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FreeStor turns admins to precogs with predictive analytics

FalconStor has added predictive analytics to its FreeStor storage software. This software-only storage, sold independently of hardware, provides storage services by abstracting underlying heterogeneous storage products. It operates in the data path, like IBM’s SAN Volume Controller (SVC), and virtualises the array hardware …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2016
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Storage-class memory just got big – 256Mbit big, at least

Persistent storage that's just about as fast as RAM is widely held to be a year or three away from giving the server and storage industries a generational shakeup, and that change is now rather closer after US outfit Everspin started shipping samples of 256Mb Magnetoresistive random-access memory (MRAM). MRAM looks like DDR3 …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2016
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HGST has an entry-level 14PB archive box... is that enough for your, er, home collection?

Western Digital has added another HGST archive array, the SA1000, to its range of gear plus software enhancements across the product line. The Active Archive Systems provide object storage, using acquired Amplidata software, for markets such as media and entertainment digital data preservation, life sciences data pools, and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2016
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Zadara alters storage destiny: Object storage is written in our STaaS

The Zadara Storage Cloud, available on-premises and in the cloud (remotely) or both, has had the ZIOS Intelligent Object Store service added. The Zadara cloud systems provide VPSA (Virtual Private Storage Array CHECK) block and file services, using FC, iSCSI, iSER, NFS, and CIFS protocols. Its STaas (storage as a service) can …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2016
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Filer upstart Qumulo rubs out mirroring, slots in erasure coding

Scale-out filer startup Qumulo has replaced mirroring with erasure coding in v2.0 of its Core OS to deliver a 33 per cent gain in usable capacity. It's also added real-time analytics, adopted HGST helium-filled disk drive technology and has three new appliances using HGST drives. Qumulo delivers its technology as software- …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2016
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High performance object storage: Not just about reskinning Amazon's S3

Comment There are three tiers of storage: Primary storage, or block; secondary storage, or file; and object storage comes third. Object storage is immensely scalable, cheaper, durable... and slooooow. Could that be changing soon? Let me talk about on-premises object storage here. Many end users start with an application (sync and …
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NV...Me too, says Micron. Fancy a faster-than-SAS flash drive?

Micron has entered the enterprise NVMe flash drive space with a pair of products spanning a range of form factors and capacities. These NVMe SSDs complement Micron's existing S600DC SAS SSDs, which are now shipping in volume. The 7100 is the smaller product and the 9100 its big brother. Both have a PCIe gen 3 NVMe interface, …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2016

Micron, VMware, Supermicro, Nexenta doodle array designs

Micron has devised a set of all-flash purpose-built, scale-out product designs in collaboration with VMware, Supermicro and Nexenta. Micron Accelerated Solution for VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes Micron Accelerated Ceph Storage Solution Micron Accelerated NexentaEdge Solution Micron, Supermicro and VMware have designed …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2016

Server vendors? Pah, they're mere resellers

Comment A few days ago Dell announced that they are reselling hyper-convergence solutions bundling software coming from Nutanix and VMware – and possibly others, too. From my point of view this is not a good strategy. Yes, it will boost some sales in the short term, but what is your differentiator in the long term? What is your value …
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Cloudian's classier object storage management

Cloudian has lowered the management burden for its S3-compatible HyperStore object storage with automated this, predictive that, and dynamic, pro-active, non-disruptive other stuff. Michael Tso, Cloudian CEO and cofounder, said in a piece of canned quotery: "HyperStore 6.0 automates the whole data management and protection …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2016
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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

Free Software Foundation president and Gnu Public Licence (GNU GPL) author Richard Stallman has weighed in on the spat over whether Ubuntu can legally include ZFS in Linux, with a resounding “No!” Stallman has issued a statement he says “.... explains some issues about the meaning and enforcement of the GNU General Public …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2016
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Datera offers Amazon EBS-alike for private and public clouds

The latest storage startup to shed its stealth cloak is Datera, which says it has an Amazon EBS-like storage software offering for DevOps users' private or public clouds. Datera's Elastic Data Fabric (EDF) is software with a RESTful interface – it has an API-first strategy – and provides dynamic policy-based scale-out, block- …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2016
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Seagate's Kinetic drives: They're moving... but in what direction?

Comment It was just 18 months ago that we were all writing about the release of new object-based hard disk drives from Seagate: Kinetic. The idea was that the drives didn’t use traditional storage protocols like SAS and SATA, but instead stored objects written and retrieved over Ethernet. Effectively, each drive is a large key-value …
Chris Evans, 11 Apr 2016
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Canonical steps up to the NexentaEdge, jumps aboard OpenStack

Nexenta and Canonical have created a joint NexentaEdge and Ubuntu OpenStack offering. The two companies say more than half of the world’s OpenStack deployments are built on Ubuntu. Canonical has integrated NexentaEdge with with its Juju high-level service model for automating application deployment and management. NexentaEdge …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2016
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You keep using that word – NVMe. Does it mean what I think it means?

Tech explainer NVMe fabric technology is a form of block-access storage networking that gets rid of network latency delays, magically making external flash arrays as fast as internal, directly-attached, NVMe flash drives. How does it manage this trick? EMC DSSD VP for software engineering, Mike Shapiro, defines NVMe fabrics as: "the new NVM …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2016
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Spinning rust fans reckon we'll have 18TB disk drives in two years

We could see nine platter helium-filled disk drives because the manufacturers can cram more thinner platters inside a helium-filled enclosure. According to a TrendsFocus report, current disk platter separator components could be eliminated and enable eight or nine platters to be used in the same 3.5-inch enclosures that …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2016

Picture this: An exabyte of cat pix in the space of a sugar cube of DNA

University of Washington and Microsoft Research boffins have successfully used DNA as an image store. Their argument is that although it's hard to work with, DNA has a couple of killer characteristics as a data store: the “raw” storage limit is an exabyte per cubic millimetre, and its storage half-life is more than 500 years …
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If only hackers could stop slurping test and dev databases. Wait, our phone is ringing ...

Exposure and loss of sensitive data is happening everywhere these days. One attack surface, as the jargon has it, is sensitive production data used in internal testing and development systems. Delphix reckons it can secure this surface, and in the process remove time-consuming layers of security-checking bureaucracy that slows …
Chris Mellor, 8 Apr 2016
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Quick as a flash: A quick look at IBM FlashSystem

The Storage Architect IBM completed the acquisition of TMS (Texas Memory Systems) in October 2012. The company (TMS) has a long history of developing memory-based storage products, based initially on DRAM and later SLC and eMLC technology. I looked at the ramsan range years ago as a potential customer and my abiding memory is the relative cost of the …
Chris Evans, 8 Apr 2016
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What did the one Toshiba desktop SSD say to the other? Our cell size has shrunk

Toshiba is busily upgrading its PC/workstation SSD line at the same time as it’s scaling back its PC product activities. Its Q300 and Q300 Pro consumer/gamer SSDs were announced in September last year. The Q300 was a TLC (3bits/cell) unit storing 120, 240, 480 or 960GB of data while the Q300 Pro used MLC (2 bits/cel) NANd and …
Chris Mellor, 8 Apr 2016
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Vendor: Do we need Quality of Service with shared storage arrays?

The Storage Architect I recently had a discussion with a vendor (who shall remain nameless) as to whether we really needed Quality of Service (QoS) in shared storage arrays. His thinking went as follows: if we have a storage array and network with sufficient bandwidth/IOPS, then why bother implementing QoS? At first this seems like a reasonable …
Chris Evans, 8 Apr 2016
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Wikibon goes big on Big Data

Comment Wikibon researchers have produced a trio of Big Data reports, so why have the Wikiboners got a hard-on for Big Data? They have looked at recent Big Data history and out to the 2016-2026 period, and think that Big Data use will explode, growing from $18.2bn in 2014 to $92.1bn – a 14.5 per cent CAGR (compound annual growth rate …
Chris Mellor, 8 Apr 2016
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Infinidat adds predictive analytics to Infinibox OS. But what's it mean?

Comment Infinidat says that its upcoming OS release will provide advanced performance analytics with across-the-board instrumentation, and enhanced quality of service (QoS) facilities. Infinidat, founded by Moshe Yanai of Symmetrix and XIV fame, provides probably the most reliable and available monolithic primary data storage array in …
Chris Mellor, 7 Apr 2016

EMC said to be ditching Documentum business

EMC-Dell deal EMC’s Documentum business may be up for sale, as part of a non-core asset-ditching process during the Dell-EMC coming together. Bloomberg cites people familiar with the matter in a report claiming EMC will spin off Documentum while Dell will sell Sonicwall and Quest as a way of helping to lower the costs of the Dell-EMC …
Chris Mellor, 7 Apr 2016
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Axellio! X-IO conjures up hyper-converged PCIe monster

Comment X-IO Technologies' Axellio* is a rackmount hyper-converged server/all-flash storage platform that will be sold through OEM, ODM and system integrators – and it provides an almost unbelievable combination of performance and density. The company has been working on the technology for two years, developing a third product line, …
Chris Mellor, 6 Apr 2016
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Zstor bakes NVMe external array access into new line, serves up delicious flash for all

German storage supplier Zstor has fabricated its external shared NV-Series array with RDMA access, giving accessing servers the same response as internal NVMe SSDs – more than 10,000 times faster than Fibre Channel SAN array access. The all-flash product is built using Mangstor NVMe SSD and fabric technology based on Ethernet …
Chris Mellor, 6 Apr 2016

Storage admins.... they'll take your jobs

Blog Last week I had an interesting chat with Andy Warfield (CTO and founder of Coho Data). We started a debate about his latest article and the pros and cons of custom hardware design in modern storage products. However, the conversation quickly got side-tracked to another topic: the role of the storage admin, if any, in 2016. It …
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Seagate joins hands with Intel, adds tasty IEEL to its pie and mash

Seagate is helping to unify the Lustre parallel file system software world by incorporating Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre (IEEL) into its ClusterStor arrays. Lustre is open source parallel file system software based on Linux, and some 40 per cent of the world’s fastest installed supercomputers use it. Seagate has its …
Chris Mellor, 5 Apr 2016
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Hyper-converged prospects? Thanks to firm-gobbling habit and OEM deal, Dell has 3

EMC-Dell deal Dell has three horses in the hyper-converged system race: VMware’s VSAN colt, EMC’s ScaleIO mustang and OEM’d Nutanix’s filly. Come 2017, VMware and EMC should be inside Dell and eyes will look quizzically at the Dell Nutanix OEM deal. Specifically, Dell says it has the broadest hyper-converged stable offering available from …
Chris Mellor, 5 Apr 2016
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Hybrid cloud is a neat concept – but we need to be able to move data

I remember going to an HP(E) event back in 2011 (Discover Vegas, I think) when the idea of hybrid cloud and converged infrastructure was just getting going. HPE talked about the idea of “cloud bursting” – moving data and/or applications on demand into cloud infrastructure to cope with increased demand. At the time I was …
Chris Evans, 5 Apr 2016
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Memory and storage boundary changes

Analysis Latency is always the storage access bête noire. No one likes to wait, least of all VMs hungry for data access in multi-threaded, multi-core, multi-socket, virtualized servers. Processors aren't getting that much faster as Moore's Law runs out of steam, so attention is turning to fixing IO delays as a way of getting our …
Chris Mellor, 4 Apr 2016
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Memory-based storage? Yes, please

Comment Memory-based storage? Yes please, And I'm not talking about flash memory here; well, not in the way we usually use flash, at least. I wrote about this a long time ago: in-memory storage makes sense. Not only does it make sense now, but it's becoming a necessity. The number of applications taking advantage of large memory …

Brocade stirs up a Ruckus, swallows wireless kit maker for $1.5bn

Brocade is buying Ruckus Wireless for cash and shares, valuing Ruckus at around $1.5bn, and giving it entry to the growing enterprise wireless networking market. The deal has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors. Ruckus stockholders will get $6.45 in cash and 0.75 shares of Brocade common stock for each share …
Chris Mellor, 4 Apr 2016
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Micron turns $900m profits into a $97m loss. Only took 12 months

Micron revenues plummeted for the fifth quarter in a row and it made a loss after eleven successive profitable quarters. What's up with the boys from Boise, the USA's memory and NAND powerhouse? Revenues for the second quarter, ended 3 March, were $2.93bn, 29.7 per cent down on a year ago, and 12.3 per cent less than the first …
Chris Mellor, 1 Apr 2016
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Intel flops out 3D flash SSDs – and says they're the densest ever

Intel has introduced its first 3D NAND SSDs, updating three planar NVMe SSDs with four new models, and claiming to have the industry’s highest density 3D NAND. The existing DC P3500, P3600 and P3700 products use 20nm MLC flash technology, with the P3500 and P3600 dating from June 2014 and the P3700 being introduced in …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2016
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Seagate intros Innov8: A USB-powered 8TB external hard drive

Seagate has introduced an 8TB external drive with no need for its own power cord. Like 2.5-inch external drives which abandoned power cords ages ago, the 3.5-inch innov8 draws power from its host through its USB C wire. Seagate says it uses Ignition Boost Technology “which eliminates the need for a power adapter on an 8 TB …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2016

HPE adds power-fail-protected NVDIMM tech to servers

HPE's ProLiant Gen9 servers now support Persistent Memory, non-volatile memory, enabling customers to expand in-memory app usage and get faster analytics and database processing by avoiding disk and SSD IO. HPE says it will provide up to two-times-faster SQL Server database logging performance and up to four-times-faster SQL …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2016
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Nexenta wins Lenovo as server partner

Lenovo and Nexenta are developing combined System X X86 server/DAS/NexentaStor software offerings, joint go-to-market strategies, and Lenovo service and support. Lenovo is the third-largest server shipper worldwide. Nexenta’s NexentaStor offers open source storage software offering file and block access scalable out to …
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2016
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Pure Storage's coming high-end array: We have the details

We can tell you a few more juicy details about Pure's coming high-end array, and we're deducing that SolidFire has a product capacity refresh coming. What we knew was that the new range-topper would boast up to 1.5PB usable capacity using 4 and 8TB 3D NAND modules (SSDs). It would have always-on QoS, support thousands of …
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Batman vs Superman... absolutely sucked

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, it's Ed, Greg and Sarah and no guests... just the gang discussing bad superhero movies, listener complaints, Oracle suing Google (again) and Australian bike bells –and taking people out to the woodshed... …
Team Register, 30 Mar 2016
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SanDisk's InfiniFlash looks in its closet, pulls out a Red Hat to wear

SanDisk and Red Hat have formed an alliance: the crimson cranial-covering company’s Ceph Storage software will be offered as the preferred Ceph software by SanDisk for its InfiniFlash box. SanDisk's year-old InfiniFlash all-flash array box offers 512TB of capacity in a 3U box with the hardware powered by Ubuntu Linux, and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Mar 2016

Build or buy: A tale of two all-flash strategies

Guest column Ever since flash was first added to traditional storage arrays back in 2008, there has been vigorous debate on the best approach to storage architectures for all-flash systems. There are a number of opposing camps, each with their own perception of the right way forward. Some vendors chose to use existing hardware and amend it …
Chris Evans, 28 Mar 2016