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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1 thestorageanarchist commented Permalink

Tony - you must not be very familiar with FDRSOS or you would have known that it has supported EMC storage for about a decade: <div>&nbsp;</div> <br />

2 TonyPearson commented Permalink

BarryB, <br /> I know FDRSOS well, which is why I put " If you are an existing FDRSOS customer, now is a good time to get rid of any EMC or HDS disk and replace with the new IBM DS8700 system. <br /> " since most FDRSOS customers used non-IBM disk, which was the business case justification for offering this function. <div>&nbsp;</div> -- Tony P (az990tony)

3 thestorageanarchist commented Permalink

Well, gee then - welcome to the family (took you long enough!) :-)

4 RogerBowler commented Permalink

&gt; "offers what EMC promised but has yet to deliver," <br /> &gt; "now is a good time to get rid of any EMC or HDS disk and replace with the new IBM DS8700 system" <br /> &gt; "mainframe clients with StorageTek equipment are growing frustrated over Oracle's lack of commitment for mainframe-attachable storage." <br /> &gt; "Oracle recently missed a key delivery date for their latest enterprise tape drive. " <div>&nbsp;</div> When I started work in the early 1970's, the IBM SE's I worked with would never directly comment on competitor products. Instead they would simply present the best features of the IBM product and invite the customer to ask the alternative vendor if their product could provide those same features. I was told that it was IBM policy that IBMers did not make derogatory remarks about competitors or their products. The idea was that the high quality of the IBM products meant that there was no need to denigrate the competition. <div>&nbsp;</div> I thought this was an honorable policy and it's sad to see that it seems to have gone out of the window.

5 TonyPearson commented Permalink

Roger, <br /> Here is IBM's Social Computing Guidelines that I follow for this blog: <br /> <div>&nbsp;</div> Many times, competitors point out that IBM delivers new functionality after everyone else has already offered similar features, so when IBM is able to deliver a feature before other major vendors, many feel this is worth pointing out. Easy Tier is an example of sub-LUN automatic movement that EMC got a lot of press last year when they announced they would offer this as FAST v2, but apparently are struggling to get it working. <div>&nbsp;</div> The zDDB is a feature that already exists on competitive boxes, so that is a case where IBM customers have complained that they would like to switch to DS8000 series, but can't because it lacks this capability. For their benefit, I point out they can now make that switch. Somehow, BarryB felt that my claim that IBM now supports this ISV software implied that EMC did not. While both FDE and Easy Tier are examples of features not offered by EMC, the zDDB is a feature that is similar to an EMC feature supported by the same software. Again, that was not intended to disparage a competitor, just to point out that IBM now has a capability that people may not be aware of. <div>&nbsp;</div> As for Oracle/Sun, I present their recent failure to deliver on their latest tape drive key date just as an explanation or "proof-point" of why Oracle/Sun customers are concerned and/or frustrated. I have also spoken to customers unhappy that Oracle dropped their reselling agreement with HDS. <div>&nbsp;</div> Every quarter, hundreds of HP and Sun customers switch over to IBM solutions and offerings. In my role at the IBM Executive Briefing Center, I have the opportunity to ask they why they are making that switch, and am merely reporting what I learn from these situations, for the benefit of others contemplating making the same switch themselves. <div>&nbsp;</div> IBM sales reps and SE's have specific guidelines in how they approach the sales process, how they engage with customers, and what they are allowed to say or do in compliance with their IBM Business Conduct Guidelines. I am neither sales rep nor SE. I refer you to my lengthy disclaimer on the left panel of this blog. <div>&nbsp;</div> Thanks <br /> Tony Pearson (az990tony)

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