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Everything posted by mitchm3

  1. Usually one chance after the initial quote.
  2. There is nothing wrong with sharing the pricing IMO. Why? Because it helps them better understand where things should be priced down the road, or where they need to be, in other sales, with other customers. You're actually helping the vendor understand how to better price things. And always get in writing some price assurances when you need to expand or fixed maintenance. That should ALWAYS be negotiated in.
  3. Generally speaking, take MSRP, divide by half. However it can swing by upwards of even 30% more.. yes, going 80% off MSRP is possible, as a "normal," price, or as part of a competitive take out, or end of quarter or end of fiscal year price concessions. There are days I feel vendors are nothing more than used car salemen. The resellers that represent them, are crack dealers, chopping up the product, and adding in margin to pad their pockets. Of course your mileage may vary by region, city, country... Using Federal GSA pricing schedules, you can figure out some levels of discounting. Or some of the other government contract vehicles. Those docs just float around the web a bit too freely if you know how to look for them.
  4. Direct attach FC? As in, no FC switches inbetween host and SAN? Hmm... I've deployed that myself, it's been a while (Promise arrays and a nexsan array about 15yrs ago) I see if done a bit today, some AS400 and iSeries boxes with direct attached FC tape and FC DataDomain (VTL). That customer will never invest in an FC switch, no matter how hard I try. Good luck with your search! It truly is a buyers market these days.
  5. At this point, I'd just shop around. Pick your preffered vendors, DellEMC, NetApp, HPE, etc. Tell them what you want AFA, 20TB usable (with no dedupe factored in) under $40k. Tell each vendor you're looking at two other vendors. Then play a pricing game. I'm seen a Unity 350F All flash with 40+ usable TB for under 50k or so, it did 90k IOPS per it's sizing, the customer only needed about 25k IOPS. There are also capacity guarantees from various vendors where with dedupe/comp, say 3:1 or whatever.. So you would buy only 7-10TB of capacity, and it should all work and if it doesn't, they will give you the extra capacity. But like all promotions, READ THE FINE PRINT.
  6. That 15k IOP requirement could be served by a Synology array, which is cheap when compared to other "brandname," products. Even a SAS connected DAS could be engineered to do this. Do you have any other requirements like snapshots, replication, data services?
  7. HPE MSA 2042 vs NetApp E-2724

    Application data services. Whether that be SnapManager for SQL/Exchange/Oracle. Or AppSync from DellEMC. Perhaps it's the ProtectPoint features of VMAX/XtremIO to DataDomain, or HPE's similar offering from 3Par to StoreOnce. Hypervisors only care about themselves, and not the applications within. VMware can't do anything for Oracle or SQL. Nutanix cannot either. Hyper-V, nope. Sure you can use things like VADP to make a crash consistent backup. Or an IP replication technology and SRM for some site to site level failover. But that still doesn't take into account actual applications living in the VM, supported natively by hypervisor tools/api's. The ability to truncate logs, quiesce databases, flush and commit transaction from RAM to disk, etc.
  8. HPE MSA 2042 vs NetApp E-2724

    Marketing/product manager/product area sales manager would get in front of that fast. Swim lanes they call it. Why sell an MSA when 3Par has more margins and upside sales? Or this new shiny widget (nimble) that we have over hear. Don't blink, shiny! I agree, take away the data services, and an entry level MSA or Dell MD series, heck even a supermicro storage array; and then it just comes down to capacity, and IOPS. Put enough spindles/SSD with the proper controller, they all can all hit over 50k IOPS, in some cases, I've seen close to 100k stated in marketing rags. But data services, that is what makes a san a san. Otherwise, you just bought a toy. :-P
  9. WD To Acquire Tegile

    I see no light at the end of the tunnel here for Tegile customers, what little of them there are. Tegile wasn't recognized all that much by gartner, and in terms of marketshare per IDC, I think they were in the "other," category. I wish them the best. As a customer, I don't think I would invite WD to the table when considering storage decisions. In a way, they are lucky. Look at the other stuggling AFA players, hungry for deals, attacking the competition with negative info/FUD; yet deep down many of them built their business to be acquired; only to find there are not that many suitors left if any.
  10. Cisco To Acquire Springpath

    Cisco's history on acquisitions are dismal. The product will get absorbed, re-branded, reduncies in employment deduplicated; and the current sales force will not be able to sell it effectively. Their only chance at this point with competition from the likes of Nutanix and DellEMC, would be to just give it away with each UCS purchase. Enable customers to use it, perhaps sell SW support, but give the product away.
  11. HPE MSA 2042 vs NetApp E-2724

    Why not another FAS system? While I personally think NetApp storage is long in the tooth when it comes to innovation, and slow as a company to make good strategic acquisitions... Their FAS line is tried and true, solid, and most importantly, their data services are 2nd to none. And getting a 12TB usable all flash system is not a bad investment at all. You throw out performance issues, right out the door in most all cases. I've seen quotes of 20TB RAW from the big storage vendors all under $50K for all-flash.
  12. Stream DVD on NAS Server

    I usually use Handbrake to rip DVD's. It only gives me issues with Disney movies, and their copy protecion schemes. I have not tried to rip a bluray yet, and most of my BR purchases, came with a normal DVD, that I could rip. I then use the included Synology App DSVideo for playback. I have a Roku hooked up to my TV, and with the DSVideo app on the Roku, things are great to stream. Where I often run into issues is various codec, most importantly videos ripped with 5.1 audio. I have to convert them to 2.0 stereo as DSVideo doesn't support I think 5.1 DTS. Alternatively, you could uses VLC too for playback. But I really enjoy the netflix like view of DSVideo, with metadata tags across my phones and roku.
  13. Rubrik Releases Alta Discussion

    Well all can't be too bad... EMC got to keep the name Unity from NexSan. I'm sure there was a large check of money involved.
  14. Rubrik Releases Alta Discussion

    Queue lawsuit from Netapp over the name Alta... 3, 2, 1....
  15. HDD or SSHD for laptop

    I've had a number of older momentus XT hybrids, and never again, until you can put more a meaningful amount of flash in there. 8GB is not enough IMO. I'd much prefer to see at least 32GB in there, on a 1TB drive, perhaps 16GB on the 500GB, so you can maintain low costs. But 8GB gets quickly eaten up, and gains quickly lost in everyday computing. Think of it as a quasi Intel Optane like functionality, but without needing to change motherboards, chipsets etc; and the capacity is equal.
  16. When the article mentions, "term based," licenses. Does that mean, they are not owned by the customer? It's just a subscription, or OpEx model? No Perpetual license model?
  17. Noob to Storage where do I start?

    What do the 4 nodes do? Why only one FC switch? What kind of SAN and types of disk? So many questions...
  18. I too like HGST. Just grab an affordable 3-4TB drive, which seems like the sweet spot these days for cost, and be done with it.
  19. The Pentium M started around early 2002/2003, for about 5yrs. It hasn't been in production like Vista for about 10yrs. Frankly, it's time to upgrade. It doesn't even support a 64bit OS! Even going to Windows 8.1 seems like an odd choice, when 10 is out and has been solid and stable. New PC's with more clock speed, more ram, more cores can be had for under $300. It'll even come with a copy of WIndows in many cases. I'm currently using a 5yr old AMD powered system with 8GB of RAM and 6 cores, and it's plenty for my general web stuff, transcoding videos, and a run a linux VM or two as needed.
  20. SFP+ Intel X520-DA2

    Or that you have the appropriate disks to get the data out the network fast enough, or the protocol used, etc... I'm usually content when I see around 600-700MB/s on a good day, usually a Wednesday after it rains.
  21. agreed on the troubleshooting tools mentioned above. you can expand on what svchost is being called by through 3rd party means. racagent is a windows executable. which seems to have a lot of issues as evident by a quick google search. Vista is also a 10yr old OS... There is something to be said for supporting something as old as that. But I digress.
  22. USB NVME SSD storage?

    I used to be in the position to image dozens of machines a week, limited only by my workbench, which could do about 5 at a time. The best imaging performance for me was off of Isilon NAS and NetApp NAS devices, that had hundreds of spindles behind it, a lot of front end cache, over a 10GbE uplink split to a 1GbE switch.... Not exactly a fare comparison I know. But even lower end windows based file servers, that had a 15 bay DAS attached to it, could do better than any local USB drive at the time. Today's USB 3.1 SSD systems can do pretty damn good, over 300+MB/s of read speed for large block data, and when talking imaging, often we're talking sub 50GB images so that should be pretty darn quick. If you're really imaging a lot of machines, nothing can beat cache and spindle count. How about a sustained 300+MB/s across 10 machines simultaneously. That is a time saver! I used to work for a couple of different companies that did network imaging too, it was fun to deploy 50 computers in a lab and show them how fast each day I could re-image and re-profile desktops... Ah the good ole days.. Never again!
  23. Hyper-V Cluster Storage Revamp

    A company like Nimble, was created to address what the big players werent doing. Simple to setup, simple to license/all-inclusive licensing, easier maintenance, etc. Their hybrid approach was better than the incumbants. Their all-flash was more of a "me-too," to address the competition IMHO. They now have I think NAS capabilities. Much of Nimble was founded by ex NetApp and DataDomain folk. As such, I think NetApp is a fantastic NAS and is pretty hard to beat. As a SAN, I think they a second rate and more of their cool stuff (data services) is on the file side and not block side. But with NetApp, you do get a true enterprise product, that has a tremendous amount of maturity over a startup like Nimble. If going NetApp, I'd look at running Hyper-V over SMB3.0. Again, this is where I think NetApp shines, which is on file services and not over FC/iSCSI access. If Nimble, FC or iSCSI is their preferred method. So you may not need a new FC SAN, and can remove that cost, and stock with 10GbE. Veeam supports Nimble snapshots and NetApp, if that tickles your fancy. But truth be told, as cool as that sounds, it's an incredibly complex implementation that you'll troubleshoot more than you want or think you will. This goes for all snapshot, lan-free, san basd backup technologies. Man I hate that concept these days, and the grumpy unix admin's that think they need it...
  24. CDW nor SHI carry inventory. Often, they are buying from a distributor, who is often drop shipping it or it's dropped shipped from the manufacturer. You want inventory, you want to buy from a place like amazon, newegg, etc. If they don't have it, then it's probably a low volume inventory item, that is being scooped up by a large OEM like HPE, DellEMC, etc, where they buy in lots of 1000's at a time. Until production ramps up, it's anyone guess when the consumer versions will hit retailers.
  25. Large capacity HDD question

    As someone that specializes a lot in data protection and archive solutions in all sizes of company, while technically feasible, this is a very bad idea, with a lot of risk in storing this data in this manner as described. Tape would be an acceptable solution, as long as you wrote it to two copies of tapes. Then in 5yrs or so look at replacing your tape solution for a newer one. LTO is backwards compatible 2 versions back to read. e.g. LTO7 can read LTO5, and write to LTO6. So you may need to upgrade to LTO7 soon, to read those LTO5 tapes. Then in 5 or so years, go to LTO9, to be able to read LTO7 tapes. With a couple of tape migration projects inbetween. Or you have an enterprise tape library that can run multiple types of tape drives. Another solution, would be to stick that data in the cloud, and keep it in two sites, or two providers. Like a copy in Amazon and/or azure. Amazon Glacier would be about $400-500/month in today's prices for 100TB. Their snowball can help you get the data into their cloud quick. Pricing should go down over time as scale and economics work in our favor. I suggest two vendors, because who knows how this new fangled "cloud," will shake up, and who wins and loses over the next decade. If you are deadset on using hard drives, make multiple copies, and I'd probably do it across two different brands of drives. When talking 10yrs of retention, the media type is very important, for compatibility sakes, and ease of accessing said data. But just as important is the environment, that this media is stored (humidity, temp, etc). Best to look at an Iron Mountain or similar to store these. Which by the way, I'm sure Iron Mountain offers some sort of storage platform, and long term archival solution too.