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Data Domain revs up but profits crash

Data deduplication array vendor Data Domain reported revenues 50 per cent up year-on-year for its first fiscal 09 quarter, contrasting strongly with recession/redundancy/write-off news from suppliers around the industry. Q1 fy09 revenues were $79m ($52.6m in Q1 fy08), 7 per cent higher than the preceding quarter. Net income was …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2009
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NetApp ups bid for Data Domain

NetApp has revised its bid for Data Domain, lifting its offer to $30/share in cash and stock. Yesterday EMC trumped NetApp's original $1.5bn cash and stock bid with its own, unsolicited, $30/share, $1.8bn all-cash bid. NetApp values its bid at $1.9bn, net of Data Domain's cash. The new bid is comprised of $16.45/share in cash, …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2009

Gartner gurus: Storage array market GREW at the end of 2013

Number-crunchers Gartner's external storage market gurus reckoned it returned to year-on-year growth in the last quarter of fiscal 2013. According to Gartner: “Worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage vendor revenue totalled $6.3bn in the fourth quarter of 2013, a five per cent increase from $6.0bn a year ago.” …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2014
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Data Domain guns de-duping gear

By moving from dual to quad-core Xeons Data Domain has a new high-end DD690 product that dedupes data twice as fast. It is the industry's fastest inline deduplication system. The DD690 comes as a full array or as a storage-less gateway (DD690g) to which users add SAN storage. The deduplication engine now runs on two quad-core …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2008
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Data Domain sends de-duped files into unalterable state

Data Domain is teaching its de-duplication boxes a new storage retention trick to satisfy those picky government regulatory-types when they come sniffing the machinery. It's adding a Storage Lock option to all its de-duplication systems. The software lets administrators keep de-duplicated files in an unalterable state for fixed …
Austin Modine, 23 Jun 2008
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Data Domain bid war: Could NetApp go higher?

Could NetApp go higher than its $1.9bn Data Domain bid if EMC raises its offer? Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers writes in an investor briefing today: "Our conversations with Dan Warmenhoven, NetApp's CEO, last week would not discount that other potential bidders could surface – though we admittedly did not expect EMC to be …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2009
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Data Domain makes de-dupe box for corporate boonies

Data Domain wants to give its de-duplication technology a comfier fit in the wiring closet with a shrunken system for remote offices. The DD120 is a miniaturized edition of the Data Domain's current data de-dupe appliances, and is designed specifically to replicate data from a branch office to a company's data center HQ. …
Austin Modine, 20 Feb 2008

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

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

End of an era: NetApp chair Dan Warmenhoven has left the building

NetApp chairman and previous CEO Dan Warmenhoven has announced that he plans to retire in September. His chosen successor as CEO, Tom Georgens, becomes the new chairman. Georgens will be taking on the chairman’s duties at once. Here’s part of his canned announcement quote: “Dan's extensive experience has been instrumental to our …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014
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Data Domain doubles up dedupe speed

Data Domain has added a 4-socket quad-core processor set-up and produced a top-end DD880 box with double the performance of its old range-topper, reminding everybody why EMC and NetApp fought so hard to get it. The DD880 has twice the performance of the previous top-of-the-range DD690 and achieves it by having a 4-socket quad- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2009
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Why do they even call it a backup appliance? Just call it an EMC

In the purpose-built backup appliance market, IDC numbers show EMC reigning supreme in revenue share terms while everybody else basically sucks. Only one rival, Symantec, has a greater than 10 per cent share. Here are the bald revenue share per cent numbers for the fourth 2012 quarter as tracked by IDC's number-crunchers: - EMC …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2013
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Dedupe this: NetApp buying Data Domain

Announcing its intent to be king of the dedupe hill, NetApp is buying Data Domain for $1.5bn. The announcement overshadowed NetApp's fiscal 2009 earnings which beat Wall Street estimates. The IT world has been agog with rumours of a big takeover, Cisco and EMC being often mentioned, but Data Domain and NetApp was an unexpected …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2009

StoreOnce and StoreAll get ProLiant push

HP has pumped up the power of its StoreOnce deduping backup to disk array and StoreAll store-everything-as-objects array with Gen 8 ProLiant servers. The StoreOnce 6500 slots in to the StoreOnce range, above the 4500, 4700 and 4900 Series (and VSA of course). It replaces the previous top-end B6200 system. HP’s information pages …
Chris Mellor, 10 Dec 2013
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Nexsan and Falconstor outspin Data Domain

Power-saving storage array vendor Nexsan is teaming with FalconStor to build a Data Domain-beating deduplicating array. Nexsan offers storage using AutoMAID - Automatic Massive Array of Idle Disks - in which drives can be powered down through three increasing levels of power-saving, from a head park through slower rotation to …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2009
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NetApp: Revenues are down – but own brand kit wasn't to blame

Revenues down, profits up and no growth for three years: that's the picture from NetApp's first fiscal 2015 quarter results. The quarter finished on 25 July, and revenues were $1.49bn. They were $1.52bn a year ago, a 2 per cent fall, and $1.65bn in the previous quarter, 10 per cent less and a seasonal pattern. Net income for …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2014
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EMC hopes for Data Domain 'I do'

Dan Warmenhoven must have gnashed his teeth. Just when he was showing off his bright and shiny brand new Data Domain toy, up comes EMC and gazumps him, offering 20 percent more - and all cash at that! - to Data Domain shareholders. Ouch. Joining the NetApp CEO in grimacing would have been Quantum CEO Rick Belluzzo, whose company …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2009
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VMware weaves Oracle databases into vFabric Data Director

When VMware tuned the open-source PostgreSQL 9 database for its ESXi 5.0 hypervisor in the vFabric Spring Java framework, it knew it had to do more to make a convincing production database. With vFabric Data Director 2.0, the company is therefore adding Oracle databases to the mix and hopes to add support for other obvious …
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Data Domain readies de-duping IPO

Storage start-up Data Domain filed a registration statement with the SEC for an initial public offering late Friday. Data Domain listed a proposed maximum offering of $100m but has not revealed a target share price or share number. It will seek a Nasdaq listing under the ticker DDUP. The company has found a niche in the …
Austin Modine, 03 Apr 2007

Oracle RMAN straps on rocket, hands admins launch button

Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) has been integrated with Data Domain Boost by EMC, which claims it ramps up backup performance by up to 50 per cent and cuts LAN bandwidth requirements by up to 99 per cent. Oracle database admins (DBAs) can now use their familiar RMAN tool to directly manage Data Domain backup systems and …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2012
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EMC sends love letter to Data Domain

EMC supremo Joe Tucci has sent an open letter to Data Domain staff saying their company has an exciting future inside EMC - which has lots of great takeover stories to tell, unlike a certain other company. EMC is trying to take over Data Domain and its market-leading target deduplication products with an all-cash $30/share $1. …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2009
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Data Domain's stock rocks, Netezza seeks $80m

Data Domain stock soared 66 per cent to $24.95 on its first day of trading as a public company, Wednesday. The network storage and disk backup firm offered 7.39m shares at $15 a piece in the IPO. Data Domain beat its own expectations to grab a cool $94.2m, raising about $111m in the offering. The company was founded in 2001 …
Austin Modine, 28 Jun 2007
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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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Dell OEMs Data Domain and Celerra

Dell is broadening its storage product range by OEMing EMC's Celerra and Data Domain products, and developing its own object storage product. The background to this is the continuing and dramatic rise in the amount of semi- and unstructured information. This leads to a sheer storage capacity problem and to infrastructure …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2010

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

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
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Quantum offers a cheap massage to hot cloud data

Quantum says it has created the first virtual deduplication appliance, and Xerox is punting a cloud backup service through 45,000 resellers that uses it bundled with Quantum's virtual machine backup. The DXi V1000 appliance is bargain-basement DXi deduplication technology delivered as software in a virtual machine. It can be …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2012

FalconStor preens its feathers as turnaround gathers speed

Virtualisation outfit FalconStor is starting to move on the product front again, and is combining its VTL (Virtual tape library) and FDS dedupe product into a single offering, claiming 50 per cent cost-savings. The FDS (File-interface Deduplication System) offers post-processing and/or concurrent block-level deduplication with a …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014
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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

The future of storage is a horror show - just ignore the biz strategists

Storage was actually simple, before disk-to-disk backup came along and started spoiling the party. Now we need a storage magician to take the horror out of the storage horror show. Basically there were monolithic arrays at the high-end, dual controller arrays in the middle, and JBOD variations at the bottom; all disk drive …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2013
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EMC's Data Domain deal changes Quantum future

Quantum's first quarter 2010 revenues show a continuation of financial pain and determined effort, but there is some reward, despite the clouds gathering over the tie-up with EMC. Laat year EMC licensed Quantum's DXi deduplication technology for use in its Disk Library products. It also partnered with Dell so that Dell can sell …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2009

EMC unveils new Networker tool, thrusts it into clouds

EMC has caught on to the cloud computing trend across most of its product lines, and now it has cloudified its Networker backup product, adding multi-tenancy, three times more scalability, and better performance. With Networker 8.0, EMC's Networker customer base – which stands at just 23,000 worldwide, so it's not that large a …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2012
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Veeam chases $1bn revenue dream as VC joins board

Veeam is looking more and more like the Data Domain of virtual server backup suppliers, announcing 100 per cent annual growth in second quarter bookings, boasting more than 73,000 customers and securing a new VC partnership to take it to the $1bn annual revenue level. That would mean, El Reg's storage desk thinks, passing …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2013
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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

EMC announces record revenues: But hey, Joe, where're the profits?

Hardware, virtualisation and services giant EMC has announced its first-quarter results for 2013 and while its finances are broadly positive, the devil's in the detail. EMC's revenues for the first quarter of 2013 were a record $5.39 billion - lower than Wall Street's estimates - and its profits were down by a smidge. The mid- …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2013
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Quantum backs up 156TB backup box over EMC's back lawn

Quantum has introduced its second-largest deduplicating hard-drive array the DXi6800, and refreshed its top-end tape library. First, disks: the firm's dedupe gear runs from the low-end DXi V1000 through the 4000 and 6700 and up to the high-end 8500. The 6800 fits between the 6700 and 8500 models. Its capacity ranges from 13TB to …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2013
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Pure Storage plots to KILL EMC VMAX

Flash challenger Pure Storage has signaled its desire to chip away at EMC's installed base of Symmetrix VMAX, rather than getting into a drag race with other solid state contenders. “We are going after VMAX,” Pure's presidente David Hatfield told The Reg at VMware's vForum in Sydney yesterday. “Arrays that use 10,000 RPM or 15, …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2013
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Mutant array upstart Nimble Storage slips IPO forms into SEC's postbox

Mighty mutant flash/disk array startup Nimble Storage has filed a preliminary form with the SEC announcing its intention to proceed with an IPO. The number of shares for sale and the price range haven't been decided yet – it hasn't even picked a date. Nimble was founded in November 2007 by ex-Data Domain staffers, including …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2013
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EMC's million-IOPS VNX2 monster delayed

A delay for EMC's upcoming Rockies VNX array product, the VNX2, has been noted by a Wall Street analyst with a droop in this quarter's revenues for the storage bods. The 16-core VNX2 was launched last year and demonstrated in Las Vegas earlier this summer. RBS Capital analyst Amit Daryanani writes in a note to clients that the …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2013
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EMC picks Greenplum Data Computing appliance

EMC has launched its Greenplum Data Computing Appliance (DCA), promising twice the performance of Oracle's Exadata system. The DCA is an online analytical processing (OLAP) engine for looking at business transaction data, mining it, and getting information out of it that can better describe customer behaviour, to help mobile …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2010

Report: NSA spying deals billion dollar knockout to US cloud prospects

Sustained violations of civil liberties at home and abroad? Yawn. The manifestation of Orwell's nightmares? Snooze. The potential loss of scads and scads of money? Egad, we should really do something about this! That's the gist of a report published on Monday assessing the likely commercial fallout for the US cloud computing …
Jack Clark, 06 Aug 2013

Last of the indie dedupe firms: We CAN fight off backup giants

Bill Andrews, Exagrid's CEO, is a driven man, even though he's been at Exagrid for seven years. But Andrews still has a job of work ahead of him bringing Exagrid out from under Data Domain's massive market shadow. In these days of every mainstream storage vendor having deduping backup-to-disk arrays – with the notable exception …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2012

IBM wrestles controls, pulls midrange array sales out of death dive

IBM's move away from legacy DS3000/5000 storage arrays to newer XIV and StorWize midrange arrays is paying off with growing sales. A graph of vendors' external disk array revenues, drawn up by Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers, shows an IBM upturn in the last quarter. IBM and EMC are the only two enjoying a rise, everyone …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2012

EMC snaps up Israeli soft-storage startup

Another Iraeli storage startup, ScaleIO by name, has reportedly been scooped up by EMC for an estimated $200 - $300 million. ScaleIO makes Elastic Converged Storage, ECS virtual SAN software. A VSAN turns direct-attached storage on one or more connected servers into a shared block-level access storage resource pool, a virtual …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013
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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

It's that time again: Sources whisper about NetApp Quantum slurp

A number of sources whisper to The Register that tape-maker and dedupe specialist Quantum is in negotiations over a sale – and they also say a well-known Sunnyvale storage supplier is fingering its wallet. Three Reg sources have said they've heard Quantum has a "for sale" sign around its neck. So, just as a thought experiment, …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2013
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Backups? Use disk. Archives? Disk. Particle accelerators? Fine, tape

What's EMC's attitude to tape? Who better to ask than William "BJ" Jenkins, the bigwig running the storage leviathan's backup and recovery systems business. So we did. Last year EMC said loud and proud that digital tape sucks, and featured the world's biggest ball of tape at marketing events. This year there is no such …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2012
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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
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Sepaton tarts up DeltaStor: Now hooks up with ANYONE

Sepaton has updated its software to back up and reduplicate DB2, Oracle and other databases, thus leap-frogging Data Domain, which is Oracle-bound. Version 6.1 of its DeltaStor software has a DBeXstream component that takes care of the database deduplication business and does so when a database is backed up through multiple …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2012
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Storage startups sensible silo sources, says scrutiniser

Orthodoxy declares complexity the enemy of an easy-to-manage and effective data centre. But Gartner's research vice president Roger Cox thinks there's now a reason to use diverse storage systems from diverse vendors, even startups. Cox's thinking is that different applications need different storage appliances. Big Data, he …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2013
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Pure says two of the four tiers of storage are set to disappear

Pure Storage is brutally flogging its FlashArray technology, driving it faster and faster. The pace of development in flash arrays is picking up with EMC and NetApp get involved, and startups have to hustle and bustle to stay ahead. Pure's perception of the enterprise data centre networked storage market is that we are moving …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2013
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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