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Oracle to channel: want some extra rebate love?

Oracle has tossed a couple of extra percentage points of rebate into the mix for channel partners that can flog its prescribed blend of systems and software. The sweetener comes in the wake of a lacklustre fiscal '13 for Oracle, and is a good indication of where the vendor needs most help from resellers/ integrators in the year …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2013

Perish the fault! Can your storage array take a bullet AND LIVE?

Storage doesn't have to be hard. It isn't really all that hard. If you ask yourself "can my storage setup lead to data loss" then you have already begun your journey. As a primer, I will attempt to demystify the major technologies in use today to solve that very problem. Certain types of storage technologies (rsync, DFSR) are …
Trevor Pott, 13 Mar 2013

'Cheap' Oracle box bashes NetApp benchmark

An Oracle mid-range ZFS storage array has beaten a NetApp filer on a SPEC benchmark, despite costing just one-fifth of the NetApp price. The SPECsfs2008 is designed to evaluate the speed and request-handling capabilities of file servers utilising the NFSv3 and CIFS protocols. We're only concerned with NFS here. The Sun ZFS 7320 …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2012
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Storage upstarts, you disappoint me. Are you building SHELFWARE?

Sitting on the exhibition floor at Powering the Cloud, you sometimes wonder how many of these companies will be still here next year: the sheer volume of flash startups is quite frightening – I can see five of them just from where I am sitting. There's Pure, Tintri, Nimble, Fusion-IO, Violin – but an ever-expanding number are …
StorageBod, 06 Nov 2013
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NetApp sues Sun over ZFS claims

Network Appliance is suing Sun Microsystems in an intellectual property spat over - you guessed it - file systems. The company seeks to halt Sun's sales and development of ZFS technology and asks for unspecified damages. NetApp filed the complaint in US district court in Texas. In a conference call today, NetApp veep Dave Hitz …
Austin Modine, 05 Sep 2007
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OK, Wyse guy: So how do YOU think 'boosting' legacy tech is a winner?

Nexenta, the provider of hardware-independent software-defined storage with a ZFS disk-based stack, has gained 5,000-plus customers by enabling them to get EMC/NetApp-class storage functionality at much lower prices by not paying the mainstream vendors' lock-in hardware tax. It's a good game, as far as it goes, but the world is …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014

Sun's 128-bit ZFS file system to ship this month

More than a year ago, Sun unleashed the idea of the Zettabyte File System (ZFS), and customers paid attention. A high-performance 128-bit file system that prevents data corruption and stretches across tons of systems? Sure. Why not. Customers, however, have become concerned in recent months that ZFS was no more. Sun officials …
Ashlee Vance, 02 Nov 2005
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Oracle to NetApp: 'I'm a faster, cheaper storage lover'

Oracle says it has scored an SPC-1 benchmark win over NetApp; its ZFS storage box delivers twice the SPC-1 speed of a NetApp array for less than half the cost. The ZFS 7420 recorded 137,066 SPC-1 IOPS at a cost of $2.99/IOPS. Oracle chose to contrast this with a NetApp 3270A result of 68,035 SPC-1 IOPS at a cost of $7.48/IOPS. …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2011
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Oracle mounts cloud on FrankenStack underlay

Six months after borging the cloud management startup Nimbula, Oracle has ginned up an infrastructure-as-a-service product suite based on the open source OpenStack platform and a mish-mash of other technologies. In building this cloud, Oracle has embraced open source (but not, we should point out, apparently contributed any code …
Jack Clark, 26 Sep 2013
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Oracle's mighty column stuffs databases

Oracle says it can squeeze its databases in ZFS and Pillar Data arrays with Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC). HCC is applied to OLTP databases and data warehouses, with a claimed 10x to 50x compression for most datasets. Oracle says that by using HCC with ZFS or Pillar Axiom arrays its customers can throw out EMC or NetApp …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2011
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Spectra unveils TOP SECRET tape-based object store Black Pearl

Spectra Logic is introducing a tape-based object store which uses its Deep Simple Storage Services interface and its mysterious Black Pearl appliance. The thinking is that tape has to change from being a target for expensive and complex middleware to becoming just another storage medium. Using a flash cache with object-storing …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2013
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OK company, they've cleared. Storage firms: Reload and fire at will

This week has been a barrage of storage news: everything from biz results boasts, big firms swallowing upstarts and new deals to product releases and annexation of new territories by a newbie... Now that the dust has settled, let's have a look around and re-assess the landscape. Quantum announced a new DXi4701 deduplicating …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2014

Oracle tries to bust out of storage also-ran box

Oracle says it is seeing strong growth in its NAS, SAN and tape storage portfolio. Maybe a high-end Axiom array is coming but, even so, there's no sign Oracle is about to emerge from the IDC Storage Tracker's "Others" category. The data excludes Oracle's engineered Exa- systems (Exadata, Exalytics, etc) and refers to basic …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2012
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KVM kings unveil 'cloud operating system'

Virtualization sucks, because it makes it difficult for an application to get the most out of its underlying infrastructure. And so a startup staffed by the originators of the KVM hypervisor wants to change that with an ambitious open source project called OSv. The OSv "cloud operating system" was announced by Cloudius Systems …
Jack Clark, 17 Sep 2013
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Rackspace goes to Israel, picks up slick new weapon for cloud wars

Cloud operator Rackspace has hopped over to Israel and returned with a secret weapon that could give it capabilities hard to find in Amazon and Microsoft clouds. The weapon? ZeroVM, an open-source lightweight hypervisor that presents a single-threaded environment and can be spun up in as little as 5 milliseconds. It is based on …
Jack Clark, 25 Oct 2013

SGI storage gets a head transplant

SGI has stuck a Nexenta NAS head on the modular version of its InfiniteStorage product line and extended the halfway house of a departmental filer it pushed out in January. Back then SGI released its MIS server and JBOD in a phase one NAS launch, saying thin provisioning, snapshots and replication were coming, along with more …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2012
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Cloudscaling licenses Juniper virty networking for new OpenStack distro

Cloudscaling, one of the upstarts trying to become the Red Hat of OpenStack, has unveiled OCS 2.5, the third major release of its Open Cloud System. While it prepares for the coming of "Grizzly" - the latest OpenStack release - Cloudscaling has also inked a deal with Juniper Networks to put Juniper's virtual networking software …
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Mystery storage startup sheds cloak, reveals $22m package

Stealthy startup Exablox has just dropped its cloak and announced its existence to the storage world after amassing $22m in funding in two rounds. The start-up certainly has buzzword marketing down pat: it says it is "re-imagining storage" to solve "pain points". I don't know about you but I find myself in a pain point when I …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2012

SwiftStack sucks up $6.1m, leaps through curtains with 'Amazon S3-in-a-box'

Software-defined storage upstart Swiftstack has been given a fresh cash injection of $6.1m and has spoken out on its software-as-a-service offering, Swift. Software defined storage (SDN) is akin to the fabless semiconductor firm concept, except that in this case the firms provide software instead of chip designs. With software …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 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
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Apple's next OS X said to be targeted at 'power users'

Apple's next version of OS X may provide welcome relief to users dismayed by the company's seemingly inexorable evolution from computer manufacturer to consumer-electronics company, if unnamed sources speaking to 9to5Mac are to believed. According to those sources, OS X 10.9 – oddly codenamed "Cabernet"* in the closely guarded …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Apr 2013
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Exabyte era nigh for Nexenta

The exabyte era is hurrying closer for ZFS storage supplier Nexenta, which hopes to have its partners ship more storage boxes than NetApp in five years time. We were briefed by CEO Evan Powell following a Nexenta customer and partner shindig in Amsterdam. He said Nexenta was running at around $500 million a year in partner sales …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jun 2012
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When the SSD came to storage land: How flashy upstarts got their break

Of all the recent changes in the storage landscape over the past five years, the most dramatic is the coming of flash-based storage devices. Half a decade ago, we were talking about general purpose, multi-tier arrays, automated tiering and provisioning – all coming together in a single monolithic device. The multi-protocol …
StorageBod, 26 Sep 2013
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Nexenta trashes Win8 Storage Spaces

Nexenta has scoffed at Microsoft's self-healing Storage Spaces, which is billed as a means of creating and managing pooled virtual drives on Windows 8. What came as a real kick in the pills for the OpenSolaris-meets-Linux biz is the suggestion that Redmond's latest operating system capability has ZFS-like features and that …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2012
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Nexenta scores another $21m

Privately held startup and ZFS zealot Nexenta has snagged $21m in a C funding round and, as the self-proclaimed fastest-growing growing company in enterprise storage, is ready to power on to IPO-land and Croesus-level riches for its backers – or so they wish. The company supplies NexentaStor, an Open Solaris and ZFS-based …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jan 2012
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Coraid schmoozes Euro Nexenta distie sextet

Six European Nexenta disties are setting up EraStor to sell pre-built Nexenta/Super Micro storage servers, and there is a Coraid Ethernet storage array connection. EraStor, the new European Reseller Alliance, is composed of six independent system integrators/Nexenta resellers: zStor (Germany); E4 Computer Engineering (Italy); …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2012
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Oracle reveals cloudy engineered systems

Oracle is rolling out private infrastructure as a service clouds, with capacity-on-demand (CoD) pricing, based on its various "engineered systems" setups. Financial services organizations have very stringent – and significantly higher – capital requirements since the Great Recession. These days every million counts and any shift …
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Nexenta flogs virtual storage to High Street bank

ZFS storage system supplier Nexenta has dived into the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) pool, with an automated storage provisioning product, claiming that what took days now takes minutes. The NexentaVDI product deploys NexentaStor as a virtual storage appliance – the software running inside a virtual machine – across a …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2011

Morphlabs to cloud builders: Osmium is kryptonite to Amazon, Rackspace

Cloudy infrastructure provider Morphlabs is revving up its private cloud iron while at the same time wooing service providers with add-on software that makes it easier to run the OpenStack cloud control freak to create public clouds. No one who can do math and configure and run systems well would argue that compute and storage …
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Newcomer gets out its box, plans to sell it cheaply to all comers

Here's another hybrid flash/disk array that's using dedupe and compression to produce impressive cost/GB numbers. Tegile's Zebi product has been shipping for about a year and been bought by some 75 customers, with 80 per cent of involved in server and desktop virtualisation. It is a multi-protocol box, offering iSCSI, Fibre …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2012
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Avere destroys NetApp benchmark after just 13 DAYS

Well, that didn't last long: just 13 days. Filer accelerator Avere has shown it has real teeth by sinking them into NetApp's ankles and pulling it off the top of the SPECsfs2008 NFS benchmark hill by achieving a new record SPECsfs2008 score. Avere's appliances use multiple solid state and spinning disk tiers as caches for …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2011
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SGI slips on Scality's RING, awaits flood of Big Data

Scality's object storage software is being OEMed by SGI so that it can gulp down galactic amounts of unstructured data into its storage arrays. SGI has a Modular InfiniteStorage (MIS) array that was kicked into life a year ago and offered as a JBON or a NAS server supporting NFS and CIFS. Back then we wrote: "An SGI D-Rack can …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2013
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Oracle gives away updated Ops Center control freak

Software giant and now engineered systems player Oracle bought Sun for its Java and Solaris software, but in taking on hardware it also needed a management tools. Thus Ops Center is one of the more important bits of code for the company and Oracle has announced new enhancements to it on Wednesday. With the launch of Oracle …
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Dude, relax – it's Just a Bunch Of Disks: Our man walks you through how JBODs work

I'm one of those terrible people who "learn best by doing" and have always had a difficult time wrapping my head around exactly how high availability using "JBOD" external disk chassis systems was supposed to work. But my initial ignorance can work for both of us as we learn together. As luck would have it, AIC was interested in …
Trevor Pott, 25 Nov 2013

Not in China? No shrunken IBM Storwize array for you

IBM has stealthily released a smaller version of its StorWize V7000, the V3500, restricting its sale to Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong and the Chinese territory of Macau. Big Blue hasn't explained why the handy little V3500 won't ship outside of PROC and ROC*. The Storwize V7000 is a mid-range block storage array using SAN …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2012
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NetApp modifies benchmark system and - shock - comes out TOP

NetApp's number crunchers at Sunnyvale have sweetened the firm's SPC-2 benchmark results in an attempt to help NetApp stand out from the crowd, emphasising the price/performance bennies of its latest E5500 disk array. The Storage Performance Council (SPC) is a storage industry benchmark body that helps the industry provide …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2013
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Amazon cloud rival adds object storage service

Amazon cloud competitor Joyent is going to add an object storage service which will be a good testbed to see if the cloud could be an object storage launch ramp. Joyent, which has no relationship to Sun veteran Bill Joy whatsoever, broadly offers cloud computer and storage services – like Amazon – but with service level …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2011

GreenBytes goes on SME flash array gig

ZFS-using disk array storage supplier GreenBytes has set out on a flash project with its Solidarity flash array offering faster than disk performance at lower than disk cost for small and medium business. The Solidarity is a 3U rackmount, 3.5TB to 13.5TB, dual controller, iSCSI flash array, using inline and real-time …
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2012

Come clean, NetApp

Despite Oracle and NetApp dismissing their ZFS-based or related lawsuits against one another, NetApp is refusing to withdraw its threatening letter to Coraid and stop threatening "all appropriate remedies for any infringement" of NetApp's patents. Aked about the status of the Coraid letter following the Oracle-NetApp law suits …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2010

Opscode cooks up deals to serve Chef automation from IBM, Joyent clouds

Opscode's Chef configuration, change, and cloud management tool is spreading around the clouds and has been formally adopted on the heavenly infrastructure from IBM and Joyent. The news comes as Opscode is hosting its ChefConf 2013 user and partner conference in San Francisco this week and is touting the uptake of Chef as a tool …
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Windows 8 to get self-healing 'Storage Spaces'

Microsoft will introduce in Windows 8 what it calls Storage Spaces – a method of putting drives into a virtual pool from which self-healing virtual disks can be created, with some resemblance to ZFS features. Details of these virtual disks – the aforementioned Storage Spaces – were described in a 4,400-word deep-dive blog post …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2012

HP tempts EVA customers with low-end 3PAR array honeypot

HP is building a low-end 3PAR array with data migration software to convert the EVA customer base to a 3PAR customer base. We hear HP will use SAS disk drives instead of the more expensive 3.5-inch Fibre Channel drives. This will make it easier to substitute 3PAR's V-, T- and F-Class arrays s for the ageing EVA mid-range, dual- …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2012
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Integrated storage hardware is DEAD, software firm says

Nexenta, the ZFS-based storage software company, is successfully avoiding becoming a storage hardware supplier - although that could make life easier. But it believes hardware storage companies are doomed in the long run. The future is open storage software running in servers that abstracts and commoditises storage hardware. The …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2012
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Oracle array users skid off 7410 road map

A European Oracle 7410 array user has been told no more upgrades are possible after the end of the month - despite the fact that he only bought the 7410 this year. Oracle upgraded its 7000 open unified storage line last month. The products use ZFS. The existing 7110, 7310 and 7410 products were replaced by 7120, 7320 and 7420 …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2010

Morning stampede of workers lulled by 'new' virty shiny box

GreenBytes has turned its Solidarity flash array into what it's called an IO Offload Engine: a bit of gear purpose-built for weathering storms on storage networks caused by thousands of virtual desktops booting up and such like. Sitting in front of a storage array, taking care of the heavy IO lifting, it is sold to service …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012
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FreeNAS 8.0 hits the street

The FreeNAS project has released version 8.0 of its popular FreeBSD-based network storage server, and in doing so has managed to alienate some of its user base. The projects directors have decided to focus on the enterprise user as their first priority, and have released FreeNAS 8.0 without the home user functionality present in …
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Just how solid is cloud storage in 2014

Searching the Reg' for "Cloud + Storage" mentions in 2013 gets you 44 pages of results. So let's take it as read that it's a hot topic. We're not bothering with private clouds here; they're enterprise IT re-branded, re-tooled and re-priced but they are still private enterprise IT resources. No, it's the public cloud, accessed …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2014
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Axiom to boot out NetApp at Oracle

It's surely axiomatic: Oracle will replace the NetApp E Series-sourced 6000 line of storage arrays with the Pillar Axiom. Oracle dislikes OEM supply deals, seeing no good reason to send part of a customer's purchase money to another supplier. The company has bought the Pillar Data startup, which was funded by Oracle CEO Larry …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2011
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Boffins use Solaris to store the real Sun

Space watchers at the University of Central Lancashire are using Solaris ZFS and Sun Fire storage to hold a burgeoning stack of close-up pics of the real Sun. UCLan became a university in 1992, previously being the Lancashire Polytechnic. It was founded as the Institution for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge in 1828 by Joseph …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2010

Oracle cranks up SuperCluster with Sparc T5 engines

Software giant and hardware playa Oracle has launched its high-end SuperCluster T5-8 "engineered system" based on its sixteen-core Sparc T5 processor. It seems that turning in a less-than-stellar quarter ending its fiscal 2013 year inspired Oracle to make as many announcements as possible in the hope of some positive press. …