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Georgens out at NetApp – new chairman, interim CEO named

Longtime NetApp executive Tom Georgens has parted ways with the storage outfit, vacating his dual roles as the firm's chairman and chief executive, effective immediately. Stepping up to the CEO chair – at least temporarily – is George Kurian, who most recently had served as the firm's executive veep of product operations. …
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Docker death blow to PaaS? The fat lady isn’t singing just yet folks

Logically nestled just above Infrastructure-as-a-Service and just beneath the Software-as-a-Service applications it seeks to support, we find Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). As you would hope from any notion of a platform, PaaS comes with all the operating system, middleware, storage and networking intelligence we would want — but …
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SanDisk speeds up CloudSpeed Eco, raises capacity

SanDisk has souped up its CloudSpeed Eco SSD for cloud service providers, doubling its capacity and raising throughput, courtesy of a process shrink. CloudSpeed Eco Gen 1 was introduced at the end of March last year as a cost-effective SSD for cloud service provider use. It was built using a 19nm chip process and held up to …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jun 2015
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Veeam's plan: Ignore MBA marketers, don't covet magazine covers

Most CEOs give little away in interviews: they stick to the script and deliver information in easily-digestible chunks. Veeam's Ratmir Timashev does it differently: the founder, president and CEO of Veeam likes to tell stories. So when your correspondent asked him why Veeam is going well, Commvault is doing okay but Veritas, EMC …
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NetApp name-changes SteelStore to AltaVault

NetApp's marketing droids have renamed its acquired SteelStore product AltaVault, showing obeisance at the high altar of cloud storage. The Sunnyvale company bought SteelStore from Riverbed for $80m in October last year, before it was gobbled up by private equity. The product provided cloud back-up gateway functionality with a …
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2015
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Sony sees the cold light of optical archives, buys ex-Facebooker's upstart

Sony is buying ex-FaceBook open compute project exec Frank Frankovsky’s optical storage startup to boost its optical archive prospects. Frankovsky’s idea was to use racks of enhanced-capacity optical storage disks for archiving cold data. The system would have better throughput than existing optical storage systems. He started …
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2015
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My Passport Grip Pack blooms with new colours … and more storage

WD has refreshed its My Passport line of portable disk drives with fetching Grip Packs — colourful edge protective bands providing a big jump from 2TB to 3TB max capacity. The seventh generation of My Passports offer 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 3TB capacities. The PC version, My Passport Ultra, comes in four colours — blue, dark red, …
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2015
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Tegile scores VC cash to splash on flash growth dash

Tegile has landed itself a massive $70m D-round of funding to pay for global expansion of its hybrid/all-flash array business. Founded in 2010 with a $2.l5m A-round that year, Tegile took in a $10m B-round in 2012, and a $35m C-round in 2013. Total funding now stands at $117.5m. In comparison, fellow hybrid array startup Tintri …
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2015
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JPL joins DARPA's Memex project

DARPA's Memex “deep Web” search research has a new high-profile supporter: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is looking for new ways to catalogue the flood of data arriving from spacecraft. Memex, which DARPA announced early in 2014, is designed to get around what the agency sees as the shortcomings with traditional Web …
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Synology slings patch at buggy NAS boxens

Securify co-founder Cengiz Han Sahin says Synology has patched a remote vulnerability that allowed attackers to compromise its storage devices. Sahin reported vulnerabilities that allowed web servers in Synology's Photo Station to be compromised to the vendor . The hacker says Photo Station, which allows users to access their …
Darren Pauli, 27 May 2015

Pre-IPO Tegile looking at flash tiering, scale-out and the cloud

+Comment Hybrid and all-flash array startup Tegile has got itself an interesting roadmap to extend its hybrid array tech and expand sideways into adjacent storage markets. Tegile is one of three busily growing companies touting built-from-the-ground-up hybrid array software. Nimble Storage has made the IPO jump into being a self- …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2015
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SanDisk opens for business with point-of-sale terminal SSD

SanDisk has built an SSD for point-of-sale terminals, digital signage and surveillance gear, saying it’s better than disk drive use. Tablet, notebook and PC OEMs could use it too, so long as they don’t need more than 256GB. The idea is to price the SSD “on a par” with disk drives, while pointing out that the Z400s outperforms …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2015
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HP storage revenues declining as the dithering continues

Comment HP storage revenues went backwards in its second fiscal 2015 quarter. The revenue from newer converged storage systems (3PAR, StoreOnce, StoreAll, etc) rose 5.3 per cent over the year to $356m (from $338m), but traditional storage revenues (EVA, MSA, tape) slumped 18.3 per cent to $384m (from $470 million). Overall storage …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2015
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EXT4 filesystem can EAT ALL YOUR DATA

Flaws have been found in the EXT4 filesystem that can cause data loss when running Linux 4.0 and higher. Reports such as this Debian bug report suggest “massive filesystem corruption” is the result of the flaw. The problem appears to strike RAID0 users, on Arch Linux and Debian. Fixes are available, one explained by Lukas …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2015
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NetApp's customers resisting Clustered ONTAP transition

Customer resistance to complex Clustered ONTAP migrations caused a slowdown in hardware sales at NetApp, with revenues clearly shrinking. Fiscal 2015 fourth-quarter revenues declined 6.6 per cent year-on-year from $1.65bn to $1.54bn. Net income was $135m, down from $197m (32 per cent). The full-year revenues told the same story …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2015
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Coho Data spawns all-flash MicroArray with fresh funding help

Storage service array startup Coho Data has nearly doubled its funding and got itself a new product to boot. A nice thirty million dollars has been injected into the company in a C-round led by March Capital Partners, along with Intel Capital, HP, Andreessen Horowitz and Ignition Partners. It's interesting that both Intel and HP …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2015
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Dell inserts Hyper-V smarts into its DL backup boxen

Dell has added two new back-up appliances to its range, top-and-tailing its existing DL1000 product and adding neat features such as virtual standby VMs. The DL series range is for small and medium businesses and are PowerEdge servers running AppAssure software. The 1U DL1000, with 2TB-3TB of capacity, was announced in July 2014 …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2015
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Nexenta flies over the Edge into the object storage bearpit

Nexenta's hypercale block and object storage software has hit the streets, pitting Nexenta competitively against all the other object storage suppliers. NexentaEdge was introduced last August and now it's generally available, two quarters later than its then-schedule. We're having it described as "the first software-only scale …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2015

Healthy Drobo set free by Connected Data to go it alone

Drobo, maker of simple-to-use personal data storage robots which you populate yourself with disk drives, is being spun-out by owner Connected Data, with an investment group buying the business. The firm was originally called Data Robotics but changed its name in 2011 to the name of its Drobo* product, which amassed a large and …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2015
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Arcserve boxes clever, takes back-up appliance down a price division

CA spin-out Arcserve has an updated back-up appliance for the mid-market that should be faster, easier, better-priced and more capable. It says the UDP 7000 Appliance is for small, medium and mid-market customers, and is a simple yet powerful all-in-one product. UDP stands for Unified Data Protection and the appliance features …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2015
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Maxta polishes OpenStack credentials with Kilo support

Maxta is polishing up its OpenStack credentials by adding Kilo support, service quality policies, and call-home diagnostics to its hyperconverged software-led systems. Hyperconverged systems refer to integrated, typically virtualised, servers and storage, and some networking, that are bought and operated as single systems. They …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2015
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EMC to channel: Put all your sales eggs in our basket and we'll hurl cash at you

EMC is dangling fatter back-end loaded rebates in front of channelites who agree to all but wipe rivals from their sales ledger. The True programme was introduced at the EMC World knees-up in Las Vegas. Stateside is where it will stay for the time being because competition laws in Europe are preventing a local roll-out, the firm …
Paul Kunert, 18 May 2015

Cisco tipped to buy 'dominant' STORAGE BADBOY Nutanix

+Comment Jared Rinderer, a senior research analyst at Equity Capital Research Group, has claimed Cisco is about to buy converged infrastructure enfant terrible Nutanix. Rinderer reckons Nutanix is the dominant player in the industry, so is therefore the most likely acquisition for Cisco as it looks to make sure the EMC Federation doesn't …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2015

Reader suggestion: Using HDFS as generic iSCSI storage

Comment El Reg reader Greg Koss reckons the Hadoop filesystem can be used to build an iSCSI SAN. Er, say what? Here's his thinking: we could use Hadoop to provide generic storage to commodity systems for general purpose computing. Why would this be a good idea? Greg notes these points: Commodity storage pricing is roughly $60/TB in …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2015

Hybrid storage arrays versus all-flash: will disks hold their own?

In the early days of smartphones, some had hard disks in them – tiny devices storing a gigabyte or two on a single one-inch (or smaller) disk platter. This was mainly because flash was expensive and untrusted, whereas people knew where they were with hard disks. We all know how it turned out, though. Flash memory grew cheaper, …
Bryan Betts, 14 May 2015

Try-before-you-buy software. Back in vogue for the storage giants?

Comment Nexenta, Nutanix and Unitrends are all giving away software. Why? And EMC has just open-sourced its ViPR controller, while Coraid’s AoE technology is also being made open source. Free storage software seems to be in the air. Nexenta Nexenta’s NexentaStor 5 Community Preview will be introduced at the Citrix Synergy conference …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2015

There's little spending on Big Data, object storage and OpenStack

A DataCore survey has shown little spending on sexy storage products in the Big Data, public cloud, object storage, and OpenStack areas, arguing software-defined storage (SDS) gives a faster payback. DataCore asked 477 IT professionals currently using or evaluating software-defined storage technology about their 2015 spending …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2015

Gartner: Dell nowhere to be seen as storage SSD sales go flat

Well, here's another nail in the coffin for traditional storage arrays; Gartner claims array SSD sales were up just one per cent year-on-year, while server flash sales grew 51 per cent. EMC leads the AFA players, while Cisco and Dell are nowhere. Total enterprise SSD revenue is 2014 was $5.77bn, up 30 per cent year-on-year. …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2015
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Dell: Good servers and PCs, but for storage ... oh dear

Comment Dell is a great IT company, but it is clear that they have to revise their storage strategy if they want to maintain some relevance in the IT infrastructure space. (and I’m talking about storage because I primarily cover this market … I’m sure that it wouldn’t be difficult to find similar weaknesses in fields like networking. …
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Who's the fat kid on the storage see-saw? We think it's All-Flash

Analysis We're in a kind of phoney war right now as all-flash arrays, hybrid arrays and hyper-conveged arrays fight for mind-and wallet-share. The storage world is in stasis whilst customers work out what to do with the onslaught of SAN/filer alternatives coming their way. What are the suppliers doing to cover the various ways customers …
Chris Mellor, 8 May 2015
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Dot Hill sails along with the glass indicating profit set fair

Dot Hill is getting the trade winds behind its sails. The OEM disk array supplier continued its comeback with another quarter showing annual revenue and profits growth as new OEM customers like Teradata and Quantum took its arrays to market. The company reported $61.1 million revenues for its first 2015 quarter, 27 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 8 May 2015
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MAID to order: Inside Facebook's cold-storage data ziggurats

Analysis Facebook is storing old photos in special cold storage halls, Zucky ziggurats housing racks filled with MAID (massive arrays of idle drives) using erasure coding and anti-bitrot scanning to increase storage density and lower power costs while providing faster-than-tape access. Some two billion photos are shared every day on …
Chris Mellor, 7 May 2015

Teradata tumbles off Wall Street pedestal, buys back paper

Big data and data warehouse shop Teradata has fallen from Wall Street grace with a Q1 revenue and profits miss. First quarter 2015 revenues of $582 million were 7.3 per cent down on the year-ago quarter's $628 million. The $22 million net income was 63 per cent less than the $59 million recorded a year ago. In the prior quarter …
Chris Mellor, 7 May 2015

Flash banishes the spectre of the unrecoverable data error

Those who follow storage developments know that there are concerns about the viability of RAID systems. Rebuild times are so long that the chances of an unrecoverable read error (URE) occurring are dangerously high. What is true for traditional disk, however, is not necessarily true for flash. Now that traditional magnetic …
Trevor Pott, 7 May 2015
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Barracuda: It's like the IKEA of backup and security

Comment Barracuda, the backup, file copy and security supplier, has a laser-like focus on the mid-market and aims to offer Walmart pricing with Nordstrom quality and features (that's IKEA pricing with Heal's quality for UK readers). It's not a bleeding edge company, aiming instead to move into a market when best-of-breed products have …
Chris Mellor, 7 May 2015

Cash-happy Quantum is poised to enter the HPC market

Quantum's confirmed fourth quarter and full fiscal 2015 results were better than the prelim numbers, with full year net income the highest in more than five years, and it's aiming to move into high-performance computing storage. Q4 revenues were $147.8m (the preliminary figure was $145m) with net income of $12.9m (prelim: $12m …
Chris Mellor, 7 May 2015
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CommVault struggles to get the wheels back on its growth engine

A hard rain's a-gonna continue to fall as CommVault's uphill struggle shows a fourth fiscal 2015 quarter revenues fall. The US sales mix-up is being corrected and the appliance business is growing, but just when they're not wanted foreign currency problems pop-up. Fourth quarter FY2015 revenues were $150.7 million, 4 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 7 May 2015
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Dive! Dive! Dive! Imation submarine barrels down toward rocky seabed

The good ship Imation is like a World War Two submarine facing attack, with the captain yelling out "Dive! Dive! Dive!" - because diving is what all its revenues are doing. First quarter 2015 revenues were $155.4 million, 13 per cent down on the year-ago's $178.9 million, and a staggering 21 per cent down on the preceding …
Chris Mellor, 6 May 2015
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Compellent kicks EqualLogic out of Dell's bottom end: New SCv2000

When Dell acquired EqualLogic and later Compellent, it used the former brand for its low-end storage and the latter for its bigger bit boxen. The company's now booted EqualLogic out of the bottom end with the new entry-level SCv2000, a US$14,000 array that does everything a larger Compellent does, but for less. Dell hasn't yet …
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EMC to open-source ViPR - and lots of other stuff apparently

Surprise, surprise; snake-charmer EMC is open-sourcing its ViPR Controller product. ViPR is software storage controller tech that separates the control and data planes of operation, enabling different data services to be layered onto a set of storage hardware products - such as EMC's own arrays, Vblocks, selected third-party …
Chris Mellor, 5 May 2015
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EMC touts X-brick's hit house: 320TB all-flash cluster and XtremIO v4

EMC World 2015 EMC has doubled the capacity of its XtremIO all-flash array X-bricks – and increased the cluster count taking it up into higher-performing application areas. X-brick raw capacity doubles from 20TB to 40TB while the cluster node limit rises from six to eight, meaning there are 16 N-way active controllers. The previous maximum raw …
Chris Mellor, 4 May 2015

Hyper-convergence? I believe – just not like this

There's a horrible, horrible thing I get asked at least three times a week: "What is hyper-convergence?" This is like an icepick into my soul, because I consult with almost all of the current hyper-convergence vendors in one form or another and the truth is, “hyper-convergence” is a meaningless marketing term as wishy-washy and …
Trevor Pott, 4 May 2015