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Guess who: Storage chip maker [blank] can't wait for all-storage-chip data centers

+Comment Intel is pushing the idea of an all-flash data center so it can make up for slowing processor revenue growth by selling 3D NAND and XPoint chips and SSDs. Here is a re-envisaged copy of a slide Jerry Xu, Intel's general manager for NVM (non-volatile memory) solutions in China, showed at the Huawei Storage Summit in Shenzhen, …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2015
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Gridstore going gangbusters

Gridstore, the Hyper-V-focused, hyper-converged, all-flash appliance startup, is growing gangbusters after coming out, so to speak, a year ago. Its third 2015 quarter was 440 per cent higher than the third 2014 quarter, and, for the nine months ending September 30, 2015 it saw year-to-date growth of 428 per cent YoY. …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2015

Moshe's monster seven-nines disk box blooms

Infinidat, the creation of storage industry guru Moshe Yanai, saw 61 per cent quarter-over-quarter growth in the third quarter. The five-year-old, privately-owned company produces high-end file/block access external arrays with seven-nines (99.99999 per cent) availability and fast disk loss rebuild times, with a claimed sub- …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2015
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Quick as a flash: NVMe will have you in tiers

Sysadmin Blog Non-Volatile Memory Express, or NVMe, is a game-changing storage standard for PCIe-connected drives. It is replacing AHCI and along with the U.2 (SFF-8639) connector it is replacing both SAS and SATA for high speed, low latency storage. It's the smart way to connect up flash and post-flash storage tech to your servers. The …
Trevor Pott, 3 Nov 2015
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And for your third course, a platter of flash cache, object, file copy, and private cloud news

Roundup Here are five storage stories that missed the cut last week but are interesting, as they show movement in the object, flash, operational data, and private/public cloud areas. There's so much product development and startup work going in it's hard to keep up. SanDisk has updated its FlashSoft caching software to support …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2015
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Huawei cooks own PCIe SSD: Flash IP in a flash

Pics Chinese enterprise data centre IT supplier Huawei now makes its own PCIe flash cards, including the controller functionality. Being shown round an enterprise product exhibition hall in Huawei's Shenzhen campus* we saw a PCIe flash card, the ES3000 v2, with a capacity of up to 3.2TB, and we were able to pick it up and look at …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015

Endpoint protectors spread wings, Druva flies into Microsoft cloud

Endpoint data protector Druva is adding Microsoft's Azure to its public cloud target list, adding security and sharing features to its backup capabilities and trying to appeal more to enterprises – a link with Microsoft is good news in that department. "Druva has quickly grown to become the de facto standard for data …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015

Huawei mixes it up with Micron and its new NVM tech

China-based telecom and enterprise IT supplier Huawei has entered a flash partnership with Micron, which means the Chinese firm will be using Micron flash in its OceanStor storage arrays. Huawei has an OceanStor range of unified file and block storage arrays plus a separate OceanStor Dorado all-flash array line with two …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015
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Are you local? HDS adds locality, Data Ingestor to object storage

HDS has revved its object-storing HCP (Hitachi Content Platform) with what looks to be better data management and protection features. There is a new piece of hardware, the HCP S30, which can store more than 450PB of data in a single multi-node system using commodity storage. A G10 node server architecture has SSD support for …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015

Veeam's virtual virtuosity gets more customers by the balls

One of these days Veeam is going to stop growing. Sadly, for its competitors that day appears not to be today. For its latest quarter Ratmir Timashev's company saw revenues grow 17 per cent compared to this time last year. Within that there was 49 per cent revenue growth for all editions of Veeam Availability Suite, with 86 …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015

Warm your fingers by the bonfire of vanity on-premises storage

Comment Public cloud storage supporters couldn't hope for a better cheerleader than Nasuni CEO Andres Rodriguez, whose company provides cloud storage gateways, including an on-premises caching device. He hammered a nail in the on-premises storage coffin here in June, and is across the water in Europe again to swing the hammer one more …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2015

Last orders cost Quantum dear as it limps to $11.2m loss

Storage company Quantum has confirmed its early October revenue warning, with second fiscal 2016 quarter revenues of $117m, and not the hoped-for $125m. There was a loss of $11.2m in the quarter, which compares with a loss of $10.8m in the previous quarter, and indeed a profit of $1.2m in the year-ago quarter. It attributed a …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2015
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How to get the fun stuff back in your data centre

The cloud is a fabulous concept. If you want to try something out, or prototype your latest idea, or give yourself a relatively inexpensive disaster recovery setup, get in there and run up a cloud-based installation. There's something that the cloud lacks, though: it's just not fun or cool. Lists of virtual machines in the …
Dave Cartwright, 29 Oct 2015

WD revenues hurt by slack PC demand

Western Digital saw depressed PC and notebook sales affect its disk drive business in its latest quarter, with stalling SSD sales showing negative sequential growth. A quick look at the numbers for the company's first fiscal 2016 which ended 2 October: Revenue of $3.4bn, 6.3 per cent up on the previous quarter but 12.8 per …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2015

Seagate unveils enlarged spy drive with support for 64 spycams

Seagate has launched an 8TB disk drive for surveillance use, enabling up to 6PB of CCTV data in a rack. This is a 3.5-inch form-factor drive and joins the existing set of 8TB Archive, Enterprise Capacity, Enterprise NAS and Kinetic disk drives. It follows on from the 6TB model announced in September last year. That had 6 …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2015

WD stirs green and blue into pot, comes out with Blue HDDs

WD is abandoning its Green drive branding, moving the Green drive product line into the Blue brand so as to have a single mainstream PC brand. The WD Blue drives are 3.5-inch jobs designed for desktop and all-in-one PCs with capacity running up to 6TB. They came from the older Caviar and Scorpio Blue lines and rotated at 7, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2015
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NaaS guys finish ... first: Dell, HP, Mirantis, Tintri in OpenStack brat pack

The Tokyo OpenStack summit saw more announcements today as vendors enjoy playing the Open Stack game which, it appears, no one can lose. Dell, Mirantis and Big Switch Networks have launched an OpenStack Neutron networking reference architecture using a Big Cloud P+V SDN Fabric, Dell Open Networking switches and Mirantis …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2015

Isilon software on Dell hardware – could it really be true?

El Reg was kindly sent a note about an EMC virtual event plus a Commtech session in Ireland, suggesting that scale-out filer Isilon array functionality could be available as software-only running on Dell servers. There is an Expand the Data Lake virtual event to be run by EMC on 10 November. You will find a teaser video on …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2015

Quantum packs new StorNext hardware in a software glove

Quantum has given its StorNext file and data management product a hardware makeover, with faster Xcellis hardware taking up less rackspace than existing components. StorNext provides access to a virtualised single repository with four tiers. It serves primary data from its drive array to users' workstations and applications …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2015
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When Michael Dell met Chris Mellor

Profile This is the way of it: you're sitting there, at a table in a general meeting room at the Dell World event in Austin, talking to a distant colleague about what happened to Don, did I know Liem had moved to such and such an office, when an ordinary-looking guy comes over and sits down at the same table, saying: "How's it going …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2015
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Our storage reporter has breaking news about Data Fabrics. Chris?

Recent NetApp Data Fabric literature presages a return of FlashRay and an apparently semi-detached integration of its StorageGRID product. Data Fabric is NetApp's over-arching concept of a virtual fabric with which data in different clouds (stores) can be seamlessly connected across different data management (product) …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2015

To charge or not to charge? Tintri's asking for new SaaS analytics

Brandon Salmon from the office of the CTO at VM-centric storage outfit Tintri dropped into Sydney this week, and dangled two future features before Vulture South. One is deeper performance analytics for the company's arrays, delivered in software-as-a-service mode. The idea is to suck performance data out of Tintri boxen, …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2015
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DDN spills beans on high-speed HPC hookup

DataDirect Networks has got itself an Omni-Connect architecture to hook up its storage to Omni-Path clusters, as well as having InfiniBand, Fibre Channel, and Ethernet connectivity. Intel has devised its Omni-Path fabric as a successor to InfiniBand and True Scale. It operates at up to 100Gbit/sec in its first generation and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2015

China: OK, Seagate, you may now kiss your bride (Samsung's disk biz)

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has said Seagate can finally start integrating Samsung's disk drive business into its mainstream operations. Seagate bought this business from Samsung almost four years ago, in December 2011. This decision by MOFCOM to lift the "Hold Separate" restriction parallels its similar one to …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2015

All Dell breaks loose in latest Gartner disk array magic quadrant

Dell has become a top-four player in disk arrays, as IBM and NetApp are left behind in Gartner's 2015 Magic Quadrant for general purpose disk arrays. Two_MQs Gartner Magic Quadrants for general purpose disk arrays – 2014 (left) and 2015 (right) ... Click to enlarge Nimble Storage enters the leaders' quadrant for the first …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2015

WD is gobbling SanDisk, so what's on the menu? A deflating soufflé

Revenues of $1.45bn in SanDisk's third calendar 2015 quarter were 17 per cent down on the annual compare, although that number beat Wall Street's estimate of $1.4bn. They were comfortably higher than the second quarter's $1.23bn, in fact 17 per cent higher – neat. Net income was $133m, a huge 50 per cent less than the year-ago …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015

Fab-ulous: Toshiba debuts 10.5K 1.2TB spinner, joins SanDisk for 3D flash gig

It's all about layering, as hairdressers, disk drive and flash foundry folk would say. Toshiba has added a platter to a 10.5K disk drive to bump up capacity, and is converting a flash fab to pump out 3D flash chips with layers of planar NAND inside them. AL14SE-HDD Toshiba's AL14SE 10.5K 1.2TB disk drive Toshiba has …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015
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Careful, don't move. What's that? Yes, it's a glint of growth at EMC

EMC just managed to scratch out a one per cent annual revenue rise in its third calendar 2015 quarter's results, beating its own estimates. The quarter ended on 30 September and revenues of $6.08bn were a tiny amount up on the year-ago's $6.03bn and the second quarter's $6bn. Net income of $528m was down 16 per cent in the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015
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It's a sales VP swap shop at hyperconverged startups

Hyperconverged startup Maxta has appointed Andrew Perry to be its SVP for sales. Xangati, a privately owned and 2006-founded virtualised server performance management supplier, has appointed Steven Velardi as its VP for worldwide sales, replacing Fred Pazos, who joined Xangati in May, 2014. So why are we interested? Perry …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015

Never mind the new guys, take a train from our trusty Data Platform – Commvault

Loss-making Commvault has released details and comments about version 11 of the Commvault Data Platform (CDP) and solutions portfolio, while being careful not to mention Simpana, the previous brand name for its mainstream backup, archive and data management product suite. Simpana 10 was a massive announcement when it happened …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015

Israel joins EU in spiking Safe Harbour

Menlo Park Road’s VCs at first sniffed at the consequences of the Schrems v Facebook case on Silicon Valley’s global ambitions, but they should seriously be looking at how their investments conduct business. The global Silicon Valley freeze-out continues to spread, with Israel’s data protection authority ILITA declaring …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Oct 2015
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OASIS: Refreshment for dehydrated secondary storage users?

Comment Cohesity has launched its all-embracing secondary storage offering on what looks like an embedded hyper-converged infrastructure appliance platform. We first learned about this startup's technology in June. The intent is to provide a kind of super-secondary storage repository covering the many different secondary storage use …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015
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Solidfire enters ninth circle of Dell, emerges clutching new blueprints

Solidfire has produced a networking-based reference architecture for vSphere using Dell kit. The architecture combines various suppliers' components so resellers can put together a converged system with a single SKU – a single part number, in other words – for their customers. This should simplify the ordering, deployment and …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015

About that IBM hardware revenues dive: Blame storage, says CFO

IBM's storage hardware revenues declined by 19 per cent year-on-year in its third 2015 quarter, continuing a four-and-a-half year fall. IBM_Storage_HW_revs_to_Q3fy2015 IBM Storage hardware revenues to Q3 2015. IBM CFO Martin Schroeter put IBM's revenue declines in the context of IBM switching from declining businesses to …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015

Spectra Logic: You can't, er, stick to tape forever

Spectra Summit Tape vendors are very few in number now: Oracle (StorageTek), IBM and Spectra Logic. The market is quite static and the only thing that actually happens each year is a new tape generation (just more space and throughput) ... and that’s it. Spectra Logic, which held its annual Summit a few days ago, does have some interesting …

China finally says yes to WD-HGST union

+Comment MOFCOM, the Chinese trade regulator which has been holding up the integration of WD and HGST, is relaxing its "hold separate" restriction and integration can start now. But the two brands and sales forces must stay separate for two more years. Western Digital can "integrate substantial portions of its HGST and WD subsidiaries …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2015

You know what storage needs? More doughnuts to flatten us up

The hierarchy of adapters, switches, routers and directors involved in storage networking is unwieldy, complex and costly and needs replacing with a flatter scheme of direct connections between servers and storage devices. That’s the networking message from start-up Rockport Networks. It says that current fat tree and spine- …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2015

Spectra's BlackPearl: Sailing through oceans of data just got easier

Archival product supplier Spectra Logic has announced its Arctic Blue nearline disk array using powered down, shingled disk drives with object storage data striped across them. Spectra Logic's specialty is dealing with oceans of cold data. Its Black Pearl product tech enabled object storage to use tape and it's now embellished …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2015
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EMC customers show distinct lack of Dell delight – research

EMC customers are far from delighted regarding the proposed Dell takeover, according to the 451 research house. Its research report found 43 per cent of EMC-only customers typically see Dell as a PC supplier, and 42 per cent thought it was out of tune with their enterprise IT concerns. Amongst the EMC-only customers, some 13 …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2015
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Dell buying EMC: Is this the end times, or the road to salvation?

Sysadmin Blog: Dell bought EMC. The internet promptly lost its mind. Make no mistake, the Dell-EMC merger is a pretty big deal. Everyone has news, thoughts and analysis on the subject. While I feel The Register's coverage has been pretty neutral so far, the internet at large has posted rather a lot of doom and gloom. The most common phrase …
Trevor Pott, 16 Oct 2015

Connected Data gobbled for $7.5m? More like an $80m funding round

CEO Q&A The $7.5m purchase of Connected Data by Imation can be looked at as an $80m funding round with a potential bonanza from a successful Imation restructuring-driven stock price rise. Also, as well as the $7.5m paid up front, there is a potential $5m earn-out in more Imation stock based on revenue targets in the two halves of 2016 …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015
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Where will storage go over the next 15 years? We rub our crystal ball

Analysis Let’s fly up to 20,000 feet and survey the storage landscape from there, and then stay at that height until 2030. What will we see? Our starting view is utterly basic and pretty reasonable. Most of the storage equipment is based on disk and most of it is on-premises. Some of the data is being stored in flash and some of the …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015