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LSI Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i

LSI embiggens MegaRAID flash stash

LSI has doubled the amount of flash on its MegaRAID card to 1.6TB and quadrupled the number of ports to 16 so the mighty little beast can be used to accelerate servers in hyperscale environments. The PCIe-connected Nytro MegaRAID cards combine a RAID controller with on-board flash and caching software to provide faster access to …
Chris Mellor, 01 Apr 2014
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Fujitsu and Panasonic about to walk down LSI aisle

Fujitsu Semiconductor and Panasonic are ready to jointly launch a new chip company this autumn as part of the duo’s plans to merge their LSI businesses, according to reports. The new venture will have ¥50 billion (£294m) in funding, with Fujitsu chipping in ¥20bn, Panasonic ¥10bn and the Development Bank of Japan stumping up the …
Phil Muncaster, 15 Apr 2014
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Oracle picks PCIe flash from LSI for flashy next-gen Exadata box

Oracle, a minor database and enterprise software interest of yachtsman Larry Ellison, has picked LSI to supply PCIe flash acceleration cards. LSI’s Nytro-branded cards will be used in Oracle’s Exadata X4 engineered system, what it calls its next-generation Database Machine. The cards have a jointly-developed Oracle LSI software …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2014
Larry Ellison, photo by Oracle Corporate Communications

Explained: How LSI and Oracle cooked up magical flash-embiggening sauce

Oracle and LSI have magicked up a way for LSI’s Nytro server flash cards to hold more data than they’re seemingly physically capable of holding and called it Dynamic Logical Capacity (DLC). How does it work? We thought it might be a paging mechanism – but we were dead wrong. The card compresses the data it is sent and can reach …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2014
LSI SandForce SF3700

What took you 2 years? LSI finally rolls out next-gen SandForce kit

LSI has finally brought the drawn-out development process for the next generation SandForce controller to a close. It now has third-generation controllers supporting four times bigger flash drives and both PCIe and SATA interfaces from a single ASIC. Bye-bye SAS. LSI bought SandForce for its controllers two years ago. These …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2013
LSI 12gig SAS HBA

6Gbps is for FOOLS! Now THIS is what we call a SAS adapter - LSI

LSI has begun shipping its first 12Gbps SAS adapters for storage arrays, servers and workstations, doubling the prevailing 6Gbps SAS data rate. LSI's SAS 9300 HBA (Host Bus Adapter) runs at 12Gbit/sec, delivers over 1 million IOPS through a PCIe 3.0 connection to hosts, and comes in four versions: 9300-8e with 8 ports 9300-8i …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2013

Avago Technologies chomps up LSI for BEELLLIONS - in CASH

Christmas has come early for LSI investors. Avago Technologies is buying LSI for $6.6bn – and they're paying cash. Avago; who they? A former HP spin-out, Avago is jointly headquartered in Singapore and San Jose. Avago Technologies was once the semiconductor products part of HP, which was separated out as Agilent Technologies and …
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2013

Oi, small biz! Attach our Syncro to your storage, says LSI

It sounds a paradox but LSI says its Syncro technology can make direct-attach storage (DAS) shareable - and it's doing just that to provide high availability for Windows Storage Server 2012. Traditional SME and remote office/branch office (ROBO) high availability (HA) server setups have each server in a pair replicating storage …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

Hard drives snatch hold of semi giant LSI, jump right off a cliff

LSI's latest results paint a gloomy picture for the storage giant, revealing both its revenues and profits were down last quarter. Revenues for LSI's first fiscal 2013 quarter, ended March 31, were down to $569m. They were $600m in the previous quarter, a 5 per cent fall. A year ago revenues were up at the $622m mark, meaning …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013
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Flash, bang, wallop: LSI stumbles in quest for PCIe card crown

LSI claimed at the end of August that it was going to be number two in the PCIe server flash business - then its revenues declined in the final three months of 2012. What's going on? The semiconductor biz's sales from the fourth quarter of 2012 were $600m, down four per cent on Q3 that year. Net income fell 27 per cent on Q3 to …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2013

LSI thrusts PCIe flash kit even harder

LSI will soon launch third-generation PCIe flash products, which are expected to be faster and hold more data than its existing WarpDrive. The WarpDrive is a second source for EMC's VFCache product; Micron is EMC's primary SSD supplier for that product. The WarpDrive SLP-300 comes in 100GB, 200GB and 300GB capacity points and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2012
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LSI puts on brave smile, blames sales droop on 'soft' PC biz

LSI's revenues and profits were both higher in Q3 2012 than in the same period in 2011 - but lower than the figures for the previous quarter this year. Revenues for the storage electronics biz in the third quarter, ended 30 September, were $623.9m, down 5.5 per cent on last quarter but 14 per cent higher than a year ago. Net …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2012
LSI WarpDrive section

LSI: Flash is just another thing, not a miracle in your pants

LSI will be a major flash player because it's treating flash as just another business extension and not a dramatic, kick-the-bucket, start-over, start-up fantasy. What LSI, a supplier of silicon to the disk drive, storage and communications markets, has seen is that it can pump flash extensions of its existing products through …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2012
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LSI's Nytro bombshell blows roof off next-gen PCIe flash

LSI has launched its new Nytro rebranding and inadvertently pre-announced upcoming PCIe MLC flash cards. The storage and networking electronics biz is combining its legacy MegaRAID controller cards, WarpDrive SSDs and caching software in a portfolio of Nytro Application Acceleration products, and pushing the idea that PCIe flash …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2012
LSI WarpDrive SSD

Wall Street gives LSI 16% fist-bump for quadrupling flash revenues

Integrated circuits and storage systems biz LSI scored $622m in revenues in its second 2012 quarter, 26 per cent higher than a year ago and 6 per cent higher than the first quarter after "better-than-expected growth". Profits were $59m, 11 per cent up on the year-ago profit number but $16m less than the first quarter. But the …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2012

LSI lures IT vendors with Nytro blast for flash storage

LSI appears to be making a determined push into flash storage. But is this a smart business move by a company that flitted about somewhat when it came to flogging various storage technologies? LSI is very successful with controller silicon for disk drives and SAS interfaces and much more technology at that level. After Abhi …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2012
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Dell and LSI now sporting impressive new set of MRAMs

Dell and LSI are using a new type of memory in servers, RAID controllers and routers, presaging the replacement of NAND flash. It is a form of non-volatile memory called MRAM for Magnetic RAM. MRAM has been in development for some time and is now being used for journal memory functions by Dell and LSI, according to Everspin …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2012
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EMC moves into LSI WarpDrive

LSI WarpDrive solid state drives will be used by EMC in its Project Lightning server flash product. LSI announced the EMC design win in a press release about its 2011 financial results. The SLP-300 WarpDrive is a 100, 200 or 300GB unit using SLC flash and delivering 150,000 random read IOPS (4K blocks), 190,000 random writes …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2012
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LSI snaps up flash controller company

Flash industry consolidation took another step forward, with semiconductor company LSI buying flash controller startup SandForce to strengthen its server and storage array flash offerings for ultrabooks, notebooks, servers and storage arrays. The price is $322m cash plus taking on $48m of stock options and restricted shares held …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2011

LSI, Seagate and Samsung

When Seagate announced a flash controller partnership with Samsung doubts and rumours were raised about the health of its existing flash controller partnership with LSI. Would Samsung supplant LSI? Would the Seagate Pulsar solid state drive (SSD) with LSI technology in its controller, continue to ship? Would LSI ship the PCIe …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2010
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Is Oracle severing its LSI relationship?

We're hearing rumours that Oracle is ending the Sun-LSI relationship whereby Sun incorporated drive arrays from LSI. When Oracle bought Sun it inherited two storage OEM deals. One was with HDS for 9900 high-end arrays, based on its USP-V product, and has been terminated. The other deal saw Sun's mid-range 6000 storage products …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2010
LSI WarpDrive SSD

LSI’s less-explosive Nytro: Smaller bangs for hyperscale DCs

LSI has produced a cost- and power draw-reduced server flash card product line for hyperscale data centres. The XP6200 line features two products: the XP6209 at 1TB (930GB usable) and XP6210 at 2TB (1.86TB usable), both using MLC flash instead of the costlier enterprise-class eMLC NAND. Both are 8-lane PCIe v2.0 cards, the 6209 …
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 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
LSI WarpDrive section

Another day, another VDI appliance: ScaleIO intros Nytro-driven kit

VDI is becoming a vendor obsession. Just days after Fusion-io's ioVDI product we have an another VDI appliance using EMC's ScaleIO technology with LSI flash, Supermicro servers and Mellanox networking which they claim can boot 1,000 virtual desktops in 12 minutes at a price per desktop of an entry-level business PC. EMC bought …
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2014
Plane crash

Krakoom! OCZ flies into the ground. Time to salvage the engines and look around

Ryan Petersen made OCZ a high-flyer: and then nearly piloted it into the ground. Replacement CEO Ralph Schmitt did crash-land the damaged business, but was unable to repair it and get it flying again. Bankruptcy beckons. OCZ shot itself in the foot (causing its feet to slip from the rudder pedals leading to a crash -Ed) with …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013
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May the SandForce be with LSI and Seagate

The LSI/Seagate SSS6200 PCIe-connected flash card apparently has a SandForce controller on it. The card was unveiled on 16 March and uses Seagate Pulsar SSDs (solid state drives) with PCIe and SAS connectivity provided by LSI. A flash controller provides read and write I/O, reliability, endurance with wear-levelling and other …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2010
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STEC notches up LSI win

LSI is to use STEC ZeusIOPS enterprise flash drives in its products, following the example of EMC's Symmetrix and Clariion arrays and arrays from many other storage vendors. Vic Mahadevan, the LSI Engenio product marketing and management VP, stated the obvious: "We selected STEC as our SSD provider based on their experience, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2009
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LSI gets 1 million IOPS from 1TB of flash

LSI has recorded 1 million IOPS from a terabyte of Seagate flash, showing how you need less and less flash to achieve the magic million marker. Fusion-io and IBM famously achieved a million IOPS in IBM's Project Quicksilver which came to light in September 2008. This involved 41 Fusion ioDrives with 4TB of flash hooked up to a …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2010
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LSI pimps out 7900 array

LSI Engenio has updated its high-end 7900 array to support more SATA drives, concurrent iSCSI and Fibre Channel support, and solid state storage. There's nothing revolutionary here, just good, solid engineering developments of LSI Engenio's dual-controller, modular array. This is a mid-range array in general terms, and sold to …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2009
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LSI hauled to court for trade libel

SanDisk has got so hacked off at LSI's claims of patent infringement and threatening letters to SanDisk's customers that it's suing the company for trade libel. In its suit, filed last Friday in Northern District of California's US District Court, NAND flash and digital music player supplier SanDisk says LSI Corporation claimed …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2009
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LSI and Seagate take on Fusion-io with flash

LSI and Seagate are sampling an LSI-branded server bus flash card, taking on Fusion-io which has been running away with this kind of product. LSI's SSS6200 has six Seagate Pulsar SSDs (solid state drives) with up to 300GB of capacity and uses the X8 PCIe 2.0 interface. PCIe and SAS connectivity have been provided by LSI. Flash …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2010
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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
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LSI's SAS DAS SAN

LSI is announcing a 6Gbit/s SAS switch that enables servers in a rack to share direct-attached storage, turning DAS into a rack SAN. It comes either as a half-width 2U product, the SAS6160, or a full-width 1U product, the SAS6161. The maximum cable length with active copper wire is 25m and so this is for single or dual rack …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2010
Nuclear-powered rocket in Quatermass

When it doesn't get boring in series 8: Adaptec touts RAID RoCket fuel

Adaptec's new 12Gbit/s SAS RoC controller packs in more than double the RAID adapter speed of its older brother. Remember storage biz wannabe Adaptec? Its RAID adapter business was acquired by PMC-Sierra in 2010, and new generations of its RAID cards have been coming out ever since then – with Series 7 supporting 6Gbit/s SAS …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2013
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Fujitsu: PC market... doomed? LOLZ. NOT FOR US, pal

Japanese firm Fujitsu has been helped along to a profit in the last quarter of 2013 by the weaker yen and strong sales in the enterprise sector. The company even managed growth in the sale of PCs, no mean feat in the current PC market nightmare, as it upped sales primarily to business customers. Fujitsu said its net profit for …
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LSI mans up on bandwidth

LSI Engenio has doubled the I/O bandwidth of its 7900 storage array, increased the drive count, and added full disk encryption. The 7900 array, a mid-range modular product, was launched in October last year with 16 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel interfaces and support for up to 256 3.5-inch SATA or FC drives. It's used by SGI as the base …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2009
The Register breaking news

Amazon's flash-backed database gets EVEN FASTER

Amazon has tuned-up its flash-backed DynamoDB database so that more complex queries can be done in less time. Amazon announced the upgrade on Thursday, which sees the cloud computing company add in a "Local Secondary Index" (LSI) feature that lets admins create five additional indexes across which to query, letting the DB do …
Jack Clark, 19 Apr 2013

If Ultrabooks lasted longer, would YOU open your wallet?

Unfruity Ultrabook users will be able to keep it up for longer with LSI's specially enhanced SandForce controllers. The SF-2100 and -2200 Flash Storage Processors as they are called handle flash so sensitively that Ultrabook users may get an extra hour of battery life compared to other, non-specified controllers. It's all to do …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2012
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LSI releases bigger, better Engenio array

LSI has enhanced its dual controller array offering with the 4900, which has 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel support and a better RAID processor than the previous 3994 model. The 4900 is positioned as a departmental array, with the large 7900 array targeted at data centre and high-performance computing applications. The 7900 had an …
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2009
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Coming soon - LSI: Filer

LSI's customers will soon be able to buy a filer from the company as a result of its ONStor acquisition. According to LSI's product marketing director Steve Gardner, the integration of ONStor into LSI is going well. Fifty ONStor staff out of the overall headcount of around eighty have joined LSI: "We got 100 per cent of who we …
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2009
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Watch out Fibre Channel: 12 gig SAS has arrived

Xyratex is plotting to build a drive array with doubled SAS interface speed using LSI 12Gbit/s SAS gear. SAS – or Serial-Attached SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) – is a way of linking storage media and controllers/servers that is enterprise class but without the complexities of Fibre Channel. First generation SAS runs at …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2012
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LSI buys Infineon's disk biz

LSI is pushing Germany's Infineon Technologies out of its market by acquiring the company's hard drive business for an undisclosed sum. Under the agreement, Infineon will transfer its complete HDD activities to LSI, including equipment, software, customer relations and intellectual property. Today's announced purchase plays …
Austin Modine, 11 Mar 2008
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Seagate picks LSI for flash controller

Aspiring solid state drive (SSD) shipper Seagate has picked LSI to supply it with controller silicon for its SSDs. LSI supplies System-on-Chip (SoC) technology - custom silicon chips - to Seagate and others to control hard disk drives and their I/O (pictured below). They are placed inside the drive enclosure. They read signals …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2008

Why you wanna go and put STaaS in their eyes? Toshiba pays $3m for Zadara

Flash foundry operator Toshiba has invested $3m in a startup offering virtual private storage arrays in the cloud, citing a "unique and strong strategic fit" between the two companies. Storage upstart Zadara offers its Virtual Private Storage Arrays (VPSAs) as storage-as-a-service, offering iSCSI or NFS-based storage. Customers …
Chris Mellor, 02 Aug 2013
Toshiba OCZ Z-Drive 4500

Toshiba baby OCZ flings open coat, bares PCIe flasher to world

New Toshiba subsidiary OCZ has a new PCIe flash card, the Z-Drive 4500, complete with solid enterprise credentials - and none of the Ryan Petersen era hype. That era produced the Z-Drive R5 with a notional 3 million IOPS and 12TB of capacity. That product has disappeared from the OCZ roster and we now have the new Z-Drive 4500 …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2014
Fusion-io ioSgale 3.2TB card

MySQL daddy Monty talks up Fusion-io's data-stuffed flash

Fusion-io can cram more data into its ioMemory flash storage without cramping performance – at least that’s what it’s claiming about its NVM Compression technology. We are told NVM Compression is “a flash-aware interface that can double the useable capacity of ioMemory flash while eliminating the performance impact associated …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2014
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LSI snares tier one OEM for SAN SW

A mystery OEM shopper has signed up to take LSI's SVM SAN virtualization software. LSI has just announced a major release for the software. SVM was originally developed by StoreAge, a clever Israeli-based company which LSI bought in late 2006. Since then LSI has been re-architecting the product, adding thin provisioning and …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2008
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Growth, what's that? Storage firms tighten belts as revenues flatline

It’s results round-up day at the Register, with LSI, Mellanox, QLogic, Symantec and WD all filing their quarterly results. Here we go on a numbers blitz: Western Digital reported first fiscal 2014 quarterly revenues of $3.8bn and profits (net income) of $495m from making 62.6 million disk drives with an average selling price of …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2013
Phil Bullinger

EMC pinches top Oracle engineer and Microsoft bod for Isilon

EMC's scale-out filer shipper Isilon is scaling up its organisation; Oracle's top storage SVP, Phil Bullinger, is moving from the Redwood Shores-headquartered firm to EMC subsidiary Isilon, and a Microsoftie is coming aboard as Isilon's COO. Bullinger is joining EMC's Isilon unit as its senior veep for engineering and operations …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013
Fusion-io ioFX cards

Whiting drags himself out of Riverbed, moves to head up global Fusion-io's sales team

Flash furtler Fusion-io has a new sales boss, Ian Whiting, who replaces the retiring company's chief sales officer, Jim Dawson. Whiting comes to Fusion-io from Riverbed, where he was the senior veep for Americas sales and, before that, Brocade, where he was SVP worldwide sales until ex-CEO Michael Klayko took over the job …
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2013