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i'm so funny [Sep. 9th, 2004|03:36 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
I mailed NetApp, curious what overpriced storage hardware sells for nowadays.

My sales guy writes back almost immediately:

"What's up? How's the FAS250 running?"

I reply like a smart-ass:

"As for the FAS250, we haven't had any problems with it. Keeps on workin'. It's really proven to be a turn-key solution reducing our total cost of ownership while letting us focus on our core competencies. **cough** Sorry, I was just surfing storage vendors' websites... :)"

P.S. If you're Jon or Matt, we still love you. I'm just investigating building clusters in the future with 1U or 2U 64-bit head-units and point-to-point FC instead of local storage, since those 12/14-disk chasiseses (uh, cases) seem to be so rare.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2004-09-09 03:43 pm (UTC)

I heart NetApp

I've never had an operational failure with one, and their features and the network stack make me so, so very happy. Then again, I've never had to pay for one out of my own pocket. Have you been pleased with them? Is there a lower-cost alternative that's anywhere near as good?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-09 03:44 pm (UTC)

Re: I heart NetApp

We've had no problems with our single NetApp. I'm happy.

The salespeople are generally unbearable, though, as with all companies.
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2004-09-09 03:52 pm (UTC)
We <3 you siliconmechanicdudes!
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[User Picture]From: xaosenkosmos
2004-09-09 04:48 pm (UTC)
IA's petabox looks rather killer, though i haven't seen much on specs. We've been drooling over them a bit at work, though we think Brewster and his people are just a wee bit insane in general (then again, they're our "competition").

I'll be happy if/when we get a new 6TB solution from a certain turnkey storage vendor, enabling us to focus on our core competencies. If said vendor ever actually finds the product they want to give us at a discount, that is. Because we couldn't afford full price. Academic funding sucks.

Oh, and it'd be chasses, i think.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-09-09 04:59 pm (UTC)
Petabox isn't block-level access. Can't run a database on it.

It's more like an application-level filesystem, more like our MogileFS.
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