Articles about Storage Arrays

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Great, IBM has had a PCM breakthrough. Who exactly is going to manufacture?

Analysis IBM has demonstrated a 3-bit Phase-Change Memory chip with IBM Zurich researcher Dr. Haris Pozidis talking about it in a YouTube video and not mentioning 3D XPoint once. The idea is to counter the relatively high cost of PCM chips by giving them 3 bits per cell, TLC or triple-level cells, instead of just one - clever. This …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2016

Storage array firmware bug caused Salesforce data loss

Salesforce.com has revealed that a bug in the firmware of its storage arrays was behind last week's data loss incident. The mess started in the company's Washington data centre on May 9th, when admins noticed “a circuit breaker responsible for controlling power into the data center had failed.” “The team engaged the circuit …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2016
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One (storage) protocol to rule them all?

Storage Architect One of the questions posed to the “ask me anything” storage panel at this week’s TECHunplugged event was whether we will ever see a single storage protocol develop. This is an interesting idea and with the move to object storage, seems to have some merit. However, as always with technology, the answer “it depends” seems the …
Chris Evans, 17 May 2016
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Lost little X-IO lays off ~75 staff in Colorado as it shutters factory

X-IO sent a formal letter on April 29 to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, saying it intended to close its Colorado Springs manufacturing operation, and warning that up to 107 people could lose their jobs. In the event 70-80 employees were laid off, with some 50 employees remaining. Potential job rescue, IP …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2016

X-IO and Pivot3 talks stall

Talks between X-IO and Pivot3 about IP licensing, engineering services and potential X-IO staff moving to Pivot3 have stalled. X-IO has been talking to Pivot3 and other companies about providing staff, IP, engineering services and other things such as product supply as a result of deciding to refocus its efforts away from …
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2016
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The 4 stages of All-Flash storage: Denial, anger, bargaining... and integration

Last week saw yet more stories and announcements on all-flash storage. IBM released new FlashSystem products based on XIV and an all-flash version of their mainframe/enterprise platform, the DS8888. I had another briefing from Violin (although that didn’t reveal anything new) and rumours started to swirl that X-IO Technologies …
Chris Evans, 04 May 2016
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WD’s revenue wheels have fallen off. Profits are sinking, too

WD is experiencing global disk drive cooling as the slowing PC jetstream and flash El Nino jointly disrupt the HDD environment. But that's enough in the meteorological metaphor line. WD revenues fell 21 per cent year-on-year to $2.8bn in WD’s third fiscal 2016 quarter, which closed April 1. The quarter-on-quarter compare …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2016
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Storage with the speed of memory? XPoint, XPoint, that's our plan

Analysis Since the virtual dawn of computing, storage – where data puts its feet up when it's at home – has been massively slower than memory, where data puts on its trainers and goes for a quick run. That massive access speed gap has been getting narrower and narrower with each storage technology advance: paper tape, magnetic tape, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016
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Vendor: Do we need Quality of Service with shared storage arrays?

The Storage Architect I recently had a discussion with a vendor (who shall remain nameless) as to whether we really needed Quality of Service (QoS) in shared storage arrays. His thinking went as follows: if we have a storage array and network with sufficient bandwidth/IOPS, then why bother implementing QoS? At first this seems like a reasonable …
Chris Evans, 08 Apr 2016

Build or buy: A tale of two all-flash strategies

Guest column Ever since flash was first added to traditional storage arrays back in 2008, there has been vigorous debate on the best approach to storage architectures for all-flash systems. There are a number of opposing camps, each with their own perception of the right way forward. Some vendors chose to use existing hardware and amend it …
Chris Evans, 28 Mar 2016
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DataGravity axes gear, sheds staff as it pulls away from black hole

+Comment The DataGravity array is no more as Paula Long reorganizes her company and axes some of its workers. This follows on the layoffs we heard about in February in which the staff roster was downsized from 120-strong. Long and John Joseph founded the New Hampshire biz in 2012 around a concept of data-aware storage: a DataGravity …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2016

HPE’s StorServ filer is very speedy. So for best $/IOPS, get a DataCore

HPE’s all-flash StoreServ 8450 flier has notched up some impressive SPC-1 benchmark results. The SPC-1 benchmark looks at a storage array's transactional performance, and enables an independent and objective comparison to be made of different suppliers' systems, be they external arrays or virtual arrays built by virtualising a …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2016

Flash storage: Has the hype become reality?

Comment Is the flash storage business a hype-filled wonderland or is flash-based technology making real inroads into IT? Flash arrays provide much faster access to data, because of SSD’s lower latency compared to disk drives but they are more expensive to buy. This can be justified by looking at potentially lower total cost of …
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2016
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Array biz's figures leave little to the Imation

Well, we were expecting diminished revenues and growing losses – and storage biz Imation didn't pull off any last-minute surprises. The Minnesota-based outfit's revenues were down 52 per cent year-on-year in its final quarter of 2015 as it divested itself of everything except its Nexsan array business and the acquired …
Chris Mellor, 08 Mar 2016
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SMBs? Are you big enough to have a serious backup strategy?

One of the TLAs* we come across all the time in IT is CIA. It's not, in this context, a shady American intelligence force: as far as we're concerned it stands for Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability – the three strands you need to consider as part of your security and data management policies and processes. Most …
Dave Cartwright, 02 Mar 2016
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Emulex joins Brocade, ATTO and QLogic in 32Gbit/s FC sprintfest

Broadcom’s Emulex unit is pushing out 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel HBAs, the host bus adapters linking servers and storage arrays to Fibre Channel cables. The 32 gig unit's appeal is straightforward enough; it’s twice as fast as 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel (Gen 5) and four times faster than 8Gbit/s FC (Gen 4). Like other 32gig FC …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2016
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QLogic: Ready to get excited about an Ethernet adapter?

Prepare to get excited about an adapter: QLogic’s multi-protocol FastLinQ 45000 Ethernet controllers use an ASIC with up to 100Gbit/s Ethernet speed, RDMA and NVMe over fabrics support to virtually abolish external storage array network latency and support network virtualisation. The ASIC’s CPU offloading and high speed …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2016
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StorPool CEO: 'We do not need another storage product'

Interview We interviewed Storpool CEO Boyan Ivanov, who thinks all-flash arrays are missing the point these days. Storage is broken and needs a new concept to fix it. He didn’t wait to be asked anything, starting things off: Boyan Ivanov It’s disruption time and the storage industry is turning on its head. El Reg Er, okay. What do you …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2016
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After all the sound and fury, when will VVOL start to rock?

Comment VMware virtual machines need storage and VVOLs (Virtual Volumes) are a way of automating this process, avoiding delay as VMware admins talk to storage admins to get storage provisioned. Virtually all storage array vendors support VVOLs yet the facility has not been taken up by users’ data centres in any large scale. This poses …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2016
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Tier me up, tier me down: Cohesity adds cloud spill trays to on-premises array

Converged secondary storage startup Cohesity has added public cloud tiering, encryption and replication to its clustered storage arrays. The company wants its hyper-converged C2000 hardware and OASIS software to be a single storage platform for all of an organisation’s secondary data. V2.0 of OASIS adds: Hardware-accelerated …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2016

Coho Data leaps aboard layoffs train: Another startup cuts jobs

Coho Data, the storage startup with the clever storage array that can also compute, has joined the craze and laid off a load of unfortunate staff. We understand Coho Data held a staff reduction exercise in the second half of last year, and this has been followed by a second one at the start of this year. The storage startup …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2016
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Those converged infrastructure vendors are cannibals, I tell you

Commodity server shipments are booming but there is a sting in the tail for specialist vendors, who are seeing their hardware sales cannibalised. Instead of buying storage arrays or network appliances, for example, tech customers are buying or developing specialist software that runs on cheap boxes. So there is more than hype …
Drew Cullen, 08 Feb 2016

Go and whistle, IDC. The storage world's going to hell in a handbasket

Comment Data volumes are growing like crazy and yet there's a case to be made that 2016 is going to be a tough old year for storage, and could be an annus horribilis* and not an IDC prediction-fuelled glory year. Really? Yes, really. Try this argument on for size. South America is in a dreadful economic state. Brazil is over-spent …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2016
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NetApp Hitz out at critics over the flashy SolidFire buyout deal

Comment NetApp co-founder Dave Hitz has blogged about the closing of the Solidfire deal and castrated any misleading bull* about NetApp’s flash strategy. Hitz says he admires Solidfire’s architectural design, writing: “SolidFire’s architectural choices are elegant and made for a reason. (This is the geeky paragraph, so skip on if it …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2016
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Embattled Barracuda Networks looks for buyer – report

Barracuda Networks, with its back against the wall after a string of poor quarters and collapsing stock price, is reportedly looking for a buyer. According to Bloomberg, Barracuda engaged with Morgan Stanley to look for a buyer some months ago. The company provides data protection and security products for small and medium …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2016
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Give me POWER! Under resourced, overloaded - a moving story

This Damn War I was the senior systems administrator (in fact I was the only IT person, but not the IT "manager" as that would entail a whole new level of paperwork for the client) and had been tasked with moving our central office to an office one kilometre away. As a joint venture, we were moving into the majority owner's existing office …
OnG IT guy, 29 Jan 2016
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All-flash hope-dash: The future is hybrid

Comment In the future we will have an all-flash hybrid concept. This can’t be considered a prediction; it’s just a fact. If you look around, a large number of vendors are craving Intel’s 3D Xpoint memory and this will be the next tier 0 (or cache) for many newly designed storage arrays. 3D XPoint in short 3D XPoint is a new class of …

Ex-VMware CEO Di Greene drops mystery storage system box, dares you to open it

Diane Greene's storage startup Datrium is making its initial DVX product available, saying it is the first server-powered storage system which is not a hyper-converged appliance or virtual SAN. What does that mean? The big problem with dual-controller storage arrays is that their performance goes down as the number of hosts …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2016
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HPE tops IDC's all-flash array list. But look who's not on the list

+Comment Research house IDC has put out an all-flash array marketscape* which deliberately excludes most of the available all-flash arrays. HPE tops its AFA list. IDC identifies three leaders: EMC with its XtremIO product HPE with its 3PAR 7450c Pure Storage and its FlashArray //m Can we put them in a 1-2-3 order? The …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2016
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Supermicro's ability to enable should worry IBM and Lenovo

Sysadmin's 2015 review part 3 With 2015 drawing to a close and 2016 about to begin, it's time to reflect on the fact that the world never stops changing. The tech industry certainly constantly changes, and so here's one sysadmin's final view of the industry's movers and shakers. In part one (link here) I took a look at Amazon, Oracle and Microsoft. In part …
Trevor Pott, 31 Dec 2015

Rockport’s Torus prises open hyperscale network lockjaw costs

Hyperscale IT is threatened by suicidally expensive networking costs. As node counts head into the thousands and tens of thousands, network infrastructure costs rocket upwards because a combination of individual node connections, network complexity, and bandwidth in a traditional (leaf-and-spine) design has a toxic effect on …
Chris Mellor, 30 Dec 2015
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2015: The year storage was rocked to its foundations

Storage year in review, part 1 The storage market in 2015 went through strategic foundation-shaking turmoil as the external shared disk array storage playbook was torn to shreds. It was a bewildering year, with rampaging and revolutionary activity at all levels of the industry. It’s best looked at from the ground up, starting with the technology vision, …
Wireless Watch, 25 Dec 2015

The week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Nutanix finally filing for its IPO

Some big news in the hyper-converged storage world today amid the pre-Christmas lull. How can we say this? Nutanix? Noo-tanix? Nutan-icks? Either way, the hyper-converged storage upstart has finally filed the necessary paperwork to get its stock-market debut underway. The San Jose-based biz today gave US financial watchdog …
Chris Williams, 23 Dec 2015
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Could NetApp buy SolidFire? It would be outside its comfort zone

Analysis So, let me just throw this thought out there – could NetApp buy SolidFire? And if it did, why? Why on earth would NetApp, after scarring and singeing its hands with FlashRay, want to stick its fingers right back in the flash fire? Much safer, surely, to stay in its comfort zone with all-flash HAS and all-flash EF arrays. You …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2015
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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our regular Friday tale in which we ease you into the weekend with readers' tales of the ridiculous things they've been asked to do on evenings, weekends and the other odd times techie folk are asked to go out and fix things up. This week's contribution comes from reader “JF”, who tells us that “About …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2015
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Does scaling out bring TCO advantages over scaling up? The Reg offers advice

Analysis I usually tend to look at technology from a technical point of view, but when in the field talking to end users it often turns out they bought it for the same reason it was pitched ... only to realise later that actually they like it for totally different reasons. What I’m about to say was backed up for me a few days ago while …
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Old school Fibre Channel gets new lesson in NVMe treatment

FC-NVMe has been demoed over Fibre Channel by Brocade and QLogic, with the system effectively the PCIe bus protocol in standard form used for solid state memory, Non-Volatile Memory Express, and deployed as a network fabric external to a server's PCIe bus over Fibre Channel. The idea seems to be that servers can enjoy access …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2015
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IBM, NetApp lose ground amid global storage systems growth, says IDC

IDC's quarterly storage tracker* has revealed that IBM and NetApp have lost the most ground, and HP and ODMs have gained most. Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue grew 2.8 per cent year on year to reach $9.13bn during the third quarter of 2015. In the total disk storage systems market EMC led the field …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2015
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Tiering up: Our man struggles to make sense of the storage landscape

Comment All is confusion. The old certainties are gone. New certainties just don’t exist. The shifting shapes, players, products and technologies in the storage landscape are seen through fog. How the heck does everything fit together? After four days in Silicon Valley meeting startups the bewilderment ratio is even higher. It’s like …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2015
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Array with it: What's next for enterprise storage?

Storagebod So I was sitting in my hotel room on day 2 of HPE Discover* thinking about some of the discussions that happened on the previous days/evenings. It seems that even vendors are now coming round to the idea that enterprise storage is pretty much dead – at least in its current form. What do we mean by dead? Well, we don’t mean …
StorageBod, 03 Dec 2015
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Infinidat to flog Brocade storage networking gear

Upstart big iron storage array supplier Infinidat is going to resell Brocade Fibre Channel and IP networking gear to hook up its InfiniBox arrays to servers. InfiniBox arrays compete with EMC, HPE, Hitachi and IBM monolithic arrays and represent the first new monolithic array design for decades by the master of array re- …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2015
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NZ Uni EMC broke considered ditching EMC before SNAFU

Oh, the irony: the New Zealand University that suffered a two-day brownout as a result of a problem with its EMC kit last month sought a possible replacement for the company's products. A request for information titled Storage Systems Refresh explains that “The University’s existing VNX5700’s storage arrays are reaching the …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2015
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Huawei mixes it up with Micron and its new NVM tech

China-based telecom and enterprise IT supplier Huawei has entered a flash partnership with Micron, which means the Chinese firm will be using Micron flash in its OceanStor storage arrays. Huawei has an OceanStor range of unified file and block storage arrays plus a separate OceanStor Dorado all-flash array line with two …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2015
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Are you local? HDS adds locality, Data Ingestor to object storage

HDS has revved its object-storing HCP (Hitachi Content Platform) with what looks to be better data management and protection features. There is a new piece of hardware, the HCP S30, which can store more than 450PB of data in a single multi-node system using commodity storage. A G10 node server architecture has SSD support for …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2015
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That great sucking sound? It's data going into the public cloud

Nearline storage in Google’s cloud is a new front in the vigorous marketing war being fought by public cloud providers to grab your data and convert your storage CAPEX into OPEX, meaning income for them. Some recent advances in cloud archive storage, cloud access gateways and hybrid on-premises/cloud data management are …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2015
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Quantum packs new StorNext hardware in a software glove

Quantum has given its StorNext file and data management product a hardware makeover, with faster Xcellis hardware taking up less rackspace than existing components. StorNext provides access to a virtualised single repository with four tiers. It serves primary data from its drive array to users' workstations and applications …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2015
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Dell-EMC merger could leave Lenovo out in the cold – analysts

+Comment Head PC seller and x86 server shifter Lenovo has a storage reselling deal with EMC which could well be toast with Dell’s takeover of EMC, according to analysts. Lenovo’s storage product lines include: PX2-300D and PX4-400D NVR video surveillance arrays, basically RAID-protected filers with Atom-powered processors and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015

If Dell and EMC really do merge, expect massive, bloody consolidation

EMC/Dell deal We're far from convinced that Dell acquiring and/or merging with EMC is a good idea, but if it did what kind of entity would we be looking at? The crux of the matter is just how much overlap Dell is willing to endure. And the answer may be "lots". Dell's made much in recent months of giving customers choices. Exhibit A is the …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2015
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Ex-Logicalis UK boss Starkey signs up as EMC SDS biggie

Exclusive Former Logicalis UK boss Mark Starkey has crossed the fence into vendor land for the first time, rocking up as the lead for EMC’s software defined storage unit. The exec split from the IBM and Cisco integrator in February after 17 years at the firm, the last two at the helm of the Brit operation, and was subsequently replaced …
Paul Kunert, 09 Oct 2015
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Microsoft starts backup of on-prem workloads and desktops to Azure

Microsoft has announced it will now offer backups of on-premises SQL Server, Hyper-V virtual machines, SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange and windows clients to Azure. To use Azure as your backup target you'll need the Azure Backup agent or Microsoft Recovery Services Agent on your servers or PCs. That code will take care …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Oct 2015