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Huawei cooks own PCIe SSD: Flash IP in a flash

Pics Chinese enterprise data centre IT supplier Huawei now makes its own PCIe flash cards, including the controller functionality. Being shown round an enterprise product exhibition hall in Huawei's Shenzhen campus* we saw a PCIe flash card, the ES3000 v2, with a capacity of up to 3.2TB, and we were able to pick it up and look at …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2015

Kill Flash: Adobe says patch to fix under-attack hole still days away

Just a day after its monthly batch of security updates, Adobe has confirmed it will issue an emergency critical patch for Flash next week. With somewhat regrettable timing, given Adobe's patching cycle, Trend Micro's security researchers announced on Tuesday that it had discovered in the plugin a vulnerability, CVE-2015-7645, …
Iain Thomson, 15 Oct 2015
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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

Amazon – the retail juggernaut, not the cloud juggernaut – has flicked Flash ads citing the increasing number of ways they're blocked at the browser as its reason. Driven at least in part by others' reaction to chronic insecurity in the plug-in-platform, Amazon says it will no longer accept advertisements that use Flash after …
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Enterprise Storage in Flash: A real world story

Live Regcast SSDs are now firmly established in enterprise storage. In many organisations they are now being deployed to support an expanding range of workloads, not just one or two specialist services such as high performance analytics or desktop virtualisation. But adopting SSD/Flash storage has an impact on IT processes, so are the ways …
David Gordon, 03 Nov 2015
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Don't want to fork out for NAND flash? You're not alone. Disk still rules

NAND flash shipments are not catching up with disk, casting doubt on the idea that disks will disappear from data centres, according to the latest research. Stifel MD Aaron Rakers used data from Samsung, Gartner and others to tabulate capacity-based shipment data for consumer and enterprise disk and flash storage devices. …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2015
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Fireworks expected from Oracle at Flash Memory Summit

Comment Oracle is giving a keynote pitch at the Flash Memory Summit, indicating it's got something NAND-like up its sleeve. The pitch is being presented by long-time disk man Mike Workman, currently SVP for flash storage systems at Oracle. He was the CEO of Pillar Data – which was acquired by Oracle in 2011 – which built the Axiom line …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2015

Radian inflicts shingles on poor, unsuspecting Flash drives

Radian Memory, startup pusher of faster SSD software, claims its SSD-managing software can work with host-managed shingled disk drive software to make an SSD-SMR disk combination quite exciting. We'll see. Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) disk drives gave higher capacity than normal drives by overapping wide write tracks, …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2015

Pure Storage is giving away FREE flash arrays – but there's a catch

Pure Storage is offering a free flash array to new customers who take out a support contract. Pure_Offer_2 Channel e-mail from Pure According to a channel e-mail The Register has seen (above), this special offer ends on October 30th. We asked Pure whether this was true and International PR manager Julie André said: "We …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2015

Fab-ulous: Toshiba debuts 10.5K 1.2TB spinner, joins SanDisk for 3D flash gig

It's all about layering, as hairdressers, disk drive and flash foundry folk would say. Toshiba has added a platter to a 10.5K disk drive to bump up capacity, and is converting a flash fab to pump out 3D flash chips with layers of planar NAND inside them. AL14SE-HDD Toshiba's AL14SE 10.5K 1.2TB disk drive Toshiba has …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015

Adobe patches Flash dirty dozen, ignores 155 in Shockwave shocker

Adobe has patched nearly two dozen vulnerabilities in its Flash player including 16 that lead to code execution but is still serving flawed versions with hundreds of holes as part of its Shockwave bundle. The Flash vulnerabilities patched yesterday affect Windows, Mac, and Linux as part of the version 19.x updates. It …
Darren Pauli, 22 Sep 2015

Angler plonks August's Flash feeding frenzy into its boat

Crooks behind the world's worst exploit kit, Angler, have added the latest Adobe Flash vulnerabilities to the suite's long list of attack vectors. Angler now sports support for some of the 35 Flash player holes detailed and patched last month that includes eight memory corruption flaws and five type confusion bugs. French …
Darren Pauli, 07 Sep 2015

HPE trots out benchmark blaster flash array as PCs become distant memory

An all-flash 3PAR array has stormed to the top of the SPC-2 benchmark charts. Nice one HPE, you've timed it just right for your independence from PCs and printers. The 3PAR 20850 scored 62,844 aggregate MB/sec, topping EMC’s VMAX 400K and its 55,643.78 MB/sec. This benchmark measure array performance in terms of throughput ( …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2015

New Flash flaw lets you beat White House and NATO security

Don't ignore the next emergency Flash Player update you receive: it might be trying to fix yet another vulnerability in the chronically-insecure plug-in. According to Trend Micro, the vulnerability is already being used by Pawn Storm in phishing attacks against a variety of governments. Trend's analysts reckon the zero-day …

Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

Google is making good on its promise to strangle Adobe Flash's ability to auto-play in Chrome. The web giant has set September 1, 2015 as the date from which non-important Flash files will be click-to-play in the browser by default – effectively freezing out "many" Flash ads in the process. Netizens can right-click over the …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2015

China’s chip shop makes dash for flash with huge new fab

The Tsinghua Unigroup is spear-heading China’s dash to get its own flash fab off the ground. Filed plans show pilot production starting in 18 months. According to Stifel MD Aaron Rakers who has looked into the Tongfang Guoxin filing, the plant will build NAND and NOR flash wafers, not DRAM, with a 120,000 wafer starts/month ( …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2015

Riding on the memory bus: Micron brings out 8GB flash DIMM

Micron is launching an 8GB flash DIMM, providing competition for SanDisk and its ULLtraDIMM. Flash DIMMs mount a flash chip card on a DIMM socket, putting the NAND on the memory bus, which is even faster than the PCIe bus. The idea is to provide an intermediate store or cache between main memory and PCIe flash or SAS-connected …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2015

Good news: Adobe bangs out Flash patch fast. Bad news: Google's defenses were useless

Adobe's security engineers have pulled out all the stops to release a patch for a shocking vulnerability in Flash much earlier than expected. On Tuesday Trend Micro published details of a bug in all versions of the Flash player for Mac and PCs, and some Linux builds. The flaw is being actively exploited in the wild, Trend said …
Iain Thomson, 16 Oct 2015
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Shares tumble at flash-disk array maker Nimble: Time to crack open the all-flash?

It's been a dire third quarter for Nimble, whose latest results fell short of market expectations. Shares dropped by a hefty 31 per cent to $14.15 as the news was absorbed by investors. Despite year-on-year growth was still positive. Compared with the year-ago Q3's $59.1m, this year's equivalent showed a 36.5 per cent uplift. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2015
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Mozilla to boot all plugins from Firefox … except Flash

The Mozilla Foundation has revealed that some future versions of its flagship Firefox browser will ship without support for plugins of any sort. The organisation yesterday announced that “new platforms such as 64-bit Firefox for Windows will launch without plugin support.” Adobe Flash is the exception to the rule, because it …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Oct 2015

Nexgen’s QoS AFA has flash players in tiers

Nexgen has stripped out the 7.2K disks from its hybrid flash/disk N5 hardware box and replaced them with dual-port SSDs to create a 3-tier, all flash array with quality of service features driving data movement across the tiers. The Quality of Service features were introduced in July. The dual-active-active controller N5 …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2015

SanDisk, we could make sweet flash music together, whispers WD

Western Digital is considering buying SanDisk for approximately $17-$18bn, with the companies already in advanced talks and a deal possible within weeks, according to Bloomberg, after speculation surfaced last week that SanDisk was in acquisition talks with both Micron and Western Digital. The potential deal price with WD is $80 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015

Pawn Storm attack: Flash zero-day exploit hits diplomatic inboxes

Hackers behind a long-running cyber-espionage campaign have begun using a new Adobe Flash zero-day exploit in their latest campaign. The attackers behind Pawn Storm targeted several foreign affairs ministries from around the globe using a Flash-based attack, Trend Micro reports. The targets received spear phishing emails that …
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2015
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Hackers exploit fresh PC hijack bug in Adobe Flash Player, the internet's screen door

Adobe is advising users and administrators to patch its Flash Player after yet another remote-code execution vulnerability was discovered in the plugin. The patch fixes bug CVE-2015-3113, which allows attackers to take control of a system if it opens a malicious Flash file. Miscreants are exploiting the flaw in the wild to …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2015
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Flash chips for flash cars: SanDisk dives under your bonnet

SanDisk has made its flash products car-friendly, devising SD cards and embedded flash drives (EFD) that auto-makers can stuff into their infotainment systems. The iNAND embedded flash drives store up to 64GB of data, not much by data centre standards, and the little beggars should cope with rough driving conditions better than …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2015

FLASH MUST DIE, says Facebook security chief

Newly-minted Facebook security chief Alex Stamos has called for Adobe Flash to be taken out behind the shed by a shotgun-wielding world. The former Yahoo! security head joined Menlo Park this year and over the weekend said in two Tweets that it is time the death knell chimed for the Adobe's much-hacked tool. "It is time for …
Darren Pauli, 14 Jul 2015

All-flash array reports aren't all about all-flash arrays, rages Gartner

Comment Our earlier pop at Gartner's all-flash array methodology has generated a response from Gartner. Joe Unsworth from Gartner – the author of the Market Share report and co-author on the Solid-State Arrays magic quadrant – has been in touch. We said corrective glasses were needed to read the report. View what follows as corrective …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2015

The roots go deep: Kill Adobe Flash, kill it everywhere, bod says

Fortinet security researcher Bing Lui has warned users that they can still be p0wned if they only disable Adobe Flash in web browsers. Lui's warning speaks to advice last week that users dump Flash to bolster security in the wake of the public disclosure of three zero day vulnerabilities (CVE-2015-5122. CVE-2015-5123, and CVE- …
Darren Pauli, 21 Jul 2015
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Mars rover Opportunity shuns dodgy flash chips, relies on RAM

NASA says its aging solar-powered Opportunity rover will from now on explore the Red Planet without using its flash memory whenever possible. Opportunity has been on Mars since 2004, and it was expected to work for three months. Glitches in the rover's flash memory, which first became apparent with an ”amnesia” incident in …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jul 2015

Thirty five Flash Player holes plugged (and there's one quick fix)

Adobe has patched 35 security vulnerabilities in its Flash Player, all but one of which could lead to unexpected code execution. The fixes relate to vulnerabilities including 15 use-after-free, eight memory corruption, and five type confusion bugs. There are five code execution flaws relating to buffer overflows and a lone …
Darren Pauli, 12 Aug 2015

Vendors look to flash as big ticket storage slumps in EMEA

High-end storage system sales in EMEA dived in the second quarter, but flash-based systems showed double digit growth, as enterprises latched onto the falling prices for the technology. Overall external storage systems sales were $1.63bn across EMEA in the three months to July 31, according to IDC, an 11 per cent drop on the …
Team Register, 11 Sep 2015

Decision time: Uninstall Adobe Flash or install yet another critical patch

Adobe has issued yet another update for Flash Player to patch a critical vulnerability revealed in documents leaked from spyware maker Hacking Team. The update patches 36 CVE-listed flaws, including the hacking Team's CVE-2015-5119 bug – which can be exploited by a malicious Flash file to run malware on a victim's system. Some …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Jul 2015

GET PATCHED: Adobe plugs Hacking Team Flash holes and more

Adobe has released patches for its Flash software to fix a pair of critical security vulnerabilities exposed by the Hacking Team megabreach. The bugs can be exploited to hijack PCs and infect them with malware – and crooks are already doing just that, so apply the updates now. The security bulletin for Adobe Flash Player ( …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2015

Intel doubles capacity and speed of PCIe flash card

Intel has near-doubled the capacity and speed of its DC P3600 PCIe NVMe flash card with a DC P3608 refresh. It’s doubled the number of PCIe lanes from 4 to 8 and upped the maximum capacity from 2TB to 4TB, while still using 20nm MLC flash – the HET variety – in the P3608’s case. The net effect is to boost both IOPS and …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2015
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Micron pulls up its flash SOCs, slurps up Tidal

The Non-Volatile Memory Express technology wave is rising and Micron has bought Tidal Systems, an early stage NVMe PCIe controller developer. Tidal Systems, which is developing system-on-chip (SOC) controllers for flash, was founded in 2013 by CEO Mike Lee and Dr Cody Wu, an former distinguished engineer at SandForce, the SSD …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2015

DSSD says Violin's right: SSD format is WRONG for flash memory

Analysis The SSD format is wrong for flash memory storage arrays. That is the message from DSSD, EMC’s rack-scale, shared flash array development. The Register has seen pictures of DSSD’s flash modules and these are not disk bay form factor SSDs. Rather, they resemble Violin Memory VIMM – Violin In-Line Memory Modules – instead. Pure …
Chris Mellor, 07 Sep 2015

KILL FLASH WITH FIRE until a patch comes: Hacking Team exploit is in the wild

So it's confirmed: the Adobe Flash vulnerability revealed in the Hacking Team hack is out in the wild being used, and there's no patch yet. Flash users beware! Two sources, Malwarebytes and Malware Don't Need Coffee, have documented updates to the Neutrino exploit kit and Angler exploit kit, respectively. Both kits, which are …

Samsung barks out the orders, reveals its 3D flash lead

The top dog in the flash industry has just barked out loud and strong; emphasising its 3D flash process lead, Samsung is mass-producing 48-layer, 256Gbit 3D NAND chips, essentially tech SanDisk/Toshiba is hopeful of shipping next year. Sammy is currently shipping 32-layer 3D V-NAND chips which Dell is using in its Storage …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2015

Flash deserves to live, says Cisco security man

Don't kill Flash; that's the message from Cisco security veteran John Stewart who says the Adobe team have put in the hard yards into reforming security and needs to weather the current bug storm. The advice follows a call for the ravaged runtime to be expunged from the digital world by former Yahoo-cum-Facebook security man …
Darren Pauli, 31 Jul 2015

NetApp adds in-line dedupe to all-flash FAS arrays

NetApp has updated its Clustered Data ONTAP OS to support in-line deduplication and 3.8TB SSDs. Inline deduplication means data is deduplicated as it lands on the array instead of being initially stored in its full form and then having later, post-process deduplication applied to it. In-line deduplication is more space- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2015

Adobe releases out-of-band security patches – amazingly not for Flash

Today, Adobe released important patches for some of its other products – people still using Flash can stand down, however. Web app development kit ColdFusion has a couple of patches for versions 10 and 11 for holes that could be exploited to pull off cross-site scripting attacks. Meanwhile, BlazeDS server-side software has …
Iain Thomson, 17 Nov 2015

Mozilla loses patience with Flash over Hacking Team, BLOCKS it

Mozilla has temporarily blocked Flash in Firefox while waiting for Adobe to release patches to fix yet more serious security holes in the Swiss-cheese-like plugin. These holes can be exploited by criminals to hijack PCs and infect them with malware; details of the bugs emerged from leaked Hacking Team files. Firefox began …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2015

Kaminario gets triple vision with 3D 3-layer flash

Kaminario is joining Dell in the all-flash array (AFA) war with a capacity-rising and price-dropping K2 array using the same Samsung 3D TLC flash drives. The new, sixth generation – as we see it – K2, actually v5.5, offers an average price of under $1/GB usable, half that of the gen-5 product introduced in May 2014. Dell’s SC …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2015
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Trouble comes in threes: Yet ANOTHER Flash 0-day vuln patch looming

Adobe plans to patch Flash yet again after yet another zero-day vulnerability in the web video software leaves PCs prone to hijacking. The PSA15-02 security advisory details a security hole that hackers are already exploiting to compromise vulnerable systems. An upcoming update to squash the critical bug makes it three patches …
John Leyden, 02 Feb 2015

Pure gives its flash boxes some 3D TLC

Pure Storage wants to be its flash array customers’ best friend forever with announcements lowering flash storage cost and improving its availability. The Silicon Valley biz is now supporting 3D TLC flash, the three-bits-per-cell stuff that has an endurance long enough for enterprise use. Other flash array suppliers using this …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2015
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SanDisk flash array launch signals imminent AFA battle

Comment With SanDisk joining the ranks of all-flash array vendors, that makes 15 AFA suppliers I know of: far, far too many for industry stability. There are: Cisco with Invicta currently in hibernation Dell with all-flash Storage Centre EMC with XtremIO and coming DSSD HDS with HAF module in VSP/HUS HGST with Skyera skyHawk HP …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2015

Micron has three bits between its PC disk-killing flash teeth

Micron is targeting consumers and SMBs with a disk-replacing three bit Crucial-brand SSD. This BX200 triple-level cell (TLC) 2.5-inch flash drive uses Micron NAND chips, 16nm ones, and comes in 270GB, 480GB and 960GB capacity levels. It is driven by a Silicon Motion SM2256 controller operating Micron firmware. The basic …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2015

Presenting Mangstor's NVMe superfast flash storage pocket rocket

Comment The Register storage desk thinks NVMe fabric linking for storage arrays will be very big, as it's a SAN/NAS latency killer. Startup Mangstor has built an NVMe fabric-accessed array, so we've seen what such a beast looks like. We looked at its MX6300 PCIe flash card recently and thought it was a marvelously fast product. We …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2015

Ransomware slinging exploit kit targets Flash remote code execution

Attackers have added a recent dangerous Adobe vulnerability to the Magnitude exploit kit, according to respected independent malware researcher "Kafeine". The remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2015-3113) revealed last week allows attackers to hijack un-patched machines targeting Internet Explorer on Windows 7 and XP. Web …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jun 2015
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DCIG puts out new flash array guide – wonder where EMC is this time?

Analyst group DCIG has produced another report ranking hyper-converged infrastructure appliance vendors based on documented features and questionnaire answers. A canned quote by Tim Anderson, research analyst and co-author of the DCIG 2015-16 All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide, said: "We are confident this [guide] will give …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2015

The all-flash market will grotesquely distend in five years, says Gartner

Gartner thinks the all-flash array market will expand at a 37 per cent compound annual growth rate, embiggening from $1.43bn in 2014 to about $7bn by 2019. Storage notes from analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, reveal that and other interesting predictions: Gartner thinks no data centres use only all-flash arrays …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2015