The Fibre Channel world is dying with nothing new or interesting in the pipe right. Well, not quite. While its definitely not the melting pot that is cloud and it doesn’t have software defined in it’s name, cool stuff is still happening – at least cool in my opinion – and Target Driven Zoning is one of those cool things currently being worked on…..
Hu Yoshida, CTO of Hitachi Data Systems and long time legend of the storage industry is a person I respect a lot. Hu and I recently engaged in a discussion around the validity of architectures like VSP and their designation as Tier 1, which Hu summarised in a recent blog post he
cut and pasted wrote. Hu has asked that I summarise my thoughts on the topic in a blog post so that he can fully digest and potentially answer. Here goes. Continue reading
While recently in Las Vegas for HP Discover 2011, I had a really interesting conversation with the guys at the HP P9500 booth. For those, like me, who despise the HP naming convention, The P9500 is the latest and greatest in what used to be the XP product line – you know the high end storage array that HP OEM and apparently joint-develop with Hitachi Ltd. of Japan.
As you might expect, the HP guys were top notch engineers, the type I could spend all day talking to. While we were chatting, they were obviously passionate about the involvement HP engineers and architects in the design of the XP/P9500 (HDS VSP). However, they also threw out some shots at EMC. And not wanting to simply swallow what they feed me, I thought I’d open up the debate on here in case anybody has any opinions…..
Prior to joining the SPC, EMC were vocal about such benchmarks being based on artificial workloads that do not accurately match any one customers profile, so what’s the point! I see where they’re coming from, but don’t personally feel such a fact renders such benchmarking entirely useless. Here’s why – Continue reading
Considering the number of searches for “VSP vs VMAX” that land people at my site, I figured it was about time I wrote something on the topic so that all those people who end up here from that search have something worth reading. So here we go…..
EMC Symmetrix VMAX vs Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP)
EMC surprised me last week. On the15th December they released, what in my opinion, is the biggest uplift in functionality to their flagship Symmetrix product line in a very long time! The thing that surprised me was that after nearly two years of talking it up, they sneaked it out with barely a sound from Hopkinton. Not what I was expecting after 2+ years of development and nearly the same in ranting about it.
Still who am I to know. So lets take a look….