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Samsung dives into spin-transfer torque

Samsung is going to walk the spin-transfer torque by buying Grandis, and will use its capabilities to develop next-generation memory. Spin-transfer torque RAM (STT-RAM) is characterised as having "a spin-polarised current in a tunnel magneto resistance element. Normally an electric current is not polarised as half its electrons …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2011
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Noisy qubits destroy data in order to save it

Scientists from NIST and the University of Copenhagen have persuaded a handful of atoms to get into a tangle by shedding their heat into the outside world. What's odd about this – if there's anything in the world of quantum computing that can't be described as “odd” – is that in doing so, their qubits were leaking information as …
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Boffins pioneer electron spin data storage

Ohio State University boffins have built a device that stores data based on electron spin which uses less energy and is cooler than existing DRAM. Electrons can be forced to orient their magnetisation or spin in parallel (on) or anti-parallel (off) alignment by using an external magnetic field. The alignment, called spin up or …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2010

Facebook Frankenphoto morgue will store cold, dead selfies FOREVER

The term “cold storage” has something of the morgue about it. Dead bodies in refrigerated cabinets, what an image. Facebook is backing the use of a photo morgue, the use of cold storage for old pix. Old photos will have low individual access rates but when access is wanted it is wanted at faster speeds than a tape library could …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2013
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Are disk drives beginning to spin down?

Are flash and cloud storage starting to end the disk drive's spectacular run on the storage stage? Seagate has just announced its second quarter results for is fiscal 2011 year, with an abrupt drop in profits - $150m compared to $533m a year ago; and lower revenues too - $2.7bn compared to $3.03bn a year ago. Western Digital's …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2011
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Amazon cloud database graduates into general availability

Amazon's cloudy database service has donned its cap and graduated into general availability, after three and a half years of dealing with data workloads. The graduation of the Amazon Web Services Relational Database Service (AWS RDS) was announced by Amazon on Thursday, and along with the standard round of back-patting and …
Jack Clark, 06 Jun 2013
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Million-dollar new disk tech could be USELESS for array vendors

We've seen a lot of innovation in disk drive technology over the past year or so, tech into which millions of dollars of R&D as well as large amounts of time and effort have been poured. But from where we're standing at the beginning of 2014, it may ultimately be totally useless for storage array vendors. I'm thinking of …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2014
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SGI flutters onto corpse of Starboard Storage, pecks away at assets

The Register is hearing that HPC bods SGI have bought the assets of the failed unified file/block access and hybrid array startup Starboard Storage, which crashed and burned in October. Some Starboard employees are now back at work and the product line technology is set to continue. What's SGI about here? Their CEO is Jorge …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2013
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Sepaton launches super-duper big data-slurping deduper

Sepaton has updated its 16-node deduping disk-to-disk backup mill with hybrid dedupe methods and has planned a capacity jump to 16 petabytes. The S2100-ES2 generation is being followed by this new VirtuoSO product, which keeps the clustered node limit of 16 dedupe heads front-ending a disk drive array but bumps up the processing …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2013
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LaCie bigs up 2big, 5big, 8big... WHOMP: Lands big data on your desk

Seagate sub LaCie has announced 2big, 5big and 8big products using 6TB disks and Thunderbolt connects for stonking big fat and fast performance. That’s 12TB in the 2-drive 2big, 30TB in the 5big and 48TB in the 8big rackmount shelf. LaCie says the 8big is its first rackmount Thunderbolt 2 connect product. The 2big transfers …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014
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Rackspace goes to Israel, picks up slick new weapon for cloud wars

Cloud operator Rackspace has hopped over to Israel and returned with a secret weapon that could give it capabilities hard to find in Amazon and Microsoft clouds. The weapon? ZeroVM, an open-source lightweight hypervisor that presents a single-threaded environment and can be spun up in as little as 5 milliseconds. It is based on …
Jack Clark, 25 Oct 2013

EVault takes on Amazon with faster-than-Glacier cloud archive

Seagate's EVault cloud backup sub has launched a Glacier cloud archive competitor, priced at $15 per TB per month with instant data access and data preserved intact for decades. It will use Seagate Kinetic drives in the future. Amazon started the cloud archive ball rolling big time with its Glacier service costing $0.01/GB/month …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2013
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Infinidat quietly files THIRTY-NINE patents. Let's take a closer look

A secretive Israeli startup staffed by ex-XIV people is filing patents like there’s no tomorrow. Infinidat is all about object storage for big data, and has EMC Symmetrix inventor and XIV founder Moshe Yanai on its board. The company, whose technology has been described as "XIV done right", has an IZBox G300 filer (NAS) it is …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2014

Carmack blows 'crazy money' on hibernating Armadillo

Doom creator turned space cowboy John Carmack has put his rocketry startup into "hibernation mode" after exhausting his personal funds, choosing a happy marriage over another cash infusion. The founder said in a speech at Quakecon on Thursday that after plugging a little over a million dollars a year into the company for a …
Jack Clark, 02 Aug 2013

Listen, Google and Amazon: Soon we may not even use tape for COLD STORAGE

Tape's greatest strengths are its low cost/GB, low power cost when offline, endurance and capacity. Its greatest weaknesses are its latency, the time taken to locate and mount a tape in a library and the time taken to locate the data you want on it. This combination of mount latency and streaming latency is like a red rag to the …
Chris Mellor, 08 Oct 2013
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OpenStack, OpenSmack. Eucalyptus 3.4 soldiers on with AWS integration

Eucalyptus was created to clone the Amazon cloud for on-premises deployments, but recent advances by Bezos & Co in private software, aggressive development by Microsoft of Azure, and momentum in OpenStack raise a pitchfork of challenges for the open-source infrastructure management system. The 3.4 version of Eucalyptus was …
Jack Clark, 23 Oct 2013
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Has Europe finally passed Peak Disk?

Disk drive sales in the EMEA region have showed falls in both units and capacity according to research from Futuresource Consulting. HDD unit sales peaked in 2010 at 28.06 million units, falling to 25.91 million in 2011 and 21.48 million in 2012, a 17 per cent decrease between the latter two years. Mats Larsson, a senior market …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2013
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Spin-down Copan spins itself down some

Persistent data storage supplier Copan is downsizing with staff layoffs, unpaid leave and staff paycuts. The startup company's board heeded the Sequoia Capital recession slide deck and prompted CEO Mark Ward to revise his plans for the company, whose main product is the Revolution MAID array with up to 75 per cent of its drives …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2008
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The future of storage: disk-based or just discombobulated?

The disk drive industry went bananas in 2013, driven hard by cloud storage and flash, both sending the problems of bulk, nearline data storage disks' way. The three big HDD tech issues? SMR technology seems a near-term bust except for big cloud users Helium drive technology arrived with HGST's 6TB offering Seagate announced …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2014
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Facebook's sexy pick 'n' mix OCP model is great... for Facebook

Facebook's Open Compute Project (OCP) could potentially destroy the business models of the mainstream server, storage and networking vendors. It is an attempt to turn back time and return to a pick-'n'-mix server, storage and networking world where suppliers happily build to common interfaces, and component sets aren't …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jan 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

Apple to spin down iPod HDDs in favour of Flash?

Apple may be planning to drop hard drives from it iPod line-up, if claims made by a financial analyst are to be believed. The move would see the company canning its next iPod revision in favour of a Flash-based model, Prudential Equity Group analyst Jesse Tortora wrote this week. Tortora's report, cited by AppleInsider, …
Tony Smith, 08 Feb 2007
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Microsoft: We tried to use Azure ourselves last year, and couldn't

In the first half of 2011, Microsoft made a series of changes at the top of the team running Windows Azure, its cloud. “A large group of new people came into the Azure team,” general manager Bill Hilf said at a Microsoft cloud event in London last week. “Satya Nadella came over, Scott [Guthrie] came over, I came over at the same …
Tim Anderson, 27 Jun 2012
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Hitachi GST SVP takes a punt on STT-RAM

The general manager and VP of Engineering at Hitachi GST has left to join a NAND and DRAM replacement technology company, Grandis. That seems like a risky move. Said GM and VP Mohamad Krounbi is joining Grandis to be its SVP for engineering, taking on responsibility for "all STT-RAM technology and product development at Grandis …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2010
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Tape is sexy again - so why can't Quantum stop drowning?

Quantum's share price is dropping, dropping and dropping, despite positive product announcements and a general swing in opinion about tape storage products. So what lies behind its loss of 62 per cent of share value and market capitalisation in nine months? We hear that, at EMC World in May 2011, the infamous "Tape Sucks" EMC …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2012
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Johns Hopkins and VMware forge medical records mega-cloud

Medical and IT researchers at Johns Hopkins University, healthcare application software supplier Harris Corp, and virtualization juggernaut VMware have teamed up to create a medical imaging cloud that they hope will become the central, secure repository for US citizens and the doctors who care for them. The desire to provide …
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EMC makes Clariion VMware-aware

EMC has added faster I/O modules to its Clariion storage and made Clariion software more VMware-aware. It is adding a 10Gbit/E UltraFlex I/O module to support iSCSI access. An 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel I/O module was added last quarter. The company will add a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) module providing a native FCoE …
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2009
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Locust Storage unveils Ethernet-powered disk array

Start-up Locust Storage is combining drive spin-down with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) to provide what it reckons is the greenest storage array yet designed. The technology combines standard hard disk drives, a solid state drive (SSD) front end, and a Lithium Ion battery reservoir, fed by PoE over a 10GigE wire, to provide storage …
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2009
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Clever, clever Adaptec

Wrapping a green cloak around its shoulders Adaptec has impressively extended its RAID controllers' capabilities by making them spin down disk drives as well. It's also joined the Green Grid, the IT industry's data centre greening group. All Adaptec Series 2 and 5 RAID controllers can now send messages to disk drives telling …
Chris Mellor, 03 Sep 2008
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Copan becoming IBM archive development shop

Word is that Copan, the troubled MAID system supplier, is going to become a developer of archival storage technology for IBM, IBM DIAS specifically. Copan developed MAID (Massive array of Idle Disks) storage technology in which 75 per cent of its evolution array's drives were idle, thus saving power and reducing heat, which …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2009
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Copan assets scooped up by SGI

The battered MAID that is Copan has found a refuge inside SGI. For the amazingly low sum of $2m SGI gets most of the assets and assumes a few of Copan's liabilities. It will keep Copan's Longmont, Colorado, office and hire some of Copan's staff but will not pay off any of Copan's debts. SGI will use Copan's Massive Array of …
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2010
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EMC rains on Pillar's parade

Strangely, on the day Pillar formally announces its faster Axiom with boosted controller performance, EMC has announced denser CLARiiON and Celerra arrays with 2TB drive support. The higher-density CLARiiON CX4s have double the capacity of existing systems in half the floorspace, due to a new rack design. They support 2TB SATA …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2010
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Nexsan unparks iSCSI attack on EMC and NetApp

Nexsan has introduced SAN support with the iSeries, a virtualising iSCSI head sitting on top of its SATA and SAS arrays, which include AutoMAID spin-down technology. Nexsan is most well-known for its power-saving SATABeast arrays offering up to 42TB of capacity in a 4U box. There is also the smaller SATABoy (14TB in 3U). The …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2009
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IBM lets HPC storage get some sleep

IBM has updated its high-performance computing storage array - so it can go to sleep. In an implementation of MAID technology, IBM's DCS9900 HPC storage product can spin down tiers of SATA drives to save power. It gives the 9900 a capability the preceding DCS9550 array had, but which was not inherited by the original 9900 …
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2009
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Oracle spins own Linux for mega hardware

Oracle has given up on copying Red Hat and is delivering its own Linux to squeeze the last ounce of performance from new cloud-in-a-box and OLTP server giants. Four years after Larry Ellison announced Oracle's Red Hat-compatible Unbreakable Linux distro, intended to sink Red Hat, he has dropped any pretence to compatibility and …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2010
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MAID: Where's the love?

Why don't UK enterprises use MAID? This is puzzling. We live in an increasingly green era and spinning disk platters around while no one is using them is like having empty lorries drive up and down a motorway. Chris Evans, a UK storage consultant, positions MAID this way: "(It) refers to Massive Array of Idle Disks, which …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2009
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Can Geoff Barrall help rescue Overland?

Overland Storage is still walking the tightrope. Its share price is back down where it was when a reverse stock split took place to evade the jaws of a Nasdaq delisting trap ($2.00). It's not down so low as to threaten its Nasdaq listing again but since April 9 it seems headed that way. CEO Eric Kelly has refinanced the company …
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2010
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Cisco slips out Atom-powered block and file box

Cisco is closely matching HP in the small business market with an Atom-powered unified file and block storage device. Cisco's NSS 300 Smart Storage is a 2, 4 or 6-bay desktop storage product that can use either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch hot-swap SATA drives. It follows closely on the heels of HP's X300 DataVault. Why are both using …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2010
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Apple's iPod: ten years old

Apple's iconic iPod digital music player will be ten years old on Sunday. The first model, which contained a 4200rpm, 1.8in Toshiba 5GB hard drive for storage, was announced on Tuesday, 23 October 2001, though didn't find its way into buyers' hands for another couple of weeks or so, on 10 November. Apple iPod first generation …
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2011
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XIO tosses the dice one more time

Neither-fish-nor-fowl storage supplier XIO is looking to server virtualisation for growth spurt that has so far eluded it. If this fails then all XIO's bets could be off. XIO, the renamed Xiotech, makes Integrated Storage Elements (ISE): sealed enclosures of solid state and disk drives with a five-year warranty and rocket …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2011
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Copan moves to indirect sales channel

Copan Systems is moving to an indirect sales model, sparking closure rumours as many people were laid off. Several people contacted The Reg on Tuesday saying that Copan was closing down. David Dew, Copan's VP for engineering and quality and thus in charge of the company's MAID (Massive Array of Idle Disks) technology product …
Chris Mellor, 04 Dec 2009
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FAST takes its sweet time

EMC has announced the first deliveries of its FAST (fully-automated storage tiering) technology to move lumps of storage between solid state drives (SSD) and spinning disk in its high-end, mid-range and iSCSI/filer arrays. FAST moves volumes or LUNs (Logical UNits) of storage between SSD, Fibre Channel and SATA hard disk drives …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2009
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Nexsan tries for IPO - again

Nexsan is trying for an IPO again, two years after the first attempt, and hoping that recovery from recession will open investors' wallets. The company supplies storage arrays to hold long-term data at low cost by using graduated spin-down (aka AutoMAID) to reduce energy costs and deduplication to increase storage efficiency. …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2010
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BakBone combines backup and replication

BakBone is embedding replication into its NVFR v4 product to provide a disaster recovery capability. BakBone's NVFR, or NetVault: FASTRecover, was announced in June last year. This stores changed blocks from a Windows file system, Exchange server or SQL Server on a disk-based system, and can recover the server in what appears to …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2010
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Xiotech gearing up for big announcement

Xiotech made a big splash last year with its self-healing ISEs: Integrated Storage Elements that repaired failed disk drives in place and cut maintenance budgets. The firm looks like it getting ready to make another splash with generation 2 ISEs. Xiotech Emprise 5000 and 7000 storage arrays use ISEs as their basic component, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2009
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Eternus extended with SAS, iSCSI and SSD

Fujitsu has added iSCSI and SAS interfaces plus solid state drive support to its Eternus DX hard drive brand, completing a range tidy-up begun when it took over full control of Fujitsu Siemens Computers in March. FSC's FibreCAT SX60 and SX80 were small/medium business, twin-controller arrays, with Fibre Channel connectivity. …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2009
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Nexsan adds high-availability to dedupe

Nexsan has souped up its deduplication product, adding a high-availability configuration, and support for Symantec's OST and 10GbitE. There is a new high-end box as well. The Dedupe SG product combo was announced last August and combines FalconStor's FDS dedupe with Nexsan's AutoMAID drive arrays. These spin down disk drives …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jan 2010
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Ten... Portable USB 3.0 HDDs

USB 3.0 has been with us for nearly two years now, not that you’d notice, as adoption and availability of peripherals has been somewhat slow. However, things are looking up now as more and more portable HDDs are coming to market featuring the not-so-new interface. Here at Reg Hardware, we've put together a round up of the …
Shaun Dormon, 20 Jul 2011
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Xiotech Emprise takes PowerNAPs

Xiotech has added spin-down to its Emprise ISE storage arrays to save power. The Emprise arrays, which come with a five-year warranty, are built with Integrated Storage Elements ISE), sealed canisters of disk drives, that function as virtual single drives.The product was launched last year and Xiotech has shipped more than 1,100 …
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2009
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Overland Storage reboots with product and tech drive

Why do people leave a successful startup and, rather than join another startup, join a mature and almost failed tape storage vendor – one that's escaped Nasdaq delisting by the skin of its teeth, twice, and has a share price determined to show that gravity exerts a downward force? We met Jillian Mansolf at SNW Europe 2010 in …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2010