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Cloud rains cash for EMC: VMWare win means Tucci's team can take it easy

EMC did the business in its second calendar 2013 quarter, notching up solid gains in revenues and profits. Revenue was propped up by brisk trade in cloud virtualisation services from VMware and sales of scale-out NAS storage from its Isilon unit. The RSA and Information Intelligences groups slowed EMC down a smidge, however. …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2013
Suitcase bulging with cash

Nimble nearly nudging $200m: Claims all-Flash grunt with partial iron

Hybrid array high-flier Nimble Storage has upped its revenues by 110 per cent annually - but deepened its losses by 109 per cent, as it eschews profits for growth. In its first fiscal 2015 quarter revenues were $46.5 million compared to $41.7 million in the previous quarter and $22.1 million a year ago. The net loss was $19.6 …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2014

Just how much bang does a FAS8040 box give you for 500,000 bucks

A just-announced two-node NetApp FAS8040 cluster scored 86,072.33 IOPS [PDF] on the SPC-1 random I/O storage benchmark, with linear scale-out extrapolation suggesting it could do better than the FAS6240's performance. The list price for the system was a smidgen below half a million bucks at $495,652.43, giving a list price/ …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2014

EMC confesses burning Lustre lust

ISC 2012 no-show EMC launched a high-performance computing version of its generic mid-range VNX array today. The VNX HPC Appliance series is a pre-configured hardware and software appliance and marks EMC's first real thrust into the HPC market. This followed a claim in November last year when it announced a performance density …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2012
A VCE vBlock

VCE to offer Whiptail, Nexus 9000 and EMC's ViPR in future vBlocks

When EMC, VMware and Cisco gestated their converged infrastructure lovechild VCE back in 2011, the three were all great buddies. Fast forward to 2014 and Cisco and EMC compete in flash arrays. EMC is also suggesting servers might not always be the best place to do computing. VMware and Cisco compete in software-defined networks …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Mar 2014

EMC intros data protection-as-a-service: You shall D-PAAS

As the world is moving towards software-defined data centres with infrastructure components virtualised and delivered as a service, data protection appears to be going the same way. EMC has gone and boosted its offerings to do just this. The company says it is adding “new integrations with primary and protection storage …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2014

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
HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450

HP fleshes out faster, flashier 3PAR storage gear

HP is opening its Discover Conference in Barcelona today with a revved-up deduping backup array; a faster-searching array; and a faster flash 3PAR array: a StoreOnce, StoreAll and StoreQuicker, if you like. We’ll look at the 3PAR arrays first with a second article looking at the updated StoreAll and StoreOnce products. …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2013
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IBM officially biggest all-flash array shipper - analyst

No, it isn’t the greatly anticipated all-flash array magic quadrant, but it's great Gartner analysis nonetheless. The number-crunchers at Gartner HWQ have produced a Market Share Analysis: SSDs and Solid-State Arrays, Worldwide, 2013. Yummy. Let’s see what’s inside. The doc, available as a download from Pure Storage (guess who's …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2014
River Nile

Hey, EMC. You and I are seriously falling out over this marketing crap

Word has reached me that EMC's marketing dept may not be reacting quite so well to my previous post; yet if truth be known, I actually toned down what I really wanted to write because I wanted to ensure that people who I like and have time for didn’t catch too much flak. Although I speak only for myself, I know that I am not the …
StorageBod, 05 Sep 2013
CS400

Nimble is as Nimble does: Mutant runs 'just like flash-only' gear

Nimble has boosted the performance of its hybrid flash and disk arrays with a CS700 model and all-flash expansion shelf. Nimble’s arrays provide disk-based capacity with flash used as a cache to accelerate data access. It claims that it now “provides the performance of flash-only arrays and the capacity of hybrid arrays” because …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2014
EMC ViPR block diagram

EMC's ViPR: It's genius, but not as we know it, Jim

What is EMC's ViPR about? Is it really the first all-singing and all-dancing storage management and virtualisation product EMC claims it is? ViPR is a combination of a file, block and object storage virtualisation suite and a storage management product. It is broadly similar to several other storage virtualisation products, but …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2013

EMC announces record revenues: But hey, Joe, where're the profits?

Hardware, virtualisation and services giant EMC has announced its first-quarter results for 2013 and while its finances are broadly positive, the devil's in the detail. EMC's revenues for the first quarter of 2013 were a record $5.39 billion - lower than Wall Street's estimates - and its profits were down by a smidge. The mid- …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2013
Mike Feinberg

EMC Cloud Czar packs up and goes for a hike

EMC Cloud Czar Mike Feinberg has left the Hopkinton-based storage biz after a rejig of product lines, El Reg can reveal. His disappearance from EMC's Exec Bios webpage caused some talk among our correspondent's contacts - an older version can be found here. According to EMC's PR folk, senior veep Feinberg has left to "pursue …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2013
Matt Damon

EMC to reveal identity of Bourne-based storage platform

EMC is set to announce a software-defined storage product known as a Sea of Storage (SOS) as a new product category, alongside its Centera and Atmos object storage-based systems. Vulture Central's storage desk has deduced this from tips, rumours and rumblings around the storage jungle, and we're told a mid-May announcement date …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2013
IMFT 25nm Flash die

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
Tegile Zebi chassis

Tegile's tech trajectory: All-flash function in hybrid mutant body

Hybrid array startup Tegile has a new system coming that will provide all-flash array functionality within its hybrid architecture. CTO Rajesh Nair said two new systems were coming: one in a couple of months and a second one by the end of 2014. He provided some details. The first one will be a companion to the existing high-end …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2014

Delphix: Hey now, we're the database hostess with the Postgres

Database virtualization startup Delphix has added support for Postgres as the company hopes to broaden the appeal of its snapshot-on-steroids software. The company released version 4 of its technology on Tuesday with ambitions to become the main tool enterprises use to provision, manage, snapshot and administer multiple …
Jack Clark, 12 Mar 2014
New EMC VNX range

Snide hashtags, F1 cars, death by PowerPoint: I'm sick of EMC hypegasms

EMC has done it again and managed to turn what could have been an interesting product refresh into something that just irritates me and many others. It's ongoing teaser campaign started off badly when the storage giant's marketing types put up a "sneak preview" video and decided to have a dig at their lead competitor – then the …
StorageBod, 04 Sep 2013
From Here To ETERNUS

From here to ETERNUS and beyond: Fujitsu refreshes array lines

Fujitsu has replaced virtually all of its ETERNUS storage product line, bar the entry-level and high-end products, with a new generation promising unified block and file access, deduplication and greater performance. The aim is to make the arrays better able to support workloads like databases, OLTP, virtualisation, file …
Chris Mellor, 05 Nov 2013
Arlington Cemetery

DEATH of the desktop: Virtual systems could KILL OFF the biz PC

The business PC desktop is facing death by a thousand VDI cuts augmented by a BYOD bashing. Her are just a few reasons to predict the death of the business desktop : EMC’s XtremIO all-flash array, twinned with VMware View or Citrix Xen Desktop and backend VNX arrays, can support 7,000 or more virtual desktops All-flash …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2013
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Top dog EMC: Clear off, hybrid upstarts, VNX2 is a million-IOPS monster

EMC is developing a follow-on VNX storage array that will combine flash and disk drive storage in a hybrid arrangement and deliver a million IOPS of performance. It will run a Rockies update of the VNX operating environment software, Flare and Dart. This information comes from accounts of EMC World presentations earlier this …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2012
Stradivarius violin reproduction

Violin's arrays play in Concerto - but they can't hit the dedupe notes yet

In a major architectural extension Violin Memory has revealed its new Concerto 7000 array. This uses Violin's existing 6200 hardware and gives it a separate high-availability controller front end, with software to provide business continuity, data management and protection features - but not deduplication. Let’s just recap …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2014

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
Isilon 3-node S200

Federal squeeze hits EMC as revenues and profits nose downwards

The US federal spending shutdown has hit EMC's results, causing declines in both revenues and profits compared to the previous quarter. In comparison, rivals VMware saw accelerated double-digit year-over-year revenue growth; no federal shutdown effect visible there. Third quarter revenues of $5.5bn were $100m less than the …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013
VMSAX detail

EMC: No need to swallow an array - just breathe in our storage cloud

So EMC has finally announced the VMAX Cloud Edition: which according to this blogger is an iteration that has little to do with technology and everything to do with the way that EMC wants us to consume storage. Firstly, let's discuss the cost model - in many ways the most important part of the announcement. EMC has now moved to …
StorageBod, 04 Mar 2013

EMC CTO: I called flash a 'performance tier' but don't like the phrase

EMC CTO John Roese has decided he's not keen on the phrase “performance tier” that he used yesterday at EMC Forum Australia. Vulture South has been told Roese did his own slideware for the event and that the definitions it offered of pure solid-state storage as “performance tier” storage and disk-based-but-flash-capable products …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2013
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Yo, storage geeks: Fancy a bit of scale-out fun time?

Recently I’ve been playing with a new virtual appliance; well new to me in that I’ve only just got my hands on it. It’s one of the many that our friends in EMC have built and it is one which could do with a wider audience. A few years ago Chad Sakac managed to make the Celerra virtual appliance available to one and all, and a …
StorageBod, 11 Dec 2012
Syncplicity EE

EMC adds Syncplicity updates to its feature overload to-do list

Just when EMC wanted to proclaim an updated Syncplicity secure file sync'n'share product, it sued Pure Storage for poaching EMC staff whom it accused of taking confidential information using … yes, you guessed it … Syncplicity. The gory details are detailed in the EMC legal document which you can download from the article above …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2013
XtremIO array and 4 X-Brick nodes

XtremIO dear: Dell brags of being cheapest of the big flash four

As EMC prepares for its 14 November launch of its all-flash XtremIO box, Dell has put out a analyst paper explaining that on price – which is what counts in the expensive all-flash storage world – it is the bossdog of flash arrays. Michael Dell’s privately owned biz points to an ESG technical lab validation (PDF) that compares …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2013
Storage step 5

Loved-up shared storage silos in SHOCK SPLIT!

A previously uniform shared storage architecture is splintering apart as server virtualisation, dedupe, flash and the cloud shatter the old order – giving us five steps to heaven, or hell, depending on your viewpoint. The old shared storage order was a bunch of servers linked across a network to a storage area network (SAN) or …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2014
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
LA Confidential

Join us now for all the storage whispers: Heard about the XtremIO buy?

The Vulture has been busy listening on the storage beat to rumour, (s)innuendo, gossip and insider info, taking it from the best of sources and bringing it to you for entertainment, wonder and schadenfreude. None of this is verified or conformed by vendors but it does come from the very best of sources, top table folks. Here is …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2013
Pure Storage array

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

Brocade's fat pipes shrink: Fibre Channel revenue dip ahead

Brocade has cut its current quarter's estimated revenue by between $19m and $34m, implying there may be trouble afoot in the Fibre Channel world. Brocade makes Fibre Channel equipment for use linking networked storage arrays to servers, plus a line of Ethernet switch gear. Recently the company reduced its revenue expectations …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2013

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
Merlin Data Center Interior

Is your data growing too big to handle?

For years we have been told that consolidation and centralisation are good things, especially in the realm of data storage. Not only do they mean fewer boxes to manage, but with the utilisation rate of direct-attached storage running at maybe 30 per cent, moving to shared storage can allow us to dramatically prune back slack …
Bryan Betts, 26 Sep 2014
Road to SW-defined storage

Cloudfather Tucci meets with EMC clan, analysts to talk strategy

EMC and VMware held their so-called Strategic Forum - aka analysts' day - in New York yesterday with capo di Famiglia Joe Tucci setting out the overall stall and his lieutenants setting out their own strategic imperatives. We saw David Goulden for EMC - now called EMC II - and Pat Gelsinger for the cloud and software-defined- …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2013
XtremIO array and 4 X-Brick nodes

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
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
HAF supported by most HDS arrays

HDS unveils embiggened array: We HAF vays of making you flash

HDS has updated its HAF all-flash array, doubling the size of its proprietary SSDs to 3.2TB and the resulting maximum capacity to 38.4TB. It has picked the week of EMC's XtremIO announcement to release the news. The HUS 150 array has had support for Hitachi Accelerated Flash storage modules added, bringing, HDS claims, " …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2013
Joe Tucci EMC

Storage overlord EMC announces growth, plans to slash 1,000 jobs

Big storage beast EMC closed its 2013 fiscal year with impressive growth in its final quarter but sees lower growth in the future. It also announced 1,000 layoffs on the way in Q1 as it rebalances towards flash, integrated systems, mobile and cloud computing. According to EMC, the staff cuts are down to its internal rejigging to …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014
Fandango

The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware

A storage array access revolution is coming, says VMware as it releases its VVOL Virtual Volumes. These allow storage arrays to do a virtualised server's bidding and have storage pools and operations carried out in VMware virtual machine-centric ways. VMware has announced its beta programme for a forthcoming release of VMware …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2014
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EMC lobs sueball at Pure, tells court: Look what they told EL REG

Just days before it launches its XtremIO flash array, EMC is suing flash array startup Pure Storage for allegedly improperly recruiting EMC staff, and also accuses it of encouraging ex-EMCers to use its confidential data – and it has cited The Register in its complaint. It has also accused Pure of interference with its business …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 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
Dell EqualLogic PS6210

Dell bundles data mgmt AND flash into 1.2m IOPS flashy array

Dell has produced an all-flash array within the EqualLogic environment, thinking customers need existing data management capabilities on top of flash speeds, and not a binary either-or choice. It has revved up its mid-range iSCSI SAN array with the PS6210, following on from the PS6110, a 64-bit version of the EqualLogic …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2013
Netapp

NetApp boffins first to go in 'workforce decimation' plan

Storage array biz NetApp has laid off 300 people at a research and development centre in India and “hundreds” more in the US, according to industry sources. The Times of India reports that anonymous insiders at NetApp's Bangalore operation - which is the company's largest R&D facility outside of the US - have been given their …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2013
HDS VSP Front Panel

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
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

Mutant hybrid upstart joins pushback against storage giants

Three hybrid flash-disk array upstarts are eating away at the incumbents' market share - and El Reg has peeked under the bonnet of one to find out how. El Reg talked about Nimble Storage and Tintri a couple of weeks ago and that prompted Tegile to pull aside the curtain and show us a few more numerical goodies. Rob Commins, its …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2013