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If you are a regular reader of Chuck’s Blog, you probably read his comments on the VMAXe announcement. For those of you who don’t know, VMAXe is a smaller version of EMC’s high-end VMAX array, but with a couple of important differences. VMAXe doesn’t support IBM zSeries or iSeries servers and, as Chuck writes, “Astute readers will note the initial lack of SRDF support on the VMAXe.”
I would assume that EMC will ultimately offer SRDF for the VMAXe, but the initial choice to launch only with RecoverPoint for replication makes sense to us. There’s a huge installed base of CLARiiON and now VNX customers and a growing installed base of RecoverPoint customers. As customers continue to consolidate their storage, VMAXe is a logical platform. As more storage gets consolidated, concerns regarding availability and recoverability increase, which will drive additional demand for RecoverPoint.
Customers like to standardize, because it makes their operational life easier, and standardizing on data protection makes sense, because the last place you want to have added complexity is when things are going terribly wrong. RecoverPoint allows customers to standardize data protection approaches across VMAXe and VNX product lines. One of the reasons that we chose to partner with EMC generally, and RecoverPoint specifically, was their commitment to provide a standardized approach to data protection across platforms.
There are two ways to judge what is important to people: How they spend their money and how they spend their time. When Moshe Yanai first invested in Axxana, we saw it as an important endorsement of what we are doing. Moshe has been the recognized leader and visionary in the storage industry for two decades and has positively altered the strategic direction of technology giants IBM and EMC. You only have to look at the success of EMC’s Symmetrix, or Diligent and XIV, which were acquired by IBM, to understand the importance and value of Moshe. The technologies that Moshe’s companies delivered truly changed the course of not only the companies, but the storage industry itself.
Everyone has a different capacity to invest. On one end you have people like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. On the other end you have people like me. I’ll leave it to Moshe to decide whether the financial investment he made in Axxana was a big investment or a small investment. But time is different from money. Everyone has exactly the same amount of time to invest: 24 hours. So, when Moshe Yanai agreed to join the board of directors of Axxana, I think he made a huge investment. Together, we will build another great success story.