I don't normally pay a whole lot of attention to the stock markets. That is just way too stressful these days. I don't really need to know just how many more years (decades) I am going to have to work before I can retire. And since virtually everybody reading this is probably in the same boat, I am guessing that the same holds true for the rest of you too.
Nevertheless, I am going to quickly point out the different market fortunes of two key players in the deduplication market today.
1) Quantum. Up 35% as of the time this was written.
2) Data Domain. Down 30% as of the time this was written.
And no Mr. Slootman, it is not because we are giving away boxes for free. We don't have to. Welcome to the world of competition.
And lest anybody take that as malice, I can assure you it is not. I sincerely hope the good folks over at Data Domain relish the competition as much as we do. It will improve the breed, and it will make for better technologies and better solutions for everybody. At the end of the day, everybody in the backup and recovery business wins because of this.