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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
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

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
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

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
Ostrich

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

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

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

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

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

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
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Understanding what's going on in storage arrays is like doing MAGIC

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
VMware's monster VM

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

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

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

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
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
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

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

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

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

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

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
Vendor storage rev percentages by Q

Grim outlook for Big Storage as revenues dip across board

Mainstream storage vendors seem to be in trouble as Dell, HP and IBM's storage revenues have tanked over the past two years. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers created a spreadsheet comparing his records of how these vendors' storage revenues changed quarter by quarter. El Reg's storage desk charted the numbers: Vendor …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2013
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

Backers fatten up flash-disk mutant array, sic it on storage giants

Bulk up and get ready to take on the storage giants - that's what hybrid array startup Tegile's backers are telling it, and here's $32m to do just that. Tegile was founded in late 2009 to devise a hybrid flash/disk storage array, and its Zebi product was launched in February last year - background here. Together with fellow …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2013
A boffin

Benchmark bods reckon NetApp storage has the edge over Isilon

Analyst outfit DCIG rates NetApp over Isilon for private cloud storage. Which comes as a bit of a surprise to The Register's storage desk. DCIG produces buyers' guides and then sells the rights to distribute these guides to vendors. This raises a suspicion that top-ranked vendors have somehow influenced their position in the …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013

Fujitsu to resell Violin 6000-series memory arrays

Fujitsu has signed a deal to resell Violin Memory 6000-series networked flash arrays. El Reg storage desk understands from a well-placed source that Fujitsu has a tripartite strategy for solid-state storage: It will use flash drives and caching in its Eternus storage arrays in a very fast data vault. Fusion-io PCIe flash …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2012
Dell EquaLogic blade array internals

Dell blades up EqualLogic storage arrays

Dell is previewing a new blade server implantation of its EqualLogic storage arrays that will slide into its M1000e blade enclosures and offer customers and all-blade server, storage, and switch option, while at the same time not many compromises on performance or density. The EqualLogic PS-M4110 blade array takes up two half- …
Four of EMC/XtremIO's Project X all flash arrays

Storage players' lovechild VCE flashes fresh flash additions

VCE, the lovechild of Cisco, EMC and VMware, hits the storage world with a trio of announcements: a pair of VNX2 and vSphere 5.5 implants; Oracle-specific Vblock; and a VDI Vblock using XtremIO all-flash array technology. Vblocks are converged server-storage-and-networking systems made up of Cisco UCS servers and network …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2013

Aw, SNAP. It's too late, you've already PAID for your storage array

When a vendor says it has feature X, how do you know it's true? Storage arrays are mighty complex boxes and vendors' marketing of them can sometimes take a bypass around reality. How can you detect if this is happening? One way is to look for independent reviews of the product by a trusted reviewer. For example, product …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2014
Virsto

Hands off my disk! VMware gobbles Virsto for software-ruled arrays

Virtualisation leviathan VMware has bought storage hypervisor maker Virsto. It means VMware can now aggregate servers, networks (thanks to its Nicira acquisition) and now storage into an abstracted pool of resources - providing the three pillars VMware needs to build software-defined data centres that can run themselves. Virsto' …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2013
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CFO warns IBM's 'underperforming' storage crew: We'll take 'substantial action'

IBM's first quarter 2013 results were disappointing, and if you're in storage and servers at Big Blue, it appears the numbers guys are focusing on some of your product lines. In the earnings call, CFO Mark Loughridge said: "There are parts of our business that are in transition or have been under-performing like elements of our …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2013
Scale Computing HC3 boxes

Scale Computing's SCRIBE vows to lob virty storage kit into the bin

Start-up storage shindig Scale Computing has crafted SCRIBE, an object store directly accessible by a hypervisor that replaces physical storage arrays and virtual ones (VSAs) like VMware's own vSAN. SCRIBE, says Scale, is an architecture for expanding hyper-convergence to a complete, distributed software-defined environment. It …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2013

Just how far did storage and compute converge in 2013?

Converged storage is the coming together of storage and compute in the same box. Didn't this used to be called a server, before the days of networked storage? Indeed it did but these re-invented servers often employ a logical storage pool, and are the future, we are told. So, where are we at, as glide into 2014? We're …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2014

EMC snaps up Israeli soft-storage startup

Another Iraeli storage startup, ScaleIO by name, has reportedly been scooped up by EMC for an estimated $200 - $300 million. ScaleIO makes Elastic Converged Storage, ECS virtual SAN software. A VSAN turns direct-attached storage on one or more connected servers into a shared block-level access storage resource pool, a virtual …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2013
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All hard drive arrays will mutate into flashy faster hybrids

All hard drive storage arrays will become flash hybrids, with non-volatile memory fitted internally or bolted on externally. These mutants will fight all-flash arrays with better data management and server flash cache integration. The aim of the game is to get more revs out of the engines: applications should run faster, more …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2012
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Imation's $120m baby delivers NST6000 hybrid storage mutant

Scalable storage outfit Imation's Nexsan unit has launched an uprated cached hybrid flash/disk drive array with a Gen 3 operating system: NestOS 3.0. Nexsan, a purveyor of primary and Assureon archival data storage arrays that failed to IPO several times, was bought by Imation on January for $120m. The NST6000 and older NST5000 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2013
Facebook data center - interior, lit up

Facebook snubs storage barons for cheapo Far East kit - insiders

Facebook and other vast data-centre operators such as Google, Amazon and Baidu are reportedly shunning storage arrays from Dell, EMC, HP and NetApp for cheap boxes from Taiwan. According to supply chain insiders, the dominant social network is going to buy bargain storage kit from Taiwanese original design manufacturers (ODMs), …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2013
Whiptail XLR8r appliance

Storage firms, tremble: MASSIVE tech beast Cisco has just spaffed $415m on Whiptail

Cisco intends to buy all-flash array startup Whiptail for the huge cash sum of $415m, catapulting the networking giant full tilt into the storage market and threatening its close relationship with EMC. John Chambers' networking giant declares: "Whiptail will strengthen Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) strategy and enhance …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2013
EMC

EMC says virtual arrays a sales tool, not a threat

Virtual storage arrays may become more attractive to customers, but EMC believes the pace of data growth will mean many users still need physical appliances. That’s the opinion of Chuck Hollis, EMC's Vice President and Global Marketing CTO, who told El Reg that users like virtual arrays, but aren’t using them for anything …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Aug 2012

Space-saving ideas for improving storage performance

Once upon a time pretty much the only thing a storage manager had to worry about was running out of capacity. Disk space was expensive and a slew of products offered data compression, moving disused files off to tape and so on. Disk space is pretty cheap now, with multi-terabit drives readily available along with petabyte-class …
Bryan Betts, 06 Nov 2013

Mixed tape: Overland Storage buys Tandberg Data in CASH-FREE transaction

Struggling tape and disk storage vendor Overland Storage is buying recovering tape systems vendor Tandberg Storage for $42m in stock to help boost its revenues. Tandberg Data supplies tape and disk-based storage and data protection products to small and medium businesses. It has recently recovered from a bankruptcy experience in …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2013

Don't let the SAN go down on me: Is the storage array on its way OUT?

With EMC saying it plans to put VMAX into the "capacity tier"* and suggesting that performance cannot be met by the traditional SAN, are we finally beginning to look at the death of the storage array? The storage array as a shared monolithic device came about almost directly as the result of distributed computing; the necessity …
StorageBod, 16 Aug 2013
TDK TMR hard disk drive read/write head

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

Dell: New storage dish? Nah - we'll just mash up EqualLogic and Compellent

Steady adaptation, no new products and no super-niche specialisation please: these were the three takeaways El Reg storage desk retrieved from a briefing with Alan Atkinson, vice president and general manager at Dell Storage. The impression we gained was that Dell is set on expanding its mainstream enterprise storage offering's …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2013

HP deed-poll drama: MORE new names for storage kiddies

HP is currently rebranding its storage arrays as StoreSomething and the HP X9000 IBRIX scale-out filers are looking to become HP's StoreAll product line, with the 3PAR block arrays becoming StoreServs. The company has already announced the StoreOnce, StoreVirtual and StoreEasy brands. It looks as if there are going to be more …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2012

Violin thrusts vSphere into flash arrays, turns them into servers

Flash array vendor Violin Memory is turning is all-flash arrays into virtualised servers by embedding vSphere in them. It has agreed an OEM deal with VMware to run vSphere inside its arrays. Violin's top-end array is the 6616, which uses fast single level cell (SLC) flash with 16TB of raw capacity, 12TB usable, and has two x86 …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2012
Glory Days

Truly these are the GOLDEN YEARS of Storage

Listen and prepare to behold this vision. Storage arrays will become nearline vaults because storage memory will steal their primary data storage role. There is a thundering great divide, a Grand Canyon, between server memory in the single digit terabyte area and "storage": double digit terabytes and up to multi-petabytes of …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2013

VMTurbo brings 'invisible hand' to storage, fabrics, and public clouds

Flush with a $7.5m cash infusion back in early May, VMTurbo is taking its economic scheduling engine, inspired by Adam Smith's "invisible hand", to more clouds and more devices. With Operations Manager 4.0, the company is supporting a wider array of hypervisors and cloud controllers, and is branching out to storage arrays and – …
Orangutan at Chester Zoo

How to break out of the storage hardware zoo

With enterprise storage now costing significantly more to run than it does to buy according to many estimates, the need to cut those operational costs – or at least to slow their rise – is paramount. The result is a growing desire to move away from the siloed and application-specific nature of much of today's storage market. " …
Bryan Betts, 30 Sep 2013
Brocade FME

Cloud storage rains on '800lb Fibre Channel gorilla' Brocade

Brocade results show its business flatlining with steady-ish revenues and profits, and growth dependent on a recovering market but no technology rabbits to pull out of its hat and drive growth higher. Fourth quarter fiscal 2013 revenues were a chunky $559m, 3 per cent down on the same quarter last year, with profits of $64m, 19 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013

Xyratex bleeds money, flogs HPC and Big Data arrays to survive

DataDirect Networks and Panasas, watch out: disk enclosure and test equipment supplier Xyratex has swung into a loss due to reduced demand from NetApp for Xyratex enclosures and the contraction of the HDD industry to just three manufacturers. Xyratex is climbing out of this revenue fall by selling HPC and Big Data arrays to OEMs …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2013