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This article is part of the Vol. 7 No. 9 November 2008 issue of Salaries rise, but storage jobs get tougher
The year of iSCSI storage--finally! it has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery--but in the IT world, acquisition trumps imitation when it comes to flattery. And acquisitions also offer a speedy shortcut to new technology without all the bother and expense of R&D. First, Dell sent ripples through the storage market by scooping up iSCSI vendor EqualLogic, and now Hewlett-Packard (HP) has followed suit by snagging its own iSCSI storage purveyor, LeftHand Networks. Of course, there's a lot more to this than flattery. It's about Dell's and HP's perception that they had gaping holes in their product portfolios and that iSCSI was just the right fit for those gaps. Dell shelled out a whopping $1.4 billion for EqualLogic while (compared to that lofty figure) HP "stole" LeftHand for a mere $360 million. In Dell's case, it likely meant a heckuva lot more than an ATM withdrawal, but mighty HP probably only had to rummage through the corporate sofa cushions to scrape up enough change for its iSCSI trophy. For those of us who write about storage, ... Access >>>
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