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Don't take this the wrong way, Pure Storage – are you the next NetApp?

Comment Back in 1992, NetApp was founded and competed with Auspex in the file storage array market. It overtook Auspex and grew and grew, entering the Fortune 500, becoming a storage platform company and a multi-billion dollar revenue corporation. No other startup has managed that feat since. Could Pure Storage be the first one to …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2016

Xitore slings 4 million IOPS box under its arm, strides out into the light

Flash DIMM startup Xitore is exiting stealth before it has raised a dime and is looking for funding. The company was started up in March 2014 by CEO Mike Amidi and CTO Hossein Hashemi. Amidi has worked at STEC, SMART, Netlist, and WD, where he was director of the program management office in the Solid State Storage BU. At …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2016

SanDisk, we could make sweet flash music together, whispers WD

Western Digital is considering buying SanDisk for approximately $17-$18bn, with the companies already in advanced talks and a deal possible within weeks, according to Bloomberg, after speculation surfaced last week that SanDisk was in acquisition talks with both Micron and Western Digital. The potential deal price with WD is $80 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015

Storage upstart: Our flashy gear is WAY faster than slow old DRAM

A storage memory appliance to process massive Big Data sets in real-time is being developed by startup Levyx, with help from Toshiba and the reviving OCZ business in the flash department. Levyx was founded in 2013 by Reza Sadri, CEO, previously sTec’s chief technical officer, and Tony Givargis, a computer science professor at …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2015
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Flash die supply dry? Not us. We've got a deal with Micron - Seagate

+Comment The winds of flash change are gusting strong - Seagate and Micron have signed a strategic agreement concerning next-generation SAS SSDs and strategic NAND supply, initially. Seagate's EVP for electronic solutions, Phil Brace, issued a quote saying: “This agreement enables Seagate to secure a strategic supply of NAND flash memory …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2015

Drive-making kingpin WD gobbles Skyera... to give to HGST

Rumour had it last month that WD was going to buy Skyera and rumour was right. WD subsidiary HGST is getting an early Christmas present with WD buying the all-flash array packing density king and assigning it to HGST. Skyera changed its CEO in August, with COO Frankie Roohparvar taking over from flash tech genius and co- …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2014

Whopping 10TB disks spin out of HGST – plus 3.2TB flash slabs

HGST today launched a full frontal assault on the market with a shedload of disk and flash announcements – including a 10TB hard drive. The background scene set is the notion that the rate of data growth is doubling every two years and the spread of internet connectivity to non-IT devices (aka Internet of Things) will fuel …
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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Disk daddy WD dishes out more drives, but profits dip anyway

For its final fiscal 2014 quarter WD revenues were flat at $3.7bn but profits declined despite the firm having sold a greater number of disk drives. SSD sales declined compared to the previous two quarters. The increased drive demand came from PCs, gaming devices and notebooks but, unfortunately gaming and notebook drives have …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2014
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Cold storage, Facebook style? Flash FPGA controller to knock your SoCs off, vows upstart

Startup NxGnData Stepping onto the flash controller stage from its stealth phase comes with an FPGA-based SoC promising hyperscale cold data storage using cheap, short-life TLC flash and in-situ processing. NxGnData NxGnData home page Its home page promises: In-Situ processing for computational data, EndExt with …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2014
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Wham, bam, thank you NAND: SanDisk SSD sales soar

SanDisk sales are booming, based on its NAND foundry integration and well-executed move into enterprise storage. Record second quarter revenue of $1.63bn was 11 per cent up year-on-year. Net income was £274m, 4.6 per cent more than a year ago – with revenues growing faster than profits. SanDisk supplies consumer and business …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2014
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sTec flash founder cleared of insider trading charges

The wheels of SEC justice in the US grind exceedingly slowly and sometimes uselessly. Manouche Moshayedi, the founder and CEO of sTec, has just been cleared of insider trading charges filed almost four years ago. Since then sTec’s business has tumbled and it was bought by Western Digital for $340m – which was characterised as a …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2014
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Seagate in surprise $450m LSI Flash gobble

Wow! Didn’t see that one coming; Seagate has scooped up the LSI flash business from Avago, rewriting the flash product supply business at a stroke, and speeding the concentration of flash product supply into fewer hands. Avago bought LSI in December 2013 for a cool $6.6 billion. Now Seagate will buy LSI’s flash biz, the …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2014
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WD results confirm it: Disk buyers ARE spending less

Is there a disk drive sales slump? Seagate's latest quarterly results suggested it and now WD's results confirm it. Enterprise disk drive buyers are spending less money. Despite all the marketing/analyst guffery about data bloat driving storage sales, both Seagate and Western Digital have seen lower sales in the last three …
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2014
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Growing revenues, profits on the up: WD sails on serenely

WD’s latest quarter shows untroubled growth as the disk drive business sails serenely on, untroubled by any flash storm. For its second fiscal 2014 quarter, ended Dec 27, 2013, revenues were a clean $4bn, nicely up from the first quarter’s $3.8bn and the year-ago quarter’s $3.8bn. Net income was $430m, lower than the previous …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2014
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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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How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013

Flash dramas abounded in 2013, from triumphant IPOs, disastrous IPO after-effects, profound strategy changes, and firms crashing out in flames. Two CEOs went. Two companies crashed. Several were bought. All in all it was a hell of a year. Let's start with all-flash arrays. All-flash arrays Here's where a lot of the flash …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014
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Why Flash storage will be fast and furious in 2014

Flash had a fantastic year in 2013 with an enormous number of developments. It was a year of generally positive flash transitions, with cell geometry shrinking, all-flash arrays springing up, flash companies being bought, flash companies crashing back to earth after inflated IPOs or just crashing, and happiness spraying out …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2014
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We love a flashy MODEL who's a KEEN READER – Toshiba

Toshiba has a new mid-range SSD built for medium spec read-intensive work that widens its 19nm NAND product range. The HK3R comes hot on the heels of the PX03SN and Tosh says it is optimised for read-intensive applications such as read-caching, error logging, boot, and low-duty storage applications requiring power-loss- …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2013
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How did hybrid flashy bods Nimble Storage's IPO go so smoothly?

Analysis Nimble Storage provided an object lesson in IPO pricing and pricing on Friday, showing that investors love flash/disk hybrid storage startups even while disliking pure flash storage plays. The hopeful startup entered the IPO process on 15 December with starting prices of $19 - $21 per share on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE …
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2013

Want to know about Seagate's tech specs? Ask a BEANCOUNTER

Comment You have to smile when the financial guy rather than the techie is the one giving the talk on what a vendor's product is going to look like next year. But this is not uncommon in the disk drive and SSD industry, especially among its Big Three: Seagate, Toshiba and WD. Their respective chief financial officers want investors to …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2013
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Krakoom! OCZ flies into the ground. Time to salvage the engines and look around

Blocks and Files Ryan Petersen made OCZ a high-flyer: and then nearly piloted it into the ground. Replacement CEO Ralph Schmitt did crash-land the damaged business, but was unable to repair it and get it flying again. Bankruptcy beckons. OCZ shot itself in the foot (causing its feet to slip from the rudder pedals leading to a crash -Ed) with …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013

Military strategy game? Nope, these 'battle cards' are an EMC sales tool

EMC has issued its sales troops with a set of anti-Pure Storage battle cards – and Pure has responded with a blog heaping praise on EMC. EMC's card of spoilers says: “Pure remains a constant threat as they are well capitalised and target our use cases in high performance databases, virtual servers and VDI.” Hopkinton’s claims …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013
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Now Seagate posts declining results. Can new tech lift it upwards?

Seagate announced disappointing quarterly results but its underlying trends are positive as it makes big bets on new technologies. In the quarter ended September 27 Seagate’s revenues were $3.5 billion ($3.7 billion a year ago) with profits of $427 million ($582 million a year ago). The annual compare is coming off the tail- …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2013
The Register breaking news

Flash floggers whip out flash cards, SSDs, unleash frantic flood of updates

While Pure Storage's $150m funding round and the WD/Virident and Cisco/Whiptail acquisitions take centre stage at the flash fairground thee's lots going on at the side stalls with Fusion-io, Intel, OCZ and sTec. Fusion-io ioFX cards Fusion-io ioFX workstation flash card HP customers can optionally use Fusion-io's ioFX …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013
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WD's billion-dollar flash slurps: All this tech, and STILL no deal with chip-fryers

Analysis WD has splashed or intends to spend a whopping $1.1bn on building its flash technology and products portfolio, in the most aggressive series of moves yet by a hard disk drive vendor into flash, and yet it still hasn't inked a long-term chip supply deal with a flash foundry. Just yesterday it paid $685m for Virident. So what …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2013

Can't get enough of flashy upstarts, can you, WD? Firm pays $685m for Virident

Western Digital has bought PCIe flash array supplier and startup Virident for $685m in cash and given it to its HGST subsidiary to add to its stable of flash businesses. Virident got itself a new CEO, Mike Gustafson, on 19 September last year. From hire to sale in 12 months is pretty damn good. Virident's board and backers …
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2013

Oh, a Wyse guy, eh? Why I oughta make you Nexenta's new CEO

ZFS-storage software supplier Nexenta has changed its CEO for the second time in eight months, going for a popular exec from the ranks of IT's great and good: Tarkan Maner. Nexenta, which provides the Open Solaris and ZFS-based NexentaStor software storage OS, positions itself as the software-only answer to vendors who fear …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2013
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Flash angel Fusion-io flies too close to Facebook, Apple, plummets to Earth

Analysis Flash memory biz Fusion-io's latest results show ever-deepening losses, with management talking of OEM channel conflict to be sorted out. Can this once high-flying server flash supplier take off and fly again? When low-hanging fruit pickers come down to Earth they rarely fly so high again. Look at sTec, OCZ and Nexsan. Their …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2013
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Flash slab lab blab: NVMe-friendly PCIe spotted on HGST's cards

Blocks and Files Samsung and Micron have announced NVMe-compatible PCIe flash storage cards - and now hardware from WD subsidiary HGST has been certified as conformant to the specification. The emergence of the three products signals that new tech spec NVMe is becoming the standard way for software to control and efficiently access PCIe- …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2013

Western Digital gobbles VeloBit in flash cache cash splash dash

Western Digital is buying flash cache software startup VeloBit and its HyperCache product technology. HyperCache accelerates information access by relying on banks of fast RAM and putting a compressed copy of highly active data stored on disk into SSDs or any other kind of flash. The algorithms for doing this are said to lead …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2013
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Buy a flash kit maker now, Seagate... good ones will be gone soon

Blocks and Files With Western Digital buying sTec and SanDisk buying SMART Storage Systems, Seagate is looking like the last player standing in the game of flash musical chairs. These days, a lot of serious storage suppliers are keen to get into enterprise flash storage devices - meaning component devices and not complete arrays such as those …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jul 2013

SanDisk buys dose of the SMARTs for $307m

SSD supply consolidation is starting to speed up, with SanDisk buying SMART Storage Systems for $307m, representing a nice exit for investment fund Silver Lake, and following on from last week's acquisition of sTec by WD for $340m. Fresh from investing in flash-based cloud gateway startup Panzura, SanDisk is ramping up its …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2013
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HGST: Enough of those MUTANT HYBRIDS. We'll do an Apple, thanks

HGST has said "no" to hybrids, it would seem. While Seagate, Toshiba and WD are all pushing the idea of hybrid drives, SSHDs, with a flash cache added to the spinning disks, HGST prefers a different approach: separate flash and disk drives. HGST, the wholly owned but separately operating subsidiary of Western Digital, has a …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2013

WD catches falling flash star, slurps up sTec

Western Digital has entered into a definitive merger agreement with sTec, formerly known as STEC, under which its subsidiary, HGST, will buy sTec for $340m in cash. This gives HGST a significant leg-up in the supply of enterprise SSDs and an entry into the server flash card market. El Reg's storage desk thinks this will be a …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2013
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Samsung wins Apple MacBook contract, starts spitting out PCIe SSDs

Blocks and Files Ask not for whom the bell tolls, third-party PCIe flash card suppliers, it tolls for thee. It looks like Samsung, Intel/Micron and SanDisk/Toshiba will be the only ones left standing when this whole PCIe flash clash is over. In the wake of its massive win with a contract to furnish Apple's upgraded MacBook Air as well as the …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2013

MacBook Air now uses PCIe flash... but who'd Apple buy it from?

Apple's next iteration of its workstation-class Mac Pro will use PCIe flash memory, as will the new MacBook Air. Cupertino's move towards flash memory could set a precedent other consumer manufacturers may follow. The Mac Pro format changes from a boring rectangular tower, albeit one with alloy handles, legs and mesh screen …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2013

Buy a new flashy sTec storage box, get a Blue Screen of ... Metro

Flash! Bang! Wallop! sTec is going into the flash-chip filer appliance business with a Windows Storage Server 2012 box - pretty much a first for any mainstream solid-state-drive (SSD) vendor - with its s3000 product. Typically, SSD vendors supply flash components to array manufacturers. This vertical upwards integration by …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2013
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Hm, disk drive maker, what's that smell lingering around you?

The disk drive vendors have been utterly screwed by mismanaging the disruptive force of solid state drives: that's the view of Mike Shapiro - lately a storage bigshot at Sun and Oracle. Mike Shapiro was a Sun Microsystems Distinguished Engineer, CTO, and VP of Storage for Sun and then Oracle. He is most recently a founder at a …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2013
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Fallen flash flogger sTec says direct sales will save its bacon

Flash disk maker sTec isn't looking healthy. Its revenues have declined by over a third from the last quarter and net losses exceed revenues for this quarter - as they have done for the last 18 months. Revenues from storage array manufacturers are falling away faster than the company's alternative revenue-generating efforts …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2013
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Seagate: Who us... no flash cred? Check out our PCIe card, suckers

Seagate has opened up fresh fronts in its assault on the flash market and announced SATA and SAS SSDs as well as a PCIe flash card, signalling for the first time in a product sense just how serious it is about becoming a major league flash product supplier. There are basically four products: the 600, 600 Pro and 1200 SSDs and …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2013
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SMART brings out 2.5-in, 2 terabyte block-o-Flash to rival sTec

SMART Storage has joined sTec in bringing out a 2TB capacity enterprise SSD using 19nm NAND. But SMART's goes faster, it says. It's an extension of its 2.5in Optimus SSD line, called the Optimus Echo. Unlike the Optimus Ultra and Ultra Plus SSDs which use Toshiba 24nm MLD (2-bit) NAND the Echo uses smaller cells built using …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2013

SMART Storage, Diablo brew a wee DRAM of MYSTERY tonic

SMART Storage and Diablo Technologies have promised to glue SMART's flash drives and Diablo's memory-channel storage (MCS) electronics into a combined product. Diablo's website says MCS is "where the memory and flash subsystem are fused together". Well, what does that actually mean? It goes on to say: "MCS will ... allow …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013
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Flash-pusher sTec coughs $36m to settle class action suit

Flash storage supplier sTec is paying more than its latest quarter's revenue to settle a class action lawsuit. The settlement fee is $35.8m. sTec earned $35.135m in revenue in its last quarter. The lawsuit concerned allegations that STEC, as it then called itself, had given an "inflated impression" of STEC’s revenue growth and …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2013
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HGST unveils 12Gbit/s SAS SSDs for bankers, gamers and cloud-pushers

Western Digital subsidiary HGST has slapped 12Gbit/s SAS interfaces on three solid-state drives - which it claims is a storage industry first - and they fly, with one model boasting prolonged endurance as well. The SSD800 and SSD1000 drives store up to 800GB and 1TB respectively, using enterprise grade 2-bit multi-level cell …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2013
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STEC - sorry sTec - opens direct and channel sales with name change

What the Zeus is going on? STEC has changed to sTec and it's bragging about its new direct and channel sales program. What's happened is that STEC - sorry, sTec - is adding both direct sales and channel sales alongside its mainstream OEM sales organisation. sTec reckons its enterprise customers will buy direct through OEMs, …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2013
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The battle for control at the firm that brought SSD to the enterprise

Analysis It's a narrow line to have to tread and STEC chairman Kevin Daly has not kept to it in his response to the nasty letter from hedge fund Balch Hill calling for STEC CEO Mark Moshayedi's head and a new set of directors for mismanagement of STEC since the EMC OEM deal glory years. There is going to be a contested vote with a proxy …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2013

Bolshy Balch Hill blasts STEC bosses after talks break down

Activist investor Balch Hill has told STEC's shareholders that they should consider putting up a For Sale sign on the fallen flash leader's lawn and booting out the CEO and former CEO, the Moshayedi brothers. Balch Hill, which holds 9 per cent of shares, and its partner Potomac Capital have issued a letter to STEC shareholders …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2013

STEC CEO on crappy Q4: 'Obviously, we’re kind of bottoming out'

STEC must be glad to say farewell to a year of poor results, which is what 2012 represented, but 2013's first quarter is going to slump further, according to the firm's projections at a recent earnings call. STEC's OEM business is not doing so well, and its replacement direct sales biz is off to a slow start. Negotiations with …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2013
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So everyone's piling into PCIe flash: Here's a who's who guide

Blocks and Files The PCIe flash card suppliers are heading towards a battle royale: there's too many of them for a commoditising hardware business. There are at least 15 suppliers of PCIe flash cards, gear that tightly couples a wad of non-volatile NAND storage to a computer's backbone: EMC, Fusion-io, IBM-TMS, Intel, LSI, Micron, OCZ, OWC, …
Chris Mellor, 06 Mar 2013