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Sight for sore eyes: Dropbox lands on Win 10 with iris recognition

Microsoft Windows 10 users are about to get more done with Dropbox on their PCs, notebooks and tablets. The file sync-and-sharing service is using Win10’s universal app architecture to run its new application across devices of all shapes and sizes. The software's features include: Drag‘n'drop files from Windows Explorer into …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2016
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The network: Your next big storage problem

Comment A few days ago I had an interesting chat with Andy Warfield at Coho Data and the topic of the network/storage relationship came up several times. (Quick disclaimer: I'm currently doing some work for Coho). In a couple of my latest articles (here and here), I talked about why many large IT organizations prefer PODs to other …
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Public cloud storage spend to double in two years – reliable sources

Research house 451 reckons public cloud storage spend will double in two years, with on-premises storage spend falling 17 per cent. Its Voice of the Enterprise: Storage study sees most organizations increasing their storage spend while also switching more of it to the public cloud, with Amazon and Microsoft (Azure) being the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2016
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Eight budget-friendly 1TB SSD data packers for real people

It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of a 2.5in 1TB class SSD roundup would have been laughable mainly because the very idea of a 1TB drive aimed at the consumer market would have been considered a flight of fancy. Until recently large capacity SSDs were the domain of the corporate and enterprise sectors with the accompanying …
Simon Crisp, 21 Jan 2016
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HDS brings out all-flash A series array

Hitachi Data Systems is taking its marketing attack direct to XtremIO and Pure Storage with a brand new, entry-level, all-flash array storage line, the HFS A series, separate from its existing VSP and HUS arrays. The HFS (Hitachi Flash Storage) product comes in three models: A220, A250 and A270, each with dual active:active …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2016
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Big reader? Toshiba tweaks endurance, wrings out low-write SSD

Toshiba has fashioned a fifth enterprise SSD variant by cutting the entry-level PX04’s endurance in half, and fitting it for another read-intensive market niche. The PX04SRB has an endurance of one full drive write per day (1 DWPD) for five years and was positioned back in August as a read-intensive enterprise SSD, compared …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2016

Hey, Intel and Micron: XPoint is phase-change memory, right? Or is it? Yes. No. Yes

Comment So, is XPoint memory phase-change memory ... or not? An IM Flash Technologies co-CEO just gave a strong signal it might be phase-change, but doubt remains as Intel and Micron have kept their secret process ingredient hidden. IMFT is the Intel/Micron joint venture to manufacture flash chips in Lehi, Utah. Guy Blalock and Keyvan …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2016
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Mangstor busts out smash chart for flash pocket rocket

Comment Mangstor and its NVMe fabric-accessed array has been mentioned a couple of times in The Register, with claims that is pretty much the fastest external array available in terms of data access speed. NVMe is the standardised PCIe flash drive block access protocol over a PCIe connection inside a server. The NVMe over fabric ( …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2016
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HPE tops IDC's all-flash array list. But look who's not on the list

+Comment Research house IDC has put out an all-flash array marketscape* which deliberately excludes most of the available all-flash arrays. HPE tops its AFA list. IDC identifies three leaders: EMC with its XtremIO product HPE with its 3PAR 7450c Pure Storage and its FlashArray //m Can we put them in a 1-2-3 order? The …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2016
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Flash and trash? You could begin with cache and trash

Comment Last year I wrote many times about object storage, flash memory, caching, and various other technologies in the storage industry. And I also coined the term “Flash and Trash” (see video here) to describe a trend of two-tier storage built on latency-sensitive, flash-based arrays on one side and capacity-driven, scale-out systems …

AMD's 64-bit ARM server chip Seattle finally flies the coop ... but where will it call home?

AMD is at last officially shipping its 64-bit ARM-based server chip, the Opteron A1100 aka Seattle. This wee beastie packs a load of networking and storage interfaces, and is seemingly eyeing up hyper-converged boxes in data centers. We've gone into plenty of detail on the processor in the past, but to recap: it's a quad or …
Chris Williams, 14 Jan 2016
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ROBO HCIAs erupt from Atlantis. Thankfully it's not Rise of the Machines

Software biz Atlantis has announced a pint-size hyper-converged appliance for remote and branch offices. Atlantis’ HyperScale CX-4 software is a two-node design integrating compute, all-flash storage, networking and virtualisation. It is available on Dell’s PowerEdge FX2 servers, which feature blade servers and integrated …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2016
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Industry vet Khosla kicks Dell-EMC in the innovation crotch

Comment Billionaire, venture capitalist guru and Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla thinks the merged Dell-EMC will result in a rusty innovation pipeline. Unsurprisingly, EMC CTO John Roese says Khosla's all wrong. Khosla passed his judgement during an interview at a Structure Conference in San Francisco last month. The $67bn …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2016

Zes, zir, zank you, zir: Zerto zucks in 50 zillion zucks in zenture zapital

+Comment Startup Zerto has picked up $50m in a fifth round of funding. Zerto's main product is Zerto Virtual Replication which protects, migrates and recovers applications in cloud and private virtualized data centers; think of it, crudely, as the Veeam of replication. It also has a Cloud Continuity Platform to protect and move …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2016

Veeam pops out new product with usual level of superlatives

Veeam has announced v9.0 of its Availability Suite backup product, and if it does as well as previous versions, CEO Ratmir Timashev will be veaaming all the way to the bank. Naturally it is game-changing, award-winning, etc., with, we're told, more than 250 added features. The key attribute of Veeam AS v9 is availability of …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2016
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Seagate floats out 10TB HDD filled with lifting gas

Seagate has caught up with WDC’s HGST unit and built a 7-platter, 10TB disk drive filled with helium gas. Western Digital Corporation (WDC) introduced its own 10TB Ultrastar He10 drive in December last year. This was a standard PMR tech drive, unlike the Ultrastar Archive Ha10 announced in June 2015, which used shingled …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2016
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Avere replenishes FXT filer accelerator appliances

Avere has replaced its high-end and mid-range FXT physical appliances – Edge filers – with a new FXT 5000 range, retaining the 3200 as its entry-level. The 2U 4850 and 3850 get replaced by the 1U 5600 and 5400 with more CPU cores, SSD capacity, NVRAM and, with the 5600, more DRAM. The 5400 actually has less DRAM than the …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2016
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Devilish flash DIMMer Diablo gets $19m and new CEO

Comment Flash DIMM developer Diablo Technologies has had a $19m funding round, got itself a new CEO, and seen off legal foe Netlist in a great start to the new year. Diablo has Memory1 flash DIMM technology which adds NAND to a server's memory space as a cheaper but slower DRAM substitute, enabling server applications to run faster, …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2016
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All-flash hot-shot Elastifile pulls open wallet for big B-round

Israeli high-techers strike again. Elastifile, a startup developing storage software for all-flash arrays, has gained $35m in its second round of funding. The company was started up in 2014 in Herzliya, Israel, to develop enterprise-class, web-scale storage software running on all-flash media and providing file, object and …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2016
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DataCore scores fastest ever SPC-1 response times. Yep, a benchmark

+Comment DataCore has recorded the fastest ever SPC-1 microsecond response times, which are three times faster than all-flash EMC VNX. Together with DDN it demonstrates that parallel IO processing using multiple cores is set to become the new norm. El Reg was contacted by an industry source to provide contextual background to the …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2016

Anyone using M-DISC to archive snaps?

Since I've been at El Reg since it was all fields round here, readers can imagine I've accumulated quite a photo/video/misc rubbish collection over the years, and the time has arrived to address the issue of a proper permanent archive. My present system is as follows: photos and vid first land on the desktop PC, and are …
Lester Haines, 11 Jan 2016
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Clinton Group to Violin: What do we want? Sale. When do we want it? Allegro

+Comment Back in July last year activist investor the Clinton Group expressed its feelings about Violin Memory, saying: "If the Company's sales execution does not materially improve and our voice continues to remain unheard, we will have to seriously consider seeking the election of replacements to the Company's Board of Directors at the …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2016

Imation sells off the family jewels

+Comment Imation, now run by activist investor Clinton Group people, is selling the Memorex trademark – and two trademark licences associated with it – for $9.4m, while also disposing of its corporate headquarter facility in Oakdale, Minnesota, for $11.5m. "Both sales are consistent with the (our) stated restructuring, wind down …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2016
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DataCore’s benchmarks for SANsymphony-V hit a record high note

+Comment DataCore's SANsymphony-V software with a parallel IO feature has produced a radical advance in price/performance on the SPC-1 benchmark. SPC-1 is an objective test and measures the data access performance of a storage subsystem. It enables meaningful performance comparisons to be made between different vendors' systems. The …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jan 2016
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Flash storage bods at X-IO dare to encrypt

Hybrid and all-flash storage supplier X-IO is storing data in encrypted form to increase security. Its DaR (Data-at-Rest) encryption applies to its iglu blaze and ISE products. Encryption during replication is an existing iglu feature so its extension to data at rest is logical. X-IO claims feature has been added in a way …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jan 2016
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SwiftStack CPO: 'If you take a filesystem and bolt on an object API'... it's upside down

Interview Open source OpenStack-focused, object storage startup SwiftStack has has early involvement with Seagate’s object storage-focussed Kinetic disk drives, the ones needing server-resident software to manage their IO. We had an email conversation with Joe Arnold, the founder, president and chief product officer of SwiftStack, about …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jan 2016
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SanDisk offers super-slim terabyte SSD to tablet-pushers and other bulge-watchers

CES SanDisk has launched a super slim M.2 SSD at CES in Las Vegas, the 1TB X400. It stores up to 1TB and is 1.5mm high in its single-sided M.2 format, coming also as a 2.5-inch SSD. SanDisk says it's the world's thinnest 1TB M.2 drive and is suited for OEM needs with thin devices such as tablets. It's being called a "client" SSD …
Chris Mellor, 5 Jan 2016
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Seagate reorg: CEO puts ops man at the wheel

+Comment A new heir apparent has emerged at Seagate, the world's number two disk drive manufacturer, which experienced an 8TB drive production quantity mis-step in 2015. The company has consolidated Rocky Pimental's Global Markets and Customers organisation into Dave Mosley's Operations and Technology division. Pimental keeps his EVP …
Chris Mellor, 5 Jan 2016

Anyone seen my DVD? Ohio loses disc holding 50,000 citizens' records

Ohio's Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) slipped out a quiet end-of-year confession that it has lost a backup DVD with information and documents on 50,000 individuals. The loss was discovered on November 10, 2015, but only made public on December 31. RITA's statement says the agency was preparing a bunch of backup DVDs for …
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Iron Mountain stars in total Recall: Watchdog probes rival biz gobble

Document and data storer Iron Mountain wants to buy Recall – and the UK monopoly regulator is alarmed. Iron Mountain put in a $2.6bn (£1.77bn, AU$3.4bn) bid to buy Recall Holdings Ltd in June 2015. Recall shareholders would get $0.50 plus 0.1722 Iron Mountain shares for each Recall share owned. Alternatively, Recall …
Chris Mellor, 4 Jan 2016
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Amazon, Azure and Google in race to the bottom ... of cloud storage pricing

Storage 2016 A period of quiet, rest and reflection is what the storage industry needs after a frankly hectic and very eventful 2015. It won't get it. The opposing forces of simplicity and complexity, access speed versus capacity, server versus array, on premises versus cloud, and tuned hardware and software versus software-defined are …
Chris Mellor, 4 Jan 2016
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Storage suppliers: Who reached for the stars, who burned up in orbit?

Storage year in review, part 3 Winners, losers, refugees, death, near-death, and a miraculous recovery ... all these were things that characterised the year for storage suppliers in 2015. They experienced earthquake-level changes as the movement of tectonic storage plates like flash, the cloud, server-based storage and activist investors shook old assumptions …
Chris Mellor, 3 Jan 2016
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Storage in 2016: Could abandonware claims come to the fore?

Storagebod blog Predictions are a mug’s game ... the trick is to keep them as non-specific as possible and not name names ... so here are mine! What is the future for storage in the enterprise? Well, 2016 is going to pan out to be an interesting year. There are company integrations and mergers to complete with more to come so I hear, and …
StorageBod, 1 Jan 2016
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Solving the data silo problem using a crawl-walk-run strategy

Analysis + Comment DataSphere is Primary Data's product and it provides a storage abstraction layer presenting a single interface to multiple individual storage silos. Primary Data told us more about it at a Silicon Valley IT Press Tour event in early December. CEO Lance Smith said the company's technology virtualised data, not storage, and …
Chris Mellor, 31 Dec 2015

Baidu flash-card supplier Memblaze pockets extra funds

Chinese flash-card startup Memblaze has raised tens of millions of dollars in a C-round of funding, giving it the wherewithal to further develop its PCIe flash tech. According to Crunchbase Memblaze has had four funding events since being founded by CEO Xuebing Yin, CTO Lu Xiangfeng, and VP Marketing Zhibo Tang in 2011: 2012 …
Chris Mellor, 31 Dec 2015

Rockport’s Torus prises open hyperscale network lockjaw costs

Hyperscale IT is threatened by suicidally expensive networking costs. As node counts head into the thousands and tens of thousands, network infrastructure costs rocket upwards because a combination of individual node connections, network complexity, and bandwidth in a traditional (leaf-and-spine) design has a toxic effect on …
Chris Mellor, 30 Dec 2015

Who will buy our darn DRAM? Micron smacked in wallet again

It was not a happy Christmas for Micron, as the numbers confirm it is suffering in the solid state memory and storage business with a fourth consecutive decline in revenues and fifth in profits. It made $3.35bn in revenues for its first fiscal 2016 quarter, compared to $4.57bn a year ago and $3.6bn in the preceding quarter, …
Chris Mellor, 30 Dec 2015

Hybrid cloud thingies, new media and everything is software-defined: Storage reinvents itself

Storage year in review, part 2 The foundation-shaking changes in storage media in 2015 were paralleled, if not exceeded, by the massive perturbations at all levels in the systems, suppliers and applications areas. EMC is fleeing into the arms of Dell, there were acquisitions and splits, activist investors, startups galore, and death and near-death experiences …
Chris Mellor, 27 Dec 2015
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2015: The year storage was rocked to its foundations

Storage year in review, part 1 The storage market in 2015 went through strategic foundation-shaking turmoil as the external shared disk array storage playbook was torn to shreds. It was a bewildering year, with rampaging and revolutionary activity at all levels of the industry. It’s best looked at from the ground up, starting with the technology vision, …
Wireless Watch, 25 Dec 2015
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Western Digital pushing archive data ideas

Western Digital corporation, or WDC as we must get used to now, has joined the Active Archive Alliance to help promote the disk archive idea. Its subsidiary brand, HGST, has an Active Archive System array, which runs acquired Amplidata software and could scale to 4.7PB in a single rack using 8TB He8 helium-filled drives. WDC …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2015
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White-boxer joins flash array wars: SanDisk teams up with Amazon supplier

A white boxer is working with SanDisk to flog flash arrays, making SanDisk even more desirable to WDC. Taiwan-based Quanta, actually Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT), along with Foxcon and SuperMicro, is a so-called “white box” computer supplier, making notebooks, servers and switches to be branded by its customers. Apple is one …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2015
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Converged systems market cracks $10bn a year says IDC

Revenue for converged systems has cracked the US$10 billion dollar barrier over the last 12 months, according to the box-and-cash-counting experts at analyst firm IDC. The firm's new Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker for 2015's third quarter found revenue up 6.2 per cent year over year to $2.5 billion, and 1,261 …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Dec 2015