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Wonderful wizard of WOS daddy DDN moves into big data

Comment HPC and supercomputer storage company Data Direct Networks (DDN) says its move into enterprise big data is providing a bridge to profits, with 100 per cent revenue growth. The stats it quotes are these: Better than 100 per cent business increase in first half of 2014 compared to first half of 2013 for its enterprise big data …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2014
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The man who found Atlantis: 14PB of storage, flashy models and Moore's Law

Interview Chetan Venkatesh is the latest subject in Willem ter Harmsel’s interview series. As the founder of Atlantis, he provided a great background to Atlantis. Following on from the interview with the now ex-CEO Bernard Harguindeguy, I had the pleasure of speaking with the CTO of Atlantis, Chetan Venkatesh. Chetan_Venkatesh Atlantis …
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How to grill an American VC... on the storage upstart world

Interview How do VCs view the storage startup world? Willem ter Harmsel talks to Alex Benik, a partner at Battery Ventures, where he focuses on IT infrastructure technologies. He previously worked for the Yankee Group. Battery Ventures is a large venture fund that invests in a wide variety of startups, divided into eCommerce & Retail, …
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Community chest: Storage firms need to pay open-source debts

Storagebod Linux and *BSD have completely changed the storage market. They are the core of so many storage products, allowing startups and established vendors alike to bring new products to the market more rapidly than previously possible. Almost every vendor I talk to these days has built their system on top of these and then there are …
StorageBod, 29 Aug 2014
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FIRST LOOK: Gartner gurus present all-flash prognostications

Gartner's gurus have completed their prognostications and their all-flash array magic quadrant has been released upon an anticipative flash array world - and The Register has seen a copy. The diagram is the key: Gartner AFA MQ Gartner Magic Quadrant for all-flash arrays. (Apologies for the poor pic quality – it was scraped off …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2014
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Hyper-converged flash appliances are COMING. Here's one I dreamed up earlier...

Hyper-converged server/storage/networking systems use disks for storage. This is a temporary situation and all-flash hyper-converged appliances will come soon. We had a Vulture-ponder about how they might look and dreamed up a new Nutanix box, a high-end one in performance terms which, for the sake of convenience we'll call the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2014
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The A-to-Z of storage news: Your quick 'n' dirty tasting menu

The time around VMworld - which runs from 25 to 28 August in San Francisco – saw a frenetic pace of announcements which were obliterated from the main news radar screens by things like VMware’s EVO: RAIL. Here’a catch-up list of many of them. In alphabetic order of the suppliers: Brocade has extended support for its Solid State …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2014
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Like condoms, data now comes in big and HUGE sizes

If condoms were made in a range of different sizes, the old joke goes, the options would be “huge”, “gigantic” and “enormous”. We mention the joke in reference to The Linux Foundation's decision to create a new conference, called “Vault”, to “... bring together the world’s leading developers in filesystems and storage in the …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2014
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Welcome to the HYPER-converged bubble of HYPE! Enjoy it while it's here, storage folk

Comment The hype around hyper-converged systems is huge. Are we experiencing a hyper-converged systems bubble? Companies in the field are growing like crazy, especially Nutanix and Simplivity. Nutanix scooped a billion-dollar-plus valuation earlier this year after a $140m funding round. Meanwhile: Startups like Maxta, NIMBOXX, and …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2014

Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

An oscilloscope manufacturer this month slapped a hacking enthusiast's website with a DMCA take-down order after he revealed how you could unlock extra, low-cost options in one of the vendor's systems using a series of simple workarounds. Go ahead, chuckle – it’s an obscure dust-up in a lost corner of tech, but haven’t you …
Stuart Burns, 28 Aug 2014
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AWS Zocalo squares up to box Box, Dropbox, sync 'n' share flocks

Enterprise sync 'n' share appears an unlikely battleground for a rolling brawl between startups and enterprise titans, but that's what's happening out there today. We've already seen some action today in the form of Dropbox matching Google and Microsoft's storage prices. Not to be outdone, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has also …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2014
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Hyperconverged kit is SO HOT right now. $140m sound about right, Nutanix?

The hyperconverged system iron is so hot that there will never be a better time to strike. Nutanix's backers have done just that, handing the company another $140m of E-round funding just seven months after its VC backers gave it $101m. Virty storage giant VMware's validation of the hypercvonverged server/storage/networking …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2014
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Scality likes object storage, puts a RING on it... for the fifth time

+Comment Object storage software startup Scality is adding virtual machine level storage access to its existing file and object access protocols. Scality announced v4.3 of its RING object storage software just a few weeks ago in July - read about it here. Version 5.0 software adds: VMware VM-level storage access with Amazon S3 and EBS- …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2014
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Better be Nimble, tech giants, or mutant upstarts will make off with your sales

Hybrid array vendor Nimble Storage saw revenues grow strongly as storage giant incumbents were unable to deliver equivalent price/performance products. Revenues were $53.8m for its second quarter, ended, an 89 per cent increase year-on-year and beating its own guidance of $49m to $51m. There was a net loss of -$26.1m, 149 per …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2014
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Nutanix tacks Cloud Connect onto Amazon's cloudy back-end

Nutanix claims its new hyperconverged appliance is like a high-speed train compared to the narrow gauge railway run by its competitors. It can also take you to the cloud. The company’s hyper-converged appliances feature four nodes in a scale-out appliance, just like VMware’s basic EVO: RAIL hardware design. They also provide a …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2014
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Atlantis furtles furious flash-DIMM VDI scorcher

VMworld 2014 Atlantis reckons it can make servers fly faster than anybody else when running virtual desktops. All you need is its USX software and SanDisk flash DIMMs running in an x86 server, an IBM xSeries one in this case. Combine all that and you get Atlantis's first all-flash, server-based hyper-converged architecture. USX DIMM charts …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014
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EMC slings Isilon onto a forklift, shifts it into Emerging Technologies

EMC is moving its Isilon scale-out storage systems into its Emerging Technologies division, alongside its DSSD, XtremIO and ViPR gear. ViPR was in the Advanced Software wing until that division's president Amitabh Srivastava was promoted to technical advisor to EMC II CEO David Goulden. Jeremy Burton, EMC president for products …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014

Cleversafe CEO: We would tell you about the 8TB drive, but...

Hot on the heels of the light-on-details announcement about Seagate's 8TB hard disk drive, The Register pressed Cleversafe CEO John Morris on whether his firm would be using the enormo capacity drives. Morris answered: "We are happy to help you whenever it’s possible, but we can’t comment on this subject.” Seagate spokesperson …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014
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That 8TB Seagate MONSTER? It's HERE... (You'll have to squint, 'cos there are no specs)

Seagate is shipping an 8TB disk drive to selected OEM customers including object data-storing CleverSafe, with general availability next quarter. Tech details are sparse, however. We know the data devouring beast fits in a standard 3.5-inch drive slot and has a 6Gbit/s SATA interface. Seagate says it has “enterprise reliability …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014
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VMware EMC partner Cisco inks reselling deal... with Simplivity

Cisco has fired a ship-killer of an Exocet missile at VMware’s EVO:RAIL by doing a server reselling deal with Simplivity. There are two hyper-converged server/storage/networking system leaders, both startups – Simplivity and Nutanix. VMware's EVO: RAIL is hyper-converged system software running on the hardware of certified …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014

VMware's high-wire balancing act: EVO might drag us ALL down

Comment In the battle for the software-defined data centre, one of VMware's challenges is how to deliver software-defined/controlled storage without screwing up parent EMC's hardware-based storage revenues. VMware is an overall EMC Federation member along with Pivotal and the EMC Information Infrastructure (EMC II) unit. The three are …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2014
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Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays

The storage industry knows that the market for physical arrays is in decline. Cheap cloud storage and virtual arrays have emerged as cheaper and often just-as-useful alternatives, making it harder to justify the cost of a dedicated array for many applications. Forrester knows this, too: one of its analysts, Henry Baltazar, just …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2014
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Fujitsu flasher pleases data-intensive divas – SPC-1 benchmark

If you need cheap storage array IOPS and lots of them, Fujitsu's DX600 S3 array can deliver those goods – at least according to an SPC-1 benchmark. The Storage Performance Council (SPC) is an industry group dedicated to producing objective and vendor-neutral benchmarks to enable meaningful performance comparisons to be made …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2014
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HP lets the SAN shine: StoreVirtual now bigger, flashier, OpenStack-ier

HP has added lots of features to its StoreVirtual software SAN, announced a lower-cost all-flash 3PAR array and provided cheaper backup for remote offices. Here's how the StoreVirtual virtual storage appliance (software SAN) has been enhanced: The StoreVirtual VSA is a fully integrated storage option for Helion OpenStack and …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2014
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Biz data botherer CommVault slips out fresh do-it-all bundle

CommVault has added additional AWS and Azure support and reveals easier, more targeted ways to buy its all-singing, all-dancing backup/archive/data management product Simpana 10. The AWS and Azure facilities include cloud reporting, end-user self-service provisioning, recovery, software snapshots and virtual machine resource …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2014
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HP Storage results: Gloomy, but there's light at the end of the tunnel

Comment HP storage emulated HP's latest overall quarterly results, with both good news and bad news, but the gloom overwhelmed the gleam. Within HP's $27.6bn third fiscal 2014 quarterly revenue report, storage contributed $796m (just 3.6 per cent) of HP's earnings for the quarter and 11.5 per cent of the Enterprise Group's revenue. EG …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2014

Death by 1,000 cuts: Mainstream storage array suppliers are bleeding

Comment Great beasts can be killed by a 1,000 cuts, bleeding to death from the myriad slashes in their bodies – none of which, on their own, is a killer. And this, it seems, is the way things are going for big-brand storage arrays, as upstarts slice away at the market with converged systems, virtual SANs, all-flash kit, hybrid devices, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2014
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TELEPORTABLE storage? Atlantis Computing's PR bods jump the shark

Altantis Computing has come up with a rather neat marketing hook for its new USX device. Fancy getting your hands on teleport-enabled storage? In Atlantis' latest vision of the storage world you would teleport your VM storage between DAS, NAS, SAN and the cloud, with VVOL support covering all storage. With Atlantis USX you …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2014

It's ALIVE: Unstructured data upstart whips out data-AWARE array

Stealth exit startup DataGravity has introduced a hybrid flash/disk array with rich metadata recording and reporting functions for file creation, keyword content, content change and access, as well as data protection functions and collaboration help. DataGravity was founded by CEO Paula Long, co-founder of EqualLogic, which was …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2014
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Speedy software upstart PernixData showered in gold by expectant VCs

VMware hypervisor-caching software startup PernixData is gorging on cash from VCs as it ramps up development and its go-to-market efforts. PernixData's FVP product transparently virtualises server flash and RAM as an ESXi cache across multiple servers to enable scale-out storage performance and accelerate applications in virtual …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2014
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WTH? Upstart stuffed with ex-VMware bods grilled on Amazon cloud 'rescue' plan

Interview Willem ter Harmsel recently spoke with the CEO of a firm started up by several former VMware staffers, Platform9. Here he grills the startup's co-founder about VMware, the new business and its go-to-market plans. Platform9 has created a SaaS-based system that it claims offers internal IT a way to build a private cloud that …
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Can it be true? A BIG DATA benchmark? Yes, says TPC

Up until now there hasn't been an objective or standard way of comparing different suppliers' big data systems performance. The Transaction Processing Council (TPC) is remedying that with its TPCx-HS benchmark. The TPC provides objective, vendor-neutral benchmarks for things like virtual servers and transaction processing. The …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2014
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Creaky PC? SanDisk gives users a NAND with speedy '3-bitter' SSD

SanDisk has pushed out an Ultra II SSD for retrofitting to PCs that uses lower cost 3-bits-per-cell NAND technology. TLC or 3 bits per cell flash stores 50 per cent more information in each cell than MLC (2 bits per cell) and is cheaper to make on a cost/bit basis. But the number of times TLC flash can be rewritten, the P/E …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2014
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Super-dense flasher Skyera gets new CEO, fills pockets

+Comment Skyera, the super-dense all-flash array startup, has acquired a new CEO at the same time as it scored an additional funding round from its strategic investors. Former chief operating officer Frankie Roohparvar will be taking up the reins from today. Skyera was co-founded in July 2010 by Radoslav Danilak, who was also the …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014
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Violin Memory FINALLY writes dedupe and compression into its latest Concerto

Violin Memory has fixed a gaping hole in its data management feature set by adding deduplication and compression to its Concerto memory array controller product. This will cut its effective cost/GB figures to new lows, and strengthens its competitive hand against other all-flash array vendors – such as EMX XtremIO, IBM …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014
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AMD slaps 'Radeon' label on Tosh flash: >Beard stroke< Hmm, cunning ...

X86 CPU and Radeon graphics chipper AMD has come out with an SSD line using Toshiba/OCZ componentry. It's called the Radeon R7-Series, which us a sideways extension of existing graphics processor branding. The SSD uses 19nm Toshibs MLC flash and has been designed, we understand, for balanced read and write workloads. The speeds …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014
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Nexenta reckons it has Edge in squeezing your object storage BLOB

Nexenta says its latest NexentaEdge software product delivers petabyte-scale block and object storage with inline deduplication. NexentaStor, the existing product, is a ZFS-based software SAN product which Nexenta partners and customers can install on commodity storage array hardware – a mainstream SAN/filer replacement product …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014
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Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead

Object storage supplier Exablox has provided a file interface to its OneBlox object store, which is basically a Drobo-style BYOD store - Bring Your Own Disks. El Storage asked Sean Derrington, senior director of products at Exablox, some questions about the company. Some of the answers have been edited for brevity. El Storage: …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2014

Oh SNAP, here comes Amazon: EMC drops prices for Syncplicity

EMC has made dramatic pricing and capacity changes to its Syncplicity product after Amazon has entered the market with its Zocalo services. The news was announced in an EMC blog. Syncplicity has an Enterprise Edition ($150/user/year or $12.50/user/month) which now has unlimited storage in the cloud and unlimited storage on- …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2014

EMC is shopping for Indian startups

EMC has revealed that it's set aside US$2.3 billion for acquisitions, and is tagging the startup sector in India as one target for its shopping expeditions. The company has told India's The Economic Times in India that it has a particular eye for startups in that country. Chirantan Desai, who heads up EMC's emerging technology …

EMC customer? You can only buy from third-party sales bods now

EMC says it will remove the tools that allowed its direct sales reps to quote kit prices to customers this quarter. The process is running slightly behind schedule due to some teething issues, but should be in place soon, it said. The internal reps used the Direct Express (DXP) to fire off quotes to customers while partners …
Paul Kunert, 15 Aug 2014
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VM herder Tintri tries on Red Hat, plans support for Microsoft Hyper-V

Hybrid startup Tintri, whose hybrid arrays are VMware virtual machine-centric in their operation and management, now supports Red Hat's KVM as well. Tintri OS 3.0 has the KVM support and customers can deploy multiple hypervisors on a single VMstore. This version also has RBAC and Active Directory and LDAP integration enabling …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2014