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Seagate plans to bring down the 16TB HAMR... soon(er)

Analysis Stifel MD Aaron Rakers went on a Seagate booth tour at SC16 and notes Seagate thinks it is a year ahead of WD and Toshiba with HAMR (Heat-assisted magnetic recording) technology. It is targeting 2018 for HAMR drive deliveries, with a 16TB 3.5-inch drive planned, featuring 8 platters and 16 heads. We assume it will be helium- …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2016
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HDS has HCI – but it's not hyper-converged infrastructure

HDS has announced Hitachi Content Intelligence, software which can search for and read content in multiple structured and unstructured data silos and analyse it. HCI can extract data from the silos and pump it into workflows to process it in various ways. Users of HCI can be authorised so that sensitive content is only viewed …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2016
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Aw, snap: Independent disk drive failure rates from Backblaze

Backup and cloud storage provider Backblaze’s latest quarterly disk failure rate table shows WD 6TB drives had an 11.31 per cent annualised failure rate in the third 2016 quarter, with Seagate 4TB drives spinning into the ground almost as often, with a 10.2 per cent rate. Having one in 10 or worse drive failure rates is not …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2016
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Harder, better, faster, stronger (apparently). The IronWolf goes Pro

Seagate has tweaked its IronWolf NAS drive to make it stream data faster for longer and tacked the epithet "Pro" on the end. The IronWolf drive was unveiled in July and came in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10TB capacity points. The 10TB product is a helium-filled enclosure with seven platters, the others being traditional, air- …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2016

Lenovo intros monster disk box

Lenovo has announced the mother of all disk drive enclosures at SC16 – the D3284 JBOD, a 5U enclosure holding up to 84 3.5-inch disk and/or solid-state drives. The box has an upper and a lower section, each holding, we understand, 42 drives. You could combine 7,200rpm nearline SAS disk drives with SAS SSDs to provide a …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2016

SpectraLogic SLACSS off to speed HPC archiving

SpectraLogic is cementing its BlackPearl gateway deeper into the Lustre and Ceph user communities with two new integrations. BlackPearl is a SpectraLogic system; it calls it a deep storage gateway, that front-ends disk and tape archiving to target back-end repositories, accepting and retrieving data through its HTTP command …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2016
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Qumulo bangs out new software, Apollo server support

Hybrid scale-out NAS startup Qumulo has banged out a software release twinned with support of HPE Apollo servers. Qumulo Core v2.5 features: Snapshots for data protection Erasure Coding improvements delivering 80 per cent efficiency Throughput Analytics showing how throughput load is distributed across the file system …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2016
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Midi-archive box from WD stops at 19PB

WD has announced an ActiveScale P100 system for storing object data, scaling from 720TB to 19PB (raw), and forming an entry-level archive product tier well below the 672TB to 35PB Active Archive system. WD now has a Data Centre Systems business unit, DCS, which includes the SanDisk InfiniFlash and HGST Active Archive System …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2016
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Tegile ups its array game with new kit

All-flash and hybrid array vendor Tegile has updated its product range, with the T3000 series of all-flash, hybrid and high density arrays becoming the faster and more capavcious T4000 series. Tegile is battling it out with Nimble and Tintri as one of three relatively recently founded hybrid array startups that moved into all- …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2016
Tornado

This tornado shlurps data, stores for less, CTERA, CTERA

Analysis The Dummies' Guide to Cloud Storage Gateways for Suppliers says: "Cloud Storage Gateways are incoming data tornadoes that will suck up data from your on-premises arrays and splat it down on cheaper competitors' kit or, worse, send it to the public cloud forever." Just kidding. That Dummies' Guide doesn't exist – we invented it …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2016
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Gotta speed up HPC arrays. Flash or disk, flash or disk. Let's do both – Seagate

Seagate’s ClusterStor 300N storage array for high-performance computing is a hybrid flash/disk array, lifting sequential bandwidth by 33 per cent and small, random I/O by up to 1,200 per cent. The idea is that the 300N systems run mixed workloads much better than previous ClusterStor arrays, by using flash to accelerate IOs …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2016
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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

Sitting in my desk drawer is a 500GB Hitachi Life Studio Mobile. External drive, pathetic capacity. Seagate has a 5TB Backup Plus Portable external drive in the same physical size, with ten times as much storage space. The Backup Plus is 20mm thick and comes in 4TB or 5TB configurations having, we understand, a 15mm thick …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2016
F16

Kaminario's Dani Golan reaches for the sky

Profile Dani Golan stands on the roof of his Israeli headquarters and points out features of the scenery: an 8,000 year-old ruin here, an ancient trade route there, a modern highway alongside the building, a sign to Nazareth, and fighter jets taking off from a nearby airforce base with thunderous, sky-filling roars. Dani is …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2016
Noah's Ark

Arkivum's new CEO gets £3m cash boost to play with – now what?

Interview Arkivum has gained £3m funding after appointing a new CEO. The firm is in the AaaS business, archiving as a service. When Guy Yaniv became CEO in June, the previous grand fromage, Jim Cook, became Chief Customer Officer. But he left in October and is now a Project Lead at Genomics England. We asked Arkivum some questions, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2016

SimpliVity results scream 'I'm perfect for you, HPE!'

"No comment" is what SimpliVity usually says to questions about a rumoured takeover by HPE (it's what HPE says too). But SimpliVity has revealed more – stuff that can be taken as saying it would be a really good bride. "First, we just closed Q3, which we have not yet announced," said CEO Doron Kempel. "Results were very good …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2016
Speed

Iguazio: Made from Kia parts but faster than a Ferrari with 1,000 drivers

Backgrounder We introduced Iguazio in September. Assembled hacks were given a deep dive into the company at its Herzliya, Israel HQ this week. The name refers to the Iguazu falls in South America; it means big water, and we had a technology drenching, some of which I remembered when I came up gasping for air. The starting …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2016
The Starship Enterprise

Rolling out flash in the enterprise? It's a matter of application

Flash SSD is changing the way that we store data. Vendors would like you to use it for all of your applications – and you probably will at some point – but which applications does it make most sense for today, and which might you have to work a little harder on to justify its use? Some rarified high-performance applications …
Danny Bradbury, 10 Nov 2016
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Violin Memory resembles toast

Comment February of 2014 saw Kevin DeNuccio appointed as Violin Memory's CEO. Then the shares were worth about $15. Today, 32 months later, they are worth $0.13 after a 4:1 reverse stock split and NYSE exit; so $0.0325 in "old money," with the firm now capitalized at $3.27m. Its shares have lost some 99.8 per cent of their value on …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2016
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Veeam ponders hyperconverged data protection play

Veeam is pondering a product to protect data stored inside hyperconverged systems, the company's new president and chief operating officer Peter McKay tells The Register. McKay is visiting Australia for VMware's “vForum” mini-gabfest and dropped in at Vulture South for a chat before the day. He said the company wants more …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2016

EMC publicly denies Fairview borkage involvement

EMC denies that any XtremIO failure contributed to the Fairview Health Services system collapses as reported in the Minnesotan paper City Pages. Here is an EMC statement: The City Pages article was inaccurate and misleading across a wide range of facts, including the comments relating to the Dell EMC products. The Dell EMC …
Chris Mellor, 9 Nov 2016
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Protected? Cosy? Pffft, Reduxio prefer 'daring stupidity'

Analysis Reduxio's array is a hybrid one with clever dedupe, and is restricted to an iSCSI interface, so let's move on. Actually let's not. Because under the covers something remarkable is going on. Co-founder and CTO Nir Peleg explained this to us press hacks at Reduxio's Israeli HQ in Petach Tikvah yesterday. At heart, he …
Chris Mellor, 9 Nov 2016
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Gartner's soothsayers whisk Huawei, Quantum and Infinidat to front of stage

The quick and dirty CIO array supplier shortlist, otherwise known as Gartner's Magic Quadrant for general-purpose disk arrays, has Huawei, Quantum and Infinidat all making big progress since last year. The leaders' box (see chart below) is crowded, with eight vendors jostling for space. The top three are Dell EMC, HDS and HPE …
Chris Mellor, 9 Nov 2016

Green shoot at Imation as Nexsan revenues revive

Shrunken Imation's revenues have started edging ahead in its third 2016 quarter as pared-back Nexsan grows, but losses continue. Revenues were $11.5m compared with Nexsan revenues of $14.5m a year ago, a 20.1 per cent fall. However they were 8.5 per cent higher than the second quarter's $10.6m. There was a net loss of $7.1m, …
Chris Mellor, 9 Nov 2016
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XtremIO 'outages bork US hospital patient records system'

Update XtremIO storage is reportedly failing at Fairview Health Services in Minnesota, hindering patient operations. Fairview is a non-profit organisation with around 25,000 employees in hospitals, clinics, care homes and pharmacy shops. It traditionally used HDS storage for medical records used by its Epic patient admin system, and …
Chris Mellor, 8 Nov 2016

Care about petaflops? You probably care about petabytes too

Promo You can crunch all the data you want, but you need somewhere to keep it before, during, and after. That's why if you're attending SC16 in Salt Lake City you'll be pleased to know that Seagate is holding its third annual HPC User Forum just steps away from the main conference venue. Seagate would love to see you between 4 and …
David Gordon, 8 Nov 2016

Weka.IO – a stealthy startup swimming against the tide

Analysis Liran Zvibel sits across the table from me in a Tel Aviv restaurant eating pork chops. This is a man who doesn't mind going against the grain. He's co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Weka.IO, a stealthy startup that is swimming against two perceived tides. Storage folklore these days says that file systems generally can …
Chris Mellor, 8 Nov 2016
K2s

Kaminario's K2 mountain is about to be uplifted

+Comment Kaminario is building its K2 all-flash array mountain higher in scale, performance and price/performance terms and adding dynamic composability. It sees problems with software-defined, hyper-converged systems and traditional array-based products because they can't meet the needs of customers that are getting "SaaSified," in …
Chris Mellor, 7 Nov 2016
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NooBaa wraps AWS S3 wool around Microsoft Azure Blob storage

Microsoft has partnered with object storage software startup NooBaa, which has developed an Amazon S3-compatible front-end to Azure. NooBaa produces object storage software that can put to work under-utilized compute cores and storage capacity on x86 servers and desktops around a customer's IT equipment estate, and make it all …
Chris Mellor, 7 Nov 2016
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Leaner, meaner screamer from Infinidat dreamer

Infinidat is tweaking its Infinibox array design to increase its capacity. The present 3U drive trays and 2U controller enclosures will each become 1U trays, enabling an increase from 480 drives to 720 in a rack – a 67 per cent increase. These drive trays hold 60 vertically mounted disk drives. At Infinidat's Herzliya office …
Chris Mellor, 7 Nov 2016

IBM stirs Lenovo Optane into its Bluemix cloud

Analysis Lenovo x86 servers fitted with Intel Optane SSDs will be available by the end of the year. According to this blog they will be used in IBM's public cloud, Bluemix, for customers to check out Optane performance, being made available free of charge on so-called innovator testbeds, and installed in IBM's Bluemix data centres. …
Chris Mellor, 4 Nov 2016
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Scality developing way to stream objects to tape and the cloud

Scality is developing a software-defined storage controller (SDS) to archive objects off to the public cloud or tape using the S3 protocol. The idea is to use policies to select objects that are streamed off to an S3-accessed target from an on-premises Scality RING storage system. Metadata about the streamed objects would be …
Chris Mellor, 4 Nov 2016
Empty Trash Mac OS

Get that trash out of your cache

There is a hot cache integration between Hazelcast and Striim that prevents an in-memory cache being out of sync with its underlying multi-application access database. It means, Hazelcast says, customers can run multiple applications off a single database, while keeping cache refreshes up to date and meeting latency SLAs. …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2016

Str-NAND-ed: Flash chip drought hits tech world

A biting shortage of NAND flash has upended the storage chip supply chain, forcing vendors to quote customers elongated lead times – in some extreme cases by more than four months. Semiconductor marketplace DRAMeXchange warned weeks ago the component shortfall that surfaced in 2016's third quarter was likely to worsen in the …
Paul Kunert, 2 Nov 2016
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Cisco: This $200k UCS S-Series is cheaper than AWS S3 after 13 months

Cisco has designed a storage server that it claims is 56 per cent cheaper over three years than paying out for Amazon's S3 service. The networking giant also reckons it's the first fully modular server architecture in the industry. The S-Series is designed for data intensive workloads such as big data, streaming media and …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2016

Hey Tintri. Mac? Rack? No, I said what's happening with my stack?

Tintri has updated its Tintri OS and is adding a vRealize Orchestrator plug-in, container and cloud support, serving notice it is to extend predictive analytics to include host compute and memory resources. lastly, it seems to be looking to add a chatbot interface. The company sees storage arrays, whether all-flash or bybrid, …
Chris Mellor, 1 Nov 2016
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Seagate has a flash early Xmas present for Xbox gamers

Seagate has produced an external 512GB flash drive for capacity-strapped Xbox One gamers. This Xbox-branded half TB is said to be enough for 15 titles and hooks up to the console with a USB 3.0 cable, meaning no separate power cord. It's claimed to load games and their contents faster than a similarly connected external disk …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2016
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LaCie flings out super-glam desktop Bolter drive

Seagate’s LaCie unit has announced three Neil Poulton-designed Thunderbolt 3 desktop storage boxes, one being a flash drive moving data at up to 2.8GB/sec. LaCie is announcing: Bolt3 combining Thunderbolt 3 speed and M.2 PCIe SSDs to create the world’s fastest desktop drive, 12big Thunderbolt 3 with up to 120TB of Seagate …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2016
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Enhanced XP7 plumps up flash while slimming dedupe

HPE's XP7 is an OEM'd Hitachi VSP array, which was announced in April 2014 as an update to the similar OEM'd XP. The XP7 gained flash media in September 2015, using Hitachi's Flash Module Drives, proprietary format SSDs. Hitachi Data Systems updated its VSP flash and hybrid flash/disk arrays in October. So now HPE has followed …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2016
Vintage disk platters

Pluck-filled platter-stuff: Bold disk drive makers fatten up

Analysis Disk drives are getting more platters so they can be fattened up with more data. HDD electric motor maker Nidec thinks 3.5in nearline drives will increase their thickness from today's 1 to 2 inches so they can cram in more data. Seagate's 10TB, helium-filled, Enterprise Capacity drive is 1.028in (26.11mm) thick, the …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2016
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Violin switches stock exchanges fast

In an astoundingly fast piece of work Violin Memory shares were listed and trading on the OTCQX market a day after the New York Stock Exchange said it was halting trading in Violin’s shares. The October 27 NYSE halt was due to Violin’s average market capitalisation dropping below $15mn for a 30-day period (background here.) …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2016
Speed

Windows Server 2016 persistent memory support supercharges storage IO

Analysis The best IO is... no IO. Windows Server 2016 has code to supercharge data storage IO speed by not treating it as IO anymore. It uses storage-class memory (SCM) as a persistent store, one that is on the memory bus, close to the CPU, and doesn't lose its contents when power is lost, an NVDIMM-N type device. That can be …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2016
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Intel punches out data centre flash cardlet

Intel has released a tiny, single-sided and heavily read-optimised SDD for server use in data centres. The P3100 is an M.2 design (22 x 80mm) built from 3D TLC (3bits/cell) NAND. This format has begun appearing in tablets, thin notebooks and desktops as it doesn't take up much space and the use of TLC (3bits/cell) NAND means …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2016