REAL Systems Engineers Don’t Need GUIs

Today I needed a little amusement.  In an article posted on Tech Target, Beth Pariseau discusses the new upcoming NetApp System Manager (NSM). In a comment from Reinoud Reynders, IT manager for the University of Hospitals of Leuven in Belgiumin, he states:

“In general, a GUI is a sexy tool, that all vendors like to demonstrate but a “real/old fashioned” system engineer will use it not very often. For vendors, it’s very important that they have one (for pre-sales activities), but after that, the use is less important.”

Being a UNIX Administrator at heart, this made me chuckle.  But then I started thinking about ESXi and how you need the VIC (vSphere Client) to maintain and manage….I almost started crying, I’ll be forced to use a GUI to manage my own systems…but then I remembered, ESXi has a hidden console!  Whew!

Check out the award NetApp won at VMworld Europe.  This post also includes screen shots from the upcoming NetApp System Manager.


Created on March 5, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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  1. Tony
    6:46 am on March 6th, 2009

    I think you might be missing the point here (with all due respect). I think its difficult for NetApp to walk into a Windows shop looking to purchase storage and stand tall against EMC, Compellent, EQ and HP with their cheezy FilerView compared to the admin tools of other vendors. You know and I know, NetApp STORAGE is best of breed…but like Beth said, it’s just not sexy. NetApp needs to change their face a little and get away from the hardcore command-line admins and make a splash to people who can’t get past VC and Control Panel. I’m kinda looking forward to kick the tires on this new interface…you can’t tell me that you don’t like the interface changes to SnapDrive 6???

  2. Rick Scherer
    9:05 am on March 6th, 2009

    Oh I completely understand. I was just laughing at the comment the IT Manager made. I agree, NetApp does need a flashy GUI to help get its product into the SMB market. SnapDrive 6 is amazing and is light years past previous versions….and NSM will be a great tool as well.

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