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Let... the SAN shine: 2013 – the year of virtual storage area networks

Converged infrastructure – the trend of using one piece of kit for some pretty varied tasks, including networking, computing and storage, software and automation – really took off in 2013, mostly thanks to a group of robust virtual SAN players entering the market. Barring an unexpected new entrant, 2014's big names in the vSAN …
Trevor Pott, 24 Dec 2013
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Behold: Ten storage chieftains whose products hold humanity's data

Who are the ten most influential storage bosses? It should be an easy list to make but what do we mean by influential and should they be currently in post? "Influential" means more than that just "our customers have bought boatloads of our kit!" An influential company's competitors have had to react to its products and strategy …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2013
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Mystery storage startup sheds cloak, reveals $22m package

Stealthy startup Exablox has just dropped its cloak and announced its existence to the storage world after amassing $22m in funding in two rounds. The start-up certainly has buzzword marketing down pat: it says it is "re-imagining storage" to solve "pain points". I don't know about you but I find myself in a pain point when I …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2012
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Greenbytes crunches up ex-Apple man's Zevo ZFS

Networked flash array vendor Greenbytes has bought Zevo ZFS for Mac from developer Tens Complement, and gained itself a new chairman, storage industry veteran Stephen O'Donnell. Tens Complement was founded by ex-Apple engineer Don Brady and has been developing Zevo, a version of ZFS (Zettabyte File System) that was built for Mac …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2012

HP freezes out SAN fabric

HP is removing the need for a Fibre Channel fabric linking its 3PAR arrays and BladeSystem servers with a quasi direct-attach supplied though its Virtual Connect technology. The technology, announced today HP's Discover event in Las Vegas today, forms part of HP's Converged Infrastructure product set. Virtual Connect Direct- …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2012

Flash slash Skyhawk smells blood, hunts disk array prey

As makers of flash-disk hybrid arrays try to undercut all-flash array vendors, Skyera's Skyhawk scents blood and swoops down on them all with its $2.99-per-GB NAND-tipped talons. OK, all right, is it just another all-flash array startup? Sure, but this one was founded by ex-SandForce guys. Their company was bought by LSI and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2012
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EMC exec flames El Reg

Smack! Our story about Nexenta at the VMworld 2011 Hands-on Lab (HoL) created a frisson, more than that in fact, and an impassioned EMC exec who was quoted in the story sent in this rebuttal comment. It's forthright stuff. Here it is: Disclosure – EMCer here Chris, I know you need to create high drama to drive views to your …
Team Register, 22 Sep 2011

Come clean, NetApp

Despite Oracle and NetApp dismissing their ZFS-based or related lawsuits against one another, NetApp is refusing to withdraw its threatening letter to Coraid and stop threatening "all appropriate remedies for any infringement" of NetApp's patents. Aked about the status of the Coraid letter following the Oracle-NetApp law suits …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2010
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Disk-over-Ethernet startup trousers another $50m

A year after snagging $25m in venture capital funding Coraid has gone back to the cash well and scooped up another $50m. The VCs think Coraid is going places. Quick recap: Coraid is the networked storage startup using the ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) protocol, a system simpler than iSCSI but with no cross-industry support and hence …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2011
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Oracle and NetApp dismiss ZFS lawsuits

NetApp and Oracle have agreed to dismiss their respective lawsuits against each other without prejudice. ZFS-using companies such as Coraid and Nexenta can now go ahead free of the threat of NetApp interference. The dismissal terms between the two companies are confidential. NetApp CEO and president Tom Georgens said: "Moving …
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2010

Morphlabs to cloud builders: Osmium is kryptonite to Amazon, Rackspace

Cloudy infrastructure provider Morphlabs is revving up its private cloud iron while at the same time wooing service providers with add-on software that makes it easier to run the OpenStack cloud control freak to create public clouds. No one who can do math and configure and run systems well would argue that compute and storage …
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NetApp shakes fist at sprat supplier over ZFS

NetApp has threatened Ethernet and ZFS storage supplier Coraid with implied legal action unless it stops selling its EtherDrive Z-series NAS. Coraid has buckled under the threat and temporarily withdrawn the product. The back story here is that NetApp sued Sun in 2007 for infringing its patents with the ZFS file system product …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2010
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How that Oracle and Pillar earn-out really works

Pillar investors will only receive cash from Oracle for the Pillar acquisition if Pillar revenues in 2014 exceed net losses from 2011 to 2014. The acquisition is structured so Oracle boss Larry Ellison's half billion dollar loan to Pillar is turned into preferred stock with other investors holding common stock. Larry gets 1.5 …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2011
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SGI slings out departmental filer box

SGI has produced a modular version of its InfiniteStorage product for the departmental NAS market that comes as a storage server or a JBOD. SGI's InfiniteStorage line is a set of high-end storage arrays delivered as RAID-ed arrays or simple JBODs (Just a bunch of disks). They range from the entry-level 4100 – with up to 122 …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2012
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Software defined networking works up a head of steam

Software-defined networking (SDN) represents a revolutionary tide flowing through the fusty, slow-moving halls of data-centre networking, bringing speed and dynamism to network connectivity management. The idea that computer data network connectivity can be automatically set up to have its characteristics changed as needs change …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2013
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Illumos sporks OpenSolaris

If you were hoping that someone would fork the OpenSolaris operating system, you are going to have to settle for a spork. You know, half spoon and half fork. That, in essence, is what the Illumos, an alternative open source project to continue development on the core bits of OpenSolaris, is all about. The disgruntled OpenSolaris …
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Titanic storage wrestlers grapple in summer frenzy

This week is turning out to be a massive raft of storage news. Ready for the deluge? Here we go: In the flash galaxy, astronomers have discovered a Micron cluster formed from little flashes of light: Flash cache software supplier VeloBit has a sampling programme with Micron, the memory chip fryer. Customers get a bundled …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2012
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Compellent has a rethink over deduplication

Prior to its acquisition by Dell in February, Compellent was developing its own deduplication technology and had two NAS heads, providing file access to its arrays. Now that it's in the Dell sphere, both areas face change. Conversations with a source "familiar with the situation" indicate that Dell's own technologies could take …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2011
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Compellent micro-manages data to gain efficiency

By micro-managing data with its coming 64-bit software, Compellent is aiming to increase its automatic data placement tiering granularity sixteenfold and greatly increase SSD use efficiency. Currently its Storage Centre O/S is 32-bit software and it automatically moves 512KB pages of data between faster and slower tiers of …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2011
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NetApp not hiring European Engenio staff

Although it's buying Engenio from LSI, NetApp is not taking on the European LSI Engenio sales team who all face losing their jobs. NetApp agreed to buy LSI's Engenio storage business for $480m in March. That business earned $705m in 2010 and NetApp's buy price is only a fraction of that. "NetApp gains a proven OEM-based …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2011
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Permabit's killer dedupe technology

Fast primary data deduplication, a Holy Grail of storage vendors, is set to be a practical reality with Permabit's Albireo product, a software library that can be integrated as a component by storage and application OEMs. Primary data deduplication has been seen as a CPU-cycle sucking monster that slows down application …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jun 2010
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Where are the next storage startup stars?

Have we witnessed the end of an era? Has the great storage company growth boom ended with a series of big bang acquisitions: 3PAR, Archivas, Compellent, Data Domain, Diligent, EqualLogic, Isilon, LeftHand Networks, Ocarina, Storwize and more? Over the last five years a whole swathe of up-and-coming storage companies has been …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2011
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Compellent adds file-level access to SAN

Compellent is adding integrated file-level access to its SAN product, and using Sun's open source ZFS to do so. The zNAS product is a 1U enclosure running the file access software on diskless, dual quad-core Nehalem hardware, which can be clustered in two nodes for high availability. It has 1Gbit Ethernet client access, with …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2010
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OpenSolaris axed by Ellison

You all expected it, and now it has come to pass: Oracle has killed off the OpenSolaris development project. There was never any need for the OpenSolaris governing board to commit ritual suicide — they were going to be ignored to death just the same. A lengthy email sent out to the Solaris development team by Mike Shapiro ( …
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Dell flashes roadmap, keeps product futures in its pants

Dell's Storage Forum in Orlando is packed with 900 attendees, full of happy channel partners pleased with the Compellent integration process, enticed by the Fluid Data marketing idea. And yet there is a lack of pizazz, and no flat-out fantastic ideas. What we do have is rock-solid execution and a clearly expressed storage …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2011
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OpenSolaris spork ready for download

It is not quite ready for primetime, but with the announcement of OpenIndiana, a so-called spork of Oracle's OpenSolaris Unix distribution, the server world is getting a familiar, re-opened, and community-developed operating system aimed specifically at data center workloads. Alasdair Lumsden owns a hosting company in London …