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EMC server flash rival slams VFCache

EMC's VFCache server cache doesn't quite hit the mark. Although it validates server flash use, caching is not enough. That's the view of Fusion-io chairman, CEO and co-founder David Flynn. Fusion-io leads the server PCIe flash market and its boss appears to think EMC's approach misses the target. Flynn said he welcomed the …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2012
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Budge up, yet another flash cache software biz wants to squeeze in

Blocks and Files Your humble hack must admit he started yawning almost before finishing the first sentence of the announcement: startup CacheBox has built server flash caching software called CacheAdvance, which gets apps running faster. Don't they all? Flash caching software products, I mean. Sure, says CacheBox, but we do it better, much …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2014

EMC's Project Thunder stuffs Lightning in a box

EMC's Project Thunder is boxing up VFCache PCIe flash cards and networking it to servers. VFCache is EMC's PCIe-connected flash memory card, known before launch as Lightning, and functioning as an application-accelerating cache. EMC's Brian Sorby Brian Sorby at the Solid State Storage Symposium EMC's Brian Sorby, the western …
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2012

Didn't know THAT could go in THERE: EMC dedupes server flash

EMC is adding to its server flash cache arsenal by adding deduplication to its VFCache product, thus enabling it to hold more data, as well as adding a larger capacity card, and making VFCache interoperable with vMotion. According to EMC, this is the first time deduplication has been used in server flash caches. Server flash …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2012
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Flash slab lab blab: NVMe-friendly PCIe spotted on HGST's cards

Blocks and Files Samsung and Micron have announced NVMe-compatible PCIe flash storage cards - and now hardware from WD subsidiary HGST has been certified as conformant to the specification. The emergence of the three products signals that new tech spec NVMe is becoming the standard way for software to control and efficiently access PCIe- …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2013

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

Blocks and Files 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

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
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EMC flash man: PCM will save us from the Incredible Shrinking NAND

EMC's flash exec expects Phase Change Memory - one of the possible non-volatile successors to flash - to appear in storage architectures from next year. Phase Change Memory exploits the differing resistance levels in chalcogenide materials as they change from an amorphous to a crystalline state and back again, background here. …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2012

Western Digital gobbles VeloBit in flash cache cash splash dash

Western Digital is buying flash cache software startup VeloBit and its HyperCache product technology. HyperCache accelerates information access by relying on banks of fast RAM and putting a compressed copy of highly active data stored on disk into SSDs or any other kind of flash. The algorithms for doing this are said to lead …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2013
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Micron brandishes sharp new flash blade, lunges at Fusion-io

Micron is touting a new server flash drive that's apparently significantly faster than Fusion-io's market-leading ioDrive 2. Micron is believed to be supplying its PCIe-format drives to EMC for the storage giant's XtremSF flash cards. (EMC's other supplier is Virident.) Micron's P420m flash drive comes in both PCIe and 2.5in …
Chris Mellor, 07 May 2013

What's on the cards at EMC's casino royale next week?

What news will be revealed to the 13,000 people attending EMC World in Las Vegas next Monday? The Reg has already reported that the VMAX 10, 20 and 40Ks are turning up along with federated tiered storage, but what else will be announced during the four-day shindig? There will be several confidential briefings under a for-your- …
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2012
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One day later: EMC declares war on all-flash array, server flash card rivals

EMC is announcing its XtremIO all-flash array and, just 24 hours after Violin Memory's PCIe card launch, a line of XtremSF server flash cards with XtremSW Cache software that effectively expands and renames the VFCache server flash card product line. It appears that the planned Project Thunder server networked flash cache …
Chris Mellor, 05 Mar 2013

Yes, we ARE gobbling flashy bit-bucket biz ScaleIO, beams EMC

EMC has confirmed that it is buying Israeli virtual storage upstart ScaleIO, following its acquisitive interest in the company becoming known in late June. To recap, ScaleIO's ECS (Elastic Converged Storage) software turns a server's direct-attached storage (DAS) into a shared SAN (storage area network). ECS is, in effect a …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2013

Let them eat cache: EMC unleashes ass-kicking flash box

Soon EMC will have all the latest in storage tech: server flash cache, server shared-flash cache, and its very own all-flash array. The acquired XtremIO technology will be used to craft a networked all-flash array that is a platform in its own right – not just a cache like VFCache or Project Thunder. EMC, like other storage and …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2012
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EMC crashes the server flash party

The perfect server flash storm hitting storage arrays has generated EMC's well-signalled Lightning strike; VFCache has arrived, extending FAST technology from the array to the server. Project Thunder is following close behind, promising an EMC server-networked flash array. This is a major announcement and we are covering it in …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2012

EMC: 'Nope', XtremIO won't link to back-end arrays

Not being happy with an interview write-up, EMC VP and Global Marketing CTO Chuck Hollis rewrote it in his blog with what he considered to be the right answers. This provided new information, to us, about EMC's coming XtremIO networked flash storage array. Answering the question if it will be possible to connect disk arrays to …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012
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EMC eyeing XtremIO ... just a rumble on the jungle drums?

Is EMC eyeing up flash array startup XtremIO, the one that's making extreme I/O claims about the all-flash array its developing? El Reg heard a rumble from the storage jungle drums that this was so, but our source went deep into the bamboo as soon as we asked for more. So we asked ourselves why EMC should bother. Let's start by …
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2012

Dell spills its hot cache Fluid, hopes to beat off rivals

Dell recently lifted the lid on its "Hermes" project, named for the speedy chap from Greek mythology, at the Dell Storage Forum. The product, which Dell hopes will smack down EMC’s VFCache, will carry writes between flash caches in a Dell cluster to make sure they all carry the same data. That's a big deal, so project "Hermes" …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2012

Virtual sanity: What if GreenBytes just DUMPED its hardware?

Analysis 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

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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OCZ out-flashes EMC's Lightning

OCZ has announced a 16-terrabyte server flash-card whopper that supports vMotion and – spec-wise – tosses EMC's puny 300GB Lightning card out of the pram. OCZ's announcement of the Z-Drive R4 CloudServ is anorexic, detail-wise, but here's the little we've gleaned from it and a couple of other outlets: Capacity ranges from 300GB …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2012

EMC chugs down flash freshman XtremIO for $430m

Israeli business newspaper Globes is reporting EMC has bought Israeli-headquarted NAND array startup XtremIO for $430m, giving EMC boss Joe Tucci a nice flashy toy to brandish at EMC World in Las Vegas later this month. That's a heck of a payout for investors who have put just $25m into the startup which has not yet shipped a …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2012

EMC polishes up entry-level VMAX for biz types

EMC has revved up its entry-level VMAX 10K system with faster processors, a new Enginuity version and the addition of Federated Storage Tiering and cold data compression, among other goodies. The VMAX 10K sits above the VMAXe, the low-end VMAX, and forms the first rung on the mainstream enterprise array VMAX ladder which has …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2013

SanDisk goes hard for soft VMware server caches

SanDisk is touting a VMware server cache that could accelerate applications three to five times and increase the number of virtual machines a host can support by 100 to 200 per cent. SanDisk has a long history of shipping consumer flash memory for gadgets including cameras and digital video recorders. It's lately moved into the …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2012
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EMC pushes out FORTY-TWO products at megalaunch

EMC has dubbed its EMC World in Las Vegas a megalaunch with some 42 product announcements. We've covered the new VMAX products announced at EMC World already. Some of the others are highlighted below. There is a VNXe 3150, the entry-level VNX array, which has quad-core processors and flash, supports up to 100 drives, and has …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2012

LSI thrusts PCIe flash kit even harder

LSI will soon launch third-generation PCIe flash products, which are expected to be faster and hold more data than its existing WarpDrive. The WarpDrive is a second source for EMC's VFCache product; Micron is EMC's primary SSD supplier for that product. The WarpDrive SLP-300 comes in 100GB, 200GB and 300GB capacity points and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2012
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Storage top dog EMC shows off swollen Q2 profits

Networked storage appears to have given EMC a boost, after the storage giant declared another solid set of results, with revenues and profit in its second 2012 quarter increasing on both an annual and a sequential basis. There was no visible sign of any wider economic issues restricting the company's performance. Revenues were $ …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2012
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EMC 'poised' to gobble flashy upstart Xtremio

EMC is apparently closer to buying Herzliya, Israel headquartered Xtremio, with NetApp sniffing around as well, according to Israeli financial news site Globes. This possibility first popped up publically in March. Globes' sources say EMC execs, such as CFO David Goulden and VMware's CTO Dr Stephen Herrod, have visited Israel, …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2012

NetApp: Flash as a STORAGE tier? You must be joking

Completing its array-to-the-server flash vision, NetApp is rolling out server flash caching software, reselling Fusion-io server flash cards, and validating seven third-party server flash products with its ONTAP arrays. The company emphatically disagrees with flash as a storage tier, saying it is both simpler and more efficient …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012
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Hungry Dell iron monsters FEAST on your puny apps

Dell is adding Micron-based Express Flash to its servers and will feed the server flash beast from Compellent arrays. Brian Payne, executive director of PowerEdge marketing at Dell, showed us the 2.5-inch SSD slot at the front of one of Dell's twelfth generation servers at a launch event at the temple of UK rugby, Twickenham …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2012
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IBM: We do server flash already...

With all this EMC Lightning kerfuffle and Dell, HDS and NetApp joining in – with HP pointedly saying "No comment" like we really believe it's not playing too – there's a Big Blue elephant we're not hearing or seeing. Don't worry, IBM definitely has skin in this game – and it's called eXFlash. This is solid state storage local to …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2012
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Buy a flash kit maker now, Seagate... good ones will be gone soon

Blocks and Files 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

Fujitsu to resell Violin 6000-series memory arrays

Exclusive 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

LSI lures IT vendors with Nytro blast for flash storage

LSI appears to be making a determined push into flash storage. But is this a smart business move by a company that flitted about somewhat when it came to flogging various storage technologies? LSI is very successful with controller silicon for disk drives and SAS interfaces and much more technology at that level. After Abhi …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2012

Is it time for the great Jihad against networked storage?

Blocks and Files Dheeraj Pandy is running Nutanix as if the company is on a crusade against networked storage. Data delivery latency from networked storage is plain unacceptable, it seems, and clustered virtualised servers should run and present their local storage as part of a pool. There's more of course with big-iron converged systems being …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 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

HP and EMC battle for the soul of server storage

There is a fight going on for the soul of server storage and HP and EMC are in the front line trenches getting ready for all-out marketing war. HP's strategy depends upon smartening up its ProLiant servers. The eighth generation ProLiant is turbo-charging its storage with a Smart Array containing solid state drives and Smart …
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2012

QLogic drops veil on new flashy adapter technology

QLogic is adding flash caching capability to its storage network adapter cards in a project called Mount Rainier. The company makes host bus adapters (HBAs) to connect servers to Fibre Channel accessed SANs and converged network adapters (CNAs) to link servers to iSCI and FCoE accessed SANs as well as to Ethernet networks. …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2012
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Isilon Maverick flyboy in EMC World flyby

EMC's coming "Mavericks" Isilon software update aims to help it play nicely in the enterprise IT zone while keeping its scale-out NAS top gun title. Announced at EMC World, the upcoming "Mavericks" edition of Isilon's OneFS storage box operating system aims to make it more of a dependable racehorse, with role-based admin and …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2012
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SanDisk snaps up PCIe cacher

Solid state storage supplier SanDisk has bought a PCIe caching software supplier, FlashSoft, equipping it to compete with other caching PCIe flash suppliers such as EMC (VFCache), Fusion-io (directCache and ioTurbine), OCZ (SANRAD), and TMS (Nevex). FlashSoft was privately held and the financial terms are being kept confidential …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2012

NetApp streaks ahead, avoids trip-up by bum flash leg

NetApp is a veritable money machine these days, and is currently clocking in growing fourth quarter and annual results, but a blip may have appeared on the horizon as it searches for a way to bolster its flash offering. The tech giant has signalled it will partner up to expand on flash technology and work on a few in-house …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2012
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Old-man EMC stirs from slumber, finds a pile 'o gold under its feet

As last summer drew to a close, EMC was fast asleep in terms of sales growth. But not any more. The tech giant awoke with a jolt during the Christmas quarter to teach a lesson in how storage companies should be run. Revenues in the fourth quarter of EMC's 2012 calendar year rose to a record high: $6.03bn. A year ago they were $5 …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2013

Micron shows off bits: Sneak peak at new SSDs, flash cards

You need combined flash foundry product smarts and controller technology to succeed in the flash business, and Micron says it has both. The semiconductor-maker has flash foundries and delivers both solid state drives (SSDs) and PCIe-connected flash cards – the single level cell P320h for example, which is used by EMC in its …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2012
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NetApp slaps down Lightning with multi-card flash flush

NetApp is developing a server flash storage offering that will include beefy NetApp steak and not just EMC Lightning sizzle, according to insiders in the company. Our understanding, from people close to the action, is that NetApp server flash software will work with any server PCIe-connected flash memory card, and with multiple …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2012

Fusion-io eyes software, vows it's not a flash in the pan

Fusion-io's server flash products are selling like hotcakes and quarterly revenues are rising like a high-speed elevator - 49 per cent growth over the year while annual revenues rose 82 per cent. Its revenues for its fourth 2012 quarter were $106.6m, up 13 per cent sequentially, and beating the Street's expectations, with a net …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2012
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Greenbytes crunches up ex-Apple man's Zevo ZFS

Networked flash array vendor Greenbytes has bought Zevo ZFS for Mac from developer Tens Complement, and gained itself a new chairman, storage industry veteran Stephen O'Donnell. Tens Complement was founded by ex-Apple engineer Don Brady and has been developing Zevo, a version of ZFS (Zettabyte File System) that was built for Mac …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2012
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EMC VSPEX storage torpedo could sink FlexPods

Comment 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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Panasas on server flash cache: 'What problem are you solving?'

ISC12 Storage array feeding of server flash caches is not needed for high-performance computing because network latency is negligible - according to parallel storage biz Panasas. Geoffrey Noer, Panasas's senior product marketing director, tells the Reg: "We are not under pressure from our customers to deliver more performance. In …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2012

Mem-giant Micron laments a doleful year despite cutting costs

Memory and flash fab operator Micron has reported disappointing results for its fourth fiscal 2012 quarter and the full year. The basic revenue stats are quarterly revenues of a straight $2 billion, $172 million down on the previous quarter and $140 million down on the year ago quarter. Micron, headquartered in Boise, made a net …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2012
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Lightning crashes: How to manage server flash caches

What does it mean for a storage array to manage server flash drives as will happen with EMC's Project Lightning? Let's look at an EMC VNX doing FAST VP (Fully-Automated Storage Tiering for Virtual Pools) tiering of data on the one hand and a VNX supporting connected server flash drives on the other. In-array tiering With in- …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2012