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Tegile founder: Will we IPO? Yes. And we're NOT another NetApp

Comment As a part of his CEO series, Willem ter Harmsel interviews CEOs of innovative companies in the fields of storage, virtualisation and networking. Tegile Systems was founded in 2009 and offers a range of hybrid storage arrays, labelled as Zebi arrays. Its top model can be configured as a 100 per cent all-flash array, while keeping …

Floating mutant, hidden profit: Nimble reveals first post-IPO results

Mutant flash-disk arrays are apparently continuing to disrupt the storage market, judging by hybrid array-slinger Nimble Storage's business in the period to the end of January this year. It recently revealed both the quarter which included its IPO and its full year results. Hybrid arrays juice cheap disk capacity with a dash of …
Chris Mellor, 4 Mar 2014
Violin Memory 3200 Memory Array

Violin Memory gets flash new marketeer... from EMC of all places

There's faith for you: an EMC marketing veep, Eric Herzog, has jumped ship to join recovering/struggling flash array Violin Memory as its chief marketing officer. Herzog reports to brand shining new CEO Kevin DeNuccio, who is reshaping the company after a tumultuous period which included the ousting of CEO Don Basile, what's …
Chris Mellor, 4 Mar 2014
Gemini X-series

Hey, Nimbus Data. What you doin' with those 4TB flash slabs? Making a 96TB box? We KNEW it!

Nimbus Data has announced a 10-node clustered all-flash array that can store up to 96TB in a single box. The Gemini X-series all-flash arrays build on the current Gemini F-series arrays, which come in F610/F620 variants with 56/40/20 Gbit/s InfiniBand and 40/10/1 Gbit/s Ethernet, and the F410/F420 which lack InfiniBand and use …
Chris Mellor, 4 Mar 2014
Darren Thomas in Top Gun jacket

Dell storage vet Darren Thomas mosies into Micron

Ex-Dell top storage gun Darren Thomas has joined Micron to run its storage business unit. Thomas was VP enterprise storage at Dell but resigned in December 2012. He now becomes the Storage business unit VP at Micron, looking after disk drive-replacing SSDs and "enterprise-class storage solutions." Darren Thomas in Top Gun …
Chris Mellor, 4 Mar 2014
Intel 730 SSD

We test Intel's 730 480GB SSD Skulltrail scorcher

Review While Crucial and Samsung have been making waves in the consumer SSD market with their affordable – well, kind of affordable – 1TB drives, there has been a noticeable silence from one of the giants in the consumer space – Intel. Intel 730 SSD Intel 730 SSD complete with the Skulltrail logo found on its gaming-centric …
Simon Crisp, 3 Mar 2014
HGSTS's C15K600

In spinning rust we TRUST: HGST slips out screamingly fast ... HDD

Western Digital sub HGST has decided there's life in small fast pure spinning disks yet, and launched a 600GB, 15,000 rpm drive for enterprise data centres: the Ultrastar C15K600. Is this the last hurrah of the fast and pure disk drive? This is not a hybrid drive, one with a slug of caching flash, such as is used by Seagate's …
Chris Mellor, 3 Mar 2014
cloud

AVG killing LiveKive cloud storage service

Mere weeks after pulling the pin on its Crossloop remote access service, AVG has let users of its LiveKive cloud storage service know that it is destined for the Knacker's yard too. LiveKive launched in 2011 offering a sync 'n' share service with a small twist: the free 5GB plan was a 30-day trial and there was an unlimited tier …

Toshiba floats enterprise cloud storage-as-a-service

Toshiba has entered the cloud storage game with a new enterprise-grade service designed to deliver SAN and NAS capabilities to cloud provider customers. The Toshiba Cloud Storage Array Service is being rolled out from March 1 with a focus on Quality of Service, even for huge data volumes. It’s based on the Virtual Private …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Feb 2014
A3CUBE's RONNIEE scheme

A3CUBE HPC boffins: They've uncloaked. Now what?

Comment A3CUBE, which came out of stealth on Monday, is the latest firm to gamble on in-memory networking, in its case using PCIe to create a very fast network with nanosecond latency between nodes. Last week I had the chance to briefly speak with both the CEO Antonella Rubicco and CTO Emilio Billi, who ran me through the concepts. …
Dropbox IOS

Dropbox erects sueball shield with new T&C and privacy legalese

Grumpy with Dropbox? Forget sueing the company, which is trying to keep you from your lawyers with its new Terms of Service document effective as of March 24th, 2014. Dropbox has been progressively notifying its customers of its new rules over recent days. Your correspondent received an email yesterday, but legal blog Lawyerist …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2014
WD Purple surveillance HDD

Surveillance, that's a hot topic right now. We'll make some disk drives for that – WD, Seagate

Not so long ago, Apple went through a list of big cats to name its OS X releases and it seems that WD is doing the same with a box of crayons. So far we’ve had WD Black (flash-disk hybrid), Green (eco-friendly), Blue (desktop-friendly) and Red (NAS-friendly). The spectrum is widening though, as WD announced its Purple range of 3 …
Bob Dormon, 26 Feb 2014
Higher Education and Further Education

NetApp to appear in Australian TAFE, Uni courses

NetApp stands upon the threshold of long-held ambition: having its view of storage taught in Australian tertiary institutions. The company expressed an interest in doing so in 2011, when your correspondent worked for another outlet and heard NetApp's-then-Australian-MD Peter O'Connor (late of Nimble Storage) express a desire to …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2014
Suresh Vasudevan

I'd rather hire lesser but 'agreeable' bod than arrogant rocket scientist

As a part of a CEO series, Willem ter Harmsel interviews CEOs of innovative companies in the fields of storage, virtualisation and networking. Nimble Storage was founded in 2008, offering a hybrid storage model that works both with magnetic disk and flash storage. They have been very successful and issued an IPO very …

Just how much bang does a FAS8040 box give you for 500,000 bucks

Blocks and Files A just-announced two-node NetApp FAS8040 cluster scored 86,072.33 IOPS [PDF] on the SPC-1 random I/O storage benchmark, with linear scale-out extrapolation suggesting it could do better than the FAS6240's performance. The list price for the system was a smidgen below half a million bucks at $495,652.43, giving a list price/ …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2014
Stradivarius violin reproduction

Violin Memory axes 100 staff, mulls fate of PCIe flash card biz

Violin Memory is laying off staff and hopes to sell its PCIe flash card business as new-broom CEO Kevin DeNuccio tries to get the storage biz profitable. DeNuccio is dismantling the excesses of the Basile era of Violin Memory and retrenching and refocussing the business on its core market: all-flash arrays. The strategic …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2014
Enterprise Turbo SSHD

Seagate's LaCie touts a 25TB (not a typo) box o' disks for your DESK

Seagate subsidiary LaCie has launched a set of external storage boxes using a 5TB Seagate hard drive – even though disk maker Seagate hasn’t officially launched a 5TB part. So far only Toshiba has officially announced a 5TB drive and that was only a few days ago. Tosh’s 5TB disk is for internal use rather than external drive …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2014
The Hulk

Huawei's TOP MUTANT smashes aside puny SPC-1 contenders

Huawei has crushed the SPC-1 benchmark lists for hybrid SDD-HDD arrays with its OceanStor 18800 delivering over a million IOPS. SPC-1 benchmarks are used to test the random I/O performance of a storage array, and Kaminario claims the top two spots with all flash and all-DRAM K2 arrays. Huawei’s hot box delivered 1.005,893.43 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2014
Kinetic Terascale

EVault hints it might snuggle up with daddy Seagate's Kinetic drives

Data backup biz EVault is implying it could start using parent Seagate’s Kinetic, Ethernet-addressed disk drives in its cloud archival service. The company is joining the Entertainment Storage Alliance and Amar Kapadia, its senior director of Open Cloud Strategy, will present on “recent advances in enterprise storage” at a 26 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2014
Netapp

NetApp, tuck yourself in – your mid-range is showing: New FAS8000 on sale, ONTAP updated

As expected NetApp has launched its FAS8000 mid-range array, a point ONTAP software release, and FlexArray virtualization software. The FAS8000 is a scale-out design with 24-node clusters and hybrid cloud deployments in mind. It has V-series functionality, which virtualizes third-party arrays via a NetApp head unit, included as …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014
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Archive biz Crossroads lobs sueball at Cisco, NetApp and Quantum

Crossroads Systems Inc, a data archive solutions biz, is suing Cisco, NetApp and Quantum for allegedly using its patented technology in their storage products. The Crossroads lawsuit alleges infringement of U.S. Patents 6,425,035 and 7,934,04, part of Crossroads' '972 Patent Family. Crossroads wants monetary damages and an …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014
Broadcom NetExtreme II adapter

QLogic grabs Broadcom Ethernet assets

QLogic has signed a deal with Broadcom to buy some Ethernet assets and license its Fibre Channel IP. The converged network controller maker is spending $147m in cash to buy: some 10/40/100Gbit Ethernet controller-related assets and non-exclusive licences to certain intellectual property relating primarily to Broadcom’s …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014

FalconStor preens its feathers as turnaround gathers speed

Virtualisation outfit FalconStor is starting to move on the product front again, and is combining its VTL (Virtual tape library) and FDS dedupe product into a single offering, claiming 50 per cent cost-savings. The FDS (File-interface Deduplication System) offers post-processing and/or concurrent block-level deduplication with a …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014
Primary Data home page

Fusion-io founders' stealthy startup: We uncloak THIS YEAR... but don't expect product

Primary Data, the stealthy storage virtualisation startup set up Fusion-io's founders, has scored more cash and says it will come out of stealth later this year. After resigning from Fusion-io, CEO David Flynn and marketing head Rick White set up Primary Data and received $50m of B-round funding in October last year. There are …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014
Stonehenge from the north east

VMware embiggens VSAN to petabyte scale

VMware has started to dribble out details of a launch party for its virtual storage area network (SAN), and it looks like the product is going to be rather more capable than was first imagined. Virtzilla let the world get a glimpse of VSAN for the first time at VMworld 2013, when it revealed it as a “proper” SAN rather than the …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Feb 2014
Borg

HDS inks deal with Symantec: Plans to borg archive tech for DO-IT-ALL product set

Hitachi Data Services has extended a deal with Symantec to OEM its NetBackup and Enterprise Vault software so it can supply a single storage array, server, data protection and archiving software product set. Symantec's Brett Simon, VP for global system integrators and partners, said: “This agreement extends our partnership, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2014
Nutanix cloud appliance exploded view

Would you put a Virtual SAN in a brownfield? Or a minefield?

Sysadmin Blog In my previous article I looked at the various virtual SANs on the market. In this article, I'm going to take a look at the issues they face trying to get customers to migrate from existing storage solutions. Brownfield conversion strategies are an issue for all players. If your goal is to get rid of SANs by distributing storage …
Trevor Pott, 18 Feb 2014

Ignore the pie-in-the-sky storage roadmaps. This is what's REALLY afoot

Storagebod Roadmap! Roadmap! Bring out your roadmaps... I’ve now seen roadmaps going way off into the future and it is a pain. As soon as I start speculating about the future of storage, people seem to get very worried about breach of NDAs. But some general themes are beginning to appear. 1) Traditional RAID5 and RAID6 data protection …
StorageBod, 18 Feb 2014
Diablo Technologies

Diablo boss on IP lawsuit: We are NOT 'engaging in a public pissing match'

Blog Tech startup blogger Willem ter Harmsel spoke with Memory Channel Storage maker Diablo Technologies' Riccardo Badalone yesterday. He updated us on the current state of affairs at Diablo, including the Netlist IP lawsuit and its newly formed links with Sandisk and IBM. Last time we spoke, Badalone hinted at a few great …
Infinidat Web Page

Infinidat quietly files THIRTY-NINE patents. Let's take a closer look

A secretive Israeli startup staffed by ex-XIV people is filing patents like there’s no tomorrow. Infinidat is all about object storage for big data, and has EMC Symmetrix inventor and XIV founder Moshe Yanai on its board. The company, whose technology has been described as "XIV done right", has an IZBox G300 filer (NAS) it is …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2014
Chinese Angry Bird toy rip-off

Oh, so you've founded a disruptive storage upstart? Do tell me more

So you’ve founded a new storage business. You’ve got a great idea and you want to disrupt the market. Good for you. But you want to maintain the same old margins as the old crew? Where do we start... So you build your startup around commodity hardware, using the same gear I can buy off the shelf from PC World or order from my …
StorageBod, 17 Feb 2014
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NetApp FlashRay's OS is 'based on SANtricity' – analyst

A financial analyst suggests that NetApp's coming FlashRay all-flash array will not have a ground-up design operating system but will use the existing SANtricity O/S found in NetApp's EF540 and EF550 flash arrays. NetApp says he's completely wrong. FlashRay is a completely new all-flash design from NetApp designed to compete …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2014
WD My Cloud EX4 NAS box

WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

Review WD is on a mission to make using NAS as easy as possible for consumers to use, from setting a unit up to accessing it remotely via a personal cloud. It’s not exactly a new mission, yet it has gained momentum since the company introduced its popular single bay My Cloud range. Now to get over the limitations of using just a single …
Simon Crisp, 13 Feb 2014
Ultrastar He6

Million-dollar new disk tech could be USELESS for array vendors

Blocks and Files We've seen a lot of innovation in disk drive technology over the past year or so, tech into which millions of dollars of R&D as well as large amounts of time and effort have been poured. But from where we're standing at the beginning of 2014, it may ultimately be totally useless for storage array vendors. I'm thinking of …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2014

NetApp FAS array BIZ BEAST to fly out in under a fortnight

We hear from a source within the NetApp community that 19 February is the day the brand spanking new FAS8000 array pokes its head out into the open. Still no details on the config: even NetApp customers checking a field portal, something we Vultures don’t have access too, apparently get told the info is embargo’d to 19 February …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2014

Fusion-io tinkers in lab, unleashes fresh wave of MUTANT FREAKS

PCIe flash card supplier Fusion-io has launched an all-flash array and a hybrid flash/disk array for its channel partners to sell. These two appliances are essential server/controllers running Fusion-io software with their innards stuffed full of Fusion’s PCIe flash cards, plus disks in the hybrid appliance product. The company …
Chris Mellor, 7 Feb 2014

Dimension Data launches backup-as-a-service service

There's a new backup-as-a-service player in town, in the form of South African services outfit Dimension Data. DiData has, like a few other large service providers, quietly created a cloud that offers most of the same elasticity as the big-name public clouds but is sold as part of engagements that run far deeper than the …
Cloud Storage arrays

Just how solid is cloud storage in 2014

Searching the Reg' for "Cloud + Storage" mentions in 2013 gets you 44 pages of results. So let's take it as read that it's a hot topic. We're not bothering with private clouds here; they're enterprise IT re-branded, re-tooled and re-priced but they are still private enterprise IT resources. No, it's the public cloud, accessed …
Chris Mellor, 6 Feb 2014
hitahi t7k500 hard disk drive

Sputtering storage space portends poorly for PCs

With sales of most hard drives down, the much-anticipated rebound of the PC market looks to remain on hold for the moment. Research firm IHS is reporting that shipments of storage drives for use in PCs fell over the course of the year with hard disk drives and optical drives continuing to fade while solid-state drive shipments …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Feb 2014
Implementing SDN - difficult choices

NetApp lets virtual swingers swap hypervisor with no guilt

NetApp is starting to make a bit of noise about Project Shift, a tool that makes it possible to take a virtual machine running under one hypervisor and shift it to another. Project Shift can pull off that trick because a tool to convert VMware's VMDK virtual disk format to Microsoft's VHDX virtual disk format is a part of Data …
Open-mouthed Burmese python

EMC's ViPR coils itself ever tighter around firm's storage arrays

EMC is submerging its storage arrays under a layer of software, providing control and data access personalities above and beyond its own physical storage arrays, third-party arrays and commodity hardware. The ViPR data plane and control plane software product is being extended. So too is EMC’s SRM (Storage Resource Management) …
Chris Mellor, 4 Feb 2014
Duracell Instant Charger

Duracell powers into cloud storage market

The Gillette Company was famously founded on the idea that by giving away razors, but charging for new blades, you can milk customers forever. What then to make of a new Gillette venture, Duracell Cloud Storage? Yes, you read that right: the battery-maker (and Gillette subsidiary) Duracell now does cloud storage. And does it at …