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Fresh and fast little flashers from NetApp

NetApp has launched two new all-flash FAS arrays, won a top 3 SPC-1 storage benchmark result, and announced a new flash capacity guarantee programme. The all-flash FAS (AFF) A200 and A700s join the existing A300 and A700, which came into view in September. Place the A200 under the A300 on your mental NetApp AFF positioning map …
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2017

A flash of brilliance or just a flash in the pan?

Study All-Flash Arrays were one of the hottest themes on the pages of The Reg during 2016, so we want to dig deep into your knowledge and experience with these systems to get the details. Are AFAs fit for prime time in your organisation? Just as importantly, what do you think about the vendors and channel partners selling such …
Dale Vile, 01 Feb 2017
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What might HPE do with SimpliVity?

Sysadmin Blog HPE recently purchased SimpliVity for $650m. Some folks, like me, think this was a heck of a bargain for HPE. Others – most notably SimpliVity's competitors – think SimpliVity wasn't worth all that much anyways. The debate has gone back and forth for over a week now and it's time to focus on what HPE might actually do with …
Trevor Pott, 31 Jan 2017
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Between you and NVMe: NetApp dishes on drives and fabric access

Interview El Reg has asked a large number of storage array vendors about their views of NVMe solid state drives and NVMe over Fabrics access to such drives. The combination promises to effectively kill array network access latency issues and make array access equivalent to reading and writing data from a locally attached flash drive. So …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2017
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Flashy Intel sees the XPoint of solid state

Intel made $816m from flash memory products in the final 2016 quarter and sees XPoint contributing 10 per cent of revenues in 2018. This is minuscule compared to the Intel’s $16.4bn revenues for the quarter but a sizeable chunk of change in the flash business. Its Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group saw revenues up 25 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2017

Please come back! TalkTalk woos customers with broadband offers

TalkTalk has spotted an opportunity to win back customers following its mega data breach in October 2015 with a flash sale broadband promotion. Most broadband providers are hiking prices this year, with BT the latest to announce an inflation-busting increase. Virgin Media's broadband and TV packages also went up by up to £3.49 …
Kat Hall, 30 Jan 2017
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So the co. that won the bid for VM is called (drumroll): VM Bidco...

One "VM Bidco" has been revealed as the successful bidder for Violin Memory at its auction. Violin's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings have now revealed two failed attempts, spaced a year apart, to sell the firm. US federal court filings for the bankruptcy proceedings list document 172 which states: The highest and best value for …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2017
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Memory loss: Toshiba puts chip biz up for sale

Toshiba says it will sell off its memory semiconductor business as it looks to recuperate from the write-off of losses to its nuclear power business. The Japanese electronics giant said on Friday that it wants to flog its flash chips and SSD divisions of its storage and electronic devices solutions company by March 31 of this …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jan 2017

ENTA founder Tsai gets banhammer as company director for 13 years

Thirteen is certainly unlucky for Jason Tsai, one-time owner of distie Changtel Solutions UK – formerly ENTA Technologies (ETL) – as that's the number of years he's been barred from being a company director. The “disqualification” was due to Tsai’s participation in a VAT carousel – also commonly known as missing trader intra- …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2017
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Bookish hacker finds holes in Amazon, Apple, Google epub services

Bug hunter Craig Arendt has reported vulnerabilities in major eBook readers including those from Apple, Google, and Amazon. The similar but separate XML external entity (XXE) flaws also impact all online epub ebook services that use the popular epubcheck library that ensures good format conversions into the universal epub book …
Darren Pauli, 27 Jan 2017

WD Corp picks teeth after SanDisk dinner, seems pleased with fuller figure

+Comment Western Digital Corp, still digesting SanDisk, is selling more disk drives than arch-rival Seagate and appears to be doing a booming flash business as well, for now. Second quarter revenues totalled $4.9bn, 48 per cent up on a year ago - but then WDC did buy SanDisk and its flash business in between, and 4 per cent up …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2017
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En garde! Touché! Sorry for the cliché! Pure Storage flashes its blade

Can Pure Storage keep up its booming growth as FlashBlade, its Big Data flash box, becomes generally availabile? FlashBlade is its second solid-state storage product line following the primary data-storing FlashArray. It's aimed at fast access to unstructured data for analytics and so forth, with Pure mentioning data-intensive …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2017
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Toss your day job. Start a backup company. Sorted

Analysis A conversation with Barracuda CEO BJ Jenkins revealed a company whose customers are heading steadily towards the cloud – where the full stack approaches of Dell, HPE and others can’t hold sway – and where Barracuda, natch, thinks it can grow and grow. As a reminder, the company reported revenues of around $90m in its latest …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2017
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Infinidat slims down in UK: Storage upstart has just handful of Brit staff

Infinidat has slimmed its UK office from 17 heads to just four since January 2016, and has not won a new customer in that time, we're told. The company, headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, is Moshe Yanai's creation that eschews an all-flash design. It sells monolithic storage arrays in competition with EMC VMAX kit, …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2017

Revenue is vanity and profit is sanity. Right, Seagate?

In its second fiscal 2017 quarter, Seagate's profits rose even as it shipped fewer disk drives, through manufacturing cost reductions and increased component counts in high-capacity drives. Second quarter revenues were $2.9bn, 2.9 per cent lower than the $2.98bn reported a year ago, and 3.5 per cent more than the prior quarter …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2017

HPE buying SimpliVity is like a 'unicorn barbecue' – HCI boss man

Interview El Reg talked with Scale Computing co-founder and CEO Jeff Ready and asked him about the HPE SimpliVity acquisition and what it means for HPE, for the hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) market, and for Scale. See if you agree with his thinking that Scale is better positioned than HPE in the HCI market. El Reg: How did the …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2017
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Cutting Hewlett-Packard Labs down to size

Comment When Martin Fink resigned from his positions at HPE in August 2016, the announcement said: "Martin Fink, our chief technology officer and head of Hewlett-Packard Labs, will be retiring from HPE at the end of the year, after more than 30 years with the company." He was retiring, we were told, but he was just 51. In Fink's time …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2017
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Samsung Electronics is on fire! In a good way as profits leap

Samsung Electronics, the Chaebol's business that encompasses smartphones, monitors, memory and more, has reported a bumper fourth quarter despite its phlaming phablet fiasco. The company today reported 53.33 trillion Korean Won (US$45.5bn) in consolidated revenue and 9.22 trillion Won ($7.93bn) in operating profit for the …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2017

Furby Rickroll demo: What fresh hell is this?

Here's your future botnet, world: connected kids toys that will Rickroll their owners while hosing big servers and guessing the nuclear codes. Hacker Jake Davis, once known as "Topiary" of LulzSec, plucked out the work of Florian Euchner, who pulled apart the Bluetooth variant that toy-maker Hasbro uses to update its "Furby" …
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Former HPE CTO Fink retires retirement, returns to tech

Well, well, whaddya know? Meg Whitman announces Martin Fink’s retirement as CTO and HPE Labs top dog, where he evangelised the Machine and memristors, but the fabled techie was clearly not ready to swan off into a post-work life of shed-building and ocean cruises just yet. He's back in the industry and mad for it. Fink has …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2017

Trumping free trade: Say 'King of Bankruptcy' Ross does end up in charge of US commerce

Storage Blockhead Say hello to Wilbur Ross, "King of Bankruptcy" and the likely next US Secretary of State for Commerce – the man charged with implementing President Trump's promise to bring home the jobs stolen by cheap labour countries using free trade policies. Suppose he has his minions look over the storage industry, what will they see? …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2017
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Bane of Silicon Valley patents sets its sights on Rackspace and NetApp

Cloud host Rackspace and storage vendor NetApp are fighting a patent holder who's targeted some of tech's biggest names in the notorious Eastern District of Texas. The duo are standing up to Realtime Data over the firm's claim they violated seven patents it owns, spanning compression and deduplication. Realtime has filed six …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jan 2017
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Stallman's Free Software Foundation says we need a free phone OS

The Free Software Foundation has published a new High Priority Projects list, the document it uses to highlight “a relatively small number of projects of great strategic importance to the goal of freedom for all computer users.” By publishing the list, the Foundation hopes to guide volunteers towards what it feels are the most …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2017
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IBM is letting storage hardware revenues slip gently off into the night

Analysis IBM's fourth quarter and full year 2016 results showed the now traditional storage hardware revenue decline, while all-flash array and software-defined storage revenues grew double digits. IBM's results announcement material said that storage HW revenues were down 10 per cent on the year. Our calculation is that they are thus …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2017
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XIV goes way of the dinosaurs as IBM nixes fourth-gen storage array

IBM is not going to develop a fourth-generation XIV storage array because an upcoming FlashSystem A9000R using 3D flash can be sold for the same cost as disk. XIV is the highly reliable, Moshe Yanai-designed array, which IBM bought in 2008 for a rumoured $300m. Unusually, the technology used clustered nodes, each using cheap …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2017
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Chinese chip shop looks hot to trot as Tsinghua drops $30bn on factory

China’s flash-fancying Tsinghua Unigroup is going to build a $30bn-plus flash fab. This comes just two-and-a-half weeks after we learned that China's Yangtze River Storage Technology (YMTC) has started building a $24bn 3D NAND flash plant in Wuhan. As Tsinghua Unigroup owns 51.04 per cent of YMTC, its flash enthusiasm is …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2017
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Ain't no party like an 80-plus-customer Cohesity party

Analysis Secondary storage silo converging startup Cohesity has added entry-level hardware as it reaches 80+ customers and 100+ US resellers. The existing scale-out C2300 and C2500 systems have 12-48TB and 24-96TB of disk capacity and 800GB-3.2TB and 1.6TB-6.4TB of PCIe flash, respectively. The C2100 slots in underneath these systems …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2017

Can all-flash arrays, spinning disks and hybrid really live together?

Conventional wisdom says that for performance-sensitive applications, you want all-flash arrays (AFAs), while for less-critical applications and bulk storage, disk is better. How can you use them in conjunction with each other? What would a joint AFA/hybrid/disk environment look like? Broadly speaking, there are two types of …
Danny Bradbury, 19 Jan 2017
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Irish flash extender startup goes 3D

Flash drive life extender NVMdurance has enlarged its market by developing techniques for extending the life of 3D flash drives. Its current Pathfinder product is a suite of machine learning algorithms that can be applied to planar (2D) MLC (2bits/cell) and TLC (3bits/cell) flash to find the best way register values for NAND …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jan 2017

Did somebody say object storage? 9 ways to tell if there's a point

Comment Object storage is a relatively new market segment that has continued to grow steadily and is starting to find more reasons for adoption. For the uninitiated, object stores are used to hold large volumes of unstructured data, where each "object" is essentially a file with no specific format (also called a binary file). Object …
Chris Evans, 18 Jan 2017
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Toshiba may sell silicon biz to contain fallout of nuke plant problems

A troubled nuclear power station strategy in the USA has Toshiba considering the partial sale of its Japanese semiconductor business. Nikkei (in Japanese) names Western Digital as a potential buyer, along with several investment funds. The company hopes to get between $1.77bn and $2.65bn for a 20 per cent stake in the …
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Multi-silo data-sucker Alluxio inks deal with Dell EMC

Alluxio, the multi-silo Big Data access accelerating startup which did a deal with Huawei last year, has signed a similar one with Dell EMC for its ECS product. The problem Alluxio fixes is that many separate storage schemes exist for large-scale unstructured data that needs to be accessed by many analytics-style apps. Each …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2017
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Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has baked two new Pi. The new “Compute Module 3” and “Compute Module 3 Lite” are re-shaped versions of the Raspberry Pi 3 and are intended to give developers of embedded devices a way to use the RPi as the basis for their designs, without having to accommodate the rather bulky Raspberry Pi design …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jan 2017

Prepare for ReRAM speed! Crossbar samples SMIC chips

ReRAM startup Crossbar has sample embedded ReRAM chips from SMIC that are currently undergoing evaluation. SMIC is using a 40nm process and there are plans for a 28nm process in development but Crossbar envisages scaling at least to 16nm and 10nm but then lower. The chip design uses non-conductive amorphous silicon (a-SI) …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2017
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Market researchers big up NRAM

A market-research report suggests carbon nanotube storage developer Nantero could be on the verge of a breakout after years of disappointment and struggle. A tipping point could be its licensing deal with Fujitsu, which the BCC Research report, "Is NRAM Creating Market Volatility?" mentions. Nantero did not sponsor the BCC …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2017
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WordPress plugs eight holes in latest release

WordPress has patched a series of vulnerabilities in its content management system shuttering bugs affecting more than 10 million users. The release of version 4.7.1 closes eight vulnerabilities including cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery, and other remotely-acessible attack vectors. "This is a security release …
Team Register, 13 Jan 2017

IBM: Cognitive computing needs flash arrays, mark our words

IBM has announced all-flash versions of three DS8880 monolithic arrays revealed last year, with increased flash capacities and a coat of cognitive marketing paint. The previous systems were the DS8884, DS8886 and DS8888. Now we have all-flash variants, denoted by an "F" suffix. These arrays are tailored to provide storage for …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2017

Two tickets to the ARM show: HPE buffs up the StoreVirtual line

HPE has given its SV3200 software a workout to strengthen its muscles with a raft of enhancements, but draws the line at using ARM for file access. The company introduced a low-cost, entry-level, block-access array with its StoreVirtual 3200 in August last year. It comes with a pair of active-active 64-bit ARM controllers, not …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2017
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EMC slings patch at remote hack nonce-nse

Remote attackers can hose EMC hybrid flash storage thanks to cryptographic weaknesses. The patched vulnerability (CVE-2016-0917) affects EMC's VNX1, VNX2 and VNXe systems, including the end-of-life Celerra which will not receive a fix. EMC researchers wrote in a security notice that remote attackers could access the SMB …
Team Register, 11 Jan 2017
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It's now 2017, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a Word file

Microsoft has begun its 2017 with the release of four updates to address security holes in Windows and Office, while Adobe has posted fixes for more than three dozen vulnerabilities in Flash and Reader. Microsoft's January patch load includes: MS17-001, a fix for the Edge browser to address a flaw that would let a malicious …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jan 2017
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Kaminario gets cash for K2 biz flash dash

All-flash array supplier Kaminario has gained an additional $75 million funding in an F-round, taking total funding to $218 million. Private equity firm Waterwood led the round; its strategy is to invest in growth-stage technology companies. Cash also came from new and existing investors, including Sequoia, Pitango, Lazarus, …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2017
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Reg man howls over HPE Moonshot IoT box

A Moonshot-class, Internet of Things HPE server is being used for down to Earth VDI by Citrix. HPE’s Edgeline servers are for the use of connected "Things" at an IoT network's edge, the place where end-point device data is aggregated and processed before being sent to a central location. What HPE has realised is that this is …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2017
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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

Redmond has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 – one of the biggest updates to its cloudy operating system – ahead of the release of the Creators Update later this year. There's a whole host of upgrades and additions in the new build, but one that will be immediately noticeable to developers is the axing of the …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jan 2017
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Flashy new jobs for storage folk

Kevin Kilbuck has become chief marketing officer at NVMdurance, a tiny Irish flash endurance lengthening company that first popped up last year. It uses machine learning techniques to understand better how to write data to flash drives over the drive’s life so as to extend the drive’s endurance. Kilbuck left Micron in …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2017
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Tintri, thrown on the El Reg grill: We'll support NVMe! We promise!

Interview El Reg has been quizzing array vendor after array vendor on their views about the technology change from SAS/SATA to NVMe flash drives and to NVMe over Fabrics array access. Today it's the turn of Tintri, and it thinks NVMe is an important technology watershed, but not as huge as the change from disk to solid state storage – the …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2017
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WD slims down SSD to squeeze into little Black drive range

WD has added an SSD card to its previously all-disk Black range. The Black PCIe SSD comes in 256GB asnd 512GB capacities and features an M.2 2280 format with an NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 host connection. It is WD's third flash product using branding previously reserved for disk drives, joining the Blue and Green 2.5-inch SARA SSDs. …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2017
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Slim pickings by the Biggest Loser: A year of fitness wearables

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Welcome back. Did you manage to take some time off over the Christmas holiday or were you (figuratively) chained to a (virtual) roomful of (literally) overheating blades? Either way, count yourself lucky simply for making it through to 2017 with your heart still beating. You are among the only humans left alive, after all, and …
Alistair Dabbs, 06 Jan 2017
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CloudByte chews on Elastistor, sinks teeth into OpenEBS

Analysis Startup CloudByte is having a substantial exec and strategy makeover as it embraces an open source approach to containerised storage. We came across CloudByte just over a year ago when it popped up with its ElastiStor software running on OEM’d SanDisk (now WD) InfiniFlash hardware, the box with a bunch of flash inside it. …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2017
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Hapless scouser scours streets for lost Crimble drone

Pic If your heart sinks every time you see a badly photocopied picture of a missing cat, we’ve got some good news. They’re about to be replaced by far better quality pics of missing drones. Reader provided snap - lost drone. Photo by Brian Gannon Photo by Brian Gannon Reg reader Brian Gannon spotted this (rather well produced …
Clodagh Doyle, 05 Jan 2017
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Vendors flash smartphone storage in Vegas

Toshiba and SanDisk are showing off Android phone backup and monster microSD/USB stick products at CES in Las Vegas, but they don’t want what happens in Vegas to stay in Vegas. Toshiba’s Canvio for Smartphone is a 500 GB 2.5-inch disk drive inside a flattish circular disk of a case with cable connection to an Android …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2017