Just posted at The Register:
- EMC is releasing its low end Clariion AX4 SAS/SATA array with 3TB capacity for $8600. It ships with four 750GB SATA drives (which you and I could buy at list for $239 per unit). So, if the disk drives cost $956 (presumably far less for EMC), that means buyers of the EMC wares are paying about $7700 for a tin case, a controller/backplane, and a 4Gbps iSCSI or FC connector. Hmm.
- Dell is offering EMC’s AX4-5 with same configuration for $13,000 adding a 24/7 warranty.
- NetApp StorVault scales to 4TB at $3000 per TB.
- HP StorageWorks 12000 is $8759 for three TB.
- HDS has SMS 100 starting just under $5K for 1 TB, up to $15K for dual controller configurations.
All vendors claim that these products/price points are appropriate for the small to medium business. The information presented mentions nothing about RAID levels or actual usable capacity.
By contrast, and just for giggles, a Zetera NBOD 1u tray with spaces for 4 1TB SATA drives is $2,500. A 2u tray with space for 12 drives is $6K. You can source the drives yourself, resulting in a 4 TB array for $3816 (@$329 per 1 TB SATA) or $9928 for 12 TBs, or $827 per managed TB.
DO THE FRACKIN’ MATH.
Storage guys aren’t the only rip-off artists out there of course. Check out what Network Solutions is reportedly doing: registering any domain you search so they can sell it to you at whatever price they want. The posters suggest that we all go pile on phony domain searches to get NSI to register a lot of bogus domains for nothing. Too bad we can’t do the same with storage.