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If you work on Seagate's performance drives, time to find another job

+Comment As expected, Seagate's revenues totaled $2.6bn in the three months to April 1, the third quarter [PDF] in its fiscal 2016, down 21 per cent year-on-year. And as anticipated, it made a $21m loss – its first loss in many many quarters and way down from the year-ago's $291m profit. On Friday, as the results for Q3 were published …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2016
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Nexsan in transports over added sync and share

Nexsan has added acquired Connected Data’s Transporter file sync’ and share technology to its NST file storage array, called the combined product UNITY. Nexsan is the renamed Imation, and it acquired Connected Data and its Transporter product in October last year. Transporter provides private cloud file synchronisation and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2016
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WD’s revenue wheels have fallen off. Profits are sinking, too

WD is experiencing global disk drive cooling as the slowing PC jetstream and flash El Nino jointly disrupt the HDD environment. But that's enough in the meteorological metaphor line. WD revenues fell 21 per cent year-on-year to $2.8bn in WD’s third fiscal 2016 quarter, which closed April 1. The quarter-on-quarter compare …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2016

Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

On-Call If it's Friday it must be time for On-Call, our regular reader-written romp through fun times at work. This week, reader “Oswald” shared the story of the time he worked “for the IT company that looked after a well known football club.” Oswald's a Brit, so when he says “football” he means soccer. The club was his employer's …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2016
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Quad-core coffee table trumped by dual-Mac garden furniture

Last week we brought you the story of the Mac Pro put out to pasture as a coffee table and asked readers to share similar stories. Which of course you did, you lovely people. A fellow reader named Mark pointed us in the direction of the works of German designer Klaus Geiger, who will sell you one of the benches below if you …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2016

X-IO adds archive storage tier: ISE and iglu get cold storage

Nexsan, the renamed Imation, has signed an OEM agreement with X-IO Technologies whereby X-IO will add Nexsan’s E60 storage array to its product portfolio as a capacity disk tier. The E60VT is a 480TB to 1.44PB array with 60 disk drives in a 4U unit. It can combine flash and disk drives, and features power-down operation, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2016
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X-IO spinning off Axellio line into new biz

Exclusive X-IO Technologies is spinning off its Axellio flash array tech into a separate company as it prepares to stop investing in a market share bun fight with the existing ISE and iglu products. The company has sold in excess of 8,000 ISE flash and flash/disk arrays, and iglu storage data services products, to more than 1,500 …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2016
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Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south

+Comment A sea change is looming in the disk drive industry as drive spindle motor maker Nidec reduces its total disk drive demand number. Nidec is a Japanese company and has the largest market share of any such manufacturer. It foresees demand for about 400 million units in 2016, down 13 per cent from its previous October 2015 …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2016
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Amazon tips spinning rust into its Elastic Block Store offering

Cloud king Amazon has added two disk-drive-based storage options to its EBS (Elastic Block Store). There is a Throughput-Optimised HDD (st1) volume and a Cost HDD (sc1) volume. The sc1 volume is for low access workloads, coldish data, with a price of $0.025/GB/month while the st1 volume is for frequent data access to Big Data …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2016
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Secret UN report finds WIPO chief 'broke procurement rules'

The secret UN report into the behaviour of WIPO boss Francis Gurry has found him guilty of “conduct... inconsistent with the standards expected of a staff member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.” The chair of WIPO's General Assembly Colombian ambassador Gabriel Duque is still refusing to release the full report …
John Oates, 25 Apr 2016
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Flexi-Plexistor's software-defined memory roadmap

Comment Startup Plexistor's SDM software is said to run any application at near-memory speed by using caching and tiering. It has a file system that covers DRAM, NVDIMM-N (byte-addressable flash DIMMs fully mapped to memory space and accessed at cache-line granularity), NVDIMM-F (block-addressable flash DIMM on memory bus), forthcoming …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2016
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What the world needs now is... not disk drives

Analysis Flash goes the PC and notebook disk drive. Dramatic and persistent disk drive sales declines heralds changes at WD and Seagate as their disk drive job engine slows down. With PC sales falling and notebook/tablet flash use climbing the outlook for disk drive manufacturers on the desktop, sofa and kitchen table is looking bleak …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2016
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Dell looking at higher debt mountain to buy EMC

Dell is facing its EMC acquisition debt mountain growing yet higher because the Wall St bond market will need higher interest payments to fund the deal. That could highlight product overlap costs to ex-money man David Goulden who will run the new Enterprise Systems Group, covering its servers, storage, networking, converged …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2016
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Ceph previews next long-term stable release with v 10.2.0 Jewel

Software-defined object storage project Ceph has issued a new release its makers say is a “major release” that “will be the foundation for the next long-term stable release.” Ceph aims to provide storage that has no single point of failure, by spreading data across a cluster. The open-source project is of course free and …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2016

Bypass the Windows AppLocker bouncer with a tweet-size command

Video If you're relying on Microsoft's AppLocker to lock down your office or school Windows PCs, then you should check this out. A security researcher says he's found a way to potentially bypass the operating system's software whitelist and launch arbitrary scripts. AppLocker lets IT admins managing large networks of machines define …
Chris Williams, 22 Apr 2016

Azure Australia turns on physical data import/export service

Microsoft's flicked the switch on its Azure physical data import service for Australia and Japan. The arrival of the service means that those using Azure's Australia East, Australia Southeast and Japan West locations can now ship 3.5 inch SATA drives to Microsoft, which will upload the contents to Azure storage. Redmond's …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2016
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EMC results: It'll all come out in the post-Dell deal wash

+Comment EMC saw many pockets of growth in its first fiscal 2016 quarter’s results but overall revenues declined because core legacy product revenues fell, as did RSA and the enterprise content business. These declines more than offset the impressive growth rates of newer products. In the EMC earnings call, CEO and chairman Joe Tucci …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016
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Amazon gets new courier

Commvault now supports Amazon’s Snowball service. Amazon Snowball is the quaintly named US geo service (global availability - end-2016) where you send up to 80TB of data on a hard drive to Amazon and so enjoy courier-net (UPS, FedEx, etc) bandwidth which is vastly more cost-effective than some network pipes. You can request …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016
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Storage with the speed of memory? XPoint, XPoint, that's our plan

Analysis Since the virtual dawn of computing, storage – where data puts its feet up when it's at home – has been massively slower than memory, where data puts on its trainers and goes for a quick run. That massive access speed gap has been getting narrower and narrower with each storage technology advance: paper tape, magnetic tape, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016
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Toshiba notebook disk drive slims down. You like that, gamers?

Toshiba has thinned is L200 500GB internal drive, shaving off 26 per cent of its thickness, so it takes up less space in notebooks and gaming consoles. The L200 Slim, with its 7mm z-height, has the same 500GB capacity as the thicker L200 with its 9.5mm z-height. It also sports the same 92g weight, but it only has an 8MB buffer …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2016
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WD rust-proofs spinners with Gold offering

WD has set up a new data centre nearline disk drive brand, Gold, with three drive capacities matching and topping the Re brand’s capacities. The spinning rust folk have released 4, 6 and 8TB, 3.5-inch Gold drives with a mix of technologies. The 8TB Gold drive is a helium-filled drive for example, while other two are air- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2016
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AWS bumps S3 speeds

Amazon Web Services says it has sped up data uploads into its cloud. By "making use of optimized network protocols and the AWS edge infrastructure," Amazon says S3 transfer speeds have been improved "in the range of 50% to 500% for cross-country transfer of larger objects, but can go ever higher under certain conditions." This …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2016

Sail on SpectraLogic's BlackPearl, right up into the cloudy glory

SpectraLogic has added replication and a cloud gateway to its BlackPearl disk and tape storage combo. Where large-scale content providers need to store their relatively unstructured content (videos, etc) on a tiered disk and tape system for fast front-end disk access and low-cost long-term back-end tape, then BlackPearl …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2016
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WDC archive box cert

HGST's Active Archive array is certified as a NetBackup target by Veritas. The box uses disk drives in an array that can scale out from 672TB to 28PB, uses S3-compliant object storage and erasure coding. WDC says says TCO tivals traditional tape and [public] cloud infrastructures. ® Register Vulture logo - grey
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2016

Here, let me FXT that for you: Avere's baby NAS gear gets an upgrade

NAS accelerator and cloud storage gateway shop Avere has finished rolling out its FXT 5000 series refresh: its entry-level 3200 has been upgraded to the 5200 with boosted performance and capacity. Back in January the FXT 5600 and 5400 replaced the 4850 and 3850, but left the FXT 3200 untouched. These systems can accelerate …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2016
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Dell slips Scality's RING onto its OEM finger

Dell has upgraded its nine month old Scality reselling deal, offering the SD7000-S file and object storage server running OEM'd Scality RING software. This follows on from the HPE-Scality deal with HPE investing $10m in Scality and selling its RING software with its Apollo 4000 and ProLiant servers. The purpose-built and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2016

Seagate revenue numbers rain on cloud after market misses

+Comment Seagate has issued an early warning that its third fy2016 quarter revenue will be off by $100m from its forecast of $2.7bn. The company expects to report revenue of approximately $2.6bn and non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 23 per cent, for the quarter which ended April 1 – no, this is not a late April Fool joke. The …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2016
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Filer upstart Qumulo rubs out mirroring, slots in erasure coding

Scale-out filer startup Qumulo has replaced mirroring with erasure coding in v2.0 of its Core OS to deliver a 33 per cent gain in usable capacity. It's also added real-time analytics, adopted HGST helium-filled disk drive technology and has three new appliances using HGST drives. Qumulo delivers its technology as software- …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2016
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Infected with Petya ransomware? This tool will rescue your data

An anonymous security researcher has published code that can unlock the encryption used by the Petya ransomware that surfaced last month. The ransomware – first spotted hitting German computer users – reboots the infected Windows PC, pretends to run a CHKDSK program while encrypting the hard drive's file system tables, …
Iain Thomson, 12 Apr 2016
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Seagate's Kinetic drives: They're moving... but in what direction?

Comment It was just 18 months ago that we were all writing about the release of new object-based hard disk drives from Seagate: Kinetic. The idea was that the drives didn’t use traditional storage protocols like SAS and SATA, but instead stored objects written and retrieved over Ethernet. Effectively, each drive is a large key-value …
Chris Evans, 11 Apr 2016
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You keep using that word – NVMe. Does it mean what I think it means?

Tech explainer NVMe fabric technology is a form of block-access storage networking that gets rid of network latency delays, magically making external flash arrays as fast as internal, directly-attached, NVMe flash drives. How does it manage this trick? EMC DSSD VP for software engineering, Mike Shapiro, defines NVMe fabrics as: "the new NVM …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2016
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Spinning rust fans reckon we'll have 18TB disk drives in two years

We could see nine platter helium-filled disk drives because the manufacturers can cram more thinner platters inside a helium-filled enclosure. According to a TrendsFocus report, current disk platter separator components could be eliminated and enable eight or nine platters to be used in the same 3.5-inch enclosures that …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2016
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What did the one Toshiba desktop SSD say to the other? Our cell size has shrunk

Toshiba is busily upgrading its PC/workstation SSD line at the same time as it’s scaling back its PC product activities. Its Q300 and Q300 Pro consumer/gamer SSDs were announced in September last year. The Q300 was a TLC (3bits/cell) unit storing 120, 240, 480 or 960GB of data while the Q300 Pro used MLC (2 bits/cel) NANd and …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2016
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Vendor: Do we need Quality of Service with shared storage arrays?

The Storage Architect I recently had a discussion with a vendor (who shall remain nameless) as to whether we really needed Quality of Service (QoS) in shared storage arrays. His thinking went as follows: if we have a storage array and network with sufficient bandwidth/IOPS, then why bother implementing QoS? At first this seems like a reasonable …
Chris Evans, 08 Apr 2016
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ExaGrid backdoor flaw

ExaGrid is telling users of its disk-based storage appliances to get new firmware, after Rapid7 turned up hard-coded credentials and SSH keys. The disclosure, here, details a default root credential of "support:support" and SSH running with the root password "inflection" (CVE-2016-1560). The units also shipped with keys that …
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Infinidat adds predictive analytics to Infinibox OS. But what's it mean?

Comment Infinidat says that its upcoming OS release will provide advanced performance analytics with across-the-board instrumentation, and enhanced quality of service (QoS) facilities. Infinidat, founded by Moshe Yanai of Symmetrix and XIV fame, provides probably the most reliable and available monolithic primary data storage array in …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2016
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Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

Microsoft's latest "Insider" Windows 10 preview Build 14316, includes the Windows Subsystem for Linux along with a flurry of other new features. The addition of a Linux command-line to Windows was announced at Microsoft's Build conference last week. The feature is aimed at developers, allowing them to use Linux utilities …
Tim Anderson, 07 Apr 2016
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X-IO whacks up its ISE disk capacity by 50 per cent

X-IO has unveiled higher capacity scale-out modular ISE drive arrays, which have 50 per cent more disk storage than their predecessors. The hybrid flash/disk 700 series sees the 755 (43.2TB disk; 3TB flash) slotting in above the current 750 (28.8TB disk; 1.6TB flash), and the new range-topping 790 (43.2TB disk; 6.4TB flash) …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2016
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Memory and storage boundary changes

Analysis Latency is always the storage access bête noire. No one likes to wait, least of all VMs hungry for data access in multi-threaded, multi-core, multi-socket, virtualized servers. Processors aren't getting that much faster as Moore's Law runs out of steam, so attention is turning to fixing IO delays as a way of getting our …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2016

Sphere 3D keeps business ship afloat atop sea of red ink

+Comment Overland Storage's – oops, sorry – Sphere 3D's ability to walk on water, otherwise known as floating on red ink, continues unabated with its fourth quarter and full calendar year 2015 results. Tape and disk data protection vendor Overland Storage was bought by Sphere 3D in December 2014. Much has been made of its Glassware …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2016
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Which keys should I press to enable the CockUp feature?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? The person sitting next to me has confessed that sometimes he likes to do it sideways. Apparently this way he can make use of the full length without straining his neck. He’s lucky: not everyone has the facility to rotate their computer display. Even those that do often don’t realise they can. A manager I worked for quite a …
Alistair Dabbs, 01 Apr 2016
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Intel flops out 3D flash SSDs – and says they're the densest ever

Intel has introduced its first 3D NAND SSDs, updating three planar NVMe SSDs with four new models, and claiming to have the industry’s highest density 3D NAND. The existing DC P3500, P3600 and P3700 products use 20nm MLC flash technology, with the P3500 and P3600 dating from June 2014 and the P3700 being introduced in …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2016

Intel's Broadwell Xeon E5-2600 v4 chips: So what's in it for you, smartie-pants coders

Intel today officially pulls the wraps off its mildly delayed Xeon E5 v4 server processors. These chips follow up 2014’s Xeon E5 v3 parts, which used a 22nm process size and the Haswell micro-architecture. Intel shrunk Haswell to 14nm, and after some tinkering, codenamed the resulting design Broadwell. Server and workstation …
Chris Williams, 31 Mar 2016

HPE adds power-fail-protected NVDIMM tech to servers

HPE's ProLiant Gen9 servers now support Persistent Memory, non-volatile memory, enabling customers to expand in-memory app usage and get faster analytics and database processing by avoiding disk and SSD IO. HPE says it will provide up to two-times-faster SQL Server database logging performance and up to four-times-faster SQL …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2016
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VMware flushes Adobe Flash in new HTML 5 web client for vSphere

vAdmins are having a great March: first VMware released vSphere 6.o update 2, with a new HTML 5 host management interface. And now it's released an HTML 5 interface for vCenter. The new client is a “Fling”, VMware's name for unsupported and don't-run-this-in-production-grade code it thinks vAdmins will appreciate. Flings are …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2016
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Speedier Splunk-ing: NetApp SANtricity eases your analytics flow

NetApp says the latest version of its E-Series all-flash and disk arrays, along with its SANTricity operating software, makes data analytics apps such as Splunk run faster. Hadoop and NoSQL database apps are accelerated, quite dramatically under certain circumstances, in the new release as well. The E-Series disk drive and EF …
Chris Mellor, 29 Mar 2016

Ransomware now using disk-level encryption

Ransomware has been detected infecting master file tables, rendering Windows PC useless unless payment is made. When first executed, the Petya malware will reboot the victim's machine, and run what appears to be a Windows check disk scan as a mask for the encryption process. A screen is then displayed that directs users to a …
Darren Pauli, 29 Mar 2016

Build or buy: A tale of two all-flash strategies

Guest column Ever since flash was first added to traditional storage arrays back in 2008, there has been vigorous debate on the best approach to storage architectures for all-flash systems. There are a number of opposing camps, each with their own perception of the right way forward. Some vendors chose to use existing hardware and amend it …
Chris Evans, 28 Mar 2016
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Wait... who broke that? Things you need to do to make your world diagnosable

You only ever discover the inadequacy of your system management, monitoring and diagnosis tools when something goes wrong and there's a gulf between what you want to do and what you need to do. Here are 10 things you can do to maximise your chances of diagnosing the problem when the brown stuff hits the ventilator. Ladies and …
Dave Cartwright, 24 Mar 2016
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Riddle me this: What grows as it shrinks? Answer: LTO tape

The LTO (linear tape-open) organization has released a tape shipment report showing capacity shipped grew almost 18 per cent from 2014 to 2015, while unit shipments have been declining since 2008. The LTO organization basically looks after the LTO format and represents the interests of the LTO Program Technology Provider …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2016