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You Should Roll Your Own Whitebox Storage

The Premise: Should you roll your own storage system?

As enterprise storage moves to commodity hardware and software, has the time come for businesses to consider building their own storage systems? In this podcast, we discuss the pros and cons of packaged enterprise storage solutions and consider how the market is changing. Many modern storage solutions, from VMware vSAN to cloud storage, are based on commodity hardware. And there are many instances where a production storage environment uses self-configured software too. But we still recommend sticking with a supported storage solution.

On-Premises for today’s roundtable:


Stephen Foskett

Jason Benedicic

Vuong Pham

Arjan Timmerman

Chris Maki

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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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