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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
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Sandisk's future is far from ULLtraDIMM: Diablo tie-up holds promise

SanDisk has an excellent chance of making it as an enterprise flash storage supply because it’s pursuing a SMART strategy that is (wait for it, wait for it) ULL-tra bright. What it’s managed to do is corner an area of the server application acceleration market that looks to be brand new and full of potential. And it’s done it …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2014

Flash-forward for virty desktops... Jeez, why didn't WE think of that?

Fusion-io appears to have noticed that competitors are using flash to accelerate virtual desktops and decided it wants a piece of that action too. It has tweaked its acquired ioTurbine flash caching software to produce ioVDI – and get those virtual desktop doggies rolling. The ioTurbine software provides a cached area of flash …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2013

GreenBytes' chairman and CEO resigns

GreenBytes, the deduping VDI software supplier that runs on flash hardware, has abruptly lost its Chairman and CEO, Steve O'Donnell. Our sources tell us that the company's statement will say: Steve O'Donnell tendered his resignation as Chairman and CEO of GreenBytes as of September 27, 2013 due to pressing personal obligations …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2013

Everything faster than everything, boast soft flash wizards

Caching software startup VeloBit came to our notice as a provider of server flash caching software that could turn bog-standard commodity SSDs into Fusion-io-class flash caches. Now it's using its software with added tweaks to turn ordinary servers into VDI drag racers with the highest-access VDI data, like master VM images, …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

GreenBytes rips code from virtual-desktop array's chest, serves to small biz

Thin-client accelerator GreenBytes has separated its software from its virtual desktop appliance hardware so customers can use anybody's flash to store machine images. The company's IO Offload Engine is a dedicated solid-state disk array that stores virtual desktop images and feeds them to users' computers at blistering speed. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2013
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No one's likely to get rich selling disks in '14... but it won't stop 'em trying

As we ended 2013, we saw both winners and losers in the world of flash, for example: Violin Memory crashing as it struggled to increase sales and reduce burn; yet Pure Storage seem to be on a stellar rise - and hiring like maniacs, I hear. A UK launch is imminent and its is going to be an interesting one to watch. All-flash …
StorageBod, 21 Jan 2014
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MokaFive does VDI for Windows 7

MokaFive is offering an alternative to the pain and expense of migrating corporate desktops to Windows 7 with with release 3.0 of its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) MokaFive Suite. Companies with aging PCs have to do something to bring their machines up to date, and MokaFive, a relative newcomer to the VDI space, is hoping …
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Avere screeches straight through VDI storms

Avere, which makes clustered filer accelerator nodes, is striping data across caches and even caching multiple copies to handle burst read requests. When servers deluge a filer with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) boot requests, the filers can struggle. A thousand or more boot requests can occur in a VDI storm and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2010

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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Astute still seeking golden ticket into all-flash array party in the cloud

All-flash array start-up Astute is adding NFS access and OpenStack support as it tries to broaden its SMB customer appeal through file and cloud functionality. Astute Networks was founded in 2000 to accelerate TCP/IP networks. After two or three years it transitioned into embedded and military flash systems and then, a few years …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 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
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VMware lets Apple fondleslabs tickle Windows VDI

Hot on the heels of a new 4.6 release of its View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), launched last week, VMware is allowing a new client to reach back across the internet or internal corporate networks to use server-based Windows desktops: Apple's iPad and impending iPad 2 fondleslabs. Like the Windows, Linux, MacOS, and thin …
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VMware blows $1.5bn gobbling AirWatch to boost mobe wrangling

Like any organisation bound by its listed status to enhance shareholder value, VMware always needs to be on the hunt for new sources of revenue. For several years now that's meant a pursuit of end-user devices, be they mobile machines or desktop computers, in the hope that end-user computing might become VMware's “Office” to …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2014
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
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Rent a virtual desktop from Amazon: 35 bucks a month (PC not included)

Amazon is bringing its margin-destroying, no-fun business model to the thrilling world of virtual desktop infrastructure – and could upset the balance sheets of traditional VDI providers along the way. The Amazon Workspaces technology was announced today during the inaugural keynote speech for the web bazaar's second-ever re: …
Jack Clark, 13 Nov 2013

Fusion-io tinkers in lab, unleashes fresh wave of MUTANT FREAKS

PCIe flash card supplier Fusion-io has launched an all-flash array and a hybrid flash/disk array for its channel partners to sell. These two appliances are essential server/controllers running Fusion-io software with their innards stuffed full of Fusion’s PCIe flash cards, plus disks in the hybrid appliance product. The company …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Holy SiT! It's our 100th ep. Time for a video-podcast

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week is the 100th episode of Speaking in Tech which was broadcast through video on Google+ Hangouts! Fear not, uncool kids, we recorded it for you. Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Our special guests this week are John Troyer from VMware, Amy Lewis …
Team Register, 12 Mar 2014
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Atlantis raises 20 million greenbacks to flog virty desktop software

Privately-owned Atlantis Computing has just raised $20m to flog its Atlantis ILIO desktop virtualisation software around the world. ILIO – In Line Image Optimisation - has virtual machines running inside a server's RAM and delivers virtual desktops at less than $300 per desktop. The company's second CEO, Bernard Harguindeguy, …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 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' data smite knight gets Citrix green light

GreenBytes' all-flash IO Offload Engine has been certified by Citrix as compatible with XenServer, clearing the way for it to accelerate the cloudy outsourcer's virtual desktops. The GreenBytes strategy has been to retire from the general-purpose all-flash storage array market - and concentrate on the virtual desktop (VDI) …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013

Nvidia, VMware join to pipe high-quality 3D graphics from the cloud

Nvidia and VMware have announced that the graphics company's GRID technology is now available on the virtualization giant's desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) platform to deliver 3D graphics to enterprise desktops through cloud service providers. In addition, the two companies are working together to bring Nvidia's virtual GPU …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2014

On VDI and storage architectures

One of the most complex aspects of desktop virtualisation is working out what to do with all the users' data. Sizing and planning storage infrastructures to support hundreds or thousands of remotely-hosted desktops is a daunting prospect, especially to those who have relied heavily on local PC hard drives in the past. What is …
Robin Birtstone, 13 Apr 2011

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

Aer Lingus opts for Tegile arrays, snubs EMC in shock move

Aer Lingus, the Irish airline with a name that sounds like ... (don't even go there - Ed.), has equipped itself with Tegile hybrid arrays instead of upgrading its existing EMC kit. The airline will use Tegile's Zebi HA2800 arrays to store data for SQL databases, data warehousing and VDI deployment because it was unable to scale …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2014

C-round greenbacks for Greenbytes

VDI flash array HW and SW supplier Greenbytes has snagged $7 million in C-round funding. The funding comes from existing investors Generation Investment Management and Battery Ventures. It will be used "to continue the expansion and acceleration of global sales, marketing and partner development efforts, and for ongoing research …
Chris Mellor, 05 Apr 2013
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
Pure Storage F320

HDDs? Array with them... All-flash pusher Pure on its plans for 2014

All-flash array startup Pure Storage claims it is now IPO-sized in revenue terms and boasts of a coming fourfold increase in array capacity. Stifel Nicolaus MD Aaron Rakers hosted a call with Scott Dietzen, Pure's CEO, and circulated the following nuggets about Pure's position in the array market. The Pure Storage roadmap …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2013
VMware VSAN Concept

VMware happy for VSANs to work alongside actual SANs

When VMware launched its virtual storage area network (VSAN) a couple of weeks back, other software-defined storage players suddenly wanted to get in touch with El Reg to share their feelpinions on the topic. One such, Atlantis, was keen to let us know that its ILIO virtual-machine-acceleration kit could help out VSAN users by …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2014
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Take a deep breath: This is THE year of 'end-user computing'

What exactly is end-user computing (EUC)? There are so many different definitions that even vendors can’t agree on a single version of the truth. These range from VDI technology to file sharing across multiple devices to platforms that let you access cloud-based apps. What is clear is that just like cloud computing, …
Tim Ayling, 29 Apr 2013
Tintri

Tintri unveils VM-aware mutant hybrids and all-in-one array joystick

Virtual machine-focused startup Tintri has announced a new line of hybrid disk and flash arrays, plus scale-out supporting software to have a group of Tintri arrays managed as one. Tintri's arrays are manageable by VMware admins and its software is VM-aware such that admins don't have to talk the language of LUNs and zoning and …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2013
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Amazon slides first flash hardness into Redshift data muncher

Amazon has added compute nodes with flash drives to its cloudy data warehouse Redshift – as the e-retailer turned computer-renter takes on Teradata, Greenplum, Oracle, IBM and the like. The two "Dense Compute Nodes" were announced today by Bezos & Co: these are solid-state-drive-backed server options to sit alongside the disk- …
Jack Clark, 24 Jan 2014
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Framework flotilla tackles VDI

The desktop has traditionally been an under-managed area of IT. Many businesses, especially smaller ones, may not have the expertise or the resource to manage physical desktops as well as they could. As desktop virtualisation becomes more popular, IT departments face an increased management overhead. Suddenly, hundreds or …
Robin Birtstone, 13 Apr 2011
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Managing multi-vendor devices with System Centrer 2012

On 28 November at 11am GMT, we’re broadcasting a live training session to show you one way of solving the business-critical challenge of managing multi-vendor devices. You'll be able to watch it for free from the comfort of your desk/sofa/bed. The session is based around Windows InTune and System Center Configuration Manager …
David Gordon, 17 Oct 2013
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WhipTail whips VDI's ass

WhipTail claims that its flashy solid state XLR8r appliance is more cost-effective than EMC and NetApp disk drive arrays for hosting virtual desktop images (VDIs). The device is known as the Racerunner Virtual Desktop XLR8r. Accelerator. Geddit? WhipTail's pitch is that it's cheaper to host thousands of VDIs on this than on an …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2010

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
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Nutanix tries to lure in BIZ WHALES with fresh storage NOS

Nutanix is going up against some of the biggest tech vendors in the game with its turnkey, scale-out clustered, converged server+hybrid flash/disk storage box for enterprises. Its job is persuading customers to buy into its data centre future view and purchase its souped-up converged servers instead of separate servers and …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014
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TGI Monday: Brocade profits up, Scality and Tegile fattening up

Tracking storage supplier and association news is like standing underneath a waterfall; you get deluged. Of course, the main stories stand out but there are lots of others that are worthy of note. In alphabetic order we have: Fibre Channel and Ethernet switch networking vendor Brocade announced strongly profitable results for …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2014

MYSTERY sugar daddies showering flash upstart Tegile in gold named

Western Digital and SanDisk have been named as the two investors that just ploughed millions of dollars into hybrid flash array startup Tegile. Tegile's Zebi flash-disk array uses WD subsidiary HGST's disks and solid-state drives. With the WD funding, Tegile and HGST have a joint technology development. The companies are chasing …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2013
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Virtual insanity: Half a dozen startups throw six tricks in the mix

Six news tidbits from startups caught the Vulture's eye as it flew over the storage jungle this week. This includes announcements ranging from product tweaks and results to upgrades and price cuts. Veeam, the virtual server backup startup on growth hormone, announced another great quarter .... its 24th consecutive quarter in …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2014

Feeling lucky, punk? Storage biz crams virty PCs into RAM

Software house Atlantis has updated its ILIO product, which juggles the storage of virtual desktops in data centres, so that virtualised machines run entirely in a server's memory - sans a SAN or local drives. Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0 lets Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View customers run persistent virtual desktops in- …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2013
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Gartner: Array makers. Think performance counts? WRONG

A Gartner report looking at high-end enterprise storage arrays published this month has concluded that because of SSDs, an array's performance is no longer a differentiator in its own right. “Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, High-End Storage Array” was published on 7 March. It put HDS kit out front for "Best Overall", …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2014
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Tintri boss returns to techie role, brings in startup-flogger as CEO

Tintri has hired itself a new CEO, with founder Kieran Harty stepping aside from that role to become chief technical officer. Nimble Storage, Tintri, and Tegile are three hybrid array startups that aim to serve as many hot data accesses from fast flash as possible while reserving disk storage for less-active data. They are each …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2013
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Microsoft's cloudy chief: Azure reliability knocks your own kit for six

Microsoft ships an update to Azure every three weeks. Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's vice president for Windows Azure, reckons it's adding features and capacity in an effort to catch up with Amazon. Just announced is a new Azure datacentre in São Paulo, Brazil. "We have more regions than Amazon, we have coverage in places like …
Tim Anderson, 16 Dec 2013
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Citrix lets Microsoft Azure spew virtual desktops from the heavens

Will companies want to host virtual PCs in the cloud? Microsoft and Citrix Systems think so. For a certain set of PC users – even those accessing traditional Windows PC applications from a tablet or smartphone that is not running Windows – not only is a physical PC not a necessity, but neither is a data center serving up virtual …

Military strategy game? Nope, these 'battle cards' are an EMC sales tool

EMC has issued its sales troops with a set of anti-Pure Storage battle cards – and Pure has responded with a blog heaping praise on EMC. EMC's card of spoilers says: “Pure remains a constant threat as they are well capitalised and target our use cases in high performance databases, virtual servers and VDI.” Hopkinton’s claims …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013
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Pure Storage plots to KILL EMC VMAX

Flash challenger Pure Storage has signaled its desire to chip away at EMC's installed base of Symmetrix VMAX, rather than getting into a drag race with other solid state contenders. “We are going after VMAX,” Pure's presidente David Hatfield told The Reg at VMware's vForum in Sydney yesterday. “Arrays that use 10,000 RPM or 15, …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2013

You want an IT course? Welcome to QA Training's Week of Free

QA Tech Week 2014 opens its doors on Tuesday 22 April. For one week only, our favourite IT training company delivers a bunch of courses and seminars via Webex entirely free of charge. Check out the table of courses below. There are handy registration links for each event. Tuesday 22 April 10:00-11:30 Introduction to QA Week …
Phil Mitchell, 15 Apr 2014
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Can a new CEO pull Violin Memory out of its current slump?

Is flash array supplier Violin Memory a lost cause needing to look for a white knight acquisition or can it be repaired, see off the competition and return to profitability? Violin Memory is in a dreadful situation, making heavy and growing losses - $34m and counting - that dwarf its slower-growing revenues, and with impatient …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2014
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DRAM, bam, thank you ma'am: How XtremIO gets its speed

EMC’s XtremIO array has been launched into general availability today. Its details are as we said here and the storing of metadata in memory is key to understanding its speed. Data is stored in 4K blocks with each block having a unique hash address. There are two levels of addressing in the metadata. First an incoming data …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2013