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Make it rain: NetApp sets up Cloud Infrastructure biz unit

NetApp is setting up a Cloud Infrastructure business unit, giving it FlexPod, SolidFire and StorageGRID, and hiring a cloud services hotshot to run it. Brad Anderson is said hotshot, a NetApp outsider, coming in from being President and COO of Gravitant, a cloud services brokerage company, which IBM bought in November 2015. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2018

NetApp straps on serverless taps, cloud cost caps, deduplication stats... and other tat

NetApp has updated its SolidFire Element OS, StorageGRID Webscale, ONTAP, and OnCommand Insight software. These packages, which sit under its Data Fabric umbrella brand, are supposed to unify and manage storage across on-premises kit and public cloud stores. The headline refresh points are: SolidFire Element OS: …
Chris Mellor, 4 Oct 2017
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NetApp, you went all-flash, never go all-fla... Hey, wait. It's working

NetApp has managed to go back to what it used to do do reliably: churn out revenue and profit increases as its customer base lapped up new kit. First quarter fiscal 2018 revenues of $1.33bn were 10 per cent up on the year and produced profits of $136m, 112.5 per cent up on a year ago. Traditional seasonality came into play …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2017
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NetApp HCI: More converged than hyperconverged?

Analysis I have come to the conclusion that NetApp's new HCI system is more converged than hyperconverged: in essence the boxes just add compute nodes and networking to SolidFire (storage) nodes. HCI or CI? Let's row back a little and use IDC's definition of HCI as the starting point for our thinking. Hyper-converged infrastructure ( …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2017

Flash-based and Dell-free: NetApp trots out SolidFire FlexPod

NetApp has introduced an all-flash SolidFire-based FlexPod. FlexPod is a converged infrastructure reference architecture jointly produced by Cisco and NetApp, and sold by partners. It has achieved $8bn in sales for Cisco and NetApp, with more than 8,400 customers and 140+ validated designs. Up until now FlexPods have used …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2017
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It's a Wright off: NetApp confirms SolidFire boss on hiatus, 'will be back' working on other stuff

+Comment NetApp says its SolidFire chief Dave Wright is on hiatus – and his role upon his return will not involve running the storage organization he founded. Exactly what he'll be doing when he gets back will be decided by NetApp's CEO George Kurian and cofounder Dave Hitz. Following our story earlier today on Wright taking a break, …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2017
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Wall St's NetApp conversion breeds limited believer

“NetApp has risen from the ashes and executed an unlikely business transformation” – at least according to one Wall Street convert. The reason for that conversion? A recent NetApp financial analyst day, where the suits foresaw low single-digit revenue growth in the fiscal 2018-2020 period, with flat growth in external storage …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2017
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SolidFire chief talks up secret upcoming hyperconverged system

Backgrounder SolidFire boss Dave Wright talked with El Reg and discussed the vendor's upcoming hyper-converged system based on its own nodes. Wright was SolidFire CEO when NetApp bought the company towards the end of 2015 and is now VP and General Manager of SolidFire within NetApp. We tried, but were unable to get him to talk any about …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2017
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NetApp confirms: SolidFire hyperconverged appliance is coming

+Comment NetApp met its revenue predictions for its third fiscal 2017 quarter and talked openly about a coming SolidFire-based hyperconverged product suited for scalable hybrid cloud and mixed workload enterprise deployments. NetApp's revenues were $1.4bn, an increase of 5 per cent sequentially and 1 per cent year-over-year, pretty …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2017
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Solidfire is 'for people who **CKING HATE storage' says NetApp Founder Dave Hitz

VMWORLD 2016 NetApp founder Dave Hitz has apologised to a VMworld 2016 audience for being slow to produce proper flash arrays. In a session on the future of storage he shared with SolidFire founder Dave Wright, Hitz said that work on Clustered ONTAP had consumed more resources and time than the company anticipated, leaving it short of …
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'Disciplined' NetApp cuts weight, turns in a prettier spreadsheet

NetApp revenues dropped 3.7 per cent year-on-year to $1.29bn for its first fiscal 2017 quarter, ended July 29, but it turned a year-ago loss of $30m into a $64m profit as it reined in expenses. CEO George Kurian referred to this in his prepared quote: "We are pleased with our first quarter results. Our focus on disciplined …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2016
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NetApp CEO Kurian: Buying SolidFire was a long-term strategic bet

Interview Chief executives of multi-billion dollar corporations have to have several characteristics, including steel, the ability to see things as they are, and possession of a personal value system that meshes with their corporation’s culture. Some CEOs, when promoted to the top chair after long employment in a corporation, sometimes …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2016
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NetApp loses Lee Caswell to VMware

NetApp's flash marketeer, Lee Caswell, has resigned and joined VMware. A NetApp statement said: “Lee Caswell has decided to leave NetApp. We are grateful for Lee’s contributions to NetApp and wish him success in his new ventures. As we continue our market momentum — including our recent leadership position in flash as …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2016
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Nimbus Data CEO shoots from the hip at NetApp's SolidFire buy

Nimbus Data CEO Thomas Isakovich thinks NetApp's purchase of SolidFire is its final great mistake. He told us: “SolidFire’s poor density and egregiously high energy consumption violate the very customers they are trying to appeal to: cloud builders that have to pay for data center rack space and power bills. We suspect that …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jun 2016
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SolidFire offers 'pay as you grow' deals to fight off software upstarts

Storage architect If you’ve ever had to scope out and purchase enterprise storage, you’ll know what a nightmare it can be. Vendors love to make the process as opaque as possible, with quotes that run into multiple pages and dozens of line items – including bezels and racks. Consider also the issue of adding more hardware (e.g. drives and …
Chris Evans, 8 Jun 2016
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SolidFire's thin flash density eats more racks than HPE. What gives?

Analysis NetApp's SolidFire arrays needs four times more rack space than HPE and EMC for equivalent amounts of flash storage. It has 1U hardware boxes and these appear to be limited in what capacity SSDs can be supported. With SolidFire arrays being scale-out nodes, then low flash density per rack unit means you need more nodes to …
Chris Mellor, 8 Jun 2016
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Torus: Because the world needs another distributed storage software solution

The Storage Architect Last week the CoreOS project announced the release of Torus*, a scale-out storage platform for container clusters built and orchestrated by Kubernetes. At this point in the project’s development, the software isn’t production ready and still being heavily developed. Over the last few weeks, scale-out storage solutions have …
Chris Evans, 7 Jun 2016
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Storage vendors that don’t look like storage vendors any more

Comment Yesterday I was at the Solidfire Analyst day and this idea about the cloud-enabling vendor popped up just after a couple of hours of presentations and demos. The new licensing model, new features and also how the software works and is presented is unusual, not only from traditional storage vendors, but also from many storage …

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