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Flash fettler Fusion-io on VDI: Veni, vidi ... not sure about the last bit

Server flash fettler Fusion-io is the latest supplier to try to crack the make-VDI-popular nut with its ioVDI software, which combines server-side flash with shared storage. The ioVDI software is typical, in one sense, of many VDI-accelerating products, using server-side flash caching to speed the system's responsiveness. Fusion …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014
Kaminario SPC-2 result

Kaminario in amazeballs all-flash K2 streaming-storage benchmark brag

Kaminario has taken the SPC-2 streaming storage benchmark, shook it hard, wrung it out, and left everyone else for dust with its K2 all-flash array, with a result nearly twice as fast as the previously top-ranked Oracle ZFS array. The SPC-2 benchmark tests a storage array's streaming IO performance whereas the companion SPC-1 …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2013

Security holes in Word, the Windows kernel and Adobe Flash. Party like it's Patch Tuesday again

Flaws in Microsoft Word and Office Web Apps that allow hackers to execute malicious code on vulnerable systems have been fixed in Redmond's latest monthly batch of security bug fixes. In addition, two bugs at the kernel level of Windows XP and 7, and Server 2003 and 2008 R2, allow logged-in attackers to escalate their privileges …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jan 2014
Rumours album cover

Sweet little lies: Rumours from the flash world reach El Reg's scribe

Rumours was a great Fleetwood Mac album to listen to. Now hear this: El Reg's Storage Rumour Control has three good ones (rumours, not Fleetwood Mac albums – sadly) for your delight. The first is that IBM is developing a full DS-class flash array using FlashSystem (acquired TMS RamSan) technology. The flash modules would be …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2013
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
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Flash flaw potentially makes every webcam or laptop a peephole

A security flaw thought to have been fixed by Adobe in October 2011 has reappeared thanks to a new vulnerability involving Flash Player browser plug-ins. The as yet unpatched vulnerability creates a means to seize control of webcams without permission before siphoning off video and audio from victims' PCs. The clickjack-style …
John Leyden, 18 Jun 2013

Facebook reveals 700TB of tiered RAM and flash power Graph Search

Facebook has revealed a little more detail about how it built Graph Search, the feature it took live a couple of weeks back to enable better searching of the billion posts it now collects each day. The reveal came in a blog post, as is the fashion at this time, that explains building better search across posts is hard because …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2013
Seagate Ultra Mobile HDD

Seagate parades spinning skinny model to oust flash from fondleslabs... almost

Would you trust a tablet or a smartphone with a hard disk rather than flash storage? Seagate hopes its Ultra Mobile HDD will persuade you to trade rugged but pricey solid-state memory for 30 times more storage space than your average (16GB) tablet sports. Seagate claims the skinny, 96g 500GB UM HDD offers the same “power, …
Tony Smith, 10 Sep 2013

Samsung rolls out first mass-produced 3D NAND flash memory chip

Samsung has announced that it has begun volume production of what it characterizes as "the industry's first" vertically stacked NAND flash-memory chip. Samsung's mass-produced 3D vertical NAND (V-NAND) chip Behold the industry's first mass-produced three-dimensional NAND flash chip (click to enlarge) "Following the world's …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Aug 2013
LSI Nytro MEgaRAID card

Mm.. you like RAID? Ooh, you want flash. Try this super-Hadooper

Intel is integrating an LSI PCIe flash card and RAID adapter into its new RAID SSD Cache Controllers intended for caching data from direct-attached disks on servers. LSI Nytro MEgaRAID card LSI Nytro MegaRAID card LSI offers its Nytro PCIe flash technology in its WarpDrive flash cards and MegaRAID adapters, in effect adding …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2013

Micron flashes flashy 16-nanometer flash memory

Boise, Idaho–based memory maker Micron has announced that it is now sampling 16-nanometer 128-gigabit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chips. Micron 128-gigabit multi-level cell NAND Flash memory device You can't make storage subsystems any smaller than this – yet "Our customers continually ask for higher capacities …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Jul 2013

Flash cheaper than disk? 'Customers aren't buying that', says NetApp CEO

NetApp's CEO Tom Georgens philosophised about flash storage in the company's latest earnings call with analysts. The top boss said non-volatile NAND memory isn't the be-all and end-all in storage: what matters is where active and inactive, hot and cold, data is stored, and how dear each of those holding pens are. “Flash, on a …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2013

Flash-forward for virty desktops... Jeez, why didn't WE think of that?

Fusion-io appears to have noticed that competitors are using flash to accelerate virtual desktops and decided it wants a piece of that action too. It has tweaked its acquired ioTurbine flash caching software to produce ioVDI – and get those virtual desktop doggies rolling. The ioTurbine software provides a cached area of flash …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2013
Four of EMC/XtremIO's Project X all flash arrays

Storage players' lovechild VCE flashes fresh flash additions

VCE, the lovechild of Cisco, EMC and VMware, hits the storage world with a trio of announcements: a pair of VNX2 and vSphere 5.5 implants; Oracle-specific Vblock; and a VDI Vblock using XtremIO all-flash array technology. Vblocks are converged server-storage-and-networking systems made up of Cisco UCS servers and network …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 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
EF550 Attributes from data sheet showing disk drives

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
The Register breaking news

Adobe squashes TWO critical Flash vulnerabilities with emergency patches

Adobe published a critical Flash Player update on Tuesday to fix three exploits, two of which are under active attack by hackers. Two of the three vulnerabilities are being used by nefarious folk, Adobe said, and one of these two explicitly targets the Firefox browser. Adobe introduced the Flash Player sandbox a year ago to …
Jack Clark, 27 Feb 2013
Google

Web ad giant (Google) makes its own flash? Speak your branes

We wondered last week or so how advertising giant Google could appear in a Gartner chart comparing sales in the enterprise flash drive market. Apparently the web goliath makes its own solid-state drives for its sprawling customised storage systems, and the amounts are big enough to register on Gartner's market-scanning radar …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2013
SanDisk Lightning PCIe

Flash-card shuffler SanDisk might shimmy up the storage stack

Tech news blog Silicon Valley Confidential has reported on rumours that SanDisk, the maker of flash camera cards, Lightning brand PCIe flash cards and SSDs, is moving up the stack. Let's step back for a moment and see if this adds up: We'll start with SanDisk partnering Toshiba in a flash foundry business Step 1 was in May …
Chris Mellor, 05 Mar 2013
Janus

Two-faced about flash? Not us, say Google Janus researchers

A research project has found an algorithm for getting the best use out of cloud-scale data centre server flash caches and identifying workloads best placed completely in flash. Yesterday's USENIX conference audience had a presentation about this called "Janus: Optimal Flash Provisioning for Cloud Storage Workloads" In Roman …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2013
Samsung NVMe SSD XS1715

Samsung lifts lid on 1.6TB flash whopper spaffing data at 3GB/s

Samsung has developed its first NVMe-connected 3,000MB/s solid-state drive (SSD). And it is extending its three-bit-per-cell range of flash storage with a 1TB whopper. NVMe stands for Non-Volatile Memory Express, and is a standardised protocol for applications to access data stored on PCIe-connected SSDs via a software driver. …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2013
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Do you think spinning rust eats flash's dust? Join the hard drive daddies club

Disk drive makers have joined forces in a desperate bid to keep disk sales up and fend off the flash threat. Western Digital, HGST, Seagate and Toshiba have formed the Storage Products Association to provide "a forum to educate and advocate about the role of hard disk drives (HDDs) and Solid State Hybrid Drives (SSHDs) in …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2013

Facebook adds Flash to up the tempo of its enormous disk-o-tech

Facebook has updated an open source tool that lets admins wring fast performance cheaply from disk-based arrays fed from PCI-e flash cards. The "Flashcache" tool was updated to version 3.0 by the company on Wednesday. The tool lets the company sit a high-performance cache on PCI-e flash cards to speed access to important data …
Jack Clark, 11 Oct 2013

Western Digital gobbles VeloBit in flash cache cash splash dash

Western Digital is buying flash cache software startup VeloBit and its HyperCache product technology. HyperCache accelerates information access by relying on banks of fast RAM and putting a compressed copy of highly active data stored on disk into SSDs or any other kind of flash. The algorithms for doing this are said to lead …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2013

Gorillas, StorageBeers, sexy flash models: It's all here in Speaking in Tech

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's podcast, bringing you news, views, and rumours about enterprise kit, hot flash models (the enterprise kind, don't be a perve), consumer baubles, hip-hop gorilla memes, next week's StorageBeers (at London's Lamb and Flag pub from about 17:30 …
Team Register, 18 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Fiendish fake Flash plugin squirts grumble-flick ads into kiddies' websites

A fake Adobe Flash browser plugin that hijacks on-screen web adverts to tout hardcore smut is doing the rounds, we're told. The rogue add-on even slaps racy adults-only teasers on websites aimed at children, according to Jérôme Segura, a security researcher at antivirus firm Malwarebytes. The software nasty, named FlashPlayer11. …
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2013
PernixData VSA

Stealthy upstart PernixData mutters incantation... turns flash into SAN

PernixData has opened its kimono, a little - but really we know little more than that it will provide flash storage facilities to virtual machines. The now not-so-stealthy startup talks of a flash tier of storage between a network storage array. This is its Flash Virtualisation Platform (FVP), a software-only data storage tier …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2013
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Whiptail whips out SME-friendly flash array

Enterprise flash array fettler Whiptail has announced a flash array for the rest of us: the WT-1100, aimed at branch offices and small/medium enterprises. It's a diminutive 1UK rack enclosure holding up to 4TB of flash which delivers 100,000 IOPS with a latency less than 0.1msecs. The device runs the same RACERUNNER software as …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2013

Kaminario: We can keep it up longer than other flash array bods

Flash array supplier Kaminario says its new K2 arrays will last for seven years - and claims performance drop-off during a system failure will never be more than 25 per cent. The Performance Consistency Guarantee says Kaminario will send its customers additional array capacity if performance does drop off more than 25 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2013
HGST SSD1000MR

Amazon slides first flash hardness into Redshift data muncher

Amazon has added compute nodes with flash drives to its cloudy data warehouse Redshift – as the e-retailer turned computer-renter takes on Teradata, Greenplum, Oracle, IBM and the like. The two "Dense Compute Nodes" were announced today by Bezos & Co: these are solid-state-drive-backed server options to sit alongside the disk- …
Jack Clark, 24 Jan 2014
Toshiba Fab 5

Toshiba extends enormo flash fab, hopes to bust NAND capacity barrier

Toshiba has said it will expand its Fab 5 NAND fabrication plant at Yokkaichi Operations in Mie, Japan, following a SanDisk announcement about the same effort. The massive Yokkaichi fab plant apparently has an underground monorail to shuttle material from one building to another, so the expansion would mean adding at least one …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2013
FlashSystem 840 rear view

Array with you: IBM takes on upstarts with new RamSan flash cram

Big Blue has burst onto the all-flash array scene afresh with a million-plus IOPS box; its first in-house FlashSystem since buying TMS a year and a half ago The FlashSystem 840 is IBM's latest iteration of its FlashSystem 720, 810 and 820 product range. It has up to 48TB of eMLC NAND capacity in its 2U rack enclosure (not a lot …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014
TERADIMM Latency vs PCIe flash

SMART Storage: Super DIMM sum adds up to tasty flash soup

Devilishly fast flash data access is on its way, courtesy of SMART Storage interfacing a DIMM-like flash product to a host's memory bus using Diablo Technologies' MCS TeraDIMM technology SMART's ULLtraDIMM product has what it says is ultra low latency compared to existing SSDs and PCIe flash cards. It inherits all of the MCS …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2013
The Valley - code

Facebook helps coders get their Rocks off with flash-wringing DB lib

Facebook has developed an open-source database library that wrings more performance out of server-side flash storage than ever before, while building on previous technology published by Google. The RocksDB embeddable persistent key-value store was announced by Facebook on Thursday, and gives developers a C++ library based on …
Jack Clark, 21 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

Another blow for Flash as Unity gaming engine kills support

Unity Technologies has announced that it has dropped support for Adobe Flash from its cross-platform Unity game development toolset, citing the declining popularity of the technology among developers and inconsistent support from Adobe. "As of today, we will stop selling Flash deployment licenses," Unity founder and CEO David …
Neil McAllister, 24 Apr 2013

Is that a flash stick in your pocket, VMware, or are you pleased to see us?

VMware has, in your correspondent's opinion, punched below its weight in data storage. Undue respect for drive arrays has inhibited its ambitions. This is about to change, though, as the company begins to take responsibility for providing primary storage to applications, and also networking. Let's consider the basic IT trio of …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 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
All-flash array vendors in a 4-box space

Look out, Gartner: Behold the El Reg all-Flash Quadragon™ wonder map-o-graphic

There is a famous 4-box diagram, the one to end all 4-box diagrams; Gartner's Magic Quadrant. How would the all-flash array vendors; start-ups and mainstreamers alike, fare if located in a 4-box diagram space? The storage desk here at El Reg did just that, using its sophisticated lower abdominal sensing organ and its patent- …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2013
Funnel of cash. Credit: via SXC – http://www.sxc.hu/profile/Leonardini

IBM pours $1 BEELLION into flash SSDs

Say goodbye to TMS RamSan and hello to IBM FlashSystem. Back in 2001, IBM CEO Lou Gerstner said IBM would spend a billion dollars to boost its Linux business and that billion paid itself off within two years. In 2002, the firm splurged the same amount on Java tools, and in 2006, pumped $1bn into information management. Fast- …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2013

Fusion-io spins up ioTurbine, enhances server flash caching

Fusion-io has tweaked its acquired ioTurbine software to offload up to 96 per cent of mixed read/write requests from a SAN, by caching data in server flash caches. This version of ioTurbine can: Cache in the virtual machine (VM), the hypervisor or a physical server Dynamically re-allocate flash memory during a vMotion VM …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 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

Upstart's 'FLASH KILLER' chips pack a terabyte per tiny layer

Memory-making start-up Crossbar came out of stealth mode on Monday, announcing that it has developed what it characterizes as "very high capacity and high-performance non-volatile memory" based on a new approach to resistive RAM (RRAM) technology, and capable of storing one terabyte of data on a single-layer 200mm2 chip. That's …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Aug 2013
MLC Only big

Flash card latency: Time to get some marks on benches

Fusion-io flash cards outperformed a slew of competitors in a Marklogic NoSQL benchmark reported by StorageReview - for which much thanks. The benchmark rig is detailed in the article text and it notes that tested storage configs must have a more-than-650GB usable capacity, meaning individual flash devices can be bunched up. …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2013

Flash, cloud boom flings storage startups into piles of money

Nasuni, Nimbus, TwinStrata and Whiptail have all announced flying starts to 2013, suggesting it's going to be a quite a year for both cloud storage and flash array technology. Cloud storage gateway supplier Nasuni said its 2012 business performance featured: 200 per cent growth in bookings Quadruped the size of the enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2013

NetApp to build MARS waystation from flash dev's kit

El Reg hears that NetApp has a CacheIQ SSD product coming out in February next year, which will act as an ONTAP accelerator, like the Avere products. This info comes to us indirectly from a person directly associated with NetApp's plans. Such a product could be a stopgap before the MARS flash array - background here - or a …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2012
The Register breaking news

Virident gives server flash vendors the fear with 'sharing tool'

Virident, the PCIe flash card and software supplier Seagate loves to the extent of a $40m investment and OEM supply deal, says you can share server flash and make it highly available with its Connect software. This will probably give server flash industry leader Fusion-io something to get a little concerned about. Virident's …
Chris Mellor, 22 Feb 2013
Don Basile CEO of Violin Memory

Jumping pack flash: Violin Memory's software CTO ducks out

Enterprise flash storage bigwig Violin Memory’s chief software technical officer Jonathan Goldick is now its ex-CTO. Not only does the company have to look for a replacement, it also has its hands full batting away sueballs from investors in the wake of a stock plunge on news of its $34m loss. They claim that they were not …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2013
The Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler

Winklevoss twins flash their Winkdex at Bitcoin price-trackers

The Winklevoss twins have returned to the tech world with the announcement of a new Bitcoin price index called Winkdex. To cryptocurrency lovers, the Winkle Twins' new service will operate as “a blended price index that is designed to reflect the true price of bitcoins”. The price exchange's moniker bears comparison with Windex …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Feb 2014
Micron P420m

Micron brandishes sharp new flash blade, lunges at Fusion-io

Micron is touting a new server flash drive that's apparently significantly faster than Fusion-io's market-leading ioDrive 2. Micron is believed to be supplying its PCIe-format drives to EMC for the storage giant's XtremSF flash cards. (EMC's other supplier is Virident.) Micron's P420m flash drive comes in both PCIe and 2.5in …
Chris Mellor, 07 May 2013

MacBook Air now uses PCIe flash... but who'd Apple buy it from?

Apple's next iteration of its workstation-class Mac Pro will use PCIe flash memory, as will the new MacBook Air. Cupertino's move towards flash memory could set a precedent other consumer manufacturers may follow. The Mac Pro format changes from a boring rectangular tower, albeit one with alloy handles, legs and mesh screen work …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2013