Mere microseconds after reading Claus Mikkelsen’s blog on the USP-V SPC figures, there are posts from BarryW and BarryB, doing the highlighting and dissing respectively (I almost wrote respectfully there; that would have been a funny typo). BarryB must have no real work to do other than to write his blog, looking at the size of the posts he does!
Anyway. I’m not going to comment on the results because the others have done that enough already and I don’t think the details are that relevant. I think what’s more relevant is the stance EMC are taking in not providing figures for customers on the performance of their equipment. I can’t decide whether its a case of arrogance and therefore a feeling they don’t need to provide details because as BarryB says, the customer will buy anyway, or is it because the DMX will not match up to the performance of its competitors. I think it is a mixture of both.
EMC aren’t an array vendor any more and haven’t been for a long time. OK, it is the product they’re most remembered for historically, but their reach is now so wide and deep I think Symmetrix isn’t the focus of a lot of their attentions. If it was, DMX4 would not just scale by the GB, it would have more connectivity, more cache and EMC would have been the *leader* in the implementation of technology like thin provisioning, not the also ran.
On reflection, I think EMC should provide SPC figures. If DMX is better than the others and is “Simply the Best” prove it; bragging starts to sound hollow after a while.