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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
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
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
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
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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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
gavel_judgment_channel

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
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
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

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

No Dell, no EMC? Well, HP's storage champ then

A HP 3PAR system is top of the storage heap in the SPC-1 benchmarks for storage systems costing less than $200,000 and also achieved a top price/performance ranking. Of course, many of the big boys failed to make a showing, so we're not sure how valuable the crown is. Out of all systems submitted to the Storage Performance …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2013

EMC: Backup is BROKEN, do you hear me? Now buy this other thing

EMC says backup is broken, and that infrastructure should now be able to protect itself using intelligence it possesses. It is hoping users will move towards copy data management and away from leaving idle data in silos waiting for something to happen. The realisation that EMC's backup thinking had changed started with a deeper …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013
Nutanix cloud appliance exploded view

It's a CLUSTER-PLUCK: Nutanix uses MapReduce to polish performance

Converged server-system startup Nutanix, which sells all of its products through the channel, says hypervisors are the virtual sheet metal of the commodity server game. You won't need separate storage arrays, instead you can get a storage pool across many servers by virtualising their directly attached storage (DAS). Nutanix is …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2013

Tegile: Flashness in front, hardness at the back – and new software to run it

Mutant array maker Tegile has revved its software to get a more than 60 per cent speed increase. It says array IOPS have shot up from 200K to 360K with its latest release and brags it is trampling over its main rival in "customer bake-offs". Tegile's hybrid Zebi array combines a flash front end with disk drive backend and …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2013
Nasuni filer performance

All the big dogs want to bark on our cloudy porch, says Nasuni

Cloud storage gateway startup Nasuni has proliferated its gateway options to fit more storage gateway size requirements, large and small, as well as pumping out a software update. Cloud storage gateways or controllers are conceptually on-premise boxes that receive data to be sent up to the cloud and tell the cloud storage of …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2013
Dawn

HP: Look to the East, admins! Lo, it is Project Dawn

Dawn is approaching for HP storage, and the sun will rise on two new low-end 3PAR storage arrays providing a future for legacy EVA array users. Currently there are three 3PAR models HP is focussing on: The high-end P10000 with its fourth generation ASIC speeding its operations; it was announced in August 2011 and stores up to 1 …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2012

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
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

EMC gobbled XtremeIO to Xterminate NetApp, says Xpert

A financial analyst reckons EMC bought XtremIO to fend off the threat posed by NetApp. Andrew Nowinski, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, had this to say in a recent research note: "We believe this threat of potential market share gains from [NetApp's Data ONTAP] 8.1 is what prompted EMC to acquire XtremIO for $430m." We asked …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2012
The Register breaking news

EMC hits flash leader Fusion-io where it hurts: Low-cost server cards

Storage, virtualisation, info and cloud giant EMC is set to widen its attack on server flash card leader Fusion-io by releasing a low-cost flash card for hyper-scale data centres. Server flash card cache coherency is also set to appear for Oracle RAC environments, according to Stifel Nicolas analyst Aaron Rakers, who was at EMC …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2013
Torpedo

EMC fires anti-Dropbox torpedo to sink off-site biz clouds

Data centre haunter EMC is testing its Isilon and Atmos storage systems with Syncplicity - the corporate-friendly Dropbox contender it bought in May. EMC gobbled Syncplicity specifically for its ability to share content and synchronise files in businesses' private clouds. It's hoped workers will be able to pass around sensitive …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jan 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
Custer Massacre

Sources mutter of 'disarray' among EMC's quadruple object products

Two EMC insiders whisper to The Register that all is not well at the storage biz. They claim that EMC's object storage strategy is in complete disarray and that senior execs are locking horns over the wreckage. EMC, meanwhile, contends that its current multi-product, multi-teamed object storage strategy is working perfectly well …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2013
Shows an enhanced form of Gartner's Magic Quadrant.

Gartner magicians mumble, fling bones, scrawl new disk pentacle

Gartner's magicians have thrown their animal bones and precious relics up in the air and discerned a new pattern in the way they landed; general-purpose disk arrays. The magicians have invented a new Magic Quadrant (MQ) and say: Improvements in scalability, availability, performance and functionality of midrange storage systems …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2013

EMC throws ViPR into software-defined party

If you can't beat it, eat it - that seems to be EMC's idea with the launch of ViPR, a scheme by the storage provider to gain a foothold in data centers infected with low-cost IT gear. ViPR can work as a storage controller for traditional and newer infrastructures, and also talk to older systems, EMC announced on Monday at its …
Jack Clark, 06 May 2013

EMC rakes in more of the world's storage, others struggle

EMC is controlling more and more of the world's disk storage and Oracle is controlling less and less, according to trackers at Gartner. In a report on the worldwide external controller-based disk storage market released on Thursday, EMC had 34.2 per cent of the market in the quarter and recorded revenues of $2.067bn – a 6.7 per …
Jack Clark, 21 Mar 2013
Joe Tucci EMC

EMC: 'Hardware? We stopped doing that YEARS ago'

Storage titan EMC doesn't really believe in hardware any more – the value is in the software. The company has been on a shift for the past decade to wean itself off of a dependency on proprietary gear, and has instead been pouring resources into developing clever software, EMC head honcho Joe Tucci told The Register at EMC World …
Jack Clark, 07 May 2013
Lotus F1 car with EMC logo

EMC inks deal to take Brit F1 racer Lotus to the clouds

EMC is providing skads of storage to Formula One wannabee winner Lotus for a chance at Grands Prix glory. F1 regulations are going to change in 2014, mandating hybrid, turbo-charged V6 engines instead of the current normally aspirated V8s. So Lotus decided it need a wholesale storage refresh to help with the changeover. The …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2013
channel

EMC revs motor for upcoming launch

A clearly briefed Barrons' guy says EMC will have a Harley Davidson motorcycle fly over storage arrays during its VNX launch-fest. Other stunts to be included in 18 January's "Records Will Be Broken" webcast include cramming more people into a Mini Cooper car than ever before. These cunning stunts are to emphasise that the new …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2011
Stradivarius violin reproduction

Shares PLUNGE as Violin posts $34 MEELLION loss

Violin Memory’s losses are deepening faster than its sales are growing and that is surely unsustainable. El Reg’s storage finance desk thinks a shortfall in orders from the federal government exacerbated the stalling of enterprise sales growth – and looming competition and software inadequacies didn't help much either. As a …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2013
channel

EMC winds up new file-mover

EMC has announced a Cloud Tiering Appliance to move files from select arrays to VNX and Isilon, and from VNX to Atmos and Data Domain. It is, in effect, Rainfinity reinvented and will develop into a generalised data mover. The Cloud Tiering Appliance (CTA) aids migration and it can do policy-driven file movement from NetApp …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 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

Just how far did storage and compute converge in 2013?

Converged storage is the coming together of storage and compute in the same box. Didn't this used to be called a server, before the days of networked storage? Indeed it did but these re-invented servers often employ a logical storage pool, and are the future, we are told. So, where are we at, as glide into 2014? We're …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2014
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NetApp fattens up FAS array beasts to flog to data ranchers

The storage desk at El Reg has learnt NetApp has a high-end FAS6200/V6200 array refresh coming. The V-Series are FAS array controllers front-ending third-party arrays and enabling them to function in a FAS data centre. NetApp has gone through a refresh cycle with its entry-level FAS2000 --> FAS2200s, its mid-range FAS3000 --> …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2013

Rivals tout antidotes to EMC's ViPR bite

How do you avoid a snakebite from the ViPR that EMC has let loose in the storage jungle? El Reg storage desk has spoken to some of its competitors about their "software-defined" antidotes. ViPR is a layer of storage virtualisation software that separates upper-level storage management functions (which EMC calls the "storage …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2013
The Abyss of Hell

Holy crap! EMC gives Vatican Library 2.8PB to store manuscripts

The Vatican Library is losing its walls. Its 89,000 historic manuscripts are being made available online for access by scholars world-wide courtesy of EMC. The library, properly known as the Vatican Apostolic Library, is located in the Vatican City and is one of the oldest libraries in the world, established formally in 1475 but …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2013
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EMC plays the name game

EMC has registered a new trademark: VNX. The company quite likes product or technology names headed up with the letter V - for virtualisation. VMAX is the latest high-end Symmetrix array and VPLEX is the federation technology for these arrays. There are Celerra NX4 and NX3e products, unified file and block access arrays, and …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2010
Adtron A35FB Flash Serial ATA drive

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
Parachute

Intel waves LONG TENT POLE, pokes Data Domain boxes with it

EMC has boosted the backup performance of its mid-range Data Domain boxes yet again by upgrading to Intel Sandy Bridge processors. Avamar, Mozy and NetWorker have all been revved up too. The news came at a hyped-up Backup and Recovery Systems launch in New York at which EMC claimed it had the longest pole in the tent for …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2013
A VCE vBlock

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 …

Inside EMC's software-defined ViPR storage tech

EMC spent much of this year's EMC World talking up ViPR, its new system for managing, automating, and controlling storage infrastructure. Tucci and the gang were scolded for the premature nature of the announcement – ViPR won't launch until late 2013, and it'll be late 2014 when it gets the features that truly differentiate it …
Jack Clark, 11 May 2013

EMC rakes in more and more storage biz, followers fiddle feebly

EMC continues its seemingly inexorable raking in of more and more storage business, according to the trackers at IDC, which also places most other mainstream players far behind the global juggernaut. IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, to honor it with its full name, lists mainstream suppliers' revenue market …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2013