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Seagate defrags 14% of workforce: 6,500 axed

Seagate is cutting 6,500 staff, or 14 per cent of its 46,000-strong workforce, across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Those losing their jobs will shown the door over the next 12 months; the redundancies will cost the hard drive maker US$164m. These layoffs are on top of the 1,600 heads put at risk at the end …
Chris Williams, 11 Jul 2016
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Backblaze hopes to melt Amazon Glacier customers' hearts

Backblaze has announced its B2 cloud object storage for $0.005/GB/month as an alternative to LTO tape drives. Unlike Amazon’s Glacier tape storage, its disk drive retrieval starts in seconds and takes minutes instead of hours and days, it claims. The first 10GB is free each month and there is no data upload charge. Download …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2016

China really wants to get its hands on Idaho's 3D NAND tech

China is looking to license 3D NAND technology from Micron. Beijing wants to free itself of dependence on US, Korean and Japanese memory technologies by building its own, indigenous capability. A report in Chinese-language publication Commercial Times, referenced by DigiTimes, says Tsinghua Unigroup is allying with Wuhan …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2016
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Samsung deals out microSD-crushing faster fingernail flash cards

Samsung has released a new format fingernail-sized removable flash card that can handle more data faster than microSD cards. The Samsung UFS (Universal Flash Storage) card has 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacity points. This compares to Samsung’s microSD cards which come in 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128GB sizes. The fastest of them, …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2016
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NetApp CEO Kurian: Buying SolidFire was a long-term strategic bet

Interview Chief executives of multi-billion dollar corporations have to have several characteristics, including steel, the ability to see things as they are, and possession of a personal value system that meshes with their corporation’s culture. Some CEOs, when promoted to the top chair after long employment in a corporation, sometimes …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2016
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Tintri 'consolidates' Australian office to Singapore

Storage vendor Tintri has “decided to consolidate APAC operations out of regional headquarters in Singapore”, effectively shuttering the Sydney office from which it served Australia and New Zealand. As archive.org records, Tintri had an office in Sydney as recently as May 7th, 2016. The company's Contact Us page now contains …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jul 2016

Is Pure Storage a solid business or is skepticism justified?

Analysis BTIG analysts attended Pure Storage Live, a customer and partner event, in New York City on Thursday, June 27, and came away thinking Pure is the real deal and not another ultimately doomed storage wannabe. Their note points out that: "The market continues to be extremely skeptical that the differentiation is sustainable; it …
Chris Mellor, 8 Jul 2016
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Barracuda picks teeth after chowing down on cloud market

Revenues grew 11 per cent year-over-year to $86.7m in Barracuda’s first fiscal 2017 quarter, confirming its return to growth. Net income was $2.8m. Recurring subscription revenue grew to $65.3m, up 20 per cent from $54.3m in the year-ago quarter and 75 per cent of total revenue. Appliance revenue though, was down, at $21.3m, …
Chris Mellor, 8 Jul 2016
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Apeiron claims NVMe fabric speed without NVMe over fabrics - but how?

Backgrounder Apeiron Data Systems' external ADS1000 array uses NVMe media to deliver block storage access using NVMe over Ethernet (NOE) but not NVMe over fabric technology, (NVMeF) which can use Ethernet. How does this subtle distinction work and what is the difference between NOE and NVMeF? NVMeF is a way of using the NVMe protocol, …
Chris Mellor, 8 Jul 2016

EMC will hawk Dell's Nutanix-powered XC kit

Exclusive VCE president Chad Sakac has confirmed EMC will pick up Dell's Nutanix-powered XC hyper-converged system, even though EMC's own VxRail hyper-converged system sales are "on fire." VCE is EMC's Converged Platform Division, and – lest we forget – EMC is going to be gobbled up by Dell, which flogs Nutanix-powered XC gear. If that …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jul 2016
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Capacity limits are utter tosh: Toshiba fattens SSD, disk with flash layers, helium

Analysis Toshiba is looking to boosted flash and disk capacities to grow storage revenues and help returned the troubled company to growth. In a July 6 in-house presentation investor relations briefing by Yasuo Naruke, President and CEO of Toshiba’s Storage and Electronic Devices Solutions Company, information was revealed …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jul 2016

Three years in: Can Kurian heal sickly NetApp's woes?

Profile After three years of flat and declining revenues, NetApp needs to regain its mojo and George Kurian is the CEO tasked with doing just that. Kurian, a year into his CEO role, is running NetApp at a time when this external array company par excellence is facing numerous threats: rampant all-flash array competition, hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jul 2016
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Just the facts, STT-MRAM: Your DRAM replacement's on its way

Spin Transfer-Torque Magnetic RAM (STT-MRAM) is a future DRAM replacement candidate. It uses one of two different spin directions of electrons to signal a binary one or zero. IBM and Samsung scientists have published an IEEE paper* demonstrating switching MRAM cells for 655 devices with diameters ranging from 50 down to 11 …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jul 2016
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OSNEXUS: Storage upstart that funded itself before gaining angel wings

Take one ambitious Citrix engineering director who wanted to start his own storage company, sprinkle in $2m of angel funding and seven years later you find a IBM SoftLayer-blessed 20-person startup competing with DataCore. Nexenta and $100m+ funding, and other VC-backed software-defined storage vendors. How did that happen? …
Chris Mellor, 6 Jul 2016
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Etch a stretch: 3D NAND layer cake flop leads to 'string stacking'

Backgrounder Adding 3D NAND layers is butting up against aspect ratio limitations in the chip production process, which will limit the number of layers. String stacking is a technology that could provide an escape from this aspect ratio trap. Samsung is shipping 48-layer 3D NAND, its third generation product; that’s the equivalent of 48 …
Chris Mellor, 6 Jul 2016
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Nutanix gobbling Pernix – why not?

Comment Rumour has it Nutanix is talking to Pernix Data about a possible acquisition. It could be a good thing for Nutanix and, of course, its customers. All DCs are brown fields If Nutanix's masterplan is to become the management platform for any data centre, it has to expand its product line. It is already at it, as I wrote a few …
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One container to rule them all? No. Um, a plastic box* refresher

Analysis Containers are the cool toy meaning two things: new technology and hype. At heart, containers are simple: group the minimum set of files needed to run a particular program into a single directory tree, then run it with some kind of isolation mechanism, so that as far as that process is concerned, it's the only thing on the …
Liam Proven, 5 Jul 2016

The future is complicated - can technology make it simple?

PROMO Does the world looks a little more complicated today than it did yesterday? You might not be able to stop change, but you can work harder at making it work for you. That’s why you’ll be pleased to know that HPE is bringing together academics, practitioners and industry experts at its Accelerating Simplicity event in Berlin to …
David Gordon, 4 Jul 2016

Sources: Nutanix poised to gobble PernixData

Exclusive Four independent sources say hyper-converged poster child Nutanix is buying hypervisor flash-cacher PernixData, thus gaining crucial technology to speed up its appliances. A Nutanix spokesman told us: "No comment." A PernixData spokesperson added: "We are not commenting at this time." A PernixData insider told The Register: " …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jul 2016
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StoreServ's ASIC architect must have one heckuva crystal ball

StoreServ arrays use special hardware, an ASIC, to accelerate storage array operations, and this is redesigned for each major generation of the arrays. The current design is generation 5. Siamak Nazari is an HPE fellow and StoreServ architect, and is heavily involved in the design of the forthcoming gen 6 ASIC. An ASIC design …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jul 2016

IBM storage has a new boss: The same one it had six years ago

IBM has a new storage boss, Ed Walsh, Storage Division General Manager, replacing interim GM Greg Lotko who keeps his VP development slot in the unit. Walsh had been CEO and president of copy data management company Catalogic since July 2014. He joined Big Blue for the first time in 2010 when it bought Storwize, a storage …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jul 2016
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Amazon twangs its Elastic File System at on-premises filer rivals

Amazon has made its Elastic File System (EFS) available, opening up an assault on on-premises filers. EFS was first announced at the AWS summit in April last year with a preview coming later that year. It’s now available as a fully-managed service. Customers can make a few click choices in the AWS Management Console to have …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2016
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Oh, Red Hat. Contain yourself and your 'new innovations' talk

Red Hat Summit Red Hat is going full tilt after bringing containers and traditional Linux apps together under its management with a raft of announcements. The company has launched: A Linux container operating system via Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host. Red Hat OpenShift container development and …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2016
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Permabit offers deduplication to Linux masses – almost

Permabit has moved beyond OEMs, making the latest release of its dedupe technology available as a Linux software package so that ISVs, professional services folks and systems integrators in its Hybrid Cloud Professional Services partners programme can use it. Previously it was available to OEMs in Albireo (dedupe) and Virtual …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2016
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Single silo in the cloud, looking to mingle: Axcient takes on Cohesity, Actifio

DR-as-a-Service supplier Axcient has extended its offering to provide a single silo in the cloud for five secondary storage workloads, taking on vendors such as Cohesity and Actifio. Axcient CEO Justin Moore said: “Axcient Fusion [replaces] all non-production IT infrastructure with one elastic, cloud-converged platform. ... we …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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WDC's SanDisk flashes its vSphere speed-up creds to world+dog

Western Digital Corporation’s SanDisk unit has VAIO-compliant flash caching software and hardware for vSphere servers. This announcement represents WDC inheriting a two year SanDisk-VMware partnership to make use of SanDisk’s acquired FusionIO PCIe flash hardware and software. There are two products: FlashSoft 4 software for …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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Pure Storage’s FlashBlade is great on paper. But it's still only on paper

I'm not very fond of proprietary hardware. But, as I wrote in March when I saw it for the first time, Pure Storage's FlashBlade seems to demonstrate that Pure has all the attributes to become a primary storage vendor and compete on equal terms against the usual suspects. No longer a startup Pure Storage is demonstrating to …
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Never-never chip tech Memristor shuffles closer to death row

Comment Martin Fink’s HPE Labs has been dangling the Memristor in front of us for years. With Fink retiring and HPE Labs losing its independence, becoming part of Antonio Neri’s Enterprise Group, inventing far out blue sky stuff will likely shift to devising technologies that can be realistically productised. The Memristor cannot. The …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016

Another container-sized nugget: Scality S3 server joins nice and small party

Scality has announced a new S3 server, so small that it can run in a container. By doing so, it has joined a few others, like Minio and OpenIO, in providing a new tool for developers as well as opening new, interesting and unconventional applications for object storage deployments. This is an open source project which is also …
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All right, pet? Getting owlish about Hedvig

Comment Trying to position Hedvig's software-defined storage in a market function way is next to impossible as the software is so flexible. And that could be a brilliant position for Hedvig to be in. The startup's distributed storage platform can provide storage for traditional workloads, new-style containerised workloads, hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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Hyperconverger Springpath pivots to OEM channel. Yes, we said pivots. What of it?

Hyperconverged software startup Springpath is on a Cisco express hurtling to assault the market and bring UCS server-based HyperFlex systems to prominence. Springpath CEO Terry Cunningham joined in May 2015, coming from running EVault, the cloud backup service unit of Seagate, which Seagate folded back into its own …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2016
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Three men and a container engine: Let's commoditise this baby

Backgrounder Portworx Enterprise hits general availability in July to provide containerised storage for containers. The software runs on commodity servers, captures and aggregates their storage into a virtual SAN providing scale-out block storage, then provides storage for containers, at container granularity, and with a global namespace. …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2016
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NVMe SSDs tormented for months in some kind of sick review game

Review NVM Express (NVMe) is the next generation specification for accessing non-volatile memory such as flash. Traditional technologies such as SAS and SATA are just too slow. In order to demonstrate how much of a difference NVMe makes, Micron has provided 12 9100 NVMe flash drives, 800GB each in the HHHL (standard PCIe card) format …
Trevor Pott, 27 Jun 2016
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NVMe fabric array flasher gets top Tosh flash

Toshiba has quietly made 1.6TB and 3.2TB dual-port ZD6000 NVMe SSDs available to OEMs, and we know this because Apeiron says it has certified them. Apeiron is a startup building an all-flash array linking to hosts across NVMe-over-fabric links. The idea is to use NVMe end-to-end with RDMA over Ethernet used to move data faster …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2016
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SPC says up yours to DataCore

The 1,510,090.52 IOPS DataCore Parallel Server single node result in March this year was the fourth highest SPC-1 reading, and has now been withdrawn. After someone, possibly a competitor, went over the results with a microscope they noticed there was no UPS. While its presence or absence wouldn't affect the IOPS result, it …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2016
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Brit startup adds intelligent search to Amazon storage

A UK cloud storage provider can backup documents, audio and video files to give you real-time access to your files using content-based search as well as video and image streaming. Zoolz is the company and Zoolz Intelligent is its developing cloud product. This will be provided alongside the existing Zoolz Home and Zoolz …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2016
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No software changes needed to use E8's screaming fast arrays

Backgrounder If hero numbers are what you want then E8 Storage's 2U box filled with 24 NVMe SSDS can provide them; 10 million 4KB IOPS using RDMA over an Ethernet fabric connecting up to 100 servers. The company provided more information about the product to an IT Press Tour in Silicon Valley, with CEO and cofounder Zivan Ori and product …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2016
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Are DataCore's SPC benchmarks unfair?

Storage Architect DataCore has been active over recent months with benchmarks based on their new SANsymphony Parallel Server offering. The most recent of these claims 5.1 million SPC-1 IOPS at $0.08/SPC-1 IOPS and 0.32 millisecond response time. Other vendors are crying foul on these results, claiming they don't represent a true test because …
Chris Evans, 23 Jun 2016
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Pull on your branded rival T-shirt, it's time to party with Nutanix

Here I am sitting at a bar at 4:50am (jet lag is my friend) after the Nutanix's annual event, .NEXT. I’m attending the event with a backpack I received at PureAccelerate (rival Pure Storage's event). I’m not carrying it with me because I want to publicize Pure, I actually love it because it is a sturdy bag and solves my day-to …

Ho hum, yet another storage startup. But, but, we're objectively different, yell newbies

Comment Lately I've been worried about the lack of differentiation in the storage startup ecosystem, but two newbies have made me think again. If you look at the container ecosystem, storage startups are popping up like mushrooms but most of them look very much alike. Yet, on the contrary, NooBaa and Iguaz.io have the most interesting …

Grappling with the future? Sometimes the answer is simpler than you think

PROMO The future is complicated, with a myriad of platforms and solutions promising to help you deal with disruption in any industry you choose to name. Faced with that degree of complexity sometimes the best response is the simplest – sit still, listen, then think before acting. That’s why, to mark the launch of its Hyper Converged …
David Gordon, 23 Jun 2016
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Considerate CTERA comes running to tell us of a Nasuni outage

A CTERA spokesperson kindly got in touch to tell us cloud storage gateway Nasuni's customers had an outage last week. Nasuni says you have to be a real service provider to have an outage. CTERA's spokesperson said: "Last week, enterprise storage company Nasuni, suffered a multi-day outage. This resulted in customers with no …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2016