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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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Cisco blends server with a twist of flash, tastes benchmark glory

A server's job is to run applications as fast as it can, and it looks like flash memory is becoming an essential ingredient in the race for speed. Server-maker Cisco has just bagged a VMmark benchmark for doing just that – in its case using networked Violin Memory flash storage – paving the way to all performance-focused servers …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2012

Cisco boosts sales and profits despite softness in switching and routing

Cisco Systems took a big bet more than four years ago when it jumped into the server market with its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers and started peddling converged Nexus switches at the same time. Those bets have paid off, and rising sales of these products are filling in the revenue gaps in the quarter ended in …
LSI Nytro MEgaRAID card

Mm.. you like RAID? Ooh, you want flash. Try this super-Hadooper

Intel is integrating an LSI PCIe flash card and RAID adapter into its new RAID SSD Cache Controllers intended for caching data from direct-attached disks on servers. LSI Nytro MEgaRAID card LSI Nytro MegaRAID card LSI offers its Nytro PCIe flash technology in its WarpDrive flash cards and MegaRAID adapters, in effect adding …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2013
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Hey Microsoft: You want to keep hardware partners onside? Stick to software

Data storage solutions are typically sold as appliances: hardware with a smart software layer on top. The intelligence is in the box that you buy and is tailored to the hardware it lives with. That approach makes sense until you take a wide-angle view on a real-world data centre: independent storage boxes act well on their own, …
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Cisco coughs $2.7bn for Sourcefire

Cisco has dug deep and found $2.7bn for intrusion prevention security player Sourcefire. Sourcefire started out in intrusion detection/intrusion prevention but expanded over the years to add next-generation firewall and advanced malware protection wares to its portfolio. Cisco reckons the acquisition will accelerate the …
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Cisco and NetApp fatten up Flexpod, chuck it at cloud biz

Cisco and NetApp are drawing closer together with their FlexPod converged system effort, an attempt to grab branch office, data centre and public cloud infrastructure business. Cisco has servers and networking, which is not enough, and NetApp has storage, which is not enough either - because IT people need servers, storage and …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2013
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Cisco wins tax battles with Uncle Sam, posts big bump in profits

Networking giant and server upstart Cisco Systems is feeling pretty good about the financial results for its most recent quarter, and not just because business is stabilizing in some of its key markets but also because some battles with the US Internal Revenue Service have ended in its favor to the tune of nearly $1bn. In the …

Cisco, Fusion-io's blade lovechild in EMC flash face-off

Will VCE ship Vblocks - its virtual machine battery farms - with Fusion-io flash cards inside instead of EMC's VFCache memory rival? In June Cisco entered into an OEM deal with Fusion-io whereby the networking hardware titan would incorporate Fusion's ioDrive2 PCIe flash cards into its UCS B-Series blade servers. The aim is to …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2012
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Cisco enlists NCR in Middle East, Africa server push

Hoping to get a bigger slice of the server racket in the Middle East and Africa – you know, the part of EMEA that is still showing some signs of life – Cisco Systems has tapped The Cash to peddle its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers. The Cash, of course, refers to National Cash Register, the provider of ATM, point …

Cisco tames Hadoop with Tidal workload control freak

Everybody is trying to make a buck or two on Hadoop big-data munching, and Cisco Systems is no exception. It's trying to get the jump on others by making its Hadoop World announcements just as people are arriving at this week's New York event and figuring out what to do after all the yammering is done. Cisco is making two …
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EMC Greenplum Hadoop elephant straddles Cisco iron

Well, that took long enough. Cisco Systems and the Greenplum big data unit of server partner EMC have finally gotten together and put the Greenplum wares on Cisco's Unified Computing System servers. In a blog posting, Raghunath Nambiar, an architect at Cisco's Server Access and Virtualization Technology Group, reveals that the …
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EMC's XtremIO array: Everything we know about new all-flash box

Mega-vendor EMC is going to launch its XtremIO all-flash array with general availability on 14 November. It has been on limited or directed availability for a few months and there's a fair amount of information coming out about it. Here’s what we know so far. The array is based on acquired XtremIO technology and features: 6U X …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2013

IBM crashes, Cisco soars, at Brisbane airport

IBM has been deported from Brisbane Airport’s data centre, with its X-series servers shoved on a flight to oblivion as the red carpet was rolled out for the triumvirate of VMware, EMC and Cisco. Five of the latter’s UCS servers now nestle in racks at the airport’s data centre, where they run vSphere 5, play nicely with an EMC …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2012
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Cisco, NetApp, cook 100,000-user SharePoint rig

Cisco has published a new Validated Design for SharePoint at rather large scale – up to 100,000 users – thanks to the signature FlexPod and vSphere 5 products from buddies partners NetApp and VMware. The proposed rig looks a little something like this. The design document offers the interesting observation that SharePoint rigs …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2012
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New HDS array: It's a G1000 Jim, but not as we know it*

HDS has updated its 2010 vintage high-end VSP array with the VSP G1000 and a new operating system, together providing the "highest performance and most available unified storage system in the industry," and claiming it's "the most reliable hardware on the planet." There are three mainstream high-end enterprise arrays; EMC's VMAX …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2014

HP yanks 2-week-old VMware server crown from Cisco

Hard on the heels of Cisco bragging about a flash-assisted VMmark win, HP has kicked it into touch with a better score using a flash-boosted ProLiant server. VMware's VMmark benchmark measures how a server runs simultaneous VMware virtual machines (VMs) which, in turn, run typical business applications. The VMs are grouped into …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2012
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Dumping gear in the public cloud: It's about ease of use, stupid

Public cloud computing has finally started to make sense to me now. A recent conversation with a fellow sysadmin had me rocking back and forth in a corner muttering "that's illogical". When I emerged from my nervous breakdown I realised that capitalising on the irrationality of the decision-making process within most companies …
Trevor Pott, 06 Aug 2014

Mystical VM-accelerating beast emerges from Atlantis

Atlantis, maker of server-accelerating RAM-based VDI data storage, have a general VMware virtual machine-accelerating USX product, with server RAM as the primary storage tier and radical virtualised server acceleration as the result. The pitch is that, by dedicating some of your virtualised server memory to be the storage tier …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014
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EMC hooks up with Lenovo, tries to penetrate China

The head mandarin of storage firm EMC, Joe Tucci, has signed a strategic partnership with computer-maker Lenovo involving China penetration, Lenovo replacing Dell in EMC's affections, SMB filers and – word has it – servers. The deal will help Lenovo get a look-in within the x86 server segment. These servers will be sold by …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2012

Oracle embraces NetApp and Cisco's FlexPod

A couple of weeks back, Gartner told The Reg that Oracle has more room for growth in virtualisation than just about any other player, perhaps including Microsoft. That prediction looks a little sounder today, after LarryLand let it be known it has teamed up with NetApp to create an Oracle-centric of the storage vendor's FlexPods …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Apr 2013
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VCE collective takes integrated systems battle down to the midrange

It is safe to say that the effort by Cisco Systems to break into the server racket with its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers nearly four years ago has succeeded much more than its rivals in the business had expected. And the Virtual Computer Environment partnership between Cisco, storage juggernaut EMC, and its …

Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

I recently experienced a Damascene conversion and, like many such converts, I am now set on a course of indiscriminate and aggressive proselytising. Ladies and gentlemen, place your ears in the amenable-to-bended position, and stand by to be swept along by the next great one-and-only true movement. The beginning In the …
Verity Stob, 04 Oct 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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Cisco rolls up its own OpenStack distro

Cisco's software engineers have rolled up a distro of the open source OpenStack cloud controller for its "California" Unified Computing System blade and rack servers and related Nexus converged switches. Cisco Systems might be very tight with storage juggernaut EMC and its VMware server virtualization minion, but that doesn't …

Fraternising through flash to fight EMC

Blocks and Files Fusion-io's flash SAN software is helping Cisco, HP and NetApp fight EMC and its Thunder/Xtremio flash SAN technology. They need Fusion-io for two reasons. Firstly, with the networked flash SAN VMware is developing with the Thunder and Xtremio technology, EMC is becoming a serious force undermining the server …
Chris Mellor, 02 Aug 2012
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Real-time movie FX editing on the Flash PCIe cards

Fusion-io is putting a rocket up workstations in Hollywood with an ioFX flash card that features some of the technology used to create the visual effects in orphan-meets-robot family flick Hugo. The ioFX is a PCIe-connected card with 420GB of non-volatile memory on it, providing a tier of storage between the workstation's DRAM …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2012
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Hitachi Data Systems dons converged system cloak

Hitachi Data Systems has announced its UCP converged server-storage-networking system both in integrated system and reference architecture form, taking on EMC and NetApp while partners Cisco and VMware triumphantly play the field. The Unified Compute Platform comes in Pro and Select versions, 11 versions in all. The UCP Pro is a …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2012
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Cisco resells Citrix, VMware virty desktop wares

Cisco Systems came late to the physical and virtual server rackets and that means it has to partner to get virtual server slices out there in the data center. And it thinks virtual desktop infrastructure, or what it now calls Virtual Experience Infrastructure or VXI for short, is the killer app for its "California" Unified …
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Cisco gooses switching, virtual I/O for blades

Cisco has rolled out upgrades to its "California" Unified Computing System blade servers, but its announcement could have been much more interesting. The networking-cum-server-making giant is hosting its annual IT and communications Cisco Live event in Las Vegas this week, and in a perfect world this would also have been the …
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Fusion-io gives Cisco blade servers some flash

Upstart server maker Cisco Systems has tapped server flash-drive maker Fusion-io to be its OEM supplier for flash storage in its "California" Unified Computing System blade severs. With this deal, Fusion-io has wrapped up OEM deals with HP, Dell, and IBM, the top server makers in terms of shipments, as well as with Super Micro, …
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EMC VSPEX storage torpedo could sink FlexPods

The consensus among storage insiders is that NetApp and Cisco's FlexPods are in EMC's sights with its coming VSPEX validated bundle of bits. El Reg storage desk thinks the thing may be FlexPod-like. So rather than being a "product" like the VCE Vblock, VSPEX may be an architectural template or reference document specifying a …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2012
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Cisco hits the targets in fiscal Q3

Cisco Systems hit its revenue and profit targets for the third quarter of its fiscal 2012 ended in April. But the networking giant and systems player will probably take a few lumps because of the candor of CEO John Chambers. He freely acknowledges uncertainty about parts of the global economy as well as tough competition from …
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Oracle, Cisco crow new database flash dash record

Oracle claims a world-record TPC-C result with its database running on a Cisco server and not an Exadata system, although doesn't mention that two Violin memory flash arrays were needed. A Cisco UCS C250 extended memory server with two six-core Xeon X5690 processors, 384GB of DRAM, and two Violin Memory flash arrays (5.3TB V- …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2011
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Cisco and NetApp to fling cheaper mini FlexPods at small biz bods

Cisco and NetApp are broadening the market for their FlexPod converged server-storage-networking-and-software systems with an entry-level system designed for 500 to 1,000 users. A FlexPod is an architectural blueprint listing validated components that can be bought and bolted together to provide a system with defined capacity …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2012

Cisco cuts costs, boosts profits faster than sales

After a number of other big IT players stumbled in the third calendar quarter, Wall Street was braced for a possible slowdown at networking giant and now converged-system supplier Cisco Systems. It seems that all that muscle tightening was for naught, because Cisco was able to do better than expected in the quarter ended in …

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

Cisco buys Virtuata for virty security

Networking juggernaut and server player Cisco Systems has snapped up Virtuata, a stealthy startup that is working on security software for virtual machines that has not really said much about itself to date – and now never will. The acquisition was announced in a blog post by Hilton Romanski, vice president of corporate …
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Cisco's virtual switching comes to Hyper-V 3.0 next year

It looks like Microsoft's Hyper-V server virtualization hypervisor is maturing enough at the jump to Windows 8 Server next year that Cisco Systems needs to make it a full peer to VMware's ESXi hypervisor, which has been the preferred virtualization layer on the "California" Unified Computing System servers from Cisco for the …
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Cisco turns in solid June quarter

Networking giant and server upstart Cisco Systems hit the numbers between the eyes in its fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 ended in June, growing profits faster than revenues. The company's financial performance, despite intense competition, soft markets in many places around the globe, and skittish CEOs who are not sure how the …
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NetApp and Cisco waggle shrunken ExpressPod at Hitachi and friends

It looks like the vendors are sizing each other up for battle in the converged systems world at VMworld: NetApp and Cisco have announced ExpressPod, a pre-packed and tested and downsized FlexPod. Storage clustering has been added into the FlexPod mix and Oracle has announced an RAC/VMware FlexPod. Just one day after Hitachi's …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2012
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Big Blue: 'New PureSystem? Madness? No, THIS IS SPARTA!'

The details are a bit sketchy, but in a week or so IBM hopes to unveil an update for its PureSystems family of modular boxes focussed on big data and cloud computing. Big Blue is hosting an online product launch for "the new PureSystems family member" on 9 October, and the company will talk about the kit at events in major US …
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Cisco boasts of 10,000th server customer

The jury is still out as to whether Cisco Systems' foray into servers hasn't done more harm than good to its overall business, but one thing seems certain: the business is growing. Cisco's iron is competing and the Unified Computing System blade and rack servers cannot be called a failure. Earlier this month, Cisco added its 10, …
Fast and furious combat

How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013

Flash dramas abounded in 2013, from triumphant IPOs, disastrous IPO after-effects, profound strategy changes, and firms crashing out in flames. Two CEOs went. Two companies crashed. Several were bought. All in all it was a hell of a year. Let's start with all-flash arrays. All-flash arrays Here's where a lot of the flash …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014
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Intel takes on all Hadoop disties to rule big data munching

Look out Cloudera, MapR Technologies, EMC, Hortonworks, and IBM: Intel is the new elephant in the room. Intel has been dabbling for the past two years with its own distribution of the Hadoop stack, and starting in the second quarter it will begin selling services for its own variant of the Hadoop big data muncher. Intel is not …

New CEO takes reins at Virident with $26m in the saddlebag

Looking for a flash of magic, PCIe flash start-up Virident has recruited BlueArc's ex-CEO to take the business forward, with the two co-founders looking after technology and strategy. The firm has also been given $26 million for business development in a fourth round of funding. Mike Gustafson ran BlueArc, the hardware- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2012
DVD it in many colours

Converged system threesome show off new Vblocks

VCE, the VMware/Cisco/EMC converged system threesome, has introduced two new Vblocks and adopted VPLEX to federate Vblocks. A Vblock is built from pre-integrated Cisco UCS X86 servers and Nexus switches, VMware vSphere server virtualisation and EMC VMAX or VNX storage arrays. It is ordered, installed and operated as a single …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2012

Virident lures Web2.0 biz punters with refreshed server flash card

Virident is on its third annual refresh of its app-accelerating server flash card and is full of discreet excitement about what backers Intel, Cisco and a secret but major IT supplier are doing with its FlashMax 2 product. This is a PCIe-connected server flash card, using SCM (storage-class memory) architecture, with up to 1.1TB …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2012

Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica

Lending a tropical air to the SC11 Student Cluster Challenge are the Rainforest Eagles from Costa Rica’s Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica (ITCR-ITS). This is the first team from central America, and at latitude 10° north, the southernmost team to date. So if you wagered that Taiwan, at 25° north, would be the competitor …

Fusion-io straps on NetApp feedbag for cache feeding frenzy

NetApp and Fusion-io are working to link flash-accelerated servers with NetApp arrays and dynamically move data from the arrays to Fusion's ioMemory flash cards in the servers using NetApp's VST technology. Fusion has issued a statement about this, saying its own server caching software will be involved as well. VST is NetApp's …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2012