I have seen the future of data storage and I weep for it.
A few random rants at 2am after a data migration didn’t go because I’m not willing to kill a backup process that has a hold of my mount-point.
Engineering seems to be a thing of the past. We’ve graduated to the world of “that’s good enough for launch, we’ll fix the bugs in future releases” in spades.
I’m so tired of hearing people explain to me that a solution is “good enough” or compromising technically due to cost, when we all know that a badly engineered product will suck the life and profitability out of any company.
Most vendors, and EMC is included in this generalization, have taken to solving hardware engineering problems with software. Enter the “appliance”. Consumer grade hardware thrown in with crappy software designed in some third-world country without any thought to the long term failure rates on such combination.
Poor engineers make the mistake of assuming that an overly complex solution must be better than a simple one. IBM GPFS, Sun Shared QFS, EMC Celerra MPFS are all examples of a psychotically overcomplicated solution to a very simple problem that can be solved with NFSv4 and a decent network back-end.
The more moving parts you throw at a problem, the more chances something stupid, or someone stupid, is going to foul up the mix.
And the more external vendors you buy your parts from the more your chances of having to deal with a problem that is of SOMEONE ELSE’s making, since you’ve given up control of your product and Quality is truly a thing of the past. (You’ve also made your product *WAY* more expensive than it needs to be, because you’re not supporting the margin of everyone else between you and the supplier)
And if you buy the cheapest product to do a job, remember that it’s cheap for a reason. IBM has been known to give up to 90% discounts on the XiV platform in order to compete with EMC.
90% – wow. Reminds me of the usual assumption about guys and big trucks.
If you’ve got to give that much of a discount to convince people to buy your product, then it’s not much of a product now is it.