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June 26, 2009



I like the distinction between cloud compute and storage. Storage has been far more virtual for years as its process cycles are more conducive to aggregation than instruction sets in micro-architectures.

Do I hear you saying web 2.0 is a small part of the market EMC finds less interesting because of their requirements?

Nick Mehta

Excellent post, Chuck. I like how you've broken down the broad category of cloud storage with some specific, testable axioms.

One small point of clarification. I often hear a division of the storage world into "Web 2.0" and "enterprise." The third group often left out is software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers.

Companies like our's use storage and are quite distinct from Web 2.0 applications or internal enterprise needs. And while we don't give away our services for free like Web 2.0 companies, we do have price-competitive businesses and gross margin pressures. As such, cost is important to us as well.

In any case, it might be worth considering the needs of this category in your future analysis.


Agree on the distinction between cloud compute and cloud storage. Seems competition is cohering along these lines.

"Having the right information in the right place at the right time dramatically improves end user application performance and can dramatically reduce associated network costs."

This makes a lot of sense. Will Google File System (GFS) characteristics will be more prevalent in this space and is objects per second (OPS) a more useful measurement than say IOPs? To wit:



Agree to your last point on security. Infact in one of the forums UK Sun CTO Wayne Horkan was quoted as saying that id cloud computing becomes a utility, it was important that the UK as a nation state had good security of supply. There will cost issues as well.

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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.

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