Articles about Whiptail

The Hindenburg disaster

How to waste two years and lose $415m: Cisco's now-dead Whiptail deal

Exclusive + analysis Cisco has confirmed that the Invicta all-flash array line is no more, telling The Register: "As part of product lifecycle management, we withdraw technology from the marketplace when necessary to focus our efforts on what is critical for the future of our customers' business as well as our own." The networking goliath added: …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2015
Whiptail XLR8r appliance

Watch out EMC and vendor pals, Cisco's set to flog you with Whiptail

Blocks and Files El Reg's storage desk is hearing Cisco people saying their partnerships with storage vendors are stronger than ever, following the Whiptail acquisition. They say EMC and other storage array suppliers understand that Whiptail is a UCS-booster, not an array. Well, excuse me, but what? The idea of Whiptail as a Unified Computing …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2013
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Whiptail whips out SME-friendly flash array

Enterprise flash array fettler Whiptail has announced a flash array for the rest of us: the WT-1100, aimed at branch offices and small/medium enterprises. It's a diminutive 1UK rack enclosure holding up to 4TB of flash which delivers 100,000 IOPS with a latency less than 0.1msecs. The device runs the same RACERUNNER software as …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2013
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
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Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure

A recent report based on views gathered from resellers reveals Cisco reps are enthusiastically selling Invicta all-flash arrays as both stand-alone and UCS converged arrays against EMC's XtremIO and Pure Storage. William Blair's Data Networking and Storage Tracker findings are based on "in-depth interviews with 41 US and …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2014
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Storage firms, tremble: MASSIVE tech beast Cisco has just spaffed $415m on Whiptail

Cisco intends to buy all-flash array startup Whiptail for the huge cash sum of $415m, catapulting the networking giant full tilt into the storage market and threatening its close relationship with EMC. John Chambers' networking giant declares: "Whiptail will strengthen Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) strategy and enhance …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2013
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Has Cisco made a $415 MILLION mistake with the Whiptail buyout?

Blocks and Files Is the $450m that Cisco paid for Whiptail too high, seeing as the possible costs of the deal could include losing the EMC/VCE and NetApp/FlexPod partnerships? Let's back up a moment. Once upon a time Cisco sold networking gear. Then it entered the server market with its UCS line. It then had two players in the 4-part data centre …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2014
Dan Crain

Whiptail CEO: Big Blue's flashy BEELLION doesn't faze us

Interview Undaunted by IBM's billion dollar investment in flash, all-flash array startup Whiptail is banking on new investor SanDisk, says Whiptail CEO Dan Crain. Whiptail's plans also include introducing 3D chips into its arraysand developing "revolutionary" array software and management products. It has no intention of entering the …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013
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All-flash-array flogger WhipTail in mad dash to fortify EMEA base

Self-proclaimed first shipper of an all-flash array, WhipTail, says UK customers are taking to its all-flash arrays in droves, with the company expecting a 1,100 per cent increase in sales this year. But it is expecting the competition to be snapping at its heels fairly shortly, which is why it has recruited an ex-EMC Isilon …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2012
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Speaking in Tech: Google's snapped – it's gone native in the cloud

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed, Sarah and Greg review how Google's going cloud native, Cisco shuts down Whiptail and dress codes at HP. Our special guest this week is Matt Brender from Basho to discuss OSCON and developer culture in the …
Team Register, 29 Jul 2015
Whiptail's Dan Crane and James Candelaria

Why is SanDisk joining whip-round for Whiptail?

USB and camera/phone flash chip vendor SanDisk has bought into flash array startup Whiptail. Now why exactly, and how, is SanDisk doing this? A Wall Street Journal blog gave the game way. SanDisk is announcing a $75m venture fund to buy stock in companies that help SanDisk's strategic interests. The first buy is stock in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2012

Whiptail flashes new kit, launches 72TB storage monster

Whiptail, the flash array startup from Whippany, New Jersey, has boosted and renamed its XLR8r flash array, and launched a 72TB flash storage monster called INVICTA. The XLR8r array becomes ACCELA, a brand name reminiscent of New England's high-speed Acela train service, and gets this new stuff: Random Read IOPS go from >175, …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2012
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The green salamander is OUT: Cisco gives up on Invicta flash arrays

That’s that then: it was a $415m mistake. We have heard from several sources that Cisco has laid off virtually the entire Invicta all-flash array engineering and development team. If true, Cisco – still led by John Chambers – has admitted the 2013 Whiptail acquisition was a complete cock-up. Timing-wise, this has happened at …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2015
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VCs shower WhipTail with cash

Flash array start-up WhipTail has had an eight-figure B-round of funding less than six months after its A-round as AMD becomes a customer and its development pace accelerates. The company saw revenues increase 400 per cent in 2011, a year in which it tripled its workforce and went past the 100 customer mark. It says 30 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2012
Whiptail's Dan Crane and James Candelaria

Whiptail lifts flash-array skirt: We're ready for bigness

Whiptail, the self-proclaimed first shipper of an all-flash array, opened up to a press briefing party in Whippany, New Jersey, and spoke of its future plans, saying it is ready for hyper-growth. Company CEO Dan Crain said flash arrays would enable businesses to run lengthy processes five times, ten times or even more times …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2012
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Whiptail cracks on: VCs pump it full of flash cash

Comment Two venture capital firms have pumped A-round initial funding cash into flash array start-up Whiptail. What's got them so fired up? Whiptail's XLR8r appliance is an all-flash memory array that can store things like VDI images and pump them out to booting PCs faster than a disk drive array. Whiptail CEO Dan Crain said: "We're …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2011
A VCE vBlock

VCE adds all-flash vBlock using EMC storage

VMware, EMC and Cisco lovechild VCE has announced a slew of new boxen, including an all-flash variant that uses EMC's XtremIO kit. That's a little odd seeing as we were told back in May, that a vBlock using Cisco's all-flash Whiptail kit was planned for the future. A further future, it appears, as the new “Vblock System 540” …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Oct 2014
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Invicta saddles up for another tilt at the 'acceleration' market

After having withdrawn its Invicta all-flash array (AFA) from sale last year, Cisco is trying to crack the AFA market again Cisco bought Whiptail and its Invicta flash array technology for $415 million in 2013, and wants to build it into a $1bn business. However, it withdrew it from sale in September 2014 after scaling problems …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015

Cisco UCS Invicta off the shelves, for now

Reports are emerging that Cisco is holding back its UCS Invicta storage products because of unspecified performance issues. The kit, for which the Borg laid out US$415 million in September 2013 in its acquisition of Whiptail before a January 2014 launch, put the company into direct competition with partners NetApp and EMC. That …
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The Perez Peregrination: Invicta and the move to Dell

Comment The background to the peregrination of Paul Perez from Cisco to Dell throws up some interesting points related to the depressing setback of Cisco’s Invicta flash array program. Perez moved from being the VP and general manager of computing systems at Cisco, Mr UCS server in other words, to become the chief technology officer for …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2015
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Nutanix CEO nixes Cisco buy rumours, swears allegiance to Michael Dell

Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey has nixed rumours of Cisco buying his co-founded hyper-converged server/storage/networking startup. The rumours were started by senior research analyst Jared Rinderer of Equity Capital Research Group. Pandey says Rinderer's analysis is off the mark. Pandey, who has consistently said he wants to take …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2015
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WhipTail whips VDI's ass

WhipTail claims that its flashy solid state XLR8r appliance is more cost-effective than EMC and NetApp disk drive arrays for hosting virtual desktop images (VDIs). The device is known as the Racerunner Virtual Desktop XLR8r. Accelerator. Geddit? WhipTail's pitch is that it's cheaper to host thousands of VDIs on this than on an …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2010
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WhipTail promises no bull 6TB SSD

Start-up WhipTail Technologies has announced a whopping 6TB solid state drive (SSD). This fits into a 2U rack enclosure, WhipTail says, making it the highest-capacity SSD appliance available to mid- to large-sized enterprises, with this footprint. You can use the 2U case for 1.5TB, 3TB or 6TB of flash, multi-level cell (MLC) …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2009

QLogic hits all-flash bullseye, doubles profit

QLogic is smiling, and so it should, with revenues and profits growing, and all-flash arrays, where it has host server connectivity dominance, blooming too. The glory days might just be coming into sight again. Revenues for its full-year 2015 third quarter were $140.2m, 10 per cent higher than the previous quarter, and a chunky …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2015
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HP one of the fairest, claims Gartner's magic quadrant on the wall

Gartner has announced that HP has joined the leaders in its all-flash array magic quadrant, while Violin Memory, Nimbus Data and Cisco have been demoted, and Dell and HDS are excluded altogether from the MQ because of the research giant's peculiar classification criteria. The MQ classifies suppliers in what Gartner calls the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2015
Whiptail INVICTA 30 node

Wanna see a 30D-rack beauty that goes like the clappers?

Whiptail has increased the number of storage nodes in its all-flash array to 30. Whiptail INVICTA 30 node 30-node Whiptail Invicta Up until now, Whiptail's NAND-packed array could have two to six Invicta nodes. Each node can store 6TB to 12TB in MLC flash, allowing each array to contain up to 72TB. The chips can do 650,000 …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2012
SanDisk Lightning PCIe

Flash-card shuffler SanDisk might shimmy up the storage stack

Blocks and Files Tech news blog Silicon Valley Confidential has reported on rumours that SanDisk, the maker of flash camera cards, Lightning brand PCIe flash cards and SSDs, is moving up the stack. Let's step back for a moment and see if this adds up: We'll start with SanDisk partnering Toshiba in a flash foundry business Step 1 was in May …
Chris Mellor, 05 Mar 2013

Flashy upstarts facing IPO pressure. Get on with it then

Comment Conventional wisdom has it that VC-funded tech start-ups get acquired or, hopefully, go through an IPO to become successful stand-alone companies. However, such may not be the fate of the five main surviving all-flash array (AFA) vendors in the face of fast and furious mainstream supplier reaction to their success. Step back a …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2015
Cisco CEO John Chambers speaking at Cisco Live! 2014

Cisco CEO Chambers: 'Infrastructure is commodity'

Cisco CEO John Chambers says customers should expect significant consolidation in the networking industry, even as his own company strives to move into new markets. Chambers, who has spent the last 19 years as Cisco's chief exec, used his Monday afternoon keynote address at the Cisco Live! conference in San Francisco to make the …
Neil McAllister, 20 May 2014
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Psst, keep this under your hat, but NetApp's new flash wunderkind will be unveiled on...

NetApp is holding an Insight event in Las Vegas in October – and its new all-flash box FlashRay is set to steal the show. FlashRay is a designed-from-scratch solid-state storage array, and we’ve written about it here. Now it's likely to be fully unveiled before or in time for the Vegas event on 28 October, The Reg storage desk …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2014
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Storage memory has a DIMM future... and that's a GOOD thing

Blocks and Files The SMART flash DIMM announcement has opened up a major server memory redesign period. The idea of packing NAND chips tightly together and accessing them in the same address space as main memory is highly attractive to server manufacturers looking for an edge in running applications faster – faster than PCIe flash for example. …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2013
Intel and Micron's 20nm, 128Gb NAND chip

Keep up with the fast-moving world of flash array storage

An all-flash networked array can do wonders in speeding up data accesses by applications running in connected servers. It is obviously best if the all-flash array is seamlessly integrated with your existing networked storage infrastructure. Suppliers of new integrated flash arrays say that getting the best use out of flash …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2014

SanDisk pumps a few million into cloudy upstart Panzura

Flash memory firm SanDisk has made a substantial investment in flash-based cloud storage gateway startup, Panzura. Let's introduce Panzura. Among other items, it produces a Quicksilver Cloud Storage Controller providing access to files in the cloud using Panzura FS, a global file system, with a single namespace, global …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2013
Blindfold

Cisco execs blindside themselves with flash-splash Invicta UCS array

Blocks and Files Sources indicate that Cisco’s top execs blundered when they thought the UCS Invicta all-flash array wouldn’t compete with flash arrays from partners EMC and NetApp because it was integrated into the UCS server fabric. Our people suggest that they didn’t understand, when given UCS Invicta integration information by lower-level …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2014
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Kaminario swallows $15m – ONE MONTH after last cash gulp

Comment Not content with raising $53m in a E-round of funding at the end of November, flash array performance king Kaminario raised another $15m at the end of December. The startup’s K2 all-flash array business has now raised a total of $143m, getting close to Solidfire’s $150m but a long way behind Pure Storage’s $470m. King K got the …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2015
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EMC braces self for November's flashy XTremIO launchgasm

EMC is winding itself up to launch its XtremIO flash array on 14 November. This is an all-flash array, gained in EMC's XtremIO acquisition, and it will, of course, be a faster, more power-efficient and cost-efficient array than those of all the competition, with better management software, array backend and server front-end …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 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

Dedupe-dedupe, dedupe-dedupe-dedupe: Flashy clients crowd around Permabit diamond

Putative OEM deduplication technology supplier Permabit could be about to land some clients, if a recent analyst's note is anything to go by. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers sent a note around about private talks with Permabit CEO Tom Cook and what's happening with its Albireo deduplication technology - background here. HDS …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2013
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Cisco quietly slips out new all-flash arrays – perhaps it doesn't want EMC, NetApp to notice

The competition gloves are almost off: Cisco has made available two Invicta solid-state arrays that integrate into the unified computing system (UCS) fabric but are not converged server-storage systems. The two systems, which had a low-key launch on Friday, will compete with Cisco partner EMC’s own XtremIO all-flash arrays. The …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2014
Violin

Flash biz Violin plays for $162m shower of notes - will rivals drown it out?

Flash array startup Violin Memory wants to raise $162m in a stock-market debut, according to paperwork filed for its IPO. Earlier this month rival Pure Storage received $150m in a funding round, which may or may not be significant in Violin's pricing calculations. Other recent big-bucks flash-array news this month has included …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2013
Independence Day

Structural storage industry changes green light Cisco

Structural changes in IT and storage technology are green lighting opportunities for Cisco as it has no legacy storage products holding it back and server-led storage opportunities are growing and growing. William Blair analyst Jason Ader has issued a note called "Day of Reckoning for IT Infrastructure Is Near" which talks of " …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2014
No Sale

NetApp: Revenues are down – but own brand kit wasn't to blame

Revenues down, profits up and no growth for three years: that's the picture from NetApp's first fiscal 2015 quarter results. The quarter finished on 25 July, and revenues were $1.49bn. They were $1.52bn a year ago, a 2 per cent fall, and $1.65bn in the previous quarter, 10 per cent less and a seasonal pattern. Net income for …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2014

Flash, cloud boom flings storage startups into piles of money

Nasuni, Nimbus, TwinStrata and Whiptail have all announced flying starts to 2013, suggesting it's going to be a quite a year for both cloud storage and flash array technology. Cloud storage gateway supplier Nasuni said its 2012 business performance featured: 200 per cent growth in bookings Quadruped the size of the enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2013
Violin

Violin Memory is winning flash-supply race – Quadragon™ rivals

The storage world keeps hearing how Violin Memory leads the flash array supplier race. Here's some concrete proof, courtesy of numbercruncher 451 Research. IDC's quarterly storage tracker doesn't yet reveal flash array vendor use. Absent that, TheInfoPro (a service by 451 Research) ran a storage study survey from which we …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2013

Violin Memory falls through basement in first day of trading

Violin Memory's hotly-anticipated IPO fizzled on the first day of trading. The flash-array company had raised some $162m by selling its shares at $9, but on the first day of trading the stock opened below $8 and fell from there. The stock closed at $7.02 on Friday, down 22 percent. Violin Memory has posted a loss for the last …
Jack Clark, 27 Sep 2013
Bald Diesen

Pure Storage CEO goes BALD after losing bet on firm's results

Pic Pure Storage CEO has made good on his bet and shaved his head in response to Pure Storage’s results. The all-flash array startup boss said he’d shave his head if Pure’s sales, sales order management and shipping folks managed to double the firm’s business in the fourth quarter. They did and so Scott Dietzen’s cranial follicles …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2014

NetApp's running with the big dogs: All-flash FlashRay hits the street

NetApp’s all-new FlashRay solid state array has been launched with limited availability and is not yet ready for prime time, having only a single controller, and lacking scale-out features and some ONTAP integration. These will come with future product upgrades, allowing NetApp to harden and fine-tune the product with this …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2014

All-flash array fettler Pure Storage: Snowball, sueballs and... an IPO?

Out of the blue we have heard that Pure Storage is making groundwork preparations for an IPO. The information came from a Silicon Valley source and chimes with the company saying recently its annual revenue run rate is at the IPO-level, taken to mean $100 million. All-flash array fettler Pure says it is growing fast, although …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2014
Don Basile CEO of Violin Memory

Sceptical markets snub Violin Memory: Can the flashy biz bounce back?

Comment Violin's IPO was a right debacle: investors judged the stock was worth a fifth less than the valuation of the bankers backing the public offering. What are they seeing that the bankers didn't? The days of easy flash array pickings are coming to a close. Listen hard and you can hear the screeches in the wind from the iron gates …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2013
IMFT 25nm Flash die

Eat our dust, spinning rust: In 5 years, it'll be all flash all the time

Blocks and Files 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