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NetApp's FlashRay to zap Symmetrix with fibre channel

What if an enterprise storage vendor launched a new array and didn't tell anyone how it would connect to the outside world? Oddly, this scenario played out earlier this month when NetApp revealed its FlashRay, an all-flash array it intends to start selling in 2014. Even Val Bercovici, who works in NetApp's office of the chief …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Feb 2013

NetApp feeds HPC monster: How much cache? That would be telling

NetApp has boosted its high performance computing style storage arrays, the "not-ONTAP" E-Series arrays, by adding a solid state drive cache, better data protection and new network connectivity options. But the storage vendor is keeping quiet on flash cache capacity. NetApp's HPC style arrays ingest and disgorging data faster …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2012

NetApp ANZ VP jumps ship

Peter O'Connor, NetApp's Area Vice President for Australia, New Zealand and South East, has resigned from the company. The Reg understands O'Connor is bound for Nimble Storage, which recently opened an Australian office. NetApp's Australian office is one of the company's global success stories, as engagements at giant clients …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Aug 2012

NetApp clambers over stumbling Big Blue as storage market shrinks

In the first quarter of 2013, the network-attached storage and storage-area-network markets shrank for the first time in four years, according to IDC. HP, Hitachi and IBM revenues were the hardest hit hard, we're told. The bean-counters' Quarterly Storage Tracker monitors suppliers' sales of external (networked) storage and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2013
Clustered ONTAP SVMs

NetApp musters muscular cluster bluster for ONTAP busters

Data-vault biz NetApp has updated its ONTAP operating system to handle bigger clusters and require less downtime. It is presented as software-defined storage, although it is not typically sold separate from the NetApp controller hardware on which it runs. The company wants to tout ONTAP as an enterprise-class storage system as …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2013

AWS, NetApp, make close 'n' cloudy connection

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and NetApp have cooked up a new alliance designed to make it easier to use data stored on arrays with Amazon's whatever it is that AWS uses to provide its storage services. Dubbed NetApp Private Storage, the new offering allows one to place a NetApp FAS appliance in a data centre – specifically one …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Nov 2012
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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

Oz shared services collapse looks bad for NetApp

Opponents of shared IT services in government have a new case study they can point to, and NetApp's busy executives have another tricky item to consider after a major Australian shared services organisation failed. That agency is CenITex, created in 2008 by the government of Australian state Victoria. CenITex's original vision …
Simon Sharwood, 24 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

NetApp snoozing at the wheel of incumbency juggernaut, says chap

Equity analyst firm William Blair thinks NetApp is failing to face up to the realities of being an incumbent storage supplier, and could even exit the hardware business. A research note from William Blair, dated March 17th, has fluttered its way to the storage desk at El Reg. It says: "We sense a company grappling with massive …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

NetApp modifies benchmark system and - shock - comes out TOP

NetApp's number crunchers at Sunnyvale have sweetened the firm's SPC-2 benchmark results in an attempt to help NetApp stand out from the crowd, emphasising the price/performance bennies of its latest E5500 disk array. The Storage Performance Council (SPC) is a storage industry benchmark body that helps the industry provide …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2013
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NetApp: We laid off 100s, profits dived - and it's all YOUR fault

Storage giant NetApp has reported unremarkable revenue growth and falling profit for its 2013 financial year. It signals that NetApp is now a mature company and not a high-growth stock. But, behind the numbers, the firm has laid off hundreds of employees to help it stay in the black and keep investors at bay. The recently …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2013

NetApp offers system check-up from iPads, smartphones

NetApp has endorsed tablet and smartphone access to its support system and users can now monitor support case status from their iPad, iPhone or Android phone. NetApp iPhone support call monitoring app NetApp support case status monitoring app There's been no formal announcement but if you point your web browser here you'll …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2012
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NetApp fattens up FAS array beasts to flog to data ranchers

The storage desk at El Reg has learnt NetApp has a high-end FAS6200/V6200 array refresh coming. The V-Series are FAS array controllers front-ending third-party arrays and enabling them to function in a FAS data centre. NetApp has gone through a refresh cycle with its entry-level FAS2000 --> FAS2200s, its mid-range FAS3000 --> …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2013
Mars and Earth

NetApp launches SECRET MARS MISSION, seeks egghead

The Reg storage desk has learned of a Mars project at NetApp. So we've sent our own Curiosity rover - specifically, a Google bot - to scan for job descriptions. This is what it transmitted back: Mars is an industry-leading next-generation product and one of the most strategic projects within NetApp. Mars is a clusterable and …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012
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NetApp flashifies ONTAP high-end boxen

While flash arrays were the main focus of yesterday's NetApp announcements the company also uprated its high-end FAS6200 arrays with bigger disks, flash pools, more memory and the latest ONTAP software. We can update the table we produced when we first wrote about these new FAS arrays and here is our new quick take on the spec …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2013
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Benchmark bods reckon NetApp storage has the edge over Isilon

Analyst outfit DCIG rates NetApp over Isilon for private cloud storage. Which comes as a bit of a surprise to The Register's storage desk. DCIG produces buyers' guides and then sells the rights to distribute these guides to vendors. This raises a suspicion that top-ranked vendors have somehow influenced their position in the …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013

Fusion-io straps on NetApp feedbag for cache feeding frenzy

NetApp and Fusion-io are working to link flash-accelerated servers with NetApp arrays and dynamically move data from the arrays to Fusion's ioMemory flash cards in the servers using NetApp's VST technology. Fusion has issued a statement about this, saying its own server caching software will be involved as well. VST is NetApp's …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2012
NetApp Flash Array

REVEALED: NetApp's upcoming 'version 1.0' all-flash array

NetApp is going to introduce the NetApp Flash Array, an array using up to 24 SSDs and running the SANtricity (PDF) operating system rather than DataONTAP. The tech giant has been signalling for the better part of a year now that it will be expanding its flash technology offering and working on a few in-house flashy developments …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2013
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NetApp leapfrogs IBM in storage race for second place

NetApp overtook IBM in IDC's latest quarterly storage tracker, reversing several quarters of market share decline In the first calendar 2012 quarter IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker reports global external disk storage systems factory revenues rose 7.1 per cent year-over-year growth to almost $6bn. EMC …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2012
Entry-level FlexPod

NetApp and Cisco waggle shrunken ExpressPod at Hitachi and friends

It looks like the vendors are sizing each other up for battle in the converged systems world at VMworld: NetApp and Cisco have announced ExpressPod, a pre-packed and tested and downsized FlexPod. Storage clustering has been added into the FlexPod mix and Oracle has announced an RAC/VMware FlexPod. Just one day after Hitachi's …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2012
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Tegile founder: Will we IPO? Yes. And we're NOT another NetApp

As a part of his CEO series, Willem ter Harmsel interviews CEOs of innovative companies in the fields of storage, virtualisation and networking. Tegile Systems was founded in 2009 and offers a range of hybrid storage arrays, labelled as Zebi arrays. Its top model can be configured as a 100 per cent all-flash array, while keeping …
NetApp quarterly revenues to Q3 fy2013

Array-flogger NetApp: Don't worry sir, we'll look after your data

NetApp has recorded recession-proof results with increased revenues and profits, and it sees more coming as it develops a strategy of becoming a data manager for its customers, wherever that data resides. Revenues for NetApp's third fiscal 2013 quarter, ended 25 January 2013, were $1.63bn, 4 per cent higher than a year ago. Net …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2013

Mutant array upstarts feast on EMC, NetApp's leavings

Mainstream storage vendors have a potentially huge blind spot in their product strategy and hybrid array startups are now eating away at their customer base. Nimble Storage, Tegile and Tintri, specifically, appear to be benefiting at the expense of mainstream storage giants EMC and NetApp. When the storage array mainstream met …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2013
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Gridiron builds mutant monster using NetApp's 'other' array

SAN accelerator Gridiron has doubled the performance of its TurboCharger appliance and is building its own SAN using NetApp Engenio drive arrays twinned with the TurboCharger. The TurboCharger is a cache box sat in front of a Fibre Channel-accessed SAN which speeds up read data access. It has clever software using a set ranking …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2012
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Falling share price exposes NetApp

NetApp's market worth has dropped 51 per cent in 16 months, making it vulnerable to a takeover. In February 2011 NetApp shares cost $60.60 and its market capitalisation was $21.9 billion. Now it's worth just $10.9 billion with shares trading at $30.02. Why? Investors think it has gained storage market share relative to Dell, HP …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2012
The Register breaking news

Cisco and NetApp fatten up Flexpod, chuck it at cloud biz

Cisco and NetApp are drawing closer together with their FlexPod converged system effort, an attempt to grab branch office, data centre and public cloud infrastructure business. Cisco has servers and networking, which is not enough, and NetApp has storage, which is not enough either - because IT people need servers, storage and …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2013
The Register breaking news

NetApp offers middleweight refreshments

NetApp has refreshed its three mid-range FAS arrays, giving customers two models with speed and capacity increases and perhaps leaving room for a future top-end 3200. The company has three mainstream dual-controller FAS array product lines: the entry-level FAS2000s, the medium FAS3000s and the high-end FAS6000s. The FAS2000s …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2012
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Cache bang wallop! Huge loads spark NetApp flash crash

Some high-end NetApp FAS6000 arrays are suffering failures that cause them to halt and restart. NetApp is fixing the problem. NetApp Flash Cache NetApp Flash Cache PCIe card El Reg understands that several FAS6000 customers in Europe have discovered that their arrays stop working while under heavy load and abruptly restart. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2012

'Cheap' Oracle box bashes NetApp benchmark

An Oracle mid-range ZFS storage array has beaten a NetApp filer on a SPEC benchmark, despite costing just one-fifth of the NetApp price. The SPECsfs2008 is designed to evaluate the speed and request-handling capabilities of file servers utilising the NFSv3 and CIFS protocols. We're only concerned with NFS here. The Sun ZFS 7320 …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2012
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Zerowait feeds hungry NetApp punters tasty NASAGNA

NetApp support outfit Zerowait says its customers should not bother to buy new NetApp filers, when it can accelerate the old ones with its caching appliance. The firm's NASAGNA – NAS Acceleration and Global Namespace Appliance (our acronym) – is a tasty dish that sticks a box containing a mix of DRAM, solid state drives and SAS …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2012
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NetApp reveals Exadata backup plan

NetApp has quietly announced, through its blogs and user community, a backup solution for Oracle's Exadata appliances. Oracle has previously suggested its own storage kit is the best place to protect the contents of Exadata boxes, but the NetApp 'Technical Report', titled Deploying a Backup Solution and Dev/Test Platform for …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2012
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SGI gooses InfiniteStorage arrays with new NetApp controllers

Supercomputer and high-density server maker Silicon Graphics shipped over 600PB of disk capacity last year across its InfiniteStorage product line, and it is revving up its entry InfiniteStorage 5000 series to get a bigger bite of storage attachments for HPC and big data workloads that want cheap, fat, and fast disk arrays. SGI …
The Register breaking news

Microsoft, EMC, NetApp support Oracle against Google

Microsoft, EMC, and NetApp have joined Oracle in urging the US Federal Circuit Appeals Court to overturn an earlier decision in the landmark Oracle versus Google Java trial. The three companies filed an amici curiae brief on Tuesday – legal-speak for "friends of the court." Such briefs are a way for parties not directly involved …
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2013
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NetApp rides stiff rise in sales but profits droop

NetApp saw off its last quarter's major account weakness and grew third quarter revenues to $1.57bn, though profits dropped 35.5 percent. Total revenues of $1.566bn compare to $1.268bn a year ago, up 23.5 per cent, while profits of $120m compare to third quarter fiscal 2011 profits of $186m, reflecting a tougher competitor …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2012

NetApp will jack up disk prices next month

NetApp is raising disk drive prices as a result of the Thai flooding. Here is NetApp's statement: NetApp empathizes with the people of Thailand as they work to recover from the tragic flooding. We work closely with our hard disk drive suppliers to stay abreast of their recovery efforts and to secure supply to meet our needs. …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2012
CacheIQ's Rapid Cache

NetApp bags CacheIQ for secret cash sum

After last quarter's disappointing fall in revenues and profits, NetApp's latest quarterly results showed annual revenue growth and a profits recovery. Separately, the perked-up NetApp has just bought CacheIQ, a cache-based filer accelerating technology start-up, for a secret sum. The Austin, Texas company had placed a redirect …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2012

NetApp's dangerous dance with the killer brontosaurus - Amazon

What is NetApp up to, partnering with a cloud IT provider, Amazon, that's positioned long-term to try and annihilate NetApp's business? Let's start from the position that you are a NetApp customer with your own FAS array and you want to use Amazon Web Services, the AWS cloud computing facility, on some data in that array. How do …
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2012
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NetApp throws in free Flash Cache

NetApp is providing 512GB – not 512MB – of free Flash Cache on the FAS6240 and 6280 arrays and the V6240 and 6280 controllers. The V Series is a detached FAS controller that can be used to virtualise third-party storage arrays and present them as NetApp storage. The Flash Cache stores frequently accessed or hot data in solid …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2011
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Here's a free tip, Cisco: DON'T buy NetApp unless you're crazy

Hungry Cisco may gobble Citrix, NetApp and Rackspace, according to Bloomberg. But why on Earth would Cisco buy NetApp? We'll tell you why that's a crazy idea. Bloomberg quotes Thrivent Financial’s analyst Peter Karazeris, who said: "Financially, it’s a good transaction. Strategically, it’s not crazy. [NetApp] does fit.” Thrivent …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2012
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NetApp Flash Cache for no cash

Rumour central has NetApp offering free Flash Cache on its high-end FAS6000 arrays. This news comes from a usually reliable source, and our belief is that it could be announced in a time period of single-digit weeks. The FAS arrays would get 512GB of Flash Cache to accelerate read I/Os, with no price increase. NetApp has …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2011

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

NetApp dips a toe into Flash Pool

NetApp has revealed plans to enhance its flash offerings and offer a single tier, flash cached array design with a sexy new name. Remember Hybrid Aggregates? They have become Flash Pools. According to our close-to-Sunnyvale sources, we should envisage an array with a controller having Flash Cache – for read I/O acceleration – …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2012
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Microsoft, NetApp, Citrix, team for FreeBSD on Hyper-V

NetApp, Microsoft and Citrix have teamed up to let Free BSD run natively in Hyper-V. The move makes sense for Microsoft: FreeBSD may not be a major OS player, but W3techs says it still has 1.2 per cent of the web server market. If it enjoys even half of that market share for other servers, that almost certainly means plenty of …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2012

NetApp StorageGRID now on cloud nine: Would you put 100PBs in it?

NetApp continues its slow development of its object storage capability by adding a cloud interface to it. Version 9.0 of StorageGRID, the storage software gained by NetApp when it bought Bycast in mid-2010, sounds like a major release but the only feature NetApp emphasises is the new Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI). CDMI …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2012
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NetApp slaps down Lightning with multi-card flash flush

NetApp is developing a server flash storage offering that will include beefy NetApp steak and not just EMC Lightning sizzle, according to insiders in the company. Our understanding, from people close to the action, is that NetApp server flash software will work with any server PCIe-connected flash memory card, and with multiple …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2012
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NetApp's £1m challenge won by precisely no one

Nobody won a million pounds of kit from NetApp because data centre nerds thought the offer was unbelievable or couldn't be bothered with the paperwork. NetApp UK offered an award of up to £1m in NetApp hardware, software, and services to a lucky customer that managed to reduce its storage usage by 50 per cent through using …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2011

Nimble Storage bags ex-NetApp man for Asian push

Nimble Storage has appointed NetApp's former Australian and APAC leader Peter O'Connor as its vice president for Asia Pacific and selected Sydney for its Asia-Pacific headquarters. O'Connor's appointment was predicted by The Reg on August 9th. We were also right in his motivation for the move, which we guessed was “itchy feet”, …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2012

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

Non-volatile memory: It's nothing to SNIA at - NetApp

A non-volatile memory technical workgroup has been set up by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and NetApp's canned quote on the move sheds a bit more light on the Sunnyvale storage giant's flash thinking. From the wording, it would seem that the storage firm is preparing for its arrays to move fast data storage …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2012