Have the Mainstream Storage Vendors taken their eye off the ball?

Mainstream storage vendors have a potentially significant issue with their product strategy and the hybrid array new boys are now chipping away at their client base. Nimble Storage, specifically, appear to be benefiting at the expense of mainstream storage goliaths EMC and NetApp. When the storage array mainstream vendors discovered flash technology they did one of several things. EMC shoved Solid state disks into their arrays. NetApp added flash cache to their arrays so that data access requests to hot data took less time. Neither of these strategies required a rewrite of the array’s underlying O/S. The other strategy was...

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