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Roll up, roll up for Oracle database flash tune-up – Violin

Comment Violin Memory has developed software to tell you how tune Oracle databases to run faster on its arrays, and is making it available through a lead-generation exercise where you (pretty much) qualify yourself. Its Oracle Performance Analysis Service (O-PAS) is free to end-users and resellers and generates reports which identify " …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2014
Flash Gordon

Who won all-flash sales sash, sucked up all the cash? – IDC report

An EMC-distributed excerpt of an IDC all-flash array shipments and revenues report has Hopkinton topping the sales rankings, with NetApp at number four and IBM topping the capacity-shipped chart. The report is a special IDC one, titled Worldwide All-Flash Array and Hybrid Flash Array 2014–2018 Forecast and 1H14 Vendor Shares. …
Chris Mellor, 10 Dec 2014

WD and HGST: We tried to merge our two drive makers, MOFCOM said NO, NO, NO

Analysis Although WD’s acquisition of HGST was approved over two years ago, Chinese regulatory authority MOFCOM is still preventing the full integration of their respective drive-making ops. The Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) has always maintained it was not keen to see WD and its HGST subsidiary move …
Chris Mellor, 10 Dec 2014
Woz with Apple II, photo: Gavin Clarke

Will tech titans SWALLOW upstart where Apple guru Steve Wozniak works?

Comment I spent just an hour with data centre virtualisation upstart Primary Data (set up by Fusion-io's founders) during an IT press tour, but I came away both intrigued and puzzled at the same time. While it has the best vision and ideas I’ve seen in years, at the same time the two-year-old firm's vision seems incredibly hard to …
The Black Hole's Maximilliam. Source: Disney

The great Data Gravity black hole: Another 50 million greenbacks sucked in

DataGravity, the upstart data-aware storage platform founded by serial entrepreneur Paula Long, is turning into a dollar bill black hole, sucking in another fifty million in C-round of funding. The company, profiled here, has a hybrid flash/disk array with substantial metadata facilities to provide significantly more knowledge …
Chris Mellor, 9 Dec 2014

IBM, NetApp suffer as storage buyers shun mainstream suppliers

The disruptive influence of the largest service providers ignoring mainstream suppliers when buying disk storage has been highlighted for the first time in stats from IDC - big brands should sit up and take note. The IDC tracker* reports on worldwide total disk storage and external storage array sales, and in Q3 included …
Chris Mellor, 9 Dec 2014
Lake Tahoe

HPC storage bods at DDN fish for BIG CATCH in the data lake

Interview Suppliers of storage and analytics systems to the so-called "big data" lake market are enduring turbulent technology transitions and fast-changing requirements, as we saw here. Startups with $100m-plus funding are common and one, Cloudera, has surpassed $1bn in funding, as VCs and startup execs scramble to find their way through …
Chris Mellor, 9 Dec 2014
Discworld

No NAND's land: Flash will NOT take over the data centre

Comment NAND is not taking over the data centre. Estimates of shipped disk and SSD capacity out to 2018 shows that, while flash will continue to grow faster, disk capacity will still outstrip that of flash by eight to one four years from now. SSD_vs_HDD_ships_To_2018 Total SSD capacity shipped is falling more and more behind disk …
Chris Mellor, 9 Dec 2014
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Seagate: We'll bring down the HAMR in 2017. But will we give you SHINGLES?

Seagate has been talking about coming disk tech and expects to have a HAMR product in 2017. We have better visibility into Seagate’s view of the ending of the current perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) era. The ending is delayed by narrowing the tracks so as to cram more of them on a platter. This is called two-dimensional …
Chris Mellor, 8 Dec 2014
Cyberman on steps of St. Paul's

Step by flashy step: Toshiba clambers up to next gen SSD

Toshiba has introduced SSDs using second-generation 19nm NAND tech to double the maximum capacity of one, and have a higher endurance rating on the other. The HK3R2 is the second generation of the HK3R product technology, using the same basic 19nm MLC NAND but with a newer production process enabling a capacity increase to 960GB …
Chris Mellor, 8 Dec 2014
OCZ ARC 100 SSD

Sink your teeth into OCZ's ARC 100 SSD sizzler with tasty home-grown chips

Review After Toshiba’s acquisition of the company, OCZ has in one fell swoop joined the elite band of SSD manufacturers who are in the extremely fortunate position of being able to source “in-house” all the internal chips that matter in a drive: namely, the NAND and the controller. OCZ ARC 100 SSD Teaming up with Tosh: OCZ's ARC 100 …
Simon Crisp, 8 Dec 2014
Grumpy cat

EVO: RAIL – Is NetApp sleeping with a SAN killer?

Comment Innovation rules, OK! NetApp's unlikely pairing of VMware's server-side SAN VSAN product with its networked ONTAP array was unorthodox, with VSAN being seen as a physical SAN killer. What is NetApp up to with its ONTAP EVO: RAIL system? NetApp spokesperson Amelia Vierra provided the answers to a set of questions we asked. …
Chris Mellor, 8 Dec 2014
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Oracle refreshes RAM-crammed ZFS array line

After updating its old Pillar Axiom array line with the hybrid FS1 array a few months ago, Oracle has refreshed its ZFS array line with a bigger, faster generation and a quasi in-memory design. Larry Ellison's company announced the third generation ZS3 appliances back in October last year. Fourteen months later, we have the …
Chris Mellor, 5 Dec 2014
Look Ma! No SATA or SAS controller

Oracle bypasses SAS/SATA controllers in flashy new servers

Oracle has revealed two new servers using the NVM Express standard that does away with SAS/SATA controllers in ways the company says makes them perform very, very, well when stocked full of flash. The basics: the two new beasts are called the X5-2 and the X5-2L. Both are two-socket affairs and use Intel's Xeon E5-2600 v3 silicon …
Permabit Albireo SANBlox

Permabit: Wham, bam, box of data shrink SAN... for NetApp E-Series only

Permabit has made its SAN data shrink box available to NetApp users. But don't get your hopes up - it's for the E-Series arrays. The Albireo SANblox appliance sits in front of a Fibre Channel-connected SAN array and dedupes and compresses the data flowing into it and, we hope, rehydrates the data on the way out. Permabit said …
Chris Mellor, 4 Dec 2014
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Violin Memory hires ex-Egnyter to add heat to global channel sales

Flash storage biz Violin Memory is hoping to pump up its channel sales volume by recruiting an ex-Egnyte channel sales VP to replace a guy who went to HGST. Jeff Nollette joins from Egnyte, where he spent seven months as its VP for Channels, helping to build a channel for that company's file sync and share product. Before that …
Chris Mellor, 4 Dec 2014
HDD_head_stack

Seagate adds FIFTY PER CENT more capacity to new NAS drive

Seagate has increased the capacity of its enterprise NAS drive, lengthened its warranty, and increased the NAS box slot count. The existing Enterprise NAS drive holds up to 4TB, has a three-year warranty and is suitable for 1-5 bay NAS enclosures. The nice new one holds up to 6TB, has a five-year warranty, and is suitable for 1- …
Chris Mellor, 4 Dec 2014
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Who is taking the hyperconverged piss at Simplistic.io?

There's a new storage company making waves: “Simplistic Storage”. Simplistic's motto is “Simplistic - its more than just a name it's everything we are.” The company's lead product is called “Panacea”, which it says “removes the perceived need for expensive disaster recovery solutions to protect your equipment from hazards and …

NetApp goes for a ride on VMware's EVO: RAILs

NetApp will offer VMWare's EVO: RAIL hyperconverged rigs but with its networked FAS arrays. NetApp says its offering will have three main components: VMware EVO: RAIL NetApp Clusetred Data ONTAP NetAppFAS arrays It's designed for enterprise remote and branch offices (ROBO), also SMBs, with limited IT staff and apps in VMware …
Chris Mellor, 4 Dec 2014

Storage for BUILDERS: No, it's not a roomy cupboard, it's Nasuni's BIM file bash

Cloud storage gateway startup Nasuni has added global file locking tuned for Autodesk's building design software and a natty little desktop gateway box. V6.2 of its Nasuni Service software has had its global file locking software developed to support the work-sharing features in Revit, which is Autodesk's Building Information …
Chris Mellor, 3 Dec 2014
Dark mountain. Pic: Stian Rødven Eide

Dig into Iron Mountain and you'll find Seagate and EVault

Cloud-based backup, recovery and disaster recovery (DR) services are being offered from an Iron Mountain data dungeon using Seagate kit and EVault software. Seagate is helping Iron Mountain move into the digital storage business again. Autonomy, in pre-HP days, bought the rusty heap's cloud archive storage business in 2011 after …
Chris Mellor, 3 Dec 2014
Star Wars: Force Unleashed II

Yes, you heard me – the storage infrastructure WARS are over

Sysadmin blog Though there are still a great many players on the field fighting savagely for the right to dominate the industry for the next decade, I believe the storage infrastructure wars are already largely over. With so many startups still entering the storage space, and so much money flowing around it seems like I'd be mad to do so, but …
Trevor Pott, 3 Dec 2014
SpectraLogic T-Finity library

TAPE LIVES... virtually: SpectraLogic and Veeam twin old and new tech

Backup data source Veeam and backup data target SpectraLogic are getting into bed together, and offering combined old school tape/new school virtual server backup software. The arrangement involves Veeam's Availability Suite and Spectra's T-Series tape libraries and its near-line storage nTier Verde disk arrays. Veeam's …
Chris Mellor, 2 Dec 2014
K2

All-flash upstart Kaminario trousers $53m, spills scale-up secrets

Kaminario has picked up $53m in an E-round of funding, taking total funding to $128m and signalling the startup's backers are convinced its low cost/GB and scale-up/scale-out architecture will give it the growth goodies. In comparison, fellow all-flash array startup Pure Storage is the funding champion with $450m and SolidFire …
Chris Mellor, 2 Dec 2014
X300 SSDs

What benchmarks CAN tell you about your solid-state drives

When it comes to storage, what benchmarks to use, how to configure them and how to interpret the results has been the subject of many a heated debate. Benchmarks are supposed to provide empirical data that can be used as evidence for drawing rational conclusions. Of course, if you torture data long enough it will confess to …
Trevor Pott, 2 Dec 2014
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Part 3: Docker vs hypervisor in tech tussle SMACKDOWN

Comment If you're willing to start from scratch, give up high availability, the ability to run multiple operating systems on a single server and all the other tradeoffs then Docker really can't be beaten. You are going to cram more workloads into a given piece of hardware with Docker than with a hypervisor, full stop. From the …
Trevor Pott, 2 Dec 2014
Hightall

Hightail buddies up with Cleversafe

File sync 'n' sharer Hightail has hightailed it from DDN to object storage supplier Cleversafe after facing a dramatic cost hike. The company started out as YouSendIt in 2004, enabling users to bypass email restraints on sending large files. It then moved on in 2012 to being a file-sharing site for enterprises, competing against …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2014

XML daddy Tim Bray pops his head in the Amazon cloud

XML co-creator Tim Bray has joined Amazon and will be working on Jeff Bezos’ cloud. According to Bray, he’s “back in the full-time engineering trenches” working on AWS. Bray announced the news on his blog. While he didn’t reveal what he’ll be working on down in the AWS engine room, he is something of a language polymath, his …
Gavin Clarke, 1 Dec 2014
VMware VSAN Concept

Loved-up 'frictionless' EMC bods slide ScaleIO into VMware kernel

EMC is going to extend its ScaleIO serverSAN product to function as a VMware kernel module to speed it up, thereby "twinning" it with VSAN in terms of VMware and ESXi integration. There is a new spirit of co-opetition and even co-operation inside the EMC federation these days after its CEO, Joe Tucci, openly admitted there had …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2014
The HP 3PAR StorServ 7000 series arrays

What's that rumbling sound? It's HP preparing to deliver truckload of storage products

Attendees at HP’s Discover event in Barcelona this week are getting a bumper crop of StoreServ hardware and software announcements, expanding the HW range and adding object access and better data protection. They'll hear about: Enhanced 7200, 7400 and 7450 StoreServ arrays New 7440c array Expanded data import sources …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2014
Hitachi Accelerated Flash detail

Looking for a tip-top high-end storage array (and who isn't?) Gartner names its favorite

Gartner's latest Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, High-End Storage Arrays report says HDS wipes the board with its VSP array while Fujitsu shines bright for OLTP. The report ranks a dozen high-end storage arrays against a variety of use cases and then provides an overall ranking. HDS, which is the leading vendor in the …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2014
dropbox privacy security eye

Dropbox sees rival file-piles merely as dots in rearview mirror

A biz-research report says that cloudy pile-o-files Dropbox is currently walking away with the enterprise sync 'n' share market. The report (451 subscription required) shows a chart depicting Dropbox' dominance. The 451 organisation surveyed 1,000 users and found Dropbox led with circa 44 per cent, followed by Microsoft's …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2014
IMFT 25nm Flash die

All-flash storage or will you settle for hybrid? How to decide

Remember thrashing? Back in the early days of server virtual memory systems, the amount of RAM was so limited that the operating system spent most of its time paging for data on its disks, leaving little or no time for processing applications. It happened because there was a gross mismatch between the number of applications, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2014
Pikemen overtaking a bus outside St. Paul's Cathedral, London

21st century data protection: Get back up to date

Register now to watch our webcast explaining why your back up and recovery processes need to adapt to way you work today, and how to do it. Watch this live event on 10 December at 11:00 GMT - if you can't make it, just sign up and we will email you when the recording is available. Handy synopsis for you You admit to us that …
David Gordon, 28 Nov 2014
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HP's converged storage 'growth engine' stalls

HP's newer, converged storage offerings are selling less well than they did a year ago. In the storage golf tournament, HP has hit bogeys instead of a birdy for the latest hole. The company divides its storage into the traditional EVA, MSA, etc and newer converged storage, such as the StorServe 3PAR products. It provides revenue …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2014
Suppliers_and_Silos

The SILO SPRAWL: So just how much virtualising software lipstick does it need?

Comment The more hybrid and heterogeneous data storage silos we have, the more we need single management focus. We're in an age of storage silo bloat; the darn things are multiplying, and we need a single pane of glass through which we provision, access, and manage disparate storage silos independent of storage type, access protocols …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2014
GRAEF USA Rack

Do you spend ages wasting time because of a bulging rack?

Comment Behold GRAEF-USA's mostly empty rack; latency sucks, and getting files from the cloud generally means multiple round trip delays if large files are needed in remote offices and shared by project teams. But Panzura says it has cloud storage gateway tech that solves this problem and cites GRAEF-USA and a 2-site, $250K saving as …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2014
DataCore CEO George Teixeira and chairman Ziya Aral

DataCore lifts baton, strikes up the 64th SANsymphony

Comment DataCore has updated its SANsymphony and Virtual SAN software products to reach 100 million IOPS and 64PB capacity. It's also getting into bed with Azure. SANsymphony builds a SAN from a cluster of servers, aggregating each server's storage into a central virtual pool. The company has built its product on virtual SAN …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2014

Fat upstart Nimble embiggens revenues by 77% in ONE quarter

Nimble Storage is providing an object lesson in how to grow a startup after IPO, posting a 77 per cent jump in quarterly revenues – with revenue growth outstripping the loss increase rate. The firm saw revenues of $59.1m in its third fiscal 2015 quarter, compared to $33.4m a year ago and $53.8m three months ago. The net loss was …
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2014

Speaking in Tech: Is OpenStack really letting the SAN shine?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's weekly tech podcast, stuffed with news and views on everything that's happened in our world this week. In this episode, regular host Greg Knieriemen heads a panel discussion at the OpenStack Summit in Paris earlier this month. The panel …
Team Register, 26 Nov 2014
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SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016

Intel is well behind the curve with its 10TB flash drive, slated for 2016, claims a SanDisk enterprise storage bigwig, adding that the flash memory storage provider will have a 16TB drive by then. Brian Cox, SanDisk’s senior director in marketing for enterprise storage, said the company's 4TB drive technology would develop at a …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2014
Violin array flash cards

Don't fret: Flash array fiddler Violin sees revenue rise, losses dip

Violin has recorded rising revenues and lessening losses for its third quarter as the new CEO gets the flash array company barking louder in the data centre flash array dogfight. Violin_Q3fy2015_800 Kevin DeNuccio took hold of the CEO reins at Violin in February and the company has just reported results for its third fiscal …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2014