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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 …
Crossbar array schematics

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

We asked a maker of PCIe storage switches to prove the tech is more interesting than soggy cardboard

Q&A PCIe switching sounds like a mundane topic, but it’s actually a key part of the revolution that’s blurring the boundaries between servers and storage arrays, with vastly faster data access the result. Vancouver's PMC-Sierra has launched its Switchtec switches, and we asked product marketing manager Ray Jang some questions …
Chris Mellor, 7 Sep 2015
San Andreas fault

Dog walkers, the San Andreas fault ... and the storage industry

Comment Mainstream storage arrays are being harassed by a wolf-pack of sleeker competitors. Looking at storage is like looking at a dog walker on the beach with a hundred howling dogs of all sizes and breeds on the leashes. Some are puppies, some young and sleek, some old and fat. They bark and growl and run in all directions …
Chris Mellor, 7 Sep 2015
Are you being served?

IDC says server-based storage sales are soaring – and Dell's pwning the market

IDC’s latest quarterly storage tracker shows EMC clawing back some lost ground, HP growing, IBM overtaking NetApp – and Dell selling the most storage capacity of all. IDC_storage_tracker_Q2_2015 IDC Storage Tracker, Q2, 2015 The research house tracks vendor and original design manufacturer (ODM) storage market shares based …
Chris Mellor, 7 Sep 2015

Seagate promises to HAMR us all with spinning rust next year

Comment Seagate has revealed fresh data on how it will increase areal density as well as a disk's IO rate from next year onwards. Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, attended an analysts' day at which Seagate said it is learning about potential caching techniques to ameliorate the write performance disadvantage of shingled …
Chris Mellor, 7 Sep 2015
Hard disk by cc2.0 attribution generic

Files on Seagate wireless disks can be poisoned, purloined – thanks to hidden login has reported Seagate wireless hard drives include “undocumented Telnet services” accessible with a hard-coded password. This allows “unrestricted file download capability to anonymous attackers with wireless access to the device.” And another flaw makes it possible to upload anything into the devices' default file- …
Projected PCM

Drifting phases and noise in phase-change memory

Phase change memory cells can, well, change, over time. Once set in their crystalline or amorphous phases the material can drift towards the other state rendering the cell's resistance level less clear and weakening its ability to story a binary one or zero. PCM (Phase-Change Memory) is one of the candidate persistent storage …
Chris Mellor, 4 Sep 2015
1TB now but 128TB in three years time says Toshiba

128TB SSD by 2018? Toshiba promises much, delivers ... a little

IFA 2015 "By 2018, SSD technology including 3D Flash could reach up to 128TB", Toshiba storage product manager Paul Han Lin told The Register today at IFA in Berlin. Toshiba has announced two new SSD drives this week. The Q300 Pro has a capacity from 128GB to 512GB and is aimed at the professional market, with fancy features like QSBC …
Tim Anderson, 3 Sep 2015
Tintri T80

Tintri T850: Storage array demonstrates stiff upper lip under pressure

Review The Tintri T850 is Tintri's mid-line offering. It is a great example of the current line of Tintri products. Reviewing it has been something of a challenge, though that is the fault of your reviewer, not the storage array. Tintri focuses on intelligent storage that analyses your workloads and predicts what your workloads are …
Trevor Pott, 3 Sep 2015
Old scrolls at the National Archive

Flash, holograms? Where will your archive end up?

Whether it’s unstructured rich media, traditional business documents and files, or the audiovisual library of a media company, there is more data about than ever before. And more than ever, it has potential value – whether that is to build new content, to improve customer relationships, to answer the demands of regulators, or …
Bryan Betts, 3 Sep 2015

Nexenta, SanDisk hop into bed, one thing leads to another – now they've got a 512TB flash brat

Nexenta and SanDisk are integrating the latter's dense InfiniFlash JBOF with the former's NexentaStor to build a half-petabyte-in-3U all-flash array starting at $1.5/GB raw. At these prices disk may not be dead, but it's heading for the mortician's parlor. Tegile has an IntelliFlash product using the same hardware, and says it …
Chris Mellor, 2 Sep 2015

Damn well knew it! Seagate has helium drives in its labs

Seagate told analysts on Wednesday it is crafting its own helium-filled drives in its development labs, and is months away from shipping them as products. Helium gas has lower friction than air, and HGST is using this gas inside its sealed He8 and He10 disk drive enclosures to provide 7-platter drives. The platters can be …
Chris Mellor, 2 Sep 2015
Flash Gordon

Tegile looking at some really flashy fabric

Tegile, which has just launched a 2-tier IntelliFlash HD all-flash array, has plans to ramp up its capabilities dramatically. The system provides 512TB of flash in a 3U enclosure. Tegile chief marketing officer Narayan Venkat said that the system will be at the 1PB level in a year's time, meaning a rack could hold 20PB in …
Chris Mellor, 2 Sep 2015