Is it me or is EMC’s marketing machine blurring the block storage products…. Should I choose Symm or VNX (clariion)??
All the hype was given around VNX recently - how it can scale big (and small) which is blurring the edge between “when do I use a Symmetrix” Vs “When do I use a VNX”. Of course – you don’t appear to have the scale out of engines that you get on a VMAX with the VNX – never the less, if you listen to the sales hype – you get told it can grow big… really really big (who knows – one day you might get more than just the initial controller pair – maybe…)
And then there is the time to market with the VNX offerings, and functionality included – arguably the adoption rate of technology within the platform is much faster than you see within the Symmetrix product line. Admittedly you do get the Rolls Royce service with Symmetrix and a high level of stability – but this is almost starting to turn into a “Risk Vs Reward” discussion – and with the ever increasing focus on cost within many organisations – it may well end up that we see a move from Symmetrix to VNX in the large enterprise space (maybe…).
I would probably help if the sales teams didn’t big up both platforms and tell us that each storage offering can do each other’s roles in life… I am half expecting EMC silos to start competitive bidding against each other within a single set of accounts – which could look very strange!
Feels a little “Austin / Leyland” to me – and I might just end up buying an Austin allegro if I am not careful (For those US Folk that don’t get this – email me and I will explain).