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Nutanix summons China's Lenovo dragon to magic up hardware

Nutanix has scored Lenovo as a hardware manufacturer for its hyperconverged system software, effectively wedging its foot in China's front door. A family of Lenovo-built hyperconverged appliances will be aimed at nearly all workloads, including enterprise applications, databases, virtualized desktops, and big data analytics, …
Chris Mellor, 4 Nov 2015
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Companies need answer to Safe Harbour worries, says minister

The move to strike down Safe Harbour has created worrying uncertainty for companies, the Conservative minister for intellectual property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, has said. Responding to a Parliamentary question on the European Court of Justice’s judgement last month on the Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner case, Neville- …
Kat Hall, 4 Nov 2015

Huawei adds NVMe accessed SSDs to Dorado all-flash array

Huawei is updating its dual-controller OceanStor Dorado all-flash array by adding NVMe-accessed SSDs, reportedly boosting IOPS performance by up to 30 per cent. A demonstration system was exhibited at its Shenzhen storage summit and we managed to glean some information from the lid-off hardware with its labels, rolling slide- …
Chris Mellor, 4 Nov 2015

Former Dragon lures reseller exec into cloud cave

Manchester-based cloud-slinger Outsourcery has confirmed that outgoing Insight Enterprises UK boss Emma de Sousa will land as managing director in April. Sources told us last week that de Sousa was quitting Insight - it was confirmed by the company yesterday - and that one option on the table was the offer from Outsourcery. …
Paul Kunert, 4 Nov 2015
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Going loco for co-lo: ClearSky Data's dash for the cash

Startup ClearSky Data has taken in its second round of venture capital dosh this year with a $27m B-round following an earlier $12m A-round. The company was only started in 2014, so why, may we ask, the frantic need for the $39m cash pile? It's 3-tier storage startup whose system involves an on-premises appliance for hot data …
Chris Mellor, 4 Nov 2015
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Juniper hardware and software to sleep in separate beds

Juniper has decided to embrace the spirit of the white box, by loosening the bonds between Juniper hardware and its Junos software. It's a change that works both ways, as the company's corporate VP for development and innovations Denise Shiffman told The Register: both Junos and Juniper hardware will be available as discrete …

This will get pulses racing, thinks EMC: Copy data management

EMC's XtremIO all-flash array has had a copy data management facility added as the storage goliath takes on Actifio, Catalogic, and Delphix. Eazy-E has added iCDM (integrated Copy Data Management) to its XtremIO arrays that hold primary data and not secondary data. Typically, copy data is stored on secondary storage with …
Chris Mellor, 4 Nov 2015
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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

Comment Microsoft's changes to its OneDrive personal cloud storage prices reflect badly on the company, and have left users angry and bewildered. Most people have at least 30GB of free OneDrive storage: 15GB as standard, and an additional 15GB bonus easily obtained by setting the camera roll on a mobile device to use OneDrive for …
Tim Anderson, 3 Nov 2015

Guess who: Storage chip maker [blank] can't wait for all-storage-chip data centers

+Comment Intel is pushing the idea of an all-flash data center so it can make up for slowing processor revenue growth by selling 3D NAND and XPoint chips and SSDs. Here is a re-envisaged copy of a slide Jerry Xu, Intel's general manager for NVM (non-volatile memory) solutions in China, showed at the Huawei Storage Summit in Shenzhen, …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2015

Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?

A US software company has signed on with IBM to release a new native build of Big Blue's OS/2. Arca Noae said its "Blue Lion" build of OS/2 will run on the bare metal of PCs without the need for an emulator or hypervisor. Those still using the 28-year-old operating system and its applications typically run the stack in a …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Nov 2015
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IBM bets on cloud broker with Gravitant buyout

IBM has bought an 11-year-old firm promising cloud brokerage services to sustain the move to hybrid IT. The giant has snapped up Gravitant for an undisclosed sum, it said on Tuesday. Gravitant will be folded into IBM’s mighty Global Services unit and integrated the firm’s capabilities with Software-as-a-Service offerings. …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Nov 2015
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Enterprise Storage in Flash: A real world story

Live Regcast SSDs are now firmly established in enterprise storage. In many organisations they are now being deployed to support an expanding range of workloads, not just one or two specialist services such as high performance analytics or desktop virtualisation. But adopting SSD/Flash storage has an impact on IT processes, so are the ways …
David Gordon, 3 Nov 2015

What the bleedin' Dell is this? IT giant mulls unit selloffs – report

Reuters reports Dell is thinking of selling off non-core assets to clear the decks before the EMC acquisition and raise $10bn. Four candidate businesses are mentioned: Quest Software IT management with its systems management, security and business intelligence functions SonicWall email encryption and security Rapid …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2015
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Gridstore going gangbusters

Gridstore, the Hyper-V-focused, hyper-converged, all-flash appliance startup, is growing gangbusters after coming out, so to speak, a year ago. Its third 2015 quarter was 440 per cent higher than the third 2014 quarter, and, for the nine months ending September 30, 2015 it saw year-to-date growth of 428 per cent YoY. …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2015

Moshe's monster seven-nines disk box blooms

Infinidat, the creation of storage industry guru Moshe Yanai, saw 61 per cent quarter-over-quarter growth in the third quarter. The five-year-old, privately-owned company produces high-end file/block access external arrays with seven-nines (99.99999 per cent) availability and fast disk loss rebuild times, with a claimed sub- …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2015
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Quick as a flash: NVMe will have you in tiers

Sysadmin Blog Non-Volatile Memory Express, or NVMe, is a game-changing storage standard for PCIe-connected drives. It is replacing AHCI and along with the U.2 (SFF-8639) connector it is replacing both SAS and SATA for high speed, low latency storage. It's the smart way to connect up flash and post-flash storage tech to your servers. The …
Trevor Pott, 3 Nov 2015
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At Microsoft 'unlimited cloud storage' really means one terabyte

A year ago, it probably looked like a brilliant idea: bait products like Office 365 with unlimited cloud storage: documents and PowerPoints and Excel don't take up that much space, do they? Users, given a shot at a disk that was never full, took a different view, with some punters using it as a backup for small networks or DVD …
Grand Fromages at Reggio Parmagiano

And for your third course, a platter of flash cache, object, file copy, and private cloud news

Roundup Here are five storage stories that missed the cut last week but are interesting, as they show movement in the object, flash, operational data, and private/public cloud areas. There's so much product development and startup work going in it's hard to keep up. SanDisk has updated its FlashSoft caching software to support …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2015
Sydney Harbour Bridge in the cloud

Ninefold gives up race against richer rivals

Australian cloud outfit Ninefold has declared it has a total inability to support unlimited payments – TITSUP – and announced it is “sunsetting” itself. That's not payment processing in our acronym by the way. It's payments for kit. Ninefold's death notice says “Significantly more investment is required if we are to make what …

Old, not obsolete: IBM takes Linux mainframes back to the future

IBM introduced several significant new elements for its Linux server stack last month: support for KVM on its z Systems mainframes, Linux-only models in both the z Systems and Power Systems ranges, and a new purchasing model. The most technically interesting new development is mainframe support for KVM, the Linux kernel’s …
Liam Proven, 2 Nov 2015
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HP Inc shares rocket 13% on Wall Street debut after split

Hewlett Packard's split on Sunday created an interesting moment on the New York stock market today: shares in HP Inc jumped more than 13 per cent, while HP Enterprise watched its shares fall as much as five per cent. The two firms' first, tentative steps away from each other tell us that HP Inc's PCs and printers please the …
Kelly Fiveash, 2 Nov 2015

Whitman's split: The end of Fiorina's HP grand expansion era

Hewlett Packard became two companies on 1 November, splitting enterprise from consumer. Founded by David Packard and William Hewlett, number one in PCs and in servers, one the granddaddies of Silicon Valley, the massive corporation has undergone a massive change. Personal computers and printers have now been set adrift onto …
Gavin Clarke, 2 Nov 2015
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Huawei cooks own PCIe SSD: Flash IP in a flash

Pics Chinese enterprise data centre IT supplier Huawei now makes its own PCIe flash cards, including the controller functionality. Being shown round an enterprise product exhibition hall in Huawei's Shenzhen campus* we saw a PCIe flash card, the ES3000 v2, with a capacity of up to 3.2TB, and we were able to pick it up and look at …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015

Endpoint protectors spread wings, Druva flies into Microsoft cloud

Endpoint data protector Druva is adding Microsoft's Azure to its public cloud target list, adding security and sharing features to its backup capabilities and trying to appeal more to enterprises – a link with Microsoft is good news in that department. "Druva has quickly grown to become the de facto standard for data …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015

G-Cloud sellers hit out against cap on scaling services

G-Cloud suppliers have hit out against new rules to be introduced in the next iteration of the cloudy framework this month. The new guidelines will slap a 20 per cap on how much buyers can scale their services. Trade association EuroCloud said the changes are incompatible with the pay-as-you-go cloud subscription model. The …
Kat Hall, 2 Nov 2015

Huawei mixes it up with Micron and its new NVM tech

China-based telecom and enterprise IT supplier Huawei has entered a flash partnership with Micron, which means the Chinese firm will be using Micron flash in its OceanStor storage arrays. Huawei has an OceanStor range of unified file and block storage arrays plus a separate OceanStor Dorado all-flash array line with two …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015
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Are you local? HDS adds locality, Data Ingestor to object storage

HDS has revved its object-storing HCP (Hitachi Content Platform) with what looks to be better data management and protection features. There is a new piece of hardware, the HCP S30, which can store more than 450PB of data in a single multi-node system using commodity storage. A G10 node server architecture has SSD support for …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015
Internet Meme: text says Integrate all the Things

Helium has a go at Internet of Things thing – using ultra-low power tech

As the internet of things (IoT) gets closer to commercial reality, the solutions flooding into the market are increasingly targeted at a real world use case. Some of these are extremely specific – smart meters and smart streetlights are commonplace now, but startup Helium Systems says its initial focus is on smart refrigeration …

Veeam's virtual virtuosity gets more customers by the balls

One of these days Veeam is going to stop growing. Sadly, for its competitors that day appears not to be today. For its latest quarter Ratmir Timashev's company saw revenues grow 17 per cent compared to this time last year. Within that there was 49 per cent revenue growth for all editions of Veeam Availability Suite, with 86 …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015
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No, we're not sorry for Xen security SNAFUs says Ian Jackson

Open source luminary Ian Jackson has hit back at criticism of the Xen Project's security. The project last week nixed nine nasties, including a seven-year-old guest-host escape, and has patched a string of bugs this year including some that threatened to disrupt cloud services. The many bug squashed of late has seen some …

UK watchdog offers 'safe harbor' advice on US data transfers

David Smith, deputy information commissioner, said businesses should "take stock" of their data transfer arrangements and review whether they provide adequate protection of personal data, as is required by EU law. Smith's comments follow a ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) earlier this month. The CJEU ruled that …
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Oct 2015

Warm your fingers by the bonfire of vanity on-premises storage

Comment Public cloud storage supporters couldn't hope for a better cheerleader than Nasuni CEO Andres Rodriguez, whose company provides cloud storage gateways, including an on-premises caching device. He hammered a nail in the on-premises storage coffin here in June, and is across the water in Europe again to swing the hammer one more …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2015

We are entering the data-aware infrastructure era

Comment Last week, during SFD8, I got to meet with two incredibly interesting storage startups: Cohesity and Coho Data. They do different jobs, since they target two different markets (primary and secondary storage) but both have developed one of the most compelling features you can find today on the market… And I’m sure they’ll be …

Last orders cost Quantum dear as it limps to $11.2m loss

Storage company Quantum has confirmed its early October revenue warning, with second fiscal 2016 quarter revenues of $117m, and not the hoped-for $125m. There was a loss of $11.2m in the quarter, which compares with a loss of $10.8m in the previous quarter, and indeed a profit of $1.2m in the year-ago quarter. It attributed a …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2015
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When DevOps met hybrid-cloud: The key to successful IT delivery

Regcast Some of the most important developments in IT are taking place around DevOps and hybrid-cloud. So what do these two topics have to do with each other? The answer is that they both involve bringing together historically separate aspects of IT. The solution to joining these ideas together successfully will be at the heart of our …
David Gordon, 30 Oct 2015
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DataDirect Networks begins its storage apple cart disruption ops

Comment DataDirect Networks is now in the apple cart upsetting business, selling its arrays into enterprises which don’t buy kit from mainstream storage companies as a result. It’s just had its best quarter ever in its 18-year history, with double-digit, year-on-year growth, while EMC, HP, IBM and NetApp are facing declining legacy …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2015
The Hindenburg disaster

Have a Plan A, and Plan B – just don't go down with the ship

When planning for disaster recovery, our natural inclination is to focus on the technical design. We work to strike the perfect balance between controlling infrastructure spend and the required capacity. Technical considerations are of course paramount – replication schedules based on delta changes and available bandwidth, the …
Tom Baines, 30 Oct 2015

Patch this braXen bug: Hypervisor hole lets guest VMs hijack hosts

The Xen hypervisor project today released nine security patches that should be applied ASAP – particularly the one that stops guest virtual machines seizing control of host servers. That vulnerability – XSA-148 – can be exploited by a paravirtualized guest to manipulate the memory layout of the underlying system, and …
Chris Williams, 29 Oct 2015
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How to get the fun stuff back in your data centre

The cloud is a fabulous concept. If you want to try something out, or prototype your latest idea, or give yourself a relatively inexpensive disaster recovery setup, get in there and run up a cloud-based installation. There's something that the cloud lacks, though: it's just not fun or cool. Lists of virtual machines in the …
Dave Cartwright, 29 Oct 2015

WD revenues hurt by slack PC demand

Western Digital saw depressed PC and notebook sales affect its disk drive business in its latest quarter, with stalling SSD sales showing negative sequential growth. A quick look at the numbers for the company's first fiscal 2016 which ended 2 October: Revenue of $3.4bn, 6.3 per cent up on the previous quarter but 12.8 per …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2015

That great sucking sound? It's data going into the public cloud

Nearline storage in Google’s cloud is a new front in the vigorous marketing war being fought by public cloud providers to grab your data and convert your storage CAPEX into OPEX, meaning income for them. Some recent advances in cloud archive storage, cloud access gateways and hybrid on-premises/cloud data management are …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2015

Seagate unveils enlarged spy drive with support for 64 spycams

Seagate has launched an 8TB disk drive for surveillance use, enabling up to 6PB of CCTV data in a rack. This is a 3.5-inch form-factor drive and joins the existing set of 8TB Archive, Enterprise Capacity, Enterprise NAS and Kinetic disk drives. It follows on from the 6TB model announced in September last year. That had 6 …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2015