This is an interesting position HDS are taking as thin provisioning will be able to take use of the enhanced drive capacity making the USP-V even more efficient than the DMX-4 with SATA drives.
However I do wonder whether HDS have been pushed into supporting SATA on the USP-V. I was under the impression that thin provisioning on external drives (the standard HDS line – use External SATA storage rather than configuring it within the USP itself) wasn’t going to be available in the initial release. Perhaps HDS had to support SATA in order to get best usage out of the thin provisioning option and to answer customer complaints about using thin provisioning with expensive storage.
What I’d like to see next is how HDS will now position internal versus external storage. At what point do externally connected SATA drives become more cost effective than internal ones? This announcement seems to muddy the waters from that perspective.
I imagine we will get an announcement from Hu explaining how logical it is and how it is all part of the ongoing strategy….