Dell EMC's Goulden And Burton Discuss Software- Vs. Hardware-Defined Storage, Overlapping Storage Lines, And The Future Of Cisco In VxBlock


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Do you see a time where Dell EMC will no longer sell systems that come standard with disk?

Goulden: No, I think the disk-drive manufacturers recognize that they have to keep moving downmarket. You have these very dense flash drives, 25-GB, 100-GB drives. There’s no doubt that flash is moving from the highest [end] all the way down the food chain. [But] there’s a place in cold and archive-oriented storage systems. So I think disk is around to stay for a long time.

Burton: But it’s at a massive scale, if you do the math, like an exabyte-scale system. I think if you save a penny a gigabyte, it’s $100 million. At a ridiculous scale, disk is still by far and away [less expensive]. Look, the big web scale guys could do it themselves and get the absolute minimal cost for that scale. It all adds up.




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