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Randy Kerns, senior strategist and analyst at Evaluator Group, said Catalogic is naturally expanding its CDM software to integrate with additional storage platforms because customers rarely have only one type of storage system. Nimble, in particular, is a good choice because it has a lot of customers, so he wasn’t surprised Catalogic launched on that instead of Primera.
Sankaran said Catalogic ECX hasn’t been missing sales opportunities because of competing CDM products, but rather because customers who tried the ECX product wished it worked on Nimble Storage.
Although it’s generally good practice to keep secondary data off primary storage, which is often more expensive, Kerns said there are many use cases where different parts of IT would want quick access to copies of data. In the end, it’s an economics argument, and it’s possible to build a strategy such that the benefits of deploying CDM on primary storage outweigh the cost.
“Practices and what really happens are disconnected,” Kerns said. “Think of the example of database admins who create multiple copies for a variety of reasons. Think of developers who want to test for the final environments. There’s no question this would be valuable.”