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Published: 29 Oct 2012

Last month and this month, we've been guilty of something I hope you never have to do: evaluating vendors' performance claims in the abstract. In our February cover story ("Inside the new Symmetrix") and this month's lead Trends story, ("Symmetrix DMX: Is it hot or not?") we've written a lot about the putative performance advantages of EMC's new Symmetrix DMX architecture, and how it compares to Hitachi Data Systems' Lightning and IBM's Shark. We did that without ever reading or writing a single bit to any of those devices. Nor did we report any data from anyone who did, outside of the vendors themselves. It's the sad truth, but a critical review of architectures on paper is the best you can do right now. Although there's a vendor-neutral performance benchmark (the Storage Performance Council's SPC-1), only IBM--of those three vendors--has seen fit, as of this writing, to report results. Perhaps HDS will. EMC hasn't even joined the Storage Performance Council. Oh, those wacky vendors--when will they learn? We're about to go through many months of claims and ... Access >>>

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