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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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VMware's vDare: Build more complexity and silos, or virtualize more

VMworld VMware opened its VMworld 2016 conference asking its customers to “Be tomorrow,” a couplet that was introduced at the event's opening keynote with a performance of poetry that felt like the work of a slick self-help spruiker. But VMware might just be onto something here, because it knows that in not many tomorrows, serious …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2016
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VMware Vannounces Vlots Vof Very Vnew Vstuff Vat VMworld

VMworld saw EMC making a series of supportive announcements related to VMware. Panzura added cloud storage gateway facilities to all-flash arrays and hyper-converged products while QLogic focussed on links to NVMe drives and NVME over Fabrics technology. Storage is getting easier for VMware admins and users to use while also …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2016
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Is VMware starting to mean 'legacy'? Down and out in Las Vegas

VMworld I love VMworld, as I do VMware. In the last few years VMworld has been “the IT show” if the infrastructure space is your thing. However, it is clear that something is changing and it is changing very quickly. Dell-EMC deal First of all, we are still in the middle of the Dell/EMC acquisition. This obviously doesn’t help; it …
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Cloudy biz Vesk suffers 2-day outage – then boasts of 100% uptime

A failed storage controller caused a protracted outage at hosted desktop and cloud slinger Vesk - not that this factoid has made its way onto the company’s website, where it boasts of 100 per cent uptime for the past 1,583 days. Vesk, acquired by London-listed Nasstar plc in October, has written to customers in a bid to …
Paul Kunert, 31 Aug 2016
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Behold: Huawei evokes always-wise God Cloud – with Terminator users

Huawei Connect Tech metaphors are getting ever more explicitly spiritual. Take Huawei, for example. Today Huawei waxed ontological as one of its time-sharing CEOs described a “digital brain… always wise, never aging ... evolving in real-time.” That sounds like a God-cloud. But will it, we mused, be a harsh God-cloud or a forgiving God-cloud …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Aug 2016

Enterprise storage is a stagnant – and slightly smelly – pond

Opinion Earlier this year I was at HPE Discover in Las Vegas and talking to Calvin Zito about the latest IDC Storage Tracker results. Calvin posted on the Around The Storage Block blog, covering details on both servers and storage. He highlighted the fact HPE was now ahead of EMC in terms of total Enterprise System Storage sales. Note …
Chris Evans, 31 Aug 2016
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Deep inside Nantero's non-volatile carbon nanotube RAM tech

Two Fujitsu semiconductor businesses are licensing Nantero NRAM technology with joint Nantero-Fujitsu development to produce chips in 2018. They will have several thousand times faster rewrites and many thousands of times more rewrite cycles than embedded flash memory. NRAM, non-volatile RAM, is based on carbon nanotube (CNT) …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2016
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Get ready for Cloud 3.0, the age of Platform-as-a-Service

Promo Cloud computing is evolving rapidly, and new ideas about “Cloud 3.0” will be featured this week at Huawei Connect 2016, the company's flagship conference in Shanghai. Huawei characterises the mid-2000s boom in server virtualisation as Cloud 1.0. Cloud 2.0 was all about infrastructure-as-a-service, with special emphasis on …
David Gordon, 31 Aug 2016

Dell's new story: Goldilocks and the three virtual infrastructures

Dell's decided the world needs something between roll-your-own infrastructure and converged infrastructure's insistence on controlling exactly what's inside a chassis down to the last screw. The result is something Dell's calling a “Validated System for Virtualization.” Like a converged system, a validated system will ship …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2016

VMware fixes 'split brain' caused by 'stubbed toe' of botched NSX update

VMworld VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger has characterised the decision to pull a version of NSX as “a stubbed toe” while defending VMware's engineering culture. VMware releases updates to many of its products about once every four months, mixing bug fixes and small feature upgrades. NSX 6.2.3 was just such a release but it quickly proved to …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2016
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Here's the relevant bits from VMworld, sliced and diced just for you

VMworld Here's part one of our three-part round-up of what's hot and what's not from VMworld 2016. Axcient announced v 1.5 of Fusion, its consolidated secondary storage in the cloud offering, with new cloud orchestration and workflow automation capabilities. The company claims it provides complete IT resilience and agility from the …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2016
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Samsung's million-IOPS, 6.4TB, 51Gb/s SSD is ... well, quite something

VMworld Samsung is showing off a monster million IOPS SSD that can pump out read data at 6.4 gigabytes per second and store up to 6.4TB. NVMe PCIe is the fastest SSD interface, blasting SAS and SATA out of the park and the early promise of Fusion-io is now being realised with 3D NAND PCIe flash drives. The PM1725a [PDF] comes in both …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2016

Microsoft Outlook.com redecoration delay rumors: THE TRUTH

Microsoft says its renovation work on the Outlook.com cloud email service is virtually complete although a few folks are still waiting to see the changes. Its rollout will not be delayed until 2017 as had been feared, however. This comes after word and reports spread of an error message claiming the updated service was not …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2016

Tegile gets IntelliFlash into a cluster duster

Tegile is launching its all-flash, clustered, IntelliFlash CP (Cloud Platform) at VMworld 2016. This is a rack-scale system for large enterprises looking to set up a private cloud and, Tegile says, involves multi-controller clusters and NVMe. Individual systems are clustered together with a single global namespace. They will …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2016
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VMware goes back to its future with multi-cloud abstractions

VMware will apply its core skill – taming ill-defined pools of computing resource – to multiple clouds, in a new effort called Cross-Cloud Architecture. CEO Pat Gelsinger will shortly take to the stage at VMworld 2016 and explain that clouds have re-created the problem that server virtualisation solved so effectively in the …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2016
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Nutanix: Yup, OK, we gobbled PernixData, Calm.io. What you gonna do about it?

At long last Nutanix has come clean and revealed it is buying PernixData (VMware's hypervisor memory caching software biz), and confirmed it also slurped devops software company Calm.io. No prices have been disclosed but we understand the Calm.io deal was the one referred to in a Nutanix S1 amended filing, which involved 528, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2016
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Rackspace finds its $4.3bn sugar daddy

Cloud management provider Rackspace says that it will be going private in a deal that will pay shareholders $4.3bn. Investment house Apollo Global Management says it will be paying $32 per share to buy out stakeholders and run Rackspace as a private company. Rackspace stock closed yesterday (prior to the announcement) at $30. …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2016
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Sunny, summery Intel slips out six flashy 3D NAND SSDs

Intel has introduced six new SSDs using 3D NAND technology, with two client products, two data centre drives and two embedded Internet of Things drives. Chipzilla says these are the first of many utilising 3D NAND technology and we expect some of the existing 2D (planar) NAND drives to fall out of favour and be retired. The …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016

If you haven't changed your Dropbox password for 4 years, do so now

Dropbox is forcing users to reset passwords that haven’t been changed since mid-2012, when LinkedIn suffered a mega-breach. An email sent to Dropbox users this morning informed them that the reset was solely a preventative measure, and not as a result of any new breach. Dropbox said that no accounts have been breached and the …

A partial de-cloaking of Samsung's mystery Z-SSD

The mysterious Samsung Z-SSD was announced at the Flash Memory Summit, and positioned as a DRAM-NAND gap-filler. This makes it competition for XPoint. We asked Samsung about it, and here is what we learnt. El Reg: Is it NAND media? Samsung: We believe that Z-SSD, which is based on NAND technology, can fill the performance …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016
The SanDisk connect wireless stick

A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

Road test Last week Vulture South got its hands on an intriguing SanDisk product called the “Connect Wireless Stick”. It's a USB stick with WiFi built in and is intended as networked storage for mobile devices. The idea is that you'll load the stick full of music and movies, then install the companion app on your iThing or Android and …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
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Redmond reveals Hyper-V 2016 beats vSphere's RAM and CPU count

Microsoft has revealed the scale at which Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016 will operate at release and in so doing has leapfrogged VMware's scalability on headline-grabbing numbers. Microsoft's spelled out its scale here and we've referred to VMware's Configuration Maximums vSphere 6.0 (PDF) document for Virtzilla's numbers. …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
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IBM is now selling Spectrum Virtualize free from hardware

We heard IBM might be supplying a software-only storage product and it turned out to be true: Spectrum Virtualize can now be bought without hardware. Spectrum Virtualize is the renamed SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and virtualises IBM and third-party arrays, into single storage resources. It is bundled with the Storwize Vnnnn …
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2016
Bait

Microsoft baits new vSphere-to-Hyper-V switch offer

Microsoft is having another go at displacing vSphere. Redmond's new offer means that if you make the move and prove it to Microsoft's satisfaction, you will “Receive free Windows Server Datacenter licenses with Software Assurance and pay only the cost of Software Assurance”. On one level this is business as usual: vendors are …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2016
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IBM will move stored stuff onto its new flashy boxen for free

IBM has launched more cost-effective Storwize all-flash arrays and announced a Flash In migration program aimed at Dell and EMC customers looking for a warm comfort blanket from Big Blue. The existing Storwize line includes: V7000 – hybrid flash/disk enterprise array V5000F – all flash enterprise array V5000 – mid-size …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2016
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Red Hat goes to work on OpenStack network convergence

Red Hat has fully embraced OpenStack’s Neutron in a convergence-targeted virtualisation package. The Linux shop has released Red Hat Virtualisation 4, a package that subtly drops the reference to “Enterprise” held up until and including version 3.5 The intent seems to be for Red Hat’s virtualized Linux stack to become the …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Aug 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Open Source fixes a Microsoft engineering problem

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Podcast Idol returns with Nick Howell joining Greg and Ed to host this week’s episode where the boys discuss a new browser, layoffs at Cisco and Powershelgl gets open sourced. Our special guest this week is Brian Clifton, a developer at Brave. The details… (0:00 …
Team Register, 24 Aug 2016

Irritable Cisco kicks Nutanix out of partner program

Dis is not welcome so we're going to diss it. That's Cisco's view, in a nutshell, of Nutanix jumping on its UCS servers as a means of selling its hyper-converged system software into the Cisco customer base and channel. A source in the channel slipped us an email Cisco sent to some of its partners – here's the crucial portion …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2016
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Gartner's Magic Quadrant mages shake crystal ball, Violin goes topsy turvy

Gartner's latest all-flash array Magic Quadrant contains expected news, a few surprises and a demotion that has prompted a public response from Violin Memory. The report, Gartner's 2016 Solid State Arrays Magic Quadrant and Critical Capabilities" report, can be accessed by Gartner subscribers here. The Magic Quadrant (MQ) …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2016

Nuclear fallout shelter becomes cloud storage bunker

French hosting company Online.net has revealed its new data centre resides in a former nuclear fallout shelter. The company explains that its new bit barn was once a “passive defence shelter” named Abri Lefebvre built in 1937 atop a disused quarry out in the fifteenth Arrondisement. In 1946 authorities decided Paris needed to …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2016
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Microsoft drops OMI for Linux to GitHub

Microsoft has added another piece to its Open Management Infrastructure (OMI) jigsaw, publishing Unix/Linux code that implements the Distributed Management Task Force's (DMTF) models and standards. The project has been running for some years under the auspices of the DMTF here. OMI itself is already free and open source, a …
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Google broke its own cloud by doing two updates at once

Google has explained an August 11th brownout on its cloud as, yet again, a self-inflicted wound. At the time of the incident Google said App Engine APIs were unavailable for a time. It's now saying the almost-two-hour incident meant “18% of applications hosted in the US-CENTRAL region experienced error rates between 10% and …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Aug 2016
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Veeam: You know what's not a disaster? Our software mega-update

The backup and disaster recovery firm Veeam has announced an updated Availability Suit, and the Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud. It's a bundle of VAS, VAL, VAM, VAO, VAC and VCC, as you will see. VAS - Veeam Availability Suite for virtualised servers* VAL - Veeam Agent for Linux for public clouds and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

Syncsort inhales Cogito, ergo Big Data and Big Iron can be friends

Big iron, big data and cloudy tools biz Syncsort has bought UK software biz Cogito to help it bring IBM mainframe database data into Big Data analytics, and to make the mainframes run better. Syncsort was originally a mainframe data sorting company, but it now focuses on Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) capabilities for Hadoop and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Simplivity delivers storage quadruplets: Meet all-flashery and better DR

SimpliVity has announced an all-flash hyper-converged system and upped its single system VDI count from 2,000 to 4,000. It has also introduced RapidDR virtualised workload recovery and app-aware SQL Server backups. The CN-5400-F forms the high-end of SimpliVity's otherwise hybrid flash/disk product range: CN-1400 - 3-6TB …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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DCIG mid-market array guide: Why we left those companies out

Analysis Conversations with DCIG have revealed why seemingly obvious companies and their products were left out of a mid-range storage array buyers' report. DCIG analyst Ken Clipperton told us about the inclusion/exclusion criteria DCIG used when compiling its report. The initial criteria for selecting suppliers and products were: …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

The TPC-C/SPC-1 storage benchmarks are screwed. You know what we need?

Comment The storage benchmarking world is broken because there are no realistic and pratical storage benchmarks with realistic workloads customers can apply to systems. So says storage analyst Howard Marks, and he aims to fix this mess with the help of a consortium of industry players. He says the world of storage …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

Ovation claps together private cloud storage service with HGST, Versity basis

An Ovation Data Services private storage cloud for media and entertainment and oil and gas industries is based on HGST's Active Archive System and Versity Storage Manager. We wrote about the Versity Storage Manager system in June, saying it was an archiving package with an S3 interface to a backend store. This store could be a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

Cisco's upsell plan: tell you your old kit is not as secure as its new kit

Cisco is having its super-colossal global sales conference this week and some of the 20,000 staff are letting some details of future Borg strategies slip onto social media. Chris Dedicoat, the Borg's EVP for worldwide sales, snuck out this hint that Cisco's sales force will soon be saying that your current kit may be very good …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2016

Fujitsu: Why we chose 64-bit ARM over SPARC for our exascale super

Hot Chips Fujitsu chose 64-bit ARM CPU cores for its upcoming exascale supercomputer for two reasons: Linux and the ability to customize its own processors. It was a bit of a surprise when the Japanese IT giant picked ARMv8-A over SPARC64 and x86 for its Post-K beast, which will be used by Japanese boffins to carry out climate-change …
Chris Williams, 23 Aug 2016
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Maxta goes Freemium and enlarges VP count with new hires

Determined to stand clear of the noise in the hyper-converged market and forge itself a distinctive identity, Maxta has announced a freemium business model for its MxSP hyper-converged software. It has also extended its exec count with two VP hires and an internal promotion, envisaging surging growth. Herb Schneider, VP …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016