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Seagate to cut 1,600 jobs

Disk drive maker Seagate is spinning out 1,600 staff, three per cent of its head count, as it looks to save £100m a year. The company had 46,673 employees at the end of May, down from 53,062 a year ago. The layoffs should be finished by the end of 2016. Seagate is lowering its disk drive manufacturing capacity in the face of …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2016
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Atlantis retreats to core VDI software and appliance market

Atlantis Computing, the software house that produced a VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) offering and then expanded into general virtual server acceleration and on into hyper-converged appliances, is scaling its product line back to workspace software and hyper-converged appliances, with consequent job losses. Its current …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2016
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WDC's SanDisk flashes its vSphere speed-up creds to world+dog

Western Digital Corporation’s SanDisk unit has VAIO-compliant flash caching software and hardware for vSphere servers. This announcement represents WDC inheriting a two year SanDisk-VMware partnership to make use of SanDisk’s acquired FusionIO PCIe flash hardware and software. There are two products: FlashSoft 4 software for …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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Pure Storage’s FlashBlade is great on paper. But it's still only on paper

I'm not very fond of proprietary hardware. But, as I wrote in March when I saw it for the first time, Pure Storage's FlashBlade seems to demonstrate that Pure has all the attributes to become a primary storage vendor and compete on equal terms against the usual suspects. No longer a startup Pure Storage is demonstrating to …
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Never-never chip tech Memristor shuffles closer to death row

Comment Martin Fink’s HPE Labs has been dangling the Memristor in front of us for years. With Fink retiring and HPE Labs losing its independence, becoming part of Antonio Neri’s Enterprise Group, inventing far out blue sky stuff will likely shift to devising technologies that can be realistically productised. The Memristor cannot. The …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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All right, pet? Getting owlish about Hedvig

Comment Trying to position Hedvig's software-defined storage in a market function way is next to impossible as the software is so flexible. And that could be a brilliant position for Hedvig to be in. The startup's distributed storage platform can provide storage for traditional workloads, new-style containerised workloads, hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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Hyperconverger Springpath pivots to OEM channel. Yes, we said pivots. What of it?

Hyperconverged software startup Springpath is on a Cisco express hurtling to assault the market and bring UCS server-based HyperFlex systems to prominence. Springpath CEO Terry Cunningham joined in May 2015, coming from running EVault, the cloud backup service unit of Seagate, which Seagate folded back into its own …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2016
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NetApp loses Lee Caswell to VMware

NetApp's flash marketeer, Lee Caswell, has resigned and joined VMware. A NetApp statement said: “Lee Caswell has decided to leave NetApp. We are grateful for Lee’s contributions to NetApp and wish him success in his new ventures. As we continue our market momentum — including our recent leadership position in flash as …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2016
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NVMe SSDs tormented for months in some kind of sick review game

Review NVM Express (NVMe) is the next generation specification for accessing non-volatile memory such as flash. Traditional technologies such as SAS and SATA are just too slow. In order to demonstrate how much of a difference NVMe makes, Micron has provided 12 9100 NVMe flash drives, 800GB each in the HHHL (standard PCIe card) format …
Trevor Pott, 27 Jun 2016
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Mangstor bursts its buffers

NVMe over fabrics, all flash array startup Mangstor has added a burst buffer capability. Mangstor says its NX-Series storage arrays now feature burst buffer capabilities. The burst buffer holds data until it is required by a compute node. Once the buffered data is requested and accessed by multiple users, it is delivered in …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2016
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NVMe fabric array flasher gets top Tosh flash

Toshiba has quietly made 1.6TB and 3.2TB dual-port ZD6000 NVMe SSDs available to OEMs, and we know this because Apeiron says it has certified them. Apeiron is a startup building an all-flash array linking to hosts across NVMe-over-fabric links. The idea is to use NVMe end-to-end with RDMA over Ethernet used to move data faster …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2016
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SPC says up yours to DataCore

The 1,510,090.52 IOPS DataCore Parallel Server single node result in March this year was the fourth highest SPC-1 reading, and has now been withdrawn. After someone, possibly a competitor, went over the results with a microscope they noticed there was no UPS. While its presence or absence wouldn't affect the IOPS result, it …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2016
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No software changes needed to use E8's screaming fast arrays

Backgrounder If hero numbers are what you want then E8 Storage's 2U box filled with 24 NVMe SSDS can provide them; 10 million 4KB IOPS using RDMA over an Ethernet fabric connecting up to 100 servers. The company provided more information about the product to an IT Press Tour in Silicon Valley, with CEO and cofounder Zivan Ori and product …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2016
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Are DataCore's SPC benchmarks unfair?

Storage Architect DataCore has been active over recent months with benchmarks based on their new SANsymphony Parallel Server offering. The most recent of these claims 5.1 million SPC-1 IOPS at $0.08/SPC-1 IOPS and 0.32 millisecond response time. Other vendors are crying foul on these results, claiming they don't represent a true test because …
Chris Evans, 23 Jun 2016

Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

A sheriff’s department in Utah has spent $10,000 on black Labrador they say can sniff out porn and other illicit digital materials. The deployment of the black Lab, dubbed URL but pronounced Earl, in Weber County comes just months after Utah became the first state in the US to declare pornography a full-fledged public health …
Joe Fay, 23 Jun 2016
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HDS goes hyper with its latest pile of converged IT Lego blocks

Aiming to stem the Nutanix snd SimpliVity hyper-converged tide, HDS announced the UCP HC V240, its first hyper-converged UCP product, along with the entry-level converged UCP 2000, for its mid-market and enterprise customers. Think of UCP (Unified Compute Platform) systems as being like EMC Vblocks (H-blocks?) and UCP HC boxen …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2016

Datrium adds insane mode to boost speed

Datrium, the startup disaggregating a SAN by having host-based controller SW and flash caches, has added an Insane Mode to turbo-charge performance. The DVX system strips out virtually everything from an external array, leaving a single box with NVRAM and disk capacity (12 x 4TB 7.2K drives and 48TB raw/29TB usable capacity), …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2016
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Kaminario 'shelves' future. Between you and NVMe, it could get flashy

Analysis All-flash array vendor Kaminario has been in business a year longer than Pure Storage but is some way behind in sales, size and funding. However, it has begun expressing a technology vision that could accelerate its growth dramatically. We don’t know what Kaminario’s revenues from its K2 scale-up and scale-out arrays built …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2016
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Last year Nutanix revealed a hypervisor, this year...

Hyperconverged enfant terrible Nutanix's first siren song to tech buyers offered the impressive proposition of on-premises hardware that converged compute and storage while improving the experience of running vSphere. Next, at the company's first user conference in June 2015, came the ballsy move of releasing its own …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2016
Face Aware Liquify detects faces in images and lets you modify expressions

Not smiling for the camera? Adobe's Creative Cloud suite can fix that

Adobe is updating its Creative Cloud suite to version 2015.5 and including a new Photoshop feature which modifies facial expressions after the event. Called Face Aware Liquify, the feature extends the existing shape-bending Liquify filter with face recognition and tools to tweak eyes, nose, mouth (including smile control), …
Tim Anderson, 21 Jun 2016
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OpenIO pulls up ARM controller SOCs: Kinetic's Marvellous... can anybody do it?

Comment OpenIO, the French object-storage startup, is progressing its work with Kinetic drives. The idea is that object storage stores data on server nodes, and those nodes could be individual Kinetic disk drives. Such drives have a micro-server, so to speak, running on them, providing direct Ethernet access and an object-style Get: …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2016

The SPC-1 benchmark is cobblers, thunders Oracle veep

Comment The DataCore SPC-1-topping benchmark has attracted attention, with some saying that it is artificial (read cache-centric) and unrealistic as the benchmark is not applicable to today's workloads. Oracle SVP Chuck Hollis told The Register: "The way [DataCore] can get such amazing IOPS on a SPC-1 is that they're using an enormous …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2016
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Contain yourself – StorageOS is coming

DockerCon StorageOS is a UK-based startup offering simple and automated block storage to stateless containers, giving them state and the means to run databases and other applications that need enterprise-class storage functionality without the concomitant complexity, rigidity and cost. It runs as a container in a Linux system and …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2016
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You've got petabytes of unused storage, says Formation. Er, do we?

Formation Data Systems says there is stranded storage capacity in virtual server environments., The firm says it can locate this in servers and storage across a data centre, pool it, and provision it as a flexible shared storage pool, giving extra storage capacity with no extra hardware purchase. How much? Oh, terabytes or …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2016
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Start massaging your wallet: DDN buffs up EXAScaler Lustre HPC storage rig

ISC DataDirect Networks' ES14K is claimed to be four times faster than other suppliers' laggardly Lustre kit. The ExaScaler ES14K comes in all-flash and hybrid flash/disk configurations and features: Embedded Intel Enterprise Edition Lustre parallel file system v2.7 Up to 500GB/sec throughput Internal PCIe gen 3 fabric …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2016
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Scale Computing makes play for Nutanix's entry level market

Storage startup Scale Computing is offering a hyper-converged three-node cluster for less than $25,000, and undercuts Nutanix's Xpress SMB entry-level offering by $500. The company, which is is focussed on the SMB/mid-market, has replaced its entry-level HC1000 with an all-disk HC1100 and a hybrid flash/disk HC1150 featuring …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2016
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Dell sockets it to 'em with Xeon server upgrades

You know the drill: Intel pops out a new Xeon ( in this case the E5-2600 v4 and over the following weeks all the major kit-makers find ways to put it to work. InDEll's case that means a new trio of PowerEdge servers for your consideration. The new model R530 is a 2U beast that Dell reckons is good for “common business …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2016
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Kill Flash now. Or patch these 36 vulnerabilities. Your choice

Adobe has released an update for Flash that addresses three dozen CVE-listed vulnerabilities. The update includes a fix for the CVE-2016-4171 remote code execution vulnerability that is right now being exploited in the wild to install malware on victims' computers. Adobe is recommending that users running Flash for Windows, …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jun 2016
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Pivot3 stuffs NexGen all-flash tier into hyper-converged sandwich

Pivot3 has a new vSTAC product combining its hyper-converged infrastructure appliance tech with NexGen Storage’s all-flash array technology and quality of service functions. NexGen was acquired by Pivot3 in a cash-free merger in January. At that point, startup Pivot3 was shipping a range of vSTAC hyper-converged appliances. …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2016

Safari 10 dumps Flash, Java, Silverlight, QuickTime in the trash

Apple has taken its turn at the hammer, and added its own i-Nail to the coffin of Flash. Over at the Webkit blog, Ricky Mondello of the Safari team writes that Safari 10, due in the northern fall, will “behave as though common legacy plug-ins on users’ Macs are not installed”. Instead, it will try to default to HTML5 for …
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DataCore drops SPC-1 bombshell

The Fort Lauderdale boys have struck again, with a record-breaking run of 5 million IOPS, and maybe killed off every other SPC-1 benchmark contender's hopes for a year or more. DataCore Software, head-quartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has scored 5,120,098.98 SPC-1 IOPS [PDF] with a simple 2-node Lenovo server set-up, …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2016
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Cisco startup investment

Cisco has invested an undisclosed amount in storage software startup Elastifile. Elastifile is an Israeli startup, founded in 2014, and developing scale-out software to run all-flash arrays to provide enterprise-class file, block and object storage. The software will, we’re told, seamlessly extend file systems across on- …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2016
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Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused

Astronomers have discovered a brown dwarf star emitting flashes of light brighter than the Sun – even though it's not supposed to be able to do that. Brown dwarves are also known as “failed stars” since they do not generate enough energy to support hydrogen fusion – a process that sustains a star’s brightness over millions of …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Jun 2016
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Ironic vSphere client bug

VMware has blasted a bug in the web client for vSphere. Bug VMSA-2016-0009 means “The vSphere Web Client contains a reflected cross-site scripting vulnerability due to a lack of input sanitization.” If an attacker sends you a malicious link, bad things are possible. There's rich irony here, because vAdmins detest older …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jun 2016
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Japan travel agency fears leak of 7.93 million records, passport deets

Japan's largest travel agency JTB Corp says 7.93 million passport details, and home and email addresses may have been stolen by hackers. Executives at the company held a press conference bowing in apology for the feared breach and telling local media it may have stemmed from staffer who opened phishing-borne malware. The …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jun 2016

East Euro crims pwning 'high profile' victims with Flash zero day

An eastern European group has for more than three months been using an unpatched Flash zero day vulnerability to target 'high profile' victims, Kaspersky Labs researcher Costin Raiu says. The attacks are linked to a group dubbed ScarCruft which under the Operation Daybreak has used the vulnerability since March. A patch for …
Darren Pauli, 15 Jun 2016
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Apple struggles with the idea of intelligent life outside Cupertino

In the age-old tech struggle between open and controlled systems, Apple has realized that when it comes to artificial intelligence, it needs to edge toward open. The computer giant has announced it will be opening up its digital assistant Siri to third-party apps and at the same time has put out an API to its artificial …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jun 2016
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It's [insert month] of 2016, and your Windows PC can still be owned by [insert document type]

Critical fixes for Office, Internet Explorer, and Windows DNS Server highlight this month's edition of Patch Update Tuesday. The Redmond Windows slinger has kicked out 16 bulletins this month, five rated as "critical" and the remaining 11 considered "important" risks. MS16-063 addresses 10 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jun 2016
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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

Researchers at Trend Micro have spotted a new variant of ransomware code that can be used to lock down Android-powered smartphones and televisions. The FLocker (short for the Frantic Locker) malware has been in circulation since at least April 2015 and has concentrated on locking down smartphone handsets running the latest …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jun 2016

DataCore dominating SPC-1 benchmark on price–performance

DataCore has answered criticism of its Parallel Server SPC-1 benchmark [PDF] – that it was not applicable to enterprises, as it lacked high availability (HA) – by running an HA version that is the fifth-best SPC-1 benchmark performer ever. It is also the third-best ever price–performance score on the benchmark, with the top …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2016
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Can NetApp's 4KB block writes really hold more data?

COmment NetApp announced compaction as an extra form of data reduction in ONTAP v9.0. What is it? Compaction applies to NetApp’s all-flash FAS arrays. A blog post by Adam Bergh, data centre practise lead at Presidio, explains that multiple IOs can be written more efficiently, from a WAFL space point of view, if they are stored in a …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2016

Tell us, evil phisherfolk: What's wrong with Angler Exploit Kit?

Crooks behind exploit kits have switched from using the Angler to favouring Neutrino in recent attacks. “Angler EK has almost completely disappeared,” according to Malwarebytes, a net security firm that has made a name for itself in closely tracking malicious advertising (malvertising) attacks. “We see Neutrino EK take centre …
John Leyden, 13 Jun 2016
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Defined storage defies dip

Dell’s latest quarterly results show software-defined storage grew over 100 per cent year on year. Overall storage revenue declined 2 per cent year-on-year at $538m, according to Stifel MD Aaron Rakers. All-flash is 18 per cent of storage revenue, meaning $97m. NetApp’s latest all-flash run rate is $700m. Dell’s software- …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2016
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NVMe over Ethernet is the future. And that's how we roll – Tegile

Comment Yesterday, at a TechLive event in London, Tegile said connecting arrays to servers across low-latency NVMe over Ethernet was the way forward. Chief Marketing Officer Narayan Venkat said shared storage arrays had a future and represents a better way of consolidating data than hyper-converged systems. Networked arrays need to …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2016
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Here's what six storage suppliers will be doing for the next year or two

Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, has had some fireside chats with senior execs from Brocade and QLogic, Pure and Nimble, Seagate and WDC at a Stifel Nicolaus Technology, Internet & Media Conference in San Francisco. The execs gave their thoughts on HDD demand, HAMR HDD tech, NVME over fabrics, Gen 6 Fibre …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2016
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Nimbus Data CEO shoots from the hip at NetApp's SolidFire buy

Nimbus Data CEO Thomas Isakovich thinks NetApp's purchase of SolidFire is its final great mistake. He told us: “SolidFire’s poor density and egregiously high energy consumption violate the very customers they are trying to appeal to: cloud builders that have to pay for data center rack space and power bills. We suspect that …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2016
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Lexus cars suffer Purple Screen of Death – code bug turns the air blue

US owners of later-model Lexus cars have had a frustrating day after an over-the-air update left the entertainment and navigation systems locked in a loop of restarts and flashing purple hues. Lexus has blamed "errant data" that was broadcast to some Lexi sold after 2014, causing the system controlling navigation, audio, …
Iain Thomson, 09 Jun 2016

Woah: NetApp is number two in the all-flash market, says IDC

NetApp is now second in the all-flash array market, according to IDC numbers we have been given. The numbers are for vendor revenues and the first quarter of 2016. The figures show NetApp having $181.1m revenues and a 22.8 per cent share, second to EMC’s $245.6m and 30.9 per cent share. It grew its all-flash business 238 per …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2016
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SolidFire's thin flash density eats more racks than HPE. What gives?

Analysis NetApp's SolidFire arrays needs four times more rack space than HPE and EMC for equivalent amounts of flash storage. It has 1U hardware boxes and these appear to be limited in what capacity SSDs can be supported. With SolidFire arrays being scale-out nodes, then low flash density per rack unit means you need more nodes to …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2016
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Is that how you define a flash array, IDC?

Comment An IDC all-flash array (AFA) supplier numbers table, forwarded to us by EMC, appears to contain a few oddities, such as the exclusion of Dell, HDS, Kaminario and Violin products. We asked IDC and it has explained its reasoning. Our question to IDC was this: "The table doesn't mention Dell, HDS, Violin or Kaminario. That's odd …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2016