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Micron gets edgy with 256GB surveillance SD card reveal in China

Micron has announced incoming snoopcam flash cards with up to 256GB capacity, trumpeting that edge storage is the future of video surveillance. The cards come in 32 and 64GB capacities now, with 128 and 256GB cards on the way. They use 64-layer, 2bits/cell (MLC), 3D NAND and have firmware that claims to minimise frame drops …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2017
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Google Drive ate our homework! Doc block blamed on code blunder

An indeterminate but supposedly small number of Google Docs users on Tuesday found that their essays, reports, school assignments, tracts, and manifestos had run afoul of Google's terms of service and had been made inaccessible. Some users reported being unable to share their documents; others said their documents could not be …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2017

Tailored SwiftStack update should help get your GDPRse in gear

Object storage life is getting more complicated as public cloud dispersion meets GPDR data locality restrictions. Combining the two adds product and administration complexity. Against this background SwiftStack has updated its open-source, object storage product with features for public cloud archiving, synchronization, and …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2017

Seagate's 'AI' disk drive: Just put slightly higher numbers on the specs

Seagate has bolted "AI" to its SkyHawk disk drive brand, saying it's better suited for next-generation deep learning and video analytics. The marketing department breathlessly describes it as "the first drive created specifically for artificial intelligence (AI) enabled video surveillance solutions". Sai Varanasi, VP product …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2017
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A shot of storage sambuca, 5ml of bootable bitters, plus a dash of creme de cloud

Roundup Have we got a bit of storage news for you. Our expert mixologist has poured all the bits and pieces into his cocktail shaker, added some ice, and poured the resulting storage fluid into a tumbler because all our highball glasses were in the dishwasher. Take a deep breath and have a sip. AOMEI Technology Ltd AOMEI is based in …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2017
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Chipzilla drops dinkier Optane SSD, but don't expect it in data centres

As spotted a couple of days ago, Intel has announced a smaller Optane drive – the 900P. Optane is Intel's brandname for its 3D XPoint solid state technology which, with its <10µs latency, is faster than flash but slower than main memory. Intel is positioning it as a persistent memory cache between DRAM and NAND. It follows on …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2017
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Evaluate this: A VM benchmark that uses 'wrong' price and config data

Analysis Diane Greene's server-powered storage startup Datrium says it has achieved the highest-ever IOmark benchmark at 8,000 VMs on a DVX cluster, five times higher than the previous record by IBM's FlashSystem V9000 (1,600) and ten times more than an Intel server/VMware/vSAN Optane system (800) (PDF). But it appears the official …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2017
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Microsoft says something more hyper than Storage Spaces is coming 'very soon'

Microsoft's offered an explanation, of sorts, for the unexpected disappearance of Storage Spaces Direct from Windows Server version 1709. A new FAQ on Windows Server, version 1709 posted on Thursday offers the following verbiage: Storage Spaces Direct was introduced in Windows Server 2016 and remains the foundation for our …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2017

What just trousered a $4.5bn profit, has glum desktop chip sales, and rhymes with go to hell?

Intel reported better than expected results for the third quarter of the year, beating analysts' predictions. It was a win for Big Blue’s data center, Internet of Things and flash memory business sectors, which achieved fat quarterly sales. But revenue from PCs aka “client computing” didn't grow from last year, suggesting …
Katyanna Quach, 27 Oct 2017
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AFA: The Flash revolution that's been a long time coming

SPONSORED Few technologies have forced their way into enterprise IT strategies with such efficiency as All-Flash Arrays (AFAs) in the process pushing aside two decades of established SAS and SATA hard disk drive technology. In the last two years the acceptance of all flash arrays for mixed workload environments has accelerated. It is no …
David Gordon, 26 Oct 2017

Google's eating out of their hand – now CloudEndure 4 want to conquer Europe

Analysis Add WANdisco active file replication to Bridgeworks parallel TCP/IP and Zerto DR and get something like CloudEndure, an Israeli startup with two products – Disaster Recovery and Live Migration. It was founded in 2012 by four entrepreneurs who built and sold a content delivery networking business called Limelight Networks. CEO …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2017
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IBM wheels out upgraded FlashSystem: Now breathe in and squeeeeze

IBM has tripled the capacity of its FlashSystem arrays and added hardware compression to squeeeze in more data. These arrays, last updated in April 2016, start with the base 900 model which is available on its own or as part of the A9000 pod and A9000R rack systems. They use proprietary flash drives and IBM is selling a bunch …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2017
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Oracle ZFS man calls for Big Red to let filesystem upstream into Linux

Oracle storage architect has called for Oracle to make the ZFS filesystem a first class part of Linux and says conversations have taken place within Big Red to consider the possibility. Speaking at the OpenZFS Developer Summit, Maybee said the decline of on-premises storage means ZFS' future inside Oracle is uncertain. Oracle' …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2017
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New Optane disks appear on web shops' lists

Sharp-eyed storage-watchers have noticed some new Intel solid state disks with Chipzilla's Optane 3D Xpoint memory/storage aboard popping up on web stores. Four SKUs are listed in many web shops, all with the name 900P, but the following product numbers and qualities: SSDPE21D280GASM, a 2.5-inch drive with 280GB capacity and …
Team Register, 25 Oct 2017

Seagate's at it HAMR and tongs for growth as revenues shrivel again

Seagate's first quarter 2018 revenues sank 7 per cent year-on-year to $2.6bn, but the drive biz expects growth and is convinced its heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) tech will help that. GAAP net income was $181m, up 8.4 per cent on last year's $167m. New CEO Dave Mosley's statement spoke of "solid execution and market …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2017
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Holds up Reduxio roadmap: What the cloud? Oh! It's a level 2 hybrid world

Analysis Reduxio's roadmap has it taking its HX/TimeOS array deeper into the hybrid cloud world, supporting application recoveries as well as VM ones, and adding faster array and data access. The 2012-founded startup announced a v3.0 update of its indexed, tagged and timestamped data chunk storing array in June this year. That was …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2017
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'Drive-level server' startup pockets $5m to grow object storing biz

Five million dollars has just been stumped up to grow a startup making object storage drive-based servers. OpenIO is this startup, which says it turns disk drives and SSDs into object-storing and event-driven processing micro-servers. The idea is that potentially massive capacity stores can be built this way, with a …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2017

A week in WANdisco, Toshiba 'n' pals, plus storage-iest bits of Microsoft and mates

Another week has passed by, and yet another torrent of storage news streams towards us, running the gamut from spin-transfer torque magneto-resistive RAM to data streaming and a Maltese Smart Island hub. Acronis This backup and blockchain-focused data protection company is opening a new European Technology Hub in the …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2017

404 - Product Not Found. Micron's SolidScale storage disappears

Micron may have put its SolidScale all-flash array into web site limbo in preparation for big news. The SolidScale scale-out all-flash array was announced in May, in a departure from Micron's usual focus on components. It used NVMe SSDs, had an NVMe over Fabrics access link, and was powered by Excelero's NVMesh server SAN …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2017

Tech giant Citrix, sync 'n' share startup Egnyte fire lawsuits at each other

Two file sync 'n' sharers are at war. Google-backed Egnyte is suing Citrix for unfair competition and Citrix is counter-suing Egnyte for unfair trade practices, among other things. The battle started when Egnyte hired seven ex-Citrix sales people, in the process of setting up a regional sales office in Raleigh, North Carolina …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2017

Cohesity and Micron polish exec artillery in mad dash for growth

The latest exec hires show the way the wind is blowing at Cohesity, Micron and WDC. Rob Salmon has joined Cohesity as its president and COO, replacing Riccardo Di Blasio who was ejected in October last year. Salmon's hiring comes after a 13-month search process. The added president's role indicates the esteem with which he …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2017
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Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

Google and the American government are quarreling over just how much money the Chocolate Factory must pay in daily fines if it loses its war against a search warrant for email held overseas. The Mountain View giant is refusing to comply with the warrant, issued in the US, requiring it to cough up Gmail messages held on a …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Oct 2017

Taste the Redmond: Dell strengthens its Azure Stackery

Dell is updating its AzureStack offering with the latest 14th generation PowerEdge servers. The full offering name is the Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack (DECMAS?) which we'll shorten to the Dell AzureStack. AzureStack is about running Microsoft's public cloud in an on-premises incarnation. Dell EMC already supports …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2017

It's hip to be in Gartner's square: Poor Panasas out on its NAS

In Gartner's perennial game of musical chairs, otherwise known as its annual magic quadrant exercise, the latest object storage square ushers three in and one out. The Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage 2017 positions distributed file system and object storage vendors in a 2D space with " …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2017

Flash in the enterprise is in a solid state. Where is it going next?

Sponsored Sales of purpose-built storage appliances are falling, markedly, according to IDC, revenue and capacity falling respectively by 16.2 per cent and 14.9 per cent in the analyst’s latest quarterly tracker in September. Among the culprits responsible for this decline is flash, which is becoming a standard part of the enterprise …
David Gordon, 19 Oct 2017
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What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

Support for Storage Spaces Direct, Microsoft's version of VSAN, has been stripped from the latest build of Windows Server 2016, version 1709, which was released on Tuesday. Storage Spaces aggregates the hard drives in a Windows Server cluster to provide a single logical pool of capacity, which is available to applications …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2017

Bain Japan main man wants in on Tosh biz board

Bain Japan's MD reportedly wants to get on the Toshiba Memory Business board, to invest in it and get an agreement with WDC about continuing the joint venture to make flash chips. Yuji Sugimoto is said MD and reportedly told Nikket Aisan Review he planned to become a director of the to-be-acquired Toshiba Memory Business and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2017

DNA as storage? Old and boring. Boffins now chaining monomers

Monomer-manipulating researchers writing in Nature Communications this month say they have read multi-byte sequences using mass spectroscopy and bit-storing monomers. The research paper, titled "Mass spectrometry sequencing of long digital polymers facilitated by programmed inter-byte fragmentation" claims it sets the stage …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2017
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Kaminario wheels out model that makes K2 flash look well flash

Kaminario has claimed its all-flash storage arrays have a lower three or five-year cost of ownership than competing products. But not just a few competitors; the ESG quantitative model it uses has customised results for each inquiring business. The ESG Economic Value Validation scheme is described in a report obtainable from …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2017
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Commvault scale-out appliance gunning for Rubrik and Cohesity

Commvault is launching a HyperScale all-in-one appliance providing a scale-out platform for its data protection and management services, taking on competing offerings from the likes of Rubrik and Cohesity. Company CEO, chairman and president Bob Hammer said there is a concerted and ongoing move to scale-out cloud-like …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2017
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Toshiba smacks down down 'ransomware killed flash factory' report

Toshiba has denied a report alleging its NAND flash factories were felled by ransomware. Taiwan's Digitimes, which often finds news from deep in the supply chain, on Monday reported that Toshiba halted production for three to six weeks while it sorted out a ransomware mess. Doing so, the report suggested, saw production of 100 …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Oct 2017

Keep your voice down in the data centre, the HDDs have ears! I SAID, KEEP...

It must be one of the worst ways to build a microphone imaginable, tapping into a disk drive's nanosecond head stops as it waits for the vibrations caused by sound to cease, but it has been done. When sound meets a disk drive, the sonic vibrations cause a shaking in the disk drive and the platters vibrate. The drive's control …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2017
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Quantum's rook-ey move, software pawns and is cheque in mail for tape?

Storage roundup At the end of this week we can lift the lid just a little on Quantum's mystery Castle storage project, say that the latest 12TB LTO tape format is coming nearer and add a few tidbits about GPDR, NAS in the cloud and Tintri array automation. Crossbar Crossbar showed its ReRAM technology at the 2017 SMIC Technology Symposium in …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2017
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Bloodied and broken AFA pioneer Violin picks itself up and tries again

Analysis Violin Systems, the renamed Violin Memory, is like a boxer who could have been a contender and is now chasing redemption, getting up off the floor after what should have been a knockout blow. There's a new coaching team in his corner but, wait a minute, the replacement head coach is the former assistant coach and there's no …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2017

Toshiba: Dear Western Digital. Let's talk flash fab moolah

Toshiba says it is now talking to Western Digital about joint investment in a flash fab development. The two are joint venture partners in a flash foundry in Yokkaichi, Mie prefecture, Japan. In dire need of cash, Toshiba is trying to sell its interests to a Bain Capital-led consortium which won an auction for the business …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2017
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Western Dig's MAMR is so phat, it'll store 100TB on a hard drive by 2032

WDC has given up on heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) and is developing a microwave-assisted technique (MAMR) to push disk drive capacity up to 100TB by the 2030s. It's able to do this with relatively incremental advances, avoiding the technological development barrier represented by HAMR. These developments include …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2017

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