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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Love the De Vries quote Tony!

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"Those about competitive products of which the blogger has little to no hands-on experience tend to be terribly misleading or technically inaccurate."<div>&nbsp;</div> Well if that's true doesn't that go for you too since all IBM is doing is shipping someone elses box?<div>&nbsp;</div> I had a FAS in the old lab (I don't now since the job changed), what have you done from the plane seat recently?

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Zilla, clearly you never touched that old FAS in the lab. Otherwise you'd be working here at NetApp like everyone else at EMC who experiences how cool and simple networked storage can be :)

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Mark,IBM does work on the N series in Tucson, and we have them in our Tucson Executive Briefing Center where we demo the units to our clients. IBM won design awards for the facial plates that are unique from the NetApp FAS appliances.-- Tony

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Val: We all know you think you're selling the glory of god in a box but it looked and smelt like just another NAS box to me. I'll admit at the time it was much easier to set up than Celerra but that ain't true anymore boss.<div>&nbsp;</div> Tony: Was that sarcasm or are you telling me the only value you add to that banana is a bruise?<div>&nbsp;</div> Love the box while you can but having worked for Moshe I know what he thinks of NetApp becuase he wasn't afraid of using expletives when he told us what he thought of NetApp. The EMC way is to kill all internal competitors, so the moment you spot a NAS Interface module for Nextra (If there wasn't one in development already) you'll be able to claim a lot more than some nice face plates as your own.

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Ah Zilla, ignorance like yours about our products is music to my ears. It's always easier to compete against a misinformed opponent.<div>&nbsp;</div> As to Moshe's motives for joining IBM, well let's just say he has a BIG target in his sights - and it's not NetApp. I'd be looking over your shoulder for all the ghosts of EMC's glorious past now on the XIV payroll if I were you.<div>&nbsp;</div> Not only do they know how to compete against all the dirty tactics they pioneered, but they also know where all the EMC skeletons are still buried :)

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Mark,No, not sarcasm, just pointing out the falsehood of your premise that just because N series are manufactured elsewhere that a person like me from Tucson can't have hands-on knowledge to discuss it in my blog. We do a lot of testing of products here in Tucson, since we are also a software lab, and have both N series and NetApp gear to work with.<div>&nbsp;</div> You also imply that IBM is merely a reseller of NetApp equipment, but IBM and NetApp have an OEM agreement instead, so you are wrong on that as well.-- Tony

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