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NetApp [Sep. 12th, 2003|02:39 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I've been dealing with NetApp the past week or so, trying to get a good price out of them.

If anybody knows what we should be paying for 1TB of SCSI storage (before RAID) with gigabit and super high-availability, let me know. (we were looking at a FAS250)

I'd like to avoid building something ourselves, but we could always just do Linux+FC+EVMS+journal on NVRAM, and have a device that's pretty much a NetApp.

However, I'd like to think there's some really cool storage vendor out there I'm not aware of.

I get a weird feeling from NetApp that their prices are so flexible that we're probably getting screwed. (as opposed to Silicon Mechanics, who tells you how much every little piece costs.)

Dell PowerVaults are super cheap, but they run Windows, and that's incredibly scary.

Suggestions? Email me privately if you'd rather not post here.

[User Picture]From: dym
2003-09-12 02:37 pm (UTC)

cool storage vendor

My friend has started DataBrix. He's cool.
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[User Picture]From: matte
2003-09-12 04:05 pm (UTC)

Re: cool storage vendor

wow...that does not look bad at all
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[User Picture]From: dina
2003-09-12 02:53 pm (UTC)

If anybody knows what we should be paying for 1TB of SCSI storage (before RAID) with gigabit and sup

I say $10,000!

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[User Picture]From: scsi
2003-09-12 03:17 pm (UTC)

Re: If anybody knows what we should be paying for 1TB of SCSI storage (before RAID) with gigabit and

At that price, i'll take 2!
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[User Picture]From: yiyi
2003-09-12 03:17 pm (UTC)
talk to jeff. he used to work for some company doing network storage stuffz. i forget the name of the company.
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[User Picture]From: greg
2003-09-12 03:55 pm (UTC)
I dealt with NetApp back in the day and yes, there is a LOT of room in their pricing. It's been a while since I've dealt with them so unfortunately I can't help out with specific pricing information.

But the basic game plan is, take whatever price you've negeotiate with them, there's probably about another 15% to 20% room that you can still play with. All of it depends on the Sales guy that you're dealing with.
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[User Picture]From: nolegs
2003-09-12 04:57 pm (UTC)
Support your local biker gang that hijacks semi-trucks. The prices are excellent.
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[User Picture]From: greg
2003-09-12 06:52 pm (UTC)
LMAO. let a brotha know!! I'm all for the "gray" market.
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[User Picture]From: hfx_ben
2003-09-12 06:58 pm (UTC)
Dell should want to /give/ you the gear ... for PR value.
Disappointed that they've put themselves into that corner.
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From: demo
2003-09-12 07:40 pm (UTC) I interviewed with them 6months ago and are based in north seattle (queen anne). They do a distributed network filesystem aimed and high capacity and throughput. I think thier main focus is for steaming media. unless things have changed the nodes are all ide based and the custom filesystem is built on top of freebsd. Its probably overkill for whatever you are doing ;)

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From: sheehan
2003-09-13 05:40 pm (UTC)

useless trivia

they're located on the 5th floor of the building i work in... i think a common ex-classmate (i merely recognized him) of ours works/worked there...

that's all i know though :P

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