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NetApp sees IBM/Cisco VersaStack as 'huge' threat to FlexPod

Competitive intel docs leak to forums, reveal NetApp beaten by SolidFire for Cisco sale

Losing to SolidFire, Tegile trashed

Another of the documents, “Field Notes on Tegile,” dismissed the company as a “me-too” offering.

“We have done snapshots for some time and have innovated this process to now include file level snapshots via sis clones that don’t have the limitations or overhead of volume level snapshots,” writes a staffer. “We have better vCenter integration thru VSC for end-to-end management of VMware environments and integration across the VMware product stack via better VAAI support.”

A third document, “What Attracts Customers to SolidFire?” says “We had a notable loss to SolidFire at Cisco CCS where form factor was one of the main reasons.” Cisco CCS is probably Cisco Cloud Services, the Borg's cloudy services caper. The analysis suggests SolidFire is focused on service providers, but is “gaining traction with enterprise customers in recent months.”

“They come-up quite a bit, but I am not sure if they have been very successful here.”

NetApp's forums have leaked this kind of stuff for years: in 2010, in another job, your correspondent was able to access a competitive intelligence database, a confidential quoting tool, and details of CSC's NetApp sales pipeline. The leaks have dried up in recent years and I supposed NetApp had closed whatever loophole it was that allowed material clearly meant for internal eyes to reach the public.

Those holes have either not been wholly closed, or new ones have opened. Either way, for a company that prides itself on securing its customers' data the longitudinal leaks are a lousy look. ®

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