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What a pain for poor old Bain: Toshiba $18bn flash chip biz sale stalls

+ Comment A delay in antitrust approval by Chinese regulators has stalled Toshiba's sale of its TMS flash business for $18bn to a Bain-led consortium - and analysts have said this might be best for the business. Options being considered by Toshiba, according to senior Wells Fargo analyst Aaron Rakers, include listing the chip unit on a …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2018
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It's a wrap: Gone Gartner part II, Flashdance and, er, Hardware Hackers

It has been an eventful week in storage with the introduction of a "hardware-defined storage" platform, a blast of helium, another Gone Gartner moment and more. So slap on those 3D glasses, get your popcorn ready – and enjoy our rapid-fire shorts and entertaining trailers. Storage newcomer Storbyte is introducing – wait for it …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2018
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Australian prisoner-tracking system brought down by 3PAR defects

Defects in HPE 3PAR storage area networks caused “a series of abnormal outages” that resulted in systems to track prisoners on release from incarceration in the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW) becoming unavailable. Prisoner tracking devices and software in the state are provided by a British company called Buddi, …
Simon Sharwood, 07 May 2018
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HPE makes Nimble nimbler and fatter, its mutants get dedupe

HPE has condensed, upgraded, future-proofed and guaranteed Nimble storage, both its all-flash and hybrid product lines. These Nimble arrays are positioned underneath the main 3PAR arrays and top-end XP arrays, OEM'd from Hitachi. The 3PAR arrays have a broader feature set than Nimble arrays which have out-of-the-box simplicity …
Chris Mellor, 07 May 2018
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High-Optane thrills for 3D XPoint wanna-haves: Intel fattens gaming SSDs

Intel has tuned its Optane gaming drives with the 905P upgrade on the 900P, broadly doubling capacity and slightly boosting topline performance. The Optane 900P came in a 2.5-inch (U2) format with 280GB capacity and a half-height, half-length add-in card (AIC) format with 280 and 480GB capacities. Chipzilla has given the 905P …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2018

The Fibre Channel NVMe cookbook: QED from a storage whizz's POV

Interview OK, you think Fibre Channel-based NVMe fabric access is a good idea. How do you implement it? Where is the FC-NVMe cookbook? Consulting technologist Greg Scherer told us about NVMe over Fibre Channel and Ethernet in what has become the first interview of two. He said FC-NVMe was a practical proposition, and we asked him how it …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2018
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Who needs NAND when rust never sleeps? Seagate dines out on nearline disk drive boom

Seagate's top line number bounced and profits took off in its third quarter as it made the most of increased nearline disk drive demand. The big question for us, the big question for everyone [about the nearline market]... is how long is it going to last and how big is the peak? Revenues for Q3 ended 30 March were $2.8bn, 4 …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2018
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We just wanna torque: Spinning transfer boffins say torque memory near

California-based Spin Transfer Technologies has claimed recent results of its "precessional spin current technology" – three years in the making – will make it easier to write data to spin transfer torque magnetic memory (STT-MRAM) and for that data to be retained more than 10,000 times longer. STT claimed "the results confirm …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2018
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Painful Hammer blow: Commvault CEO ousted, costs and staff face cuts as financial figures falter

Activist investor Elliott Management has this week claimed the scalp of Commvault CEO Bob Hammer, as the storage biz accedes to its demands in the wake of disappointing financial results. Data-protecting Commvault has agreed to change its chief executive, cut costs, lay off some folks, shake up its organizational structure, …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2018
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Dell EMC PowerBricks VMAX... um, yeah, it's called PowerMax now

This year's Dell Technologies World, held this week in Las Vegas, has laid boosted VMAX, XtremIO, and HCI offerings at the feet of the EMC faithful, punted two AI-focused, accelerated servers, and prepared its PowerEdge server hordes for composability. Starting at the top, VMAX has been rebranded as PowerMax, gets a CPU …
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2018
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Unitrends squares up to Veeam in the VMware backup arena for SMBs

Unitrends said it has targeted SMB admins with a VM Backup Essentials product that competes with Veeam's offerings. vBE is aimed at the six-sockets-or-less environment, "simplified" and priced for the VMware admin, at $105 per socket per year. It said this includes virtual backup software, ransomware protection and integrated …
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2018
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CIOs in tears? Gartner DELAYS Backup and Recovery Magic Quadrant report

CIOs may - or may not - be reeling from Gartner's admission that the Data Center Backup and Recovery Magic Quadrant will be put on ice after a number of its big hitting analysts upped sticks to work for vendors. Flush with private equity dosh, startup Rubrik has tried to hire two senior researchers only to have one poached by …
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2018
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DRAM makers sued (yet again) for 'fixing prices' (yet again) of chips

Updated The three semiconductor giants responsible for nearly all of the world's DRAM supply are being sued for allegedly working together to keep memory chip prices high. A class-action complaint [PDF] filed to the US Northern California District Court late last week accuses Micron, Samsung, and Hynix of conspiring to keep the price …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Apr 2018
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When WAN works like LAN: RStor's network acrobatics helps it wolf $45m from Cisco 'n' pals

Analysis Cloud startup RStor has dropped out of stealth and received $45m of A-round cash, led by Cisco Ventures, to develop its Multicloud Platform compute service. Currently organisations with large data sets that require high-powered processing ship them to public clouds, make deals with supercomputing centres or get their own HPC …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2018
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Eat your damn storage news, child! Look, we even chopped it up into little digestible chunks

Ah, the wide and deep and far-fetched wonders of storage – IBM researchers talking about chemically driven phase transformations, Backblaze looking at a Pelican, HPE setting up an Azure Stack and SQream going off to Thailand. New research, updated products, new deals, new hires and new money are all in this week's worth of …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2018

High-cap enterprise hard drives stream dosh into Western Digital

Western Digital shipped a whole load of spinning bits into enterprise and hyperscale data centres in its third fiscal 2018 quarter, although overall disk units sold dropped 15.5 per cent on the year. In the three months to March 30, revenues were a tidy $5bn, compared to $4.6bn a year ago, up 8 per cent, but seasonally down on …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2018

Highway to the auto-zone: Cisco is catching up to Brocade in Fibre Channel speed race

Cisco is releasing two auto-zoning 48 and 96-port Fibre Channel switches to speed up networking in data centres with all-flash arrays. The switches are accompanied by updated diagnostics and SAN management software. As all-flash arrays are increasingly used in data centres, their IO demands crank up the storage networking …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2018
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Red Hat sticks its storage software cap on Supermicro hardware

Open-source software house Red Hat has jumped into bed with Supermicro to produce a single system combining its storage software with the server maker's hardware. Red Hat described Storage One as a pre-engineered turnkey system, automated by Ansible, which makes software-defined storage less of a DIY component-sourcing and …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2018
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We pick a storage CTO's brains on Linux-heads, big vendors – and should all the admins NVMe?

Interview NVMe storage networking (NVMe-oF or NVME over fabrics) promises to radically cut the latency of access to external block storage compared to iSCSI and Fibre Channel. It works by implementing an RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) request to an external storage drive, bypassing the traditional host server and source array …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2018
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Chinese boffins on 3D XPoint: If it works like phase-change memory, it's probably phase-change memory

Analysis A team of scientists from China have asserted that 3D XPoint is essentially phase-change memory, which manufacturers Intel and Micron have not publicly admitted. Phase-change memory (PCM) exploits properties of chalcogenide alloy, the internal state of which varies between crystalline and amorphous phases with different levels …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2018
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Cohesity touts instant gratification for cloud-surfing virtual machines

Secondary storage hyperconverger Cohesity has extended its on-premises appliance products range with software now running in AWS and Azure, and able to spin up backed-up VMs direct in the two cloudy places. It could already send backup data to the public cloud and manage its on-premises and cloud repositories through a single …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2018
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This week in storage: Film folk, HDDs, tape and stacks and stacks of dusty data

The storage enterprise trade is simultaneously hoping what happened in Vegas does and doesn't stay there as the news of new products, tech developments, company changes and people moving jobs flooded out of the NAB conference in Nevada. Azure April is the month of the National Association of Broadcasters conference; if you're …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2018
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Ex-Nimble CEO grabs controls at microservices monitoring biz Sysdig

Ex-Nimble top dog Suresh Vasudevan is the new president and CEO of container intelligence outfit Sysdig. Sysdig uses open-source tech to give admins and developers information for container troubleshooting, visibility and security. The firm's unified platform works with Docker, has Kubernetes, Mesos and Swarm integration, and …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2018
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Pavilion Data Systems hands more engineers their marching orders

NVMe-over-fabrics array startup Pavilion Data Systems has laid off more engineers just a month after a previous cull during which co-founder Kiran Malwankar departed. It has now let go of further staffers from its core Silicon Valley-based software engineering team, leaving just three behind. CEO Malwankar started Pavilion in …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2018
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It's a Pivotal moment: Dell's cloudy soft limb hits the stock market

Pivotal has set its initial public offering share price at $15, with hopes of raising $555m and an anticipated $14-$16 price band. The shares are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange from today. Dell Technologies is expected to hold almost three-quarters of the stock and because there are two types of share – class …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2018
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And so it begins: Veritas lays off UK workers, R&D bods hit hardest

Troubled private-equity-owned Veritas started making layoffs in the UK yesterday as its parent continues to implement cost-cutting measures. Veritas considers 'restructuring' another two offices, with 350+ pink slips possible READ MORE Company insiders across the UK told The Register that at least 100 heads were rolling from …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2018
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Non-shingled and ready to mingle: WDC catches up with 14TB disk rivals

Western Digital has caught up with rival Toshiba to introduce its own non-shingled 14TB disk drive. Seagate also has Exos X14 14TB drive tech, but isn't shipping it yet. Products are being sampled with certain customers like Baidu. The Ultrastar DC HC530 uses two-dimensional magnetic recording and is a follow-on from the …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2018
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Not a shaggy dog story: Software-defined storage inside $300m Softbank pet project

The era of software-defined storage market is truly upon us. Forget city-sized enterprises looking to squeeze costs out of their data centre estate, Nexenta has scored big with Wag!, a US-based dog walking 'sharing economy' app for those that can't be arsed to exercise their pooch. Almost incredibly, Japanese multinational …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2018
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Scality swallows $60m to tame the multi-cloud data management beast

Analysis Software-defined object storage biz Scality has scored an extra $60m in funding to help along development of its cloudy storage tools. The financing was arranged by Silverpeak, a European investment bank, with cash from new investor Harbert European Growth Capital, and participation from all original investors. The cash …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2018
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Slick HCI trick: VMware smooths off vSAN's rough edges

Alongside its update of vSphere, VMware has smoothed off a few of the rough edges from its HCI heavy, vSAN. vSAN already dominates the HCI software market, but the firm is looking to its own users for growth. Yanbing Li, SVP and general manager of VMware's Storage and Availability Business Unit, said millions of vSphere users …
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2018
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Three storage hardware devices, a cash raise and Oracle gets blocked

It has been a hardware frenzy this week, with a pair of microSD cards for surveillance cams, flash drives for video takers and makers, and good old filers from a NAS baker. These were accompanied by cash-raising from Sphere3D and Oracle adding block support to its cloud-based Linux Storage Appliance. We'll start with the …
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2018
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Was April 10th 'Add storage features to enterprise OSes day'?

May 5th is World Naked Gardening Day* and Wednesday April 10th might just have been “Add better storage features to enterprises OSes day” because Microsoft and Red Hat both did just that. Microsoft teased the storage stuff coming in Windows 2019, with the headline act being a new “Storage Migration Service (SMS)”. Microsoft …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2018
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Microsoft's Pelican brief, MAID in Azure* and femtosecond laser glass storage

Analysis Following last week's announcement that Microsoft's Azure planned to reinvent MAID disk arrays, The Reg took a deep breath and dove into Azure CTO Mark Russinovich’s presentation. What did we find? Some interesting bits and pieces about IBM tape library use, the aforementioned Pelican MAI, and a project to store 50TB in a slab …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2018
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Hoth stuff: Broadcom readies refined fleet of Fibre Channel kit

In what it has called its Hoth release, Broadcom said it enhanced its gen 6 Fibre Channel products with new NVMe technology, automation technology, and higher density hardware. Starting with the hardware, the G630 is a 128-port Brocade switch and a FC32-64 64-port X6 Director blade has also been announced. Brocade G630 …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2018
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Dell software limb Pivotal's IPO hopes: $592 million

Dell's cloudy native software production house Pivotal expects its initial public offering to raise up to $592m. This is far more than the initial $100m reported in March. It's offering a total of 42.6 million Class A shares (including an over-allotment option for underwriters) priced between $14 and $16 each. According to …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2018
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'Disappearing' data under ZFS on Linux sparks small swift tweak

Updated Maintainers of ZFS on Linux have hustled out a new version after the previous release caused created the impression of data loss. ZFS on Linux 0.7.7 only landed on March 21st, but as this GitHub thread titled “Unlistable and disappearing files”, users experienced “Data loss when copying a directory with large-ish number of …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2018

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