Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/13/xtremio_slashes_at_solidfire/

EMC tries to snuff out SolidFire before tomorrow's XtremIO-gasm

Rivals try to knock each other out with storage posers

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Storage, 13th November 2013 16:59 GMT

EMC has readied some XtremIO competitive knock-offs to help the Hopkinton storage giant's reps and channel partners dislodge rival SolidFire from their prospects’ minds.

The main knock-off points are:

XtremIO vs SolidFire

XtremIO product positioning vs SolidFire

Here are some of the embarrassing questions with which reps are prepped to grill XtremIO prospects on SolidFire:

SolidFire CEO Dave Wright had this to say about the EMC document: "[It] is just ridiculous (and inaccurate) enough that we feel like we need to respond publicly, so we're going to be putting up a blog post ... It's not fully point-by-point, because there is frankly so much crap in there we ran out of space. It's clear that EMC is really grasping at straws to try and make XtremIO look competitive."

The blog identifies the EMC community website where the anti-SolidFire doc was to be found but access has been closed off.

Wright rebuts many of the EMC points, saying indicating most of them are wrong, and concludes: "SolidFire has certainly made different design decisions in some areas (like shared-nothing vs dual-controllers), [so] there are strong advantages to the SolidFire approach in the use cases and environments we focus on. The SolidFire system leads the industry in flash density and cost-effectiveness, with a range of functionality such as Guaranteed QoS that can’t be found in any storage system." ®

Bootnote

Here are the other embarrassing questions EMC's other doc listed:

And here are pointed questions SolidFire suggests XtremIO prospects ask EMC: