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Brocade, wake up: Cisco is here, and it ALSO has 16 gig FC

Cisco has waited two years, watching while competitor Brocade launched and sold 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel, before finally doubling the speed of its own Fibre Channel switch products, belatedly announcing 16Gbps MDS switches. It's quite possible the networking giant had been hoping that Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) take-up …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013
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Dell and pals mash parts together, squeeze out first 16Gb FC stack

Dell's Compellent unit has worked with Brocade, Emulex and QLogic to offer the first end-to-end 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel storage networking setup, speeding access to SAN data. This is a good win for Brocade, especially as Dell has its own Force 10 networking competency, but that is for Ethernet, not Fibre Channel (FC). It's also a …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2012
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Norwich FC scores own goal in net kit leak

Norwich City FC has apologised for its thuggish response to a teenage fan who grabbed pictures of the the football team's new strip from its own website. The club's web designers mistakenly exposed pictures of the kit on public parts of the site, while prepping a page to promote next season's kit. Chris Brown, a 17 year old IT …
Drew Cullen, 20 Apr 2012

Brocade-funded study says Fibre Channel faster than FCoE

A study funded by Brocade has found that Fibre Channel provides faster access to all-flash arrays than Fibre Channel over Ethernet. FCoE involves linking all-flash arrays to accessing servers via Ethernet instead of a Fibre Channel fabric. Testers from the Evaluator Group, who carried out the study on behalf of Brocade, hooked …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2014
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Let the SAN shine: Cirrus Data Solutions plugs speedy solution

A startup founded in 2010 reckons it can speed up SAN data access tenfold using its in-fabric Data Caching Server appliance. Cirrus Data Solutions (CDS) is based in Jericho, NY, and its CEO is Wayne Lam, who co-founded FalconStor. The founding funding amount was $480,000. Paul Bjorndahl, VP of sales and marketing at CDS, said …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jul 2014
Two SAS and FCoE thugs killing Fibre Channel

32 Gig Fibre Channel takes another step towards reality

The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) has announced that a 32 gigabits per second version of the standard is just a little bit closer to reality. The Association has let it be known that the “INCITS T11 standards committee has recently completed the Fibre Channel Physical Interface - sixth generation (FC-PI-6) industry …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2013

NetApp and IBM's high fibre treat: First SPC benchmark using FCoE

NetApp and IBM have released SPC-1 benchmarks showing IBM’s 10 gig V7000 FCoE system being narrowly beaten by NetApp’s FAS8020 using 16gig FC. Let's rephrase that. A flash-assisted array using faster Fibre Channel beat an all-disk array using slower Ethernet. Quelle surprise. SPC-1 tests a storage array’s ability to perform …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014

Is FCoE faster than Fibre Channel? Who knows? Just run your own tests

The Cisco Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) supporters' club has taken grave exception to what it views as a deeply flawed Evaluator Group study, funded by Fibre Channel (FC) enthusiasts Brocade, which showed FC was faster than FCoE. FCoE supporters say the study shows no such thing and lambasted both the Evaluator Group and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014
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Oof! Brocade posts a loss after taking $81m kick in the profits

After four quarters of profits Brocade has posted a $14m loss, due to a costly goodwill write-off as it exits a hardware business. Revenues for the quarter were $537m, down five per cent from the prior quarter’s $565m and the year-ago quarter’s $539m (down one per cent). Three months ago it made a profit of $81m; this time it …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2014
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SolidFire brings out new Carbon, says it'll make data centres more like clouds

Cloud all-flash array startup SolidFire has announced Carbon, v6.0 of its Elements operating system - claiming it is the "most feature-rich, enterprise-class all-flash storage on the market." For a quick review of SolidFire features read this previous Reg story and this one about its SF 9010 array. With the new v6.0 release, …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2014

IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?

I’m a big fan of data networking blogger Greg Ferro, who writes under the moniker Etherealmind. Greg and I are really on the same page with regards to work/life balance but his latest thoughts on that topic struck a chord with me. Drawn from his latest blog post, the key part says: Why am I focused on work life ? After 25 or so …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2014

Brocade flogs adapter biz to QLogic: Are they cutting losses or pleasing investors?

Late last week data networking gear firm Brocade announced it was selling its Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapter business to QLogic for an undisclosed sum. The storage networking host bus adapter (HBA) market was entered by Brocade in May 2007 with both iSCSI adapters and HBA products. The HBAs were marketed with messages …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2014

Entry-level HP SAN array stoops to conquer small biz bods

Once upon a time, HP had an MSA entry-level SAN array line-up with MSA 1000 (2gig FC) and MSA p2000 (8gig FC, 10gig iSCSI, 6 gig SAS) products. Now again it has two MSA array products: the MSA 1040 and 2040 dual-controller array products. Updated StoreEasy and StoreOnce product features were announced at HP's channel event in …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2014
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QLogic grabs Broadcom Ethernet assets

QLogic has signed a deal with Broadcom to buy some Ethernet assets and license its Fibre Channel IP. The converged network controller maker is spending $147m in cash to buy: some 10/40/100Gbit Ethernet controller-related assets and non-exclusive licences to certain intellectual property relating primarily to Broadcom’s …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014

Open-sourcer Nexenta fires up V4 storage OS

Open source storage software supplier Nexenta has revved its NexentaStor OS to version 4.0, making it more enterprise-worthy by delivering more scalability, performance and reliability. But this is not the Edge unified file, block and object storage product discussed in January. The software-defined storage supplier clearly …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014
HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450

HP fleshes out faster, flashier 3PAR storage gear

HP is opening its Discover Conference in Barcelona today with a revved-up deduping backup array; a faster-searching array; and a faster flash 3PAR array: a StoreOnce, StoreAll and StoreQuicker, if you like. We’ll look at the 3PAR arrays first with a second article looking at the updated StoreAll and StoreOnce products. …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2013

Stop fiddling with your VMAX knobs or I'll chop your fingers off

An EMC systems engineer has written a blog post about the VMAX FAST VP array. While it's full of good advice, he unintentionally sums up everything that's wrong with VMAX today: the knobs. The blog in question, written by Sean Cummins, is well written and goes into plenty of detail about getting the best out of VMAX FAST VP. …
StorageBod, 24 Mar 2014
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The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware

A storage array access revolution is coming, says VMware as it releases its VVOL Virtual Volumes. These allow storage arrays to do a virtualised server's bidding and have storage pools and operations carried out in VMware virtual machine-centric ways. VMware has announced its beta programme for a forthcoming release of VMware …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2014

Emulex 'hired Goldman Sachs to find themselves a buyer' - report

SAN storage adaptor supplier Emulex has hired Goldman Sachs to find a buyer, according to Bloomberg. Neither Emulex nor Goldman Sachs have confirmed the story, which Bloomberg says it heard from two people "with knowledge of the situation". The rationale for such a sale is strong. The Fibre Channel HBA market, which Emulex and …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2013
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NetApp to fling out new FAS array BUSINESS BEAST – source

A person close to the situation has told El Reg that NetApp has a FAS8000 enterprise array coming soon. A well-placed source said that a coming FAS8000 would effectively replace the FAS3000 and V-Series products. Also NetApp would start selling its (ONTAP) software separately from the FAS array hardware soon. Oh, and the …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014
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Ruskie email provider Mail.ru chats up US market with My.com

Russia's biggest email provider is hoping to crack the US market with the launch of My.com. Mail.Ru's subsidiary has been set up in Mountain View, California, to punt a combination of mobile services and games - groan-inducingly described by the company as "commutainment" - at subscribers stateside. The firm is run by one of …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Nov 2013
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NetApp springs update surprise on Engenio flash array

Less than a week after EMC put its bought-in all-flash XtremIO array on sale, NetApp has boosted the power of its Engenio all-flash array product by adding the EF550 above the EF540 in its line-up. It's also added a new disk-drive-filled branch office SAN array, the E2700, which slots in above the E2600 and below the E5400. The …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013
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Catalogic swaps CEO for buyout veteran

Syncsort data protection spin-off Catalogic Software has changed its CEO less than 10 months after appointing Flavio Santoni as its first CEO. What lies behind this? Syncsort spun-off its data protection business in October, leaving behind a data integration business focussed on Hadoop and big data, and saying that was now its …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2014
Emulex Gen 5

Brocade: People try to put us down, talkin' 'bout my (Fibre Chan) generation

Is "fifth-generation Fibre Channel" marketing-speak or a useful term? Earlier this year the "Gen 5 Fibre Channel" term popped up from Brocade, which used it to describe 16GBit/s Fibre Channel, the computer network technology's highest available speed. And Brocade started using the Gen 5 term around the time Cisco finally …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013

QLogic's save-the-biz pitch: Ditch the switch glitch - get rich

Troubled storage adapter supplier QLogic is getting out of the Fibre Channel switch business to save cash and focus resources on its adapters. The news came as investors and analysts digested the firm's quarterly results showing its first loss in over two years. A flattish FC host bus adapter (HBA) and converged network adapter …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2013

In 2017, a pack of hybrid mutants stuffed with NAND flash will descend

Gartner has updated its HDD 2012-2017 shipment forecast, and predicts the amount of NAND flash shipped in hybrid drives should increase 163 times in the five years to 2017. But the analyst did not spill the beans on the current level of shipments - nor indeed on how much NAND flash it believes will ultimately be shipped in 2017 …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2013
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Red Devil assaults Burnley FC's stadium roof

Burnley FC has suspended all pre-match entertainments at its Turf Moor stadium after a member of the elite Red Devils parachute team performed an unscheduled assault on the roof of the ground's David Fishwick stand, the BBC reports. In what Burnley described as a "major embarrassment", kick-off of Saturday's clash with Ipswich's …
Lester Haines, 19 Aug 2008
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Never mind software-defined HYPE, 2014 will be the year of REALLY WEIRD storage boxen

As as we come to the end of another year, it's worth looking forward to see what – if anything – is going to change in the storage world next year, because this year has pretty much been a bust as far as innovation and radical new products are concerned. So what is going to change? I get the feeling not a huge amount will. …
StorageBod, 19 Dec 2013
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FalconStor flyaways Chen and the Liu Tan clan uncloak new biz

FalconStor exiles have started up a storage federating business called ProphetStor and aim to get OpenStack cloud providers federating legacy arrays and commodity servers into virtualised pools of block storage that cost far less than traditional arrays. The ex-falcons hoping to fly again are Eric Chen, ProphetStor's founder and …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2013
Sepaton S2100-ES3

Sepaton lures Feds with TOP SECRET backup BEAST

Sepaton has brought out a new deduping backup storage array that it claims inflicts 80TB an hour on a floating lump of backup data. It's the S2100-ES3 2925 and it has near doubled its data ingestion rate over the -ES2 model, says the firm. It has also added an encryption feature that it says makes it the "safe choice" for mega …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2013

NetApp shows off tech specs of FAS array BIZ BEAST

NetApp's coming FAS8000 is a mid-range array designed for scale-out clustering, with the latter becoming as important if not more important to the firm than having bigger-than-FAS6000 boxes in its product range. Ahead of its launch we managed to get a look at the product's datasheet. It sets the scene by saying: "Traditional …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2014
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Virtual Instruments plans probe 'n' sniff tools for Ethernet networks

Fibre Channel networking probester Virtual Instruments is going to expand into Ethernet-based file network probing and analysis, according to the 451 analysis group. The analysts also reckon an IPO is coming but said that Ethernet switching speed freak Arista is set on entering Ethernet network analysis too, giving VI real …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2013

Live now: LOHAN igniter test flight

The Register's mighty Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is, as you read this, in the field preparing a second test flight of our Vulture 2 spaceplane's rocket motor igniter assembly, following Monday's dramatic first attempt which ended on a Spanish mountainside following premature balloon burst. Click here for a …
Lester Haines, 19 Sep 2013
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Footy lovers hit in Wembley playoff card snatch scam

Provider Ticket Zone is continuing a joint investigation with Brentford Football Club after it emerged that card details used to buy tickets for the League One playoff final last weekend were subsequently used for fraudulent purchases. Yeovil beat Brentford 2-1 to reach The Championship on Sunday, piling on further misery for …
John Leyden, 23 May 2013
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Flash to the future: Memristors, photonics, MLC-y tsunami

For a non-volatile storage medium flash development sure is volatile, as attendees at a distributor conference found out. Aaron Rakers, managing director of analysts Stifel Nicolaus, attended the conference and sent out a despatch from it that contained a mouth-watering array of tit-bits. The distributor had suppliers of hybrid …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2013

HP's StoreVirtual gets a bit older, decides it needs some Fibre

HP is adding Fibre Channel connectivity to its previously iSCSI access-only StoreVirtual range of arrays. These are the re-branded LeftHand Networks iSCSI arrays and HP is introducing a new mid-range product as well as adding Fibre Channel access. The new StoreVirtual models are: 4630 for the mid-range with 6Gbit/s SAS, a …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2013
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Back to black: Dot Hill climbs out of the dot hole

Storage systems maker Dot Hill is making the most of the economic recovery, slipping back into the black after posting seven-figure losses a year ago. The company announced its Q3 2013 results with a small $1.8m profit for the second quarter in a row. Revenues were $52.6m, compared to $48.2m a year ago and $50.7m in the …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2013
Nervous girl bites nails

QLogic and Emulex struggling to escape Fibre Channel woes

Businesses exist to make profits. Quarterly results statements provide a window through which to look at how publicly-owned businesses are doing. So, QLogic and Emulex: how are you doing? QLogic did well in its third fiscal 2014 quarter, which finished on December 29 last year, with profits up both sequentially and annually. …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2014

EMC tries to snuff out SolidFire before tomorrow's XtremIO-gasm

EMC has readied some XtremIO competitive knock-offs to help the Hopkinton storage giant's reps and channel partners dislodge rival SolidFire from their prospects’ minds. The main knock-off points are: XtremIO utilises an innovative flash specific data protection algorithm providing double failure protection with only 8 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
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Reading FC gets new sponsor

Kyocera Mita is the new shirt sponsor of Reading Football Club, replacing distributor Westcoast which has backed the club for the last six years. The cost of the deal was not revealed but it is the largest corporate sponsorship in the club's history. Tracey Rawling Church, marketing boss at Kyocera UK, said: "We expect our …
John Oates, 08 Jun 2005
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'Fastest storage in the WORLD' plugged into mighty boffinry Cray

DDN claims it has sold the fastest storage system in the world to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for its Titan superduperwhoopercomputer, shooting data out faster than 1 terabyte a second. Titan Racks Colourful Titan storage racks The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a US Department of Energy facility managed by UT- …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2013
MSA2040

HP offers enterprise fatness to small biz bods in bulked-up sales push

HP's latest MSA 2040 array is one of those cases where midrange enterprise array features have trickled down to an SMB-class product, the MSA being HP's entry-level drive array range. Meg Whitman's company is also boosting its channel programmes to get resellers selling faster to small and medium-sized businesses. In detail the …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2013
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HP: You know what healthy OpenStack bods need? Fibre Channel

Hewlett-Packard says it is enabling OpenStack users to connect to two of its Fibre Channel and iSCSI-access storage arrays. OpenStack is the NASA and Rackspace-initiated open-source platform for building an infrastructure cloud. The build-yer-own platform has both compute and storage controller components and aims to lower …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2013

Brocade boss drops F-bomb: 'Everyone's for 32Gbps Fibre Channel'

Storage networking biz Brocade has pulled a massive profit leap out of declining revenues thanks to a legal win against rival A10 Networks. Brocade banked a $119m profit on revenues of $536.6m in its latest quarter of 2013, ended 27 July. The year-ago profit was $43m, so that's a 177 per cent jump and a 153 per cent increase …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2013
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Brocade gives Wall Street the finger

The SANs are okay... Brocade beat pessimistic Wall St estimates about its fourth quarter (Q4) earnings and outlook for the next quarter, showing that there is more life in the Fibre Channel and Ethernet vendor than analysts gave it credit for. Revenues in the fourth quarter ending 29 October were $550m, a 9 per cent rise on the …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2011

WD catches falling flash star, slurps up sTec

Western Digital has entered into a definitive merger agreement with sTec, formerly known as STEC, under which its subsidiary, HGST, will buy sTec for $340m in cash. This gives HGST a significant leg-up in the supply of enterprise SSDs and an entry into the server flash card market. El Reg's storage desk thinks this will be a …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2013
Violin Force 25120

Violin's data-slurp flash SAN frontend to cram box at furious speeds

Violin Memory is now accelerating disk-drive array-based SANs by using a flash front-end caching box, which also sucks data off the SAN and stuffs it in Violin's own 6000-series flash arrays. The Force 2510 is called a “memory appliance” in Violin's cant and is the company's implementation of the GridIron Turbocharger appliance …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2013
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NetApp offers middleweight refreshments

NetApp has refreshed its three mid-range FAS arrays, giving customers two models with speed and capacity increases and perhaps leaving room for a future top-end 3200. The company has three mainstream dual-controller FAS array product lines: the entry-level FAS2000s, the medium FAS3000s and the high-end FAS6000s. The FAS2000s …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2012

Cisco: We are NOT lagging behind Brocade

A Cisco boss fired a warning shot across Brocade's bow after the rival networking biz bragged that it had a two-year lead over Cisco in the 16Gb/s Fibre Channel arena. Cisco's product manager for Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), J Michel Metz, took exception to boasts made by Brocade's chief technology officer Dave Stevens, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Dec 2011
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Brocade has 2-year Fibre Channel headstart on rival

Brocade is making 16gig Fibre Channel hay while Cisco is still lagging up to two years behind, having made a wrong bet with FCoE. Brocade's chief technology officer, Dave Stevens, presented at an investors' meeting attended by Aaron Rakers of Stifel Nicolaus, who reports that Stevens: "highlighted a faster-than-typical …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2011