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April 16, 2014


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Trey Layton

Well said Chad!

Cris Danci

Well worth the read. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. Everyone depending on the flash technology wave is pushing flash from a product centric viewpoint as the solution to everything. Realistically it’s not; it’s just another component that we use to design systems to meet requirements. Systems designed without other considerations other than ‘fill it will flash’ to gain performance will be short lived and in the long term AFA are likely to only like address specific use cases. This will become more apparent as we mature from application development perspective. At the moment most applications are designed around traditional programming constructs and frameworks, designed to service a limited users base and are tightly coupled - designed to run on dedicated resources (with some consideration of virtualisation and short distances (loosely coupled clusters) because of this scope. As the shift occurs with application consumption (we are already seeing this in mobile markets) it will forces development to mature and this maturity will evenly change everything. Applications will be designed on mature programming frameworks to address a large user base on a large/global scale. Applications will be designed around systems that operate on shared pooled resources and they will be highly decoupled (this is why PaaS->SaaS is the future). Such applications will have vastly different performance requirements and characteristics. Simply backending a system with a faster version of an existing component will fail miserably.


My favorite quote on the perils of simplification:

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong."
- H. L. Mencken


Chad, thank you once again for being passionate plus reasonable plus objective. Those qualities can be hard to find in IT and are exactly what our customers need and respect. Thanks also for the chuckle at the TwitPiss term.

virtual geek follower

well said! thanks for the great read Chad!


Soild. EMC is a storage portfolio company with a product for EVERY customer, not just specific workloads. Oh, and would class service and support.

John Lavallee

Thank you Chad! This emotionally charged and COMPREHENSIVE blog is greatly appreciated. For years your blogs have been a welcomed part (and cornerstone) of my technical "EMC Education" and this one is right up there with other gems you have shared over the years. Thank you for taking the time to go into such detail.


What's this vVNX you speak of? ;-)

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