If you are a new visitor from Anil Gupta's blog Network Storage, welcome to Thoughtput! Hopefully you'll be back.
Anil has a great post titled Storage Vendors to Watch: Gear6, based on his experiences at SNW. Unfortunately, Gear6 couldn't be at SNW in person as we spent time focusing on the Oracle Users Group show at the same time in Vegas. See Back from Oracle Users Group for a peak at the interaction from that show.
Anil came up with the following customer qualification questions that suit our markets well. There are certainly plenty of workloads other than transaction databases that Gear6 addresses, but this is a helpful starting point.
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I found three simple questions that can quickly tell whether someone may want to investigate Gear6 product.
- Are you using transaction databases?
- Do you use NFS mounts?
- Do you have performance issues?
Gear6 product seems to be one of those products that require 10 minutes for presentation, 20 minutes for answering follow-up questions, 30 minutes for demo and then the question When do you want a unit for evaluation?
Anil's full post is worth reading, see the complete text and images here.