Articles about Solid State Drives

HPE blames solid state drive failure for outages at Australian Tax Office

HPE has blamed a problem with solid state drives for its dual and very disruptive outages at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). A spokesperson for the company told The Register that “We believe the disruption started when a solid state drive used by major storage vendors failed. HPE and the drive vendor have determined that …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2017
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Between you and NVMe: NetApp dishes on drives and fabric access

Interview El Reg has asked a large number of storage array vendors about their views of NVMe solid state drives and NVMe over Fabrics access to such drives. The combination promises to effectively kill array network access latency issues and make array access equivalent to reading and writing data from a locally attached flash drive. So …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2017

This'll be the next thing Trump crows about: Apple assembling servers on American soil

Apple boss Tim Cook and US president-elect Donald Trump aren’t exactly best buds. However, the iPhone maker could soon land the honor of a congratulatory tweet from the jumped-up telly celeb – after it revealed it is expanding its manufacturing in America. Two years ago, Apple announced it would build a $2bn data center in …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jan 2017

Who's been naughty and nice in IT storage – over to you, Gartner-claus

Just another sweet week in storage with a blitz of news candy covering archiving, flash arrays, compression and removable disk backup. Mimecast has topped Gartner's enterprise information archiving magic quadrant. It is some way ahead of Microsoft, Proofpoint, Global Relay, Veritas and Smarsh in what looks like a product space …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2016
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Post-IPO Pure doing all right, says NVMe is the new flash

Pure Storage all-flash arrays continue to rise, with revenues up 50 per cent year-on-year in Pure's third fiscal 2017 quarter. Pure beat Wall Street estimates, and says it has achieved a near $800m run rate. It must be hoping for similar growth in its current quarter and, by its own reckoning, it could be a billion dollar a …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2016

Lenovo intros monster disk box

Lenovo has announced the mother of all disk drive enclosures at SC16 – the D3284 JBOD, a 5U enclosure holding up to 84 3.5-inch disk and/or solid-state drives. The box has an upper and a lower section, each holding, we understand, 42 drives. You could combine 7,200rpm nearline SAS disk drives with SAS SSDs to provide a …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2016

Str-NAND-ed: Flash chip drought hits tech world

A biting shortage of NAND flash has upended the storage chip supply chain, forcing vendors to quote customers elongated lead times – in some extreme cases by more than four months. Semiconductor marketplace DRAMeXchange warned weeks ago the component shortfall that surfaced in 2016's third quarter was likely to worsen in the …
Paul Kunert, 02 Nov 2016
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Enhanced XP7 plumps up flash while slimming dedupe

HPE's XP7 is an OEM'd Hitachi VSP array, which was announced in April 2014 as an update to the similar OEM'd XP. The XP7 gained flash media in September 2015, using Hitachi's Flash Module Drives, proprietary format SSDs. Hitachi Data Systems updated its VSP flash and hybrid flash/disk arrays in October. So now HPE has followed …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2016
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Pluck-filled platter-stuff: Bold disk drive makers fatten up

Analysis Disk drives are getting more platters so they can be fattened up with more data. HDD electric motor maker Nidec thinks 3.5in nearline drives will increase their thickness from today's 1 to 2 inches so they can cram in more data. Seagate's 10TB, helium-filled, Enterprise Capacity drive is 1.028in (26.11mm) thick, the …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2016

SSDs in the enterprise: It's about more than just speed

Enterprise solid state drives are gaining traction, but their predominant focus is still performance. The need for speed has driven SSDs into applications where HDDs previously reigned, but for those of us who aren’t high-frequency traders, solid state will need to demonstrate some other benefits. What are they, and how …
Danny Bradbury, 11 Oct 2016
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You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives

Users are unwittingly selling sensitive and unencrypted data alongside their devices through the likes of eBay and Craigslist. Secure data erasure firm Blancco Technology Group (BTG) purchased 200 second-hand hard disk drives and solid state drives before conducting a forensic analysis to find out what data was recoverable. …
John Leyden, 28 Jun 2016
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NetApp posts $8m loss as its pivot continues. Feeling comfy, George?

In its fourth fiscal 2016 quarter NetApp revenues were $1.38bn instead of the $1.425bn predicted at the mid-point of its last forecast, and the company made an $8m loss – the second in George Kurian’s tenure as CEO. The revenues were down 10.4 per cent on a year ago and 0.4 per cent from the previous quarter. A year ago NetApp …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2016
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Super-slow RAID rebuilds: Gone in a flash?

Analysis RAID rebuilds are too slow with 4, 6 and 8 and 10TB drives. So erasure coding is coming in to shorten the failed disk data rebuild time and also use less capacity overhead. What happens when SSDs are used instead of disk drives? Will RAID be more or less acceptable than with disk drives? Intuitively we expect a flash array to …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2016
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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

Storage Architect A recent Register article reminded me that hard drive vendors are introducing warranty limits on their products for the amount of data that can be written to them in any one year. SSDs have always had this restriction; does the same now apply to HDDs? Solid state drives (SSDs) have always had this restriction because we know …
Chris Evans, 03 May 2016
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Memory and storage boundary changes

Analysis Latency is always the storage access bête noire. No one likes to wait, least of all VMs hungry for data access in multi-threaded, multi-core, multi-socket, virtualized servers. Processors aren't getting that much faster as Moore's Law runs out of steam, so attention is turning to fixing IO delays as a way of getting our …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2016
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Intel invokes the ghost of Andy Grove to standardize cloud market

It has been a busy day for Intel; first new processors, then solid state drives, and now it has announced plans to set global standards for data center deployments. At a special event in San Francisco, Jason Waxman, general manager of Intel's cloud platforms group, said that the cloud industry is poised for big growth, with …
Iain Thomson, 31 Mar 2016
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So you wanna build whopping pools of PCIe flash? Say no more, whisper Intel, Facebook

OCP Summit Intel will reveal a bunch of tech today at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, California – from NVMe storage blueprints and new Xeon D system-on-chips to processors with builtin FPGAs. The OCP, launched by Facebook in 2011, encourages hardware manufacturers to produce generic gear to the project's open …
Chris Williams, 09 Mar 2016
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Cisco flexes its HyperFlex hyper-converged muscles

Cisco Partner Summit Let battle be joined; Cisco has re-entered the storage market via the hyper-converged infrastructure appliance door, with its HyperFlex* system able to separately scale performance and capacity. It uses Springpath HALO software, as many thought it would, and places Cisco in direct competition with other HCIA vendors, …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2016
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Netlist NVDIMMS shine bright in SuperMicro's flashy boxen

Applications will run faster when SuperMicro servers are fitted with Netlist NV4 non-volatile DIMMs, the firm says. The two suppliers showed a speed increase with NoSQL Key-Value store application data stored in these NVDIMMs, thus avoiding disk, SSD or PCIe flashcard data accesses. In fact the NVDIM system was 200 percent …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2016
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HPE StoreServ flash capacity boost coming

At a briefing with HPE’s Chris Johnson, VP and general manager for EMEA, we found out that the company’s 3PAR arrays are in line to receive a flash capacity boost to around 8TB per SSD. EMC’s coming DSSD array will be using 3.8TB solid state drives. HPE says 3PAR arrays will be using drives double that density, 7.6TB, soon …
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2016

Rockport’s Torus prises open hyperscale network lockjaw costs

Hyperscale IT is threatened by suicidally expensive networking costs. As node counts head into the thousands and tens of thousands, network infrastructure costs rocket upwards because a combination of individual node connections, network complexity, and bandwidth in a traditional (leaf-and-spine) design has a toxic effect on …
Chris Mellor, 30 Dec 2015
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HDS flashifies VSP arrays for solid-state server farms

Hitachi Data Systems sees an all-flash on-premises data centre future and is upgrading and extending its big iron Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) array line to help us on the way there, with faster and larger flash modules, in-line compression, and an all-flash VSP F Series. This is a substantial announcement by Hitachi/HDS, …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2015
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DataDirect shovels ever more IOPs into core storage array

DataDirect Networks has boosted the performance of its flagship SFA12K array, upgrading it to the SFA14K with more than three times the IOPS performance. DDN boasts: “The introduction of the SFA14K delivering 60GB/s and six million IOPs in a single 4U appliance, is the largest single leap forward in performance of any large …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2015
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Huawei mixes it up with Micron and its new NVM tech

China-based telecom and enterprise IT supplier Huawei has entered a flash partnership with Micron, which means the Chinese firm will be using Micron flash in its OceanStor storage arrays. Huawei has an OceanStor range of unified file and block storage arrays plus a separate OceanStor Dorado all-flash array line with two …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2015

Factory settings FAIL: Data easily recovered from eBayed smartphones, disks

Data recovery experts have found a raft personal information from used hard drives and mobile phones purchased from Amazon, eBay and Gazelle in the UK, US and Germany. The research, by Blancco Technology Group and Kroll Ontrack, once again shows that failure to erase data from discarded devices continues to be a problem, …
John Leyden, 07 Oct 2015

A magic bracelet that unlocks PCs, dancing robot spiders, and more in Intel's circus

IDF15 It's party time at Intel. The mixtape is in the deck. The beers are chilling in tub. The chip giant has 99 per cent of the data-center market. Its profits in a single quarter can slip a few per cent, and still stand at $2.7bn. AMD is still AMD. What has Intel got to worry about? OK, mobiles, PCs, laptops, and tablets are …
Chris Williams, 19 Aug 2015

A close shave: How to destroy your hard drives without burning down the data centre

DEF CON 23 Four years ago at DEF CON a popular presentation examined how best to destroy hard drives in a data centre within 60 seconds of a three-letter agency knocking at the door. Now, that research has been updated with new techniques. Security researcher Zoz looked at three core methods for destroying platter and SSD drives – …
Iain Thomson, 09 Aug 2015
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Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

Next year, the world will start using products with an amazing new type of memory in them - or so say Intel and Micron, allied to produce the 3D XPoint chippery. This is, we're told, a radical resistive-RAM technology that is bit-addressable, non-volatile, and forms a new memory tier between DRAM and NAND. That means software …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2015
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Gartner, Gartner, on the wall? Who is the fairest IT backup biz of all?

Gartner geeks have issued another rapturous rectangle, otiose oblong, or even a queer quartet of spell-binding squares to do with enterprise backup software and integrated appliances. Yes, it's magic quadrant time again. There are four clear leaders: EMC, CommVault, IBM, and Symantec, with not a lot to separate them. In the …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2015
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Drama in the dingly Dell as it embiggens its data centre range

Dell has dug a deeper bottom level for its SC Compellent arrays and piled up a new peak for its PS series EqualLogic arrays, expanding and enhancing both product ranges while still having an overall convergence strategy. SCv2000 SCv2000 In your mental landscape, place Dell SC (Compellent) arrays as the enterprise multi- …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2015
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How NVMe tamed the cowboy world of the flash card

It all started with flash devices upsetting the cosy disk world. Flash was faster than disk at responding to IO requests, if not at streaming data, and the easiest way to put flash drives, solid state drives, into servers and storage arrays was to use disk drive bays and interfaces such as SAS and SATA. This was practical but …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2015
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Whizzy-fast Microsoft Azure Premium Storage now available. With a catch, natch

Microsoft has announced general availability of Premium Storage for its Azure cloud computing platform. Users of Azure VMs can now get speedier disk I/O thanks to the new service. Premium Storage uses SSDs (Solid State Drives) and delivers up 32TB of storage with up to 64,000 IOPS (operations per second), according to executive …
Tim Anderson, 20 Apr 2015
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Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

Product Roundup Gaming laptops have a reputation for being big and heavy and providing battery life that is counted in minutes rather than hours. Slowly, though, increased power efficiency in both CPU and GPU designs has given rise to a new generation of gaming laptops that are at least semi-portable. Designs such as MSI’s 22mm Stealth Pro …
Cliff Joseph, 17 Apr 2015
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Coho: Hi ho, hi ho, let's go to Intel's dev chateau

Coho Data has bounced up into view again, joining an Intel development partnership focused on lashing together CPUs, SSDs and Ethernet switches. What gives? We talked about Coho’s scale-out DataStream platform, with its MicroArrays and bare-metal object store, here, in 2013. Although Coho may not like the term, these are hyper …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015
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Couchbase unhitches NoSQL: Multi-Dimensional Scaling is almost here

Couchbase is cracking open its NoSQL document store’s architecture by allowing core database services to run on different server parts. The firm announced Monday Couchbase Server 4.0, featuring an architecture it's developed called Multi-Dimensional Scaling. Multi-Dimensional Scaling will let you isolate query, index and data …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Mar 2015
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Let's talk about the (real) price of flash and spinning disks

Comment Lately I have been writing a lot about the role of flash memory and disk drives in the future of storage infrastructure (here and here are a couple of examples). And it's clear flash will be used for primary workloads, and object storage and disks for the rest. The reality is that flash memory is quickly becoming already a no- …
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HGST goes on Himalaya expedition with Amplidata purchase

HGST is buying its way into object storage by acquiring Amplidata, a start-up whose technology is OEM’d by Quantum as its Lattus product and included in StorNext. HGST is developing an active disk-based archiving array, powered by Amplidata Himalaya software and using HGST shingled magnetic media drives. Initial revenue …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2015
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Bringing AFA SAN orphans in house

All-flash arrays are SAN orphans, typically operating outside the existing SAN infrastructure and having a hard time of it from the data services angle as a result. Wouldn’t it be much better if they lived inside the existing SAN house rather than being out in the cold, so to speak? Existing enterprise SAN arrays are robust, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Dec 2014
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What benchmarks CAN tell you about your solid-state drives

When it comes to storage, what benchmarks to use, how to configure them and how to interpret the results has been the subject of many a heated debate. Benchmarks are supposed to provide empirical data that can be used as evidence for drawing rational conclusions. Of course, if you torture data long enough it will confess to …
Trevor Pott, 02 Dec 2014

The Glorious Resolution: Feast your eyes on 5 HiDPI laptops

Product round-up First it was slimline Ultrabooks, then it was convertibles. Now the latest high-tech morsel that PC manufacturers are dangling before us in an attempt to boost their flagging sales is the high-DPI laptop. The information that Microsoft provides for developers refers to high-DPI displays as having a resolution of more than …
Cliff Joseph, 28 Nov 2014
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SAN gang at Nimble jump in Fibre Channel pool, but how big will the splash be?

Becoming a little nimbler in the SAN market, Nimble Storage is adding Fibre Channel support to its CS-series hybrid flash/disk arrays. Up until now these products have supported block data access over iSCSI only. Adding Fibre Channel will, the company believes, triple its addressable market. The product range was refreshed in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2014
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Welcome to the fast-moving world of flash connectors

Flash is the new storage medium of choice and this has led to an explosion of interconnect options. Magnetic disks are slow and not particularly latency sensitive; interconnects designed for them just don't cut it in a world where flash drives can be 10 times faster and are highly latency sensitive. Let's take a quick look at …
Trevor Pott, 13 Nov 2014
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ARMs head Moonshot bodies: HP pops Applied Micro, TI chips into carts

HP taking another shot at its Project Moonshot by today announcing two new ARM-powered servers, one 64-bit and the other 32-bit. The US giant hopes its two new ProLiant models will live up to the hype: for years now the ARM world has claimed the architecture will provide high-density, power efficient systems for data centers …

Supercapacitors have the power to save you from data loss

As solid state drives (SSDs) become a critical part of today's storage, it is becomes increasingly important to learn about the supercapacitors that help prevent data loss. The presence – and type – of supercapacitors in SSDs should be as important a consideration as choosing between MLC, eMLC and SLC-based drives. …
Trevor Pott, 24 Sep 2014
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WD punts cash at ... no, it couldn't be... another 'tape library killer'?

+Comment WD Capital has invested $10m in object storage startup Amplidata and has put its HGST unit to work developing a set of high-capacity storage systems with Amplidata, using the latter's Himalaya software. El Reg storage desk believes the end game is intended as a tape library killer. Verizon is building a Himalaya-based cloud …
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2014
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Is SanDisk about to become the big daddy of enterprise flash?

Comment The hottest enterprise flash products company these days is SanDisk, and it has a great chance of becoming the most important non-volatile memory supplier of all – the EMC of enterprise flash. There are four basic reasons: It has a thriving and growing enterprise flash business It has bought Fusion-io in May giving it a …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2014
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Two years in the making: Sneak peek at VMware's future VVOL tech

VMware says its virtual volume storage technology – which has spent two years in development – is set to erupt onto the storage array landscape next year, causing profound changes for array controllers. Virtual volumes or VVOLs provide storage for VMware virtual machines (VMs) that currently need LUN (Logical Unit Number) or …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2014
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Oracle rewrites 'the brain' of its database to take on SAP

Oracle's future is its rival's past, but the database giant isn't worried because the changes it has made to let its database store data in speedy consumer memory afford far more backwards compatibility than does SAP HANA. With the launch of the Oracle Database In-Memory tech on Tuesday, the world's most influential data- …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014
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Samsung, with this new 3D NAND SSD, you're really spoiling us ... or perhaps a rival?

We’re making it, but we’re not going to tell you much about it. That's more or less what Samsung has to say about its second-generation 3D V-NAND and the flash drives the tech is going into. As the name suggests, 3D V-NAND is made up of layers of flash cells stacked one on the other to increase storage capacity without …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2014
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HP breaks ranks: Foresees data ARCHIVING on Flash

An unearthed HP presentation session shows HP is envisaging cold data storage, archiving, using flash. Here’s the TB4642 - Enabling the flash transformed data centre - session description extract; What will soon further ramp the adoption of flash are the superior storage densities offered by solid state drives as they expand to …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2014