So EMC have had to bow to the inevitable and join the Storage Performance Council; as Chuck mentions in his reply to Chris' article, there are public agencies now mandating SPC membership for RFP submission; I am also aware that there are some large other storage users who are starting to do similar. But will we see benchmark wars and will it be a phoney war?
EMC have been selectively cherry-picking the SpecFS benchmarks for some time; they are inordinately proud with regards to their benchmarks around SMB performance and I suspect such cherry-picking will continue. Certainly, many of the other vendor's cherry-pick; for example, IBM won't submit XIV (unless something has changed) because it will crash and burn.
The configurations benchmarked are very often completely out of kilter with any real world configuration but at least any records EMC break in this area will have more relevance than someone jumping over a number of arrays on a motor-bike.
And I wonder if EMC's volte-face will fit very nicely into their current 'Breaking Records' campaign; what better way to announce your 'embracing' of a benchmark than smashing it out of sight for the time being? And if they fail to do so, I do however have it on good authority that EMC are going to submit the number of people you can fit in a Mini and array jumping as a standard to SPC.
Is it a case that we can finally beat them, so we'll join them? As NetApp continue to slowly transmogrify into EMC, I wonder if EMC are going to meet them halfway.