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However, EMC's new line is a nice acknowledgement that it sees that unified storage is the future, Rogers said. "To play in this space, you have to have a unified storage model," he said.
Rolf Strasheim, director of client solutions at Peak Uptime, a Tulsa, Okla.-based solution provider and long-time major NetApp partner, said it is about time EMC starts moving to catch up with NetApp.
"Unified storage is so a-decade-ago," Strasheim said. "Great. I guess if you have a propensity for EMC, it's good news. But at NetApp, unified storage is not an after-thought. It's part of their core architecture."
Customers understand the benefits of unified storage, and EMC's new VNX/VNXe release will help further show the benefits, Strasheim said. "I don't know why EMC took so long to do it," he said. "What NetApp has been doing for a decade, EMC can now do. So this is exciting news (only) for large EMC shops or existing EMC customers."