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Always late to the party, IBM reveals itself to be NVMe fanboy

+Comment IBM says it's developing systems with NVMe across its storage portfolio, and wants to ignite an industry-wide leap in system performance. Its NVMe-using products will come to the market in the first half of 2018. That's a year away. Apeiron, Excelero, E8, Micron and many others already have NVMe SSD supporting systems and are …
Chris Mellor, 8 May 2017
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Micron moves up stack to Excelero-powered flash array product

+Comment Micron is building SolidScale, an all-flash, scale-out, NVMe over Fabrics access array using Excelero software aimed at low latency and high-throughput data access needs. It is introducing its SolidScale architecture, with multiple nodes connected using high-speed RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) fabric, for low-latency, …
Chris Mellor, 3 May 2017
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Core blimey! 10,000 per rack in startup's cloud-in-a-box

+Comment Say hello to hyperdense server and NVMe storage startup Aparna Systems and its Cloud-in-a-Box system. Originally named Turbostor and founded in February 2013, the company has emerged from stealth with the Orca µCloud, a 4U enclosure that converges compute, storage and networking, and offers, Aparna claims, up to 10,000 cores …
Chris Mellor, 2 May 2017

Pivot3: Acuity hyper-converged with NVMe flash and QoS has landed

Hyper-converged infrastructure supplier Pivot3 is adding an NVMe flash tier with app-priority-based quality of service (QOS). The Acuity software product can, Pivot3 said, enable multi-priority, mixed-use workloads to run in a hyper-converged environment. The support of NVMe SSDs, with their microsecond latency and the SLAs, …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017
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Fabric maths: Pure + Cisco = end-to-end NVMe

Analysis Pure and Cisco could build an end-to-end NVMe FlashStack using Pure's NVMe-using FlashArray//x and Cisco's NVMe over fabric's Fibre Channel. There are three ingredients contributing to this window of opportunity: Pure's FlashArray//x, which uses NVMe-accessed DirectFlash modules and an NVMe-tuned //X70 controller Cisco's …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2017

Proprietary: Pure sticks to flash module design, becomes a direct flasher

Pure Storage has moved away from SSDs in giving its FlashArray an NVMe makeover, halving its latency and doubling its bandwidth. The new FlashArray//X takes inspiration from the unstructured data FlashBlade’s proprietary flash drives and re-implements these in NVME flash form to build an updated FlashArray//m. A FlashBlade …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2017

Cisco goes 32 gigging with Fibre Channel and NVMe

Networking titan Cisco is adding both NVMe over Fibre Channel and 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel speed to its MDS Director and UCS C-Series server products. Fibre Channel speeds are doubling from 16Gbit/s to 32Gbit/s, what Brocade calls Gen 6 Fibre Channel. That company launched its 32Gbit/s Director product last July – a Director …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2017

Excelero stumbles, squinting, into sunlight clutching its remote direct-access NVMe kit

Storage startup Excelero slides out of stealth today with its NVMesh v1.1 Server SAN software, which can drink data directly from a remote node, bypassing that node's CPU. Excelero is active in the NVMe over Fabrics area, in which remote direct access to a storage resource is almost as fast as direct local access, and has, in …
Chris Mellor, 8 Mar 2017
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Dell kills off standalone DSSD D5, scatters remains into other gear

+Comment A year after first shipping the DSSD D5 array, Dell Technologies is axing the standalone product. It will sprinkle the technology into its storage and platforms groups; that will, it is hoped, speed up applications on these systems by exploiting high-speed access to NVMe drives. EMC bought DSSD in May 2014 for a suggested $ …
Chris Mellor, 2 Mar 2017

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, 7 Feb 2017

Between you and NVMe: NetApp dishes on drives and fabric access

Interview El Reg has asked a large number of storage array vendors about their views of NVMe solid state drives and NVMe over Fabrics access to such drives. The combination promises to effectively kill array network access latency issues and make array access equivalent to reading and writing data from a locally attached flash drive. So …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2017

Kaminario gets cash for K2 biz flash dash

All-flash array supplier Kaminario has gained an additional $75 million funding in an F-round, taking total funding to $218 million. Private equity firm Waterwood led the round; its strategy is to invest in growth-stage technology companies. Cash also came from new and existing investors, including Sequoia, Pitango, Lazarus, …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2017

Tintri, thrown on the El Reg grill: We'll support NVMe! We promise!

Interview El Reg has been quizzing array vendor after array vendor on their views about the technology change from SAS/SATA to NVMe flash drives and to NVMe over Fabrics array access. Today it's the turn of Tintri, and it thinks NVMe is an important technology watershed, but not as huge as the change from disk to solid state storage – the …
Chris Mellor, 9 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, 5 Jan 2017

Splunk slam dunk as FC SAN sunk by NVMe hulk

Case study Apeiron has had its Splunk processing speed advantage confirmed by ESG. Big deal. So what? The deal is that Splunk was built as a distributed and scale-out Big Data ingest and search engine running across multiple servers each with their own storage, providing real-time access to data analytics. Because data sets grew, ESG …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2016
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'Pet Shop Boys CEO' firm quips: We have enough storage people

Mangstor founder and chief architect Ashwin Kamath contacted us to correct and clarify our story about the Mangstor CEO change, in which we wrote that its new CEO had no storage background. He noted that its former one hadn't either. He tells us: “It is quite an understandable take on the events. I would like to correct one …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2016

Mangstor discreetly appoints ex-pet supplies shipper as its CEO

+Comment Mangstor quietly changed its CEO and no one noticed. This NVMe-over-fabrics accessed, NVMe drive array startup is now run by president and CEO Craig Gilmore, who lists no previous professional involvement with storage array and server-storage access technology in his LinkedIn CV whatsoever. Get this – Mangstor’s announcement …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2016

Let's talk about NVMe, let's talk to Dell EMC: Let's talk about $1bn baby DSSD

Interview The most high profile NVMe-using array is Dell EMC's all-flash, 10 million IOPS D5, the much anticipated product of its billion-dollar acquisition of DSSD. We asked Mike Shapiro, VP Software for DSSD, questions about how DSSD views NVMe as part of our NVMe interview series. His answers are below. During the process, news hit …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2016

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