Articles about Atmos

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Tech invaders: Upstarts attack storage kingpins from all sides

Analysis The storage heartland is under attack from six armies, and each one aims to wipe out some or all of the core networked file and block arrays that form the bulk of the installed storage array base. These invading forces are exploiting weaknesses in block and file arrays centred on data access latency; expense; limitations in …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2014

Billionaire engineer Ray Dolby, 80, dies at home in San Francisco

Obit Ray Dolby, the engineer who for most of the last half century has improved our ability to record and play high-fidelity sound and who founded Dolby Labs, has passed away at his home in San Francisco after being diagnosed with acute leukemia earlier in the year. "Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary," said Kevin …
Iain Thomson, 13 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

'Air laser' tech could sniff bombs, probe atmos from afar

Military- and security-funded boffins have been trying to develop better bomb-detecting technology for many years now. Most of what they come up with has obvious defects: typically sensors either don't actually detect explosives but rather associated substances or shapes (metal detectors, X-ray systems) or they need to be very …
Lewis Page, 31 Jan 2011
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Who's that at the door, storage box flingers? It's the hard drive makers. No, they are not smiling

Analysis Hard drive makers are, metaphorically speaking, shifting from being gunsmiths to arms dealers. In other words, their customers, who take the drives and put them in boxes, better watch out. Let's take a look at where the industry is heading: Seagate acquires Xyratex and sells its ClusterStor HPC and enterprise big data arrays. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2014

EMC feels burn of declining demand for enterprise storage

EMC's share price dipped today after it revealed that fiscal Q1 profits crashed by close to a third on the back of rising operational costs and falling sales of enterprise kit. The world's largest maker of storage equipment reported sales of $5.48bn for the three months ended 31 March, with products down 3.3 per cent to $3.08bn …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2014
Joe Tucci EMC

Storage overlord EMC announces growth, plans to slash 1,000 jobs

Big storage beast EMC closed its 2013 fiscal year with impressive growth in its final quarter but sees lower growth in the future. It also announced 1,000 layoffs on the way in Q1 as it rebalances towards flash, integrated systems, mobile and cloud computing. According to EMC, the staff cuts are down to its internal rejigging to …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014

Nexenta reckons it has Edge in squeezing your object storage BLOB

Nexenta says its latest NexentaEdge software product delivers petabyte-scale block and object storage with inline deduplication. NexentaStor, the existing product, is a ZFS-based software SAN product which Nexenta partners and customers can install on commodity storage array hardware – a mainstream SAN/filer replacement product …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014
EMC ViPR block diagram

EMC's ViPR: It's genius, but not as we know it, Jim

What is EMC's ViPR about? Is it really the first all-singing and all-dancing storage management and virtualisation product EMC claims it is? ViPR is a combination of a file, block and object storage virtualisation suite and a storage management product. It is broadly similar to several other storage virtualisation products, but …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2013
Doomsday clock

Federation fracture: EMC's post-Tucci future is either SALE or SPLIT

Comment Winter has come early for EMC, with hordes of barbarian activist investors pounding at the gates as CEO Joe Tucci's long reign comes to an end. Snowdrifts are building up against the boardroom's windows, blotting out the C-suite's previous sunny vista. One immediate example of EMC's fortunes changing is the reported collapse of …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2014

Don't bother competing with ViPR, NetApp - it's not actually that relevant

Blocks and Files NetApp doesn't need to compete with EMC's all-singing all-dancing ViPR product. Why not? NetApp only has one storage array product – ONTAP – whereas EMC has an entire family of arrays, which ViPR virtualises into a single resource and delivers to server apps needing storage. Look at it like this: the EMC storage array product …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2013

EMC puts a bullet in its XAM storage access

EMC has killed its Centera XAM development, virtually signalling the end of the road for this object storage access protocol. XAM, aka the eXtensible Access Method, is an SNIA-developed and maintained initiative that was intended to become a standard way to access fixed-content storage devices, such as EMC's Centera and Atmos. …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

Strato-droids to mate in upper atmos, exchange vital juices

Flying robots can more or less do it all. They can take off, navigate, land themselves, shoot missiles at other aircraft while in flight, mow down hapless fleshies on the ground beneath, follow people about and drop leaflets. So far, though, they have not yet managed - all on their own - one of the most difficult piloting feats …
Lewis Page, 02 Jul 2010

EMC demotes VMAX into 'capacity tier'

EMC Chief Technology Officer John Roese has all-but-demoted the company's Symmetrix VMAX arrays from their position atop the company's prow, today declaring the arrays are the biggest and baddest offering in a “capacity tier” of products that possess lesser grunt than a “performance tier” of products. Speaking at the EMC Forum …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Aug 2013
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Fake tape detectors, 'from the stands' footie and UGH! Internet of Things in my set-top box

IBC 2014 At this time of year, the tech press is often focused on IFA, the massive electronics show in Berlin where many companies unveil their latest products, including smartphones, flatter, curvier TVs than ever before, and all manner of other things. Taking place a week later in Amsterdam, IBC, the International Broadcasting …
Nigel Whitfield, 24 Sep 2014
The Abyss of Hell

Holy crap! EMC gives Vatican Library 2.8PB to store manuscripts

The Vatican Library is losing its walls. Its 89,000 historic manuscripts are being made available online for access by scholars world-wide courtesy of EMC. The library, properly known as the Vatican Apostolic Library, is located in the Vatican City and is one of the oldest libraries in the world, established formally in 1475 but …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2013
Hard drives in plastic case

What's that racket? Oh my God, it's VMware's vSAN bull in the disk array shop

VMware has launched its virtual storage area network (vSAN) technology; pretty much unleashing a raging bull into a china virtual storage appliance shop and watching all the crockery racks of electronics go flying. Available now as a beta, vSAN can create a virtualised storage array that pools the disks and flash drives of a …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Blokey atmos drives women away from sci/tech

A PhD student at Stanford has published research indicating that the low numbers of women in science, maths and engineering-related fields is not caused by any gender-related tendency to be bad at hard sums. Rather, the ladies avoid these fields of endeavour simply because there are so few females already present, and because of …
Lewis Page, 03 Oct 2007
Syncplicity EE

EMC adds Syncplicity updates to its feature overload to-do list

Just when EMC wanted to proclaim an updated Syncplicity secure file sync'n'share product, it sued Pure Storage for poaching EMC staff whom it accused of taking confidential information using … yes, you guessed it … Syncplicity. The gory details are detailed in the EMC legal document which you can download from the article above …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2013

Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead

Object storage supplier Exablox has provided a file interface to its OneBlox object store, which is basically a Drobo-style BYOD store - Bring Your Own Disks. El Storage asked Sean Derrington, senior director of products at Exablox, some questions about the company. Some of the answers have been edited for brevity. El Storage: …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014

Cloud storage exempt from Ninefold's uptime boost

Australian public cloud company Ninefold is claiming new levels of reliability and availability but still runs its cloud storage service from a single data centre. The company has announced that it has taken up residence in the IC2 data centre owned by parent company Macquarie Telecom and claims placing its kit there means it is …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Oct 2012
Syncplicity EE

EMC spits out high-end offsite biz cloud after chugging down Syncplicity

Dropbox beware: Biz juggernaut EMC has launched an enterprise edition of its file sync 'n' share Syncplicity product. What this does is add an enterprise pricing layer to the acquired Syncplicity product, which provides secured file synchronisation and sharing between users' intelligent devices ranging from smartphones through …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2013
Road to SW-defined storage

Cloudfather Tucci meets with EMC clan, analysts to talk strategy

EMC and VMware held their so-called Strategic Forum - aka analysts' day - in New York yesterday with capo di Famiglia Joe Tucci setting out the overall stall and his lieutenants setting out their own strategic imperatives. We saw David Goulden for EMC - now called EMC II - and Pat Gelsinger for the cloud and software-defined- …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2013

EMC winds up new file-mover

EMC World EMC has announced a Cloud Tiering Appliance to move files from select arrays to VNX and Isilon, and from VNX to Atmos and Data Domain. It is, in effect, Rainfinity reinvented and will develop into a generalised data mover. The Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA) aids migration and it can do policy-driven file movement from NetApp …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2011
The Register breaking news

Upper-atmos ion drive dart sat launch delayed

Updated A new European satellite which will fly aerodynamically through the extreme upper reaches of the atmosphere, using ion rocket propulsion to maintain orbital speed, has been held up on the launch pad with just seconds left on the countdown. Artist's impression of the GOCE spacecraft in orbit The ion ship, buffeted by upper- …
Lewis Page, 16 Mar 2009

Cloud storage gateway firm: Selling to end users? Meh. We'll leave it to CSPs, et CTERA

A briefing from folks at cloud storage gateway upstart CTERA revealed there was more to the firm than Reg storage desk had thought. CTERA was founded by Liran Eshel and Zohar Kaufman after experience running a company in the SMB network security area and producing appliances. Eshel is CTERA’s CEO and Kaufmann its VP for research …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2014
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

Isilon OneFS snorts dedupe magic

EMC World 2013 EMC is preparing the next version of its Isilon OneFS NAS operating system, and is giving the technology a deduplication capability and support for object storage. The next version of Isilon will integrate with EMC's ambitious software-defined storage ViPR technology, along with support for APIs from Amazon S3 and Atmos, Hadoop …
Jack Clark, 08 May 2013
EMC Atmos

Old-man EMC stirs from slumber, finds a pile 'o gold under its feet

As last summer drew to a close, EMC was fast asleep in terms of sales growth. But not any more. The tech giant awoke with a jolt during the Christmas quarter to teach a lesson in how storage companies should be run. Revenues in the fourth quarter of EMC's 2012 calendar year rose to a record high: $6.03bn. A year ago they were $5 …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2013

Top dog EMC’s dilemma: Seasonal dip or long-term problem?

Comment One swallow doesn’t make a summer nor one frost a winter. Does the dramatic drop in EMC’s VMAX revenues represent a long-term change or just a product transition blip? While other parts of EMC Information Infrastructure – the non-VMware and non-Pivotal storage core of EMC’s federation – grew strongly in its first 2014 quarter, …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2014

EMC pushes out FORTY-TWO products at megalaunch

EMC has dubbed its EMC World in Las Vegas a megalaunch with some 42 product announcements. We've covered the new VMAX products announced at EMC World already. Some of the others are highlighted below. There is a VNXe 3150, the entry-level VNX array, which has quad-core processors and flash, supports up to 100 drives, and has …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2012
IDC object storage marketscape

IDC's explicit snapshot: Everyone who's anyone in object storage: In 3D

Analyst IDC has ranked object storage suppliers in a pretty 3D marketscape chart, and Cleversafe leads the pack. A marketscape chart, apparently, is a four-box diagram with wavy edges and overlapping boxes, labelled Participants, Contenders, Major Players and Leaders. It positions vendors on two axes; the upright one is …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2013
nTier Verde visual status

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
Open-mouthed Burmese python

EMC's ViPR coils itself ever tighter around firm's storage arrays

EMC is submerging its storage arrays under a layer of software, providing control and data access personalities above and beyond its own physical storage arrays, third-party arrays and commodity hardware. The ViPR data plane and control plane software product is being extended. So too is EMC’s SRM (Storage Resource Management) …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2014
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Microsoft slurps up StorSimple to boost cloud chops

Microsoft has bought out integrated cloud storage vendor StorSimple, giving Redmond some extra-special sauce to add to its Azure cloud service. StorSimple has made a good business selling appliances that use traditional hardware storage while dumping bulk data that's seldom needed off into cloud archives, then pulling it back as …
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2012
The Register breaking news

Microsoft and Amazon soar above other Clouds

Cloud storage gateway supplier Nasuni has ranked the clouds its gateway hooks up to and reckons six are good and ten are crap (our term). Nasuni ranked the cloud service providers (CSPs) in terms of performance, stability, availability and scalability, by applying a sequence of tests over time: - API Integration, to ensure that …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2011

Never mind the flash cache: EMC is flush with cash

EMC damn near sold $5bn (£3.2bn) worth of hardware, software and services in 2011's third quarter and is on track for an almost $20bn (£12.7bn) revenue haul this financial year. The happy Hopkinton, Massachusetts, firm reported revenues of $4.98bn, up 18 per cent from Q3 2010's $4.21bn, and higher than the previous quarter's $4. …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2011

EMC throws ViPR into software-defined party

If you can't beat it, eat it - that seems to be EMC's idea with the launch of ViPR, a scheme by the storage provider to gain a foothold in data centers infected with low-cost IT gear. ViPR can work as a storage controller for traditional and newer infrastructures, and also talk to older systems, EMC announced on Monday at its …
Jack Clark, 06 May 2013
VNX 5400 in Lotus F1 colours

EMC rolls out next generation of hot VNX models in Milan

EMC has introduced a vast array of new gear in Milan at its “Mega Launch” under the slogan SpeedToLead. The newest kit is targeted at private, public and hybrid clouds. What do we have so far? For private clouds, EMC previewed Project Nile, an Elastic Cloud Storage platform said to have public cloud "scale, economics and ease- …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2013
Joe Tucci EMC

EMC: 'Hardware? We stopped doing that YEARS ago'

EMC World 2013 Storage titan EMC doesn't really believe in hardware any more – the value is in the software. The company has been on a shift for the past decade to wean itself off of a dependency on proprietary gear, and has instead been pouring resources into developing clever software, EMC head honcho Joe Tucci told The Register at EMC World …
Jack Clark, 07 May 2013

Cloud rains cash for EMC: VMWare win means Tucci's team can take it easy

EMC did the business in its second calendar 2013 quarter, notching up solid gains in revenues and profits. Revenue was propped up by brisk trade in cloud virtualisation services from VMware and sales of scale-out NAS storage from its Isilon unit. The RSA and Information Intelligences groups slowed EMC down a smidge, however. …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2013

EMC says virtual arrays a sales tool, not a threat

Virtual storage arrays may become more attractive to customers, but EMC believes the pace of data growth will mean many users still need physical appliances. That’s the opinion of Chuck Hollis, EMC's Vice President and Global Marketing CTO, who told El Reg that users like virtual arrays, but aren’t using them for anything …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Aug 2012
Lotus F1 car with EMC logo

EMC inks deal to take Brit F1 racer Lotus to the clouds

EMC is providing skads of storage to Formula One wannabee winner Lotus for a chance at Grands Prix glory. F1 regulations are going to change in 2014, mandating hybrid, turbo-charged V6 engines instead of the current normally aspirated V8s. So Lotus decided it need a wholesale storage refresh to help with the changeover. The …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2013
Icelandic chasm

Did object storage come of age in 2013?

Object storage entered 2013 pretty much as a niche technology but exited the year headed towards mainstream status, with ViPR, Black Pearl and EVault leading the way. Others, though, held back. As of the year end, we saw IBM doing nothing much with objects, NetApp apparently standing still with its StorageGRID, and Dell exiting …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2014
Jeremy Burton and Project Nile prototype

Exploring our way to the source of EMC's mighty VNX Nile

Blocks and Files EMC, we have a problem. Your Project Nile has exabyte-plus capacity and is built from EMC's ViPR control/data plane software and VNX arrays. Yet, the biggest VNX is the 8000 at 4.5PB capacity, about 223 times too small. What gives? EMC COO and president David Goulden said in Milan that Project Nile will use ViPR and VNX to …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2013
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket prepared fro launch in 2002. Pic: United Launch Alliance

Object Storage: A solution in search of a problem?

Blocks and Files Generally, it seems to me that object storage is suffering from a failure to launch despite more than a dozen suppliers pushing it. Many of these same vendors seem to have their heads in the sand with regard to their place in the marketplace - they seem to ignore the fact that end-user buyers are confused about what object- …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2013

Rivals tout antidotes to EMC's ViPR bite

Comment 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

Whoosh, whiff, swiffle.. CLINK: Cleversafe chucks $50m in vault

Investors seem sold on the idea of Cleversafe's mad "terabyte-a-second" gobbling kit, so much so that the startup has received an injection of $55m to strengthen its big data and cloud-focused product and sell it more widely. The company received $31.4m in a C-round of venture capital funding just three years ago. Why does it …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2013
John Chambers at the World Economic Forum 2010

Arista wants Cisco Catalyst 6500 scalp. Price on head? $35bn

This month has been a biggie for data networking launches, with Cisco uncloaking Application Centric Infrastructure - its answer to the software defined network (SDN) - along with the new Nexus 9000 switch series. (My colleague Jack Clark has penned a fine analysis of Cisco’s ACI strategy here.) Also in November, Arista Networks …
Drew Cullen, 19 Nov 2013

VCs add Scality to give-'em-cash list: We liked it, put a RING on it

The much-derided venture capitalist can be a useful accelerant for the startup that uses the cash wisely. No matter how good your product, without the right amount of investment you won't be able to scale up product design, research and marketing to the point where you can attract the really big customers, hire the best …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2013
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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

Product round-up According to the calendar, Summer is icumen in, which means it’s time to stand in a muddy field and listen to the sonic outpourings of the latest beat combos. Personally, (Live Aid and Stevie Nicks at Red Rocks being two exceptions) I’ve yet to see an outdoor concert that held a Zippo to a good indoor event but they seem to be …
Alun Taylor, 19 Jun 2014