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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I actually had a line at the bottom which said yes yes IBM did do it on the Mainframe before everyone else as I read that in a note the first time Seagate pitched this but I took it out during the final edit as it sounded snitty.<div>&nbsp;</div> Should have left it in! ;)

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Jon Toigo responds to this post here:http://www.drunkendata.com/?p=1677

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BarryB,Yes, I realize the 90 day warranties refer to your software/firmware, and that your hardware carries one year. Of course, hardware without software/firmware is not very useful. IBM is better at that, offering co-terminus warranties for both software/firmware with hardware so that they can be used together.<div>&nbsp;</div> Yes, the SSD in the BladeCenter are manufactured by a different supplier than the SSD in EMC DMX boxes, however BOTH are part of the family of "emerging technology" that Andy Monshaw presented, so in that regard, IBM and EMC both ship products based on this "emerging technology" even though they are different internally.<div>&nbsp;</div> I gave Mark his props that he was correct that Xiotech was not first. Going with a non-standard block size values was controversial then, and still is today.<div>&nbsp;</div> In an interesting twist, the SPC-1 benchmarks that Xiotech is focused on are not the gazillion number of IOPS, but rather the number of "IOPS per dollar" (kind of like EMC claiming IOPS per Watt with their SSD drives).<div>&nbsp;</div> -- Tony

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Facts, Tony. Try to stick to the facts...<div>&nbsp;</div> Symmetrix Hardware warranty isn't 1 year either - you know that the standard DMX warranty is longer than the 1 year you offer on the SSD in your BladeCenter, yet once again you try to mislead your audience. Tsk tsk.<div>&nbsp;</div> Customers that I speak with acknowledge that $/IOPS and Watts/IOPS are extremely meaningful, especially as we break away from the limitations of spinning hard drives...

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Robin Harris from StorageMojo has more to say here:http://storagemojo.com/2008/04/13/xiotechs-ise-beast-or-gamine/

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