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May 28, 2010


W. Curtis Preston


What vinegar? Seriously. My initial reply to you was about as bland as can be! I listed a brief history of product acquisitions by your company, then listed a similar brief history of another company that I did not name. Then I said some will like one story and others will like the other story. Where exactly is the vinegar in that?

As to my "basic thesis," as you call it. It was this (quoted from my comment":

"But the main thing I'm trying to say with my comment is that the veiled implications of this article do not apply to the company that you're trying to apply them to. Neither them, their culture, nor their product line is anything like the EMC of old."

And I stand by that comment. I believed then (and now) that your previous post was a veiled attempt at slamming NetApp. But I also believe that NetApp now is nothing like the EMC of old, so therefore do not agree with the main point of your post.

And seriously. Next time you try a "joke?" Try putting some smilies or something. Seriously. And be even more careful with "insult" jokes. You're not Don Rickles, dude. And you and I don't know each other that well.

Jay Ryan

I don't think it's just a question of having the products actually integrated, but rather that they are SOLD as if they are seamlessly integrated. This pitch is all made under the "ONE" mantra. The problem comes in when the products are attempted to be implemented and you encounter an "opportunity". Everyone just starts pointing fingers and blame any issues on the fact that there are internal struggles between the aquired organizations. You don't have a single point of resolution and the sales guy has "moved on".

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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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