I love it when vendors decide to fight out their performance claims at the Storage Performance Council. Thanks to Pq65, I have been pointed to a flock of Network Appliance benchmarks recently posted to SPC in which the vendor both presented the performance of its own box, the FAS 3040 with and without Snapshot enabled, and their competitor’s box, the EMC CX3 Model 40, with and without SnapView enabled, which NetApp apparently bought, configured and tested of its own volition and on its own dime.
EMC’s gear got clobbered, of course.
Now, here’s a question: doesn’t NetApp have to disconnect the CX3 and use it as a door stop for violating the warranty agreement on the EMC product that states that the warranty is nullified if you talk publicly about the performance of the gear without EMC’s okay? If the tables were turned, NetApp’s similar codicil would not only remove the warranty but also invalidate the software licenses on the box, prohibiting the user from connecting the FAS to a TCP/IP network.
I invite everyone to read the comparative reports and tell me what they think about dueling SPC benchmarking as a marketing ploy.
Let the revels begin.