Monday, May 01, 2006

Getting together

This weekend there was a fly in and chili feast at a local grass strip (MD1). A whole bunch of us flew in. As you can see there was a great variety of aircraft on the field. And although the airplanes look a lot different from each other, when you get down to the engines and instruments , we all use the same parts from the same manufacturers. Although Cessna and Piper assemble them in different ways.

So the similarity with a storage network is there, the underlying bits and pieces all come from the same vendors. Hard drives, cards and so many other parts. But each of our diagrams is a little different.

Cross referencing parts can be interesting, but next time you are negotiating with your storage vendor ask them where they get the cards I'll bet it' s Intel and Qlogic. And the Hard drives are likely to be from Seagate.

2 comments:

Mike Dechnik said...

>> Although Cessna and Piper assemble them in different ways.

I often like to think that my Cessna Cardinal is assembled a little better than my friend's Piper Archer! At least that's what I keep telling him. ;-)

I am sure that the same applies with storage arrays -- some are built better than others. But availabilty of parts and quality (and speed) of service (support) are often two key decision factors in most of my purchases, whether the purchase involves cars, planes, or storage arrays. The other critical decision factors are budget and ROI.

mike said...

Although I am a Cardinal Pilot also, I think that the Archers have fewer AD's.

I would like to think that storage users would select subsystems with the least amount of problems.

Parts availability, reliability and cost are important with planes and storage systems.