Articles about Bluearc

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Filer funfest: HDS buffs up its VSP product on four fronts at once

HDS has added native NAS, VVOLs, analytics and cloud tiering to its big iron VSP G-series array. The company has an all-flash F series version of the VSP, plus a new all-flash HFS A series product HDS has had a separate BlueArc-based NAS product for some time. The HNAS 4000 series offers between two and eight nodes and its …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2016
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Nimble CEO: When it comes to all-flash stars, there can be only... six

Comment Nimble Storage CEO Suresh Vasudevan told an investor conference he expects six all-flash array (AFA) suppliers to dominate the business, with Dell/EMC, HP and IBM being three of them. Vasudevan was talking at an analysts’ meeting, presenting multiple financial facets of his post-IPO company. Attendee Stifel MD Aaron Rakers …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2015
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How much? Imation buys Connected Data for $7.5m. No, really

Imation has bought Geoff Barrall’s Connected Data startup for just $7.5m, and finally appointed a new, although interim, CEO. The Clinton Group is the activist investor now in control of Imation’s board and it’s appointed board director Bob Fernander, a Clinton nominee, as interim CEO. He was interim president. Another Clinton …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015
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Peaxy offers a vision of the future – and it’s a silo-melding data lake

Data management and storing startup Peaxy aims to provide a Big Data analytics tool that locates and gives you access to data where ever it is. Well, okay, that all seems a bit of a yawn. We’ve all experienced file virtualisation software, that moves files around storage locations leaving stubs behind. Did someone mention …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2015

Healthy Drobo set free by Connected Data to go it alone

Drobo, maker of simple-to-use personal data storage robots which you populate yourself with disk drives, is being spun-out by owner Connected Data, with an investment group buying the business. The firm was originally called Data Robotics but changed its name in 2011 to the name of its Drobo* product, which amassed a large and …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2015
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SFX studio uses Avere turbocharger to accelerate Isilon rocket

Comment Who would think a rocket needs a turbocharger? Yet data access from Isilon filers is being accelerated by front-end Avere FXT devices in a movie special effects rendering environment. Avere has previous in the SFX industry, having been used to render effects for the film Gravity, accelerating hardware-accelerated BlueArc …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2015
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Imation rolls out the Barrall

Imation has recruited BlueArc and Drobo founder Dr. Geoff Barrall to its board. Barrall has an impressive storage, having founded BlueArc, a hardware-accelerated filer startup which was bought by HDS. Subsequently he was the founder and CEO of Data Robotics, the startup which produced the Drobo (Data Storage Robot), a CTO and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2014

Dedupe-dedupe, dedupe-dedupe-dedupe: Flashy clients crowd around Permabit diamond

Putative OEM deduplication technology supplier Permabit could be about to land some clients, if a recent analyst's note is anything to go by. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers sent a note around about private talks with Permabit CEO Tom Cook and what's happening with its Albireo deduplication technology - background here. HDS …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2013

Can't get enough of flashy upstarts, can you, WD? Firm pays $685m for Virident

Western Digital has bought PCIe flash array supplier and startup Virident for $685m in cash and given it to its HGST subsidiary to add to its stable of flash businesses. Virident got itself a new CEO, Mike Gustafson, on 19 September last year. From hire to sale in 12 months is pretty damn good. Virident's board and backers …
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2013
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HDS gives HUS a flashy boost, polishes NAS platters too

HDS has bumped up the power of its mid-range HUS VM array with an all-flash box, added new UCP flavours and bumped up the power of its disk-based HUS and Hitachi NAS Platform arrays. All-flash HUS VM HDS's HUS VM is the upper-end version of its Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) array with top-end VSP array micro-code added. The …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2013

Beam us up! Upstart's Transporter whisks small biz from cloud madness

Connected Data has launched its cloud-free Transporter storage box in Europe. A second-generation version is due to go on sale in the US. The upstart hardware maker, which yesterday announced a merger with file storage firm Drobo, is betting that not everyone is keen on doing backup and storage over a distributed network owned …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2013
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Honey, I BLEW UP the International SPACE STATION - in full 3D

A few years ago the idea of accelerating a BlueArc filer would have seemed bizarre; it's got its own hardware acceleration. But now media special effects processing can be so mind-blowingly intensive that the hardware accelerated filer itself needs accelerating. The case that's illustrating this point is the new George Clooney …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2013
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Virident tempts EMC flash boss over, creeps up on Fusion-io

Server flash card upstart Virident has recruited Ken Grohe, EMC's flash business general manager, to run its worldwide customer operations, while it strengthens its position against flash supremos Fusion-io The recruitment is open for anyone to see on Grohe's LinkedIn page. Concurrent with Grohe's hire, Virident, which used to …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013
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Gridstore does classic founder-to-CTO jive

Scale-out filer storage start-up Gridstore's founder is shuffling sideways to the CTO spot as his firm recruits a new CEO. Gridstore was founded by its previous CEO, Kelly Murphy, and its chairman is Geoff Barrall of Drobo and BlueArc fame. Now, Murphy has stepped back to the chief technology officer role and brought aboard …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2013
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HDS CTO: Man, I could just throttle our array... er, in a good way

Hitachi Data Systems has bunged primary deduplication into its network-attached storage (HNAS) kit and Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) mid-range array. That's according to the company's chief technology officer Hu Yoshida. HNAS is the hardware-accelerated filer HDS obtained when it bought BlueArc; the system relies on programmable …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2013
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Behold: Ten storage chieftains whose products hold humanity's data

Who are the ten most influential storage bosses? It should be an easy list to make but what do we mean by influential and should they be currently in post? "Influential" means more than that just "our customers have bought boatloads of our kit!" An influential company's competitors have had to react to its products and strategy …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2013
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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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Barrall, beam me up: 'Private cloud' biz builds Transporter device

Data Robotics (Drobo) and BlueArc founder Geoff Barrall's new small biz Connected Data has revealed itself after gaining $6m in A-round funding and cash from a Kickstarter launch. Connected Data's product is the Transporter, a 2.5-inch disk in a small conical desktop package, which copies files to other Transporters in a …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2013
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HDS keeps filer sales ticking over, just don't mention the mid-range

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has sold quite a few file storage boxes and has kept its revenues more or less at the same level, with sales of its virtual storage platform (VSP) enterprise array growing strongly as well. Mid-range modular array sales look sad in comparison - newbie Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) just isn't hustling …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2013
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Spy romp Zero Dark Thirty: The tech behind the special effects

High capacity and fast data access is vital in the world of digital film processing, and its IT bods are always on the look out for their next speed and capacity fix. Networked storage biz Avere worked with post-production house Image Engine to feed its need for speed in rendering spy thriller Zero Dark Thirty - directed by The …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2013
Gridstore

Barrall's baby gets bundle of cash for scale-out filer tech

Grid-based scale-out filer storage startup Gridstore has landed $12.5m in funding to expand its sales channels. Gridstor, background here, provides a scale-out filer, the GS100, in a grid – a trademarked kind, called The Grid – using low-cost Atom-powered nodes and VCT (Virtual Controller Technology), which provides simpler …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2012

New CEO takes reins at Virident with $26m in the saddlebag

Looking for a flash of magic, PCIe flash start-up Virident has recruited BlueArc's ex-CEO to take the business forward, with the two co-founders looking after technology and strategy. The firm has also been given $26 million for business development in a fourth round of funding. Mike Gustafson ran BlueArc, the hardware- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2012

UK's HECToR supercomputer in 27PB MEGA-storage boost

HECToR, the Edinburgh-based supercomputer used by UK researchers to tackle science's more thorny mathematical problems, is having petabytes of disk and tape storage installed in a massive storage expansion. HECToR stands for the High End Computing Terra Scale Resource and has been built in several phases. It is a Cray-built …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2012

Permabit flashes enterprise SDK at mystery partner

Funky array startup Violin Memory is apparently adding deduplication to its memory array, and it could be licensing Permabit's Albireo technology to do it. Deduplication software technology supplier Permabit has developed its Albireo software to work on flash arrays: enterprise flash arrays to be precise. The "Albireo Software …
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2012
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HUS dual-controller array muscles into the mid-range

Not your average dual-controller array: that's the conclusion after a canter through HDS's new HDS Unified Storage (HUS) 100 series array controller architecture. There are three different controllers in the series for block access and two for file access – NAS heads. Both types use non-commodity hardware. For block access …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2012
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A history of HUS: HDS's file-development hustle

Hitachi Data Storage's new unified storage – HUS – has had an involved file storage background, according to channel sources. In the post-millennium years, HDS had its AMS2000 (Hitachi model name: DF600F) mid-range block array and Essential NAS (eNAS) filer. Back in 2010/2011, our source says, Hitachi in Japan was going to …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2012
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StorSimple in swerve towards biz data

Cloud storage gateway appliance StorSimple has changed direction, replaced its marketing head, and refreshed its product line. Originally StorSimple targeted specific applications such as SharePoint and Exchange for its iSCSI-accessed 5010 and 7010 appliances. They stored the app's working set in a combined SLC flash and 10K SAS …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2012

Scality shoves sparkling file system into its RING

Scality has added a file system in the fourth major release of its object storage RING, and it is planning to add NFS heads down the road, the object storage company says. This is being driven by the unstoppable rise of unstructured data and the predominance of filesystem-based access to it. The traditional object storage cry …
Chris Mellor, 28 Mar 2012
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SGI slings out departmental filer box

SGI has produced a modular version of its InfiniteStorage product for the departmental NAS market that comes as a storage server or a JBOD. SGI's InfiniteStorage line is a set of high-end storage arrays delivered as RAID-ed arrays or simple JBODs (Just a bunch of disks). They range from the entry-level 4100 – with up to 122 …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2012
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Gridstore shafts rival Overland over a Barrall

Overland Storage has lost its guiding technology visionary, Geoff Barrall, to a stealthy startup and an exec chairman role at rival Gridstore. Gridstore produces grid-based scale-out filer storage for small and medium business (SMB). At Gridstore Barrall replaces now ex-chairman Dr Chris Horn, the co-founder of Iona Technologies …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2012

Nekkid Tech: The end of the year show

Hello again from Nekkid Tech, podcast about enterprise tech hosted by Greg Knieriemen. This week's episode finds Greg and crew in reflective mode as they consider some of the big stories of 2011. Joining him on the show are trusty sidekick Ed Saipetch of Joyent (@edsai), Louis Gray, of Google+ at Google (@LouisGray), Brad O' …
Drew Cullen, 29 Dec 2011
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Isilon on its separate scale-out reality

Comment Isilon has said it has a NetApp differentiation problem with Sunnyvale's version of scale-out filing conflicting with its own. Meanwhile it is looking appreciatively at deduplication, server flash and running apps on its S-Series. El Reg was briefed by EMC Isilon's marketing VP Sam Grocott. He said Isilon "recorded around 60 per …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2011
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Hitachi unveils roadmap for cloudy offerings

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has come up with a cloud strategy roadmap featuring three cloud tiers, but with precious little product detail fleshing out the strategy. The strategy involves BlueArc and ParaScale's scale-out file system being added to its existing storage products. It's also providing three cloud services either …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2011

IBM's unified V7000 will hook up with just about anything

IBM has added SONAS-style NAS heads to create a Storwize V7000 Unified storage array that complements, it says, both SONAS and its NetApp-sourced N-Series filers. The Storwize V7000 is a tiered mid-range block-access storage array with SAN Volume Controller (SVC) code enabling it to virtualise its storage as a single pool and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2011

Big Blue 'made a move to buy BlueArc'

Blocks and Files: HDS was prompted to buy BlueArc because IBM was making a move against the fast filer firm, or so a source says. Recall that big storage array shipper Hitachi Data Systems had a reseller agreement with BlueArc for some time, and that BlueArc uses HDS disk shelves as backing store behind its hardware-accelerated NAS heads. Then, …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2011
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Hitachi Data Systems on the acquisition trail again

Hitachi Data Systems has announced its intention to buy Shoden Data Systems. Data systems companies have to stick together, right? Shoden, a systems integration supplier to data centres, is based in South Africa and has a UK operation as well as others across sub-Saharan Africa. It has been an HDS partner for 11 years, supplying …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2011
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DataDirect embulgens arrays for big data

Big-data-bound DataDirect has upped its array game, with a faster array product plus a file system-running array, and boosted its exec roster. The existing SFA10000 array gets a faster brother, the SFA10K-X. The hardware is the same as before: 4U base boxes with 60 drives and 180TB capacity. These can be stacked in a rack to …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2011
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Sepaton recruits ex-Quantum CTO

Analysis No-tapes backup data storage company Sepaton (read it backwards) has recruited a new chief technology officer, who comes to it via Quantum and NetApp. Jeff Tofano joined Sepaton this month and runs the grandly-named Office of the CTO, in which resides Dennis Roland, who is the Director of Advanced Technology. Tofano left …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2011
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Avere menaces NetApp with accelerators

Avere says it is capturing business that would have gone to NetApp because its clustered accelerators cost less than NetApp storage upgrades, and run faster. The FXT products from Avere are called optimisers by the company, and they sit in front of filers. They use tiers of storage, including DRAM, NV-RAM, flash and 10K SAS disk …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2011
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Overland Storage preps private cloud rescue

Troubled tape and disk storage vendor Overland Storage has seen revenues drop and losses rise over its last fiscal year, but fared better in its final quarter. A clustered filer product and private cloud offering is coming, hopefully lifting Overland out of the prolonged hole it has been in. The fourth quarter (Q4 2011), ending …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2011
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Erwan Menard joins fellow HP vets at DataDirect

HPC and big data storage supplier DataDirect Networks (DDN) is gearing up for expansion, growing its operations and adding information extraction software onto its data storage platform roots. The company, the largest privately owned storage company, according to IDC, with a $200m annual revenue run rate, has just recruited …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2011
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Hitachi Data Systems gobbles BlueArc

At last. Hitachi Data Systems is buying hardware-accelerated filer supplier BlueArc for an undisclosed cash sum, leaving NetApp as the last significant man standing from the filer side of the industry and giving HDS a powerful file storage capability. An OEM relationship has been in place between HDS and BlueArc since 2006, and …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2011

Permabit goes into dedupe hyperdrive

Permabit has upped up its Albireo technology's deduplication speed by 250 per cent, reaching 400GB/sec. This is compared to the 77GB/sec recorded in late 2010. The tech company claims that its Albireo technology is the only tech suitable for deduplicating primary storage, as it has no impact on primary data access performance. …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2011
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FLASH: The Disruptening

Comment We have had a flash of insight: all the storage array vendors are going to have to face up to all-flash arrays and do something about the technology – buy, partner or build. Denial is not a strategy. Just as disk storage bifurcated into server/PC direct-attach storage (DAS) and shared networked storage (NAS and SAN), so too will …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2011
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Filer maker BlueArc refiles for IPO

Filer maker BlueArc has refiled for an IPO and wants to raise a hundred million bucks. It first filed for an IPO in 2007, looking for just over $100m, but the recession struck and market conditions stopped it. BlueArc was founded in 1998, and is on the cusp of becoming somewhat long in the tooth for a start-up. It sells …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2011
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Hitachi keen to be cloud content king

Comment Hitachi Data Systems is planning to provide a sophisticated content storage cloud infrastructure with end-to-end deduplication and local file servers accessing a content core having both archive and data discovery functions. According to information the Reg has received, HDS has a concept of a content core, composed of the …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2011
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Server flash cache deathmatch: Bring it

Comment Servers currently get flash caches as a branded supplier's retrofit or through special deals between a server supplier and an OEM source, like Fusion-io. This can't go on and server flash cache is going to become a standard fit item. Servers suffering disk storage I/O bottlenecking can now use PCI-e connected NAND caches as a …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2011
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Isilon and a question of Big Data

Interview Xiotech technology VP Rob Peglar has moved to Isilon, now an EMC business, to become chief technology officer (CTO) for the Americas. We interviewed Rob and asked him questions that reveal quite a lot about Isilon's prospects, big data, the role of flash in scale-out filers, reduplication and Isilon, and what we should think …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2011
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EMC's all-flash benediction: Turbulence ahead

Analysis A rising tide lifts all boats and the blessing EMC gave to all-flash arrays at EMC World will be gratefully seized upon by a string of established small players and start-up wannabees such as Pure Storage and SolidFire. But this tide could carry some boats into turbulent waters. Shared solid state storage has been the preserve …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2011
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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