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Telstra brings configurable QoS to IP networks

Telstra has added user-configurable quality of service to its NextIP network and has even reached out to its Trademark lawyers to give it a flashy name: Application Assured Networking™. The new service, announced today, is in its infancy as promised online policy controls are not yet available. For now, admins can “baseline, …
Simon Sharwood, 10 May 2012

How to deal with server hogs: Throw them out of the frying pan and into the Solidfire?

Not content with eliminating unruly neighbours in cloud servers, Solidfire is bringing its QoS-focussed flash array tech to enterprises too. Up until a couple of months ago it had reached a 70:30 split between cloud service provider (CSP) customers and businesses. Now that's running at a 50:50 split. Marketing veep Jay Prassl …
Chris Mellor, 11 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
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Who is Zadara and what does it mean by a Virtual Private Storage Array?

Storage upstart Zadara supplies a VPSA, a Virtual Private Storage Array, to managed and cloud service providers. What is a VPSA? It is a 4U rackmount node containing dual x86 controllers and three types of storage media: 200GB SSDs, 600GB 10K rpm SAS drives and 7.2k rpm SATA drives storing up to to 5TB each. There are 36 drive …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2014
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Cisco climbs aboard containerisation cloudwagon, with security reservations

Cisco has climbed aboard the containerisation cloudwagon, hinting that it will make Docker and Linux containers a part of its emerging “Intercloud”. The Borg has slipped out a blog post in which it offers an unremarkable containers vs. virtual machines primer. But at the end is an interesting nugget, to wit: “Cisco Cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Sep 2014
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Dell PowerEdge hooks up with SanDisk, stuffs servers with DAS Cache

Dell's next-generation PowerEdge servers are going to use DAS Cache SSD caching software from SanDisk. The R730, R730XD, R630, T630, and R920 servers fitted with direct-attached disk storage will have the DAS Cache software. It complements Dell's existing Fluid Cache for SAN, network-attached block storage. An R730-XD saw a 37 …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2014
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Why storage needs Quality of Service

Storage consolidation looks great on paper. Direct-attached storage is notorious for its inefficiency, with some arrays being just 40 per cent occupied or even less. Providing an Oracle database with 10,000 IOPS could mean aggregating dozens of 15,000 RPM drives, and unless the database is several terabytes in size that is a lot …
Bryan Betts, 16 Dec 2013

Symantec gives three-year-old Storage Foundation a taste of flashy cache

Symantec has updated its long-lived Storage Foundation software to make use of a server’s SSDs and speed up app and data access times by up to 400 per cent. Storage Foundation, once the Veritas Foundation Suite, provides online storage management and includes a file system, deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2013
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VMware hints at future directions with boffin cash dangle

VMware has lifted its skirts just a little by shouting out to university boffins around the world with a list of topics it would like to see researched. Published here under the title “Datacenter Automation in Virtualized Environments”, the list offers the following four areas of interest: Scalable Machine Learning / Analytics …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Jan 2014
SolidFIre QOS

SolidFire brings out new Carbon, says it'll make data centres more like clouds

Cloud all-flash array startup SolidFire has announced Carbon, v6.0 of its Elements operating system - claiming it is the "most feature-rich, enterprise-class all-flash storage on the market." For a quick review of SolidFire features read this previous Reg story and this one about its SF 9010 array. With the new v6.0 release, …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2014
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House of the rising SAN: Cisco plonks physical 16Gbit/s kit on the table

Virtual SANs are all very well but physical SANs aren't going away – what with Cisco building out its 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel (FC) switching gear. Cisco has improved its storage area networking product set, plunging deeper into the 16Gbit/s FC switch space, thinking that physical SANs and networked block-access storage arrays …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2014
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Gridstore claims it can hoik up data access speeds for Hyper-V VMs

GridStore has announced early access to version 3.0 of its storage product. So what? It's complicated but worth the study: Gridstore v3.0 allows servers to run Hyper-V virtual machines much more efficiently by tuning networked storage access to the individual needs of each VM. How it does that is the complex bit. The virtual …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2013
Fandango

The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware

A storage array access revolution is coming, says VMware as it releases its VVOL Virtual Volumes. These allow storage arrays to do a virtualised server's bidding and have storage pools and operations carried out in VMware virtual machine-centric ways. VMware has announced its beta programme for a forthcoming release of VMware …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2014

Cloud, schmoud, says Cisco: The IoT needs 'FOG COMPUTING'

Cisco is looking to wrap more of the Internet of Things in its warm embrace, announcing that it's going to create a Linux-plus-IOS mashup to run IoT apps at the network edge. Designated IOx, the “fog computing” (Cisco's term) operating system is being pitched as a way to deal with data coming from IoT devices. For example, an …

Oracle's Sun rises over ZFS and Pillar

Oracle says version 12c of its database works better with Oracle's own Sun ZFS and Pillar Axiom storage, with better performance, easier storage config, and faster test and development set-up. But the ZFS product seems preferred over the Axiom. Oracle shoots out the following claims: The Sun ZFS Storage Appliances and Pillar …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2013

NBN Co tells iiNet: Use Broadcom chips in VDSL routers

iiNet, Australia's third-largest internet service provider in terms of subscriber numbers, has been told by NBNCo that it should consider only Broadcom chipsets for its future VDSL modems. Simon Watt, head of iiNet's labs, told The Register the advice was not prescriptive, but given the lead time required to develop customer …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2014

Entry-level HP SAN array stoops to conquer small biz bods

Once upon a time, HP had an MSA entry-level SAN array line-up with MSA 1000 (2gig FC) and MSA p2000 (8gig FC, 10gig iSCSI, 6 gig SAS) products. Now again it has two MSA array products: the MSA 1040 and 2040 dual-controller array products. Updated StoreEasy and StoreOnce product features were announced at HP's channel event in …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

Flash outfit: You bring the cloud, we'll bring the puffening

Flash array start-up SolidFire is going full tilt into the cloud, punting its arrays as multi-app performance engines offering less than $4/GB costs. We first wrote about SolidFire here. It says its SF3010 and SF6010 arrays can be clustered using 10Gbit/s Ethernet in 100-node setups offering more than 2PB of capacity and 5 …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2012

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
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Controlling Application Access

Key Points The pressure is growing on the corporate network and the systems it supports. When asked about their network and application access infrastructure in a recent research study, the 404 respondents who participated highlighted a range of escalating pressures. Organisations of all sizes are seeing greater demands as a …
Dale Vile, 06 Jun 2014
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Stanford academics unleash Quasar cluster juggler on mega bit barns

For all their orderly aisles of flickering servers and the reassuring hum of tens of thousands of spinning drives, data centers are terrifically rowdy places. The trick is to hide the constant bar fight going on between applications and the underlying IT resources with layers and layers of software, and one of the best ways to …
Jack Clark, 28 Feb 2014
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DRAM, bam, thank you ma'am: How XtremIO gets its speed

EMC’s XtremIO array has been launched into general availability today. Its details are as we said here and the storing of metadata in memory is key to understanding its speed. Data is stored in 4K blocks with each block having a unique hash address. There are two levels of addressing in the metadata. First an incoming data …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013

Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes

There were reports last week that Google is considering taking an MVNO mobile network and using it as a fall back for a Wi-Fi first service – in the areas where it has fibre in the ground in the US. Youtube Video Faultline thinks this is a great idea. If Google really wants YouTube to be the “daily destination of a generation …
Faultline, 14 Apr 2014
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FCC boss hints at change to neutrality policy

Internet neutrality – the principle that all traffic is equal – may be the official policy of the Federal Communications Commission, but it's also something that new FCC chair Tom Wheeler seems to consider still on the table for discussion. That is, if the definition of “net neutrality” means there is never any scope for a …

Voice-babble-over-Wi-Fi lands in Europe – take that, mobe masties

The Netherlands is about to become a test-bed for Wi-Fi-first and Wi-Fi-only telephony services, as both Ziggo and UPC offer free downloadable apps to use a growing number of Wi-Fi spots for voice calls. Whether or not UPC Netherlands, which is the local Liberty Global subsidiary, and Ziggo – the largest Dutch cableco – ever get …
Faultline, 29 Apr 2014
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SPLASSHH! Tech giant IBM DIVE-BOMBS into all-flash array pool

Splash! IBM has launched its first in-house all-flash array, one of the fruits of its billion-dollar flash storage investment. The FlashSystem 840 is an impressive box but what do IBM's mainstream and startup competitors, each with their own all-flash arrays, think of it? We asked them - and we also asked IBM what it thought of …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014
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Sanbolic reveals flashy server goodness with Melio 5

That's right: storage software supplier Sanbolic is shipping server-side scale-out services supporting SSDs. But what does it mean? Sanbolic's Melio 5 software turns a server's directly-attached flash, SSDs and HDDs into a SAN, combining multiple server's storage resources into a single resource pool. Sanbolic says it " …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2013

EMC snaps up Israeli soft-storage startup

Another Iraeli storage startup, ScaleIO by name, has reportedly been scooped up by EMC for an estimated $200 - $300 million. ScaleIO makes Elastic Converged Storage, ECS virtual SAN software. A VSAN turns direct-attached storage on one or more connected servers into a shared block-level access storage resource pool, a virtual …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013
Soul of a New Machine

Big Data is getting too damn big - and nobody is helping to fix this

As vendors race to be better, faster and to differentiate themselves in an already busy marketplace, the real needs of the storage teams can be left unmet - and also those of the storage consumer. At times it is as if the various vendors are building dragsters, calling them family saloons and hoping that nobody notices. The …
StorageBod, 26 Nov 2013
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Tracing the direction of data centre travel

The data centre has been evolving constantly but for almost 15 years networking has not. But even networking will have to adapt to the times eventually, so The Register sat down with Brocade's Julian Starr to understand where we are and where we are going. Starr's first statement after the inititial pleasantries was: "What you …
Trevor Pott, 24 Oct 2013

EMC tries to snuff out SolidFire before tomorrow's XtremIO-gasm

EMC has readied some XtremIO competitive knock-offs to help the Hopkinton storage giant's reps and channel partners dislodge rival SolidFire from their prospects’ minds. The main knock-off points are: XtremIO utilises an innovative flash specific data protection algorithm providing double failure protection with only 8 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
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HP fleshes out faster, flashier 3PAR storage gear

HP is opening its Discover Conference in Barcelona today with a revved-up deduping backup array; a faster-searching array; and a faster flash 3PAR array: a StoreOnce, StoreAll and StoreQuicker, if you like. We’ll look at the 3PAR arrays first with a second article looking at the updated StoreAll and StoreOnce products. …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2013
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EMC mixes database upstart into its Greenplum pudding

EMC has snapped up Israeli database control and monitoring software MoreVRP, and will integrate it into its Greenplum big data offering. The product was developed by privately held More IT Resources, and EMC has bought the company for an undisclosed amount. More IT Resources was founded in 2006 and VRP stands for Virtual …
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2012
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Multipath TCP: Siri's new toy isn't a game-changer

When the iOS 7 incarnation of Siri was caught using Multipath TCP (MTCP) earlier this month, there was much excitement at it heralding a new era of communications. Which it may well do even though Siri was singing many hours before the sun begins to rise. A quick MTCP primer: TCP connections usually travel over one path. This …
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Watchdog casts an eye over ‘throttling’

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is taking an interest in the “net neutrality” debate in Australia, according to the Australian Financial Review. The discussion was revived by the announcement that Telstra is trialling “traffic management” technologies. This prompted accusations that it was either already …
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Sanbolic pulls out FLASH liquid, scrubs vigorously round data bowl

Enterprises are snapping up flash storage to solve IO bottlenecks in their infrastructure. But they can easily screw up tidy and controlled overall application workload management software by placing flash performance silos outside the controlled infrastructure they have relied upon. Sanbolic is hoping to attract this messy …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2012

Is that a flash stick in your pocket, VMware, or are you pleased to see us?

VMware has, in your correspondent's opinion, punched below its weight in data storage. Undue respect for drive arrays has inhibited its ambitions. This is about to change, though, as the company begins to take responsibility for providing primary storage to applications, and also networking. Let's consider the basic IT trio of …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2013
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Application QoS – where's the measuring tape?

IT has undergone a major development in the last few years, namely the acknowledgment that end users have little or no interest in how the application or service is delivered to them - so long as it is delivered and meets their own service level criteria. The background mechanics of the delivery should be of no concern to the …
Tony Lock, 30 Jul 2009
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Internode's Simon Hackett offers re-engineered NBN plan

Self-described “wise old bird of the industry, or at least, a bird that doesn't have much hair left”, Simon Hackett, has suggested to a Sydney conference that the fibre NBN could be delivered for close to a copper budget, if the design is revisited and reviewed. Speaking to the Wholesale and Data Centre Summit staged by …

Wi-Fi overseer to debut QoS standard 8 Sept

The Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) will formally unveil its Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) certification next week, and with it the first ten products that can carry the WMM brand. Just as the organisation's Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security specification pre-dated the ratification of the IEEE 802.11i standard from which it was derived, so …
Tony Smith, 03 Sep 2004

IEEE commits Wi-Fi refresh to standard

Wi-Fi standards have received a refresh that formalizes various technologies developed in the last four years under the IEEE’s standards processes. With the publication of 802.11-2012, the standards body brings better security, smoother cellular handoff, QoS, and mesh networking into the fold. It’s just the fourth major refresh …
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Hey, you, dev. What do you mean, storage is BORING?

Many years ago, as an entry-level systems programmer, I decided there were two teams that I was never going to join: the test team and the storage team - because they were boring.* A fellow blogger has a habit of referring to storage as snorage and I suspect that is the attitude of many. So why do I keep doing storage? Well, …
StorageBod, 24 May 2013
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Life after Cisco: I've got 99 problems but a switch ain't one

Pending network upgrades have reignited an old debate: what exactly makes a switch "good enough?" I have the opportunity to give two switches a truly thorough battering; my lab contains a Dell PowerConnect 8132F and a Supermicro SSE-X24S. Try as I might, I can't find fault with either unit. 10GBase-T, SFP+ and Fibre Optic ports …
Trevor Pott, 06 Feb 2013
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Photonic router vendor exits stealth-mode, sparks hypegasm

Without the obligatory hype from the "every great business starts with venture capital" press, it is an interesting proposition: that turning integrated electro-optical chips into the basis of a router yields a faster device that's smaller, uses less power, and generates less heat. That's what's being claimed by US-Israeli …

Alcatel-Lucent tinkers with Telstra's enterprise network

Telstra is revamping the network smarts of its enterprise IP offerings in an Asia Pacific-first roll out of the Alcatel –Lucent supplied Application Assured Networking (AAN) service. The AAN solution aims to amplify the performance of cloud based services and virtual private networks (VPNs) for enterprise customers. Telstra …
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SolidFire bags blue chip execs, hopes storage street cred will follow

When a flash start-up gets a product for enterprise cloud service providers out the door it needs to become enterprise-like itself. SolidFire has done just that and recruited a trio of blue-chip storage execs. SolidFire makes modular scale-out flash arrays, with quality of service facilities, for cloud service providers. These …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2012

It's all in the fabric for the data centre network

IT infrastructure is worth exactly nothing if the network doesn't work. The network designs we have grown so comfortable with over the past 15 years or so are wholly inadequate if you are building a cloud or merely undergoing a refresh that will see more virtual machines packed into newer, more capable servers. The traditional …
Trevor Pott, 04 Nov 2013
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Mobile net upgrades all the rage for Oz carriers

Vodafone, criticised since last year for poor network performance, is to replace virtually all of its network base stations with Huawei kit, announcing that it will either install new equipment or replace kit at 8,000 base station sites over the next 18 months. The project will start with the 5,800 sites now in service, with …
The Register breaking news

Big cell towers now outnumbered by briefcase-sized jobs

There are now more small cells than bigger 'macro' base stations, with the vast majority located in users' homes but an increasing number rented out to network operators wanting coverage. Globally there are a shade under six million cellular base stations as we'd recognise them, according to Informa Telecoms and Media, but they …
Bill Ray, 01 Nov 2012

AMD tops processor evolution with new mobile Kaveri chippery

AMD has unveiled the mobile version of its "Kaveri" desktop processor, topping off its series of processors in which CPUs and GPUs not only reside on the same die, but also work together in shared-memory harmony – or heterogeneity, to be more precise. AMD Kaveri for Mobile: overview The top end of AMD's new mobile Kaveri line …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Jun 2014