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NetApp fights HP, as EMC, IBM, 3Par fight HDS

Simon Sharwood

NetApp sure is a feisty little fella. Despite being the number five storage vendor (the latest Gartner numbers we’ve seen place it behind EMC, HP, IBM and HDS … and only just ahead of Dell) it blogs like mad and is not afraid to dish it out.This week, the company’s Missing Shade of Blue blog gets stuck right into HP over its claims to offer “unified” storage and be green.

Quite what anyone means by “unified” and “green” is, of course, up for grabs as both terms seem to mean whatever those who use them want them to mean.

But the NetApp/HP stoush is not the big battle of the week. That honour goes to the rest of the storage industry vs. HDS.

EMC employee The Storage Anarchist has a go here and alleges that HDS’ bloggers won’t post his comments.

3Par don’t bother with that kind of tactic and instead make videos in which they express their dislike for the Japanese company:

IBM’s deliciously named Barry Whyte, meanwhile, says HDS is wrong for saying no-one has some clustering features that IBM has had since Steve Jobs fell off his dinosaur and broke his wooden Newton.

HDS fires back through Michael Hay, who says EMC copies everything HDS does.

Enough of the hostility. Let’s get some love in the room, starting with this Seagate post about the power consumption of SSDs vs. conventional disks. It’s a lovely post because it links … this story that we ran!

Elsewhere, there’s also a thoughtful post about how storage careers evolve from IBM’s Inside Systems Storage blog that you can read here.

Analyst Steve Duplessie has another set of thoughts on the EMC/NetApp/Data Domain situation and Adaptec’s Storage Advisors Weblog ‘fesses up to how unimportant it is.

Backup guru W. Curtis Preston has some interesting thoughts about the “rehydration” phase of data deduplication and managed to intrigue About Restore into riffing on his ideas.

Lastly, the reliable and prolific Preston de Guise has three thoughtful posts on how to use NetWorker.