Joerg, over at pointed to a good article by Paul Murphy about the Economics of ZFS over at ZDnet.

He is responding to another article that proposed to estimate the OLTP price/performance of various boxes, including Solaris 10/ZFS boxes, without taking into account the cost advantages of fast software RAID.

The money quote
Murphy says the

. . . ratings ignore important differentiating technology – had he bench-ti-mated his Solaris costs and performance on a ZFS/JBOD basis, Sun would have placed at the top of every grouping.

All of which suggests an important question for readers of this blog: how many of you are making the same mistake? How about your colleagues and bosses?

As I recall, it took customers almost 8 years before RAID controllers and arrays became the dominant data storage hardware choice. How long will it take to unmake that decision?

Comments welcome as always, though my moderation may be slower than usual.

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