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Dell EqualLogic PS6210

Dell bundles data mgmt AND flash into 1.2m IOPS flashy array

Dell has produced an all-flash array within the EqualLogic environment, thinking customers need existing data management capabilities on top of flash speeds, and not a binary either-or choice. It has revved up its mid-range iSCSI SAN array with the PS6210, following on from the PS6110, a 64-bit version of the EqualLogic …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2013
Open-mouthed Burmese python

ViPR 2.0 sinks EMC's fangs DEEPER into software-defined storage

EMC has added a few sharp fangs to its ViPR product: file services; integration of ScaleIO’s block storage; support for OpenStack and therefore OpenStack-supporting arrays; native HDS array compatibility; and the ability to run on HP’s surprise commodity server hit SL4540. ViPR 2.0 completes the basic promises made by EMC about …
Chris Mellor, 07 May 2014
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OK, we're flogging a disk array, but cut us open and we bleed TAPE – SpectraLogic

Tape library supplier SpectraLogic has quietly added a spinning rust product to its archive portfolio: the nTier Verde array. Hmm. Tape-based data protection vendors like Overland Storage and Quantum have gone into the disk array business to offset declining tape revenues. And results have varied: financial impact has been …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2013

Symantec, Violin in no-strings fling for flash array software

Violin Memory has added data management software to its flash memory arrays by partnering with Symantec. It hopes this will pit the memory biz against rival deduping all-flash array startups. Networked-all-flash arrays from Violin Memory run application software faster than situations where the data is stored on networked disk …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2012

Mutant array upstarts feast on EMC, NetApp's leavings

Mainstream storage vendors have a potentially huge blind spot in their product strategy and hybrid array startups are now eating away at their customer base. Nimble Storage, Tegile and Tintri, specifically, appear to be benefiting at the expense of mainstream storage giants EMC and NetApp. When the storage array mainstream met …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2013
A bigger splash - Hockney painring

SPLASSHH! Tech giant IBM DIVE-BOMBS into all-flash array pool

Splash! IBM has launched its first in-house all-flash array, one of the fruits of its billion-dollar flash storage investment. The FlashSystem 840 is an impressive box but what do IBM's mainstream and startup competitors, each with their own all-flash arrays, think of it? We asked them - and we also asked IBM what it thought of …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014
HP StoreSystem

HP serves up backup-array combo platter to channel diners

HP has introduced follow-on systems to the iSCSI P4500 and a channel-only pairing of a StoreServe 3PAR array with StoreOnce Backup. The firm believes both will help channel partners in the mid-range/high-end external array and purpose-built backup appliance markets. The new HP StoreVirtual products are based on ProLiant Gen8 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2013

GreenBytes goes on SME flash array gig

ZFS-using disk array storage supplier GreenBytes has set out on a flash project with its Solidarity flash array offering faster than disk performance at lower than disk cost for small and medium business. The Solidarity is a 3U rackmount, 3.5TB to 13.5TB, dual controller, iSCSI flash array, using inline and real-time …
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2012
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Two years in the making: Sneak peek at VMware's future VVOL tech

VMware says its virtual volume storage technology – which has spent two years in development – is set to erupt onto the storage array landscape next year, causing profound changes for array controllers. Virtual volumes or VVOLs provide storage for VMware virtual machines (VMs) that currently need LUN (Logical Unit Number) or …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2014
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VVOL update: Are any vendors NOT leaping into bed with VMware?

After a first look into suppliers’ widespread support for VMware's VVOL, further explorations under the VVOL bedcovers have revealed Dell, IBM, Nexenta, Nimble Storage, Tegile and Violin have also joined the VVOL train. Here’s what they say about it. Dell Bob Fine, Dell’s storage director, said Dell is enthusiastic about VVOLs …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2014
Ship in trouble

Starboard Storage goes titsup: LeftHanders to leave the building

Starboard Storage has been hit by Tango Uniform* syndrome and appears to have hit the rocks. It is currently shuttering its operation. StarboardStorage was a renovated Reldata, a startup staffed by ex-LeftHand Networks storage people who built a unified file + block hybrid storage array. It more or less put itself up for sale in …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2013
Fandango

The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware

A storage array access revolution is coming, says VMware as it releases its VVOL Virtual Volumes. These allow storage arrays to do a virtualised server's bidding and have storage pools and operations carried out in VMware virtual machine-centric ways. VMware has announced its beta programme for a forthcoming release of VMware …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2014

Backers stump up 'Amazon' $20m to fund Avere's cloud ascension

Go-faster filer front-end box startup Avere wants to be a cloud storage gateway as well and has landed $20m in fourth rounding funding to grow its sales, marketing and international ops. The public cloud back-ending of storage arrays is becoming more prominent, with NetApp extending its ONTAP software to control data access for …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2014
Storage step 5

Loved-up shared storage silos in SHOCK SPLIT!

A previously uniform shared storage architecture is splintering apart as server virtualisation, dedupe, flash and the cloud shatter the old order – giving us five steps to heaven, or hell, depending on your viewpoint. The old shared storage order was a bunch of servers linked across a network to a storage area network (SAN) or …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2014
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OK company, they've cleared. Storage firms: Reload and fire at will

This week has been a barrage of storage news: everything from biz results boasts, big firms swallowing upstarts and new deals to product releases and annexation of new territories by a newbie... Now that the dust has settled, let's have a look around and re-assess the landscape. Quantum announced a new DXi4701 deduplicating …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2014
Don Basile CEO of Violin Memory

Sceptical markets snub Violin Memory: Can the flashy biz bounce back?

Violin's IPO was a right debacle: investors judged the stock was worth a fifth less than the valuation of the bankers backing the public offering. What are they seeing that the bankers didn't? The days of easy flash array pickings are coming to a close. Listen hard and you can hear the screeches in the wind from the iron gates …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2013

Imation posts FOURTEENTH loss-making quarter

Scalable-storage biz Imation's revenue slump continues while management continues to talk the talk about recovery, which – worryingly, for Imation – depends mainly upon storage array product developments in a brutally competitive market. The firm's revenues – and profitability – crashed as tape and optical disk media sales …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013
Fast and furious combat

How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013

Flash dramas abounded in 2013, from triumphant IPOs, disastrous IPO after-effects, profound strategy changes, and firms crashing out in flames. Two CEOs went. Two companies crashed. Several were bought. All in all it was a hell of a year. Let's start with all-flash arrays. All-flash arrays Here's where a lot of the flash …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014
cloud

Dot Hill punts array of disk arrays

Dot Hill is adding iSCSI RAID storage offerings to its small-form factor 2.5-inch disk array product line, as well as three new products to its mainstream 2000 series disk arrays. The 2322 iSCSI SAN array uses 2.5-inch disk drives, while the 2532 DAS host-SAS array, 2332 iSCSI, and 2732 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel SAN arrays use 3.5- …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2009
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REVEALED: IBM's new DS3000-killing Storwise storage beast

IBM has an entry-level Storwize V3700 array coming that, we are told, effectively replaces the existing DS3500 array. IBM's Storwize V7000 is a new array with SVC SAN virtualisation capability, an XIV-style GUI and enterprise-class features (background here.) The DS3500 is a low-end array that is part of the DS8000-DS6000- …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2012
Dan Crain

Whiptail CEO: Big Blue's flashy BEELLION doesn't faze us

Undaunted by IBM's billion dollar investment in flash, all-flash array startup Whiptail is banking on new investor SanDisk, says Whiptail CEO Dan Crain. Whiptail's plans also include introducing 3D chips into its arraysand developing "revolutionary" array software and management products. It has no intention of entering the …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013

Rivals tout antidotes to EMC's ViPR bite

How do you avoid a snakebite from the ViPR that EMC has let loose in the storage jungle? El Reg storage desk has spoken to some of its competitors about their "software-defined" antidotes. ViPR is a layer of storage virtualisation software that separates upper-level storage management functions (which EMC calls the "storage …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2013
The Register breaking news

Investors fight off rivals to stuff money in Nexenta's pockets

It seems software-defined storage is the storage world's "cloud", and Nexenta is bang on trend. The ZFS storage array software firm's CEO, Evan Powell, is now stepping aside to become chief strategy officer in the wake of a fourth funding round of $24m, and investors must be hoping the appointment of a seasoned CEO will take the …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2013
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Dell blades up EqualLogic storage arrays

Dell is previewing a new blade server implantation of its EqualLogic storage arrays that will slide into its M1000e blade enclosures and offer customers and all-blade server, storage, and switch option, while at the same time not many compromises on performance or density. The EqualLogic PS-M4110 blade array takes up two half- …

Dell speeds EqualLogic arrays: Stuff spindles, let's add some flash

Spindles are clearly not speedy enough, as Dell is adding flash to two mid-range EqualLogic arrays to speed up VDI, data warehousing and OLTP data access. The EquaLogic arrays provide iSCSI data access for medium and large enterprises and come in four varieties: PS4100 entry-level PS6100 mid-range PS6500 virtualised and scale …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012

Tegile adds dash of disk to flash, hopes to taste cash

Tegile has tossed out two more flash-boosted storage arrays into the market, chasing the hybrid dream that flash and disk is better than flash alone because you get cheap capacity and solid state speed. Its first hybrid array product, the Zebi HA2100 was announced in June, with DRAM and flash used as a 2-tier cache atop a …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2012

NetApp: Flash as a STORAGE tier? You must be joking

Completing its array-to-the-server flash vision, NetApp is rolling out server flash caching software, reselling Fusion-io server flash cards, and validating seven third-party server flash products with its ONTAP arrays. The company emphatically disagrees with flash as a storage tier, saying it is both simpler and more efficient …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012
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EMC rolls new VMAX bundle for cloud pushers

It just sits there and rakes in money for you as users get provisioned, use the space and get billed: that's the message EMC is pushing to cloud service providers with a new VMAX bundle of array, software and services. VMAX SP – for service providers – is a VMAX array packaged with software and services at four levels to help …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2012

EMC denies big server biz plans ... but IS building servers

EMC has always maintained that it is not is in the server business, but now it is developing servers – albeit to go into its arrays and run application software inside VM containers. At EMC World in Las Vegas, the company once again strongly refuted suggestions that it was entering the general server business. In fact, it is …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2012

Flashing upstarts tempt tech titans' throbbing disks

Should mainstream disk array vendors buy the flash startups, which are going to take their lunch money, now or later? Spend time with Kaminario, Nimble Storage, Pure Storage, SolidFire and Violin Memory, drink the Kool-Aid, hear them talk the talk and see them walk the walk. You'll think to yourself: "This is solid stuff, pure …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2011

Pure pushes flash stash, mocks spinning disk with YouTube gag

Pure Storage is pushing the idea that its deduped flash array is cheaper than tier one enterprise disk array storage but miles faster and more reliable. The start-up has been engaged in a prolonged, two-year beta trial for its flash array technology and has just announced general availability of its first product: the Flash …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2012

Replication 101: How to make quick copies of your data

In art, a replicas does not have the same value as an original. But in computing, replicas are as perfect as the original if done fast enough. In a virtualised data centre where resources scale up and down according to demand, the failure of a storage array can drastically hinder responsiveness. Replication can protect you …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2011
The Register breaking news

Merciless Cloud will slay storage arrays - Nasuni chief

Nasuni has a message for enterprise storage vendors: Your days are numbered. Nasuni CEO and co-founder Andres Rodriguez has said that enterprise data centres with enterprise storage arrays are going to be hollowed out. Hot primary data will go into local flash storage, he says. Everything else – the not-so-hot, the nearline and …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2012
cloud

Is Auto-tiering storage really as good as it sounds?

Storage arrays are getting so good at managing data that they can now move it between different types of drives in the array so you don't store low-value data on expensive drives. Is it really as easy as this? Let's suppose that you yourself are running this part of a hypothetical block-access drive array's operation. You can …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2011
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EMC redefines its flash future

EMC is starting to bet its primary data farm on flash, announcing multi-level cell flash SSDs for its arrays, all-flash arrays and, in a surprise move, server-side flash integrated with array side flash, code-named Project Lightning. The company has already shipped all-flash arrays to customers who requested such customised …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2011
channel

NexGen boss: If solid hardness isn't stuck into PCIe - forget it

Using flash memory, deduplication and predictable performance the iSCSI array has been reinvented by the founders of LeftHand Networks in the shape of NexGen Storage's n5. LeftHand Networks was acquired by HP and is now the HP P4000 line. It competes with Dell's EqualLogic iSCSI arrays, and NexGen is squaring up to both of them …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2012
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EMC cloud weds big data in temporary temple in Vegas

EMC is seeing the cloud IT trend meet big data and be a marriage made in heaven for a storage supplier with a server virtualisation business. Let the good times roll. The cloud is, from a storage array supplier point of view, just an extension of business as usual. It's networked storage with multi-tenancy and WAN optimisation …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2011
channel

Texan lone star Dell lassoes storage into servers

Texans have a certain swagger, and today in the Austin Convention Centre it was Dell's turn to sashay onto the stage. EMC World, Symantec Vision, Dell World, NetApp Insight - the single-vendor trade shows give corporates a catwalk on which to strut their stuff, and Michael Dell strode out to walk the walk and talk the talk as …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2011
channel

When Oracle bought Pillar for £zilch

It was a telling omission when Oracle introduced a storage guy to talk about why Pillar Data was such a great acquisition. It wasn't Mike Workman, Pillar's CEO and founder, but Phil Bullinger, Oracle's SVP for Disk Storage. Contrast that with Dell parading Phil Soran, Compellent's CEO, when it bought that company, or HP showing …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2011
channel

Dell's storage vision: From reseller to innovator

Having bought storage technologies and companies to gain entry into new storage categories, Dell is now rolling out a unified storage architectural vision embracing file systems added to every storage offering, and Ocarina-deduplication everywhere. Compellent's fluid data idea is being applied across Dell's storage portfolio …
Chris Mellor, 28 Mar 2011

Citrix XenServer 6.1 fires live VMs from cannon across servers

Citrix Systems is still in the server virtualization hypervisor racket, although it doesn't make as much noise about it as it used to. The company has released XenServer 6.1 with a bunch of new features that make it competitive with VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V, which is good for existing Xen customers but probably will not …
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HP scores SMB storage hat-trick

HP is improving its small and medium business data protection with better snapshot, virtual tape library and physical tape products. Its LeftHand Networks P4000 small/medium business (SMB) storage area network (SAN) products will get application-integrated snapshots. The array software uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services ( …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2009

Storage vendors are in VMware beauty contest

VMware has come up with new vStorage APIs in vSphere 4.1 that improve storage array's abilities to store lots of virtual machines (VM), copy them, and help move them; great for VMware users; potentially terrible for some array vendors. Maritz' developers seem to have modelled much of the new vStorage properties on pioneering …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2010
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EMC exec flags up FAST 2 and FCoE

EMC's eagerly-awaited FAST 2 automated data movement is coming to CLARiiON and Celerra arrays today, together with FCoE and improved VMware vCenter integration. CMO Jeremy Burton mentioned these things at Everything Channel's XChange Conference yesterday, also saying CLARiiON and Celerra arrays had more than 60 integration …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2010
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Compellent extends tiering to SAS

Compellent is adding SAS disk tiers to its SAN and protecting against double drive failures with RAID 6. Storage Center 5.0 is a major evolutionary release of Compellent's array software. It adds facilities to work better with virtual servers, short-cut the initiation of a replicated disaster recovery site, simplify data …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2010
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Dell's dedupe story still unfolding

Dell's spreading of Ocarina dedupe goodness across its storage platforms has to overcome several obstacles, none of which are show-stoppers. Ocarina deduplicates files – or more accurately, optimises and compresses files – and is content-aware so that it can work its specific magic on JPEGs and cast different spells on PACS …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2011
cloud

EMC puts future on FAST forward

EMC is heading towards a FAST future, with transparent and automated data movement between NAND flash and spinning disk in its drive arrays. In a Tech Talk yesterday - reported by Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers - Barry Burke, Symmetrix chief strategy officer, said that FAST (Fully-Automated Storage Tiering) will be …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2009
cloud

Symantec gives 3PAR helping hand

It turns out 3PAR needed a bit of help to get its fat-to-thin process working properly. The latest T-class InServ storage array has clever hardware that turns an incoming fat volume into a thin one. This means that if you migrate a storage volume from some other array that does not have thin provisioning - a fat volume - then it …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2008
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3PAR partially makes its mind-up on SSD

3PAR is going to add tier zero solid state drive (SSD) storage to its arrays. Its InServe array software can use it now. The move means all tier one and two storage array suppliers have added SSD storage to their road maps. Craig Nunes, 3PAR's marketing VP, says 3PAR has either Fibre Channel (4Gbit/s) or SATA drives in InServ …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2008
channel

Data Domain sticks neck out on deduping

Can block-level access storage area network data be deduplicated? Data Domain thinks so, but nobody else does. The company also reckons deduping data on solid state drives will solve the SSD price problem. Deduplication is the removal of repeated data patterns in files to drastically shrink the space they occupy; it is used …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2009