Inside System Storage -- by Tony Pearson

Tony Pearson Tony Pearson is a Master Inventor and Senior IT Specialist for the IBM System Storage product line at the IBM Executive Briefing Center in Tucson Arizona, and featured contributor to IBM's developerWorks. In 2011, Tony celebrated his 25th year anniversary with IBM Storage on the same day as the IBM's Centennial. He is author of the Inside System Storage series of books. This blog is for the open exchange of ideas relating to storage and storage networking hardware, software and services. You can also follow him on Twitter @az990tony.
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StorageZilla pokes fun at JWT over this at:http://storagezilla.typepad.com/storagezilla/2007/12/toigo-channels.html

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Aligning yourself with Jon TwoEgos drops your credibility rating significantly, Tony. Your choice, but it wouldn't be mine.<div>&nbsp;</div> But you just keep on believing that Centera is dead, even as it continues to gain market share as the most comprehensive active archive solution on the planet, pretty much without any competition even after 5+ years in the market. <div>&nbsp;</div> And unlike your own DS6000 and DS8000, which you clearly have ceased investing in, the Centera product lineup continues to be enhanced and to grow, with new capabilities (and more power efficient nodes) announced and delivered just this past August/September.<div>&nbsp;</div> Mergers often beget orphaned capital equipment (and people too, unfortunately). Here's hoping that the E-Bay Centera finds a good home, undoubtedly alongside several of its brothers and sisters, protecting some other company's digital assets.

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BarryB (storage anarchist),I don't know Jon Toigo personally, but I enjoy his blog writings. Since the Robert Francis Group specifically compared DR550 disk-and-tape solution to disk-only alternatives, it was relevant to mention EMC Centera, which is a disk-only alternative.<div>&nbsp;</div> Your merger theory doesn't make sense. Since when does a merger allow a company to discard its corporate data prior to the merger? If the company felt it was important enough to keep prior to the merger, wouldn't it still need to keep it after the merger, until the expiration is met? I am not a lawyer, but I can't think of any data that could be discarded so readily.<div>&nbsp;</div> The only way a merger would apply is if the EMC Centera in question was empty. I have met a customer that had one for six months, and still no data stored on it. They bought it because they thought it was a good idea at the time, but did not actually store anything on it.<div>&nbsp;</div> And if recent August/September announcements of the latest upgrades to Centera is your proof that it is still alive, then IBM's October announcements for DS8000 should qualify as proof that IBM is still investing in our high-end disk.<div>&nbsp;</div> The ability for DR550 support for a blended disk-and-tape solution is something that EMC Centera has not yet delivered.

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Guys,<div>&nbsp;</div> I found the Centera ad amusing when it was forwarded to me by a reader. I found it even more amusing when a customer was ditching one without opening the box.<div>&nbsp;</div> Storagezilla's and Storage Anarchist's ad hominem attacks aside (always a clue that they have no valid argument to make), I agree that there are a lot of reasons why products would appear on the grey market. My good friends at ASCDI make their livings off of selling used gear, which they will re-certify and maintain even if the vendor chooses not to.<div>&nbsp;</div> The key point that I continue to make about Centera is that it manifests significant flaws that EMC chooses not to address publicly. Don't take my word for it. Check out posts by Hal Weiss from Baptist Memorial Healthcare or have a chat with Paul Carpentier, formerly of EMC-acquired FilePool and intimately involved with the development of the core technology behind Centera, and they can explain the product's many many foibles.<div>&nbsp;</div> I am hoping that the eBay ad is a sign that folks are finally questioning the efficacy of the product, which provides an open API for ingesting data, but presents a closed API for un-ingesting the data from the box. EMC showed me this product before releasing it and clearly stated that they wanted to use it to own the customer by owning his data.<div>&nbsp;</div> If it makes me Anne Coulter to believe that this is not in the best interests of the consumer, then I guess I need to change my political stripes and grow some blonde hair.

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EMC blogger StorageZilla attacks Jon here:http://storagezilla.typepad.com/storagezilla/2007/12/toigo-channels.html<div>&nbsp;</div> Jon responds here:http://www.drunkendata.com/?p=1543

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