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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
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Seagate sales droop: It was a nearline miss, says CEO

Something is still amiss with disks, but not PCs this time: Seagate warns that its latest quarter’s revenues will be 23 per cent less than a year ago, continuing the revenue slide seen in the previous quarter, blamed on low PC sales. For its first fiscal 2016 quarter, which finished on 2 October, Seagate expects revenues of …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015
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EMC-Dell dynamic duo: Mike's my ‘brother from another mother’ – Tucci

EMC/Dell deal Michael Dell has named one Dell exec – Rory Read – and one EMC exec – Howard Elias – to oversee deduplication of the two companies’ product lines. “Rory’s new job is he’s going to lead integration for the Dell side, reporting to me," said Michael Dell, in response to a question from the floor during an all-hands meeting to …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015

Dell-EMC merger could leave Lenovo out in the cold – analysts

+Comment Head PC seller and x86 server shifter Lenovo has a storage reselling deal with EMC which could well be toast with Dell’s takeover of EMC, according to analysts. Lenovo’s storage product lines include: PX2-300D and PX4-400D NVR video surveillance arrays, basically RAID-protected filers with Atom-powered processors and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015

EMC traditional storage decline accelerating

Revenues for EMC’s traditional storage products are declining faster and faster as enterprises prefer converged/hyper-converged and cloud alternatives. Analysis of EMC’s preliminary third quarter results by Stifel MD Aaron Rakers shows accelerating year-on-year declines in EMC’s traditional storage products, including VMAX, …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015

Pure next in line to put boot into Dell

It would seem smaller scale storage outfit Pure is next in line – following IBM's CEO Ginni Rometty and HP's Meg Whitman – to give Dell a kicking over its $67bn (£44bn) EMC deal. In a blog post Scott Dietzen, chief executive of Pure, said the transaction "comes out of weakness, not strength". He said: "Dell has been exposed …
Kat Hall, 14 Oct 2015
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Violin adds Pure sales heft to bow with strings of new senior folk

In what almost looks like a tit-for-tat exercise, Violin Memory has gone and raided Pure Storage’s sales exec cupboard to recruit Carlo Wolf as VP sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Wolf was formerly regional director of central Europe for Pure Storage, which has just IPO’d. Ironically, Violin’s former VP EMEA, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2015

Big Blue’s big storage iron gets bigger: DS8880 array uncloaked

IBM has a new high-end array, the DS8880, sporting a faster processing complex which can double sequential data access speed1 over the previous (DS8870) generation through new Power8 controllers. The DS8000 arrays are at the absolute top end of the monolithic storage array tree, and are on the same general level as EMC’s VMAX …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2015

NetApp flexes all-flash array, flashes Flexpod revenues

NetApp, the soon-to-be undisputed leading stand-alone storage company, has announced all-flash array guarantees nicely timed to resonate with the uncertainties now affecting EMC and Dell storage array products. It is said that, compared to enterprise database applications running on traditional non-flash, disk-based systems, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2015

On its way: A Google-free, NSA-free IT infrastructure for Europe

Analysis This really wasn’t in the script. All conquering, “disruptive” Silicon Valley companies were more powerful than any nation state, we were told, and governments and nations would submit to their norms. But now the dam that Max Schrems cracked last week has burst open as European companies seek to nail down local alternatives to …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Oct 2015

Overcoming objections: Objects in storage the object of the exercise

Storagebod My friend Enrico Signoretti is a massive fan of object storage, whereas for a long time I’ve had the reputation of being somewhat sceptical. I've felt for a long time that the whole thing has been more than a little overhyped, with the hype beginning with EMC’s Atmos launch, and continuing from there. The problem with object …
StorageBod, 14 Oct 2015

SanDisk 'explores' sale, WD and Micron prick up ears - report

SanDisk has hired a bank to explore selling itself, according to reports citing confidential sources. Western Digital (WD) and Micron are said to be interested, Bloomberg has claimed. SanDisk was rumoured to be an acquisition target last month, with WD in the frame. With Dell bidding US$67.1 billion for EMC, perhaps the tech …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2015
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Could Scality gain scale from IBM buying Cleversafe?

Interview With IBM buying Cleversafe, one of the two leading object storage startups, and the other being Scality, we asked Scality CEO Jerome Lecat half a dozen questions about the potential impact of this acquisition. El Reg Does this imply that the shared storage model (Spectrum Scale aka GPFS) for hyper-scale storage is not …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2015

I have one thing to say to MacBook users at EMC: Whoops

EMC/Dell deal Here are a few of my thoughts on Dell's announcement that it plans to buy EMC. 1. In a world where IT companies have been busy splitting themselves up – think HP, Symantec, IBM all divesting from server business – it seems a brave move to build a new IT behemoth. 2. However, some of the restructuring already announced hints …
StorageBod, 13 Oct 2015
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EMC+Dell: Firm made a $2bn bed-hopping proposal

EMC-Dell deal Not content with its $67bn (£44bn) offer from Dell, EMC has said it will pay the firm a $2bn (£1.5bn) "break fee" if it receives a "superior offer" before the deal is officially "consummated." On Tuesday the company said, in a statement uploaded to the Securities and Exchange Commission's website, that its agreement to be …
Kat Hall, 13 Oct 2015
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EMC: We know this much is True, our rebate deal is 'illegal' in the EU

Canalys Channels Forum The cash cannon EMC fired at channel partners in the US who vowed to transact the lion's share – if not all – of their storage business with the vendor will not cross the pond, in its current form at least. The True rebate programme was pushed out at this summer’s EMC World in Las Vegas, and was intended to be a staggered …
Paul Kunert, 13 Oct 2015

What next for the DellEMC behemoth as sales slowdown looms?

Comment Michael Dell gets EMC in the bag, short of any go-shop competition, and the dust is settling ... revealing massive product overlaps and potential winners and losers amongst them. Front and centre must be Dell’s two SAN arrays, the SC (Compellent) and PS (EqualLogic) products, facing EMC's popular VNX unified file and block …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2015

The incredible IT hulk: Dell + EMC - did someone say 'synergy'?

EMC/Dell deal - Analysis So, Dell and EMC have signed a definitive agreement for Dell to buy EMC and maintain VMware as a publicly traded company. Essentially EMC goes private as part of Dell and Elliott Management gets the payoff it wanted. The big eight IT suppliers: Cisco, Dell, Oracle, EMC, HDS, HP, IBM and NetApp, have consolidated to seven with …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2015

Mirantis and NetApp cement alliance with OpenStack handshake

NetApp and Mirantis are partnering for, and producing, an OpenStack reference architecture so that clustered ONTAP can run with the free, open-source software platform, according to information on the Mirantis website. Mirantis is the OpenStack cloud computing software platform cheerleader, and received $100m in funding in …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2015

SanDisk, HP take on Micron and Intel’s faster-than-flash XPoint

+Comment HP and SanDisk are joining forces to combat the Intel/Micron 3D XPoint memory threat, and developing their own Storage-Class Memory (SCM) technology. SCM is persistent memory that runs at DRAM or near-DRAM speed but is less costly, enabling in-memory computing without any overhead of writing to slower persistent data storage …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2015
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Micron pulls up its flash SOCs, slurps up Tidal

The Non-Volatile Memory Express technology wave is rising and Micron has bought Tidal Systems, an early stage NVMe PCIe controller developer. Tidal Systems, which is developing system-on-chip (SOC) controllers for flash, was founded in 2013 by CEO Mike Lee and Dr Cody Wu, an former distinguished engineer at SandForce, the SSD …
Chris Mellor, 9 Oct 2015

Oracle ZFS appliance sales hit $1 billion

Oracle blogs it’s sold more than a billion dollars’ worth of its ZFS appliance, with almost 15,000 systems installed by more than 5,000 customers. It is “currently one of the fastest growing products within the Oracle Server and Storage Systems business unit.” Sounds impressive, particularly with EMC saying it has sold a …
Chris Mellor, 9 Oct 2015

Dell hooking up with EMC and going public again? Come off it

EMC/Dell deal The rumour mill about a Dell-EMC deal is going hyper, with a $51bn takeover by Dell being mentioned. Is Elliott Management holding a gun to EMC's head? EMC is trying to come up with a shareholder value-unlocking deal under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management, which says EMC investors would be better off if …
Chris Mellor, 9 Oct 2015
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Exagrid, Simplivity and Zadara: Storage slowdown? Not for us

Comment Three storage startups claim they are still experiencing strong growth, even while mainstream vendors' revenue expansion remains disappointing. And the reason? Well, if you asked these three, it could be as simple as better or more efficient technology. Exagrid, the deduping backup-to-disk supplier, claims it has just …
Chris Mellor, 9 Oct 2015
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The do-it-all storage giant is dying: Clouds loom over on-prem IT

Comment The days of the massive standalone storage company are coming to a close, as the public cloud and myriad storage startups drive cumulatively fatal wounds deep into the heart of the one-supplier-does-all-your-storage business model. The all-you-need, best-of-breed storage supplier days are ending as enterprises realize they can …
Chris Mellor, 8 Oct 2015

FBI inks deal with Dell and Nutanix for embiggenable mutants

The FBI is spending $28m on hyper-converged Dell systems, running Nutanix software, for 55,000 virtual desktop users. Dell has won a contract from the US Department of Justice for this deal. The basic hardware is Dell’s XC converged appliance, with the OEM’d Nutanix software, Dell’s networking gear and its AppAssure data …
Chris Mellor, 8 Oct 2015

Who’s ready for an objective object lesson in object storage?

IBM is planning to acquire CleverSafe, HGST bought Amplidata a while ago, and RedHat did the same with Ceph 18 months ago. If you put this information alongside the fact that disk shipments are doing very well, even when compared with Flash, it’s no wonder object storage is so hot right now. Why Cleversafe From my POV it’s a …
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Microsoft starts backup of on-prem workloads and desktops to Azure

Microsoft has announced it will now offer backups of on-premises SQL Server, Hyper-V virtual machines, SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange and windows clients to Azure. To use Azure as your backup target you'll need the Azure Backup agent or Microsoft Recovery Services Agent on your servers or PCs. That code will take care …
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So Pure Storage did its IPO thing and investors blinked – now what?

Comment Pure Storage shares went on sale at about $17 today, valuing the all-flash array startup at roughly $3bn. Would they rise or fall after debuting on the stock market? Clue: they fell, from $16.74 to $16.29. If the shares had sold at $17, Pure would have raised $425m. This is an eagerly awaited IPO, as it tests the willingness …
Chris Mellor, 7 Oct 2015
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Teradata's moon-on-a-stick approach: Floats on AWS and Microsoft Azure

Teradata is throwing its enterprise-class analytics database onto the public cloud, starting with rival Amazon and then Microsoft’s Azure. Teradata Database on AWS will be offered as a service in the first quarter of 2016, and sold on a pay-per-use basis, Teradata was expected to announce Wednesday. Until now, the publicly- …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Oct 2015

French upstart Rozo: Magic beans will help us become storage giant

A French startup reckons it has the best software technology for scale-out filers because of its bean counter-style erasure coding. Rozo Systems is developing its RozoFS software-defined, scale-out NAS storage reaching for multi-petabyte file stores. It intends to compete with Isilon and Qumulo, as well as object storage …
Chris Mellor, 7 Oct 2015

Sanbolic smoke ball was no mere puff: Citrix preps new Melio release

Citrix says it's ready to let customers loose on its software-defined storage play. Citrix's ambitions in the field emerged last January, when it slurped storage virtualiser Sanbolic. Since then the company's said precious little about Sanbolic, all the while looking a little shambolic as it endured missed quarters, management …
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EMC NetWorker 9 emerges from obscurity

Australian backup blogger Preston de Guise has been able to take version nine of EMC's NetWorker backup software for a spin. NetWorker is EMC's enterprise backup product. Version 8.2 emerged mid-year, but EMC's not made a great deal of noise about just when a successor might emerge. The product now seems to be available, if …

Robin flies into storage aviary: Will it soar, or is it just winging it?

A new robin has landed in the storage startup tree, whose song promises to clear up the sprawling horrible inefficient mess that is today's Big Data munching and analysing customer IT infrastructure. If that strikes a chord then read on. It is Robin Systems and it has just gained $15 million in A-round funding led by a USAA …
Chris Mellor, 7 Oct 2015
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EU flings cash from €80bn pot at Seagate-led HPC storage project

+Comment Data storage giant Seagate is launching a SAGE European Exascale HPC project with nine partners to find ways for storage systems to work with exascale compute mills, as part of a multi-billion-dollar EU research and innovation programme. Seagate claims the project will research and redefine data storage in the era of extreme …
Chris Mellor, 6 Oct 2015

IBM gobbles storage upstart Cleversafe

IBM is buying object storage startup Cleversafe for an undisclosed amount of cash or shares. Why? Big Blue says the deal will enable it to "support clients' drive to next-generation mobile, social and analytics applications." It will integrate the Cleversafe dsNet software portfolio into its Cloud business unit with on-premise …
Chris Mellor, 5 Oct 2015
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Don't want to fork out for NAND flash? You're not alone. Disk still rules

NAND flash shipments are not catching up with disk, casting doubt on the idea that disks will disappear from data centres, according to the latest research. Stifel MD Aaron Rakers used data from Samsung, Gartner and others to tabulate capacity-based shipment data for consumer and enterprise disk and flash storage devices. …
Chris Mellor, 5 Oct 2015
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Your storage environment will be toast in... 8... days

Comment You are about to run out of SAN capacity and your sales order booking system will fail its response time limit in five days. Not a nice message to get, but it's much better knowing in advance and being able to do something about it than hearing about your storage systems crashing on the day. Such predictive analytics are being …
Chris Mellor, 5 Oct 2015

Fujitsu fleshes out Ceph hyperscale CD10000 with cost-saving tweaks

Fujitsu has moved on from its first generation Ceph-based ETERNUS CD10000, a hyperscale system, to the S2 version, and reduced its raw capacity from 56PB to 42PB in the process, while increasing the storage node options. The basic idea of up to 224 scale-out nodes stays in place, but the storage node types have altered. The S1 …
Chris Mellor, 2 Oct 2015

Amazon flings open source Elasticsearch at Big Data's cloud

Amazon is rolling out open-source Elasticsearch for consumers of its mega cloud. The giant has launched Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES), adding another NoSQL-based big-data analytics and query option. The idea is to let you load, process and analyse unstructured data. Elasticsearch on AWS can be deployed to Amazon …
Gavin Clarke, 2 Oct 2015