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#198 – Software-Only Storage Vendors Storage Unpacked Podcast

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With the news that VAST Data is moving to a software-only model, this week Chris and Martin debate the merits of the move, for both the vendor and customers. Does this transition for VAST represent a new move in the industry, or can we point to other companies that have already made the jump? What does a disaggregated commercial model mean for customers and how should IT teams and CIOs view the focus on software-only? We discuss all this and more in this week’s podcast.







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Timeline







* 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:00:02 – Unlock time and it snows!* 00:01:50 – What is VAST Data’s Gemini offering?* 00:03:55 – The Gemini Man – terrible film and TV series* 00:05:30 – Nasuni, Nutanix, Pure Storage, NetApp, all done software separation* 00:06:50 – Software/Hardware disaggregation is like having an ELA* 00:08:40 – Customer buying power may offer benefits to large enterprises* 00:10:45 – Many vendors never build their own hardware support organisation* 00:11:20 – Going software-only is a public cloud positioning move* 00:12:40 – Storage software vendors are offering per-hour usage models* 00:15:00 – Is VAST Data simply doing financial engineering?* 00:20:40 – Could hardware innovation stall with a focus on software?* 00:23:00 – External “controller-based” storage is stagnant – moving to cloud?* 00:25:40 – How does the software-only move affect customer decisions?00:28:30 – Could the software model result in customers paying for non-supported solutions?* 00:29:40 – More clarity is needed to understand new purchasing models* 00:34:05 – Could hardware/software disaggregation result in increased software costs?* 00:36:00 – Wrap Up







Related Podcasts & Blogs







* #105 – Introduction to VAST Data Part I* #106 – Introduction to VAST Data Part II* #170 – The End of Pure Play Storage Companies* VAST Data goes software-only – what does this mean for customers?















Copyright (c) 2016-2021 Storage Unpacked. No reproduction or re-use without permission. Podcast episode #qjdr.

With the news that VAST Data is moving to a software-only model, this week Chris and Martin debate the merits of the move, for both the vendor and customers. Does this transition for VAST represent a new move in the industry, or can we point to other companies that have already made the jump? What does a disaggregated commercial model mean for customers and how should IT teams and CIOs view the focus on software-only? We discuss all this and more in this week’s podcast.







Elapsed Time: 00:36:43







Timeline







* 00:00:00 – Intros* 00:00:02 – Unlock time and it snows!* 00:01:50 – What is VAST Data’s Gemini offering?* 00:03:55 – The Gemini Man – terrible film and TV series* 00:05:30 – Nasuni, Nutanix, Pure Storage, NetApp, all done software separation* 00:06:50 – Software/Hardware disaggregation is like having an ELA* 00:08:40 – Customer buying power may offer benefits to large enterprises* 00:10:45 – Many vendors never build their own hardware support organisation* 00:11:20 – Going software-only is a public cloud positioning move* 00:12:40 – Storage software vendors are offering per-hour usage models* 00:15:00 – Is VAST Data simply doing financial engineering?* 00:20:40 – Could hardware innovation stall with a focus on software?* 00:23:00 – External “controller-based” storage is stagnant – moving to cloud?* 00:25:40 – How does the software-only move affect customer decisions?00:28:30 – Could the software model result in customers paying for non-supported solutions?* 00:29:40 – More clarity is needed to understand new purchasing models* 00:34:05 – Could hardware/software disaggregation result in increased software costs?* 00:36:00 – Wrap Up







Related Podcasts & Blogs







* #105 – Introduction to VAST Data Part I* #106 – Introduction to VAST Data Part II* #170 – The End of Pure Play Storage Companies* VAST Data goes software-only – what does this mean for customers?















Copyright (c) 2016-2021 Storage Unpacked. No reproduction or re-use without permission. Podcast episode #qjdr.

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