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October 08, 2010



Chuck, I always enjoy reading your posts. However, your #4 item was worthless. More of a I know what's going on and you don't teaser. You never hold back, share what you know. Speculate. :) Or maybe Chad's leading of @3ParFarley on InfoSmack to say Oracle was going to acquire NetApp is correct.

Chuck Hollis

Hi Jason

Yeah, I could spill what I think I know -- but it wouldn't be fair, would it? Those folks coming over from NetApp aren't really supposed to be talking about stuff like that, but they inevitably do.

From where I sit, that wouldn't be playing fair, would it?

-- Chuck


Who said I was talking about being fair? I am more talking about having fun. Oh wait, this is an emc.com sponsored blog, guessing you need to be fair. :)


Why would Oracle buy NetApp when they now have the Fishworks box and their recent announcements on that? Their boxes are bigger, better and faster on paper so I'd struggle to see the acquisition reasoning there.

In my humble opinion the small gleam in the VSP announcement is their Dynamic Tiering at the page level. On that front, it's going to be very interesting over the next year to see how all the storage vendor implement that technology. The underlying movement of the blocks is the easy part, what I struggle with as a customer is how every vendor wants to use a different policy to do it. There's no commonality between vendors right now that I can see in GA or NDA discussions and I'm not sure if I'm confident any of them will be a perfect fit. Only time will tell I suppose...

Barry Whyte

Hi Chuck, as Doug Balog said yesterday - you will see the compression technology being integrated into the IBM products over the next year - give us a chance, we only acquired them officially last month!

As for "compiled from bits" Storwize V7000 is not, its a custom build integrated 2U dual active/active controller that is by far class leading in its features, performance and rack / power usage. Whip the butt of any comparable CX4 config for sure.

As for price, it is also best of breed, with almost all advanced function "included" and its not an SVC head, its SVC through and through, with the RAID,drive and enclosure management added into the SVC stack.

More details of the ISV, VMware integration will be available by GA - all under control :)

Anthony Vandewerdt

Hi Chuck.

One minor correction... its Storwize V7000, not StorWize S7000. (The V is for Virtualization).

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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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