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NetApp's glass-house-stone-throwing exercise

Comment Innovation, eh. Don't we all love it? But what is it? This thought was spurred by reading a blog by NetApp's Matt Watts, UK-based director for technology and strategy, in which he criticized Pure Storage for not being innovative. Pure started with a good product ... but from that initial product how much incremental …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2015
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Nimble gets Leonard the channel Lion King

Flash storage vendor Nimble has secured the services of one of the grand old men of the industry with the appointment of Leonard Iventosch as vice president of worldwide channels. Iventosch is renowned for his channel expertise, with an 8-year stint at NetApp followed by 5 years at EMC/Isilon, EMC buying Isilon in 2010. He …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2015
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Citrix really needs to get its act together, and soon

Sysadmin Blog In the frenetic run-up to VMworld, it's easy to forget anything else exists in the tech world at all except VMware and its orbiting ecosystem. Cutting through the acquisition rumours and flurry of meaningless minor-version bumps by startups, big things are happening and need consideration. With that in mind, let's talk about …
Trevor Pott, 21 Aug 2015
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Steady she goes at Brocade

Sustained Fibre Channel revenues were the bedrock of Brocade's latest results - again. In its third 2015 quarter, ended August 1, Brocade reported revenue of $552 million, up one per cent year-over-year and on a sequential basis. Net income of $91.7 million represented a 5.4 per cent year-on-year and a 19 per cent bounce …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2015
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HP storage results borked by bleeding currency rates

With its latest results, HP's third-quarter storage revenues went down 2 per cent on the annual compare, not being pulled up by industry standard servers' revenue which rose 8 per cent. But at constant currency – ignoring foreign exchange rate changes over the year – they rose 7 per cent. The Enterprise Group's revenues were $ …
Chris Mellor, 21 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

LA explosion knocks LogMeIn's British customers offline

An explosion in Los Angles last night triggered a power blackout and data centre outage, which led to a knock-on impact for UK customers of LogMeIn today, who were left unable to access remote desktop services, The Register can reveal. The explosion in a Los Angeles high rise hospitalised two people and caused a power blackout …
Kat Hall, 21 Aug 2015

Salesforce back in the red, reviews future black ink orders

After a brief interlude in the black, Salesforce is back in more familiar loss-making territory, according to the financials for its second financial quarter this year. The giant CRM provider posted total revenue of $1.63bn (£1bn) for the period, an increase of 24 per cent year-on-year. Operating profit remained above water …
Kat Hall, 21 Aug 2015
Boarders take over a ship

Imation now fully under activist investor's control

Imation's progress towards its uncertain future of big changes has taken another step forward, as an activist investor took the board chair after getting the CEO ejected from his directorship. The Clinton Group – disgusted with Imation's downward revenue spiral and deepening losses – instituted a proxy war, which saw CEO and …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2015
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HDS fills in the available blank space in VSP range

HDS has released the last new mid-range member of its VSP data centre disk array range, the G800, with its configuration perhaps indicating a high-end refresh is coming. The G800 was announced in April with its availability revealed in a Mike Nalls blog with no formal announcement. Nalls is an HDS senior product manager. …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2015
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Kaminario gets triple vision with 3D 3-layer flash

Kaminario is joining Dell in the all-flash array (AFA) war with a capacity-rising and price-dropping K2 array using the same Samsung 3D TLC flash drives. The new, sixth generation – as we see it – K2, actually v5.5, offers an average price of under $1/GB usable, half that of the gen-5 product introduced in May 2014. Dell’s SC …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2015
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Tintri adds tincture of all-flash array to its range

Hybrid array upstart Tintri has launched its first all-flash array (AFA) along with a VMstack Converged Infrastructure for its channel partners to build and sell. The sub-millisecond-latency VMstore T5000 joins the three existing T800 hybrid array products with Tintri’s OS, now at v4.0, running across all five and providing a …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2015
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Amazon putting London’s hipster startups in the loft

Amazon is to open a support centre for AWS users in London – the first of its kind outside the company's Seattle base. The purveyor of cloud and tat is to open a “Loft” – or tech support space to you and me – in East London in the September to support a number of tech startups. London is apparently the obvious choice to …
Kat Hall, 20 Aug 2015
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NetApp falls into loss-making territory as yearly revenues drop 10 per cent

No wonder Tom Georgens had to go; NetApp’s first fiscal 2016 quarter showed a $30m loss, it’s first for several years. Revenue of $1.34bn was 10 per cent down on the year ago’s $1.49bn, and 13 per cent down on the immediately preceding quarter. A year ago, profits were $88m. In the prior quarter they were $135m ... and now …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2015
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Pure Storage's 'disingenuous' financial figures still out there

Comment In a November 2014 blog, Pure Storage CEO Scott Dietzen wrote ... The last few weeks have been particularly chock-full of news and announcements, culminating this week with Gartner releasing its updated Market Share Analysis: SSDs and Solid-State Arrays, Worldwide, 2013 ... Analysts play a crucial role in the market and have …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2015
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Redfish aims to reel in data centre tin shifters hook, line and sinker

The Redfish API has hit version 1.0, signalling a new era of co-operation among vendors regarding the increasingly hot topic of data centre management. Redfish is the result of efforts by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) to bring all physical equipment within a data centre together with one API to manage them. Data …
Trevor Pott, 20 Aug 2015
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Microsoft turns on Windows 10 file backup to Azure

Microsoft has flicked the switch on its Azure Backup service for Windows 10 clients. Azure Backup is Microsoft's cloud backup service and is positioned as an alternative to tape, rather than a rapid recovery tool. Application data is the service's main target, if only because Azure Site Recovery already handles the chore of …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Aug 2015
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Windows Server 2016 Preview 3 brings containers at last

The third technical preview of Windows Server 2016 is here, and with it, Microsoft takes another step forward into the much-hyped world of cloud native computing. Most importantly, this build gives us our first look at Windows Server Containers, which were conspicuously absent from the previous build that shipped in May. …
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2015
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Ravello tames public cloud from Inception to Infinity

Ravello is launching two new products today: InfinityDC and Inception SX. Both technologies allow VMware environments to be run on top of Amazon's AWS or Google's Compute cloud. Though the technologies have been undergoing fairly public testing for some time, this marks the official launch of commercially supported products. …
Trevor Pott, 19 Aug 2015
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WD unleashes bigger, badder, Black and revved, rapido Red Pro

WD has upped its 3.5-inch Black and Red Pro drives to the 6TB capacity level, adding 5TB and 6TB variants to the existing product ranges, which previously topped out at 4TB. The Black drive is a 3.5-inch drive for desktop, workstation and gaming use. The 5 and 6TB capacity products get doubled cache at 128MB and can be up to …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2015
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Cisco, HP, NetApp, SimpliVity and Springpath

Comment This storage business is as frenetic as a party of hyperactive speed daters, with partnerships hinted, forming, parting, lifelong relationships coming, Tinder-style quickies over in a flash and conspiracies galore as the players sprint between the tables. We recently heard that Cisco is going to top its love affair with …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2015
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Enchanted Lenovo uses StorMagic spells for hyper-convergence

Lenovo and StorMagic are offering three hyper-converged configurations from Arrow partners that are channel-integrated, pre-tested and ready to plug-and-play for less than $5K. The entry level is a two-node cluster (without hypervisor) starting at $5,000, significantly less than Nutanix, SimpliVity and EVO: Rail hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2015
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China's Tianhe-1 supercomputer back online after Tianjin blast

The Tianhe-1 supercomputer in the Chinese city of Tianjin is back online. State organs China Youth Daily and People.com.cn are both reporting, with more than a little tinge of pride, that the supercomputer survived the blast thanks to the resilience of the data centre in which it was housed. The data centre is a couple of …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2015

Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

Google will shortly release its first WiFi router and has made automatic updating a frontline feature. The new "OnHub" is designed to offer a rather more pleasant experience for home users, starting with a cute coffee cup form factor and extending to an app-driven user interface. Google's even banished blinking lights [Heresy …
Darren Pauli, 19 Aug 2015
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Seagate scoops Dot Hill for US$694 million

Seagate has announced it will acquire storage outfit Dot Hill for US$694 million. The canned statement announcing the deal says “Dot Hill’s external storage array-based systems and software products will complement and expand Seagate’s storage systems offerings and be offered as part of Seagate’s Cloud Systems and Electronics …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2015
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Act of God damaged data on Google cloud disks

Google has admitted that some customers running Persistent Disks in its europe-west1-b region have been forced to recover data from snapshots after a combination of lightning and old storage kit was is to blame. The outage hit last Friday and left some users unable to connect Persistent Disks – a disk that exists independently …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2015
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Paul Maritz retires from Pivotal, says his time as a manager is over

Paul Maritz has stepped down as CEO of Pivotal. Maritz is a former VMware CEO and in a storied career can point to having started Microsoft's Windows NT, now Windows Server, business and having a big hand in getting Windows 95 out the door. He's spent the last 15 years in various senior roles at EMC, where he was seen as a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2015
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DSSD bridges access latency gap with NVMe fabric flash magic

EMC’s DSSD aims to bridge the gaping access latency chasm between networked arrays and PCIe server flash cards with its DSSD array hooked up to servers across an NVMe fabric. This form of externalised PCIe fabric networking is likely to be the future of all networked all-flash arrays, as it gets rid of existing network access …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2015
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Dell reselling Scality's RING for multi-petabyte data munching

Dell is offering Scality object storage using its servers, storage hardware, and networking products. What makes this of greater interest is that Dell tried selling object storage before, with a DX6000 object storage product set started up in 2010. This was based on OEM’d Caringo software and the line was closed down in April …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2015

Back to future-proof your IT systems

Regcast Register now to watch our live Regcast, where we look at how you can future proof your infrastructure. Watch this video broadcast live at 11:00 BST on September 8. Handy synopsis for you You kept the lights on. You executed with excellence. Over the last five years, when the IT world changed, you responded. Now get ready for …
David Gordon, 18 Aug 2015

Big Switch Networks glues together physical and virtual networks

Big Switch Networks has announced its next major revision, with a focus on unifying the physical network and the virtual network. Speaking to El Reg ahead of the release, CMO Gregg Holzrichter says the next revision is designed to bring virtual networking into line with virtualisation and containers at the server level. …
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Yellow and blue circles, red arrows added to Gartner's Magic Quadrant

Here’s something to delve into; a look at the changes in Gartner’s integrated systems Magic Quadrant between 2014 and 2015. Gartner produced its latest integrated systems magic box of tricks last week and we thought it would be interesting to take the image and plot last year’s positions on it, which is exactly what we have …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2015
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LaCie to shutter Wuala cloud storage service, data deleted Nov 15

External disk and small NAS vendor LaCie will close its Wuala cloud storage service. Wuala launched in 2008 under the auspices of a company called Caleido that in 2009 merged with LaCie. In the years since, LaCie has included wuala's software with many of its products to smooth the path from its devices to the cloud. That …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2015
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VMware flings out preview of new web management interface

VMware admins are generally pretty happy with their lot, although the dire web interface for vSphere 5.x got plenty of backs up. Virtzilla therefore gave vSphere 6.0 a shiny new web interface, but did so by relying on the NPAPI browser plugin format that's about to go to the big Trash folder in the sky thanks to Chrome deciding …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2015

Windows 10 keeps Microsoft's odd desktop-as-a-service rules

Microsoft won't change its licensing options to permit services providers to offer Windows 10 desktops-as-a-service (DaaS) on shared infrastructure. Redmond's rules divide the DaaS word into two categories. In the first, a service provider runs “dedicated” infrastructure that delivers DaaS for only one client customer and is …
Simon Sharwood, 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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Mainframe big boy Big Blue tries to drum up new biz via Linux

Big Blue is attempting to drum up new mainframe business with the launch of its LinuxOne machine. IBM has teamed up with Ubuntu outift Canonical to build two versions of a mainframe running Ubuntu Linux. The new mainframe comes in an "Emperor" version – which runs on the IBM z13 – and the smaller "Rockhopper", designed for “ …
Kat Hall, 17 Aug 2015
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Filling the void between fast/expensive DRAM and slow/cheaper flash

The AupM001 storage module is made of ST-MRAM (Spin Torque Magnetic RAM) which combines DRAM speed with non-volatility and an interface compatible with DDR3 SDRAM. IT is a candidate tech to fill the void between fast, expensive and volatile DRAM on the one hand, and slow, cheaper, and persistent flash on the other. Intel and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2015
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Comparing Avere and Violin – one's overlooked, the other's overcooked

Comment Sitting at my desk early today I thought a couple of thoughts: Avere was getting overlooked while Violin Memory is in danger of getting overcooked – one company almost ignored and the other facing intense scrutiny. Why? Avere’s relative invisibility It's been a glorious spring and summer for storage news and that means that …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2015

XPoint memory ruminations: Expert says it's not PCM

Comment A presentation at the Flash Memory Summit contained speculation about Intel/Micron’s 3D XPoint memory – what it is and how Intel might use it. We’ve tested some of its contents with a knowledgeable industry expert and can cast a little more light, hopefully, on what it is and where it’s going. The Thursday August 13 …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2015

Imation ejects its removable disk biz, hands it to Sphere 3D

With an echo back to its prior Overland Storage data protection days, Sphere 3D has bought Imation’s RDX removable disk storage business. RDX is a removable disk (well, duh – Ed.) cartridge with up to 2TB capacity intended for use as a tape replacement in off-system/off-site backup. The drives fit into QuikStor and QuikStation …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2015

BOFH: Why, I LOVE work courses. Please tell me more, o wise one!

Episode 11 "... and so we thought that you might like to attend this two-day workshop in effective leadership techniques," the Boss burbles, rounding off the professional goal-setting exercise that company policy obliges him to do with me and any other contractor with a contract that's rolled over for more than five years. "Well to be …
Simon Travaglia, 14 Aug 2015