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Flash, holograms? Where will your archive end up?

Whether it’s unstructured rich media, traditional business documents and files, or the audiovisual library of a media company, there is more data about than ever before. And more than ever, it has potential value – whether that is to build new content, to improve customer relationships, to answer the demands of regulators, or …
Bryan Betts, 3 Sep 2015

Nexenta, SanDisk hop into bed, one thing leads to another – now they've got a 512TB flash brat

Nexenta and SanDisk are integrating the latter's dense InfiniFlash JBOF with the former's NexentaStor to build a half-petabyte-in-3U all-flash array starting at $1.5/GB raw. At these prices disk may not be dead, but it's heading for the mortician's parlor. Tegile has an IntelliFlash product using the same hardware, and says it …
Chris Mellor, 2 Sep 2015

Damn well knew it! Seagate has helium drives in its labs

Seagate told analysts on Wednesday it is crafting its own helium-filled drives in its development labs, and is months away from shipping them as products. Helium gas has lower friction than air, and HGST is using this gas inside its sealed He8 and He10 disk drive enclosures to provide 7-platter drives. The platters can be …
Chris Mellor, 2 Sep 2015
Flash Gordon

Tegile looking at some really flashy fabric

Tegile, which has just launched a 2-tier IntelliFlash HD all-flash array, has plans to ramp up its capabilities dramatically. The system provides 512TB of flash in a 3U enclosure. Tegile chief marketing officer Narayan Venkat said that the system will be at the 1PB level in a year's time, meaning a rack could hold 20PB in …
Chris Mellor, 2 Sep 2015

If VMware is a sun, here are the storage worlds we've spotted orbiting it

VMworld 2015 Behold the storage sun king – VMware is the center of a storage solar system with planets and asteroids orbiting around it in belts: the EVO, VSAN, and VVOL orbital zones. Fresh activity has been detected by telescopes on planet Register using its snark-o-scope. In the VSAN zone we find Nexenta doing a deal with VMware whereby …
Chris Mellor, 2 Sep 2015
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Snap out of the snapshot habit, says mutant upstart Reduxio

Surprise! Freshly uncloaked hybrid flash/disk array startup Reduxio says backup snapshots are a problem and its BackDating technology solves that problem. Admit it; you are surprised, aren't you? Reduxio is an Israeli startup, in the sense that its research and development is based there, although it is headquartered in …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2015

Seagate births 8TB triplets and a 2TB mobile nipper

Who says spinning rust is finished? Seagate has rolled out 8TB triplets and a 2TB mobile nipper, using shingled recording on its 8TB Kinetic. The three 8TB disks use ninth generation perpendicular magnetic recording, and represent a 33.3 per cent capacity uplift on the existing 6TB technology that Seagate uses in its 3.5-inch …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2015

Hedvig, Druva, IBM, Catalogic, Nutanix, Arcserve bang storage drums at VMware's rave

VMworld 2015 There's been a whirlwind of supplier announcements in the run-up to VMworld, which takes place between August 29 and September 3 in San Francisco. We've covered the main storage ones already, but a backlog of others built up. So here, for your delectation, is what the sexy sextet of Arcserve, Catalogic, Druva, Hedvig, IBM, and …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2015
Claw hammer

Muted HAMR blow from Seagate: damp squib drive coming in 2016

Analysis Seagate R&D bigwig Jan-Ulrich Thiele says the first Seagate prototype drives built with heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) will arrive in late 2016 and have just 4TB capacity, according to This is not quite right as what Seagate says is: "Seagate anticipates shipping a small number of HAMR qualification units to …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2015
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VMware unleashes vCAOS on the world

VMworld 2015 VMware is launching a cloud object storage service based on either the public Google cloud, or EMC ViPR for a private cloud alternative. It's called vCloud Air Object Storage, which amusingly acronymizes to vCAOS, not to VMware's liking we would think, and is intended for multi-petabytes of unstructured data. …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2015

SolidFire's flash boxes pull into Platform9

Has the OpenStack loco got enough of a head of steam to leave the station? No one knows yet, but here is more evidence of suppliers rushing to support it: SolidFire's all-flash arrays can be integrated into Platform9's Managed OpenStack OSaaS – OpenStack-as-a-Service – offering. With Platform9's software, virtual servers can …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2015

Startup BlueData in the green after pocketing millions from Intel et al

Big data startup BlueData has to get bigger pockets; it’s just trousered $20m in C-round funding from Intel Capital, existing investors and a secret strategic investor. That takes total funding to a modest far-from-unicorn-status $38m and the cash will be used to “accelerate our momentum in the Big Data market.” The company …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2015
Crucial MX200 mSATA SSD

Storage boosters: Six mSATA format SSDs on test

Product Round-up The M.2 format for SSDs seems to be hogging all the headlines of late and the form factor may well be the future for storage for thin and light notebooks, tablets and nano-sized PCs. Yet the market is still gearing up to support it, so devices that can accommodate the format are still pretty thin on the ground, albeit improving …
Simon Crisp, 28 Aug 2015

Primary Data's DataSphere storage silo-masking software revealed

Primary Data, Fusion-io founder David Flynn's startup, is unveiling its DataSphere product: universal data access software that masks multiple hardware and multiple vendor silos, to provide a single virtualized data sphere containing different tiers of data. We'll start with a conceptual diagram and then explain the bits as we …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015
Noah's Ark

Tegile's new faster fatter flash box flings self at big data analytics

Tegile is, or rather was, a hybrid flash/disk array startup alongside Nimble Storage and Tintri. All three have been growing furiously, offering near-flash array speed with disk economics for bulk data. There are four products in Tegile's hybrid array line-up: T3100 with 96GB of controller memory and 26TB–170TB of raw …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015

VMware' s VSAN to support flashDIMMs and NVMe

VMware's VSAN is going to support faster flash hardware and is getting replication, stretch cluster and Oracle RAC support. VSAN (Virtual SAN) is VMware's implementation of creating a SAN from combining the direct-attached storage on servers running its ESXi hypervisor. VSAN is used in its EVO: RAIL hyper-converged …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015

HP's 3PAR trifecta soups up entry-level, AFAs and software

HP has replaced its 7000 series 3PAR StoreServ array with a gen-5 ASIC-based StoreServ 8000, starting at $19,000. It's also added a top-end 20800 starter config, a lower-cost 20000 all-flash product, and enhanced its StoreServ OS. The new all-flash array (AFA) products will increase the competitive heat on IBM, EMC, Pure …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015

DDN: Quicker storage access passes HPC buck to CPU makers

Comment At a DDN user group meeting in Frankfurt earlier this year, Alex Bouzari said high-performance computing (HPC) exhibits an enduring tug-of-war between compute and storage. The co-founder and CEO of DataDirect Networks – which makes fast-access and capacious storage for supercomputing and HPC – speaks from the storage side of …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015

If anyone’s going to benchmark the IoT, it’s us, says TPC

The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) has set up a working group looking at the Internet of Things, with the aim to possibly develop hardware and software benchmarks. The TPC is well-known for its server and storage benchmarks, and has committees looking at virtualisation, data integration and big data issues. …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2015

Deja vMware: 'Virty biz to buy its parent EMC' rumor just won't die

Rumors that VMware will buy EMC – which owns 80 per cent of VMware – are back from the dead. And just in time for VMworld 2015, to be held next week in San Francisco. The last time around this particular block, we heard that EMC could buy up the 20 per cent of VMware it didn't own – or VMware could buy EMC in a so-called …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2015

Gone in 60 seconds – SimpliVity's new promise to the admins

Converged infrastructure "visionary" SimpliVity today released the third version of its modestly-named OmniStack Data Virtualisation Platform, the code that turns its collections of servers and disks into combined storage and compute rigs. This time around the emphasis is on ROBO. No, silly, not anthropogenic automata, but …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2015

Boffins promise file system that will NEVER lose data

Six MIT research boffins have demonstrated a system capable of recovering all data in the event of a crash that was previously constrained to high-end theory. The team will October showcase the first albeit slow file system "mathematically guaranteed" to not lose data during crashes. Authors Haogang Chen; Daniel Ziegler; Tej …
Darren Pauli, 26 Aug 2015

NetApp dissolves global centre of virtualisation excellence

NetApp has dissolved the “global centre of virtualisation excellence” it created in 2010 and ran from its Melbourne, Australia, office. The centre was established after the vendor won some colossal deals in Australia, believed to be at the nation's dominant telco Telstra and financial services outfit Suncorp. Both bet big on …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2015

ExaGrid growing in parallel, adds global GRID back-up to appliance software

ExaGrid's growth is a reminder that Data Domain is not having everything its own way in the deduping back-up-to-disk market. V4.9 of ExaGrid's appliance software has global deduplication across all NAS shares and appliances in a scale-out GRID, along with parallel Oracle database back-up. Global dedupe means customers can …
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2015
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If new NetApp CEO George Kurian has a plan it's under his hat

Newly-appointed NetApp CEO George Kurian today made his first appearance before the press outside the USA and hinted at the directions in which he plans to take the company. At a media lunch in Sydney, Kurian stuck closely to the script he's followed since hopping into the big chair: the rise of cloud means revenue falls are …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2015

Coho Data containering in the dock – now with added Google, Splunk

Coho Data storage arrays will be able to run Docker containers directly on the storage nodes and use Google’s Kubernetes interface for configuring and deploying microservices. Startup Coho Data says its customers can now run new data-centric services and apps directly adjacent to stored data or, putting it another way, “allow …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2015

Seventh bigshot flings self out of EMC Federation window

Enough already, the EMC/VMware exec exodus is getting too long: VMware CTO Ben Fathi has just quit, and that makes seven. The day after VMware’s chief mouthpiece Chuck Hollis announced he was going to be the social media oracle at Oracle, VMware’s chief techy follows him out of the door - but not to Oracle. His destination is …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2015

Crossing the Rubrikon: Rubrik sets out its rules of engagement

Startup back-up software-killer Rubrik has got itself a second major release of its system, plus a new cloud back-up cloud gateway. Rubrik delivers a hyper-converged style appliance to enterprise customers. This runs the Converged Data Management (CDM) software and enables users to cross the Rubrikon, slipping the surly …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2015

Scality funding approaches escape velocity

Object storage startup Scality has picked up $45m in D-round funding and is heading for a 2017 IPO. This takes total funding to $80m and here is the funding sequence: Scality_funding Scality funding rounds It's a nice, steady and also modest sequence of rounds, by today's unicorn standards. This latest round includes new …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2015

Shingled drives get SpectraLogic archive down to 9 cents/GB

Spectra Verde DPE is a Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR)-based NAS disk platform for high-density bulk storage at costs as low as 9 cents/GB raw. Shingled drives have sets of overlapping write tracks with side-by-side narrower read tracks to increase density. The downside is that a whole set of write tracks have to be …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2015

Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

Former Googler Kent Overstreet has announced that a long-term project to craft a new Linux file system is at a point where he'd like other developers to pitch in. Since you're already asking why bother with a new file system, the answer Overstreet provides in this post to the kernel mailing list is that he wants to “match ext4 …
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QLogic CEO is out, search for successor underway

QLogic's president and CEO Prasad Rampalli has abruptly left the building to "pursue other opportunities" in the time-honoured euphemism used by company boards when axing a senior exec. Rampalli joined QLogic in February 2014, stepping into the CEO's hot spot months after prior CEO Simon Biddiscome had been released. CFO Jean …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2015

NetApp's glass-house-stone-throwing exercise

Comment Innovation, eh. Don't we all love it? But what is it? This thought was spurred by reading a blog by NetApp's Matt Watts, UK-based director for technology and strategy, in which he criticized Pure Storage for not being innovative. Pure started with a good product ... but from that initial product how much incremental …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2015

Nimble gets Leonard the channel Lion King

Flash storage vendor Nimble has secured the services of one of the grand old men of the industry with the appointment of Leonard Iventosch as vice president of worldwide channels. Iventosch is renowned for his channel expertise, with an 8-year stint at NetApp followed by 5 years at EMC/Isilon, EMC buying Isilon in 2010. He …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2015
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Steady she goes at Brocade

Sustained Fibre Channel revenues were the bedrock of Brocade's latest results - again. In its third 2015 quarter, ended August 1, Brocade reported revenue of $552 million, up one per cent year-over-year and on a sequential basis. Net income of $91.7 million represented a 5.4 per cent year-on-year and a 19 per cent bounce …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2015

HP storage results borked by bleeding currency rates

With its latest results, HP's third-quarter storage revenues went down 2 per cent on the annual compare, not being pulled up by industry standard servers' revenue which rose 8 per cent. But at constant currency – ignoring foreign exchange rate changes over the year – they rose 7 per cent. The Enterprise Group's revenues were $ …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2015
Eyes of a gorila

Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

Caption competition That's mainly because gorillas are not monkeys, although this ape – who is definitely holding it right – must have an opinion on the iPhone. We want to know what that is, and in the process give you a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive. The black drive Western Digital has a range of drives aimed at the desktop market and …
Simon Rockman, 21 Aug 2015
Boarders take over a ship

Imation now fully under activist investor's control

Imation's progress towards its uncertain future of big changes has taken another step forward, as an activist investor took the board chair after getting the CEO ejected from his directorship. The Clinton Group – disgusted with Imation's downward revenue spiral and deepening losses – instituted a proxy war, which saw CEO and …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2015

HDS fills in the available blank space in VSP range

HDS has released the last new mid-range member of its VSP data centre disk array range, the G800, with its configuration perhaps indicating a high-end refresh is coming. The G800 was announced in April with its availability revealed in a Mike Nalls blog with no formal announcement. Nalls is an HDS senior product manager. …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2015

Kaminario gets triple vision with 3D 3-layer flash

Kaminario is joining Dell in the all-flash array (AFA) war with a capacity-rising and price-dropping K2 array using the same Samsung 3D TLC flash drives. The new, sixth generation – as we see it – K2, actually v5.5, offers an average price of under $1/GB usable, half that of the gen-5 product introduced in May 2014. Dell’s SC …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2015

Tintri adds tincture of all-flash array to its range

Hybrid array upstart Tintri has launched its first all-flash array (AFA) along with a VMstack Converged Infrastructure for its channel partners to build and sell. The sub-millisecond-latency VMstore T5000 joins the three existing T800 hybrid array products with Tintri’s OS, now at v4.0, running across all five and providing a …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2015

Pure Storage's 'disingenuous' financial figures still out there

Comment In a November 2014 blog, Pure Storage CEO Scott Dietzen wrote ... The last few weeks have been particularly chock-full of news and announcements, culminating this week with Gartner releasing its updated Market Share Analysis: SSDs and Solid-State Arrays, Worldwide, 2013 ... Analysts play a crucial role in the market and have …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2015