Feeds

Articles about Flash

cake

Skyera, Seagate: We'll feed backup hunger with 3-way flash layer cake

You know that thing about disk-based backup and restore being so much faster than tape? Turns out disk is too slow and you need flash. Yes really – at least according to Skyera and Seagate. The two storage vendors have cobbled together, sorry, integrated, a three-way system to beat the backup (and restore) blues. It involves …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2014

Just how flash is your enterprise storage rig?

Enterprise storage is really important. Flash is the hot new storage technology. So surely the use of flash in enterprise storage infrastructures is the hottest, most important issue of the moment? Well, that’s where we’d like you to help us out. We’ve put together a mini-poll to help us gauge just how much attention Reg readers …
Team Register, 18 Sep 2013
Suitcase bulging with cash

Nimble nearly nudging $200m: Claims all-Flash grunt with partial iron

Hybrid array high-flier Nimble Storage has upped its revenues by 110 per cent annually - but deepened its losses by 109 per cent, as it eschews profits for growth. In its first fiscal 2015 quarter revenues were $46.5 million compared to $41.7 million in the previous quarter and $22.1 million a year ago. The net loss was $19.6 …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2014
Violin

Violin Memory is winning flash-supply race – Quadragon™ rivals

The storage world keeps hearing how Violin Memory leads the flash array supplier race. Here's some concrete proof, courtesy of numbercruncher 451 Research. IDC's quarterly storage tracker doesn't yet reveal flash array vendor use. Absent that, TheInfoPro (a service by 451 Research) ran a storage study survey from which we …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2013
Tegile Zebi chassis

Tegile's tech trajectory: All-flash function in hybrid mutant body

Hybrid array startup Tegile has a new system coming that will provide all-flash array functionality within its hybrid architecture. CTO Rajesh Nair said two new systems were coming: one in a couple of months and a second one by the end of 2014. He provided some details. The first one will be a companion to the existing high-end …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2014
Tegile Zebi chassis

Hybrid flash mutant Tegile: ARRAY with Dell, we say... 100 times

Hybrid flash-disk array tin-meister Tegile claims its hardware has replaced more than a 100 Dell Compellent arrays at customer sites. The Zebi array, given analyst firm DCIG’s top “Best in Class” accolade in its 2013 Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide, uses flash for performance data and disk for less performance sensitive data …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2013
Pure Storage array

How much disruptive innovation does your flash storage rig really need?

Our technology world is fascinated by disruptive innovation. Every tech startup says its new technology is disruptive and therefore it is bound to succeed. So it is with all-flash arrays which can answer data requests in microseconds, instead of the milliseconds needed by disk drive arrays. Startups such as Pure Storage, …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2014
PSS PCIe card

IBM chip boffins mix phase-change-flash cocktail: Voila! SUPER fast memory card

IBM has gone and surprised us all with a pretty good Phase Change Memory product research and demo effort: a hybrid PCM/NAND server flash card that has at least 12 times lower latency than an enterprise PCIe flash card. The hybrid card, Big Blue claims, completed 99.9 per cent of 32-sector write requests each within 240 …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2014
Singapore Condos

Silicon bungalow? Nah, I'll have SK Hynix's 4-storey flash condo

DRAM and flash fabber SK Hynix is set to mass produce 3D NAND by the end of this year, while Micron Technology sees its own 3D mass production kicking in during the second half of 2015. By building NAND chips with layers of current planar cells (known as 2D NAND) the amount of capacity in a chip's footprint can be raised without …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2014
Gartner_WW_SSDs_REvenue_large

IBM officially biggest all-flash array shipper - analyst

No, it isn’t the greatly anticipated all-flash array magic quadrant, but it's great Gartner analysis nonetheless. The number-crunchers at Gartner HWQ have produced a Market Share Analysis: SSDs and Solid-State Arrays, Worldwide, 2013. Yummy. Let’s see what’s inside. The doc, available as a download from Pure Storage (guess who's …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2014
Violin

Flash biz Violin plays for $162m shower of notes - will rivals drown it out?

Flash array startup Violin Memory wants to raise $162m in a stock-market debut, according to paperwork filed for its IPO. Earlier this month rival Pure Storage received $150m in a funding round, which may or may not be significant in Violin's pricing calculations. Other recent big-bucks flash-array news this month has included …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2013
Nimbus Data cup cakes

All-flash array flogger Nimbus Data: We COINED IT in 2013

All-flash array firm Nimbus Data released results from the year to date, saying it had had a great 2013. It claimed: Revenue more than doubled compared to 2012, Net income grew more than 4 times compared to 2012, Headcount grew 125 per cent compared 2012, More than 500 Nimbus Data storage arrays are now in production …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014
Ultrastar_SSD1600MH

HGST polishes Ultrastar SSD whoppers, stuffs with denser Intel flash

HGST has refreshed its Ultrastar enterprise SSD line, using denser 20nm NAND to replace the previous 25nm flash, doubling capacity, upping read performance but lowering write performance a tad in the process. The starting point was a three-product Ultrastar SSD800 line-up, maxing out at 800GB and coming in MH (write-intensive), …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2014
IMFT 25nm Flash die

Eat our dust, spinning rust: In 5 years, it'll be all flash all the time

El Reg’s futorologists have looked into the data centre storage area and foresee the banishment of disk drive spindles starting within five years. Put bluntly, disks suck. They are slow, they fail, they suck up electricity and floorspace. CIOs of companies with performance-focussed data centres don’t want disks. They look at all …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013

Naughty Flash Player BURIED ALIVE in OS X Mavericks Safari sandbox

The Adobe Flash Player plugin runs in a locked-down sandbox under Safari on OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," making Apple the latest major web browser vendor to provide additional security when viewing Flash content on the web. According to a memo posted by Adobe security strategist Peleus Uhley on Thursday, Flash Player in Mavericks is …
Neil McAllister, 24 Oct 2013
SanDisk X100 SSD

Is SanDisk about to become the big daddy of enterprise flash?

The hottest enterprise flash products company these days is SanDisk, and it has a great chance of becoming the most important non-volatile memory supplier of all – the EMC of enterprise flash. There are four basic reasons: It has a thriving and growing enterprise flash business It has bought Fusion-io in May giving it a …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2014
The Register breaking news

Flash floggers whip out flash cards, SSDs, unleash frantic flood of updates

While Pure Storage's $150m funding round and the WD/Virident and Cisco/Whiptail acquisitions take centre stage at the flash fairground thee's lots going on at the side stalls with Fusion-io, Intel, OCZ and sTec. Fusion-io ioFX cards Fusion-io ioFX workstation flash card HP customers can optionally use Fusion-io's ioFX flash …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013
Kaminario K2 v4 SPC-1

DRAM whammed, thank you ma'am: Kaminario K2 flash bests sib at SPC-1

Kaminario has submitted an SPC-1 benchmark run on its K2 flash array, and it's reached the top. It's booted the DRAM version of its K2 array off the top spot with a fourth-generation product, the K2 v4. The K2 DRAM scored 1,219,973.91 IOPS from its 1.2TB of RAM in July last year. The K2 v4 system used 28 K-Nodes, each with …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2013
NetApp product range

Life in the FAS lane: We reveal NetApp's four new flash-disk arrays

NetApp is replacing the top and bottom of its FAS array range with new boxes – and getting rid the separate FAS3000 class mid-range product. When the FAS8000 series was launched in February, this was the FAS array family photo: FAS Range with FAS8000 The models are roughly positioned in a 2-dimensional space; the vertical …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2014
Cloudy sky

Spinning rust and tape are DEAD. The future's flash, cache and cloud

FCC. That’s the way storage could be going in data centres in the next few years. FCC; flash, cache and the cloud. Amazon’s physical cloud storage gateway development – well, the supposed development – caused little ripples, echoes in my mind, and the many confusing pieces in the constantly developing storage technology jigsaw …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2013
Hitachi VSP All-flash array SPC-1 ranking

What makes a tier-1 enterprise flash array a superior beast?

Enterprise tier-1 storage arrays are a breed apart, focusing on providing fast access to vast amounts of data without either losing data or limiting access to it. This is in contrast to the broad mass of storage arrays, which have dual controllers and thus limit the amount of data they can store and the number of concurrent …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2014

New Flash vuln exploited (again). Adobe posts emergency fix (again)

Adobe has released an update to address critical flaws in its Flash Player software, one of which is being actively targeted in the wild. The company said that the Windows and Mac OS X builds of Flash Player 12.0.0.44 and earlier, and Flash Player 11.2.202.336 and earlier for Linux, must be upgraded to fix a trio of bugs. Adobe …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Feb 2014
Imation 2-in-1 Micro USB Flash Drive

Thought the toilet camera was weird? Try actual thumb flash drives from tech's supershow

CES wouldn’t be CES without thumbdrive nonsense and it doesn’t disappoint this year, with one device modelled after a rocking toy and another whose USB stick has no cap for you to lose. LaCie Culbuto LaCie Culbuto The flash drive fussiness from French company LaCie comes in the form of Culbuto, named after a traditional …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2014
Fusion-io ioScale 3.2TB card

Flash fettlers Fusion-io scoop IBM as reseller partner

Big Blue is gonna flog Fusion-io server flash cards, and is doing its bit to rehabilitate the floundering flash fettler after its founder and CEO fled earlier this year. IBM's announcement is here, and says the Fusion-io cards are available for System x and BladeCenter servers. Users get from 825GB to 3.2TB of MLC flash per PCIe …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2013

Why all the fuss about flash? Pin your ears back and find out

Just to be clear, we're talking about flash of the hardware variety, not the software behind those annoying animated ads. This is one of those topics that everyone has heard about, most people have opinions on, but where myths and misunderstandings are rife. In our next live Regcast on September 17 at 11:00 BST, we're going to …
David Gordon, 22 Aug 2013
Samsung's mass-produced 3D vertical NAND ((V-NAND) chip

NAND flash chips to beat shrink wrap cash trap with 3D stack

Stacked 3D NAND chips will make up the majority of the flash chip market by 2017, eclipsing today's dominant chip-shrinking tech as flash makers cram ever-greater capacities into a smaller footprint, according to beancounters IHS. The tech analysts have produced a chart showing stacked or 3D NAND taking up just over two-thirds …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2013
Crossbar RRAM

New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key

Flash is at a crossroads. It cannot keep shrinking dies because, beyond a certain point, NAND cells produce too many errors, are slower to respond and have a shortened working life. Yet a University of Michigan professor's research may hold the key to the future of flash storage technology. Flash foundry suppliers are working on …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2014
Stock ticker board

sTec flash founder cleared of insider trading charges

The wheels of SEC justice in the US grind exceedingly slowly and sometimes uselessly. Manouche Moshayedi, the founder and CEO of sTec, has just been cleared of insider trading charges filed almost four years ago. Since then sTec’s business has tumbled and it was bought by Western Digital for $340m – which was characterised as a …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2014
FA-420

Hey, who wants a 40TB all-flash Pure box? I dunno, you got $160k?

Pure Storage has given birth to two more all-flash arrays, and updated its storage software by adding data protection features. The FlashArray FA-400 line has had an FA-405 entry-level product and an FA-450 high-end model added to the existing FA-420, creating a three-model range. The FA-405 has up to 40TB of "usable capacity …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2014
Skyera Skyhawk design

Array upstart's chip boffin CEO: Skyera's not just a flash-in-the-pan

As a part of his CEO series, Willem ter Harmsel interviews CEOs of innovative companies in the fields of storage, virtualisation and networking. Rado Danilak, the founder and CEO of Skyera was in for a chat recently. The company – which includes Western Digital among its investors –was first introduced to Reg readers in August …
XtremIO array and 4 X-Brick nodes

XtremIO dear: Dell brags of being cheapest of the big flash four

As EMC prepares for its 14 November launch of its all-flash XtremIO box, Dell has put out a analyst paper explaining that on price – which is what counts in the expensive all-flash storage world – it is the bossdog of flash arrays. Michael Dell’s privately owned biz points to an ESG technical lab validation (PDF) that compares …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2013
HGST SSD1000MR

Flash slab lab blab: NVMe-friendly PCIe spotted on HGST's cards

Samsung and Micron have announced NVMe-compatible PCIe flash storage cards - and now hardware from WD subsidiary HGST has been certified as conformant to the specification. The emergence of the three products signals that new tech spec NVMe is becoming the standard way for software to control and efficiently access PCIe- …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2013

Flash biz and virtual database chum: Our tests show we bust spinning rust

A flash array speed merchant and database virtualisation firm have got together to run a benchmark that shows their disk array brethren eating their dust. Delphix takes a master database and makes virtual copies of it for whomever needs them, including accounting types, big organisations trying to control data spread, and …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2013
HAF supported by most HDS arrays

HDS unveils embiggened array: We HAF vays of making you flash

HDS has updated its HAF all-flash array, doubling the size of its proprietary SSDs to 3.2TB and the resulting maximum capacity to 38.4TB. It has picked the week of EMC's XtremIO announcement to release the news. The HUS 150 array has had support for Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage modules added, bringing, HDS claims, " …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2013

MYSTERY sugar daddies showering flash upstart Tegile in gold named

Western Digital and SanDisk have been named as the two investors that just ploughed millions of dollars into hybrid flash array startup Tegile. Tegile's Zebi flash-disk array uses WD subsidiary HGST's disks and solid-state drives. With the WD funding, Tegile and HGST have a joint technology development. The companies are chasing …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2013

Flash! Ah-ahh! Saviour of the universe? It'll save every one of us?

You can get a great picture of what's happening in the flash memory storage market by looking at the presentations from the recent Flash Memory summit here (warning, it's swimming in PDFs). Over 150 documents are listed here, with file names reflecting their date of publication and the last name of their author, but fortunately …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2013

Pernixdata: Psst, sysadmins – wanna virtualise that server-side flash?

Flash upstart PernixData is hoping to become the best friend of VMware sysadmins everywhere tomorrow when it launches its Flash Virtualisation Platform (FVP). The product promises to expand the number of VMs that a single hypervisor can support by turning individual servers' flash storage into a cluster-wide resource. FVP …
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2013

All-flash array fettler Pure Storage: Snowball, sueballs and... an IPO?

Out of the blue we have heard that Pure Storage is making groundwork preparations for an IPO. The information came from a Silicon Valley source and chimes with the company saying recently its annual revenue run rate is at the IPO-level, taken to mean $100 million. All-flash array fettler Pure says it is growing fast, although …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2014
Dell EqualLogic PS6210

Dell bundles data mgmt AND flash into 1.2m IOPS flashy array

Dell has produced an all-flash array within the EqualLogic environment, thinking customers need existing data management capabilities on top of flash speeds, and not a binary either-or choice. It has revved up its mid-range iSCSI SAN array with the PS6210, following on from the PS6110, a 64-bit version of the EqualLogic …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2013

MacBook Air fanbois! Your flash drive may be a data-nuking TIME BOMB

If you bought a MacBook Air between June 2012 and June 2013, its flash storage drive may be preparing to crap out – and Apple wants to replace it before it goes south on you. Cupertino has issued a warning that "certain" 64GB and 128GB solid-state drives (SSDs) in those previous-generation Airs "may fail," and says that if yours …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Oct 2013
Cisco Invicta diagram

Cisco quietly slips out new all-flash arrays – perhaps it doesn't want EMC, NetApp to notice

The competition gloves are almost off: Cisco has made available two Invicta solid-state arrays that integrate into the unified computing system (UCS) fabric but are not converged server-storage systems. The two systems, which had a low-key launch on Friday, will compete with Cisco partner EMC’s own XtremIO all-flash arrays. The …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2014

Nimbus fattens up Gemini twins with smaller flash chips

Nimbus Data has increased the capacity of its Gemini flash arrays by stuffing more smaller flash chips in them; we're talking 48TB in 2U, just pipping Violin's new 6264 array with its 64TiB in 3U. That 64TiB is equivalent to 70.5TB, meaning that Nimbus's new Gemini averages out at 24T/U versus 23.43TB/U for Violin Memory – …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2013
Samsung PM835T TLC SSD

Hey, Samsung: Why so shy about your 960GB flash drive's endurance?

Samsung has gone and used cheap-to-make triple-level cell NAND chippery to make an SSD for data centre use. Will it catch on? Triple-level cell (TLC) flash chips mean fabs can extract more flash capacity from a silicon wafer, and so production costs are lower than for two-level cell MLC technology. Samsung says it gets "a 30 per …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014
Nuke blast

Facebook, are you listening? Fusion-io chucks 6.4TB 'Atomic' flash kit at world

PCIe-card flasher Fusion-io has a new piece of ioMemory hardware and is calling it the Atomic Series. This third-generation architecture product stores up to 6.4TB. The existing ioScale card stores 3.2TB of data. That’s made using 2Xnm class MLC NAND (29-20nm). Fusion says the new card is faster, maybe twice as fast as the …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jun 2014

Firefox's plugin-blocker slams into beta - but don't jump for joy, Flash haters

With its latest beta release, the Mozilla Foundation has taken a step further toward making click-to-run the default behavior for all plugins in Firefox. "Outdated plugins are a big source of security vulnerabilities so this feature will ensure users are safe and Firefox runs smoothly," the Firefox team said in a blog post on …
Neil McAllister, 01 Nov 2013
Violin array flash cards

TLC NAND could penetrate biz with flash-to-flash backup

Violin co-founder and CTO Jon Bennett identified a potential enterprise role for three-level cell (TLC) flash at VMworld Barcelona today: flash-to-flash backup. TLC is currently seen as pure consumer technology. The first TLC NAND SSD has been announced by Samsung. But TLC NAND has a short working life, with 500 - 750 phase/ …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2012

CDOT relatively crap for flash, hyperscalers crap for constant storage

Chief NetApp techie Jay Kidd had some strong words for the flash and cloud crowd at a Wells Fargo event for investors. Among other things, he covered Clustered Data ONTAP and flash and the customer spending slowdown. Not a great fit and a transitory slowdown were the take-away messages. The event was the Wells Fargo Tech …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014
The Register breaking news

Biz bods STILL don't patch hacker's delight Java and Flash

A whopping 81 per cent of businesses run outdated Java while two in five (40 per cent) have not updated Flash, according to the latest figures from net security firm Websense. Websense warns that failing to apply patches that address vulnerabilities in hacker favourites such as Flash and Java leaves these business at risk of …
John Leyden, 10 Sep 2013
Astute ViSX array

Astute still seeking golden ticket into all-flash array party in the cloud

All-flash array start-up Astute is adding NFS access and OpenStack support as it tries to broaden its SMB customer appeal through file and cloud functionality. Astute Networks was founded in 2000 to accelerate TCP/IP networks. After two or three years it transitioned into embedded and military flash systems and then, a few years …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2014
Pure Storage F320

HDDs? Array with them... All-flash pusher Pure on its plans for 2014

All-flash array startup Pure Storage claims it is now IPO-sized in revenue terms and boasts of a coming fourfold increase in array capacity. Stifel Nicolaus MD Aaron Rakers hosted a call with Scott Dietzen, Pure's CEO, and circulated the following nuggets about Pure's position in the array market. The Pure Storage roadmap …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2013