For the last few weeks I’ve been on the periphery of an engagement. Disk Extender. Not one of my favorite products but in the interests of full disclosure I have only seen it from the outside, in.
When I was working for the fake non-profit a while back, we were evaluating long-term storage. You know, the kind of thing a bank or lending institution would need to keep documentation required by the federal government.
We evaluated the usual suspects, Centerra/DX-UL, NetApp Compliance, etc.
I’m not going to tell you which one I selected, because that’s not the actual topic of this post. But the Centerra as a stand-alone device was NOT in contention because we needed to be able to drop flat-file information from various applications not Centerra-aware.
I have a suggestion for EMC.
Take the celerra, integrate the Centerra API and use it as a gateway to the Centerra. The Celerra takes the file, passes it to the Centerra via the API and allows read access like it was a “normal” share.
If you wanted to get even more creative, you could incorporate the (I can’t believe I’m suggesting this) Avalon code into it to allow for a totally intelligent tiered-storage architecture.
(not that I have any positive things to say about my experience with Avalon – wasn’t an easy install)