sneak in the Iomega drive without laying out for the new corner cabinet in the dining room she has her eye on. :)

FWIW, I'm an EMCer but wish to remain anonymous in case my wife reads this.

Sudhir Brahma

$299 for just 1 TB is awful lot of money. Here is what my friend does good business with:
1. Gets a good power-supply, fixes it in much smaller rack, that allows about 5 drives to be packed in firmly. Alows easy removal too. This Rack allows access to the SATA connector on the drives. He just ensures that the cables can be firmly held in place one connected
2. Puts a fan to cool the drives
3. Put a REALLY top class cover to make the enclosure look COOL!!..throws in some LEDS and minor electronics for monitoring.
4. Provides a dummy eSATA plate on the host side, to bring out the SATA connectors...and his product is ready to sell!! He sells for less than half the cost of this one.
Users just plug in the drive cables as required. They even take out drives and put new ones as required.

Agreed he does not do RAID 1- but who needs that for home? People just back up critical data in drives and take them off after a back up. People want to buy storage for every dollar.
For those who need encription, he recommends Truecrypt. For those who need RAID 1, or RAID x, he gets some software that does it at Volume level, or gets a low cost RAID HBA (additional cost).
His value add in in the low cost Enclosure.


Sudhir, what are you talking about mate? This Iomega device does print sharing, media sharing etc. It is effectively a NAS.

Is your buddy's "drives in an enclosure" solution a NAS?

Sudhir Brahma

Hello Ryan. That is an excellent question!!
The simple answer is no it does not do anything other than storage (besides saving the customer's cash ofcourse :-)!!)
I asked him your question, and his answer was: People buy computers first and additional storage is an after thought, when all the movies and the pictures they store/share, start out growing the local storage that came with the computer. By the time they feel the need for additional storage, they are already very familiar with all the utilities and the NAS capabilities inherent in Windows, and they dont want to change that. All the file-sharing and the print sharing they need comes free with their Windows/Linux OS...all they need is JUST MORE STORAGE- that is all...and that is what he provides. In fact the SMB market also just needs this- they just want to be able to add more storage, without opening the computer casing....the last I hear him talking to a customer on how he can provide an iSCSI interface (the customer wanted remote block level access), using a low cost motherboard/CPU and putting in one of the free ISCSI targets!!

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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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