Articles about Storage Arrays

The Black Knight

Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays

The storage industry knows that the market for physical arrays is in decline. Cheap cloud storage and virtual arrays have emerged as cheaper and often just-as-useful alternatives, making it harder to justify the cost of a dedicated array for many applications. Forrester knows this, too: one of its analysts, Henry Baltazar, just …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2014
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Fujitsu, Intel tilt at hyperscale storage with Ceph-powered arrays

Fujitsu is taking another tilt at software-defined storage hardware by announcing that it's going to create a line of appliances that will combine Intel hardware with the Ceph file system. The Japanese company was for some time the only server-maker to bother bundling NetApp's Virtual Storage Appliance. Virtual arrays have …
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All-flash array reports aren't all about all-flash arrays, rages Gartner

Comment Our earlier pop at Gartner's all-flash array methodology has generated a response from Gartner. Joe Unsworth from Gartner – the author of the Market Share report and co-author on the Solid-State Arrays magic quadrant – has been in touch. We said corrective glasses were needed to read the report. View what follows as corrective …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2015

Hybrid storage arrays versus all-flash: will disks hold their own?

In the early days of smartphones, some had hard disks in them – tiny devices storing a gigabyte or two on a single one-inch (or smaller) disk platter. This was mainly because flash was expensive and untrusted, whereas people knew where they were with hard disks. We all know how it turned out, though. Flash memory grew cheaper, …
Bryan Betts, 14 May 2015
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Pure Storage preps for IPO: report

Pure Storage has appointed Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Barclays Plc to ready it for an initial public offering (IPO), says Reuters. Citing people familiar with the financial footling as its source, the newswire says the company thinks the markets will toss over US$3bn in its direction some time later this year. Pure …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2015
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NetApp veep: 'We've shifted 750,000 all-flash arrays'. Er, really?

UPDATED Interview There has been a sea change in the FlashRay project, NetApp's ground-up all-flash array product development, with execs leaving and the project being absorbed into the overall ONTAP organisation. So we interviewed George Kurian, NetApp's product operations EVP, to find out about FlashRay's status and positioning, and NetApp's …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2015
3PAR

HP 3PAR kit wins X-Factor for mid-range storage arrays

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the fairest mid-range array of them all? Why, the 3PAR 7400, says enterprise data storage analyst DCIG. The outfit rates storage gear in various categories, like enterprise midrange arrays and backup appliances. It updates its reports roughly once a year and is quite successful in getting …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2013
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Kaminario playing 3D flash chippery doo-dah with its arrays

Interview Twitter can be great. There we were, we storage twits, talking about 3D flash, when Kaminario CTO Shachar Fienblit got in touch to say Kaminario was using 3D flash already. That makes it the first enterprise storage supplier to go 3D NAND, as far as we know, and has an 800GB 3D NAND SSD in its set of flash media. We got in touch …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2015
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Don't start reading the last rites for monolithic storage just yet

Monolithic storage arrays may well claim that rumours of their death have been exaggerated, but that doesn't mean that they aren't entering the digital care-home for the soon-to-be-departed. These boxes — the mainframes of storage — are magnificent beasts, like do-everything battleships of the storage wars in an era in which …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jul 2015
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EMC's ViPR coils itself ever tighter around firm's storage arrays

EMC is submerging its storage arrays under a layer of software, providing control and data access personalities above and beyond its own physical storage arrays, third-party arrays and commodity hardware. The ViPR data plane and control plane software product is being extended. So too is EMC’s SRM (Storage Resource Management) …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2014

Gartner: Dell nowhere to be seen as storage SSD sales go flat

Well, here's another nail in the coffin for traditional storage arrays; Gartner claims array SSD sales were up just one per cent year-on-year, while server flash sales grew 51 per cent. EMC leads the AFA players, while Cisco and Dell are nowhere. Total enterprise SSD revenue is 2014 was $5.77bn, up 30 per cent year-on-year. …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2015
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Pure Storage developing converged systems

Comment Pure Storage is set to build converged server and storage systems "to compete with commodity server hardware", said CEO Scott Dietzen, as the highly funded startup enters the next phase of its development. In a blog Dietzen wrote: The opportunity for Pure will be more about shaping the next-generation of cloud and web-scale …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2014
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Hey, what's inside those Imation Nexsan arrays? Whoa, bundles of cash?

The pace of revenue decline at storage biz Imation is lessening – but the loss-making continues: its second quarter results show storage media revenue falls outweighing storage array and security product revenue rises. Net revenue for the quarter, ending June 30, was $178.6m, down 15.6 per cent from a year ago but flat compared …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2014
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Microsoft lures punters to hybrid storage cloud with free storage arrays

Microsoft is giving away its StorSimple arrays to customers willing to spend up big on Azure services. Microsoft acquired StorSimple in October 2012. The company made more or less vanilla iSCSI SAN, but could also dump data intro the cloud and present that data to servers as if it were a local resource. StorSimple arrays can …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Sep 2013
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Cloud storage is a three-way race with no contenders

The cloud storage market is a three-way race with the trailing pack choosing to occupy niches rather than challenge the leaders, according to the market scryers of Gartner. The firm last week issued a new “Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Storage Services, Worldwide” that listed just seven providers: AWS, Google, Microsoft, IBM, …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2015
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Will multi-tier flash arrays come to a data centre near you?

Multi-tier storage is a familiar concept in data centres and large server installations. In the old days, this was often a simple case of having a single-access bus type with different-speed disks, for example SCSI-based disk arrays with 15,000rpm disks in the “fast” set and 7,200rpm or 5,400rpm in the “slow” set. Commonly, …
Dave Cartwright, 17 Sep 2014
Oracle FS1

Oracle crashes all-flash bash: Behold, our hybrid FS1 arrays

Welcome back to SAN array land, Oracle. Larry Ellison's company has reinvented its Pillar Axiom 600 SAN array as a hybrid flash/disk array, the FS1-2, with auto-tiering and noisy neighbours sorted. It is a general-purpose hybrid array but tuned for Oracle software. Calling its new storage box the Flash Storage System (FS1), the …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2014
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Looking for a tip-top high-end storage array (and who isn't?) Gartner names its favorite

Gartner's latest Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, High-End Storage Arrays report says HDS wipes the board with its VSP array while Fujitsu shines bright for OLTP. The report ranks a dozen high-end storage arrays against a variety of use cases and then provides an overall ranking. HDS, which is the leading vendor in the …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2014
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Six-starved storage bods rush to support vSphere and VVOLs

VMware’s storage interface dominance over hardware and software storage suppliers has never been more evident than in the rush by storage firms to support its v6.0 vSphere and Virtual SAN products announced yesterday. Virtual SAN v6 adds features that storage array and software suppliers are keen to support such as: All-flash …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2015
White boxes

The case against Open Compute Project Storage flotation

Interview Did you know there was a storage part of the Open Compute Project? If not, you do now. The Facebook-generated OCP aims to make good, basic hardware available for data centres at low cost, with no bezel tax and no unwanted supplier differentiation justifying high prices. Its main focus is servers, but that's not all, as there is …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2015
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Tech invaders: Upstarts attack storage kingpins from all sides

Analysis The storage heartland is under attack from six armies, and each one aims to wipe out some or all of the core networked file and block arrays that form the bulk of the installed storage array base. These invading forces are exploiting weaknesses in block and file arrays centred on data access latency; expense; limitations in …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2014
Bubble

Welcome to the HYPER-converged bubble of HYPE! Enjoy it while it's here, storage folk

Comment The hype around hyper-converged systems is huge. Are we experiencing a hyper-converged systems bubble? Companies in the field are growing like crazy, especially Nutanix and Simplivity. Nutanix scooped a billion-dollar-plus valuation earlier this year after a $140m funding round. Meanwhile: Startups like Maxta, NIMBOXX, and …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2014

Analyse this: Gartner eyes up EVERYONE'S mid-range arrays

Gartner has rated mid-range arrays in a report - Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, Midrange Storage Arrays - which includes the expected mainstream vendors as well as three startups. This marks the first time a reputable independent analyst agency has compared and contrasted mainstream vendor, niche supplier and startup …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2014

DDN's wonderful Bridge of WOS: Cloud, meet on-premise storage

DataDirect Networks has enabled its object storage system to use both on-premises storage arrays and ones in the cloud as object storage vaults. The Web Object Scaler (WOS) Bridge platform supports both DDN Lustre and GPFS environments. Back-ends to the object serving "head" can be the company's EXAScaler and GRIDScaler arrays, …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2014
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A looksee into storage upstart Hedvig's garage

+Comment Hedvig decloaked from stealth recently, saying it’s producing converged block, file and object storage for enterprises with Facebook/Amazon-level scale, costs and efficiencies. It does this through its DSP (Distributed Storage Platform) software, and The Reg was at a June 23 press briefing in Santa Clara to hear more. Founder …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2015
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US sheriff’s department DOES need a petabyte class storage array

+Comment Profitability has been regained by privately owned DataDirect Networks, which produces storage arrays for supercomputers, the HPC market at large and the big data for enterprise market. DDN said its bookings had grown 16 per cent year-over-year in 2014. It gained more than 150 customers with more than 1PB of storage in the year …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2015
Flash Gordon

On integrating flash arrays with server-side flash

If you're buying flash storage today, you're doing it for speed. After all, you're not doing it to save money and you're definitely not rich enough to be doing it because you want to be green and save a few kilowatt-hours on your power bill. With spinning disk, the disks themselves were probably the bottleneck in your SAN-based …
Dave Cartwright, 25 Sep 2014

Federation promises to bring your storage under control

As virtualisation brings IT consolidation back onto the agenda, storage federation is being touted by many as the best way to impose discipline on infrastructures that have grown unwieldy. So what can it offer that storage virtualisation or a global file system cannot, and is it time for us all to join the federation? Storage …
Bryan Betts, 03 Jun 2015

Does your company really need all that storage?

I was chatting not long ago to a sales guy from one of the big storage vendors. The market he serves is one of those where some of his customers buy a petabyte at a time – which I am sure he is happy about when it comes to hitting his sales quotas. The thing is, though, most companies have much more modest requirements. These “ …
Dave Cartwright, 30 Jun 2015

The Big Reg Storage Survey: Share your pain or tales of success

Storage is a major consumer of your IT budgets. It eats ever more of your working day, and it probably accounts for one or two working weekends – time you'd rather spend with your feet up or relaxing with a beer. We want to hear whether the storage platforms you use are getting easier to administer, or if your stress levels are …
Team Register, 30 Apr 2014
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Cisco quietly slips out new all-flash arrays – perhaps it doesn't want EMC, NetApp to notice

The competition gloves are almost off: Cisco has made available two Invicta solid-state arrays that integrate into the unified computing system (UCS) fabric but are not converged server-storage systems. The two systems, which had a low-key launch on Friday, will compete with Cisco partner EMC’s own XtremIO all-flash arrays. The …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2014

Death by 1,000 cuts: Mainstream storage array suppliers are bleeding

Comment Great beasts can be killed by a 1,000 cuts, bleeding to death from the myriad slashes in their bodies – none of which, on their own, is a killer. And this, it seems, is the way things are going for big-brand storage arrays, as upstarts slice away at the market with converged systems, virtual SANs, all-flash kit, hybrid devices, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2014

How do you really know if a storage array will perform for you?

When you have an existing storage array infrastructure with a variety of server apps about to hit the array, how do you know if array technology upgrades or even a new array will work as well or better than the existing kit? Do you trust your vendor and generalised performance data: It does 450,000 IOPS? This version is 1.3 …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2015
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Cloudy startup drops unified storage array into YOUR data centre

Cloudy storage startup Zadara can now drop a unified storage array in your own data centre, with you paying for its use and maintenance on a pay as you go scheme. It's essentially a "serviced storage array" (like a serviced office). Zadara has gone into acronym overload with this new VPSA OPaaS SAN and NAS product. Let's go …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2014
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If flash storage achieves FaME, will it live forever?

Data access latency has topped the IT sin charts lately and networked flash arrays have been replacing disk drives, doing away with those drives’ rotational delays. Anything that keeps applications in multi-core virtualised servers running, and not waiting for data while somebody accessing a web commerce page gets impatient and …
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2015

Storage faithful tremble as Gartner mages prep flashy array quadrant

Gartner's unveiling of all-flash array rankings in its Magic Quadrant – expected in July this year – has been eagerly anticipated. Which supplier is in which box? Who is included? Now sources who've seen a possible version of the flash MQ have shared their insight with El Reg – revealing some suppliers are in and others ( …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2014
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30 per cent of servers, storage and switches now sold to clouds

Three in ten servers, storage arrays and ethernet switches are now being sold to clouds, either private or public, says abacus-wielder IDC. The company's Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker for 2014's fourth quarter found that “total cloud IT infrastructure spending grew by 14.4% year over year to $8.0 billion”, …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2015
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Avere: Cloud storage needs caching too. Why? Because latency...

Comment Avere has a software-only cloud storage gateway that runs in Amazon's compute cloud (ECC) and feeds its compute instances faster with data from storage clouds or on-premises storage arrays. At first glance, this seems decidedly odd. Why would you need a cloud storage gateway, a thing that relies on data caching locally to avoid …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2014
Seagate Barracuda XT

Storage infrastructure wakeup call

The storage solutions you run today face many challenges, of which the explosive growth in data volumes is just one. In a recent survey of Register readers, we asked what currently stresses your storage systems, and what needs to be done to ensure your internal customers get the services they need. The overriding conclusion was …
Tony Lock, 09 Feb 2015
Intel and Micron's 20nm, 128Gb NAND chip

Keep up with the fast-moving world of flash array storage

An all-flash networked array can do wonders in speeding up data accesses by applications running in connected servers. It is obviously best if the all-flash array is seamlessly integrated with your existing networked storage infrastructure. Suppliers of new integrated flash arrays say that getting the best use out of flash …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2014
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Is cloud the answer to all your storage problems?

The ‘information explosion’ has become a cliché of the IT industry. Pretty much every storage vendor presentation, press release and sales brochure will tell you that data volumes are increasing exponentially, before pitching whatever product or service is being punted. As discussed in a previous article, however, the focus …
Dale Vile, 18 Feb 2015
Ostrich

Bunging servers in disk arrays achieves nothing. There, I said it

Blocks and Files A while ago in-array compute was going to be a big thing, with apps running inside VMAX and VNX arrays using spare controller engines and getting rid of network-lagged data access latency. DataDirect Networks went down the same development avenue, and Lustre and the GPFS stack certified to run in its storage arrays. Bringing …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2013
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All-flash storage or will you settle for hybrid? How to decide

Remember thrashing? Back in the early days of server virtual memory systems, the amount of RAM was so limited that the operating system spent most of its time paging for data on its disks, leaving little or no time for processing applications. It happened because there was a gross mismatch between the number of applications, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2014

Dell inks OEM deal with Nutanix to build mutant server, storage, networking beasts

Dell has announced it will begin supplying a converged server, storage and networking appliance using Nutanix software. Nutanix is one of several startups making waves in the converged system space. Such systems are simpler to acquire, install and operate as they use integrated hardware and software components designed to …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2014
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Who is Zadara and what does it mean by a Virtual Private Storage Array?

Analysis Storage upstart Zadara supplies a VPSA, a Virtual Private Storage Array, to managed and cloud service providers. What is a VPSA? It is a 4U rackmount node containing dual x86 controllers and three types of storage media: 200GB SSDs, 600GB 10K rpm SAS drives and 7.2k rpm SATA drives storing up to to 5TB each. There are 36 drive …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2014
Cloud Storage arrays

Don't mention ZE WAR: Battling Box touts unlimited storage to biz

Storage startup Box will give some of its customers unlimited storage, following moves from established cloud competitors Google, Microsoft et al. The upstart announced on Tuesday that its $15 per user per month "Business" customers will now be given unlimited storage. This, it says, is because "every industry – from …
Jack Clark, 15 Jul 2014
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HP Storage results: Gloomy, but there's light at the end of the tunnel

Comment HP storage emulated HP's latest overall quarterly results, with both good news and bad news, but the gloom overwhelmed the gleam. Within HP's $27.6bn third fiscal 2014 quarterly revenue report, storage contributed $796m (just 3.6 per cent) of HP's earnings for the quarter and 11.5 per cent of the Enterprise Group's revenue. EG …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2014
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How much disruptive innovation does your flash storage rig really need?

Our technology world is fascinated by disruptive innovation. Every tech startup says its new technology is disruptive and therefore it is bound to succeed. So it is with all-flash arrays which can answer data requests in microseconds, instead of the milliseconds needed by disk drive arrays. Startups such as Pure Storage, …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2014

Snappy snaps: Veeam cuddles up to NetApp for storage selfie

Virtual server backup startup Veeam is integrating its Backup and Replication product with NetApp’s Snapshot, SnapMirror and SnapVault. Veeam backups up VMware and Hyper-V servers and virtual machines, but not storage arrays. It states: “Storage snapshots allow backups to take place during business hours without affecting …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014
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Understanding what's going on in storage arrays is like doing MAGIC

Storagebod As the announcements and acquisitions which fall into the realms of Software Defined Storage – or "storage", as I like to call it – continue to come, one starts to ponder how this is all going to work in the real world. I think it is extremely important to remember that you are going to need hardware to run this software on. …
StorageBod, 15 Jul 2013