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Hopping the flash stepping stones to DIMM future

Analysis Up until very recently the main thrust of data access and storage technology development was to make the media faster, hence the move from disk to flash, and flash technology developments to increase capacity. But the opportunity to make further advances is closing and attention is turning to removing the final obstacle to …
Chris Mellor, 22 Feb 2017

Tosh in deeper financial doo-doo as banks crank up the pressure

Toshiba is looking to raise almost $9bn (‎¥1 trillion) by selling off a majority stake in its memory chip business, according to Reuters, and so repair its finances, which have been devastated by cost overruns in its US nuclear power business. That is costing it around $6.3bn but Toshiba's banks want it to raise more to cover …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2017

Prepare for an acquisition whirlwind? Private equity owners sweep up Nexsan

Comment Nexsan, newly sold by Imation to private equity house Spear Point Capital Management, is now run by that firm's co-founder and managing partner, Ron Bienvenu. Bienvenu was appointed executive vice chairman in January, when Imation sold storage array business Nexsan to New Orleans-based Spear Point's vehicle NXSN. At that time …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2017
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XPoint: Leaked Intel specs reveal 'launch-ready' SSD – report

Leaked Intel Optane SSD specs show much higher endurance and lower latency than NAND SSDs and good, but not great, IO performance. M.2 format 16GB and 32GB caching Optane drives have already been announced, but no add-in-card/SSD-type drives yet. However, the Chinese TechBang website says it has seen a data sheet for an Intel …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2017
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Unlucky WD Ultrastar drives are knackered, need replacing ASAP

El Reg has received an antipodean note that a number of Western Digital enterprise disk drives are having problems and need to be replaced. WD spokesman Paul Wooding said: We have identified a small, isolated population of HGST Ultrastar disk drives demonstrating higher than expected failure rates when used in specific …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2017
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Say a stealthy 'hi' to Gluent, Tachyum and VAST Data

Analysis Three storage startups have hoved into view: Gluent, Tachyum and VAST Data. Gluent is a data silo virtualiser, liking RDBMS to Hadoop data for easier and simpler data analysis. Tachyum aims to, it appears, defeat Moore's Law by devising a new data processing architecture, and VAST Data, the stealthiest of the three, must be …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2017
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Oh my Tosh: Bids up to $3.6bn for memory biz as deadline approaches

Reuters is all over the Toshiba memory division 20 per cent stake sale, reporting incoming bids up to $3.6bn. The money is needed to offset a multibillion-dollar ($5-6bn) writedown of Toshiba's US nuclear power station business following disastrous overruns, and it's needed by March due to Toshiba's corporate financial and …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2017

Tosh's new workhorse drive: Not too desktop, not too enterprise

Toshiba has a new desktop and low-end NAS disk drive, the MN series. It comes in a 3.5-inch enclosure, with 4, 6 and 8TB capacities, is air-filled, spins at 7,200rpm, has a 6Gbps SATA interface, and a 1 million-hour mean time before failure rating. We can view it as an update on the MC04, MD04 and MG04 series drives. The MN …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2017
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Whomp. WD whacks down unstructured data-nomming 'Skyhawk' SSD

WD has introduced a Skyhawk SSD, an NVMe version, as it were, of its acquired SanDisk’s SATA interface CloudSpeed SSD, along with its very own post-SanDisk and post-HGST Skyhawk branding. Skyhawk is a low-to-medium, fast access SSD in a 2.5-inch enclosure using MLC (2bits/cell) NAND instead of the slower, less long-lasting TLC …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2017

Toshiba's looking for a white knight, not a chip-fryer – report

In its attempts to sell a flash memory business stake to offset multibillion-dollar writedowns in its US nuclear power station business, Toshiba is leaning towards private equity and away from chip industry players. That would mean foundry partner WD is left out in the cold. Any proposed WD investment could excite industry …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2017
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Second time's a charm? WD tries again with 3D NAND, doubles capacity

WD is firing up an early production run of its 512Gbit 64-layer 3D NAND chip at its Yokkaichi, Japan, foundry, with its partner Toshiba. The silicon uses a triple-level cell (TLC) flash design, which stores three bits per cell. Progressing from this pilot job to mass manufacturing will take at least six months, so don't expect …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2017

You better layer up, Micron's working on next-generation XPoint

Micron is working on two next-generation XPoint products, a new memory, and extending 3D flash beyond 64 layers. At an analysts' day it talked about its 3D NAND technology development. It is shipping its gen-1 3D NAND with 32 layers and 384Gb die capacity and moving towards its second generation with 64 layers and 256Gb …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2017

Flash! A-ah! He'll save everyone of us... from sluggish disk boxes

Analysis All-flash arrays are now the storage choice du jour for storing fast access primary data but have not been used for storing secondary data, such as unstructured data, ordinary files and just-in-case disaster recovery (DR) data. But change is coming, driven by cheaper flash drives and the realisation that fast access to secondary …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2017

WD Corp picks teeth after SanDisk dinner, seems pleased with fuller figure

+Comment Western Digital Corp, still digesting SanDisk, is selling more disk drives than arch-rival Seagate and appears to be doing a booming flash business as well, for now. Second quarter revenues totalled $4.9bn, 48 per cent up on a year ago - but then WDC did buy SanDisk and its flash business in between, and 4 per cent up …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2017
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Cutting Hewlett-Packard Labs down to size

Comment When Martin Fink resigned from his positions at HPE in August 2016, the announcement said: "Martin Fink, our chief technology officer and head of Hewlett-Packard Labs, will be retiring from HPE at the end of the year, after more than 30 years with the company." He was retiring, we were told, but he was just 51. In Fink's time …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2017
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Former HPE CTO Fink retires retirement, returns to tech

Well, well, whaddya know? Meg Whitman announces Martin Fink’s retirement as CTO and HPE Labs top dog, where he evangelised the Machine and memristors, but the fabled techie was clearly not ready to swan off into a post-work life of shed-building and ocean cruises just yet. He's back in the industry and mad for it. Fink has …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2017
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Flashy new jobs for storage folk

Kevin Kilbuck has become chief marketing officer at NVMdurance, a tiny Irish flash endurance lengthening company that first popped up last year. It uses machine learning techniques to understand better how to write data to flash drives over the drive’s life so as to extend the drive’s endurance. Kilbuck left Micron in …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2017
Raising _Lazarus_from_the_dead

X-IO: Reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated

Updated X-IO Technologies chairman and CEO Bill Miller has called in to say: "I was very surprised and disappointed to read our name in the 'Deaths' section of your 2016 year in review article. "As Mark Twain might have said, 'the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated'." Bill tells us: "We have undergone a somewhat miraculous …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2017
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WD slims down SSD to squeeze into little Black drive range

WD has added an SSD card to its previously all-disk Black range. The Black PCIe SSD comes in 256GB asnd 512GB capacities and features an M.2 2280 format with an NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 host connection. It is WD's third flash product using branding previously reserved for disk drives, joining the Blue and Green 2.5-inch SARA SSDs. …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2017
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CloudByte chews on Elastistor, sinks teeth into OpenEBS

Analysis Startup CloudByte is having a substantial exec and strategy makeover as it embraces an open source approach to containerised storage. We came across CloudByte just over a year ago when it popped up with its ElastiStor software running on OEM’d SanDisk (now WD) InfiniFlash hardware, the box with a bunch of flash inside it. …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2017
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2016 – the year 3D XPoint came down to earth from Planet Hype

Storage Review in 2016 Storage in 2016 saw its on-premises SAN/filer array heartland assaulted by the public cloud on the one hand, and hyper-converged and software-defined storage on the other. The now-classic dual-controller disk array went hybrid to keep storing primary data, but all-flash arrays are taking on that role and so the hybrids went …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2017
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Toshiba faces nuclear power goodwill cost meltdown

Toshiba is facing such horrific cost-overruns with its US nuclear power plant projects it may have to sell assets, such as its flash memory business, to cover them. Its US subsidiary, Westinghouse Electric, is building four AP1000 power-generating reactors in the United States and costs are getting out of hand, with multi-year …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2017

SK Hynix and Seagate exploring flash hookup

+Comment SK Hynix has revealed it is thinking about creating a joint venture with Seagate focused on flash memory. A filing with the Korean regulatory authorities that was reported in The Korea Herald said: We are looking into various options, including setting up a joint venture with Seagate Technology PLC, to strengthen the mid and …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2016
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WDC loads its belt-fed drive cannon, blasts out disks 'n' cards galore

Western Digital Corp wowed analysts with exec spiel and five – or was it six? – product announcements. We have helium gas-filled drives, a 3D TLC NAND microSD card, two SSDs and a promised furiously fast flash platform array overflowing with IOPS. We'll start with the rotating rust and an Ultrastar He12, 12TB helium-filled …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2016
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RIP HPE's The Machine product, 2014-2016: We hardly knew ye

HPE lab boffins have finally, after years of work, built a proof-of-concept prototype of their fairytale memory-focused computer, The Machine. The achievement is bittersweet. A decision has been made within Hewlett Packard Enterprise management to step back from manufacturing and selling the much-hyped fabled device as a …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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Wikibon invokes the old gods to make six tech predictions for 2017

Analysis Wikibon's chief technology guy, David Floyer, has put out his top six disruptive tech tips for 2017, seeing that ARM and Open CAPI will separately grow at Intel's Xeon expense, the cloud at on-premises' Server SAN expense, and flash at disk drive's expense, while XPoint will be a 2017 dud. Here's his list: AWS will …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2016

Flash? Nu-uh. Seagate nibbles on tiny slice of SSD pie

The utter irrelevance of Seagate as an SSD shipper is shown by TrendFocus's estimated total SSD unit ship numbers for 2016's third quarter, with just 0.1 per cent of the 38.25 million units shipped, 46 per cent up on a year ago. Stifel MD Aaron Rakers has revealed some of the TrendForce numbers. They cover both enterprise and …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2016
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WDLabs goes Pi-eyed and sees triple

WDLabs has introduced a Raspberry Pi storage subsystem with three drive products and multiple OS project spaces. The Brit-designed, credit card-sized computer is hot stuff – some ten million have been sold since the first generation's release in 2012. WD's PiDrive Foundation Edition products combine microSD card and USB drive …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2016
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Seagate plans to bring down the 16TB HAMR... soon(er)

Analysis Stifel MD Aaron Rakers went on a Seagate booth tour at SC16 and notes Seagate thinks it is a year ahead of WD and Toshiba with HAMR (Heat-assisted magnetic recording) technology. It is targeting 2018 for HAMR drive deliveries, with a 16TB 3.5-inch drive planned, featuring 8 platters and 16 heads. We assume it will be helium- …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2016
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Aw, snap: Independent disk drive failure rates from Backblaze

Backup and cloud storage provider Backblaze’s latest quarterly disk failure rate table shows WD 6TB drives had an 11.31 per cent annualised failure rate in the third 2016 quarter, with Seagate 4TB drives spinning into the ground almost as often, with a 10.2 per cent rate. Having one in 10 or worse drive failure rates is not …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2016
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Midi-archive box from WD stops at 19PB

WD has announced an ActiveScale P100 system for storing object data, scaling from 720TB to 19PB (raw), and forming an entry-level archive product tier well below the 672TB to 35PB Active Archive system. WD now has a Data Centre Systems business unit, DCS, which includes the SanDisk InfiniFlash and HGST Active Archive System …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2016
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Tegile ups its array game with new kit

All-flash and hybrid array vendor Tegile has updated its product range, with the T3000 series of all-flash, hybrid and high density arrays becoming the faster and more capavcious T4000 series. Tegile is battling it out with Nimble and Tintri as one of three relatively recently founded hybrid array startups that moved into all- …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2016
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Scality developing way to stream objects to tape and the cloud

Scality is developing a software-defined storage controller (SDS) to archive objects off to the public cloud or tape using the S3 protocol. The idea is to use policies to select objects that are streamed off to an S3-accessed target from an on-premises Scality RING storage system. Metadata about the streamed objects would be …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2016
Speed

Windows Server 2016 persistent memory support supercharges storage IO

Analysis The best IO is... no IO. Windows Server 2016 has code to supercharge data storage IO speed by not treating it as IO anymore. It uses storage-class memory (SCM) as a persistent store, one that is on the memory bus, close to the CPU, and doesn't lose its contents when power is lost, an NVDIMM-N type device. That can be …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2016

WD gets flash boom bang from SanDisk swallow

+Comment WD's disk and SanDisk-boosted flash sales boomed as overall revenues in its first fiscal 2017 quarter rose to $4.7bn, up 40.6 per cent on the year-ago $3.4bn. But it reported a net $366m loss. Why a loss? A year ago it made a profit of $283m on lower revenues. This time around there were charges associated with WD’s recent …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016
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Seagate bowls out fattened-up spinner

Seagate's sixth generation Enterprise Performance disk drive ups its capacity by 50 per cent to 900GB and increases data transfer speed past 300MB/sec. This is a small form factor or 2.5-inch drive spinning at 15,000rpm with 300GB, 600GB and 900GB capacity points.The prior fifth generation topped out at 600GB and its sustained …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2016
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EMC Dell deal: They're loved up and living together, but whose house rules?

Comment Dell and EMC are culturally separated by their different approaches to product development, to servers in Dell and storage in EMC. In the combined house, what will be the effect? Dell's forte, or at least the chief of them, is a superbly executed supply chain, box-development and shifting at a level no one has bettered - well …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016
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WD gives My Passport spinning rust drives a lick of paint

WD has refeshed the design style of its portable USB 3.0 My Passport, My Passport for Mac and desktop My Book external disk drives, using colours and texture. We guess it has ambitions of competing more strongly with Seagate's designer-influenced LaCie brand. The design was worked on by fuseproject and the descriptive …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2016
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WD flashes first SanDisk drives: Blue and Green

WD has produced Blue and Green branded SATA SSDs, based on SanDisk technology, with these brands having been used for WD disk drives previously. The Green brand is for secondary storage, being reliable, cool and eco-friendly whilst Blue products are built for PC primary storage use. Other WD brand colours include Black for …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2016
DNA Helix

Building iRODS to take load off scientists' back

Panasas and Western Digital are combining high-speed data access and low-cost, bulk data storage for life sciences researchers through a partnership and integration exercise centred on the open-source data management software iRODS. The use of the systems is described here. This is how it works: Lab equipment generates data …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2016

Fresh-faced startup promises bigger, faster non-volatile DIMMs

Early-stage startup Xitore says it is developing bigger and faster non-volatile flash DIMMs to give servers a performance boost so they could run more VMs and containers and run them faster by sidestepping high latency storage IOS. It is taking up the baton brought onto the field by Netlist and Diablo Technologies and …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016
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Scale-out sister? Unreliable disks are better for your storage

Storage Architect Recently I was asked to review a document that used as a reference a piece of work from Google (PDF) which talked about the need to relax the resiliency levels of hard drives and SSDs. The premise is interesting: hyper-scalers claim they could do a better job in managing performance and availability if the HDDs they use were …
Chris Evans, 26 Sep 2016
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Deep inside Nantero's non-volatile carbon nanotube RAM tech

Two Fujitsu semiconductor businesses are licensing Nantero NRAM technology with joint Nantero-Fujitsu development to produce chips in 2018. They will have several thousand times faster rewrites and many thousands of times more rewrite cycles than embedded flash memory. NRAM, non-volatile RAM, is based on carbon nanotube (CNT) …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2016

Ovation claps together private cloud storage service with HGST, Versity basis

An Ovation Data Services private storage cloud for media and entertainment and oil and gas industries is based on HGST's Active Archive System and Versity Storage Manager. We wrote about the Versity Storage Manager system in June, saying it was an archiving package with an S3 interface to a backend store. This store could be a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Plexistor unveils storage-stack-perplexing PMoF tech

Plexistor has unveiled specs on its Persistent Memory over Fabric (PMoF), which it says gives app servers access to disaggregated persistent memory in fabric-connected PM Bricks. Plexistor’s software-defined memory combines DRAM and flash in one memory address space to deliver a higher “memory” capacity with persistent storage …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2016

WD: Resistance is not futile

Analysis WD, with its acquired SanDisk operation, is squaring up to Intel and Micron’s XPoint with ReRAM - Resistive RAM technology. Back in October last year, the then independent SanDisk joined forces with HPE to fight XPoint. The two signed an agreement to develop Storage-Class Memory (SCM*), a non-volatile storage medium with DRAM- …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016
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Seagate's flash advice: Don't buy the foundry when you can get the chips for cheap

Analysis As well as launching several new flash products, Seagate revealed the four pillars of its flash product strategy at the August 9-11 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara. These were: Foundry independence Essential IP for system-wide use of flash Portfolio expansion Top-level cloud supplier Let's have a waltz around the …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2016
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Samsung points high-speed Z-SSD smack-bang at XPoint

The big flash dog has barked: Samsung did its flash dazzlement show at the Flash Memory Summit, with a 32TB SSD, a 1TB BGA, and a high-speed Z-SSD. The 32TB SSD is built using 64-layer 3D NAND - its V-NAND brand - with TLC - 3bits/cell - orientation. 64-layer V-NAND The 64-layer TLC V-NAND was revealed at the end of July and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2016

Toshiba flashes 100TB QLC flash drive, may go on sale within months. Really

+Comment The Flash Memory Summit saw Toshiba deliver a presentation about quad-level cell (QLC) technology – adding substantially to the prospect of a product being delivered in the "near future". We heard about QLC NAND last month: it uses four bits per cell to hold your data. After Seagate tantalized us with a 60TB SSD, along comes …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2016
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ExaFlash: Cheap, dense, energy-sipper will 'empower humankind'

+Comment Nimbus Data has announced its scale-out ExaFlash all-flash array at the Flash Memory Summit, with four models ranging up to 4.5PB raw capacity in 4U. The claims are pretty big and prompt the question: "Is this for real?" Nimbus' overall claims for ExaFlash start from scale and rackspace density and ultimately encompass " …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2016