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NetApp, EMC in Benchmark Brawl

Folks at Network Appliance Inc. (Nasdaq: NTAP) are accusing EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC)
of irresponsible marketing for its latest price/performance claims about its NAS system (see NAS Gateway Boosts EMC).

The NetAppers took offense at EMCs boast that its NS700 recorded a significant price/performance advantage over the entire line of NetApp NAS filers. EMC based its claims on results it achieved using the System File Server (SFS) benchmark supplied by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC).

Vendors do their own testing for SPEC, and NetApp questions the way EMC achieved its results. NetApp director of technology Keith Brown accuses EMC of using well-known testing tricks to adjust the performance of its systems, and he maintains the price/performance claims are invalid because SPEC does not verify pricing.

In the release, EMC claimed its new NAS700 system delivers a 42 to 55 percent price/performance advantage over NetApp’s systems.

“They’re embarrassing our industry,” Brown says. “That’s deception and misrepresentation of data, and it’s not good for our industry.” [Ed. note: Isn’t all marketing deception?]

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