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Dear Chuck- Another great blog from you. I love the slides from Microsoft. I think this really hits home in regards to consolidation. We recently went from several of vendor X arrays to 4 of vendor "E"s arrays in our consolidation projects. Overall we have about 1.5PB of which about 1.3PB reside on our NS-480 unified arrays and our other CX hardware and the rest on DMX. While we're only about 10% of what Microsoft has, I can see that as we scale out, storage is not going away. At some point the scalability/reliability of VMAX or Tier I hardware is going to be a huge advantage as growth rates emerge. My question to you is, we the CX4-960 approaching 2PB raw, and VMAX also having the similar capacity, plus the acquisition of Isilon, it seems like, as a customer we're gearing up for exciting times. Throw in FAST, Flash Cache, and things are starting to get easier. Again, throw in Vplex and Federation gets easier. At what point does Storage Virtualization, Cloud Storage and Tier I-IV converge into something I can just sit back, relax and let the storage manage itself? Is EMC working on some secret AI that it's customers aren't aware of yet? If so, keep up the good work! I think we will get there eventually.
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