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Bunging servers in disk arrays achieves nothing. There, I said it

A while ago in-array compute was going to be a big thing, with apps running inside VMAX and VNX arrays using spare controller engines and getting rid of network-lagged data access latency. DataDirect Networks went down the same development avenue, and Lustre and the GPFS stack certified to run in its storage arrays. Bringing …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2013
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Million-dollar new disk tech could be USELESS for array vendors

We've seen a lot of innovation in disk drive technology over the past year or so, tech into which millions of dollars of R&D as well as large amounts of time and effort have been poured. But from where we're standing at the beginning of 2014, it may ultimately be totally useless for storage array vendors. I'm thinking of …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2014
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X-IO vows to end hot-swap disk pops with next-gen arrays

X-IO has halved the number of SSDs in its Hyper ISE hybrid flash-disk arrays, increased overall performance by 50 per cent and cut prices by 20 per cent. It has also vowed to spare users the horror of popping a failed disk. Hyper ISE is a sealed 3U enclosure that previously contained 30 x 2.5-inch 10,000rpm 900GB disk drives and …
Chris Mellor, 03 Sep 2012

EMC: 'Nope', XtremIO won't link to back-end arrays

Not being happy with an interview write-up, EMC VP and Global Marketing CTO Chuck Hollis rewrote it in his blog with what he considered to be the right answers. This provided new information, to us, about EMC's coming XtremIO networked flash storage array. Answering the question if it will be possible to connect disk arrays to …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012
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SGI gooses InfiniteStorage arrays with new NetApp controllers

Supercomputer and high-density server maker Silicon Graphics shipped over 600PB of disk capacity last year across its InfiniteStorage product line, and it is revving up its entry InfiniteStorage 5000 series to get a bigger bite of storage attachments for HPC and big data workloads that want cheap, fat, and fast disk arrays. SGI …
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All hard drive arrays will mutate into flashy faster hybrids

All hard drive storage arrays will become flash hybrids, with non-volatile memory fitted internally or bolted on externally. These mutants will fight all-flash arrays with better data management and server flash cache integration. The aim of the game is to get more revs out of the engines: applications should run faster, more …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2012
Shows an enhanced form of Gartner's Magic Quadrant.

Gartner magicians mumble, fling bones, scrawl new disk pentacle

Gartner's magicians have thrown their animal bones and precious relics up in the air and discerned a new pattern in the way they landed; general-purpose disk arrays. The magicians have invented a new Magic Quadrant (MQ) and say: Improvements in scalability, availability, performance and functionality of midrange storage systems …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2013
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Flashman and the Mountain of Disk

Flash, flash and more flash seems to be the order of the day from all vendors; whether that is flash today or flash tomorrow; whether it’s half-baked, yesterday’s left-overs rehashed or an amuse-bouche; 2013 is all about the flash. Flashman Large and small, the vendors all have a story to tell but flash still makes up a tiny …
StorageBod, 14 Mar 2013

Flash slash Skyhawk smells blood, hunts disk array prey

As makers of flash-disk hybrid arrays try to undercut all-flash array vendors, Skyera's Skyhawk scents blood and swoops down on them all with its $2.99-per-GB NAND-tipped talons. OK, all right, is it just another all-flash array startup? Sure, but this one was founded by ex-SandForce guys. Their company was bought by LSI and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2012
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Dot Hill punts array of disk arrays

Dot Hill is adding iSCSI RAID storage offerings to its small-form factor 2.5-inch disk array product line, as well as three new products to its mainstream 2000 series disk arrays. The 2322 iSCSI SAN array uses 2.5-inch disk drives, while the 2532 DAS host-SAS array, 2332 iSCSI, and 2732 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel SAN arrays use 3.5- …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2009

Pure pushes flash stash, mocks spinning disk with YouTube gag

Pure Storage is pushing the idea that its deduped flash array is cheaper than tier one enterprise disk array storage but miles faster and more reliable. The start-up has been engaged in a prolonged, two-year beta trial for its flash array technology and has just announced general availability of its first product: the Flash …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2012

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
Bandaid

Server tech is BORING these days. Where's all the shiny new goodies?

Once upon a time, a mere 10 years or so ago, servers had direct-attached disks or network-attached disk arrays. The flash in the arrays – SSDs primarily, but also in the controllers – made data access faster. However multi-core, multi-threaded CPUs have an almost insatiable appetite for data. Any access latency is bad when the …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014

Floating mutant, hidden profit: Nimble reveals first post-IPO results

Mutant flash-disk arrays are apparently continuing to disrupt the storage market, judging by hybrid array-slinger Nimble Storage's business in the period to the end of January this year. It recently revealed both the quarter which included its IPO and its full year results. Hybrid arrays juice cheap disk capacity with a dash of …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2014

CDOT relatively crap for flash, hyperscalers crap for constant storage

Chief NetApp techie Jay Kidd had some strong words for the flash and cloud crowd at a Wells Fargo event for investors. Among other things, he covered Clustered Data ONTAP and flash and the customer spending slowdown. Not a great fit and a transitory slowdown were the take-away messages. The event was the Wells Fargo Tech …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014
Violin array flash cards

Violin gangs up with Microsoft: Psst, big biz, want an all-flash Windows Server box?

Flash array front runner Violin Memory can now run Windows Server inside its high-end arrays, giving the server OS access to up to 64TB of NAND with the ability to run all Windows enterprise applications in solid state storage. Violin and Microsoft have partnered to make Windows Server 2012 R2 use Violin flash better. Microsoft …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2013

Big boy Fujitsu crushes stroppy upstarts in storage boffins' trials

Fujitsu's Eternus disk array has topped the SPC-2 benchmark charts, with an IBM SVC-Storwize V7000 combination in second place. The SPC-2 storage benchmark measures how an array performs doing large sequential I/Os and looks at three workloads: large file processing; large database queries; and video-on-demand. The benchmarks …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2013
Dell EqualLogic PS6210

Dell bundles data mgmt AND flash into 1.2m IOPS flashy array

Dell has produced an all-flash array within the EqualLogic environment, thinking customers need existing data management capabilities on top of flash speeds, and not a binary either-or choice. It has revved up its mid-range iSCSI SAN array with the PS6210, following on from the PS6110, a 64-bit version of the EqualLogic …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2013
Tarkan Maner

OK, Wyse guy: So how do YOU think 'boosting' legacy tech is a winner?

Nexenta, the provider of hardware-independent software-defined storage with a ZFS disk-based stack, has gained 5,000-plus customers by enabling them to get EMC/NetApp-class storage functionality at much lower prices by not paying the mainstream vendors' lock-in hardware tax. It's a good game, as far as it goes, but the world is …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014
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Spot the joints: You say backup, I say archiving

If you have ever been asked to recover an old, lost or deleted file, you will know just how hard people find it to tell the difference between backup and archiving. The administrator's workload has grown so much that backup companies have even added user self-service portals to ease it. The problem has accentuated as companies …
Bryan Betts, 27 Jan 2014

Pure Storage hoovers up $150m in funding, hires ex-Data Domain CEO

Flash array upstart Pure Storage aims to emerge from the herd and pull off a Data Domain, having secured $150m in E-round funding and hired former Data Domain head honcho Frank Slootman, who joins its board as "a key strategic advisor." Pure says the $150m is "the single largest private funding in the history of the enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2013
Fast and furious combat

How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013

Flash dramas abounded in 2013, from triumphant IPOs, disastrous IPO after-effects, profound strategy changes, and firms crashing out in flames. Two CEOs went. Two companies crashed. Several were bought. All in all it was a hell of a year. Let's start with all-flash arrays. All-flash arrays Here's where a lot of the flash …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014

Storage vendors: You're next over the cliff after the server salesmen

You have storage so your servers can work on the data in them. If servers go to the cloud then storage will go there as well, as sure as eggs is eggs. And what is happening to the server market will happen to the storage market. So if enterprise server sales go down, enterprise storage sales will go down as well. Or will they? …
Chris Mellor, 02 Sep 2013
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Why Flash storage will be fast and furious in 2014

Flash had a fantastic year in 2013 with an enormous number of developments. It was a year of generally positive flash transitions, with cell geometry shrinking, all-flash arrays springing up, flash companies being bought, flash companies crashing back to earth after inflated IPOs or just crashing, and happiness spraying out …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2014
Ship in trouble

Starboard Storage goes titsup: LeftHanders to leave the building

Starboard Storage has been hit by Tango Uniform* syndrome and appears to have hit the rocks. It is currently shuttering its operation. StarboardStorage was a renovated Reldata, a startup staffed by ex-LeftHand Networks storage people who built a unified file + block hybrid storage array. It more or less put itself up for sale in …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2013

Twitteratti at NetApp event spill guts over FlashRay's innards

Tweets from a NetApp Insight briefing event showed the company is preparing a replicating, deduping, clustering FlashRay iteration, complete with Glacier-targeting for StorageGRID. FlashRay, NetApp's coming ground-up designed all-flash array, will have global deduplication. Here are three tweets: #NetApp FlashRay dedupe is …
Chris Mellor, 15 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

Switch VMs from NetApp to us and we'll give you extra storage, says Tintri

Flashy upstart Tintri says its customers can run servers with more VMs using its storage instead of NetApp - and it's putting its money where its mouth is. The startup claims VMware-using customers can "cut their storage capacity and rackspace requirements by 50per cent or more" by moving from NetApp FAS storage arrays to its …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014
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Exagrid... heave: Storage troops push out range-topping dedupe box

There is a new range-topper for Exagrid's deduplicating backup to disk arrays, the EX21000E. Backup data keeps on growing so backup to disk systems have to grow their capacity and speed so as to able to deal with the amount of backup data in the time window available. Exagrid arrays can be pooled in a grid of 10 machines with …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013
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Reduxio plots 'revolutionary' hybrid array tech: It will need it

You've got to be an optimist to found a startup, especially when you come from one that crashed and burned. Three such optimists have risen from the ashes of scale-out filer startup Exanet and started up scale-out hybrid flash firm Reduxio. As reported by Globes, the CEO, Mark Weiner, and co-founders Nir Peleg and Amnon Strasser …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013
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Fusion-io buys NexGen

PCIe flash industry leader Fusion-io has bought a startup: hybrid flash/disk array vendor NexGen, paying $114m in cash and $5m in stock. NexGen, founded in 2010 by its CEO John Spiers and CTO Kelly Long, uses Fusion-io flash cards in its n5 arrays which are sold to small and medium enterprises. It has total funding, that we know …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2013

Quantum tries to attract HOT TV stars ... by adding object storage to archive

Quantum is introducing a 2-tier archive inside its StorNext data management product for TV biz types. The new gear has disk-based object storage front-ending a tape library, providing both nearline and long-term archive stores with automated movement between them. Details are sparse, but it will demo the object storage product …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2013
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UK channel firms rabbit-punch recession in Q4: Sales are HUGE

Blighty is again the largest tech sales territory in the European channels* after distributors reported a near double-digit growth spurt in Q4, fuelled by mobility, software and er... desktops. Numbers are in from Context, which tracks all major wholesalers' sales-out data - the kit that customers are actually buying - showing …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2014

Listen, Google and Amazon: Soon we may not even use tape for COLD STORAGE

Tape's greatest strengths are its low cost/GB, low power cost when offline, endurance and capacity. Its greatest weaknesses are its latency, the time taken to locate and mount a tape in a library and the time taken to locate the data you want on it. This combination of mount latency and streaming latency is like a red rag to the …
Chris Mellor, 08 Oct 2013
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Spectra unveils TOP SECRET tape-based object store Black Pearl

Spectra Logic is introducing a tape-based object store which uses its Deep Simple Storage Services interface and its mysterious Black Pearl appliance. The thinking is that tape has to change from being a target for expensive and complex middleware to becoming just another storage medium. Using a flash cache with object-storing …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2013
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Quantum: No! Object storage CANNOT exchange data with tape!

Quantum introduced object storage to its StorNext data virtualisation product last week, saying data could be automatically moved between primary disk, object storage and tape. But actually there is effectively a wall between tape and object storage. StorNext virtualises the location of data in primary disk arrays, tape storage …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2013
A tape reel from IBM's 726 tape drive

Tape never died, it was just resting

Once upon a time, you could find tape drives everywhere. Even home offices used DAT, QIC and other small tape cartridge formats to do backups. In the days when having a hard disk as large as 500MB seriously impressed people, tape was pretty much the only economical way to make a copy of your data. So what went wrong for tape – …
Bryan Betts, 14 Oct 2013
VMware's monster VM

VMware taps ex-Ciscoer as channel chief

Just ahead of the formal launch of VMware's "Project Zephyr" vCloud Hybrid Service public cloud on Tuesday, the company has appointed a new channel chief. And the timing is not accidental, with VMware's channel being a key component of its hybrid cloud strategy. It's easy to see why VMware wants to build its own public cloud …

Just how far did storage and compute converge in 2013?

Converged storage is the coming together of storage and compute in the same box. Didn't this used to be called a server, before the days of networked storage? Indeed it did but these re-invented servers often employ a logical storage pool, and are the future, we are told. So, where are we at, as glide into 2014? We're …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2014

Big money in Big Data: SGI debuts petabyte-juggling archiving tool

The tidal wave that is unstructured file-based data is lumbering towards data centres. SGI is hoping the Big Data trend means that file access storage will become a hot property. Meanwhile, customers love the idea of all file locations being stored in a single virtual silo, instead of multiple different silos with differing …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2013
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Dell aligns Foglight management tools with VMware stack

Dell bought a slew of software companies to build out its infrastructure and cloud management tools, and has made no secret of its aspirations in the software arena. And that's why Dell is getting out in front of the impending launch of VMware's ESXi 5.5 hypervisor and related vSphere 5.5 management extensions, widely expected …

Hybrid flash array maker Starboard bags biz trio

Starboard Storage is taking on three experienced execs to help it grow. Starboard, the re-named and re-energised Reldata, punts a hybrid flash+disk unified file and iSCSI-accessed storage array and has recruited: Tom Major, the ex-SVP of product management and business operations at Seagate, and he was at iSCSI array start-up …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2013
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Controller spec means cheaper disk arrays

The Storage Bridge Bay (SBB) working group (www.sbbwg.org) is to release version one of the SBB spec next week. This defines standard electromechanics for the controller modules that go into stuff such as disk arrays. In theory at least, it means that you could build an array from different manufacturers' electronics, much like …
Bryan Betts, 07 Sep 2006

Buy a new flashy sTec storage box, get a Blue Screen of ... Metro

Flash! Bang! Wallop! sTec is going into the flash-chip filer appliance business with a Windows Storage Server 2012 box - pretty much a first for any mainstream solid-state-drive (SSD) vendor - with its s3000 product. Typically, SSD vendors supply flash components to array manufacturers. This vertical upwards integration by sTec …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2013
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Enterprise storage: A history of paper, rust and flash silicon

The story of data storage is one of ever decreasing circles. What started as holes punched into cards, then into tape, became hard disks, floppy disks, then hard shiny disks, until eventually circles are no longer involved at all. It is also the story of transitions from one medium to another as the IT industry searched for …
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2013

Imation snaps up Nexsan for $120m

Struggling tape, disk, and optical media maker Imation has found its salvation: it's Nexsan, the maker of block-and-file storage systems based on flash storage that Imation is shelling out $120m to acquire. The acquisition of Nexsan – one of myriad storage startups competing in this hot part of the IT market – comes hot on the …
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Oracle/Sun may resell Pillar arrays

Pillar Data storage could be resold by Oracle's Sun hardware unit in an Oracle-Sun-Pillar combination, threatening Sun's existing HDS OEM deal. The rumours, floated in ComputerWorld, Pillar has replaced Intel solid state drives with ones from STEC Pillar's Axiom array scales to 1.6PB of tiered storage which can be tuned to …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2009
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Million-plus IOPS: Kaminario smashes IBM in DRAM decimation

Solid state storage supplier Kaminario has grabbed the SPC-1 storage benchmark with the first million-plus IOPS score, a full 134 per cent faster than previous king-of-the-heap IBM. The Storage Performance Council 1 (SPC-1) benchmark aims to provide comparison performance numbers for a storage subsystem while carrying out …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 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 with …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2012
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Here's a free tip, Cisco: DON'T buy NetApp unless you're crazy

Hungry Cisco may gobble Citrix, NetApp and Rackspace, according to Bloomberg. But why on Earth would Cisco buy NetApp? We'll tell you why that's a crazy idea. Bloomberg quotes Thrivent Financial’s analyst Peter Karazeris, who said: "Financially, it’s a good transaction. Strategically, it’s not crazy. [NetApp] does fit.” Thrivent …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2012