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
cloud

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 …
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
Open-mouthed Burmese python

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
Scott Dietzen before (L) and after (R) shaving his head

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
Photo of a stack of $100 bills

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
StorSimple 7010 appliance

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
IMFT 25nm Flash die

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
Hitachi Accelerated Flash detail

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
Dark Souls II knighty knight

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
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

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

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
ZAdara_storage

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
cloud

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
Cisco Invicta diagram

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
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

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
IMFT 25nm Flash die

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
Zadara array

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
Light at the end of the tunnel. Credit: Smabs Sputzer

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
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
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
Pure Storage array

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
Bored girl

ARRAY WITH YOU! Storage is growing... but you'll have to make way for new tech

Storagebod Despite my enthusiasm about recent upgrade announcements, there’s a part of me that wonders: who really cares about arrays these days? The announcements from IBM, HDS, NetApp and the inevitable EMC announcement later in the year just leave me cold. The storage array is nearly done as a technology: are we going to see much more …
StorageBod, 15 May 2014
ETERNUS_CD10000

Multi-petabyte open sorcery: Spell-binding storage

Mixing petabytes of data and open-source storage used to be the realm of cash-strapped academic boffins who didn’t mind mucking in with software wizardry. The need to analyse millions, billions even, of records of business events stored as unstructured information in multi-petabyte class arrays makes ordinary storage seem like …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2014

The future of storage is a horror show - just ignore the biz strategists

Blocks and Files Storage was actually simple, before disk-to-disk backup came along and started spoiling the party. Now we need a storage magician to take the horror out of the storage horror show. Basically there were monolithic arrays at the high-end, dual controller arrays in the middle, and JBOD variations at the bottom; all disk drive …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2013
big droplets falling from rain cloud

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

Storage array giants eye up cloud rear ends – but will it end in tiers or tears?

Blocks and Files It's coming faster than we think, despite the NSA's potential effect on Western cloud sales: the idea that storage arrays could morph into cloud gateways, with traditional on-premises arrays accessing an off-site backend to store older, colder data. NetApp referred to this with its recent cloud strategy pronouncement – …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2013

Hungry, hungry CPUs: Storage vendors hustle to get flash closer to compute

Multi-socket, multi-core CPUs are demanding entities: they have a gargantuan appetite for data which they suck up through a CPU-memory channel from DRAM, the server's memory. This access happens in nanoseconds, billionths of a second. Getting data from places beyond memory, such as PCIe server flash cards, SSDs directly attached …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2014

GreenBytes guts its arrays, turns self into chompable doughnut

Once upon a time there were two suppliers with VDI-focussed storage arrays: GreenBytes,with an all-flash array; and Tintri, with a hybrid flash/disk array technology. Now GreenBytes has become a software-only business. Why? The reasoning, outlined by GreenBytes' CEO and chairman Stephen O'Donnell, is that over time mid-market …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2013

Ignore the pie-in-the-sky storage roadmaps. This is what's REALLY afoot

Storagebod Roadmap! Roadmap! Bring out your roadmaps... I’ve now seen roadmaps going way off into the future and it is a pain. As soon as I start speculating about the future of storage, people seem to get very worried about breach of NDAs. But some general themes are beginning to appear. 1) Traditional RAID5 and RAID6 data protection …
StorageBod, 18 Feb 2014
VMware's monster VM

It's storage's HOLY GRAIL: VSANs, PSANs and virtual silos

Blocks and Files Three blog posts about VMware’s VSAN had me thinking furiously. Where is VMware going with this and where could or should it go? The first blog was Storagebod on VSANity in which he says VSAN, the ESXi hypervisor’s aggregating of server-direct attached storage (DAS) into a virtual SAN, was nice up to a point. He asks: “Why limit …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2014
X-IO ISE positioning

X-IO to heat up ISE storage bricks with iSCSI access

Sealed disk/flash array supplier X-IO is growing at 30 per cent a year and intending to widen its market by adding iSCSI later this year to the existing Fibre Channel access. ISE and Hyper ISE products are 3U sealed rack enclosures requiring no maintenance access for five years as the smart software inside copes with any …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2014
Marconi-Stille steel tape recorder

Enterprise storage will die just like tape did, say chaps with graphs

The Wikibon biz tech consultancy thinks that the era of networked filers and SANs is going to end with server SANs replacing them. SANs and filers will have largely died away by 2027, it reckons. The chart below shows the results from Wikibon's Server SAN Research Project 2014. Between 2012 and 2014 the storage market will have …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2014

Dell to sell Brit firm's 'fastest in the world' HPC arrays

Dell is going to resell Xyratex ClusterStor high-performance computing arrays, which should be good news for the UK data-storage firm after its recent Q4 tumble on the back of crummy enterprise demand and tumbling disk drive sales. ClusterStor is Xyratex's supercomputing and high-performance computing (HPC) storage array, billed …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2012
Clarion NX604 DVD Smart Access MUltimedia Station

Hey, what's a STORAGE company doing working on Internet-of-Cars?

It’s the coming internet of driven things; HDS is working with the Clarion car audio biz on Internet-connected cars. What’s a disk array manufacturer doing getting in bed with a car radio/satnav firm? Well, connected cars will be big biz; IHS projects that 152 million of them will be on the highways by 2020. HDS and Clarion say …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2014

Black Box? LUN-fest? What does business centric storage really mean?

Live Chat today at 14:00 GMT What – or who – defines your storage? Is your storage minded by a priestly case of LUN monglers who guard the sacred administration software fiercely? Is your storage "software defined"? Is it a black box, an API-driven thing controlled by devs or managed by the operations types through Puppet? Amidst this list of these common …
David Gordon, 13 Dec 2013
Redefine

EMC gives up the goods at storage shindig: VMAX3 speeds, feeds

EMC's been keeping quiet on the whole "how fast can this baby go" front when it comes to the VMAX3 range. But the storage vendor used its megalaunch – with its "Redefine Possible" tagline and futuristic look – to break its silence. So what's under the hood? EMC has extended VMAX to run more and different workloads. Each of “Gen …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2014

Switch VMs from NetApp to us and we'll give you extra storage, says Tintri

Flashy upstart Tintri says its customers can run servers with more VMs using its storage instead of NetApp - and it's putting its money where its mouth is. The startup claims VMware-using customers can "cut their storage capacity and rackspace requirements by 50per cent or more" by moving from NetApp FAS storage arrays to its …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014
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Black Box? LUN-fest? What does business centric storage really mean?

Live Chat December 13 14:00 GMT What – or who – defines your storage? Is your storage minded by a priestly case of LUN monglers who guard the sacred administration software fiercely? Is your storage "software defined"? Is it a black box, an API-driven thing controlled by devs or managed by the operations types through Puppet? Amidst this list of these common …
David Gordon, 29 Nov 2013
Open Compute Frank Frankovsky

Facebook’s Open Compute papa leaves 'Friends' behind to set up optical storage firm

Facebook Open Compute guru Frank Frankovsky is leaving to found an optical storage startup focusing on cold data. Frankovsky is the man who turned Facebook into a commodity barebones box buyer of servers, which he and his team designed and made available to everybody through the Open Compute Project. The project was announced in …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

Merciless Cloud will slay storage arrays - Nasuni chief

Nasuni has a message for enterprise storage vendors: Your days are numbered. Nasuni CEO and co-founder Andres Rodriguez has said that enterprise data centres with enterprise storage arrays are going to be hollowed out. Hot primary data will go into local flash storage, he says. Everything else – the not-so-hot, the nearline and …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2012
Lake Tahoe

HPC storage bods at DDN fish for BIG CATCH in the data lake

Interview Suppliers of storage and analytics systems to the so-called "big data" lake market are enduring turbulent technology transitions and fast-changing requirements, as we saw here. Startups with $100m-plus funding are common and one, Cloudera, has surpassed $1bn in funding, as VCs and startup execs scramble to find their way through …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2014