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Isilon installs ex-NetApp channel boss

Leonard Iventosch, the previous and abruptly departed head of NetApp global channel sales, has turned up at Isilon as VP for channel and OEM sales. No public reason was given for Inventosch's exit from NetApp at the end of July. Three months later he is at Isilon, which makes and sells clustered network-attached storage (NAS) …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2008
Mike Feinberg

EMC Cloud Czar packs up and goes for a hike

EMC Cloud Czar Mike Feinberg has left the Hopkinton-based storage biz after a rejig of product lines, El Reg can reveal. His disappearance from EMC's Exec Bios webpage caused some talk among our correspondent's contacts - an older version can be found here. According to EMC's PR folk, senior veep Feinberg has left to "pursue …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2013

Don't bother competing with ViPR, NetApp - it's not actually that relevant

NetApp doesn't need to compete with EMC's all-singing all-dancing ViPR product. Why not? NetApp only has one storage array product – ONTAP – whereas EMC has an entire family of arrays, which ViPR virtualises into a single resource and delivers to server apps needing storage. Look at it like this: the EMC storage array product …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2013
Matt Damon

EMC to reveal identity of Bourne-based storage platform

EMC is set to announce a software-defined storage product known as a Sea of Storage (SOS) as a new product category, alongside its Centera and Atmos object storage-based systems. Vulture Central's storage desk has deduced this from tips, rumours and rumblings around the storage jungle, and we're told a mid-May announcement date …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2013
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Isilon soups up chips in clustered storage boxes

Isilon Systems is upgrading the chips in its IQ line of clustered storage systems, and is rebranding the systems as the "IQ X-Series" in honor of the hardware refresh. The new systems will use the Intel dual-core Xeon 5100 series of processors, swapping out the single-core chip used in earlier IQ systems. The company claims the …
Austin Modine, 29 Jan 2008
Jeremy Burton and Project Nile prototype

Exploring our way to the source of EMC's mighty VNX Nile

EMC, we have a problem. Your Project Nile has exabyte-plus capacity and is built from EMC's ViPR control/data plane software and VNX arrays. Yet, the biggest VNX is the 8000 at 4.5PB capacity, about 223 times too small. What gives? EMC COO and president David Goulden said in Milan that Project Nile will use ViPR and VNX to …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2013
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Isilon reworks channels to drag itself out of the mire

Isilon is battening down its hatches to ride out the recessionary storm and come out strong enough to grow again after first quarter losses. The maker of clustered NAS products reported first quarter 2009 (Q1 09) revenues of $26.9m, a gratifying increase of 11 per cent on Q1 08's $24.1m but 15 per cent down on the previous (Q4 …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2009
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Isilon adds faster clustered file storage

Isilon has souped up its mainstream clustered NAS product and introduced a transactional IO product with SAS disks plus a lower-cost archive model with optional Ocarina deduping. Isilon has made its name with scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) X-Series products which scale to 2.3PB with 96 nodes clustered across InfiniBand …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2009
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EMC's ViPR: It's genius, but not as we know it, Jim

What is EMC's ViPR about? Is it really the first all-singing and all-dancing storage management and virtualisation product EMC claims it is? ViPR is a combination of a file, block and object storage virtualisation suite and a storage management product. It is broadly similar to several other storage virtualisation products, but …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2013
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Isilon narrows losses, but growing pains abound

Isilon Systems managed to narrow its losses for the second quarter with a revenue surge, but a lowered sales outlook late Thursday sent its stock price tumbling. The storage systems firm reported a Q2 loss of $3.6m, a 65 per cent improvement from a $5.5m loss in the same quarter of the previous year. Revenue increased 87 per …
Austin Modine, 27 Jul 2007
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Isilon fattens clustered NAS with 1TB disks

Scientifically speaking, storage vendor Isilon systems is hugifying its clustered NAS lineup. The storage firm is expanding its modular storage pool family by fitting 1TB drives into a new pair of nodes, boasting 250TB max capacity in a single rack. The new clustered NAS offerings are the IQ 12000, a performance-oriented system …
Austin Modine, 20 Nov 2007

EMC announces record revenues: But hey, Joe, where're the profits?

Hardware, virtualisation and services giant EMC has announced its first-quarter results for 2013 and while its finances are broadly positive, the devil's in the detail. EMC's revenues for the first quarter of 2013 were a record $5.39 billion - lower than Wall Street's estimates - and its profits were down by a smidge. The mid- …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2013
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EMC: No need to swallow an array - just breathe in our storage cloud

So EMC has finally announced the VMAX Cloud Edition: which according to this blogger is an iteration that has little to do with technology and everything to do with the way that EMC wants us to consume storage. Firstly, let's discuss the cost model - in many ways the most important part of the announcement. EMC has now moved to …
StorageBod, 04 Mar 2013
SFA7700

DDN pulls muzzle off hybrid Big Data gobbler

DataDirect Networks has announced its SFA7700 hybrid flash and disk drive scale-out filer appliance for Big Data and high-performance computing-type applications. It's the latest in a series of Big Data announcements that take into account the convergement trend, and DDN must be hoping that its latest beastly appliance can hold …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2012
Whiptail XLR8r appliance

All-flash-array flogger WhipTail in mad dash to fortify EMEA base

Self-proclaimed first shipper of an all-flash array, WhipTail, says UK customers are taking to its all-flash arrays in droves, with the company expecting a 1,100 per cent increase in sales this year. But it is expecting the competition to be snapping at its heels fairly shortly, which is why it has recruited an ex-EMC Isilon …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2012
The Abyss of Hell

Holy crap! EMC gives Vatican Library 2.8PB to store manuscripts

The Vatican Library is losing its walls. Its 89,000 historic manuscripts are being made available online for access by scholars world-wide courtesy of EMC. The library, properly known as the Vatican Apostolic Library, is located in the Vatican City and is one of the oldest libraries in the world, established formally in 1475 but …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2013
Parachute

Intel waves LONG TENT POLE, pokes Data Domain boxes with it

EMC has boosted the backup performance of its mid-range Data Domain boxes yet again by upgrading to Intel Sandy Bridge processors. Avamar, Mozy and NetWorker have all been revved up too. The news came at a hyped-up Backup and Recovery Systems launch in New York at which EMC claimed it had the longest pole in the tent for …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2013

Inside EMC's software-defined ViPR storage tech

EMC spent much of this year's EMC World talking up ViPR, its new system for managing, automating, and controlling storage infrastructure. Tucci and the gang were scolded for the premature nature of the announcement – ViPR won't launch until late 2013, and it'll be late 2014 when it gets the features that truly differentiate it …
Jack Clark, 11 May 2013
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Isilon gets thin with phat storage app

Storage vendor Isilon Systems has hopped aboard the thin-provisioning express that's chugging through the industry, adding the sought-after technology to its clustered storage products as a part of today's hardware and software revamp. The new software, called SmartQuotas, combines quota management and thin provisioning into …
Austin Modine, 23 Jul 2007

EMC gobbled XtremeIO to Xterminate NetApp, says Xpert

A financial analyst reckons EMC bought XtremIO to fend off the threat posed by NetApp. Andrew Nowinski, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, had this to say in a recent research note: "We believe this threat of potential market share gains from [NetApp's Data ONTAP] 8.1 is what prompted EMC to acquire XtremIO for $430m." We asked …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2012

Petabyte provider makes a run at Amazon's fattest customers

DataDirect Networks has updated its high-end WOS object storage system and says it's lower-cost than Amazon for petabyte-and-above deployments. WOS, Web Object Scaler, v2.5, is intended for petabyte-class deployments and not for entry-level or mid-market object storage. The claim is that it enables private and public cloud …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2012
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EMC spits out high-end offsite biz cloud after chugging down Syncplicity

Dropbox beware: Biz juggernaut EMC has launched an enterprise edition of its file sync 'n' share Syncplicity product. What this does is add an enterprise pricing layer to the acquired Syncplicity product, which provides secured file synchronisation and sharing between users' intelligent devices ranging from smartphones through …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2013

Cash-bleeding Overland: A healthy BYOD brings a sound mind

Overland Storage announced its usual loss-making quarterly results but said it was going full tilt into giving BYOD and smart mobile device owners full access to enterprise apps no matter their size. CEO Eric Kelly has now become chairman of its Canadian partner, Sphere 3D, which provides the virtualisation wizardry needed for …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2013

EMC flies in Azure bods for TOP SECRET 'data plane' project

We hear from insiders that EMC has a new all-encompassing storage system in development that includes object storage. It's based in Seattle, it's called the Bourne Project, and EMC no doubt hopes it will kick ass like the eponymous hero of the movies. But there's some doubt surrounding the new project's impact on current …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2013
EMC Atmos

Old-man EMC stirs from slumber, finds a pile 'o gold under its feet

As last summer drew to a close, EMC was fast asleep in terms of sales growth. But not any more. The tech giant awoke with a jolt during the Christmas quarter to teach a lesson in how storage companies should be run. Revenues in the fourth quarter of EMC's 2012 calendar year rose to a record high: $6.03bn. A year ago they were $5 …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2013
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
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IBM storage crew: Why bury your BEST kit at the back of the larder?

El Reg storage man Chris Mellor’s pieces on IBM’s storage revenues here and here make for some interesting reading. Things are not looking great with the exception of XIV and Storwize products. I am not sure whether Mellor’s analysis is entirely correct as it is hard to get any granularity from IBM. But his take on Big Blue …
StorageBod, 30 Apr 2013
Road to SW-defined storage

Cloudfather Tucci meets with EMC clan, analysts to talk strategy

EMC and VMware held their so-called Strategic Forum - aka analysts' day - in New York yesterday with capo di Famiglia Joe Tucci setting out the overall stall and his lieutenants setting out their own strategic imperatives. We saw David Goulden for EMC - now called EMC II - and Pat Gelsinger for the cloud and software-defined- …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2013
Gridstore

Barrall's baby gets bundle of cash for scale-out filer tech

Grid-based scale-out filer storage startup Gridstore has landed $12.5m in funding to expand its sales channels. Gridstor, background here, provides a scale-out filer, the GS100, in a grid – a trademarked kind, called The Grid – using low-cost Atom-powered nodes and VCT (Virtual Controller Technology), which provides simpler …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2012

EMC flat-lining as economy continues to circle drain

EMC has scraped year-on-year revenue and profit hikes for its third 2012 quarter but reported ever-so-slightly lower numbers than the second quarter, a pattern not seen in the past two years. Quarterly revenues were $5.28bn with net profits of $626m. This revenue was up 6 per cent year-on-year and down 0.56 per cent sequentially …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2012
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Oracle pops cork as cut-price ZFS array creams NetApp rival

An Oracle ZFS 7420 storage array provides 40 per cent more performance than a NetApp FAS6240 at a $700,000 lower price point. That's according to the SPECsfs2008 benchmark, which tests how effective an array is at servicing NFS IO transactions. The chart shows a selection of vendors' SPECsfs2008 IOPS scores in the fewer-than-1- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2012
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EMC eyeing XtremIO ... just a rumble on the jungle drums?

Is EMC eyeing up flash array startup XtremIO, the one that's making extreme I/O claims about the all-flash array its developing? El Reg heard a rumble from the storage jungle drums that this was so, but our source went deep into the bamboo as soon as we asked for more. So we asked ourselves why EMC should bother. Let's start by …
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2012

Psst! Don't tell anyone, but HP is silently improving its IBRIX filer

HP has quietly released a three-times faster IBRIX filer, the X9730, replacing the previous model. HP bought IBRIX and its parallelised scale-out file server technology for an unrevealed price in July 2009. The technology appeared in HP's X9000 line of products. These compete with EMC's Isilon scale-out filers, and also with …
Chris Mellor, 08 Oct 2012
Shows an enhanced form of Gartner's Magic Quadrant.

Gartner magicians mumble, fling bones, scrawl new disk pentacle

Gartner's magicians have thrown their animal bones and precious relics up in the air and discerned a new pattern in the way they landed; general-purpose disk arrays. The magicians have invented a new Magic Quadrant (MQ) and say: Improvements in scalability, availability, performance and functionality of midrange storage systems …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2013

EMC throws ViPR into software-defined party

If you can't beat it, eat it - that seems to be EMC's idea with the launch of ViPR, a scheme by the storage provider to gain a foothold in data centers infected with low-cost IT gear. ViPR can work as a storage controller for traditional and newer infrastructures, and also talk to older systems, EMC announced on Monday at its …
Jack Clark, 06 May 2013

EMC rakes in more of the world's storage, others struggle

EMC is controlling more and more of the world's disk storage and Oracle is controlling less and less, according to trackers at Gartner. In a report on the worldwide external controller-based disk storage market released on Thursday, EMC had 34.2 per cent of the market in the quarter and recorded revenues of $2.067bn – a 6.7 per …
Jack Clark, 21 Mar 2013
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Wannabe ZFS rival Exablox decloaks MYSTERY NAS box

Mystery storage startup Exablox has finally uncloaked its secret project - which turned out to be a simple scale-out filer managed through a cloud-based utility. The product is called OneBlox and is managed through OneSystem, a utility service in the cloud; there is no onboard management software. The OneBlox appliance, or node …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2013

EMC: 'Nope', XtremIO won't link to back-end arrays

Not being happy with an interview write-up, EMC VP and Global Marketing CTO Chuck Hollis rewrote it in his blog with what he considered to be the right answers. This provided new information, to us, about EMC's coming XtremIO networked flash storage array. Answering the question if it will be possible to connect disk arrays to …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012

Kissane to mould NetApp: Time to turn off the tap on ONTAP

NetApp has sharpened its focus on corporate strategy by moving incumbent product strategist Jay Kidd to a chief technology officer role and recruiting Jonathan Kissane from CA to a new chief strategy officer role. Kidd, previously SVP for product strategy and development at the storage firm, and an ex-CTO at Brocade, now reports …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2012
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Storage company promises INFINITE IMMORTALITY

NetApp has announced a major minor release of its data ONTAP storage operating system, promising data immortality and infinity. Data ONTAP is NetApp's operating system for its FAS arrays and provides a unified file (NFS, pNFS and CIFS/SMB) and block (iSCSI, FCoE and Fibre Channel) storage array architecture. NetApp customers …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2012
DVD it in many colours

Coraid peers over shoulder, pushes out another ZFS-based NAS head

Ethernet SAN storage supplier Coraid has announced its filer head, an Oracle ZFS-based product, two years after NetApp smacked it down for attempting the same thing with a Nexenta ZFS-based product. It has also beat off some pretty big competition to score Sony as a marquee user of its EtherDrive storage product. The ZX-Series …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2012
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EMC winds up new file-mover

EMC has announced a Cloud Tiering Appliance to move files from select arrays to VNX and Isilon, and from VNX to Atmos and Data Domain. It is, in effect, Rainfinity reinvented and will develop into a generalised data mover. The Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA) aids migration and it can do policy-driven file movement from NetApp …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2011

Just how far did storage and compute converge in 2013?

Converged storage is the coming together of storage and compute in the same box. Didn't this used to be called a server, before the days of networked storage? Indeed it did but these re-invented servers often employ a logical storage pool, and are the future, we are told. So, where are we at, as glide into 2014? We're …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2014

Virtual sanity: What if GreenBytes just DUMPED its hardware?

Should GreenBytes separate its hardware and software? The storage firm sells an IO Offload Engine which stores deduplicated virty desktop images in its own flash hardware and ships them out to client devices. It's essentially a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) accelerator for storage arrays that runs alongside them and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2013

Rivals tout antidotes to EMC's ViPR bite

How do you avoid a snakebite from the ViPR that EMC has let loose in the storage jungle? El Reg storage desk has spoken to some of its competitors about their "software-defined" antidotes. ViPR is a layer of storage virtualisation software that separates upper-level storage management functions (which EMC calls the "storage …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2013

NetApp insists it won't drop StorageGRID

The Register's storage desk has been told by insiders that NetApp is going to drop its bought-in StorageGRID product in favour of an internal object development from its Indian operation. StorageGRID is NetApp's object storage platform, a renamed product NetApp obtained after buying Canadian firm Bycast in April 2010. It is not …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2012

What's on the cards at EMC's casino royale next week?

What news will be revealed to the 13,000 people attending EMC World in Las Vegas next Monday? The Reg has already reported that the VMAX 10, 20 and 40Ks are turning up along with federated tiered storage, but what else will be announced during the four-day shindig? There will be several confidential briefings under a for-your- …
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2012

EMC rakes in more and more storage biz, followers fiddle feebly

EMC continues its seemingly inexorable raking in of more and more storage business, according to the trackers at IDC, which also places most other mainstream players far behind the global juggernaut. IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, to honor it with its full name, lists mainstream suppliers' revenue market …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2013
EMC Atmos

Atmos: Give us your tired, your poor... Heck, our cloud will even take that S3 app

EMC has launched a hat-trick of Atmos updates: new hardware, new software and new interfaces. The system holds 33 per cent more data, chews through it more quickly and provides more and faster ways of getting to it. Potential customers can try Atmos software out using a virtual edition running on any VMware-certified storage. …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2012
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Never mind the flash cache: EMC is flush with cash

EMC damn near sold $5bn (£3.2bn) worth of hardware, software and services in 2011's third quarter and is on track for an almost $20bn (£12.7bn) revenue haul this financial year. The happy Hopkinton, Massachusetts, firm reported revenues of $4.98bn, up 18 per cent from Q3 2010's $4.21bn, and higher than the previous quarter's $4. …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2011