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Message Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2001 @ 18:55:57 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Raid 1 v Raid 5
From:   Neil Raden

Absolutely true. NCR and EMC disk prices are only remotely related to disk drive prices. I'm not being sarcastic, I'm stating a fact when I say that high-end storage system vendors have distanced themselves from diskdrives to create a higher perceived value for their product. They are selling storage solutions, including tons of software as well as the smart "hotels" that house the drives. It's partly a marketing ploy to keep the price of their engineered products from collapsing like JBOD's do, but there is an element of reality to it. Keep in mind, there is a lot of flexibility in the negotiated prices, too.

Besides, what's the real value of a few CD's of software? Same idea.


Neil Raden
Archer Decision Sciences, Inc.
Santa Barbara, CA

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