A few weeks ago I wrote an article on the confused line up / product alignment that I believe EMC now have with VNX and Symmetrix… I guess if I was confused about the overlap on product there, I am totally confused with the IBM story… So far we have:
- IBM DS8k
- IBM DS6k
- IBM XIV
- IBM V7000 (latest new shiny)
4 block storage products all fighting for placement. Up until recently XIV was IBM’s new shiny thing with (what appeared to be) DS8k and 6k taking a back seat where standard open systems needed block storage.
Of course – we now have V7000 out there and IBM pushing the product.
By the way – I am making no judgement call on product technology and if it is fit for purpose – just purely making the observation of a confused product line.
I think some well publicised “horses for courses” statement needs to be forthcoming from IBM so that potential customers can understand which product they should / should-not be looking to utilise.