For those of you who might be too young to remember, “Let's Make a Deal” was a television game show which aired from December 1963 until July 1976.
The show is based around deals offered to members of the audience by the host. The contestants usually had to weigh two or more unknown offers against each other and choose one. For example, the contestant might have to pick between 3 doors. Behind one door might be a new car, behind another might be a vacation to Canada and behind the third would be some undesirable prize such as a herd of goats or 100 gallons of purple paint. These undesirable items were referred to as "Zonks".
The most famous host of “Let's Make a Deal” was Monty Hall. Monty had great style and had good rapport with audience members who often wore crazy costumes to increase their chances of being selected as a contestant.
In almost every show, Monty would walk up into the audience, select a contestant and give them a choice between “What is behind curtain number one?” and “What is in the box?”. The box was carried by an attractive assistant and was usually smaller than a 2 foot cube.
Most of the time the contestant would choose the curtain over the box. I’m not sure if it was the appeal of possibly winning a water ski boat or a brand new car, or just human nature that suggests “bigger is better". But more often than not there was a Zonk waiting behind the curtain and something much more valuable, like a diamond ring or the keys to a motorhome, in the small box.
Hitachi Data Systems has just released a new small backup appliance that proves good things can come in small packages.
The Hitachi Protection Platform S1500 is an easy-to-deploy backup appliance for smaller data centers. This is a small (2U rackable) completely integrated plug-and-play server with storage solution designed for quick installation and simplified management. It can help customers improve backup operations without making radical changes to their environment by enabling them to store more data on less disk space (deduplication) and reduce operating costs by using less energy, cooling and floor space.
This SMALL box delivers BIG performance and capacity because it leverages the same powerful deduplication technology found in our large enterprise-class backup appliances.
Customers looking for a backup appliance for remote office or branch office environments would be wise to choose this small box and avoid the Zonk hidden behind the curtain labeled “EMC”.