InformationWeek ran a cover story a few months ago that had more girth online. I will try to find the link and post it later: the story was called Storage Anonymous.
I met the author of the piece last week in DC and heard a remarkable story about how EMC became agitated by the story, seeking to correct or kill it prior to publication. The reason was simple. The author revealed that that cool OS functionality on primo priced EMC rigs, something they call FLARE, is hosted on a Windows XP kernel. Apparently, they didn’t want everyone to know that.
The company (and others) have criticized competing vendors from time to time for their use of OS kernels from Microsoft, Red Hat or BSD on their storage heads to stage their element management apps. One of my faves, DataCore Software, has frequently come under fire for hosting their Storage Hypervisor on a Windows Server OS (which I find to be a specious and silly objection — especially with Microsoft Server 2008 R2). In doing so, they neglected to note their own dependency on Windows XP, a now unsupported Microsoft product, as their kernel OS.
Among the most expensive (overpriced) hardware on the planet has XP inside. You can’t make this stuff up.