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Western Digital continues buying spree by snapping up Tegile

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Meh

Mainstream players

I question whether Tintri, Kaminario, and Infinidat count as "mainstream." AFAIK, they're still wobbling along in the second tier, in the sense that they are not really household names in the storage world. I'm on the fence about Pure: they certainly have name recognition, but it's not clear whether they can actually make a profit. As for HPE . . . they have name recognition, but does anyone actually run physical HPE arrays?

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Re: Mainstream players

Nimble sold quite well until recently. Not trying to imply they need longer sell well, I have no insight how they are doing since the acquisition. I have noticed that all the Nimble sales guys have jumped ship since then and many seem to have found a home at Cohesity and Rubrik.

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Re: Mainstream players

Well, HPE bought 3Par quite some time ago and much more recently Nimble. They had their own branded stuff that was partly provided by Hitachi (the XP product line) and apparently either re-sold or bought Left-hand at some point in the past as well.

I'd call them a mainstream player, at least.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Mainstream players

A lot of the Nimble sales guys also ended up at Nutanix,

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5x payout to investors? $900M for Tegile? Just throwing out wild numbers, eh Chris?

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Right pocket, left pocket....

Some is concerned about whether they paid $900M or more.... they and SanDisk (guess what, now WD too) were/are major investors. the money just comes back home. The cash outflow is not that much (may be just stocks, who knows) and they just snapped up a very good company and products

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Re: Right pocket, left pocket....

" they just snapped up a very good company and products "

Also, they bought Tegile.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Right pocket, left pocket....

Western Digital did not pay $900 Million. This was a asset sale to WD. Anyone who has Tegile stock options, they are worth nothing. Anyone who vested their shares will have to write it off. All current employees will retain their positions.

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HPE #2

HPE were #2 in external storage before they bought Nimble so a lot of people buy their physical arrays. I know a few Nimble people have moved to start-ups as they didn't fancy being HPE but the majority of their sales folk are now HPE. I expect a few more will drift away over time but HPE would seem firmly entrenched in that #2 slot. For all the talk of hyperconvered and cloud I suspect HPE storage will still be #2 and a >$1bn pa business in five years time.

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Angel

And to think, when I called this buy-out from the last Tegile love-in article, I got accused of working for a competitor ;-)

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Mainstream vs Niche players

I'd hardly consider Kaminario, Tintri and Infinidat as mainstream players.

With respect, none have sufficient customers, broad sales reach and comprehensive product ranges, solution sets and compatibility lists built out. They are still running on investor money to fuel their growth stage.

Pure is transitional between niche and mainstream, but have yet to prove they can enter profitability ramp commensurate with a sales ramp.

Mainstream players are definitely:

Dell EMC

NetApp

HPE

HDS

IBM still squeaks in, but is slowly exiting the business: only IBM customers buy IBM storage these days, largely upgrades, refreshes or bundled with a mainframe or P-series.

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Tegile Is a Disaster

I can tell you some of the financial details... I was an ex-employee who put my own money into Tegile stock to help the company succeed. They were purchased by Western Digital and I was sent a letter that explained there was no money to pay the stockholders anything at all, and they would not be getting any stock or compensation for the money. Basically they stole everyones money, while they still exist. Seems like white collar crime to me.

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