Favourite Product of 2010 that Never Was…

With everyone announcing best-of type choices for 2010 I thought I’d take a slightly less serious approach and announce my favourite product of 2010 that never was – a product so cool that either no-one but me thought of it, or more likely, it somehow doesn’t stack up technically or cost-wise.

One day last week I had conversations with storage admins from two different companies, one having just moved to XIV (a distributed-cache storage grid) was saying how impressed they were with how easy it was to manage, and the other having just purchased an entirely different, SMB-style, storage technology noting that the extra steps involved in setting up and provisioning that particular technology hadn’t been clear to them when they made their purchase.

So I figure, what the world really needed in 2010 was a junior XIV – something to bring the following standard XIV features to the SMB space or the corporate branch-office (i.e. down below the current XIV entry point of 27TB):

  • Extreme ease of use
  • High performance
  • Enterprise-class fault tolerance and rapid rebuild
  • FC & iSCSI included
  • Redirect on Write Snapshots, writeable snaps and snap restoration included
  • Async (Snap) & Sync replication included
  • Thin Provisioning included

XIV has had a big year in 2010 and we are up well over 100 systems installed in Australia/New Zealand, but sometimes I still think that it’s too easy to cling to the traditional approaches and forget how revolutionary XIV really is.

Smarter folks than I can no doubt explain why the following two products don’t quite make sense (I can maybe think of a few reasons myself) but they remain my two fantasy prototypes of FAVOURITE PRODUCT OF 2010 THAT NEVER WAS…

IBM XIV BladeCenter Distributed-cache Grid THAT NEVER WAS – Option 1:

From 4TB to 12TB of tier1 storage


IBM XIV BladeCenter Distributed-cache Grid THAT NEVER WAS – Option 2:

A one-size 12TB tier1 storage appliance

The only question that remains to be answered is whether this post is as genuinely insubstantial as it makes out or if it’s really a cunning operation mincemeat or pre-announcement double-bluff designed to throw competitors off the XIV BladeCenter scent : )

From Wikipedia:

“The Man Who Never Was is a nonfiction 1953 book by Ewen Montagu and a 1956 (Copyright 1955) World War II war film, based on the book and dramatizing actual events. It is about Operation ‘Mincemeat’, a 1943 British Intelligence plan to deceive the Axis powers into thinking Operation ‘Husky’, the Allied invasion of Sicily, would take place elsewhere.Operation ‘Mincemeat’ involved the acquisition and dressing up of a human cadaver as a ‘Major William Martin, R.M.’ and putting it into the sea near Huelva, Spain. Attached to the corpse was a brief-case containing fake letters falsely stating that the Allied attack would be against Sardinia and Greece rather than Sicily, the actual point of invasion. When the body was found, the Spanish Intelligence Service passed copies of the papers to the German Intelligence Service which passed them on to their High Command. The ruse was so successful that the Germans still believed that Sardinia and Greece were the intended objectives, weeks after the landings in Sicily had begun.”


Merry Christmas!


2 Responses

  1. The v7000 comes close. Now that it has a port of the XIV GUI, I’d take a serious look at it.

    Sometimes storage vendors don’t realize that the GUI and easy of use actually is a huge criteria for a buying decision.


  2. Actualy there is something similar to XIV in concept that exists:


    It’s based on IBM HW & SW …


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