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HDS freezes high-end storage hardware investment

According to IT Pro Nikkei, Hitachi is freezing further investment in its VSP high-end storage because it is a low-profit business and Hitachi wants to increase its operating margin. The report quotes Keiichi Shiotsuka of Hitachi, Ltd, the Executive Officer Senior Managing Systems & Services Business Vice President. He said …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jun 2016
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Lenovo embiggens storage offerings with Cloudian and Nexenta

Chinese smartphone, tablet, notebook, PC, server and storage vendor Lenovo is spreading its storage wings, striking software deals with Cloudian and Nexenta. It has announced factory-integrated products in OEM-style deals using Lenovo servers: DX8200C – Cloudian-based object storage DX8200N – Nexenta-based unified file and …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jun 2016

IDC, IDC, o crystal ball. Who's storage's biggest cheese of them all?

IDC’s number crunchers have crunched their quarterly enterprise storage numbers and found HPE has done very well, while the storage market has declined somewhat and ODM supply to hyperscalers has plunged downwards. The overall enterprise storage market was worth $8.2bn in the first 2016 quarter, down seven per cent on a year …
Chris Mellor, 3 Jun 2016
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Storage greybeard: DevOps, plagiarism and horrible wrongness

StorageBod Recently I’ve been spending time thinking about what DevOps really means to my teams and to me. A lot of reading has been done and a lot of pondering of the navel. The most important conclusion that I have come to is that the DevOps movement is nothing new; the second conclusion I have come to is that it can mean pretty much …
StorageBod, 3 Jun 2016

Western Digital to axe 507 California staffers

Western Digital is planning to lay off 507 workers, according to paperwork submitted to California's department of employment. Under the US state's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) system, employers must give a 60-day heads-up to affected staff plus state and local representatives prior to a plant closing …
Chris Mellor, 2 Jun 2016
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Unprecedented number of customers swimming off to cloud, says Barracuda

Comment Barracuda customers have started moving data and applications to the public cloud at a surprisingly fast and unprecedented rate, with on-premises IT facing a rocky road to becoming a wasteland. So says Michael Hughes, the company’s EVP for worldwide sales. For every app and accompanying data that is moved to the public cloud …
Chris Mellor, 2 Jun 2016
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'Limitless enterprise storage'. Really? Digging deeper into Symbolic IO

Backgrounder Remember the company we wrote about yesterday? The startup with the startling technology which claimed its storage and compute technology could run database queries 60 times or more faster than other systems, and offers ”limitless enterprise storage". Well here's a Q&A that sheds a little more light on the tech. The main …
Chris Mellor, 2 Jun 2016
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SolidFire brushes up its OS with Fluorine

NetApp’s SolidFire unit has announced a new appliance, an operating system refresh, and a software licensing change separating its software from specific hardware products. NetApp and Cisco FlexPods will get a SolidFire array option for existing systems and a SolidFire-based FlexPod configuration will be announced in the …
Chris Mellor, 2 Jun 2016

Does it even make sense to buy a VTL today?

Blog I’ve never been fond of VTLs (virtual tape libraries). I like deduplication but it quickly became a feature and is not a product. And lately we all want more out of backups, don’t we? Data Domain did a great job in building a brilliant deduplication-based appliance in 2001, but that was 2001. And, while it lasted, having the …
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This storage upstart knows its technical onions: Symbolic IO

Analysis Symbolic IO is a startup that claims its storage and compute technology can run database queries 60 times or more faster than other systems, and offers ”limitless enterprise storage.” It was founded in 2012 by Brian Ignomirello, a former CTO of Hewlett Packard’s Global storage unit, and secured $1.4m in debt financing in 2013 …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jun 2016
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Three's company: Micron intros first 3D and triple-level cell SSDs

Micron has announced its first 3D NAND SSDs, triple-level cell (TLC pr 3bits/cell) 1100 and MLC 2100 products. Intel, its flash foundry partner, introduced its own 3D SSDs, MLC (2bits/cell) ones, in March with the DC P3320 and P3520, with maximum capacity of 2TB. These had an NVME interface whereas Micron’s 1100 has the slower …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jun 2016
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IDC rolls out all-flash crystal ball again and it's all gone a bit weird

IDC has issued all-flash array revenue numbers showing EMC is the belle of the AFA ball, with Pure fourth in the market, behind EMC, IBM and HPE, while NetApp and Huawei are wallflowers. The numbers more or less agree with Gartner’s all-flash array (AFA) supplier revenue shares published in April, but differ in detail. We …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jun 2016
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Tintri is great. But is VM-aware storage still what customers want?

Comment Last week, your correspondent attended SFD10 and I met with a lot of interesting storage startups. Most of them have a good level of integration with VMware (who doesn’t today?), but one in particular built its entire strategy around it: Tintri. Tintri and its VM-aware storage The company started in 2008 with the idea of …
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Facebook's newest JBOF can be yours for Christmas

Taiwanese server-maker Wiwynn will bring Facebook's latest JBOF (just a bunch of flash) devices to all comers by Christmas. The ST7110-30P is a 2U machine that can house 60 solid-state disks or 30 NVMe drives. Facebook's packed it full of PCIe interfaces – 16 version 3.0 ports to be precise – because that's how the device …
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Dig out that SPC-1 .xls: DataCore Parallel IO speed tweak may rewrite benchmark

+Comment DataCore has accelerated its Parallel IO technology's performance by 50 per cent with a v10 PSP5 software release, when run in its SANsymphony and Hyper-converged Virtual SAN software products. DataCore's tech has multi-core x86 servers processing IO in parallel. As far as we know, only DDN Storage with its IME burst buffer …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2016
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Scale Computing is a tiny fish in a small pond. Fancy its chances?

Comment Scale Computing is one of 13 suppliers attacking the hyper-converged infrastructure market. Not all will survive. What has it got that makes it distinctive and gives it the potential for success? Scale’s difference is based on its SMB customer approach, meaning low-cost and simplified admin, and cleaned up IO stack. This, it …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2016
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DDN: We've smashed bandwidth bottleneck. The IOPS will blind you

DDN’s FlashScale (14KXi) is a scale-up and scale-out all-flash and processor powerhouse that can deliver headline-grabbing IOPS and bandwidth numbers - fancy a billion IOPS? This array has dual active:active controllers, each with a pair of 18-core Xeon E5 v4 Broadwell CPUs, up to 2TB of DDR4-2400 memory, and an embedded 48- …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2016
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Disk death: Three-quarters of PCs will run SSDs by 2020

Total disk drive shipments are going to plummet by 2020, with raw SSD cost getting cheaper than disk and SSDs taking over from disk in notebooks. Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus's MD, Aaron Rakers, has taken a close look at Gartner’s HDD and SSD projections over the next few years. He writes: “Gartner is currently forecasting …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2016
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Helium... No. Do you think this is some kind of game? Toshiba intros 8TB desktop drive

Toshiba has upgraded its X300 gaming/workstation desktop drive from 6TB to 8TB capacity, continuing to sidestep any moves to helium-filling tech. This is a 3.5-inch drive spinning at 7,200rpm, with a 6Gbit/s SATA interface and 128MB cache. The prior generation came with 4, 5 and 6TB capacity points. The latest X300 only has an …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2016
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Snowball's chance of escaping cloud data migration hell

FIRST LOOK VIDEO Moving data into and out of clouds is expensive and slow. Which is why Amazon Web Services (AWS) started rolling a Snowball, a box packing up to 50 terabytes of data. Snowball works in two ways: You fill it with data and ship it to AWS, which then uses its Ethernet ports to shove it directly in cloud storage; You ask AWS to …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2016
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Three UK cloudy firms promise CMA they'll be 'fairer' to customers

The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has found cloud storage providers were using contract terms and practices which could have breached consumer protection law – and has secured a “commitment” from three companies to not be naughty. Following the CMA's 218-page consumer law review of the sector (PDF), and “engagement …
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NetApp shrinky-dinks ONTAP 9: Will support 4:1 data reduction

NetApp has re-engineered Data ONTAP, its main, FAS array operating system, to make better use of flash storage, and operate across software-only and cloud deployments to form what NetApp calls a data fabric. The upgrade from Data ONTAP v8 is called ONTAP 9, and NetApp says it is a simpler system to operate, claiming it can be …
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2016

Q. What do you call a sales-growing letdown? A. Pure Storage

All-flash shipper Pure Storage delivered higher-than-expected revenue for its first fiscal 2017 quarter, but also had the first quarter-on-quarter revenue decline in its history since the IPO. Analysts thought it could have done better. Is this seasonality emerging for the first time or was there some other reason its turbo- …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2016
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Dropbox gets all up in your kernel with Project Infinite. Cue uproar

Dropbox is on the defensive after revealing its file-sharing service will in future tap into the very heart of your computer’s operating system. Project Infinite, unveiled in April, will take Dropbox out of the browser on the PC or Macs and integrate it directly with your machine’s local file storage. Items stored in your …
Gavin Clarke, 26 May 2016
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Nutanix slims down code, chases after small business

Nutanix is having a crack at the medium-sized business market with a product called Xpress. The new product is a hyperconverged hardware and software bundle that Nutanix says starts at US$25,000 for an entry-level three-node cluster capable of running from 10 to 400 or 500 virtual machines. Nutanix says the secret sauce is …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2016
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Flying filers and Game of Thrones: Jon Snow? No, latency is dead

Cache me if you can Special effects for season 6 of Game of Thrones were created by Spanish video special effects (VFX) house El Ranchito, which explains how it solved its classic scaling problem below. El Ranchito, which was founded in 2010 in Barcelona, has an office in Madrid. It has done work on movies including The Homesman and it also did …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2016
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Join El Reg's Chris Mellor at FLASH FORWARD on 14 June

Promo The traditional hard disk array market is declining but the flash storage market is recording huge growth, with All Flash Arrays (AFAs) sales growing over 75 per cent annually and hybrid flash systems seven per cent year-on-year, according to IDC. This shift is affecting buying decisions in all kinds of businesses with the full …
David Gordon, 20 May 2016
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Great, IBM has had a PCM breakthrough. Who exactly is going to manufacture?

Analysis IBM has demonstrated a 3-bit Phase-Change Memory chip with IBM Zurich researcher Dr. Haris Pozidis talking about it in a YouTube video and not mentioning 3D XPoint once. The idea is to counter the relatively high cost of PCM chips by giving them 3 bits per cell, TLC or triple-level cells, instead of just one - clever. This …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2016
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Dell Storage Centre: Following more than one of our series? Here's the remote

Dell says its Storage Center OS v7.0 adds deduplication and compression to make more efficient use of flash memory. It also adds common management and cross-replication for SC and PS series kit. SC, or Storage Center, is the operating system software for Dell's SC series arrays, originally branded Compellent, and generally …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2016

Acronis testing blockchain for backup

It was bound to happen before long: backup company Acronis has decided the blockchain has a role in your data protection regime. As the company points out, “Blockchain secured data has provable integrity because the data is attributed to an irrefutable identity, is validated by all copies of the ledger, is always available, …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2016
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Magnetic memory boffins unveil six-state storage design

Memory could be getting an upgrade beyond the two states used in binary, as researchers have designed a magnetic element with six stable magnetic states, according to a paper published in Applied Physics Letters. The researchers from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and New York University in the US found that by arranging a …
Katyanna Quach, 18 May 2016
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Hold the DRAM phone: IBM claims phase-change breakthrough

IBM has claimed a significant break through in phase-change memory which could potentially replace DRAM. Researchers at IBM say they have successfully managed to store 2 bits per cell in a chip employing a strip of 64,000 cells at some toasty temperatures and while under quite a bit of stress "for the first time ever". Multi- …
Katyanna Quach, 18 May 2016

Storage array firmware bug caused Salesforce data loss

Salesforce.com has revealed that a bug in the firmware of its storage arrays was behind last week's data loss incident. The mess started in the company's Washington data centre on May 9th, when admins noticed “a circuit breaker responsible for controlling power into the data center had failed.” “The team engaged the circuit …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2016
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Tintri debuts storage precog that knows what you'll need in 6 months

Tintri has made a triple-play for its future with enlarged flash capacity, the addition of scale-out and predictive analytics so customers never need get surprised by space running out. The three existing T5000 all-flash arrays now use Samsung 3D V-NAND SSDs, the ones with TLC (3bits/cell) flash, and their raw capacity has …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2016
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EMC Unity or VNX3? You tell me

Opinion The big announcement at the recent EMC World was VNX3 – or EMC Unity as we now have to call it. The EMC marketing Reality Distortion Field is in full effect, with the company at pains to claim that Unity is a brand new product “designed from the ground up”, although your correspondent believes it appears to be significantly …
Chris Evans, 17 May 2016
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One (storage) protocol to rule them all?

Storage Architect One of the questions posed to the “ask me anything” storage panel at this week’s TECHunplugged event was whether we will ever see a single storage protocol develop. This is an interesting idea and with the move to object storage, seems to have some merit. However, as always with technology, the answer “it depends” seems the …
Chris Evans, 17 May 2016
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Verizon gets activated IO to its cloud

Verizon business customers can now back up their data to Verizon’s cloud using Actifio copy data virtualisation. Actifio’s basic technology makes a gold copy of primary or production data and then produces virtualised instances of it whenever a file copy is needed. The Actifio-based on-premises Cloud Backup service sucks up …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2016
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Sick of storage vendors? Me too. Let's build the darn stuff ourselves

StorageBod Any half-way competent storage administrator or systems administrator should be able to build a storage array themselves these days. It’s never really been easier and building yourself a dual-head filer that does block and network-attached storage should be a doddle for anyone with a bit of knowledge, a bit of time and some …
StorageBod, 16 May 2016
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Super-slow RAID rebuilds: Gone in a flash?

Analysis RAID rebuilds are too slow with 4, 6 and 8 and 10TB drives. So erasure coding is coming in to shorten the failed disk data rebuild time and also use less capacity overhead. What happens when SSDs are used instead of disk drives? Will RAID be more or less acceptable than with disk drives? Intuitively we expect a flash array to …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2016
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Seagate ready for the HAMR blow: First drives out in 2017

Seagate is reducing its manufacturing capacity while still focusing on high-capacity disk drives for cloud and hyper-scale storage of unstructured data. This means it needs higher capacity drives, requiring new read-write head technology. It is a high-technology, nano-scale, clean room manufacturing process, and drive read- …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2016
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Boffins flip the unflippable: Meet the latest storage extender contender

A team of international researchers from the University of Nottingham has found a new material – copper manganese arsenide – which could be the future of computer storage, according to a study published in Science. Using a semiconductor as a template, a thin film of CuMnAs(copper manganese arsenide) crystals was grown on the …
Katyanna Quach, 12 May 2016
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HDS guarantees VSP will double flash capacity

HDS promises 100 per cent of your VSP-stored data will be available 100 per cent of the time and is now guaranteeing at least a doubling of flash capacity when using its data reduction technologies. The company has a guarantee that says if VSP customers can’t store the capacity promised, it will “deliver additional hardware to …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2016