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La Puerta (The Door) by Mauricio García Vega

You - vendor. Pin your ears back, I've got some things to tell you

Storagebod The problem with many discussions in IT is that they rapidly descend into ones that look and feel like religious debate; whereas reality is much more complex and the good IT specialist will develop their own syncretic religion and pinch bits that work from everywhere. One of the things that many of us working in Enterprise IT …
StorageBod, 19 Sep 2014
IDC object storage marketscape

Object Storage Alliance launched. Problem: 3 vendors haven't joined

After complaining for some time that its message is not understood, the object storage industry has set up an Object Storage Alliance – only to have three suppliers refuse to join. The OSA “is a vendor-neutral industry alliance organised to promote the business value of object addressable storage,” organised by and hosted on a …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2014
Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Who's that at the door, storage box flingers? It's the hard drive makers. No, they are not smiling

Analysis Hard drive makers are, metaphorically speaking, shifting from being gunsmiths to arms dealers. In other words, their customers, who take the drives and put them in boxes, better watch out. Let's take a look at where the industry is heading: Seagate acquires Xyratex and sells its ClusterStor HPC and enterprise big data arrays. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2014
Synology DS411slim

Synology bakes word processor, groupware, into its NAS OS

Synology is about to release version 5.1 of its Disk Station Manager (DSM) NAS operating system, and has baked a word processor and groupware inside. Synology's already gone a long way down the road of building share 'n' sync into its small business NAS. Adding Note Station, as the word processor is known, looks a logical …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2014
Lego Monster Fighters Lord Vampyre

Micron cackles as it unveils its chameleonic FLYING DISK KILLER

Micron has a new M600 client SSD that changes flash type on the fly to accelerate writes. It's an update on the M500 series, we understand, and is made from 16nm NAND instead of the M500's 20nm. There are mSATA, M.2 and 2-5-inch SSD formats available with capacities being 128GB, 256GB and 512GB for the mSATA and M.2 formats, and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2014

NetApp's running with the big dogs: All-flash FlashRay hits the street

NetApp’s all-new FlashRay solid state array has been launched with limited availability and is not yet ready for prime time, having only a single controller, and lacking scale-out features and some ONTAP integration. These will come with future product upgrades, allowing NetApp to harden and fine-tune the product with this …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2014
M-DISC profile

Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway

HDS' federal subsidiary says it has a Blu-ray optical storage platform for long term data preservation, with 1,000-year M-DISCs in prospect. The kit - we say kit although no products have been announced yet, just this "platform" - is for US federal agencies who need to "preserve and archive mission-critical data indefinitely." …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2014
IMFT 25nm Flash die

Will multi-tier flash arrays come to a data centre near you?

Multi-tier storage is a familiar concept in data centres and large server installations. In the old days, this was often a simple case of having a single-access bus type with different-speed disks, for example SCSI-based disk arrays with 15,000rpm disks in the “fast” set and 7,200rpm or 5,400rpm in the “slow” set. Commonly, …
Dave Cartwright, 17 Sep 2014
Huawei logo

Huawei: Our servers are a flash in the DRAM – thanks, SanDisk

Huawei has swooped onto SanDisk for flash DIMMs to soup up its RH8100 servers. Flash DIMMs plug lumps of large NAND storage straight into a system's CPU memory bus rather than the slower PCIe bus that server flash cards typically use. The benefit, in theory, is that applications run faster because they wait less for IO – all the …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2014
SANblox

Permabit builds shrink-your-SAN dedupe box

Permabit has built a front-end SAN box to dedupe and compress SAN data so it needs less disk capacity. The company produces Albireo deduplication and compression software, which it sells on an OEM basis. The idea is to enable disk array vendors to improve the cost/GB of their storage so that they can retain a cost advantage over …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2014
XtremIO upgrade video

No biggie: EMC's XtremIO firmware upgrade 'will wipe data'

There's a rumor that upgrading EMC's XtremIO firmware to v3.0 will wipe all user data from the flash array. It's mentioned here. It seems going from firmware version 2.4.x to version 3.0, expected by early October, will cause data to be lost – and customers will need to back everything up before the upgrade and restore it …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2014
Gartner SSA CC Overall Scores

Gartner ranks upstart trio ahead of EMC, HP and IBM in battle for flash array dominance

Gartner’s thrilling solid-state appliance critical capabilities report ranks three startups ahead of EMC, HP and IBM: SolidFire, Pure Storage and Kaminario. This assessment is not reflected in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for solid-state arrays. While the MQ looks at a company’s overall ability to execute, and its vision, the …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2014
Joe Tucci EMC

Tech starfleet: Will EMC Federation survive a Tucci departure?

Comment Will the tripartite EMC federation set up by Joe Tucci survive his retirement in six months' time? He is the chairman and overall CEO of EMC. The three federated businesses are: EMC Information Infrastructure (EMC II) led by David Goulden who is also overall EMC CFO VMware led by Pat Gelsinger Pivotal led by Paul Maritz Joe …
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2014
LTO Generations

No TKO for LTO: Tape format spawns another 2 generations, sports 120TB bigness

The LTO consortium has added two more generations to its tape format roadmap, extending it out to LTO-10 and a 120TB compressed capacity. The roadmap used to finish at LTO-8, and that version of the LTO tape format future was announced in April 2010. Now, four-and-a-half years later, it has been extended again. LTO Generations …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2014
Seagate logo

Seagate spins up new Cloud Systems and Solutions group

Seagate has announced a new “Cloud Systems and Solutions group” it says will deliver the planet's very best storage rigs for cloud operators, a raft of new arrays and some new enterprise disk drives. The company's rolling out the “explosion in unstructured data” line to explain the need for the group, which it says melds the …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2014
iCloud

Apple iCloud storage prices now ONLY double Dropbox, Google et al

While the world+dog was focused on Apple's new iPhones and shiny new smart(ish)watch, the firm quietly cut the price it charges for the iCloud storage system. The revised price plan on the iCloud website shows that Cupertino is still offering the first 5GB for free, but the next 20GB will now cost US$0.99 a month, 200GB will set …
Iain Thomson, 11 Sep 2014
WD Ae

Behold our SPINNING DATA GRAVE: WD carts out 6.3TB cold storage drive

Western Digital’s WD has paralleled its HGST sibling and introduced an archive drive – but with just 6.3TB of capacity compared to HGST’s 10TB, 8TB and 6TB drives. Er, what? WD is branding its new drive the Ae, standing for, we think A(rchiv)e, and so moving away from its colours-focussed branding with Red, Green, Blue and Black …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2014
Flape HW costs

Flash data storage: Knocking TAPE off the archiving top spot

It was a bombshell when Facebook's Jason Taylor said he would like to use flash solid-state storage as an archive medium, but his reasons made perfect sense. Facebook users had lots of photos stored in their albums and rarely accessed them. But when they did want to look at them they wanted them to come up straight away, whether …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2014
Intel SSD Pro 2500

We lift the lid on Intel's Pro 2500 SSD. Shock, horror: It doesn't use its own NAND chips

Review Intel has been busy of late launching SSDs for both the consumer market and for the data centre/enterprise segments. But the dedicated business segment, which Intel addressed for the first time last year with the SSD Pro 1500, was the one area where it didn't introduce a new drive. With the launch of the SSD Pro 2500 series, …
Simon Crisp, 10 Sep 2014
AetherStore_intro_vid

SAN-free, NAS-free? Scottish PHDs lift kilt on how they'll pull storage out of the aether

Interview Two years back, The Reg took a look at a New York startup developing a tech it claimed would change the storage game for networked workstation shops that don't want to buy a SAN or filer. Now the three graduates of Scotland's University of St Andrews who run AetherStore say they are nearing product delivery. The product provides …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2014

Whopping 10TB disks spin out of HGST – plus 3.2TB flash slabs

HGST today launched a full frontal assault on the market with a shedload of disk and flash announcements – including a 10TB hard drive. The background scene set is the notion that the rate of data growth is doubling every two years and the spread of internet connectivity to non-IT devices (aka Internet of Things) will fuel …
Chris Mellor, 9 Sep 2014

Backup bruiser Barracuda bares teeth, gulps down C2C

BJ Jenkins' Barracuda has made its first acquisitive bite, buying mail archiver and manager C2C for an undisclosed mix of cash and stock. It's part of a comprehensive product revamp called Data Protection Plus. Barracuda is a backup, file sync and share and content/application security business, which went through an IPO in …
Chris Mellor, 9 Sep 2014
Tangled magnetic tape

WD punts cash at ... no, it couldn't be... another 'tape library killer'?

+Comment WD Capital has invested $10m in object storage startup Amplidata and has put its HGST unit to work developing a set of high-capacity storage systems with Amplidata, using the latter's Himalaya software. El Reg storage desk believes the end game is intended as a tape library killer. Verizon is building a Himalaya-based cloud …
Chris Mellor, 9 Sep 2014
Atlantis on the launch pad. Pic: NASA

Death of a Salesman: Enough with the marketing already

Storagebod Reflecting recently on the changes that I have seen in the enterprise IT market, more specifically the enterprise storage market, I have come to the conclusion that over the past five years or so, the changes have not been technological but rather having to do with everything around the technology and its packaging. There …
StorageBod, 9 Sep 2014
Dell logo

Dell PowerEdge hooks up with SanDisk, stuffs servers with DAS Cache

Dell's next-generation PowerEdge servers are going to use DAS Cache SSD caching software from SanDisk. The R730, R730XD, R630, T630, and R920 servers fitted with direct-attached disk storage will have the DAS Cache software. It complements Dell's existing Fluid Cache for SAN, network-attached block storage. An R730-XD saw a 37 …
Chris Mellor, 8 Sep 2014

OwnCloud: Fiddly but secure host-from-home sync 'n' share

Review Phones in our pockets, tablets down our sofas, and laptops in our bags. Never have we had so many devices in our possession. It makes sense to start syncing and sharing folders and data between them – not just for the sake of convenience, but for our sanity. Many companies are offering to bridge the connection gap - from Apple, …
MartinFinkmemristor

'Software-defined' IS just a passing fad: HP techie Fink Tank lays down law

HP reckons this software-designed fad sweeping the storage world is just a swing of the fashion pendulum and we'll go back to hardware soon enough. Commodity public clouds haven't attracted much enterprise work and HP's Helion is well-placed for that. Martin Fink, the company's chief technology officer, presented HP's views at …
Chris Mellor, 8 Sep 2014
Facebook data center - interior

Is the all-flash data centre just a tantalising dream?

An all-flash data centre? It’s an intriguing idea. The hardware and software components may be there, but what about the business case, including the overall price/performance and total cost of ownership? Yes, such a data centre will be free of power-gobbling and rack space-consuming spinning disk enclosures, bringing consequent …
Chris Mellor, 8 Sep 2014
Nervous girl bites nails

It's official: Vendors are NOT shifting that networked storage

IDC's second 2014 quarter storage tracker shows networked storage array revenues fell for the second quarter in a row, with both high-end and mid-range array sales affected. It marks 12 months of high-end storage revenue decline. The tracker looks at networked arrays (external-controller-based storage) and also the total disk …
Chris Mellor, 8 Sep 2014

Fedora gets new partition manager

Fedora developer Vratislav Podzimek wants partition managers to catch up with modern storage technologies, and has launched his offering, blivet-gui, on the waiting world. The tool is designed to act as a front-end for Fedora's Anaconda. Available at copr here, the partition manager is “still in early development stage”, with …

Reddit wipes clean leaked celeb nudie pics, tells users to zip it

Reddit has finally yanked a page abuzz with private celebrity nude pics that were leaked via anarchic message board 4chan late last Sunday. The subreddit, dubbed TheFappening, disappeared on Saturday - six whole days after the photos of stars including Jennifer Lawrence provocatively posing naked appeared online. But, privacy- …
Kelly Fiveash, 7 Sep 2014
Vulture with white rump

You know what Cisco needs? A server SAN strategy

Comment Cisco has no SAN/filer legacy to escape from and, in a storage world where the hyper-converged server/storage/networking system is only getting trendier, it has a major opportunity on its hands. Consider the mainstream storage vendors – Dell, EMC, Fujitsu, HDS, HP, IBM and NetApp – their storage product line heartland is the …
Chris Mellor, 5 Sep 2014
VMware Monster VM

Not so ESXi? Open sourcery could help VMware win... virtually

Storagebod In the opinion of this blogger, VMware needs to open-source ESXi and move on. By open-sourcing ESXi, it could start to concentrate on becoming the dominant player in the future delivery of the third platform. If the EMC subsidiary continues with the current development model with ESXi, its interactions with the OpenStack …
StorageBod, 4 Sep 2014
Lycurgus_Cup

4th Century GOBLET could REVIVE CORPSE of holographic storage

Cambridge boffins have discovered that thin films of silver nanoparticles can increase optical storage density and create multi-coloured holograms. The effect was first noted way back in fourth century Roman times (circa 290-325 AD) with the crafting of the Lycurgus Cup, an engraved glass goblet that has a green tint when lit …
Chris Mellor, 4 Sep 2014
EMC VNX2 line up

Somebody's nightmare? I'm a veteran VNX array with a BADGE

Lenovo has started selling VNX arrays, adding a "VNX5150" to its product line-up. The VNX5100 is an entry-level SAN product that was effectively replaced by the block and file VNX5200 array in September last year. There is still a VNX5100 page on EMC’s website but a linked VNX Hardware Data Sheet PDF omits it from the VNX line- …
Chris Mellor, 4 Sep 2014
My_Passport_Wireless

A Terabyte in my HOUSE? Got more than that in my POCKET

WD has got itself a portable wirelessly-connecting external drive, the My Passport Wireless drive. It uses WiFi to connect to “any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device.” It can use USB 3.0 as well as USB 2.0; handy for transferring large files. It broadcasts its own wireless network and allows up to eight devices to …
Chris Mellor, 4 Sep 2014

Look out: The Far Eastern white-box boys are coming for EVERYONE

Far Eastern whitebox builders - the ones that have been eating into the market share of the branded server vendors they both build for and compete against - are set to move into new tech and customer segments. The Original Design Manufacturers, the likes of Wistron and Compal Electronics, are delivering vast orders of custom …
Paul Kunert, 3 Sep 2014
Ducati racing bike

Zoom to the clouds: EMC signs kit deal with Ducati superbike racers

Ducati is hoping to make its motorbikes go faster in races by using Isilon arrays and EMC’s Syncplicity file sync'n'share software. Ducati racing bike Speedy: Ducati are to get their hands on EMC's Isilon and Syncplicity kit The Ducati Corse racing team gets the benefit of the Isilion and Syncplicity kit from this month on, …
Chris Mellor, 3 Sep 2014
Angry old man

We're not on the Gartner Magic Quadrant? Just imagine our concern, says HDS

Facing up to exclusion from Gartner’s all-flash array Magic Quadrant, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has come out fighting. HDS ships an all-flash array (AFA) in the form of Hitachi Accelerated Flash Modules inside its VSP array, thus gaining access to all its VSP data management features. Yet this falls foul of Gartner’s AFA …
Chris Mellor, 3 Sep 2014
Tosh_TransferJet_USB_dongle

Toshiba makes play to replace NFC with own speedy short range tech

+Comment Toshiba is poised to introduce its TransferJet short-distance radio technology which will let consumers transfer content between touching smart devices “in the blink of an eye.” Tosh's Euro subsidiary, Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE), will launch a family of TransferJet USB and microUSB adaptors for mobile phones, tablets, …
Chris Mellor, 3 Sep 2014
FlashRay video

My, what big data you have: NetApp's FlashRay to focus on databases

FlashRay, NetApp’s coming all flash array, is a going to be a database machine. That’s according to a NetApp video interview with its Flash Solutions VP. Ty McConney is said VP and at 9 minutes and 46 seconds into the video he answers a question about FlashRay. Youtube Video Ty McConney on FlashRay video He said a first and …
Chris Mellor, 3 Sep 2014
cloud

Fujitsu, Intel tilt at hyperscale storage with Ceph-powered arrays

Fujitsu is taking another tilt at software-defined storage hardware by announcing that it's going to create a line of appliances that will combine Intel hardware with the Ceph file system. The Japanese company was for some time the only server-maker to bother bundling NetApp's Virtual Storage Appliance. Virtual arrays have …