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A lot of back and forth tweets have taken place between a few Nutanix folks (including yours truly) and @deepStorageNet which I regret. The first bullets were fired via a DeepStorage Technology report (commissioned by Pure Storage), Exploring the True Cost of Converged vs. Hyperconverged Infrastructure: FlashStack delivers all flash performance at a cost below that of Nutanix Hybrid HCI. I feel I should have responded privately rather than in an emotional tweetstorm.

I first met Howard Marks of DeepStorage several years ago when I stopped to see him in his lab in Santa Fe, though I knew of him by reputation long before that. A smart guy with a clever wit, I was disappointed in his report. The document draws conclusions that I feel are unrealistic – though the lack of detailed information in the analysis makes it very difficult to evaluate the results. A coworker and I tried to get more detailed information, but by that time tensions were high and the atmosphere uncooperative.

A Legacy Mindset

I generated a TCO analysis of the two platforms (which you can find here) that, among other constraint assumptions on the side of FlashStack, utilizes RF3 (rather than the more economical but still extremely resilient RF2) and no data reduction (being compression & deduplication) or erasure coding efficiency. Even with these handicaps (and without considering other Nutanix capital and operating cost advantages), Nutanix Enterprise Cloud enables significant savings vs. FlashStack. So why do Howard and I come to such differing conclusions?

Read the entire article here, Pure Storage vs. Nutanix Enterise Cloud

via Steve Kaplan at ByTheBell.com

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Steve Kaplan Steve Kaplan (@ROIdude on Twitter) is Vice President of Client Strategy for Nutanix. Kaplan formerly co-founded, ran and sold two IT professional services businesses. Along with writing hundreds of articles and white papers, he has co-authored 7 books on Citrix technologies (all Official Citrix Guides) and 3 books on VMware technologies. Kaplan frequently presents on virtualization and cloud at venues across the globe. He helped pioneer the ROI methodologies used in the virtualization and has held positions on the advisory boards of several industry manufactures including Microsoft and EMC. Kaplan was both a Microsoft MVP (4 years) and VMware vExpert (7 years). Kaplan has an MBA from Northwestern and a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.

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