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You've got a yottabyte on your hands: How analytics is changing storage

For all of its advances, the IT sector’s first five decades could be characterised as the electronic storing of systems of record. The move to the electronic era saw paper ledgers, tax returns, bank statements stored and archived safely and legally on machines instead of paper files. Rows of data were worked on in …
Ambrose McNevin, 09 Feb 2018

Micron cranks revenue forecast up by $275m amid flash, DRAM boom

It's boom time in Micron flash and DRAM land with increased revenue expectations for the current quarter. And it has hired a new CFO. The guidance for Micron's second fiscal 2018 quarter, which ends March 1, is now for revenues between $7.2bn and $7.35bn. The earlier expectation was $6.8bn to $7.2bn. This is a $275m rise at …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2018
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Let the compute see the data... to smash storage networking bottlenecks

Part 1 Bringing compute to data sounds like a great way to bypass storage access bottlenecks but progress is difficult because of software issues, the need to develop special hardware and a non-x86 environment. As data amounts grow from terabyte to petabyte and beyond, the time it takes to bring data to the processors is becoming an …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2018
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Infinidat techie: Let me tell you a thing or two about ruler-format SSDs

Interview We spoke to several people about Intel ruler and Samsung mini-ruler SSDs and thought we'd have some fun getting a point of view from Infinidat. Our expectation was that, as INFINIDAT uses disk for capacity storage and says you don't need all-flash arrays for performance, we might not even get a reply. We were wrong, and we …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2018

Rubrik swallows Datos IO, shuffles in distributed DB backup

Extremely well-funded startup Rubrik has bought distributed database backer-up and fellow startup Datos IO. Datos IO's semantic deduplication RecoverX technology has been applied to protecting big data file systems, such as Hadoop, cloud-native data sources and distributed NoSQL databases. It recently extended its technology …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2018

Dell soups up low-end Data Domain deduper

Down in the Dell there is a new Data Domain box – a smallish, entry-level one – the DD3300. It is a 2U rackmount chassis with 3TB or 4TB SAS disk drives providing up to 32TB of usable capacity, said to be 1.6PB after deduplication (logical capacity) and data can be ingested at 7TB/hour using Data Domain Boost. If a backend …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2018
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Plunk: SK Hynix drops 72-layer 3D NAND on enterprise SSD market

SK Hynix, currently focused on client SSDs, is posed to enter the enterprise SSD market with 72-layer 3D NAND tech. It has developed 512Gb flash chips with this technology, and built an enterprise-class SSD using its own controller and firmware to provide 4TB of capacity. SK Hynix is not saying whether the SSD uses TLC (3bits/ …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2018

Gartner casts runes to find object storage hero and 3 emerge: IBM

IBM's on-premises Cloud Object Storage has come out on top in Gartner's latest industry rankings. Critical Capabilities for Object Storage rates 13 on-premises object storage products on eight attributes – value, storage efficiency, security and multi-tenancy, capacity, interoperability, manageability, performance, and …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2018

Besides the XPoint: Persistent memory tech is cool, but the price tag... OUCH

Analysis The prospects of XPoint and other persistent memory technologies becoming a standard part of servers' design is being held up because the darn stuff costs too much, an analyst has said. That's because it is made in small quantities so no economies of scale occur which would make it cheaper. Object Analysis analyst Jim Handy …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2018
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Tall, slim models are coming to take over dumpy SSD territory

Interview Intel and Samsung have introduced "ruler" format SSDs, longer than the standard 2.5-inch drive format, and with higher capacities. However, adoption has been slow. Supermicro is bringing in ruler SSD-using servers, but few others. Why is that? Are the formats unsuitable in some way? We asked senior 451 analyst Steven Hill for …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2018

E8 prises software away from its arrays to run on Dell, HPE, Lenovo kit

NVMe-over-Fabrics all-flash array shipper E8 is selling its software separately to be run on certified hardware from Dell, HPE and Lenovo. An E8 storage system uses NVMe-over-fabrics to hook up servers, running E8 host agents, across Ethernet to an E8 storage controller full of NVMe SSDs. The E8 storage controller is a 2U, 24 …
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2018

DRAM, Samsung, these profits are on fire, NAND ain't that the truth

Korean tech titan Samsung has posted bumper annual results on the back of high memory chip demand, with yearly operating profit up 83 per cent to 53.7 trillion won (£35.4bn). Semiconductors were the main driver of growth, accounting for two-thirds of its operating profit of 35.2 trillion won, according to figures emitted on …
Kat Hall, 31 Jan 2018

VCs palm Igneous $15m to give its Arm-powered backup boxen a leg up

Some $15m has just been shoveled into Igneous Systems by venture capitalists to further develop the upstart's Arm-powered petabyte-scale unstructured data backup, archive and storage box that has a public cloud backend. The on-premises gear is a collection of nano-servers – disk drives with Arm CPUs strapped to them. The …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2018

Samsung preps for Z-SSD smackdown on Intel Optane drives

Samsung is launching its ambitious supercharged NAND Z-SSD in competition with Intel's P4800X Optane drive. Specs for the SZ985 Z-NAND drive were revealed in November, displaying close-to-Optane performance, slightly lower latency, faster read/write bandwidth and random read but lower random write IOPS.   Tech Capacity R/ …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2018

You can blame taxes for a profit nosedive, but Seagate... the taxman didn't flatten your sales

Seagate reported essentially flat revenues and a fall in profits in its disappointing second fiscal 2018 quarter. Revenues in the three months to December 29, 2017, were $2.9bn compared to $2.89bn a year ago, and $2.63bn in the also-disappointing prior quarter. GAAP net income was $159m, compared to $297m a year ago, a 47 per …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2018

DRAM, it's good to be in storage... for some

So after a week of replicating, virtualising, backing up and inhaling and puffing out data to the cloud it is time to check what has been happening in the land of storage. We have news on Portworx and HPE, Pure Storage, SK Hynix, SpectraLogic, StorMagic, plus snippets on Gridgain, Snowflake and Virtual Instruments... Grab a …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2018

Qumulo needed EMEA crew, and an ex-Isilon bunch worked out nicely

Commercial scale-out filesystem startup Qumulo is setting up shop in Europe and using ex-Isilon execs to run its show. Thore Rabe was a Dell EMC Isilon VP who ran the EMEA operation. He becomes Qumulo's VP and General Manager for Europe. Dr Stefan Radtke was CTO for Isilon in EMEA. He is now Qumulo's CTO for the same region. …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2018

Western Dig revenues take $0.82bn spanking from US tax shake-up

Drive-shipper Western Digital reported record revenues in its second quarter but new US tax laws dragged it into a $0.82bn net loss. Revenues were $5.3bn, 8.4 per cent higher than a year ago, and just 2.3 per cent up on the previous quarter. There was a GAAP net loss of $823m, which, WDC said, "includes a provisional net tax …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2018
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Dell bleeds converged infrastructure unit into existing divisions

Dell has split up and distributed the Chad Sakac-led Converged Platforms and Solutions Division (CPSD) across company's existing server, storage and networking units (Infrastructure Solutions Group). CPSD handled the rapidly growing hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and converged infrastructure (CI) products. The HCI set …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2018

Muglia's monster Snowflake in quarter-of-a-billion-dollar funding blizzard

Data Warehouser in the cloud Snowflake has just raised $263.5m, eight months after raising $105m, making it a startup monster. Since being founded in 2012 it has raised a total of $473m. Ex-Microsoft senior exec Bob Muglia became CEO in 2014 and the funding history has been meteoric since then. This is Series E funding from …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2018

Wanna design a chip that talks to silly-fast GDDR6? You'll have to talk to Rambus, too

Patent troll Semiconductor licensing giant Rambus announced this week a physical layer design for accessing GDDR6 – aka double data rate type six synchronous graphics random-access memory. This GDDR6 PHY blueprint is aimed at hooking up high-speed, high-bandwidth GDDR6 SGRAM to hardware accelerators and processors to rapidly …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2018
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Commvault's record revenues walloped by US tax law tweaks

Commvault has reported record quarterly revenues but took a dramatic GAAP thrashing due to US tax law changes. Revenues for the data manager's third fiscal 2018 quarter were $180.4m, up 8.8 per cent annually and 13 per cent sequentially. Net loss was $58.9m, but Commvault said it recorded approximately "$59.0m of non-cash …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2018

Pro Evo-lution shocker: Samsung SSDs focus on endurance over capacity

Samsung's new 860 Pro and Evo SSDs have virtually the same capacity and performance as the 850 line, but with much higher endurance. The 850 drives were launched in 2014 and boasted 128GB to 2TB capacity in 2.5-inch form factors with a 6Gbit/s SATA interface. They used 32-layer V-NAND, Samsung's version of 3D NAND – 2bit/cell …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2018
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IBM Zurich wants to spice up your life with SALSA translation layer

Research gnomes at IBM Zurich say we should take translation layers off storage devices and run many at the same time on a server to get faster IO. They have published a research paper discussing this. An SSD has a Flash Translation Layer (FTL), which interfaces between the database and file system concepts on the host system …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2018

What do people want? If we're talking mainstream enterprise SATA SSDs, reliability, chirps Micron

Micron is looking to boost its high fidelity cred. The vendor has refreshed its three-model 5100 SATA SSD with a two-variant 5200, increasing reliability from two million to three million hours mean time before failure (MTBF). The 5100 SATA 2.5-inch SSD was built from 32-layer TLC 3D NAND came in three flavours: Eco (high …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2018
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Security patches done, machines upgraded, the coffee's hot – just in time for storage roundup

Acquisition hints at Nutanix, go-to-market changes at Zerto, subscription pricing intro at Violin Systems, new SW release at Delphix – yep, it's another storage roundup. Grab a coffee and take five to check this out. Delphix Database virtualiser Delphix has added a new version of its Dynamic Data Platform providing added …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2018
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Microsoft gives backup software vendors 30 days of pain

Microsoft's OneDrive for Business now offers to recover files deleted a month in the past. As Redmond product marketing bod Stephen Rose explained, the feature doesn't just save your bacon from an accidental delete: there's also the matter of file corruption or, everyone's greatest fear de jour, malware. So instead of relying …
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Half a terabyte in your smartmobe? Yup. That's possible now

Here's a challenge: do you reckon you can fill half-a-terabyte of memory using only a smartphone? For some people, we're sure, the answer will be along the lines of “hold my beer while I set my camera to HDR mode and snap some selfies”. So the good news is that from February, you'll be able to lay out the readies on a 512 GB …

Curse of Woz strikes again – first Fusion-io fizzles out, now Primary Data goes down

Primary Data, the storage startup offering a metadata-driven abstraction layer, appears to have gone TITSUP – a Total Inability To Sell Us Products. The upstart's landing page on its website,, was blank at time of writing, and inner pages were 404ing. Its Twitter and Facebook presences have also been silenced. …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2018

How digitalisation will change your storage culture

How close to reality is the all-flash enterprise data centre? Depending on infrastructure heritage, appetite and capital available the answer is likely to be: "Closer than you think". Another question is whether running an all-flash infrastructure is the right choice for your organisation. Even up to relatively recently an …
Ambrose McNevin, 22 Jan 2018

Talk about a positive mental pl-attitude: WD Ultrastars shed disks without hit to capacity

Western Digital Corp's HGST unit has brought out 4 and 6TB nearline platter-reduced disk drives with an 8TB drive on the way. The Ultrastar 7K6 has four platters, and 4TB and 6TB capacity points. The previous 7K600 had 2, 4, and 6TB capacities with five platters needed for 6TB. By increasing the platter capacity to 1.5TB, HGST …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2018
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Bigger Blue: Tonic for Ginni as IBM actually does OK in storage

Analysis Diving into IBM's fourth-quarter and full-year results show its storage surge has now run a whole year and possibly pushed Dell EMC into a "Refuse to Lose" channel campaign to regain sales momentum. In the systems business, up 32 per cent year-on-year at $3.3bn, the three brands – mainframes, Power and Storage – were all up. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2018

New Quantum head honcho thrown in at the deep end

Comment There's a new president and CEO at Quantum, with the board hoping for a dose of Patrick Dennis magic to fire up the company and return it to growth and profits. Dennis was CEO of Guidance Software, which made forensic security software such as EnCase. OpenText bought the company for $222m in September last year to add to its …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2018

Another day, another Spectre fix slowdown: What to expect if you heart ZFS

The widely used ZFS file system software is slowed down in both read IOPS and throughput by Intel CPU microcode fixes for the Spectre processor design flaws, one set of numbers suggests. Systems engineer Jon Kensy blogged about the results of his ZFS testing, based on a VM running ZFS on a Ubuntu 16.04 LTS system on a Dell …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2018

Going soft: Kaminario exits the hardware business

Kaminario has announced it will leave the hardware business, and said Tech Data will build the certified appliance hardware needed to run its software. Tech Data will provide the K2 and K2.N hardware, with Kaminario providing the Vision OS, Clarity analytics software (getting machine learning and AI), and Flex automation and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2018
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SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark smashed by storage newbie

NVMe-over-Fabrics fanboy startup E8 has whupped other suppliers' behinds with a SPEC SFS2014 filer benchmark. It is the software build section of the benchmark, which measures the number of software builds and the overall response time. The previous record holder was NetApp, with 520 builds and a 1.04 second overall response …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2018

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