Now don't get me wrong. I love Escient products.
I waited on the fence for many moons hoping for another reliable alternative to K., and I really want to offer it as my server of choice to my clients.
Hell I had even been playing around with MCE's for my own personal use just to learn what the "masses" are up to, but I would never sell one of these to a paying customer since something will invariably go wrong. They are really nothing more than glorified PC's running Windows afterall.
If there is one thing I can say about Escient's products its that they at least have a very long and reliable track record.
However, there is one thing I am a little sour about. (Well maybe VERY sour about)
I knew I had seen the VX600 4 TB server somewhere before but couldn't quite place it, so I showed the pdf spec sheet and pics to a friend in IT.
Almost immediately he said oh, thats just a XXXXX from XXXXXXX, and then the light bulb went off again and I said "Yeah....thats it!" When I told him Escients MSRP on this unit is $ 8,000 plus, he literally looked at me like I was a thief and said, "Are you ******* kidding me, Phil?"
This exact same unit configured with 4 TB would sell AT RETAIL for about $ 1,850.
This is what pissses many savvy customers off. There is a wealth of information out there simply found by Googling. They are not idiots. And when you get called out so to speak, they will subconsciously form the opinion that they are being gouged. Then they will feel that if the pricing on your product X is out to lunch, then maybe your entire quote is out of whack.
Honestly, regardless of whether you are wealthy or not, does anyone here think its reasonable to charge $ 8,000 for an essentially off the shelf NAS that at the normal full retail is 1/4 of Escient's price??
PS: Please dont ask me the company and model number of the unit I am referring to is. I really didnt want to open up a can of worms on this, but this has been kind of annoying me. You can probably easily come up with the answer just by carefully studying Escients specs and simple searches.
HINT: Other than an Escient logo being swapped for the real one, use the cosmetics of the case as your starting point.
Overheard at a Best Buy....
"So these in the red boxes work with red lasers and the one's in the blue boxes work with blue lasers.... Oh that makes sense. Now I understand"