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Intel inks $5.5bn deal to move 3D NAND production into China

+Comment Intel has dropped a flash bombshell by announcing it's going to make 3D NAND chips in China, implying it will add 3D XPoint chips to the mix later and raising doubts about its Micron partnership. In a blog by Intel SVP Rob Crooke, the general manager of Intel's non-volatile solutions group – such credentials underline the …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2015

WD is gobbling SanDisk, so what's on the menu? A deflating soufflé

Revenues of $1.45bn in SanDisk's third calendar 2015 quarter were 17 per cent down on the annual compare, although that number beat Wall Street's estimate of $1.4bn. They were comfortably higher than the second quarter's $1.23bn, in fact 17 per cent higher – neat. Net income was $133m, a huge 50 per cent less than the year-ago …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015

Official: WD buys SanDisk

Consolidation in the storage industry is speeding up. One week after Dell decides to buy EMC for $67bn, Western Digital is using Unisplendour money to buy SanDisk for $19bn to create an enterprise and consumer flash powerhouse. Speculation about a SanDisk purchase by Western Digital has been intense, following the $3.8bn …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015
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Western Digital's hard drive encryption is useless. Totally useless

The encryption systems used in Western Digital's portable hard drives are pretty pointless, according to new research. It appears anyone getting hold of the vulnerable devices can easily decrypt them. WD's My Passport boxes automatically encrypt data as it is written to disk and decrypt the data as it is read back to the …
Iain Thomson, 20 Oct 2015

SanDisk, we could make sweet flash music together, whispers WD

Western Digital is considering buying SanDisk for approximately $17-$18bn, with the companies already in advanced talks and a deal possible within weeks, according to Bloomberg, after speculation surfaced last week that SanDisk was in acquisition talks with both Micron and Western Digital. The potential deal price with WD is $80 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015
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China finally says yes to WD-HGST union

+Comment MOFCOM, the Chinese trade regulator which has been holding up the integration of WD and HGST, is relaxing its "hold separate" restriction and integration can start now. But the two brands and sales forces must stay separate for two more years. Western Digital can "integrate substantial portions of its HGST and WD subsidiaries …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2015
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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

El Reg's last caption competition had two men experiencing an Oculus Rift in a forest. Lots of the captions – indeed, most of them – hinged around a large ear growing out of a tree behind the two VR viewers. Christian Bertrand / Shutterstock.com There are lots of regular names here, and multiple entries from some of the …
Simon Rockman, 16 Oct 2015

SanDisk 'explores' sale, WD and Micron prick up ears - report

SanDisk has hired a bank to explore selling itself, according to reports citing confidential sources. Western Digital (WD) and Micron are said to be interested, Bloomberg has claimed. SanDisk was rumoured to be an acquisition target last month, with WD in the frame. With Dell bidding US$67.1 billion for EMC, perhaps the tech …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2015
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Mirantis and NetApp cement alliance with OpenStack handshake

NetApp and Mirantis are partnering for, and producing, an OpenStack reference architecture so that clustered ONTAP can run with the free, open-source software platform, according to information on the Mirantis website. Mirantis is the OpenStack cloud computing software platform cheerleader, and received $100m in funding in …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2015
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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Caption Competition The witticisms keep flooding in for our biblical-looking chap, who provided "divine" inspiration for a great collection of captions from readers. All the entries were given a chance at winning the Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive that’s up for grabs. There were quite a few regular contributors in the top 10. Here is the …
Simon Rockman, 02 Oct 2015
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Western Digital sells strangely limited 15 per cent stake to China

In a transaction said to be unconnected to the HGST-WD merger – still becalmed by Chinese watchdog MOFCOM – Western Digital is selling a 15 per cent stake to a subsidiary of China-based Unisplendour Corporation (Unis) for $3.8bn. Western Digital said: “Unis is a respected, publicly-traded Chinese company. It has been trading …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2015
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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

This week’s caption competition used a picture from the Intel, announcing it had built a bra as the latest in wearable technology. used for caption comp Predictable but good was justincranford: Biting the hand that feeds T-IT, and we chortled at John H Woods' This could be dangerous in the wrong hands, let's keep it away …
Simon Rockman, 25 Sep 2015
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What the Zeus? Nexenta beats VSAN, Nutanix and SimpliVity

Comment IT biz Northern Backup has replaced Hitachi, Dell and HP SAN arrays with Nexenta storage, which it chose ahead of VMware VSA, Nutanix and SimpliVity alternatives because Nexenta storage was both cheaper and faster. Calgary-based Northern Backup was started up in 2004 and offers offsite back-up, managed hosting and support …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2015
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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

We're on a roll with the caption competition and this week’s picture of a snake reading The Reg showed some great wit. Readers entered the vivarium for a chance to win a Western Digital Black, 6TB hard disk. Regular competition entrant i steal your leccy offered This is not the python tutorial i wanted!, while Ol'Peculier:The …
Simon Rockman, 18 Sep 2015
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Brimming with VM goodness: Qnap TS-453mini 4-bay NAS

Review Qnap’s TS-453mini is the latest addition to the company’s TS-x53 Pro mid-range series of NAS units for SMBs.It is available in two basic models, the TS-453mini-2G (2GB DD3L) and the TS-453mini-8G, the flagship model of the range. The one I have to review has the maximum amount of memory the unit supports: 8GB of DDR3L running at …
Simon Crisp, 18 Sep 2015
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Is Toshiba mulling asset sales? HDD, TV businesses in the frame

Comment Toshiba is in trouble and could be about to exit the PC and disk drive businesses. The company is still suffering badly from a massive accounting scam, which overstated profits for seven years, and it has just reported a lousy quarter with losses of $91m. Masashi Muromachi became Toshiba’s new president (chief executive) in …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2015
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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

We're into week three of the Western Digital caption competition – so we tested your sense of mirth with a cute critter. Of course there were the references to the meerkats who sell insurance, but lots of people looked at the creature’s hands along the lines of Andy Non: “Hey, who swiped my keyboard?” He also entered “But, …
Simon Rockman, 11 Sep 2015

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Caption comp Hey, you're getting good at this. The captions for last week’s picture of a woman with a tarantula on her shoulder proved popular, as it received 400 comments. TheManCalledStan kicked it off with: “Relax! I'm a GM spider, poison been replaced with tattoo ink! So it was a butterfly you wanted on your shoulder, right?” It was …
Simon Rockman, 04 Sep 2015
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Is SanDisk becoming an acquisition target as the market consolidates?

Rumors and speculations are mounting that SanDisk might be an acquisition target, with reports indicating it's been chatted up by two suitors wanting to buy it, with Western Digital (WD) in the frame. There is strong logic for such a deal, as SanDisk is a hugely hot flash product supplier, and partners Toshiba in the flash …
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2015

Damn well knew it! Seagate has helium drives in its labs

Seagate told analysts on Wednesday it is crafting its own helium-filled drives in its development labs, and is months away from shipping them as products. Helium gas has lower friction than air, and HGST is using this gas inside its sealed He8 and He10 disk drive enclosures to provide 7-platter drives. The platters can be …
Chris Mellor, 02 Sep 2015
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Seagate births 8TB triplets and a 2TB mobile nipper

Who says spinning rust is finished? Seagate has rolled out 8TB triplets and a 2TB mobile nipper, using shingled recording on its 8TB Kinetic. The three 8TB disks use ninth generation perpendicular magnetic recording, and represent a 33.3 per cent capacity uplift on the existing 6TB technology that Seagate uses in its 3.5-inch …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2015
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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

Caption Competition In an act of supreme kindness, we are giving you another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Hard Drive – in this week’s Vulture Caption Competition. Last week’s caption competition had the little grey cells in overdrive. The picture of a gorilla contemplating an iPhone led to lots of comments on who might have access to his …
Simon Rockman, 28 Aug 2015
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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

Caption competition That's mainly because gorillas are not monkeys, although this ape – who is definitely holding it right – must have an opinion on the iPhone. We want to know what that is, and in the process give you a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive. The black drive Western Digital has a range of drives aimed at the desktop market and …
Simon Rockman, 21 Aug 2015
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WD storage technology exec defects to rivals Seagate

Matt Rutledge, WD’s now former SVP for storage technology, has defected to Seagate, having left his position at WD in June, and joined Seagate in August to become its SVP for client HDD, said a source familiar with the circumstances. He is a 20-year WD veteran, having joined in November 1995. As such, he has lived thought WD' …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2015
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Seagate and pals form key-value hard-drive Kinetic gang

Three disk-drive giants and eight other IT suppliers have set up an alliance to promote directly-addressed object-storage – hard drives that store data in the form of keys and values, in other words. The eleven have formed the Kinetic Open Storage Project (KOSP), which has joined the Linux Foundation as a collaborative project …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2015
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It's enough to get your back up: Eight dual-bay SOHO NAS boxes

Product Round-Up For a great many people, there is only one place to look when talking about storing data somewhere other than their local storage in their PC, notebook or tablet – and that’s to the cloud. Seagate STCT200 dual bay NAS box Best of both worlds: a dual-bay NAS can either double up on capacity or be configured to mirror data …
Simon Crisp, 02 Aug 2015
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Object storage adoption: Why, when, where… and, importantly, but

Comment In one of my recent posts, I wrote about private object storage not being for everyone, especially if you don’t have the size to make it viable. On the other hand, we are all piling up boatloads of data and users need to access it from many different locations, applications and devices at anytime. Object storage …
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WD silently murders Arkeia backupware

WD has admitted it is killing off its Arkeia backup software product: it is no longer selling it to new customers and stopping development. Privately-owned Arkeia was bought by Western Digital in January 2013, bringing WD its deduplicating Network Backup software product and technology. It was placed inside WD’s Branded …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015
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China's STILL holding up the full WD-HGST integration. Why?

Comment WD's buyout of HGST took place in 2012. MOFCOM, China’s Ministry of Commerce – here concerned with competition – said it was delaying its approval for two years. During that time, HGST and WD had to be run as two separate businesses subject to strict conditions. Those conditions were: Maintenance of HGST at pre-transaction …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015
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QLogic issues mournful prognosto ahead of next numbers

QLogic expects a significant shortfall in its latest quarter’s results compared to expectations set a couple of months ago and has issued preliminary numbers to warn the financial markets. The expectation was for $124 million to $132 million revenues. Instead the prelim number is $113 million, well down, and comparing poorly …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015
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Thinking of adding an SSD for SUPREME speed? Read this

Feature Those guys in white coats at the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) must have been really proud when they unleashed the SATA 6Gb/s specifications on the world. You can imagine them thinking: this will keep us ahead of the game when it comes to hard drive performance. Certainly they were right when it comes to the …
Simon Crisp, 10 Jul 2015
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The all-flash market will grotesquely distend in five years, says Gartner

Gartner thinks the all-flash array market will expand at a 37 per cent compound annual growth rate, embiggening from $1.43bn in 2014 to about $7bn by 2019. Storage notes from analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, reveal that and other interesting predictions: Gartner thinks no data centres use only all-flash arrays …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2015
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Disk is dead, screeches Violin – and here's how it might happen

Analysis And in a flash, disk is dead. Well, actually, not that fast. But flash array flogger Violin Memory is convinced disk is dying in the data centre, killed by a series of NAND acronyms: 2D MLC, 3D TLC and, the final blow, 3D QLC. Is this view realistic? Even remotely realistic? It starts from a pair of observations by Violin …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2015

IoT DANGERS: BYOD’s trashier cousin becoming a right tearaway

Bring Your Own Device is problematic enough, but now staff are increasingly bringing inherently insecure, internet-connected smart devices into work, making a mockery of established security policies in the process. Staff and bosses bringing their own smartphones and laptops into enterprises can be managed using mobile device …
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2015
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Tegile scores VC cash to splash on flash growth dash

Tegile has landed itself a massive $70m D-round of funding to pay for global expansion of its hybrid/all-flash array business. Founded in 2010 with a $2.l5m A-round that year, Tegile took in a $10m B-round in 2012, and a $35m C-round in 2013. Total funding now stands at $117.5m. In comparison, fellow hybrid array startup Tintri …
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2015

'Millions' of routers open to absurdly outdated NetUSB hijack

SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab Stefan Viehböck says potentially millions of routers and internet of things devices using KCodes NetUSB could be exposed to remote hijacking or denial of service attacks. The packet fondler says the vulnerability (CVE-2015-3036) hits the Linux kernel module in scores of popular routers which serves …
Darren Pauli, 20 May 2015

Gartner: Dell nowhere to be seen as storage SSD sales go flat

Well, here's another nail in the coffin for traditional storage arrays; Gartner claims array SSD sales were up just one per cent year-on-year, while server flash sales grew 51 per cent. EMC leads the AFA players, while Cisco and Dell are nowhere. Total enterprise SSD revenue is 2014 was $5.77bn, up 30 per cent year-on-year. …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2015

How do you sell fewer hard drives but make more profit? Let's ask ... Western Digital

Western Digital's third quarter of fiscal 2015, ended April 3, raked in sales of US$3.55bn – that's 4.1 per cent down on the year-ago quarter, and 8.7 per cent less than the previous quarter. It banked a profit of US$384m; that figure was US$375m a year ago, so that's a 2.4 per cent gain. WD recorded a profit of US$460m in the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2015
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Purple strain? Purple gain: WD doubles cam count for spy drives

Western Digital has tweaked its Purple-branded hard drives for video surveillance to double the supported camera count. The 4TB Purple 3.5" disks were introduced in February last year, with a 6TB model hitting the market eight months later. They have a feature called AllFrame in their firmware that's supposed to reduce data …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2015
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Extensive 3D NAND drives very expensive to make

The flash industry is going to have to dig deep – really, really deep – to fund the fabs needed to build 3D NAND. Stifel MD Aaron Rakers bas been crunching numbers and comparing foundry capital costs for NAND over the next few years with those for disk drive fabs. The forthcoming flash fab costs are driven by the conversion to …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2015
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Helium-filled drive tech floats to top of HGST heap

HGST has announced second-generation helium drive tech after shipping a million gen-1 Helium drives and upping field reliability by 15 per cent. These drives have enclosures filled with helium instead of air. This is only 14 per cent of the density of air, so platters spin with less friction, vibrating less and needing less …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015
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HGST goes on Himalaya expedition with Amplidata purchase

HGST is buying its way into object storage by acquiring Amplidata, a start-up whose technology is OEM’d by Quantum as its Lattus product and included in StorNext. HGST is developing an active disk-based archiving array, powered by Amplidata Himalaya software and using HGST shingled magnetic media drives. Initial revenue …
Chris Mellor, 04 Mar 2015
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Get ready for the El Reg Storage Winners-n-Losers super chart

A look at four years' worth of storage supplier revenues shows us which suppliers are winning, losing or standing still. The chart shows annual revenues for storage suppliers, or the storage business of larger suppliers, insofar as it can be identified, from 2010 to 2014. All_Storage_supplier_revenues It's crude as suppliers …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2015
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Storage snippets slither forth from San Fran analyst shindig

Western Digital is making more than five times as much money from flash than Seagate: $590m/quarter compared to $100m. This came out at a Stifel Nicolaus Tech, Internet and Media conference held last week in San Francisco, where vendors gave presentations and answered questions. Other highlights were: Seagate thinks there …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2015

Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

The US National Security Agency (NSA) infected hard disk firmware with spyware in a campaign valued as highly as Stuxnet that dates back at least 14 years and possibly up to two decades – all according to an analysis by Kaspersky Labs. The campaign infected possibly tens of thousands of Windows computers in telecommunications …
Darren Pauli, 17 Feb 2015
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Flash die supply dry? Not us. We've got a deal with Micron - Seagate

+Comment The winds of flash change are gusting strong - Seagate and Micron have signed a strategic agreement concerning next-generation SAS SSDs and strategic NAND supply, initially. Seagate's EVP for electronic solutions, Phil Brace, issued a quote saying: “This agreement enables Seagate to secure a strategic supply of NAND flash memory …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2015

Seagate’s EVault joins the backup providers swarm

+Comment Seagate has a new backup target appliance (BTA) that can shoot data to a private, public or partner cloud, as well as having 65TB of usable storage capacity. Why in a mature market are there so very many suppliers? It announced 50TB (3U) and 100TB (4U) EBA (Enterprise Backup and recovery Appliances) appliances last September and …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2015
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Port authority: Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock

Review Intel's Thunderbolt interface is the most impressive external I/O you can get on a consumer PC. But as befits a luxury interface, it comes at luxury price. There's a computer in the cable, for a start. All of this means that Thunderbolt's great promise – one cable to carry all your I/O, for easy docking – has been kept out of …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Feb 2015

Spinning rust into gold: WD profit grows ... though sales dip

+Comment Western Digital sold 61 million drives in its latest quarter, 2.1 million less than a year ago, but made $30m more profit, and it out-shipped and out-earned rival Seagate – CEO Steve Milligan's men must have ear-to-ear grins on their faces. The company’s revenues, including its WD and HGST operations, for Q2 in its fiscal 2015 ( …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2015

Seagate belches, chomps down another greenback burger

Seagate’s second quarter revenues for 2015 rose 4.8 per cent over the year to $3.7bn while profits more than doubled to $933m, up from $428m a year ago. Last quarter’s revenues were higher, at $3.8bn, yet profits were $381m. This meant they made up just 10.1 per cent of its revenues compared to 25.2 per cent profit in the latest …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015