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Storage Interface Throw-Down

I frankly think the current generation of IT buyers will determine the success of IT products based on user experience and well built interfaces more than ever before. 

These days it seems that the hubbub around the differences between the tech giants has died down to steady sailing. But comparing and contrasting Apple and Google has often been an entertaining subject in the past, and it occurs to me from time to time that the contrasts have increasing relevance to the storage industry. Google historically has had a lot of offerings and a lot of successes, but they have always suffered from a lack of consistent user experience across products. Today they still lack this experiential element. This is a sharp contrast to Apple, who took a "button" and amplified it into a singular thematic element of user experience. They’ve had an almost immeasurable amount of effectiveness because of it.

What does this have to do with storage? Across a huge swath of the market, from SMB to enterprise, we’re seeing an increasing number of vendors amongst the latest generations of storage offerings take this experience factor to heart, and I frankly think the current generation of IT buyers will determine the success of IT products based on user experience and well built interfaces more than ever before. In fact, I’d even suggest that “user experience” is the backseat driver in all those vendor cars racing after unified storage nirvana.

So who would I call out? Among new companies, StorSimple has created a serious interface polish throw-down. Among big companies, Dell EqualLogic has led the charge and their level of integration here is largely responsible for their SMB success. In point of fact, the Dell guys have a uniquely disciplined orientation toward this - I know from my interaction with them and my hands-on experience with some of their pre-release products, Dell often considers things unacceptable or insufficient to mention when from my perspective they've already shamed most of the competition. I'll leave the specifics out to protect the innocent, but there's more functionality in Group Manager and SANHQ than most recognize, and that power extends to other products that Dell is mashing up with EqualLogic gear. Meanwhile, IBM has some serious polish happening in their SVC and V7000 interfaces, and products like HP's scale-out NAS are showing some serious capability as well. Think I'm missing a notable example that does better than these? Vendor or customer, let me know. But if you're a vendor, you better show it off - my place or yours, I have a few U's of rack open wink

  • Premiered: 05/03/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Dell StorSimple IBM EqualLogic Storage HP interface

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