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XIV gets SONAS booster shot

IBM has given its XIV block-access storage array product a SONAS gateway to enable it to store files. Big Blue has also created a low-end Diligent ProtecTIER deduplication appliance. IBM's SONAS, which stands for Scale-Out Network Attached Storage product, targets very large NAS environments with the NetApp-based N Series being …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2010
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SONAS offering from IBM covers much ground

IBM has launched Scale-Out Network-Attached Storage (SONAS) from one of the far corners of its widespread storage empire - out of the (big) blue, you might say. News came via a tweet from an Ideas International analyst, Chris Ober: not your usual IBM product announcement method. There's an IBM web page here, but there's no press …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2010
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CFO warns IBM's 'underperforming' storage crew: We'll take 'substantial action'

IBM's first quarter 2013 results were disappointing, and if you're in storage and servers at Big Blue, it appears the numbers guys are focusing on some of your product lines. In the earnings call, CFO Mark Loughridge said: "There are parts of our business that are in transition or have been under-performing like elements of our …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2013
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IBM storage crew: Why bury your BEST kit at the back of the larder?

El Reg storage man Chris Mellor’s pieces on IBM’s storage revenues here and here make for some interesting reading. Things are not looking great with the exception of XIV and Storwize products. I am not sure whether Mellor’s analysis is entirely correct as it is hard to get any granularity from IBM. But his take on Big Blue …
StorageBod, 30 Apr 2013
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Big Blue boffins scan 10 billion files in Flash in a flash

IBM and Violin have announced a great big GPFS numbers record: the software scanned 10 billion files in a flash – well, 43 minutes – using four Violin flash memory arrays. This was 37 times faster than a previous GPFS record of scanning one billion files in three hours, but that was with the file system metadata stored, like the …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2011
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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
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Scale-out virgin Fujitsu pushes out high-performing tool

The scale-out file computing world has a new player: Fujitsu. The company has just pushed out its FEFS product in Japan. Fujitsu FEFS is a terabyte per second scale-out file system for high-performance computing. It could come westwards and provide competition for SONAS, EMC Isilon, and other big data file systems. FEFS stands …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2011

IBM's unified V7000 will hook up with just about anything

IBM has added SONAS-style NAS heads to create a Storwize V7000 Unified storage array that complements, it says, both SONAS and its NetApp-sourced N-Series filers. The Storwize V7000 is a tiered mid-range block-access storage array with SAN Volume Controller (SVC) code enabling it to virtualise its storage as a single pool and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2011
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IBM's knockout single file system benchmark

In a week that saw EMC announce its record NFS benchmark with a virtually all-flash VNX, IBM has blown everyone else away with an astounding single file system SONAS result. SONAS is IBM's Scale-Out NAS product, based on its GPFS (General Parallel File System) and it achieved 403,326 SPECsfs2008 ops/sec with a system comprising …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2011

Not in China? No shrunken IBM Storwize array for you

IBM has stealthily released a smaller version of its StorWize V7000, the V3500, restricting its sale to Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong and the Chinese territory of Macau. Big Blue hasn't explained why the handy little V3500 won't ship outside of PROC and ROC*. The Storwize V7000 is a mid-range block storage array using SAN …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2012
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Yo, storage geeks: Fancy a bit of scale-out fun time?

Recently I’ve been playing with a new virtual appliance; well new to me in that I’ve only just got my hands on it. It’s one of the many that our friends in EMC have built and it is one which could do with a wider audience. A few years ago Chad Sakac managed to make the Celerra virtual appliance available to one and all, and a …
StorageBod, 11 Dec 2012
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NetApp punches Isilon right in the scaled-out clusters

NetApp doesn't do scale-out clustering, everyone knows that. Oh but it does, and it has whacked Isilon firmly in its scaled-out cluster with a SPECSfs2008 benchmark that is 36 per cent faster using half the disks and 116 fewer nodes. EMC Isilon was the top SPECsfs2008 NFS dog with 1,112,705 IOPS recorded from a 140-node S200 …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2011
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EMC Isilon stiffens penetration into NAS arena

EMC is making great progress attacking the scale-out NAS market with Isilon and trying to cap NetApp's growth there. NetApp has introduced ONTAP 8.1, its scale-out NAS clustering product, since EMC bought Isilon in late 2010. However, EMC ownership has boosted Isilon sales, as the chart from Stifel Nicolaus shows: EMC Isilon …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2012
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IBM to pump Power Systems through Tech Data, Ingram Micro

Big Blue is boosting the size of the Stateside distribution channel that sells its Power Systems servers and enterprise storage by inking master distributor agreements with Ingram Micro and Tech Data. With the new deal, IBM is hoping to boost its profile among small and midrange businesses in particular, a growing market which …
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IBM packs 'em in vertically

IBM is achieving Copan-like packing densities with the 60-drive DCS9900 disk shelf. The DCS9900 drive box is designed for high-performance, streaming I/O and packs its drives in vertically, in 12 front-to-back rows of five drives. These are organised into ten-packs, meaning in the SATA drive case, eight drives plus two parity …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2010

Big Blue to handle SKA's Big Data about Big Bang

Big Blue has been given the ultimate big data gig - collecting and analysing data all the way back to the universe's early history, thanks to a brief from the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and a €32.9m cheque from the Dutch government. ASTRON and IBM will collaborate on a computer capable of ingesting the …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Apr 2012

Big Blue 'made a move to buy BlueArc'

HDS was prompted to buy BlueArc because IBM was making a move against the fast filer firm, or so a source says. Recall that big storage array shipper Hitachi Data Systems had a reseller agreement with BlueArc for some time, and that BlueArc uses HDS disk shelves as backing store behind its hardware-accelerated NAS heads. Then, …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2011
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IBM simplifying its storage range

IBM has been announcing new storage products at a quickfire rate: SONAS, Virtual Disk System (VDS), and the XIV-based Smart Business Cloud are three of them. How do they fit together with each other and with the NetApp-sourced N Series and the DS3000/5000 and 8000 array offerings? Steve Legg, IBM UK's chief technology officer …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2010
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EMC kills SPEC benchmark with all-flash VNX

EMC has topped the SPEC NFS benchmark rankings, scoring 497,632 operations/sec, using virtually all-flash VNX arrays. The previous top SPECsfs2008 NFS v3 score was 403,326 ops/sec from an IBM SONAS (Scale-Out NAS) system using 1,975 disk drives. There were 1,680 x 600GB and 240 x 450GB SAS hard drives and a total exported …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2011
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IBM buys file compressor

IBM is buying Storwize for its real-time, inline data compression technology and products. Storwize produces appliances, the STN-2100 and STN-6000, which sit in front of NAS (network-attached storage) arrays and compress data being written to the array, using Lempel-Ziv algorithms in its Random Access Compression Engine (RACE). …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2010
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EMC winds up new file-mover

EMC has announced a Cloud Tiering Appliance to move files from select arrays to VNX and Isilon, and from VNX to Atmos and Data Domain. It is, in effect, Rainfinity reinvented and will develop into a generalised data mover. The Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA) aids migration and it can do policy-driven file movement from NetApp …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2011
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EMC regains SPEC filer crown

EMC has regained the SPEC filer benchmark crown, and it took 3,220 disk drives to do it. Isilon tested 28-, 56- and 140-node S200 systems, with the last gaining the SPECsfs2008 crown for both NFS and CIFS file access. Isilon scored 1,112,705 NFS operations - 75 per cent higher than the previous best-performing system, a Huawei …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2011

BlueArc boosting itself

Privately-owned super-NAS vendor BlueArc is letting it be known that it is on a roll. Of course it's only putting out the good news but, still, that's impressive: record third quarter revenues with the mid-range Mercury product selling well, 100 per cent quarter-on-quarter growth and a 20 per cent headcount increase. The company …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2010
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EMC buys Isilon for $2.25bn

Since this report was filed, EMC announced that it was buying Isilon for $2.25bn. The New York Post is reporting that EMC has agreed to buy Isilon after weekend talks moved the parties past a price-difference roadblock. It had been reported that Isilon's self valuation was too high for EMC, and CEO Joe Tucci said he would walk …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2010
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Buy a $1m storage brute, get a free iPad app

IBM released so many system and storage announcements this week that it was difficult to zoom in on the most interesting ones: there were 55 in all. We'll focus on the high-end array and cloud file storage items in this convoy of news. Big Blue has improved the Easy Tier's automatic placement of data in tiers on its high-end …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2011
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NetApp accused of short-stroking its new hardness

NetApp's bombshell NFS benchmark record has generated accusations that it is artificially boosting performance by short-stroking disks behind the scenes and scaling up rather than out. Short-stroking is the technique of accelerating data transfer rates by only accessing a small part of each disk's surface, massively wasting …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2011
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Erwan Menard joins fellow HP vets at DataDirect

HPC and big data storage supplier DataDirect Networks (DDN) is gearing up for expansion, growing its operations and adding information extraction software onto its data storage platform roots. The company, the largest privately owned storage company, according to IDC, with a $200m annual revenue run rate, has just recruited …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2011
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FalconStor pushes HyperFS out the door

FalconStor has announced its scale-out HyperFS file system, initially for the media and entertainment industries. It's a software product sold by FalconStor's channel and can use any storage hardware underneath it. The idea is that channel people can build their own systems for their customers, using their own media/ …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2010
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HP reflogging DataDirect storage

HP has added a third and surprising scale-out file system product to its high-performance cluster (HPC) portfolio, DataDirect Networks S2A9900, the storage that's sold by IBM in its SONAS product. HP already has its Ibrix and PolyServe-powered X9000 scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) in its cluster portfolio, along with …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2010
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Are SPEC file benchmarks broken?

Recent EMC SPEC filer benchmarks have annihilated competing systems. EMC has used virtually all-flash systems to dramatically up its benchmark game, leaving disk-based rivals in the dust. Are the SPEC filer benchmarks now so unrealistic as to be worthless? If you think the question extreme just look at this pair of SPECsfs CIFS …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2011
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Big Blue tapes up big data

IBM is announcing a raft of tape-related products, including a new tape format and better robotics for its high-end tape library. It is positioning tape as an integrated archival tier of data storage. The new TS1140 drive and format holds 4TB of native data per cartridge – 20 per cent less than the Oracle T10000c 5TB – but …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2011
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Isilon scale-out filers get processor boost

EMC's Isilon unit has revved up its product range by adding two systems that use Intel Westmere and Nehalem processors, with more than twice as much file throughput for its top-end S200 system. Big data here we come... Isilon sells scale-out clustered filers, with an S-Series, which is optimised for sheer high-end grunt, a mid- …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2011
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IBM's tools give Big Data a good seeing to

IBM is using Hadoop to make its General Parallel File System capable of dealing with Big Data - extremely large data sets - for cloud-based analytic computing. Announced at the Supercomputing 2010 conference, the General Parallel File System-Shared Nothing Cluster (GPFS-SNC) project at IBM Research Almaden involves an …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2010
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EMC in Isilon 'takeover talks'

EMC is in exclusive talks to buy Isilon, according to the New York Post. The NY Post is not the usual place to go for financial scoops, but the report sounds sensible. Such a purchase would fill a hole in EMC's product line-up, the EMC that sponsors the annual IDC reports about the gazillions of bytes of information being added …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2010
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Shoden resells Avere

UK system integrator Shoden Data Systems is reselling Avere's FTX filer accelerator. This hot box is a four-tiered caching and virtualising appliance sitting in front of network-attached storage (NAS) arrays which stores data in DRAM, NV-RAM, flash or SAS disk to speed both file reads and writes according to I/O and data types …
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2010
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Isilon on its separate scale-out reality

Isilon has said it has a NetApp differentiation problem with Sunnyvale's version of scale-out filing conflicting with its own. Meanwhile it is looking appreciatively at deduplication, server flash and running apps on its S-Series. El Reg was briefed by EMC Isilon's marketing VP Sam Grocott. He said Isilon "recorded around 60 per …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2011
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Caringo predicts stiffer penetration of big data boxes

Marketing veeps love hockey sticks and the idea that sales growth could accelerate in a way resembling the curve of such a stick on a chart really turns them on. Hockey sticks are hard to find if you are in object storage but glimmers can be seen, especially through marketeer's telescopes, and storage biz Caringo thinks, and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2011
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Welcome to the Petabyte Club

Hype alert; hype alert; Big Data is coming our way. A new volcano has blasted its way above the surface of the marketing sea, spewing out "big data" messages in enormous flows of thought leader bullshit. What the heck is this big data thing? EMC says it's to do with handling data at the petabyte scale, where things like …
Chris Mellor, 22 Feb 2011
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Isilon bellyflops into Smart Pools

Scale-out file storage supplier Isilon is clustering its clustered systems into Smart Pools with automatic data movement between them to provide better balanced storage resources across storage tiers for its customers' applications. Isilon supplies scale-out clusters for file storage: the S-Series for IOPS-focussed applications …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2010
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Hitachi Data Systems gobbles BlueArc

At last. Hitachi Data Systems is buying hardware-accelerated filer supplier BlueArc for an undisclosed cash sum, leaving NetApp as the last significant man standing from the filer side of the industry and giving HDS a powerful file storage capability. An OEM relationship has been in place between HDS and BlueArc since 2006, and …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2011
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Dell's storage vision: From reseller to innovator

Having bought storage technologies and companies to gain entry into new storage categories, Dell is now rolling out a unified storage architectural vision embracing file systems added to every storage offering, and Ocarina-deduplication everywhere. Compellent's fluid data idea is being applied across Dell's storage portfolio …
Chris Mellor, 28 Mar 2011
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Cleversafe beats RAID/replication scale trap

Cleversafe has improved the hardware it sells to distribute slices of data around a network, reckoning this is much cheaper at the PB scale than a RAID and replication combination. RAID 5 will protect a drive failure. RAID 6 will proptect against a double drive failure. So if a second drive fails while a rebuild is recovering …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2010
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BlueArc gets extra greenbacks

BlueArc, the hardware-accelerated NAS array supplier startup, has pocketed another $20m in a seventh funding round, taking total funding to around $225m. The company was started up in 1998 and, 12 years later, still isn't able to stand on its own feet and make profits. Its use of FPGA hardware to accelerate NAS (network-attached …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2010
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Panasas adds high-capacity archive box

High-performance computing scale-out NAS supplier Panasas is launching its PAS HC product, a high-capacity archive store. Panasas supplies PAS 7, 8 and 9 systems for high-performance computing (HPC) and performance-dependent technical applications needing fast access to millions of files. It uses its PanFS filesystem to provide …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2010
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Isilon flashes up NAS clusters

Isilon, which makes scale-out NAS clusters up to 10PB in size, is turbo-charging them by adding NAND flash to speed metadata operations. The company's S-Series and X-Series product lines will have STEC flash drives added to hold file metadata, with user data files stored on hard disk drives as before. This will enable Isilon to …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2010

HP stacks up QLogic

HP is to OEM QLogic's stackable 5800 Fibre Channel switch, which is making QLogic quite excited. HP will sell an SN6000 product. This is sourced from QLogic's 5800, an 8-port, 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel (FC) base switch, which can have up to five additional switches stacked on it using 10Gbit/s inter-switch links (ISLs). As each …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2010
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NetApp says tiering is dying

NetApp CEO Tom Georgens thinks 3PAR, Dell, EMC, Compellent and others are wrong - automated tiering of data across different levels of drives is a dying concept. The tiering idea is that data should be on the correct type of drive at any point in its life cycle. Fast access data should be on fast access solid state drives (SSD) …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2010
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Storage shop ParaScale shrinks itself

Cloud file storage supplier ParaScale has failed to raise funds in a B-round and is having to cut costs and conserve its dwindling cash. The company has cancelled its external PR contract and an unspecified number of people are to leave the company. This includes Marketing and Business Development VP Jack Norris, who was just …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2010
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Does anyone really want to embed dedupe code?

Which storage OEMs will embed Ocarina or Permabit deduplication code in their products? Deduplication, or data reduction as it's becoming known, involves scanning data, whether in block or file, and replacing repeated block groups or chunks with pointers. Typically this is done with backed up file data, where there is lots of …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2010
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Extreme makeover: HP storage edition

Watch out EMC, HDS, IBM and NetApp, there's a new storage kid in town. Pale, undernourished HP is on a regimen of 3PAR vitamins and steroids and has spoken about its plans to bulk up and kick ass. HP StorageWorks revealed itself in its new colours this morning in an event at Barcelona to which they flew sundry journalists and …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2010