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March 09, 2011


That was very timely Dave- I appreciate it!
On speed/performance for FMV/DVS, what do u think of customers opting for "direct attached storage" as in doing SAS directly to JBODs with SAS expanders and SAS switches in a "SAS network"? In some sense such configurations get the best of both SAN and direct attached? Will that be a competition for Enginio's product line that Netapp acquires?
Both LSI and their competition are working on such SAS infrastructures.
Sudhir Brahma

Dave, this is specifically good move, but one question which i am not sure that i can discuss here or not.

Still not seeing the difference between "two" and "lots" from the unified portfolio perspective...

Congrats Dave,

I think it's a good way to open up the HPC market for NetApp. The storage density of those boxes is very good.. Any plans to mix the technology with the 'standard' FAS series or is the idea to keep it as a seperate HPC line?

Bless you guys, LSI is good stuff.. (so is NetApp)

Didn't have the partners! tsk tsk. (IBM, Oracle, SGI)
So if you are dumming down the LSI arrays, or at least not enhancing the features in line with Ontap (they already have many similar features). Then how will you maintain a revenue stream from the OEM relationships ?

NetApp's scale-out version of DataOntap (GX and then V10) was supposed to address the HPC market. When V8.x was announced, it was supposed to be an enterprise ready version of scale-out DataOntap. Besides supporting a unified namespace and scale-out, it was advertised as supporting files striped across multiple filers in order deliver high bandwidth, high performance file access. Is the purchase of Engenio an indication that the scale-out version of DataOntap V8.? (based on the prior acquisition of Spinnaker) is unable to deliver the performance and features that have been promised?

Excellent to learn that Engenio line will be able to Snapmirror and SnapVault replicate to the other NetApp storage since NetApp is all about integration and unified.

Moving ONTAP to a virtual machine admits Sun was correct all alone i.e. just have the storage software reside on a server so that heterogenous storage can be supported.

NetApp: it looks like the pendulum is swinging from appliance back to server-based storage.

NetApp has not had a stellar history of acquisitions. Most of the non-ONTAP oriented products it has acquired have been canned.
Hopefully, this show more promise.

I am going to be watching this develop closely. It would be a shame to see the Engenio not complimented with ONTAP features. Perhaps a specialised V-Series that can keep up with the Engenio back-end but still deliver the much loved feature-set we have with the FAS series today. Perhaps even compliment it with FastCache?

I'm also looking forward to reading more about how the Engenio product set is going to be brought on board and how the line-up stacks up and compares against the FAS line-up. From what you've said Dave, it seems to be a similar market to where GX previously played.

I hope this goes the way of Onaro and not the way of Topio.

"Engenio is also a successful business with a great team of talented folks and an install base of 350,000 units. So much the better!"

Sounds a bit ironic as you folks won't hold any EMEA guys from Engenio :)

Just waiting for IBM buying you or kicking NTAP out of the midrange.

In a few years we'll see Engenio is another dead-ridden horse of NTAP like Spinnaker and Decru before.


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