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EMC: We'll give you a MEELLLION dollars if our inline dedupe gear's not actually inline

EMC says its XtremIO deduplication is inline all the time – and is offering a million bucks to anyone who can prove otherwise. The storage giant will give $1m "to the first customer that can prove their XtremIO system's inline data services have switched off, been throttled back or defaulted to a 'system garbage collection' …
Chris Mellor, 07 May 2014

El Reg introduces inline comment voting

From today, Reg readers can up- or down vote posts by their fellow commentards - and stay on the same page. But do note: you must log-in first for this to work. Formerly, voters were sent to another page when voting and then had to click a link to return to the article or forum thread. Yes, this was old-fashioned, bad UI and …
Drew Cullen, 10 Oct 2013
XtremIO array and 4 X-Brick nodes

EMC huffs, gives XtremIO a polish, shows off shiny data services

EMC's XtremIO all-flash array will benefit from new data services and models as the company spools up to take on Pure Storage, IBM and other flash array competitors. There is a new 5TB Starter X-Brick, lowering starter costs, and X-Brick clusters can scale out to six nodes with 12 active controllers. The Starter X-Brick can …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2014
The HP 3PAR StorServ 7000 series arrays

What's that you say? HP's going to do WHAT to 3PAR StoreServs?

Rumours circulating today suggest HP is going to add full data deduplication to its StoreServ (3PAR) storage arrays. Deduplication identifies and removes duplicated blocks to prevent space being taken up by repetitive content. With a flash array, this also helps to reduce the amount of data written to the silicon which prolongs …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2014
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No biggie: EMC's XtremIO firmware upgrade 'will wipe data'

There's a rumor that upgrading EMC's XtremIO firmware to v3.0 will wipe all user data from the flash array. It's mentioned here. It seems going from firmware version 2.4.x to version 3.0, expected by early October, will cause data to be lost – and customers will need to back everything up before the upgrade and restore it …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2014
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Violin Memory FINALLY writes dedupe and compression into its latest Concerto

Violin Memory has fixed a gaping hole in its data management feature set by adding deduplication and compression to its Concerto memory array controller product. This will cut its effective cost/GB figures to new lows, and strengthens its competitive hand against other all-flash array vendors – such as EMX XtremIO, IBM …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014
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Nexenta reckons it has Edge in squeezing your object storage BLOB

Nexenta says its latest NexentaEdge software product delivers petabyte-scale block and object storage with inline deduplication. NexentaStor, the existing product, is a ZFS-based software SAN product which Nexenta partners and customers can install on commodity storage array hardware – a mainstream SAN/filer replacement product …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014
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Gartner ranks upstart trio ahead of EMC, HP and IBM in battle for flash array dominance

Gartner’s thrilling solid-state appliance critical capabilities report ranks three startups ahead of EMC, HP and IBM: SolidFire, Pure Storage and Kaminario. This assessment is not reflected in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for solid-state arrays. While the MQ looks at a company’s overall ability to execute, and its vision, the …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2014

Symantec offers BIGGER, FASTER NetBackup appliance

Symantec is refreshing its NetBackup 5000 series appliance line with a new model that operates faster and holds more data. The firm's 5000 Series Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) range has expandable storage and end-to-end (both client and target sides) deduplication for physical and virtual environments. The existing 5230 …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2014
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Devs get first look at next Visual Studio

Microsoft is letting devs download the preview version of Visual Studio “14”, due for 2015 release, for feedback. The CTP – community technology preview – download is available here. It will work with Roslyn – more formally, the .NET Compiler Platform – that Redmond open sourced at its April Build conference. Roslyn exposes the …
Kaminario K-Blocks

Kaminario shovels RAM, shiny new processors onto K2's peaks

Kaminario has updated its K2 all-flash array with new processors, more RAM, higher capacity SSDs and data reduction technology, claiming K2 is more efficient, scalable and cost-effective than either EMC's XtremIO or Pure Storage's FA-400 all-flash arrays. The fourth generation K2 product topped the SPC-1 random IO and SPC-2 …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2014
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ZFS gets inline dedupe

Sun's Zettabyte File System (ZFS) now has built-in deduplication, making it probably the most space-efficient file system there is. There's a discussion of ZFS deduplication in a Sun blog, which says that chunks of data, such as a byte range or blocks or files, are checksummed with a hash function and any duplicate chunks will …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2009
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El Reg intros post editing for all

As some of you have already noticed, we opened up post-editing for all yesterday (once five of your comments have been accepted for publication). This gives you a 10-minute edit window to clean up your typos, a feature previously available to gold and silver badge members only. Post-edit is the feature second most requested by …
Drew Cullen, 30 Oct 2013
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Psst, keep this under your hat, but NetApp's new flash wunderkind will be unveiled on...

NetApp is holding an Insight event in Las Vegas in October – and its new all-flash box FlashRay is set to steal the show. FlashRay is a designed-from-scratch solid-state storage array, and we’ve written about it here. Now it's likely to be fully unveiled before or in time for the Vegas event on 28 October, The Reg storage desk …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2014
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UK.gov chucks £28m at F1 tech for buses and diggers plan

Grant money amounting to over £28m will be awarded to four British engineering companies to take technology initially designed for Formula 1 cars and develop it for more widespread use. Four energy-efficient projects will receive a total of £28.8m in grants to "support investments of £133m". These grants is the first tranche …
Simon Rockman, 23 Apr 2014
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iOS phone phlaw can UNMASK anonymous users on social media

Apple iThing users can be identified, images of their faces captured and their phones forced to call numbers – all thanks to coding schemes affecting Facebook, Google, and Twitter, among other sites and services, security researchers say. Attackers and pranksters can force iOS coding schemes to send an SMS or an instant message …
Darren Pauli, 02 Sep 2014
Nutanix NX-3000 server-storage node

Iron out the kinks and all-flash servers just might have a future

Nutanix's NX-9000 is an all-flash, scale-out, hyperconverged server/storage/networking system, with a single logical pool of SAN storage aggregated from the NX nodes in a cluster. In other words, it's a clustered, disk-less server. It's disk-less, and so less prone to mechanical and electro-mechanical errors and needs less power …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2014
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Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead

Object storage supplier Exablox has provided a file interface to its OneBlox object store, which is basically a Drobo-style BYOD store - Bring Your Own Disks. El Storage asked Sean Derrington, senior director of products at Exablox, some questions about the company. Some of the answers have been edited for brevity. El Storage: …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014
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Revealed: EMC's SECRET XtremIO briefing doc that tries to snap Violin Memory’s strings

The Register has seen an anti-Violin Memory briefing note from the XtremIO side of EMC and it pulls no punches, admitting “Violin … is XtremIO’s #1 competitor in the all-flash storage market” - before listing a set of awkward points to help push it off that perch. The so-called Battle Card was publicly available on a dark corner …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013

Permabit squeezes its Albireo dedupe fruit, offers juice to vendors

Permabit is still aiming to strike OEM gold from its dedupe technology and has added compression to its Albireo deduper, aiming to help disk array vendors compete better against the all-flash and hybrid array startups. The idea is to enable disk array vendors to offer reduction of primary data, generally unavailable currently, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2014
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Oi, EMC users! HALVE your weight with this WEIRD OLD TIP

HP has released a product to import data from ENC VNX and CLARiiON CX4 arrays into its 3PAR storage, allowing customers to move to Meg W's StoreServ arrays – and, at least according to HP, dealing with storage obesity en route. It's called HP 3PAR Online Import (HP3OI?) and HP claims it allows users to perform self-directed …
Chris Mellor, 06 May 2014
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Who's that new kid making hybrid SAN kit? Yes, it's MICROSOFT

Microsoft's StorSimple is getting more Azurified with an 8000 series and tighter Azure integration and we can now report more about the two arrays. These 8100 and 8600 rackmount boxes are 2U and 4U high respectively and accessed using iSCSI over 10 and 1GbitE. They have inline deduplication, compression and thin provisioning. …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2014
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Permabit: Our flashy dedupe is everywhere, heh heh. Thanks Pure!

It's been a long haul but Permabit, which licenses its Albireo deduplication technology to storage-related suppliers, is finally seeing its fortunes rise. Wayne Salpietro, Permabit's marketing director, said: "We are seeing significant upswing in our activities, particularly with Tier 1 customers and prospects. We believe this …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2014
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Microsoft: Give us three MORE WEEKS, folks – our StorSimple Cloud is coming

Microsoft says data center admins will have to wait a mere three more weeks until they can buy hardware built for – and intimately linked with – its Azure public cloud. The software giant said on Wednesday that it had made a number of upgrades to its Azure cloud to help it compete with rivals Amazon and Google and make it easier …

NetApp's running with the big dogs: All-flash FlashRay hits the street

NetApp’s all-new FlashRay solid state array has been launched with limited availability and is not yet ready for prime time, having only a single controller, and lacking scale-out features and some ONTAP integration. These will come with future product upgrades, allowing NetApp to harden and fine-tune the product with this …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2014
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Infinidat quietly files THIRTY-NINE patents. Let's take a closer look

A secretive Israeli startup staffed by ex-XIV people is filing patents like there’s no tomorrow. Infinidat is all about object storage for big data, and has EMC Symmetrix inventor and XIV founder Moshe Yanai on its board. The company, whose technology has been described as "XIV done right", has an IZBox G300 filer (NAS) it is …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2014
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Two years in the making: Sneak peek at VMware's future VVOL tech

VMware says its virtual volume storage technology – which has spent two years in development – is set to erupt onto the storage array landscape next year, causing profound changes for array controllers. Virtual volumes or VVOLs provide storage for VMware virtual machines (VMs) that currently need LUN (Logical Unit Number) or …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2014
The Register breaking news

GreenBytes rips code from virtual-desktop array's chest, serves to small biz

Thin-client accelerator GreenBytes has separated its software from its virtual desktop appliance hardware so customers can use anybody's flash to store machine images. The company's IO Offload Engine is a dedicated solid-state disk array that stores virtual desktop images and feeds them to users' computers at blistering speed. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2013
Gemini X-series

Hey, Nimbus Data. What you doin' with those 4TB flash slabs? Making a 96TB box? We KNEW it!

Nimbus Data has announced a 10-node clustered all-flash array that can store up to 96TB in a single box. The Gemini X-series all-flash arrays build on the current Gemini F-series arrays, which come in F610/F620 variants with 56/40/20 Gbit/s InfiniBand and 40/10/1 Gbit/s Ethernet, and the F410/F420 which lack InfiniBand and use …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2014
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FreeBSD abandoning hardware randomness

In yet another washup from the Snowden revelations, the developers of FreeBSD have decided to take several steps backwards in their crypto work, to stop using hardware random number generators (RNGs). The two hardware RNGs singled out by the FreeBSD developers in this post are Intel's RDRAND (in Ivy Bridge processors), and VIA's …

Rip-'n'-replace box maker gets $58m to make data centre poison cubes

Do-it-all converged server-storage-networking upstart SimpliVity has raised $58m in a C-round. The cash will be used to bolster the OmniCube's engineering team, expand its service and support organisation, and boost its field team. The OmniCube is a replacement for existing point IT server, storage and networking products and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

SimpliVity intros swollen and shrunken rip-'n'-replace boxen

SimpliVity has miniaturised and maximised its all-singing, all-dancing converged OmniCube IT systems with entry-level and high-performance versions as well as strengthening the original, now mid-range box. SimpliVity ships its 2U OmniCube – which is not a cube but an oblong box if we're going to be pedantic – a converged server …
Chris Mellor, 19 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

Startup bags cash to float analytics over apps

Analytics startup Numerify has been pelted with VC cash for its data-slurping technology. Lightspeed Venture Partners chucked $8m in filthy valley lucre towards the 50-person company after hearing about its analytics technology, it announced on Wednesday. Numerify's technology makes it possible to combine data inputs from …
Jack Clark, 02 Oct 2013
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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

Simplivity shows off VDI configs with Nvidia... Doh! VMware, what are you doing here?

Server virtualisation firm Simplivity has decided that virtual desktop infrastructure is a special use case and has partenered with Nvidia on "plans to provide solutions and reference architectures for new optimised, graphics- and compute-intensive VDI application workloads and cloud infrastructures." Its latest offering is its …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2013

Fusion-io tinkers in lab, unleashes fresh wave of MUTANT FREAKS

PCIe flash card supplier Fusion-io has launched an all-flash array and a hybrid flash/disk array for its channel partners to sell. These two appliances are essential server/controllers running Fusion-io software with their innards stuffed full of Fusion’s PCIe flash cards, plus disks in the hybrid appliance product. The company …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2014
The Register breaking news

New 64TiB Violin byte bucket is a load of Tosh: 19nm flash in a 3U box

Violin Memory has unveiled its highest capacity array, the 6264, that packs 64TiB of flash into a 3U box - and it uses 19nm MLC NAND chips from investor and manufacturer Toshiba. The new array can apparently hit 750,000 mixed read/write 4096-byte IOPS; the earlier 6232 (which stores 32TiB) does 500,000. In other respects the …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 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

GreenBytes' data smite knight gets Citrix green light

GreenBytes' all-flash IO Offload Engine has been certified by Citrix as compatible with XenServer, clearing the way for it to accelerate the cloudy outsourcer's virtual desktops. The GreenBytes strategy has been to retire from the general-purpose all-flash storage array market - and concentrate on the virtual desktop (VDI) …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013

Military strategy game? Nope, these 'battle cards' are an EMC sales tool

EMC has issued its sales troops with a set of anti-Pure Storage battle cards – and Pure has responded with a blog heaping praise on EMC. EMC's card of spoilers says: “Pure remains a constant threat as they are well capitalised and target our use cases in high performance databases, virtual servers and VDI.” Hopkinton’s claims …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013
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NetApp FlashRay's OS is 'based on SANtricity' – analyst

A financial analyst suggests that NetApp's coming FlashRay all-flash array will not have a ground-up design operating system but will use the existing SANtricity O/S found in NetApp's EF540 and EF550 flash arrays. NetApp says he's completely wrong. FlashRay is a completely new all-flash design from NetApp designed to compete …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2014
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Pure Storage plots to KILL EMC VMAX

Flash challenger Pure Storage has signaled its desire to chip away at EMC's installed base of Symmetrix VMAX, rather than getting into a drag race with other solid state contenders. “We are going after VMAX,” Pure's presidente David Hatfield told The Reg at VMware's vForum in Sydney yesterday. “Arrays that use 10,000 RPM or 15, …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2013

End of an era as Firefox bins 'blink' tag

The "blink"* element, a feature of early web browsers that made text blink on and off, has been banished in the latest version of Firefox. The element had already been removed from Internet Explorer, was never implemented in Chrome and was ignored by most browser-makers because it never made it into a W3C HTML spec. The W3C even …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2013
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Violin's arrays play in Concerto - but they can't hit the dedupe notes yet

In a major architectural extension Violin Memory has revealed its new Concerto 7000 array. This uses Violin's existing 6200 hardware and gives it a separate high-availability controller front end, with software to provide business continuity, data management and protection features - but not deduplication. Let’s just recap …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2014
SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD

The magic storage formula for successful VDI? Just add SSDs

Every pure solid-state disk (SSD) and hybrid storage vendor on earth would like you to know how brilliant it is at handling virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) workloads. VDI may be a niche, but it is a miserably difficult niche, in which storage plays a huge role. There is a lot more to making VDI work well than just throwing …
Trevor Pott, 02 Oct 2014
Violin Market fit

Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark: Violin restrings its instrument

We can see the intended shape of Violin as it emerges fresh and shining from its refit, but we've yet to hear it played. What will be the next move of Violin's brand new CEO, Kevin DeNuccio? DeNuccio has been restringing Violin, cutting and restructuring the organisation's engineering and go-to-market, with more emphasis on …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2014
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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

Twitteratti at NetApp event spill guts over FlashRay's innards

Tweets from a NetApp Insight briefing event showed the company is preparing a replicating, deduping, clustering FlashRay iteration, complete with Glacier-targeting for StorageGRID. FlashRay, NetApp's coming ground-up designed all-flash array, will have global deduplication. Here are three tweets: #NetApp FlashRay dedupe is …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2013
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NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14

Microsoft has released a second preview of the next major release of Visual Studio. Much of the attention has gone on Microsoft’s embrace of open source, with the Roslyn .NET code compiler. But is this isn’t necessarily the biggest change in Microsoft’s comprehensive dev suite. There’s a radical change coming to ASP.NET and …
Tim Anderson, 23 Jul 2014