The Last of the Dinosaurs? — Storagebod

EMC introduced their biggest, baddest Symmetrix today. Much of the commentary was the typical “speeds and feeds” regurgitation, but Martin “Storagebod” Glassborow didn’t disappoint with his coverage. “Last of the Dinosaurs” pretty much sums up Martin’s (and my own) opinion on this announcement.

Every refresh, the VMAX just gets bigger and bigger, more spindles and more capacity. Of course EMC are not the only company guilty of the bigger is better hubris.

VMAX and the like are the ‘Big Iron’ of the storage world; they are the choice of the lazy architect, the infrastructure patterns that they support are incredibly well understood and text-book but do they really support Cloud-like infrastructures going forward?

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Stephen Foskett

Stephen Foskett is an active participant in the world of enterprise information technology, currently focusing on enterprise storage, server virtualization, networking, and cloud computing. He organizes the popular Tech Field Day event series for Gestalt IT and runs Foskett Services. A long-time voice in the storage industry, Stephen has authored numerous articles for industry publications, and is a popular presenter at industry events. He can be found online at,, and on Twitter at @SFoskett.

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