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Flare on XP, really?

by Administrator on August 27, 2011

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.

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cris August 29, 2011 at 12:58 am

This is really really old news…. The original CX series (CX200, CX400 and CX600) ran NT 4!!! XP came about with the CX3 and the CX4 used Windows Storage Server. The VNX is currently Windows (still storage server) but it will be deprecated for Linux variant in the near future as the platform starts to become “truly unified”.

Sadly, the conceptual view of technology is changing in the world we live in. In the next or following generations, we are likely to see generic commoditised technology everywhere, even in storage arrays. The purist view that storage should be purpose built and elegant will disappear….

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