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The Incredible Shrinking Man

Shrinkage!? But it's sooo big! More data won't leave storage biz proud

Analysis The enterprise storage market is in a period of data growth according to IDC-forcasted zettabyte heaven, right? Er, no, because it's it entered a recessionary period, with negative growth. Says IDC. Total factory revenue of $8.8bn was reported for the quarter, down 3.2 per cent down on the year while the number of …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2016
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DSSD President quits Dell EMC

The Register's storage desk has learned that DSSD President Bill Moore has left Dell EMC. EMC acquired DSSD in 2014, when the prey company had revealed its intentions to build rack-scale flash storage rigs, but was still in stealth mode. Moore co-founded the company, along with Jeff Bonwick who remains a VP and CTO at Dell …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2016

If your Xmas party expenses left you with a hangover, you should see Dell's spending

If revenue growth is vanity but profits are sanity, then Dell EMC made something of an inauspicious start to life as one company: sales expansion was overshadowed by deepening losses. The results for the firm’s third quarter of fiscal 2017 ending October 28, which included 52 days of financial results from EMC and VMware, …
Paul Kunert, 08 Dec 2016

Reg readers vent their frustrations with AFA vendors

As part of a recent survey we asked Register readers to give us some thoughts on a hot area in the storage world but with a slightly provocative edge, namely: “What frustrates you the most about how storage vendors sell their products, and are there any specific irritations in relation to all-flash in particular?” You clearly …
Tony Lock, 08 Dec 2016
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Huawei says its NVMe arrays with NVMe drives will be out in 2017

Interview Huawei is a believer in the use of NVMe drives and fabric. Yet it thinks that shared array controller software and hardware will need upgrading to take full advantage of NVMe drives. It does not believe customers are ready to adopt NVMe over fabric-accessed arrays because of problem areas such as routability for ROCE. We asked …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2016
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WDC loads its belt-fed drive cannon, blasts out disks 'n' cards galore

Western Digital Corp wowed analysts with exec spiel and five – or was it six? – product announcements. We have helium gas-filled drives, a 3D TLC NAND microSD card, two SSDs and a promised furiously fast flash platform array overflowing with IOPS. We'll start with the rotating rust and an Ultrastar He12, 12TB helium-filled …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2016
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Need Xmas ideas? Try CVE-2015-7645, a Flash gift that keeps on giving

A Flash vulnerability subject to emergency patching by Adobe has been used in all major exploit kits to compromise users not already updated. The vulnerability (CVE-2015-7645) patched in October last year was the first zero day since Adobe implemented more hardened security. It was also the most pervasive among the …
Darren Pauli, 08 Dec 2016
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Masterful malvertisers pwn Channel 9, Sky, MSN in stealth attacks

A two-year long, highly sophisticated malvertising campaign infected visitors to some of the most popular news sites in the UK, Australia, and Canada including Channel 9, Sky News, and MSN. Readers of those news sites, just a portion of all affected (since it also affected eBay's UK portal), were infected with modular trojans …
Darren Pauli, 08 Dec 2016
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How DDN benefits from Japan quake anxiety

Case study Yahoo! Japan has teamed up with DDN Storage and IBM Japan to help it avoid the country's relatively high electricity costs – and run a disaster-recovery backup site on another continent for an earthquake rocks the nation. Yahoo! Japan uses OpenStack Swift storage in a Japan-based data center. DDN reckons there's 50PB of …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2016
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We grill another storage startup that's meshing about with NVMe

Interview Storage startup Excelero is supportive of NVMe drives and of NVMe over fabrics-style networking. It has a unique way of using NVMe drives to create a virtual SAN accessed by RDMA. An upcoming NASA Ames case study will describe how its NVMesh technology works in more detail. We asked Excelero CTO Yaniv Romem some questions to …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016
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SimpliVity does meet-in-the-channel type deal with Huawei

Hyper-converged infrastructure appliance and software supplier SimpliVity has certified Huawei hardware for its OmniStack software. OmniStack with Huawei FusionServer is an all-flash implementation of OmniStack. Qiu Long, President of Huawei IT Server Product Line, provided a ready-made quote: "Huawei servers running …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016
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How to solve your Microsoft storage challenges with All-Flash NVMe

Promo Listen to the tech pundits and they will tell you that storage is no longer the bottleneck in your system performance. Or to be more precise, storage does not have to be a bottleneck anymore - so long as you adopt NVM Express (NVMe) the next generation specification for accessing non-volatile memory such as flash. And then you …
Megan Goddard, 06 Dec 2016
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NASA's hyperwall wonderwall uses virtual flash SAN

Case study How do get fast parallel data access to 128 compute nodes doing simulation processing off a slow, although massively parallel access data set? You could employ flash cache burst buffering, as DDN might propose, or try out an NVMe flash drive-based virtual SAN, which is what NASA Ames did in a visualisation situation. NASA's …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016
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Datrium: $55m burning hole in its pocket and raring to go global

Datrium has gained $55m C-round funding to grow its business to global scale. The startup was founded in 2012 by Data Domain and VMware vets. Its DVX product is a 2-tier design, revealed in January this year, and involving controller and data services software running in from one to 32 accessing servers, each with at least …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2016
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Micron wheels out 'highest density' SATA SSD on the market

+Comment Micron has introduced a 5100 line of data centre flash drives and promises it will be the highest-density SATA SSD on the market. There are three models and they all use TLC (3bits/cell) 3D flash and have a 6Gbps SATA interface: 5100 ECO – 480GB, 960GB, 1.9TB, 3.84TB and (coming) 7.86TB 5100 PRO – 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, 3. …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2016

DDN claims burst buffer bashes 'past 1TB/sec bandwidth'

This is a we-can-pee-up-the-wall-higher-than-anyone-else story – one which we'd normally give a miss - only the numbers are past 1TB/sec – head-scratchingly high. The Oakforest-PACS T2K massively parallel 25 petaflop superdupercomputer machine is number 6 in the TOP500 list at SC16 in Salt Lake City. It's operated by the Joint …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2016
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Elon Musk-backed OpenAI reveals Universe – a universal training ground for computers

Hoping to teach AI agents the common sense they need to solve arbitrary tasks without specific training, OpenAI on Monday will introduce Universe, a collection of virtualized video games, browser interfaces, and applications that serve as a training ground for code-based decision making. Universe is open-source middleware that …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Dec 2016

Google proudly regards dented shovel as Flash lies supine on the floor

Google's long-promised farewell-to-Flash took another step last week , with the Chocolate Factory announcing it's off-by-default for most users, in most cases. From Chrome 55, Google's browser will check sites to see if they support HTML5. If so, Chrome will run the auto-play video ad proceed to play video; if not, the user …

Violin Memory axes staff just before Christmas, gives CFO $150k bonus

Violin Memory is cutting staff while rewarding chief financial officer Cory Sindelar with a bonus to persuade him to stay for another two months. Merry Christmas, Silicon Valley style. Chief marketing officer Amy Love told The Register today: “Violin is resizing the company as part of its overall turnaround efforts. More news …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016

Dell EMC kills off VxRack Neutrino

EMC is end-of-lifing its hyper-converged, rack-scale, scale-out, turnkey VxRack Neutrino product. VxRack Neutrino was announced in February this year as a product on which to run cloud-native apps and Big Data analytics workloads in large data centres. The component storage pieces in the VxRack 1000-based product were ScaleIO …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
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Pure Storage is betting its FlashArray farm on NVMe

+Comment At a high level, Pure believes NVMe is poised to unlock the next generation of performance and density gains, and any modern all-flash array needs to be ready to take advantage. It plans to enable NVMe with tier 1 resiliency and enterprise data services for everyone, refusing to see it as expensive, exotic, high-performance …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
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HyperGrid's ex-ice hockey player evangelist wants to slot the puck

Analysis It’s said that hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body from dental records, or that someone went to a fight and a hockey game broke out. Kelly Murphy is a hard man, a Regina, Saskatchewan-born ex-professional ice hockey player, forced by injury to follow the puck off the hockey field and into an …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
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LeEco Le Pro 3: Low-cost, high-spec Droid takes on the big boys with a big fat batt

Review In October, the Chinese firm LeEco announced bold plans to storm the American market with a range of consumer electronic devices, ranging from smartphones to a futuristic electric car. The firm's CEO Jia Yueting has since said he's scaling back his plans as a little too ambitious, but some LeEco products are available online …
Iain Thomson, 02 Dec 2016
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NVMe too brigade update: DDN sees limited appeal in NVMe fabrics

Interview How does HPC array vendor DataDirect Networks view NVMe drives and NVMe over Fabrics? We are running a series of interviews with vendors as NVMeF is looking increasingly likely to be the future way to access Fibre Channel SAN storage, replacing the current Fibre Channel implementations, either the hardware or the HBA software …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2016
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Post-IPO Pure doing all right, says NVMe is the new flash

Pure Storage all-flash arrays continue to rise, with revenues up 50 per cent year-on-year in Pure's third fiscal 2017 quarter. Pure beat Wall Street estimates, and says it has achieved a near $800m run rate. It must be hoping for similar growth in its current quarter and, by its own reckoning, it could be a billion dollar a …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2016

Well, FC-NVMe. Did this lightning-fast protocol just get faster?

+Comment A walk through the vast and spacious exhibition arena at HPE Discover in London can bring you to Cavium's stand. There Roberto Angelo Polacsek, a senior account exec, will tell you why he believes NVMe over Fibre Channel will be important. Cavium bought Fibre Channel HBA vendor QLogic recently, and Polacsek says its 16Gbps HBAs …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2016
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HPE: Keep cool, cloud peeps. Store hot data in on-premises flash

HPE is pushing its 3PAR Flash Now initiative to customers to buy 3PAR StoreServ all-flash storage array technology starting at $0.03 per usable Gigabyte per month. It claims this is a fraction of the cost of public cloud alternatives. In full market-speak glory, a canned quote from HPE's Bill Philbin, VP and GM for Storage, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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K2 promises faster data avalanche with NVMe drives

Interview NVMe adoption by array and storage software vendors is shaping up to be one of the single biggest transitions in the storage industry as the long-lived Fibre Channel SAN becomes the NVMeF SAN. How does non-NVMe SSD-using all-flash array vendor Kaminario view NVMe adoption? We asked CTO Shachar Fienblit how and why and when …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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HPE getting long-term archives taped

Fancy that – flash-loving HPE is getting into big tape boxes. It's extending its high-end tape portfolio by reselling SpectraLogic tape libraries. The Spectra products involved are the T950 and TFinity ExaScale Edition, one of, if not the largest tape libraries in the industry. We're told this will drive down long-term storage …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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Double-DIMMed XPoint wastes sockets

Analysis A Xitore white paper compares coming XPoint DIMMs and Xitore's own flash DIMMs, and claims each XPoint DIMM needs a companion DRAM cache DIMM, obviously halving XPoint DIMM density. The startup has its own tech to push – NVDIMM-X – but, even so, is revealing about XPoint DIMMery. Doug Finke, director of product marketing at …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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RIP HPE's The Machine product, 2014-2016: We hardly knew ye

HPE lab boffins have finally, after years of work, built a proof-of-concept prototype of their fairytale memory-focused computer, The Machine. The achievement is bittersweet. A decision has been made within Hewlett Packard Enterprise management to step back from manufacturing and selling the much-hyped fabled device as a …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016

Storage newbie: You need COTS to really rock that NVMe baby

NVMe drives need NVMe fabrics to give shared arrays the data access latency killing benefits of NVMe. Unlike Nimble architect Dimitris Krekoukias, storage startup E8 believes putting NVMe SSDs in today’s all-flash arrays will be futile; it claims we need NVMe fabrics to get the NVMe performance boost. And NVMe over fabrics- …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2016

Blu Vivo 6: Top value trendsetter marred by Chino-English mangle

Review Does anyone buy phones purely on specs? If so, this one might interest you. If software updates, support, and overall fit and finish can be ignored, then perhaps Blu, a Miami-based phone brand might make you pay attention. That’s because Blu enters the UK market with a £229 5.5-inch model, which on the surface looks an …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2016
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I'm not having a VMware moment – there's just something in my eye

Analysis SAP VP Renu Raman thinks 2U, 24-drive, NVMe storage boxes could provoke a storage VMware moment. Raman looks after HANA cloud computing at SAP and his interests include high-performance persistence architecture for in-memory databases. What he's clocked is that there is storage hardware now in the same position as the 2U 2- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2016
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HDS kicks flash array baby out of pram

We’re hearing HDS is retiring or downgrading its 11-month-old HFS A-Series all-flash array. We understand this 60 x 2.5-inch slotter is an OEM’d version of a Raid Inc. box which has 30 side-mounted drives either side of a 2U tray. There are six rows of five stacked SSDs per side. Nimbus Data also uses the hardware in its …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2016
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Hello, SAN-shine. You and NVMe are going to have a little chinwag

Analysis A sea change is gathering pace in storage, powered by NVMe drive-level and fabric-level connectivity, the two declaring war on data access latency, and combining to bring data closer to compute and get more applications running in servers faster. The change we are facing is that from the SAS/SATA drive array accessed over …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2016
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Nimble: Thank flash for sweet, sweet AFA

Analysis A considered look at Nimble Storage's latest quarterly results show that its all-flash array (AFA) sales are rising but hybrid product sales are falling, suggesting some cannibalisation is going on. We need to provide a few numbers to show this, and the ones for the recent quarter come from Nimble's shareholder letter (PDF). …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2016

Imation agrees deal to offload Nexsan to private equity

+ Comment Imation has reached an agreement to sell its Nexsan storage array and Connected Data subsidiaries to private equity company Spear Point Capital Management in a non-cash deal. The stock purchase agreement is detailed in an Imation 8K SEC filing. Here's a timeline of the relevant events: Jan 2013 - Imation buys Nexsan for $ …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2016
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HPE core servers and storage under pressure

Analysis HPE's latest results show a company emerging slimmer and fitter through diet (cost-cutting) and exercise (spin-merger deals) but facing tougher markets in servers and storage – the new normal, as CEO Meg Whitman says. A look at the numbers and the earnings call from the servers and storage points of view shows a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2016
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Dell EMC's Pure-crushing benchmarks are flawed, says, er, Pure

We've seen selected benchmarks that show Dell EMC Unity arrays giving Pure a hard time – and, unsurprisingly, Pure says the tests are "obviously flawed." The Unity arrays are reengineered VNX arrays that were introduced in May. All-flash versions were used in the two benchmarks below. An obvious caveat is that these are …
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2016

HPE's first standalone year ticks most boxes – except Donald Trump's

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has posted its first full-year results as a discrete entity and says it has ticked most of the boxes it said it would when it spun itself out and then started selling bits of itself off. The headline figures for Q4 aren't brilliant: revenue was US$12.5bn, down 7.7 per cent year on year. GAAP …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2016

Hyperconvergence 101: More than a neatly packaged box of tricks

In a world of complex technologies and unforgiving business environments, simplicity in IT is good. Technology teams want to get the job done with as little fuss – and as little drain on management resources – as possible. Hyperconvergence promises to deliver that simplicity, but how does it differ from more traditional …
Danny Bradbury, 22 Nov 2016
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ExaGrid, Pure, and Veeam want IT to march to their drumbeat

Flash array supplier Pure Storage and disk-based backup vendor ExaGrid want users to have Veeam backup software protect FlashArray data with ExaGrid's arrays. So Pure Storage and ExaGrid, in collaboration with Veeam, have produced a 50-page Reference Architecture document entitled "Advanced PureStorage FlashArray Data …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2016
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Wikibon invokes the old gods to make six tech predictions for 2017

Analysis Wikibon's chief technology guy, David Floyer, has put out his top six disruptive tech tips for 2017, seeing that ARM and Open CAPI will separately grow at Intel's Xeon expense, the cloud at on-premises' Server SAN expense, and flash at disk drive's expense, while XPoint will be a 2017 dud. Here's his list: AWS will …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2016

Flash? Nu-uh. Seagate nibbles on tiny slice of SSD pie

The utter irrelevance of Seagate as an SSD shipper is shown by TrendFocus's estimated total SSD unit ship numbers for 2016's third quarter, with just 0.1 per cent of the 38.25 million units shipped, 46 per cent up on a year ago. Stifel MD Aaron Rakers has revealed some of the TrendForce numbers. They cover both enterprise and …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2016
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Fancy a wee quasi-DRAM? Supermicro bulks up server memory

Data is getting closer to compute – Supermicro's X10DRU-i+ dual-socket server is available with 1TB or 2TB of application memory for analytics, database, and caching apps by being equipped with Diablo's Memory1 flash DIMM modules, and up to a 4x memory increase from DRAM-only servers. The flash is treated as quasi-DRAM with …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2016

EMC crying two SAN breakup tears

Analysis Dell EMC is working on fixing the increasing split between primary storage data on flash and capacity data storage on object arrays by logically combining them underneath a 2 TIERS software abstraction layer. The starting point is that SAN disk or hybrid flash/disk arrays are diverging into separate arrays under the pressures …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2016
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WDLabs goes Pi-eyed and sees triple

WDLabs has introduced a Raspberry Pi storage subsystem with three drive products and multiple OS project spaces. The Brit-designed, credit card-sized computer is hot stuff – some ten million have been sold since the first generation's release in 2012. WD's PiDrive Foundation Edition products combine microSD card and USB drive …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2016

NetApp's regeneration could be deep surgery or anti-wrinkle cream

Analysis NetApp's long story short – customers aren't buying the old stuff and don't like the new stuff much either. In its second fiscal 2017 quarter, revenues of $1.34bn were 7.6 per cent down on $1.45bn the year before. They were 3.9 per cent higher than Q1 2017's, though. Profits (net income) of $109m were 4.4 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2016
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NVMe SSD? Not yet, says Pure, but promises to deliver it

Pure's NVMe-Ready Guarantee promises every newly purchased FlashArray//M can be upgraded to full NVMe through their Evergreen Storage program. NVM Express (NVMe) is a standard memory-class protocol for CPU-to-media communication, and came into being generally as a standard driver for PCIe-connected flash cards. The protocol …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2016