What was your favorite OnTap version?
This is an interesting question lately because the multiple releases of version 7 and all the patches remind many users of the updates of MS Vista. According to this article MicroSoft is letting folks downgrade to XP from Vista.
Here is an article on this new MS policy:
"While Microsoft is still pushing Vista hard, the company is quietly allowing PC makers to offer a "downgrade" option to buyers that get machines with the new operating system but want to switch to Windows XP....
"The program applies only to Windows Vista Business and Ultimate versions, and it is up to PC makers to decide how, if at all, they want to make XP available. Fujitsu has been among the most aggressive, starting last month to include an XP disc in the box with its laptops and tablets. "
So what was your favorite OnTap version? Was it stable and secure? Why not let customers choose to stay with an older version of software? Perhaps NetApp can offer older versions for a reduced price, and let the customers who want to be early adopters of new software pay more. Buggy software costs more to support, and therefore NetApp would probably like to charge more for it.
Imagine the conversation over the coffee pot between two storage managers.
Engineer 1 says, " I really liked the old stable versions of Ontap that ran on the Alpha chip systems."
Engineer 2 says, " I really like the challenge of debugging software with NetApp engineering so I just paid more to be a guinea pig testing the new software."
I wonder if a storage manager values stability more than all the new features.