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Fusion-io hires ex-TMS president

StorageSearch has revealed that Fusion-io has hired a 10-year TMS veteran as its senior director for product management. Woody Hutsell spent almost a decade at TMS, supplier of networked RamSan solid state storage arrays, rising to the position of president from EVP for sales and marketing. He left in March last year and joined …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2011
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TMS puts the boot into flash

TMS has given its server flash cards the ability to boot operating systems – so servers can start up faster. The RamSan-20 and -70 are PCIe products are server flash memory cards with 450GB or 900GB respectively of fast, single-level cell NAND storage, offering up to 330,000 sustained 4K random read IOPS, 400,000 random write …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2012

TMS and DataCore peddle flashy support for virtual servers

TMS flash arrays are being bundled with SANsymphony-V software from DataCore to provide fast flash-based SAN array support to virtualised servers. The combination of RamSan flash appliances from TMS with the DataCore storage hypervisor software is aimed at VMware servers and accelerating hem by adding an automatically tiered …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2012
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Nevex stuffs software into TMS flash for 'world's fastest cache'

Nevex, the Canadian supplier of flash and DRAM caching software for Windows, is working with Texas Memory Systems to super-charge its RamSan PCIe flash acceleration of app I/O. CacheWorks is the Nevex Virtual Technologies software, and it puts app data and file data into flash and into the Windows cache in faster DRAM – a 2- …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2012

Texas flash: TMS Ramsan-820 born in the USA

TMS latest RamSan-820 is a high-availability box that the Texans say packs more terabytes into its 1U rack case than that of any other vendor. The 820 is an eMLC version of the SLC RamSan-720 and an update on the still available RamSan-810 with its 10TB of eMLC in 1U. The 820 offers up to 24TB of flash with the same 2D Flash …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2012
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TMS adds software services to RamSans

We have heard from a reliable TMS source that the company is working on a "software services solution". Until now, TMS has sold RamSan products essentially as hardware components and relied on other suppliers for the software needed to make them part of a working storage service. The RamSans are either networked flash memory …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2011
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TMS needs more clout in SSD giant competition

Where did that come from? Yesterday, out of the blue, news came that RamSan vendor TMS was looking to be bought or have a thumping investment from a large partner. Why? The flash market is set to rocket and it has a good track record. Why on earth does it need a sugar daddy? We asked TMS CEO Holly Frost some questions about the …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2011
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TMS launches RamSan-70 Gorilla

TMS has doubled the capacity of its PCIe flash card and almost tripled its performance. The RamSan-70, code-named Gorilla, has a capacity of 900GB of single-level cell (SLC) flash, twice that of the preceding RamSan-20. Gorilla, using 32nm NAND from Toshiba, is 2.75 times faster than the RamSan-20, half the size, and has a …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2011
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TMS buckles up first MLC flash product

News from the flash front: TMS has a more affordable small flash SAN product that's higher capacity than the RamSan 710 speed rocket. The multi-level cell (MLC) RamSan-810, has MLC flash replacing the faster single-level cell (SLC) in the 710 which was announced in June. TMS has its RamSan-630 product for large SANs, the 710 …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2011
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Rapid TMS product revamp continues

TMS is hurrying along flash product refresh road, and it's the turn of its mid-range to get a product using its new seventh generation controller, first seen in the PCIe-format RamSan-70. The RamSan-710 is a 1 to 5TB capacity, externally-attached flash array packaged in a 1U rackmount enclosure. It uses 32nm single level cell …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2011
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TMS flash array blows Big Blue away

Texas Memory Systems has absolutely creamed the SPC-1 storage benchmark with a system that comfortably exceeds the current record-holding IBM system at a cost per transaction of 95 per cent less. TMS submitted a RamSan-630, a 3U box holding 10TB of single level cell flash that delivers – according to TMS – one million IOPS (10GB …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2011
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TMS doubles flash RamSan Fibre Channel speed

TMS has doubled its flash-based RamSan-630's Fibre Channel speed from 4 to 8Gbit/s, meaning 10GB/sec bandwidth, and is working on eMLC-based flash product. The 630 is a 3U enclosure holding up to 10TB of single level cell (SLC) flash with up to 10 Infiniband (IB) or Fibre Channel ports. It delivers 10GB/sec across the IB ports …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2011
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NetApp and TMS involved in Virgin Blue outage

Virgin Blue has fingered Texas Memory Systems as the cause of its 21-hour airline reservation system crash in Australia. The airline's reservation system crashed at 8am on Monday in Australia. The cause was a hardware failure in the computer set-up running the New Skies Navitaire software, which was hosted by Navitaire, an …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2010
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IBM flashy January announcement: Wanna know what's in it?

The storage jungle drums are beating and Vulture Central's storage desk thinks it may know a thing or two about an IBM announcement due on 16 January. The event, a virtual one, is one of many in IBM's Infrastructure Matters series and you can register for it here. Let's do this in the order in which the drums started beating. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2013

Trustmarque completes £43m MBO

Management at Trustmarque Solutions (TMS) have completed a buy-out of the business for £43m with the financial backing of mid-market private equity specialist Dunedin. The MBO was headed by CEO Scott Haddow and sales and marketing director Angelo di Ventura, a pair that were brought on board by previous VC partner Lloyds …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jun 2013
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TMS wins flash bragging crown with 100TB monster

The biggest, baddest flash clustered drive on the market has been launched by Texas Memory Systems, the 100TB RamSan-6200. This monster offers more than 5 million sustained I/Os per second and 60GB/sec of sustained bandwith. Individual read and write I/O performance isn't revealed. These are huge numbers, achieved by a scale- …
Chris Mellor, 05 Aug 2009
Fusion-io ioScale 3.2TB card

Flash fettlers Fusion-io scoop IBM as reseller partner

Big Blue is gonna flog Fusion-io server flash cards, and is doing its bit to rehabilitate the floundering flash fettler after its founder and CEO fled earlier this year. IBM's announcement is here, and says the Fusion-io cards are available for System x and BladeCenter servers. Users get from 825GB to 3.2TB of MLC flash per PCIe …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2013
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TMS tries to tarnish IBM Quicksilver pitch

What's special about IBM's Quicksilver? Texas Memory Systems has launched its RamSan 5000 flash solid state storage product offering one million IOs per second - and it's available now, not in many months time. IBM recently demonstrated one million IOPS from a networked solid state configuration involving 40 or so Fusion-io …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2008
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Array with you: IBM takes on upstarts with new RamSan flash cram

Big Blue has burst onto the all-flash array scene afresh with a million-plus IOPS box; its first in-house FlashSystem since buying TMS a year and a half ago The FlashSystem 840 is IBM's latest iteration of its FlashSystem 720, 810 and 820 product range. It has up to 48TB of eMLC NAND capacity in its 2U rack enclosure (not a lot …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014
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EMC braces self for November's flashy XTremIO launchgasm

EMC is winding itself up to launch its XtremIO flash array on 14 November. This is an all-flash array, gained in EMC's XtremIO acquisition, and it will, of course, be a faster, more power-efficient and cost-efficient array than those of all the competition, with better management software, array backend and server front-end …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2013
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IBM tells Vegas crowd: Software-defined? Yeah, we're all about that

Based temporarily at the Mandelay Bay hotel on the Las Vegas strip for its Edge conference, Big Blue has blasted out a set of storage announcements. IBM appears to be taking its shot at the ever-expanding storage market as the Big Data era begins in earnest. At the event, IBM rolled out its TMS acquisition-based FlashSystem …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2013
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IBM pours $1 BEELLION into flash SSDs

Say goodbye to TMS RamSan and hello to IBM FlashSystem. Back in 2001, IBM CEO Lou Gerstner said IBM would spend a billion dollars to boost its Linux business and that billion paid itself off within two years. In 2002, the firm splurged the same amount on Java tools, and in 2006, pumped $1bn into information management. Fast- …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2013
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Pure Storage CEO goes BALD after losing bet on firm's results

Pure Storage CEO has made good on his bet and shaved his head in response to Pure Storage’s results. The all-flash array startup boss said he’d shave his head if Pure’s sales, sales order management and shipping folks managed to double the firm’s business in the fourth quarter. They did and so Scott Dietzen’s cranial follicles …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2014
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So everyone's piling into PCIe flash: Here's a who's who guide

The PCIe flash card suppliers are heading towards a battle royale: there's too many of them for a commoditising hardware business. There are at least 15 suppliers of PCIe flash cards, gear that tightly couples a wad of non-volatile NAND storage to a computer's backbone: EMC, Fusion-io, IBM-TMS, Intel, LSI, Micron, OCZ, OWC, …
Chris Mellor, 06 Mar 2013
Violin

Violin Memory is winning flash-supply race – Quadragon™ rivals

The storage world keeps hearing how Violin Memory leads the flash array supplier race. Here's some concrete proof, courtesy of numbercruncher 451 Research. IDC's quarterly storage tracker doesn't yet reveal flash array vendor use. Absent that, TheInfoPro (a service by 451 Research) ran a storage study survey from which we …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2013

Intel serves flashy speed to penguins after eating Nevex's cache

Intel has launched its Cache Acceleration Software (CAS), the renamed Nevex CacheWorks software, integrating it with its DC S3700 SSD and and 910 Series server flash card. CacheWorks and now CAS provides a policy-based flash cache for application data stored on disk drives, utilising a server's SSD or PCIe flash card, and then …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2013

Virtual sanity: What if GreenBytes just DUMPED its hardware?

Should GreenBytes separate its hardware and software? The storage firm sells an IO Offload Engine which stores deduplicated virty desktop images in its own flash hardware and ships them out to client devices. It's essentially a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) accelerator for storage arrays that runs alongside them and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2013
Don Basile CEO of Violin Memory

Sceptical markets snub Violin Memory: Can the flashy biz bounce back?

Violin's IPO was a right debacle: investors judged the stock was worth a fifth less than the valuation of the bankers backing the public offering. What are they seeing that the bankers didn't? The days of easy flash array pickings are coming to a close. Listen hard and you can hear the screeches in the wind from the iron gates …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2013
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Eat our dust, spinning rust: In 5 years, it'll be all flash all the time

El Reg’s futorologists have looked into the data centre storage area and foresee the banishment of disk drive spindles starting within five years. Put bluntly, disks suck. They are slow, they fail, they suck up electricity and floorspace. CIOs of companies with performance-focussed data centres don’t want disks. They look at all …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013

RamSan flash cram: IBM snaps up Texas Memory Systems

IBM is buying Texas Memory Systems, the supplier of RamSan solid state memory arrays and PCIe cards, for an undisclosed sum. The deal could set off a feeding frenzy as system-makers buy up flash companies. TMS is privately owned, has no VC debt, and is run by founder and CEO Holly Frost. He signalled earlier this year that TMS …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2012
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IBM intros Elastic Storage ... as used by human-crushing HPC brain Watson

BM has announced Elastic Storage as a component of its software-defined storage portfolio, and it's actually a repackaging and renaming of the venerable GPFS product. GPFS is IBM’s General Parallel File System for parallel access to massive numbers of files. The IBM announcement says Elastic Storage “offers unprecedented …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2014

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

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

Huawei: Half a million IOPS? Pah, we can do better

Huawei has captured the SPC-1 crown for disk drive and flash arrays with a 600,000-plus IOPS result for its Dorado5100 all-flash array. The SPC-1 benchmark tests how networked storage arrays serve data requests from servers in a business environment. IBM's StorWize V7000 headed up the SPC-1 charts with a 520,043.99 result scored …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012

Big Blue's storage performance badly bitten by pack of mid-range canines

IBM's storage business is shrinking and has been doing so for about four years. The third 2013 quarter's results confirm the trend, with an 11 per cent year-on-year decline to $695.5 million. This shows that action needs to be taken to prevent IBM falling out of the leading storage supplier ranks. A chart of its recent fiscal …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2013
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Texas Memory Systems longs to seduce 'larger player'

Fancy spending splashing some cash to buy some flash? Then go to the Lone Star state, where Texas Memory Systems has put itself up for sale. Privately owned TMS has been operating for 33 years. It makes RamSan shared block-access flash memory arrays and has a PCIe flash card line under the RamSan brand as well. It recently …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2011

Just what is Big Blue now shipping exclusively to the Chinese?

IBM is pushing out another China-only mid-range Storwize array, the V5000. Judging by previous experience, it might eventually be shipped worldwide, but for the time being, IBM is sticking to PROC and ROC*. Back in August last year, the V3500 was launched for the Chinese geography, with the V3700 coming in two months later, and …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2013
IBMStorage Revenues by quarter

IBM needs to sell its stuttering storage biz lines

IBM’s storage results are down in the dumps and we’re sure it’s in talks to sell off its server business to Lenovo. Should it sell off its storage business too? Big Blue’s fourth quarter FY2013 results gave it the blues, with the Systems and Technology Group revenues for the quarter down 26 per cent compared to a year ago. The …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 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
The Register breaking news

NetApp modifies benchmark system and - shock - comes out TOP

NetApp's number crunchers at Sunnyvale have sweetened the firm's SPC-2 benchmark results in an attempt to help NetApp stand out from the crowd, emphasising the price/performance bennies of its latest E5500 disk array. The Storage Performance Council (SPC) is a storage industry benchmark body that helps the industry provide …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2013
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Sweet little lies: Rumours from the flash world reach El Reg's scribe

Rumours was a great Fleetwood Mac album to listen to. Now hear this: El Reg's Storage Rumour Control has three good ones (rumours, not Fleetwood Mac albums – sadly) for your delight. The first is that IBM is developing a full DS-class flash array using FlashSystem (acquired TMS RamSan) technology. The flash modules would be …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2013

Big boy Fujitsu crushes stroppy upstarts in storage boffins' trials

Fujitsu's Eternus disk array has topped the SPC-2 benchmark charts, with an IBM SVC-Storwize V7000 combination in second place. The SPC-2 storage benchmark measures how an array performs doing large sequential I/Os and looks at three workloads: large file processing; large database queries; and video-on-demand. The benchmarks …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2013
K2

Kaminario's K2 data-gobbling champ squeezes out 2 million IOPS

The performance summit of K2, Kaminario's mountainously named flash array, has been lifted to 2 million IOPS. We have the Fibre Channel-connected flash K2 listed as running at up to 600,000 IOPS and exhibiting an 8GB/sec throughput. Its capacity ranges from 3TB to 100TB. Now Kaminario has tweaked the beast and got 2 million …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2012
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Texas Memory Systems gets some enterprise street cred

Texas Memory Systems (TMS) is getting some enterprise cred – by introducing a high-availability, shared-access RamSan flash array. Competitors such as Violin Memory have criticised TMS RamSan flash SAN arrays for not having high-availability (HA) features that enterprises require when running business-critical applications. TMS …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2011
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Buy a flash kit maker now, Seagate... good ones will be gone soon

With Western Digital buying sTec and SanDisk buying SMART Storage Systems, Seagate is looking like the last player standing in the game of flash musical chairs. These days, a lot of serious storage suppliers are keen to get into enterprise flash storage devices - meaning component devices and not complete arrays such as those …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jul 2013
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Million-plus IOPS: Kaminario smashes IBM in DRAM decimation

Solid state storage supplier Kaminario has grabbed the SPC-1 storage benchmark with the first million-plus IOPS score, a full 134 per cent faster than previous king-of-the-heap IBM. The Storage Performance Council 1 (SPC-1) benchmark aims to provide comparison performance numbers for a storage subsystem while carrying out …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2012
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NetApp: Steenkin' benchmarks – we're quicker than 3PAR

Playing the latency card, NetApp says it has a faster array than 3PAR – despite having a lower SPC-1 benchmark score. A 6-node FAS6240 cluster SPC-1 benchmark (PDF) result has been posted. SPC-1 is a storage array benchmark measuring the number of IOs per second (IOPS) to data accessed over Fibre Channel as blocks rather than …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2012
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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

Pure Storage hoovers up $150m in funding, hires ex-Data Domain CEO

Flash array upstart Pure Storage aims to emerge from the herd and pull off a Data Domain, having secured $150m in E-round funding and hired former Data Domain head honcho Frank Slootman, who joins its board as "a key strategic advisor." Pure says the $150m is "the single largest private funding in the history of the enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2013
All-flash array vendors in a 4-box space

Look out, Gartner: Behold the El Reg all-Flash Quadragon™ wonder map-o-graphic

There is a famous 4-box diagram, the one to end all 4-box diagrams; Gartner's Magic Quadrant. How would the all-flash array vendors; start-ups and mainstreamers alike, fare if located in a 4-box diagram space? The storage desk here at El Reg did just that, using its sophisticated lower abdominal sensing organ and its patent- …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2013
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HP boasts of 3PAR benchmark boost

HP is blowing its 3PAR horn loudly, saying it has doubled 3PAR's customer base since buying it last September, and that 3PAR is now top dog on the SPC benchmark. The 3PAR business has had triple digit year-on-year growth (100 per cent at least) for the quarter ending July 31st. That means revenue of at least $92m. HP says 3PAR' …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2011