Dan Warmenhoven's definition of "State of the Shelf"

In a recent article on Network Appliance CEO Dan Warmenhoven, I talked about Warmenhoven's
Peter Burrows

In a recent article on Network Appliance CEO Dan Warmenhoven, I talked about Warmenhoven's "state-of-the-shelf" strategy for product development. This is the idea that NetApp relies on hardware components made by others, and combines it with its own software to differentiate the products. A reader wanted more information on this, so I pinged Dan, who was kind enough to blackberry a clarification while on vacation. Here's what he said:

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