In a nutshell…
In real life, this shows some short-sightedness by tradesmen who are installing traffic barrier posts around the entrance to a sports bar. The obvious question is how they intend to get their van out once the concrete and grout sets.
I find a lot of shops deploying stovepipe storage hardware today — essentially boxes of disk drives with lots of “value add” software embedded on the controller of each array. They are selling “pre-integrated,” “SAN in a box,” “automatically tiering,” “one stop shop,” “one throat to choke/one hand to shake,” “self managing via thin provisioning,” storage systems. The safe play in the current do-more-with-less economy.
Reading between the lines, what this really means is “impossible to manage in a unified way once the buyer goes heterogeneous,” “difficult or impossible to scale cost effectively…or at all,” “improvement via forklift upgrade after we end of life the product a scant 18 months into your five to seven year ownership plan,” etc.
Stupid human trick? You decide.
To a one, the vendors I have talked to this week say they are developing such stuff because YOU the consumer want them to.