Articles about Storage Array

Poker all in

Pure Storage is betting its FlashArray farm on NVMe

+Comment At a high level, Pure believes NVMe is poised to unlock the next generation of performance and density gains, and any modern all-flash array needs to be ready to take advantage. It plans to enable NVMe with tier 1 resiliency and enterprise data services for everyone, refusing to see it as expensive, exotic, high-performance …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
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Microsoft to lift and shift StorSimple data into Azure blobs

Microsoft's ambition to paint the enterprise azure is accelerating, with the news that Redmond's StorSimple arrays will be able to convert the data they store into Azure Blobs. StorSimple started life as a vanilla iSCSI unified storage array that, at the time of its launch, could store VMs, databases or files but also offered …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Dec 2016
Moments of perspiration

HPE: Keep cool, cloud peeps. Store hot data in on-premises flash

HPE is pushing its 3PAR Flash Now initiative to customers to buy 3PAR StoreServ all-flash storage array technology starting at $0.03 per usable Gigabyte per month. It claims this is a fraction of the cost of public cloud alternatives. In full market-speak glory, a canned quote from HPE's Bill Philbin, VP and GM for Storage, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
Avalanche

K2 promises faster data avalanche with NVMe drives

Interview NVMe adoption by array and storage software vendors is shaping up to be one of the single biggest transitions in the storage industry as the long-lived Fibre Channel SAN becomes the NVMeF SAN. How does non-NVMe SSD-using all-flash array vendor Kaminario view NVMe adoption? We asked CTO Shachar Fienblit how and why and when …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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Hello, SAN-shine. You and NVMe are going to have a little chinwag

Analysis A sea change is gathering pace in storage, powered by NVMe drive-level and fabric-level connectivity, the two declaring war on data access latency, and combining to bring data closer to compute and get more applications running in servers faster. The change we are facing is that from the SAS/SATA drive array accessed over …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2016

Imation agrees deal to offload Nexsan to private equity

+ Comment Imation has reached an agreement to sell its Nexsan storage array and Connected Data subsidiaries to private equity company Spear Point Capital Management in a non-cash deal. The stock purchase agreement is detailed in an Imation 8K SEC filing. Here's a timeline of the relevant events: Jan 2013 - Imation buys Nexsan for $ …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2016
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Permabit pulls on Red Hat, opens arms for a Linux cuddle

The Mad Hatter of Linux is getting Alice in Wonderland style physical space virtualisation with thin provisioning, compression and deduplication courtesy of Permabit. Building on its June 2016 Linux availability announcement, Permabit and Red Hat have a go-to-market partnership based on the former's Albireo deduplication and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2016

NetApp's regeneration could be deep surgery or anti-wrinkle cream

Analysis NetApp's long story short – customers aren't buying the old stuff and don't like the new stuff much either. In its second fiscal 2017 quarter, revenues of $1.34bn were 7.6 per cent down on $1.45bn the year before. They were 3.9 per cent higher than Q1 2017's, though. Profits (net income) of $109m were 4.4 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2016
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Gotta speed up HPC arrays. Flash or disk, flash or disk. Let's do both – Seagate

Seagate’s ClusterStor 300N storage array for high-performance computing is a hybrid flash/disk array, lifting sequential bandwidth by 33 per cent and small, random I/O by up to 1,200 per cent. The idea is that the 300N systems run mixed workloads much better than previous ClusterStor arrays, by using flash to accelerate IOs …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2016
Speed

Iguazio: Made from Kia parts but faster than a Ferrari with 1,000 drivers

Backgrounder We introduced Iguazio in September. Assembled hacks were given a deep dive into the company at its Herzliya, Israel HQ this week. The name refers to the Iguazu falls in South America; it means big water, and we had a technology drenching, some of which I remembered when I came up gasping for air. The starting …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2016

Weka.IO – a stealthy startup swimming against the tide

Analysis Liran Zvibel sits across the table from me in a Tel Aviv restaurant eating pork chops. This is a man who doesn't mind going against the grain. He's co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Weka.IO, a stealthy startup that is swimming against two perceived tides. Storage folklore these days says that file systems generally can …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2016
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Zadara enters Googleplex

Zadara virtual storage arrays can be accessed from Google's Cloud Platform compute environment. Zadara cloud systems provide VPSA (Virtual Private Storage Array) block, file and object services, using FC, iSCSI, iSER, NFS, and CIFS access protocols. Its STaaS (storage as a service) can be an on-premises storage array in your …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2016

Pixel perfect: Nexsan Unity arrays get smartphone and web browser access

Mobile phone users can access Nexsan's Unity storage array, and Nexsan has added web access apps for laptops and desktops. Unity users can access files on the array via iOS and Android mobile phone apps, and by using browser access on their notebook computers or a desktop one. They can do this anywhere there is internet access …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2016
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VMware do we go from here?

Storage Architect VMWorld Europe was held last week in Barcelona. We saw the release of vSphere 6.5, plus a suite of other products and enhancements to the core platform. There was also the announcement of a partnership with AWS, which had many (including myself) scratching their heads as to exactly what it meant. So where is …
Chris Evans, 27 Oct 2016
Avalanche

Flash reaches the enterprise tipping point

Comment The use of disk drives to store performance data for enterprises is declining and, flash drives - SSDs - are taking their place. A wave of all-flash array (AFA) to disk array migration is starting to wash across data centres as generations of disk drive arrays give way to ones built with NAND flash drives. The tipping …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016
Mangstor NX6320

100Gbit/s Mangstor array blows interconnect cobwebs right away

Mangstor has launched a faster NVMe over fabrics storage array – the NX6325 – based on an HPE ProLiant DL380 2U server platform. It builds on the existing NX6320 by adding optimised support for 100Gbit/s network speeds. Customers requiring 40Gbit/s Ethernet or 56Gbit/s InfiniBand can use either the NX6320 or NX6325 storage …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2016
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Open-source storage that doesn't suck? Our man tries to break TrueNAS

Review Data storage is difficult, and ZFS-based storage doubly so. There's a lot of money to be made if you can do storage right, so it's uncommon to see a storage company with an open-source model deliver storage that doesn't suck. I looked at TrueNAS from iXsystems, which, importantly, targets the SMB and midmarket with something …
Trevor Pott, 18 Oct 2016
Primarydata

VSAN users get file access with DataSphere: It's a computing resource 3-way

+Comment Primary Data is providing file services for VSAN and its block-based storage. VSAN is VMware's virtual SAN software, which aggregates storage on connected servers to provide a virtual shared block storage array. It is used in many hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIS) systems, such as Dell EMC's VxRail. Primary Data' …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2016
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Lenovo be Nimble, Lenovo be quick, inks deal to take on Dell EMC kit

Lenovo, which has huge ambitions in the storage market, has sealed a partnership deal with Nimble and will be selling Nimble's all-flash array and using its predictive analytics. Nimble Storage was one of the original trio of hybrid storage array vendors that emerged a few years ago - the others being Tegile and Tintri. It …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2016
Old ladders

Lenovo soups up storage for supers servers

Lenovo NeXtScale System servers will get faster access to files as a result of a collaboration with DDN. Installed DataDirect Networks Exascaler kit allows users to benchmark the storage and file system elements of an HPC set-up in combination with Lenovo’s HPC systems. An ES7K ExaScaler storage array, running Intel's Lustre …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2016
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Just minding your own business, doing HCI. Suddenly you're inside ... a magic quadrant

Gartner's gnomic gurus have shone their light on the hyper-converged/integrated system suppliers and devised a new magic quadrant, following on from its August 2015 effort. SimpliVity gets the big promotion, from a visionary last year to a leader this year. The other changes are: HPE jumps to the front of the leaders, …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2016
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Dell EMC's $3bn baby

Dell EMC wants us to know its XtremIO all-flash array has flashed past all its competitors to achieve $3bn revenues in under three years. IDC gives it a 40 per cent revenue share in the all-flash array market and EMC says there are more than 3,000 customers using XtremIO arrays. It thinks the XtremIO array could be the fastest …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2016
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Dell-EMC races to add and extend flashy bits into its boxen

Dell EMC is driving full tilt to extend flash support and lower costs in its storage array hardware and software product set, with in-line compression, high-capacity SSD support and the spinning off old data to the cloud. Data Domain arrays get a speed boost with metadata storage in flash, and an effective capacitty boost with …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2016
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Violin stock low bow

Violin Memory stock dipped to $0.65 yesterday, a 12-month low point, valuing the company at just $14.1m. The firm's market capitalisation was $20.24m on 26 September, $31.3m in early May, and $76.5m in February; a spectacular fall. This is like water running out of a bathtub. Despite announcing that an existing customer had …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2016
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Inside the Box thinking: People want software for the public cloud

Analysis On-premises file sync and share and collaboration is yesterday's story. The future is the public cloud with dedicated software service suppliers, like Box. File sync, share and collaboration is not a feature, but a product, best expressed as a service (SaaS) through Box's three data centres and the public cloud, and not …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2016
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Cohesity cuddles up to Cisco. But riddle me this: Is it hyper-converged?

+Comment Secondary storage silo converger Cohesity is joining Cisco’s Solution Partner Program to flog its software on Cisco hardware. There is a reference architecture specifying how Cohesity software can run on UCS C240-M4 servers, and a Cohesity entry in Cisco’s on-line marketplace catalogue. A canned Cohesity quote paints the …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2016

Breaking compression, one year at a time

Sysadmin Blog Computers physically last a lot longer than vendors would like. The idea of the three-year refresh cycle is considered sacred amongst a certain crowd, but when pressed most will admit that refreshes of that nature are exceptionally rare. While we can keep equipment running for a decade or beyond, there are hidden issues in doing …
Trevor Pott, 07 Oct 2016
DNA Helix

Building iRODS to take load off scientists' back

Panasas and Western Digital are combining high-speed data access and low-cost, bulk data storage for life sciences researchers through a partnership and integration exercise centred on the open-source data management software iRODS. The use of the systems is described here. This is how it works: Lab equipment generates data …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2016

Commvault and pals should score when tape-ditching stampede arrives - analyst

Commvault’s data protection and management software has been enhanced and is going to support HyperFlex, Cisco’s hyper-converged infrastructure appliance built with OEM’d Springpath software. CommVault Data Platform product news includes: Expanded capabilities for Amazon Web Services (AWS) beyond virtual machines to include …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2016
Infinibox

The shoemaker, the array refresh and the VMworld smackdown

Case study If the shoe fits then wear it; it’s the motto you'd expect a footwear retailer to do business by. Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW), a 400-outlet US shoe chain, applied that advice when its main storage array, a VMAX we are told, failed to deliver data fast enough and began costing too much. It bought an InfiniBox instead and the …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2016
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Software-defined traditional arrays could be left stranded by HCI

Comment A rising tide lifts all boats and the Nutanix IPO signals that all the hyper-converged infrastructure product boats are going to get a lift. Where does that leave software-defined storage (SDS) – stranded on a mudbank? If your business is providing cheap storage arrays through having customers run your array, controlling …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2016
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NetApp, storage class memory and hyper-convergence

Architecting IT blog There have been rumours that NetApp plans to move into the hyper-convergence market, followed up by The Reg's Chris Mellor here. If they are indeed true, the intention shouldn’t be a surprise in some respects. As the storage market fragments, the incumbents have to adapt to the needs of customers, and hyper-converged systems …
Chris Evans, 03 Oct 2016

HyperGrid's CMO loss is Nexsan's CMO gain

Victoria Grey has left her CMO position at hyper-converged vendor HyperGrid to take on a chief marketing officer role at traditional storage array vendor Nexsan. Nexsan is Imation’s storage array product set with added file sync and share capabilities. Grey’s Twitter profile declares she is “Acting CMO for Nexsan.” She was …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2016
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Dell-EMC's dual server supply problem... is not a problem, it reckons

+Comment You might have thought it did not compute, Dell having its own in-house server operation for its acquired EMC kit to use while EMC’s VCE operation uses Cisco server-powered Vblocks in its converged systems. But no, having a dual server supply is fine. In a blog post, Chad Sakac, president of the Converged Platforms and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016

IO, IO, it's profiling we do: Nimble architect talks flash storage tests

Interview We interviewed Dimitris Krekoukias, Nimble Storage's global technology and strategy architect, on the subject of storage array performance claims – he has some strong opinions – particularly about Pure Storage's approach to performance. Pure provided a response to Krekoukias' points which has been added after the interview. …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016
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Nexsan's new salesman

Imation storage array subsidiary Nexsan has a new worldwide sales boss. Tony Craythorne has been hired as SVP Sales at Nexsan. He has more than 25 years of sales experience, running sales teams in the USA, Europe and Asia. Most recently he was SVP of worldwide sales at NexGen Storage, which was sun out by SanDisk and then …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2016

Seventeen hopefuls fight for the NVMe Fabric array crown

Comment A new phase of disruption is hitting the performance data storage array market, giving new, old, startup and struggling all-flash array vendors a shot at making it big by using NVMe flash drives and NVMe Fabric-class connectivity to provide direct-attached SSD performance from external arrays. The charge is being led by Dell- …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2016
Venomous snake

Imation faces New York boot

Imation is facing ejection from the New Your Stock Exchange because its share price is too low. Imation, a holding company with the Nexsan storage array subsidiary, has been sent a note by the NYSE authorities saying it could be booted out of the exchange because its share price has been less than a dollar for 30 days. It has …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016

We read Nutanix's homework... and the numbers look good

Analysis Nutanix has filed an amended S1 IPO form with the SEC and data within it shows a strongly growing business well-set for an IPO if the financial environment is supportive. The company's latest results show satisfactory quarter-on-quarter and annual revenue growth with net losses growing less sharply and becoming a smaller …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2016
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Is hyperconvergence about to take over the enterprise data centre?

The glamour news in data centres for the past couple of years has been all about all-flash arrays, with converged systems providing a growing backdrop. The flash arrays provided hot performance while converged systems (CI) led by Dell EMC's CPSD (Converged Platforms & Solutions Division – formerly VCE) and Cisco/NetApp's …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2016

Of supermarkets, Volkswagen and the future of Dell-EMC

Analysis September 7 sees Dell Technologies absorb EMC and its VMware holding. Storage-watchers are seeing lots of overlap between the Dell and EMC storage products and wondering if there is going to be a product cull. So far there are no signs of this and it could be useful to ask if Dell + EMC is going to be a traditional few- …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2016
HBO: Game of Thrones

Behold this golden era of storage startups. It's coming to an end

Comment We are living in one of the most fascinating storage times with a great and rewarding war of storage access latency, but the major gains have already been won – and the scope for future advances is narrowing. A previous storage revolution concerned space reclamation with deduplication, compression and thin provisioning …
Chris Mellor, 02 Sep 2016

Enterprise storage is a stagnant – and slightly smelly – pond

Opinion Earlier this year I was at HPE Discover in Las Vegas and talking to Calvin Zito about the latest IDC Storage Tracker results. Calvin posted on the Around The Storage Block blog, covering details on both servers and storage. He highlighted the fact HPE was now ahead of EMC in terms of total Enterprise System Storage sales. Note …
Chris Evans, 31 Aug 2016
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IBM is now selling Spectrum Virtualize free from hardware

We heard IBM might be supplying a software-only storage product and it turned out to be true: Spectrum Virtualize can now be bought without hardware. Spectrum Virtualize is the renamed SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and virtualises IBM and third-party arrays, into single storage resources. It is bundled with the Storwize Vnnnn …
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2016
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DCIG mid-market array guide: Why we left those companies out

Analysis Conversations with DCIG have revealed why seemingly obvious companies and their products were left out of a mid-range storage array buyers' report. DCIG analyst Ken Clipperton told us about the inclusion/exclusion criteria DCIG used when compiling its report. The initial criteria for selecting suppliers and products were: …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

Ovation claps together private cloud storage service with HGST, Versity basis

An Ovation Data Services private storage cloud for media and entertainment and oil and gas industries is based on HGST's Active Archive System and Versity Storage Manager. We wrote about the Versity Storage Manager system in June, saying it was an archiving package with an S3 interface to a backend store. This store could be a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Actifio adds replication tool to its data copy Swiss army knife

Actifio has added replication to its copy data management software, calling it StreamSnap. StreamSnap is provided as part of Actifio's Copy Data Virtualization platform, which takes a copy of master data and can then generate virtualized copies for test and dev, protection, etc, thus saving the storage space needed for …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016
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HPE StoreVirtual gets low-cost ARM-powered variant

HPE has lowered prices for its SMB storage array customers by building an ARM-powered StoreVirtual array, eschewing X86 CPUs, and by bundling some previously optional components into an MSA 2042 product version. The StoreVirtual 3200, which has a starting price of just over $6,000, has two active:active controllers with …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2016
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Seagate's flash advice: Don't buy the foundry when you can get the chips for cheap

Analysis As well as launching several new flash products, Seagate revealed the four pillars of its flash product strategy at the August 9-11 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara. These were: Foundry independence Essential IP for system-wide use of flash Portfolio expansion Top-level cloud supplier Let's have a waltz around the …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2016
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They kept that quiet: Toshiba unsheathes FlashBlade rival

+Comment Out of the blue Toshiba has launched an Atom-powered real-time, scale-out, compute-plus-flash analytics engine that is set to compete with Pure’s FlashBlade product. This announcement unveils the first real competition for Pure Storage's Big Data analytics box and comes from a most unlikely and surprising source, Toshiba not …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2016