I was talking with a friend that works for one of the Luxury SAN vendors and we were discussing EqualLogic’s success since the Dell acquisition.
Since we have known each other for ten years and are friendly competitors, we sometimes share industry insights and he was telling me that he “heard Dell was going to give away EqualLogic boxes FREE”.
At first I was speechless, then I laughed and thought…he’s right, EqualLogic is “free”.
Let me explain.
Now, of course Dell/EqualLogic sells their disk arrays at a very reasonable price but there is one benefit that you cannot put a price tag on.
It’s called FREEdom.
EqualLogic has a radically different packaging model where all the software features are included with the base system…no charge.
This “all inclusive” pricing gives customers the freedom to implement the features they need, when they need them. While most Luxury SAN vendors make you license each feature (sometimes even for different capacities), EqualLogic simply enables it…free.
No keys. No licenses.
The Frameless OS (Peer System) is free
Volume Management is free
Thin Provisioning is free
Volume Snapshot is free
Volume Cloning is free
Multi-path IO is free
Replication (box to box) is free
Call Home is free
Environment Monitoring is free
MS-Exchange Interface is free
MS-SQL Interface is free
VMWare Interface is free
…and finally, every feature added in the future…will be free.
So, is the rumor that EqualLogic is “free” true?
You bet it is, in more ways than one.