Several other users voiced concern over EMC's product pricing, saying they'd like to see the company charge less for their products, including the new Vplex.
"It seems quite expensive to me," said one system administrator from the Bank of Latvia, who asked not to be named. "I'd be more interested if it were cheaper."
A base configuration of the Vplex, which is able to replicate data within the same data center, starts at $77,000.
Sahil Gupta, a development manager for WebMD, said he uses VMware in his data center, and that the Vplex could be very useful for disaster recovery and business continuity. "Being able to move data centers virtually is a great disaster recovery strategy," he said.
"I think it's huge," Guota continued. "It would be very useful for building a secondary environment and managing non-production environment and for cloning environments."
Barry Parham, CIO for the Qatar branch of Virginia Commonwealth University, said he uses VMware in his data center and uses EMC's CX-4 Clariion arrays for storage, but he said he has reservations about using a cloud infrastructure for everyday applications such as finances.
"I'm big on security," he said. "I worked in health care for five or six years and I like having personal control over my information."
Storage market analyst Jerome Wendt, president of DCIG, said what EMC is promoting with Vplex is one big caching environment, where data can be shared in multiple locations at the same time.
Wendt believes Vplex will make a big splash not only for EMC's users but in the market in general, prompting more adoption of cloud infrastructures. "This really raised the awareness level in terms of the cloud," he said.
"Are they going to make some sales form this? Absolutely. Will it benefit other [vendor] companies? Absolutely. Is this good for the storage industry as a whole? Yes," Wendt said.
Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld . Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed . His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
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