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Red alert: Pure Storage IPO could maybe hit as early as next week

A well-informed storage industry source with close ties to startups suggests that Pure's IPO could happen as early as next week – yes, the one beginning Monday, October 5. We expected it to be delayed to mid-2016 to allow Pure to get better quarter-on-quarter growth numbers. But our insider said companies these days don't file …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2015
Rings of a distant star

Where VSAN doesn't shine: Sources explain EMC's ScaleIO purpose

EMC introduced its scale-out ScaleIO Node virtual SAN a couple of weeks ago, with hybrid flash-disk and all-flash server chassises. It overlaps as a product with EMC-owned VMware's VSAN, and therefore EMC's EVO:RAIL implementation of that, and also competes with scale-out all-flash arrays. Discussions with sources have …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2015
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Whoops, there goes my cloud: What to do when AWS foresakes you

Comment It's been an interesting period for cloud services, with both Amazon and Skype suffering major outages. In Amazon's case it was a good old-fashioned network interruption that caused significant knock-on effects (it released a very frank explanation that is well worth a read). As for Skype it was a configuration change that broke …
Dave Cartwright, 28 Sep 2015
Cloudy sky

Cisco who? HP puts Pica8's OS into its open switches

HP has taken another step away from the world of the Borg, certifying the Pica8 open switching operating system to run on its Altoline open networking switches. The deal also includes global HP resale and support of PicOS. That's a big deal for the small company, as Pica8's marketing veep Steve Garrison told The Register: “ …
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Want to know the key to storage happiness? It’s analytics. Yeah, it’s that simple

What are you looking for in a new storage system? Performance, capacity, efficiency, data services? Well, from my point of view you should be looking for analytics first! The right analytics tool can easily save you money, time, and make your job easier. Jack of all trades, master of the infrastructure It’s not only about …

NetApp slims down latest controller, beefs up channel efforts

NetApp has announced a slimmed down top-end array, cutting the controller box size in half. It is a 6U-sized version of the AFF8080 EX, NetApp's most powerful AFF8000 system. The 8000 series product line previously started with the 3U AFF8020, passed through the 6U 8040 and 8060, and peaked with the 12U (2 enclosures) AFF8080 …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2015

Diskicide – the death of disk

How might disk death in the data center come about? These are the notes used at a Tech Unplugged event in Amsterdam on September 24, and they present a scenario in which data center disks could stop spinning. Is it a sensible scenario? Read on. I try and connect the dots in the industry, the dots being the myriad individual …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2015
Don Basile in 2013

Look out, Silicon Valley – Don Basile is back to kick ass and chew gum

Ex-Violin Memory CEO Don Basile has emerged as an investor in Cumulus Logic. It’s great to have one of the most colorful people in storage back on the scene. Cumulus Logic is building a cloud-based multi-tenant real-time analytics platform. It is a stealthy startup founded in 2014 by Iqlas Ottamalika, its CEO, who was a …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2015

We want flying space cars and robo-butlers, and Pure Storage wants $450m in IPO cash

Flashy all-flash-array startup Pure Storage wants $450m in cash from its looming stock market debut. This would value the company at $3.1bn, giving its venture-capital backers a return of up to 6.6x on $470m in total funding. In an amended S1 filing with US financial watchdog the SEC, Pure Storage has priced its IPO shares …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2015
Raising _Lazarus_from_the_dead

What's in the water coolers at Falconstor? Now it's being paired with Kaminario's K2 box

Kaminario, with its capacity-rising, price-dropping K2 3D TLC flash array, is evaluating using Falconstor-sourced migration software. Together with other deals, this looks like FalconStor-Lazarus is coming back to life. Version 5.5 of Kaminario’s K2 array, as well as adding Samsung 3D flash chips, also added native snapshot- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2015

Radian inflicts shingles on poor, unsuspecting Flash drives

Radian Memory, startup pusher of faster SSD software, claims its SSD-managing software can work with host-managed shingled disk drive software to make an SSD-SMR disk combination quite exciting. We'll see. Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) disk drives gave higher capacity than normal drives by overapping wide write tracks, …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2015
Iris flowers

Will the Iris (Hatzenbichler-Durchschlag) flower at FalconStor?

Storage software supplier FalconStor has hired itself an EMEA marketing director to help get its FreeStor messages out there. Iris Hatzenbichler-Durchschlag comes from heading up DataCore's EMEA marketing organisation and contributed to developing DataCore from a startup to a leading software-defined storage company, with …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2015

Thanks for the memory: XPoint put under the analyst microscope

Semiconductor market researcher Jim Handy of Objective Analysis has produced an 80-page report looking into what XPoint memory is, how it could be used and what its prospects are. XPoint memory was unveiled by Micron and Intel in July to general amazement. The pair claimed it was 1,000 times faster than NAND, ten times denser …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2015

Policing the data hinterlands beyond the corporate firewall

Comment For Code42, the answer to the universe and everything is getting more interesting as it moves from protecting business users’ PCs and notebooks to providing data access security and monitoring tools. The US backup company has undergone recent C-level management changes, including making Joe Payne its CEO in July, and its focus …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2015
Facepalming statue

OOPS: Red-faced IDC reissues backup market data

IDC has copped to misplacing the beads on its abacus in the backup appliance market statistics it released last week. Last week's release bespoke a deeply troubled Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) segment that slumped in the quarter to US$726.1 million. That represented a market that was off by a stunning 8 per cent in a …

SolidFire not a shiny object chaser

Comment The best situation for an all-flash array is to be built from commodity flash components and be at a WAN arms-length from servers; that’s SolidFire CEO Dave Wright’s view. SolidFire’s SF9605, SF4805, and SF2405 arrays run the Elements OS, now in its 8th major release. The systems have a clusterable, scale-out design, …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2015

Backblaze beats Bezos: Backup biz boasts bettering AWS bit bucket

Backblaze, the disk reliability statistics-publishing cloud data-centre operator, says it has the world’s lowest-cost cloud storage, beating Amazon and others, with its B2 Cloud Storage offering. The company is known for its personal and business software that enables Windows and Mac users to back up their files to a Backblaze …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2015

What the Zeus? Nexenta beats VSAN, Nutanix and SimpliVity

Comment IT biz Northern Backup has replaced Hitachi, Dell and HP SAN arrays with Nexenta storage, which it chose ahead of VMware VSA, Nutanix and SimpliVity alternatives because Nexenta storage was both cheaper and faster. Calgary-based Northern Backup was started up in 2004 and offers offsite back-up, managed hosting and support …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2015

Samsung sneaks out its TRIM, SMART SSD model – using 3D Magic

A new, thinner and faster SSD from Samsung, using the M.2 form factor, is hitting the retail market next month. Sammy has taken its 850 PRO SSD with its 2.5-inch form factor and SATA interface and implemented the same 3D V-NAND 32-layer MLC flash in a smaller PCIe M.2 2280 form factor, and given it an NVMe driver. The result …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2015

Huawei, whoa: New beau to grow Dorado dough

Huawei is using FalconStor's FreeStor software to enhance the appeal of its Dorado all-flash arrays in China. FalconStor, which is expanding its presence in the Middle Kingdom, is presenting at Huawei's Cloud Congress 2015, the largest IT conference in China. The two are also showing off Huawei's OceanStor Dorado2100 G2 and …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2015

Parrish has vanished: NetApp chief marketeer leaves the parish

In comes a new chief technology officer; out goes a chief marketing officer: it looks like the Kurian effect is starting to show at NetApp. The storage biz's chief marketing bod Julie Parrish has left the company, just a short while before its big Las Vegas-based Insight event. In a statement, NetApp said: "Based on a mutual …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2015
Train wreck

LTO-7 has it taped, but when will 'bigger/faster' thinking hit the buffers?

Next year, the seventh-generation LTO tape format will be hitting the market. We are talking about 15TB cartridges. It sounds like an interesting media and it actually is if you need to store huge amounts of cold data. Cost/GB is still the best on the market for cold data, but I think there are other problems to be considered …
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D-round VC ReRAM cash comes crashing down on Crossbar

Resistive RAM memory tech startup Crossbar has snagged $35m in D-round funding to push the commercial ramp of its non-volatile memory (NVM) technology. Hong Kong-based Tyche Partners, China-based Oriza Holdings and unknown and possibly Hong Kong-based VC Cheerful Link joined all of Crossbar’s existing investors in the round, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Sep 2015
Nimble Storage array

Nimble flashes the all-flash array as ‘intense’ consolidation period approaches

Comment Hybrid array supplier Nimble is going to introduce an all-flash array, joining other hybrid vendors in riding two horses at once, against a background of coming intense supplier consolidation in the storage industry. Nimble, Tegile and Tintri are the three main new-style hybrid disk/flash array vendors taking business away …
Chris Mellor, 18 Sep 2015

'Intrusion' at makes for red faces at Red Hat

Red Hat software has revealed “an intrusion on the sites of both the Ceph community project ( and Inktank (” that resulted in signed code being accessed. The company says and, both hosted “outside of Red Hat infrastructure”, were accessed by someone Red Hat doesn't …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2015
Lenticular Cloud

Cloud casts deep shadows over disk backup market

Abacus-wielder IDC has run its eye over the “purpose-built backup appliance” (PBBA) market and proved, if it were necessary to do so again, that by golly things are changing quickly in the storage caper. EMC dominates the market for such PBBAs, taking in US$469.9m in 2015's second quarter to claim 60.1 per cent of the market …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2015

Avere's SwiftStack S3 hack tack

Avere can fix object storage's slow access problem, and is using Amazon's S3 to have its FXT box speed up SwiftStack. Object storage is not renowned for high performance access, not being on a par with filers and SANs. Avere's traditional schtick is to speed up filer data access. IO is supercharged with multiple levels of …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2015

AWS cuts cloud storage price to UNDER a cent per gig a month

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has lowered prices again, this time dropping the fee for its archival Glacier storage below a cent per gigabyte per month to $0.007 per gig per month. The price cut is only applicable in some of AWS' regions, for now, but at that price, and with Glacier's deliberately slow restore times, who cares …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2015

Synology systematically soups up filer software

Synology has radically improved DSM, the operating system of its NAS (filer) products for smaller businesses and home users, boosting virtualisation, performance, protection, and package features, and even adding Apple Watch support. V6.0 gets 64-bit support, meaning enhanced performance. Future DiskStations and RackStations …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2015

Nexenta catches micro-services bug, slings its Edge into containers

Nexenta is supporting containerised servers by having its NexentaEdge product nodes run as microservices along with application microservices on any scale-out Linux server cluster. NexentaEdge is scale-out block and object storage. Containers are a more efficient form of server virtualisation, having thinner "wrappers" than …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2015
Free Robot Hugs by Ben Husmann

PernixData offers dollops of free software … you’ll upgrade later, ya will, ya will

PernixData, the distributed ESXi hypervisor cacher, has announced three new developments: FVP 3, a FVP free option, and a VM management tool called Architect to optimise storage IO. FVP 3.0 provides vSphere 6.0 support, an HTML5-based user interface, and adds Pernix Plus, anonymised data collection from customers’ systems to …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2015
Fritz Pfleumer with his magnetic tape recorder

LTO issues mighty seventh-generation 15TB tape format

LTO, the world’s most popular tape format, has a 15TB generation-7 Ultrium specification available for drive and media manufacturers. Linear Tape Open (LTO) represents a trio of technology provider companies: HP, IBM and Quantum. It works with them and tape suppliers like Fujifilm to develop tape media and drive specifications …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2015
Cloudian Samurai

Cloudian's Samurai S3-clad object storage warriors

Japan-based object storage startup Cloudian has marched into the scale-up and scale-out storage space in a big way with Samurai – its internal name for NFS/S3-accessed HyperStore software running on seriously chunky hardware building blocks. HyperStore is a distributed object storage technology, with an on-premises element as …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2015

Workforce DECIMATION: QLogic fires up its pink slip printer

Prepare for pink slips. Following lousy results and the CEO leaving, server and storage biz QLogic has announced a restructuring program – with sacked bodies seemingly being the only feature. Available here, the brief SEC filing states: On 2 September, 2015, QLogic Corporation (the “Company”) approved a restructuring plan …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2015

VMware VSAN … and the great missed opportunity

Comment One of the most interesting announcements at VMworld was VSAN 6.1. The product is quickly maturing and new features are being added version after version (so here's what’s new). Even though some of the features could easily be disputable – like the 2-node cluster for ROBO, with its workarounds to make it work – VSAN is …

DSSD hires ex-Violin player as hardware engineering veep

EMC’s flash racking developer DSSD has hired an ex-Violin Memory guy to be its veep of hardware engineering, EMC has now confirmed to The Register. The all-flash array startup has now hired Kevin Rowett, who was SVP of engineering and an advisor to Violin Memory from the beginning of 2010 to October 2013. He joined DSSD this …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2015
64KB of memory in eight 64Kb chips on the PCjr logic board

Are you in the 1%? The 1% of sysadmins who need specialized flash?

Opinion Last week at Tech Field Day during VMworld, I met Violin Memory. A company that has been a pioneer in flash storage, but now struggles because, I believe, it has lost some of its credibility due to the lack of a decent feature set. I'm thinking of data services, integration with hypervisors and OSs, and so on. They are …
Eagle's head

Storage's boss blogger could be on the way back

Storagebod I intend to start updating here again occasionally as the itches begin to build up, and I feel the need to scratch. There’s a lot going in the industry and there’s a massive amount of confusion about where it’s going at the moment. I’m having interesting conversations with industry figures and many of them are as confused …
StorageBod, 10 Sep 2015

Presenting Mangstor's NVMe superfast flash storage pocket rocket

Comment The Register storage desk thinks NVMe fabric linking for storage arrays will be very big, as it's a SAN/NAS latency killer. Startup Mangstor has built an NVMe fabric-accessed array, so we've seen what such a beast looks like. We looked at its MX6300 PCIe flash card recently and thought it was a marvelously fast product. We …
Chris Mellor, 8 Sep 2015

Fujitsu sidesteps data scientists with a move toward tuned machine learning

Comment Simple questions can be difficult to answer when the predictive analysis needles being looked for are buried in a 50-million-record haystack. However, so-called Tuned Machine Learning techniques can be used to automate data scientists' work, and get answers in a couple of hours that used to take a week or more. The questions …
Chris Mellor, 8 Sep 2015

Supermicro's super Nexenta HGST superduper AFA

NexentaStor has come round the all-flash array block a second time with a Supermicro flash server box slotting underneath the SanDisk-powered 512GB InfiniFlash box. The product is based on Supermicro's 2U Ultra SuperServer hardware, fitted with HGST Ultrastar SSDs in 800GB or 1.6TB capacities. The Ultra SuperServer – will the …
Chris Mellor, 8 Sep 2015

DSSD says Violin's right: SSD format is WRONG for flash memory

Analysis The SSD format is wrong for flash memory storage arrays. That is the message from DSSD, EMC’s rack-scale, shared flash array development. The Register has seen pictures of DSSD’s flash modules and these are not disk bay form factor SSDs. Rather, they resemble Violin Memory VIMM – Violin In-Line Memory Modules – instead. Pure …
Chris Mellor, 7 Sep 2015