It has already started: we are hearing from end users that Dell/EMC reps are asking owners of VNX, Compellent and other storage platforms to prematurely retire their systems and switch to the Unity storage platform.
In some instances, Dell/EMC is claiming that they will swap systems only for the cost of a premium maintenance service contract. That should tell you where the margins are.
Never designed for flash: Unity Platform
The Unity Platform is a SUSE Linux-based system that is built upon an architecture that EMC bought from Data General decades ago. The platform was never designed for flash; it’s far less efficient than modern storage arrays; and, as you know if you’re a Dell/EMC customer, carries a very expensive maintenance contract.
When you review that expensive maintenance renewal contract, do you need a few features that don’t come standard in the base price? Here comes the bill — and the increased cost of the maintenance contract. Why shoot your budget to hell with contract renewals on storage architecture that is decades old?
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