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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
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Storage upstart Coho Data decloaks from stealth, slurps $25m

Ex-stealthy startup Coho Data, developer of a “flash-tuned scale-out storage architecture designed for the private cloud that delivers unparalleled performance at public cloud capacity pricing,” has collared $25m in B-round funding. The round was led by Ignition Partners with original investor Andreesen Horowitz contributing …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 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

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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Massive Media dumps Amplidata, makes eyes at Caringo

Object storage supplier Amplidata has been replaced by fellow supplier Caringo at Massive Media, which bills itself as the world's largest social discovery site. Massive runs two social networking websites: Twoo, which was launched in 2011, and Netlog, which appears to share the same basic concept as Facebook. Between the two …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2013
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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
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Dell kills 3-year-old object storage appliance line

Exclusive Dell is closing down its DX6000 object storage appliance product line just three years after starting it up. Its OEM'd Caringo software will be available through Dell’s Digital Download Store. But there are concerns that this move will tarnish Dell's reputation as an enterprise raised-floor data centre supplier. Object storage …
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2013

Just what is Oracle going to plop out as its golden storage egg?

Analysis What's going on with Oracle storage? Besides tape, which seems to be doing fine, does the IT giant have a long-term, viable external storage array product line at all? Oracle's general hardware business is in decline. Witness the chart below showing quarterly overall sales including hardware product revenues; storage sales …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2013

SGI slips on Scality's RING, awaits flood of Big Data

Scality's object storage software is being OEMed by SGI so that it can gulp down galactic amounts of unstructured data into its storage arrays. SGI has a Modular InfiniteStorage (MIS) array that was kicked into life a year ago and offered as a JBON or a NAS server supporting NFS and CIFS. Back then we wrote: "An SGI D-Rack can …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2013

What's the way ahead for Dell storage?

Blocks+Files Where has Dell's storage business model gone awry? Dell storage has exhibited declining sales for about two years despite Dell buying some of the hottest storage startups around, like EqualLogic and Compellent. Why is this? When Dell buys companies it goes to great lengths to keep their employees and ensure their culture stays …
Chris Mellor, 10 Dec 2012

Quantum squirts object storage filler into Big Data-hungry crevice

Quantum sees object storage as a the Big Data gap filler between overly expensive dual-controller RAID disk arrays and laggardly but cheap capacity tape archive vaults. Its Lattus products use Amplidata technology and will arrive independently this year and integrated in StorNext in 2013. As the amount of data to be stored …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2012

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
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CEO bloodbath in storage land - four bigshots gone in one week

Four storage supplier chief execs have taken a hike in the past week. CEOs at Amplidata, OCZ, STEC and Virident all spun the revolving door. It's slightly scary that three of the companies are in the flash storage business; their top bosses have gone in a flash, so to speak. Here's a round up of what happened. STEC At STEC …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2012

Brains behind Kazaa and Morpheus unleash patent storm

Level3 has joined with Personalweb Technologies to lay complaints against another lengthy list of Internet companies. The defendant list can be seen at the Texas Lawyer blog, and includes Yahoo!, Rackspace, Nexsan Technologies, Apple, IBM, Facebook, and Microsoft. Personalweb has previously filed complaints against Amazon, …

It's not just crap PC sales: Dell's storage revs are also slipping

Has the spark has gone out? Despite acquisitions Dell's storage revenues have been declining for over a year. The effort to develop synergies between the products hasn't delivered the sales goods yet. Is it time for a re-think? Dell has just announced second fiscal 2013 quarterly results with revenues 8 per cent down year-on- …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2012
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Drilling into Amazon's tape-killing Glacier cloud archive

Blocks and Files Amazon Glacier is a series of cloud vaults holding customer archive data that isn't based on tape libraries. Instead it appears to use object storage and is set to be the largest object storage implementation in history in a very short time. Amazon Web Services team member James Hamilton blogged about the new product, writing: " …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012

NetApp StorageGRID now on cloud nine: Would you put 100PBs in it?

Analysis NetApp continues its slow development of its object storage capability by adding a cloud interface to it. Version 9.0 of StorageGRID, the storage software gained by NetApp when it bought Bycast in mid-2010, sounds like a major release but the only feature NetApp emphasises is the new Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI). …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2012

Dell channels Dr Who, shoves Big Data into Small Data Tardis

Dell reckons it can turn Big Data into, er, Small Data. Hoarded information could be squeezed down to size - potentially reducing disk occupancy by 97 per cent - if the tech titan's numbers add up. The company will bundle RainStor's deduping structured data software with one of its object storage system to provide a …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2012
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Coraid peers over shoulder, pushes out another ZFS-based NAS head

Ethernet SAN storage supplier Coraid has announced its filer head, an Oracle ZFS-based product, two years after NetApp smacked it down for attempting the same thing with a Nexenta ZFS-based product. It has also beat off some pretty big competition to score Sony as a marquee user of its EtherDrive storage product. The ZX-Series …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2012
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'Unnamed' HP biz unit developing mystery object storage

HP is developing an object storage product, basing it on technology used in its Cloud Object Storage service. Object storage is designed for storing massive amounts of unstructured information in a highly scalable, scale-out infrastructure of linked nodes with a flat object address space instead of in a file:folder system with …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2012
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HDS swaps out AMS for HUS file-block-and-object stuffed box

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has replaced its mid-range AMS storage array with the Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) array that stores block, file and object data in one box. It is managed by the Hitachi Command Suite which is now a single software management facility for all HDS products. HDS claims "HUS stores multiple data types …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2012

Caringo greases up CAStor product, slips out VM versions

Object storage startup Caringo has introduced virtual machine editions of its CAStor object storage product along with standard file protocol access to CAStor, broaching the question whether object storage will just become file storage under another name. Both CAStor and Caringo's Content File Server (CFS) come as virtual …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2012

Tape eats dust of spinning rust, says object data biz

Object storage suppliers tend to look at tape storage like a real ale fan looks at cheap fizzy lager: "I'm not going to touch that!" Object storage suppliers such as Caringo, Cleversafe, HDS, ByCast (NetApp), Scality and others boast that their technology is self-healing and more scalable than file-system-based approaches. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2012

Sacks of cash chucked at upstart dressed to the nines

Object storage startup Amplidata has grabbed $8m of funding to help stack up the products that it claims virtually eliminate data loss. Competitor Caringo, meanwhile, agrees that you don't need tape for archive storage, having integrated its CAStor product as back-end storage for Symantec's Enterprise Vault. Amplidata will use …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2012
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Johns Hopkins and VMware forge medical records mega-cloud

Medical and IT researchers at Johns Hopkins University, healthcare application software supplier Harris Corp, and virtualization juggernaut VMware have teamed up to create a medical imaging cloud that they hope will become the central, secure repository for US citizens and the doctors who care for them. The desire to provide …

Ten exabytes wedged into a rather large box by Cleversafe

It must surely be some sort of landmark? Object storage supplier Cleversafe now has a 10-exabyte system customers can buy. Cleversafe reckons the largest single storage box out there is a 3.6EB tape library, SpectraLogic's T-Finity. It now has a tape-beating system for storing data, it would argue, because it provides online …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2012

How to tell if your biz will do a Kodak

Blocks and Files Disruptive or enhancing innovation? Kodak's descent into Chapter 11 hell is a tolling bell for all successful storage suppliers facing innovative technology from competitors. King Canute didn't reinvent himself: can you? Let's look at the tape market. Tape devices were backup devices; they were the target storage devices for …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2012

Amazon cloud rival adds object storage service

Amazon cloud competitor Joyent is going to add an object storage service which will be a good testbed to see if the cloud could be an object storage launch ramp. Joyent, which has no relationship to Sun veteran Bill Joy whatsoever, broadly offers cloud computer and storage services – like Amazon – but with service level …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2011
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Caringo predicts stiffer penetration of big data boxes

Marketing veeps love hockey sticks and the idea that sales growth could accelerate in a way resembling the curve of such a stick on a chart really turns them on. Hockey sticks are hard to find if you are in object storage but glimmers can be seen, especially through marketeer's telescopes, and storage biz Caringo thinks, and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2011
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Object storage suppliers: We want your big data

As the general big data trend gathers momentum, the various object storage suppliers are trumpeting their technology's advantages over file systems, saying they can store and protect vast volumes of data more efficiently and with faster access. Henry Baltazar, a senior analyst in The 451 Group, says: "Object storage, and cloud …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2011
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Rackspace: OpenStack beds Disney, NASA, Sony

The OpenStack cloud operating system is emerging as the main alternative to VMware because of its frenetic pace of development. So says Rackspace, OpenStack backer and internet hosting giant. OpenStack is an open-source cloud operating system platform that manages pools of virtualised server, storage and network resources for …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2011

Disk-over-Ethernet startup trousers another $50m

A year after snagging $25m in venture capital funding Coraid has gone back to the cash well and scooped up another $50m. The VCs think Coraid is going places. Quick recap: Coraid is the networked storage startup using the ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) protocol, a system simpler than iSCSI but with no cross-industry support and hence …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2011

Dell ditches EMC after 10 years

Dell has officially stopped reselling EMC kit and will instead push its own storage kit. Let battle be joined. This means Dell will not sell Dell-branded EMC OEM and resold EMC CLARiiON, Celerra, Data Domain and VNX products. However, Dell will support existing customers with these products. It will resell capacity upgrades ( …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2011

Dell bulks up storage line – with compression product

Dell is launching its first Ocarina data compression product, an adjunct to its DX6000 object storage product line. The DX6000 products twin Dell hardware with OEM'd Caringo object storage software. The DX6000G server is a clusterable storage compression node that works with DX6000 storage. It uses software from Ocarina, a …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 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

Coraid mates with Caringo, producing cheap objects

Caringo is mating its technology with that of Coraid. The object is to pair its object storage system with Coraid arrays, accessible by AoE, said to be the simplest storage network in the world. Caringo's CAStor software presents object storage facilities running on commodity X86 servers with their direct-attached storage …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2011

ARM server hero Calxeda lines up software super friends

With Intel's top brass bad-mouthing ARM-based servers, upstart server chip maker Calxeda can't let Intel do all the talking. It has to put together an ecosystem of hardware and software partners who believe there's a place for a low-power, 32-bit ARM-based server platform in the data center. To that end, Calxeda, formerly …

Scality shows off its mighty RING

French supplier Scality has updated its RING software with a major release which proves, it claims, that object-based storage can be faster than SAN or NAS for unstructured data operations. Scality employs a ring structure of X86 server nodes that store objects, not files or blocks, and can operate in parallel. The company says …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jun 2011

The object of Dell's exercise

Dell has added file access to its DX6000 object storage platform. The DX6000 is shipped by Dell with object storage software from Caringo. Dell has said it is going to add Ocarina file optimisation and compression to it and possibly scale-out NAS (network-attached storage) based on the IP from its Exanet acquisition. The …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2011

Nirvanix storage cloud spills executive blood

Comment Nirvanix lost a few executives when its incoming CEO stripped out unwanted VPs and SVPs, and brought in his own team. What appears to have happened is that Scott Genereux became Nirvanix' CEO in November of last year, coming in from QLogic. Some $10m of C-round funding came in at the same time – which, with a B-round in 2009, …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2011

Compellent driven into datacentre by Dell

Comment Compellent is now formally part of Dell and it is going to develop its technology so it can go deeper into the datacentre. Dell's Darren Thomas, its VP and general manager of storage, blogs: "Our storage vision has always been to make data management easier and more affordable ... The acquisition of Exanet technology provided a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2011

Where are the next storage startup stars?

Comment Have we witnessed the end of an era? Has the great storage company growth boom ended with a series of big bang acquisitions: 3PAR, Archivas, Compellent, Data Domain, Diligent, EqualLogic, Isilon, LeftHand Networks, Ocarina, Storwize and more? Over the last five years a whole swathe of up-and-coming storage companies has been …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2011
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Which storage technologies and vendors will fly in 2011?

Questions At this turning point of the year, as Dell wraps up Compellent and InSite One, and Atrato slides under the waves, it's timely to look ahead at the storage world in 2011 and ask que sera? Data growth and storage demand is seemingly unstoppable, and new storage tech has advanced quite a bit in 2010. Things are looking good for the …
Chris Mellor, 24 Dec 2010

Storage startup busts object location barrier

File system trees are inefficient and slow when locating files in a filespace occupied by billions of files and folders. Storing the data as objects in a flat storage space is becoming a recommended alternative. But, as soon as you go for object storage to defeat this file system tree traverse problem, you face a fresh problem: …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2010

Caringo administers dose of CAStor oil

Caringo, founded by the Centera technology inventors, has reformulated its CAStor oil for the fifth time, adding named objects and more granular multi-tenancy. Caringo was founded by the people who devised the FilePool technology which EMC bought and turned into its Centera product line. CAStor is a content-addressed storage ( …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2010

Dell resells Bridgehead software with DX6000

Dell is reselling Bridgehead software with its DX6000 object storage array - the one using OEM'd Caringo software that competes with EMC's Centera. It's also integrating Enterprise Vault. UK software developer Bridgehead has snagged a worldwide reseller deal with Dell for its software, which helps hospitals manage their …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2010
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Caringo gets cash to carry on

The world of object storage is seeing consolidation to large vendors making life difficult for start-ups like Caringo. However, it has gained new funding. That firm is selling and developing its CAStor software to stir digital content as objects in clustered, commodity-based servers and storage. It was founded in 2005 by people …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2010

Caringo: Keep taking the CAStor oil

Caringo's CAStor object storage software product has had a major upgrade to make it more energy-efficient, easier to integrate with applications, better at preserving data immutably for the lawyers and cheaper to manage. CAStor comes from the content-addressable storage area but is called object-storage, and is competing with …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2010

Compellent plans to invest its way out of tailspin

Comment Previously impressive Compellent unveiled its results for the first quarter with lower sequential revenues and a loss. The firm intends to grow its way out of trouble with a better-managed sales process and new technology. Earlier this month Compellent surprisingly warned of lower revenues this quarter. In the last quarter of …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2010
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NetApp buys small, large storage specialist

NetApp is buying Bycast, a relative unknown. But there's more to this privately-held object storage developer than meets the eye. Headquartered in British Columbia, Canada, Bycast makes the StorageGRID product for very large object-based, fixed-content archive vaults that can encompass petabytes of data. The software verifies …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2010