I wholeheartedly agree - there's nothing technically wrong with them. They are
very solid, high performance units with great interfaces, and fantastic
But I had a very poor marketing experience with them (and I know others who
have, as well), and so I can't recommend them. The same goes with the Coraid
units - they may well be excellent units, but I (and, I am sure, many others)
find their marketing to be deceptive and insulting - and I completely refuse to
support any company attempting to tell me that an AOE switchport costs a penny
more than an iSCSI switchport, when I have both technologies in production, on
the same switching equipment.
Maybe Equilogic's marketing was changed in the Dell acquisition - in which
case, I now know what company their marketing people have moved to. :)
Sr. Systems Administrator
Atlas Networks, LLC
From: Jeff Sturm [mailto:jeff.sturm@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, July 06, 2009 6:30 PM
To: Nathan Eisenberg; xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [Xen-users] iscsi/nfs/aoe SAN storage for Xen
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> Subject: RE: [Xen-users] iscsi/nfs/aoe SAN storage for Xen
> Those are the most monstrously inflated marketing numbers I've seen since a
> rep took me out to lunch with an Equilogic rep and tried to convince me their
> would save me more money on HVAC and power than I was even spending!
There's a lot of bad marketing out there for sure--Coraid doesn't have a lock
on that by any means. There's nothing technically wrong with Equallogic units;
we have one of those too.
My advice is: Try each out for yourselves. We did exactly that. What
eventually sold me on Coraid is that they "Just Work" and I could get perhaps
10 of those for the price of a single competitor's unit. Plus they are easy to
stack for growth and reliability.
I'd be happy to share our experiences further (off list) to anyone interested.
Really though, I don't understand why AoE isn't more popular. The main
drawbacks I can tell is that it isn't a standard and has somewhat limited
driver support. But AoE works perfectly well with Linux and Xen, which are
mainly what we use today.
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