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Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

IBM has claimed its fifth-in-succession world tape density record with a 330TB raw capacity technology using Sony tape media tech. Back in April, 2015 IBM and Fujitsu demonstrated a 123 billion bits/in2 220TB tape using so-called Nanocubic technology and barium ferrite tape media. IBM tape density records This time around, …
Chris Mellor, 02 Aug 2017

Cohesity adds archiving, analytics to Orion's belt

Secondary storage consolidation player Cohesity has fulfilled a long-term promise and added archive-accessing workload support for Big Data analytics. In April, Cohesity picked up $90 million in a third funding event and wanted to expand its data platform's applicability from data protection by adding use cases "with a special …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2017
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WANdisco sticks Fusion into Amazon's Snowballs for mega-petabyte data pelt

WANdisco is integrating its Fusion product with Amazon's Snowball product, which moves massive amounts of data to its public cloud. Snowball is the AWS method of transporting large amounts of data to its public cloud; data amounts so large that digital transmission across a wide-area network (WAN) would take weeks or more and …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2017
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Databarracks turns to business continuity as a service. Why? BCaaS

Databarracks has started offering business continuity as a service (BCaaS) to small and medium-sized businesses in the UK. The company already provides disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) and is a "niche player" in that field, according to Gartner, along with Acronis, Carbonite and Daisy. It was started 15 years ago as a …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2017
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Red Hat acquires Permabit to put the squeeze on RHEL

Red Hat has acquired “the assets and technology of Permabit Technology Corporation”, a data-shrinking concern, for an undisclosed sum. Permabit offers data de-duplication and compression software and recently cooked ready-to-run Linux kernel modules of its wares after previously focusing on sales to OEMs. Red Hat has now …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Aug 2017
Money down the drain

Creditors urge Toshiba to consider bankruptcy – reports

Some Toshiba creditors are thinking the unthinkable, saying the company should seriously consider declaring itself bankrupt. The reason is that Toshiba now has more obligations than cash, and is worth less than it should be, threatening its ability to survive as a going concern. Toshiba has estimated its liabilities are …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2017
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NAND that's that... Flash chip industry worth twice disk drive biz

Analysis The flash industry is worth more than twice the disk drive industry in terms of product ship revenues. Trends suggest a shrinking disk drive industry will squeeze the three drive manufacturers, leaving Seagate with no escape. Storage sector analyst Aaron Rakers has run supplier numbers through his spreadsheets and reckons the …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2017
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Toshiba agrees to give WD 2-week heads-up about flash memory biz flog-off

Western Digital, which has dropped a preliminary injunction request, and Toshiba have agreed that Tosh will give WD at least 14 days' advance notice before closing any sale or transfer of its flash foundry joint venture interests, which won’t take place for many months. Western Digital (WD) and Toshiba are in dispute over …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2017
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Yeehaw! And welcome to another rootin'-tootin' storage pony wrangling

We've added a fair few thoroughbreds to this week's storage corral. Let's send in a wrangler and see what we've got. Aspera IBM business Aspera has issued a white paper on its FASP high speed transport direct-to-cloud storage FASP (Fast And Secure Protocol) provides high-performance secure WAN transport of files, directories …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2017
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Disaster-proofers merge: Axcient enclosed by eFolder

DRaaS supplier Axcient is merging with eFolder, and eFolder will be the combined business’s name. The eFolder business was started up as a value-added reseller (VAR) in Atlanta, GA, in 2002, providing IT services with a cloud backup product. That was accompanied by others offering backup and disaster recovery (BDR), business …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2017

Flash, aaaaaah! Western Digital waggles sales in nemesis Seagate's face

Western Digital earned the revenues it said it would in its final fiscal 2017 quarter and gave an object lesson to Seagate in how to run a storage drive business. WD revenues were $4.8bn for its latest quarter, compared to Seagate's $2.4bn, a difference of 100 per cent. That's what buying into the flash chip and SSD business …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2017

Box labelled best collaborator ... of content – Gartner mages

Box has topped Gartner's magic quadrant as the analyst wizards cast their judgemental eyes over the content collaboration market. Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) has grown up into the content collaboration market and Gartner has given it a kiss of recognition with its very own magic quadrant, continuing its EFSS magic …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2017
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Cloud-stitching startup pitches NVMe FPGAs for SSDs

Fast NVMe over Fabric access to flash arrays needs direct access to the target drives, bypassing the X86 array controller, for the lowest latency. FPGAs are being developed to do this. Startup Attala Systems is working in this area, and says it has a new vision for reinventing private and public cloud infrastructure. It has …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2017
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Lenovo sticks Toshiba NVMe SSDs in ThinkSystem server brainpan

Toshiba SSDs are being used to speed Lenovo ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile servers. The PX04P SSD is an NVMe-attached SSD in AIC or 2.5-inch form factor with capacities from 800GB to 3.84TB. It uses 2bits/cell (MLC) flash and delivers up to 660,000/185,000 random read/write IOPS and 3.1/2.5 GiB/sec sequential read/write bandwidth …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2017
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No time for nap, update your QNAP: RAIDed NAS data corruption bug squashed

QNAP has put out a critical NAS firmware fix notice after prolonged pushing by a small business tech IT pro guy in Australia. If you use QNAP NAS in a RAID 5 or 6 configuration, you should update the firmware immediately. Wayne Small runs the SBSFaq website which is focused on the concerns of small and medium business IT …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2017
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Luczo's so-so luck: Seagate switches CEOs, sales fall, 600 jobs cut

Seagate revenues fell 9.1 per cent in the three months to June 30, aka the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2017 year. It has also changed its CEO, and announced a headcount cut for good measure. With the revenue dip and a miss on earnings – $0.65 per share vs the hoped-for $0.98 – the share price tumbled, at time of writing, by …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017

Commvault shifts slowly uphill as it gears into hyperconverged drive

Commvault grew revenues by 9 per cent year-on-year in its fiscal first 2018 quarter, ended June 30, 2017. There was a typical seasonal effect with the prior, fourth fiscal 2027 quarter, being higher. The bald revenue and net income numbers, with change percentages where appropriate, are: Commvault Quarterly Results Q1 …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017

Quad goals: Western Digital clambers aboard the 4bits/cell wagon

In the flash numbers game Western Digital's 3D, 64-layer NAND is being armed with 4bits/cell (quad-level cell, QLC) and bit-cost scaling (BiCS3) technology. WD's announcement follows joint-venture partner and legal war opponent Toshiba's QLC reveal in June. QLC flash chips have a third more cells and double the data density …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017

Maps to the storage stars: Who'll make it big in next 10 years?

Opinion Which suppliers will be the major storage players in the next 10 years on the same scale as Dell, HPE, IBM and NetApp are today? And how will they fit into the storage landscape? This analysis is a personal opinion and isn't based on an exhaustive review of market dynamics, supplier strategy and results and myriad CIO …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017
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Symbolic IO CEO cuffed by cops, vanishes from his storage startup

Symbolic IO CEO and founder Brian Ignomirello was arrested last week on outstanding warrants and for allegedly violating a restraining order, it is reported. According to the Asbury Park Press, Ignomirello was cuffed last Tuesday at his six-bedroom mansion that he shared with his girlfriend and their two children in Colts Neck …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017
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Pull on yer wellies and let's wade through the week's storage news

A mudslide of storage news has mired Vulture Central and we're up to our waists in it. Alas, this seems to be becoming a weekly occurrence. We waded through it, sorted it out, tidied it up, and mopped the floors. Datrium Fancy primary array startup Datrium has added support for Red Hat Virtualization to its DVX platform and …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2017
Pinky and the Brain

What is this – some kind of flashy, 3-bit consumer SSD? Eh, Seagate?

Seagate has a new line of Nytro consumer SSDs coming using 3-bits/cell flash. These 2.5-inch form factor consumer SSDs are typically positioned as PC/notebook disk drive upgrade products, providing a data access, app load and boot time performance boost for such disk-bound products. A 256GB Nytro 141 appears to be available …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2017

Who the funk is Hive-IO? It's where Atlantis assets have buzzed off to

Hive-IO has bought certain assets of Atlantis Computing, a struggling supplier of VDI and hyperconverged infrastructure software, for undisclosed financial terms. Atlantis found itself in difficulties and was in financial negotiations about its future in late June. New York-based and early-stage startup Hive-IO's website is …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2017
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NAND then there was a second growth quarter... IBM reports flash surge

Analysis IBM's systems segment brought in $1.7bn, 10 per cent down year-on-year. Systems hardware was $1.3bn with operating systems software at $400m. z Systems – down 33 per cent annually Power – down 3 per cent year-on-year Storage – up 8 per cent annually at, we estimate, $592m CFO Martin Schroeter said: "The Power growth rate …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2017

The Lord saw that man was wicked and sent a flood of storage news

Another storage news flood has been washing over us. In between the waves we caught our breath and penned this catch-up. Arcserve Private equity-owned Arcserve has bought cloud disaster recovery/backup-as-a-service supplier Zetta. Transaction terms were not disclosed. Zetta was founded in 2008 by Jeff Treuhaft (ex-CTO who …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2017
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Hypervisor kid Scale Computing ups hyperconverged smarts

Entry-level and mid-market KVM-hypervisor-based Scale Computing has upped its HCIA game with dual CPU systems and a tripled disk capacity product. Scale had three kinds of hyperconverged infrastructure appliances (HCIA): the entry-level HC1000, and mid-market HC2000 and HC4000 products. At the entry level it has added an …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2017
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Gartner's Magic Quadrant flashes up pure flash array-pusher prize-plucker. It's Pure

Rickety rectangle house Gartner has promoted Pure Storage to the top of the all-flash array pack in its latest Solid-State Array (SSA) Magic Quadrant, and yanked Kaminario into the leaders' quadrant for the first time. Gartner MQ for Solid-stare arrays, July 2017 - click chart to embiggen The first impression is that Pure is …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2017
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Western Digital wins California court skirmish against Toshiba

A California court has told Toshiba not to transfer its flash memory joint venture interests to anyone else without advance notice to WDC subsidiary SanDisk, so that the issue is preserved for arbitration. Toshiba is trying to sell its NAND memory business, which owns three individual joint venture (JV) interests with SanDisk …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2017
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Flash firm Kaminario lays off half of UK team

Kaminario has left UK sales in the hands of an sales engineer and a chief technology officer following the redundancy of more than half of the local staff, a number of sources have told The Register. According to our insiders, two end user sales people and the channel boss Mark Walker were laid off at the end of last week - …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2017

What did OVH learn from 24-hour outage? Water and servers do not mix

An external water-cooling leak crashed a Dell EMC VNX array at an OVH data centre in Paris and put more than 50,000 websites out of action for 24 hours. OVH is the world's third largest internet hosting company with 260,000 servers in 20 data centres in 17 countries hosting some 18 million web applications. The failure took …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2017
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Meet Zenko: No, it's not a discount super hero. It's Scality's benevolent, celestial fox... er?

Object storage slinger Scality has announced an open-source public cloud gateway and controller called Zenko. Why "Zenko" as a name? It's allegedly Japanese for a benevolent, celestial fox that has occasional supernatural powers. Yes, we're none the wiser, either. Essentially, Zenko is based on Scality's implementation of the …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2017
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IO, IO, it's off to Weka.io we go: Let's take a look at a file system upstart

Weka.io claims its file storage device can scale out to billions of documents. Rather than rely on object storage to cope with this kind of data, you just need to reinvent the filer, which it reckons it has done. The WekaIO Matrix is said reinvented filer: it's software that runs on any SSD-packed commodity server or cloud …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2017
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WD gets court order: Toshiba can't block access to shared database

Western Digital Corp has won a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing its flash joint-venture partner Toshiba from impeding the shipment of engineering wafers and samples to WD in Milpitas, CA, as well as preventing it from blocking certain Western Dig employees from accessing shared databases. The two parties are in an …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2017

Kaminario offloads compression to Intel's QAT engine

Kaminario is getting better data compression by using Intel’s C6268 chipset in its K2 all-flash array's gen 6 storage controllers. The C6268 features QuickAssist Technology (QAT) and Kaminario uses this in offloading inline compression from its Xeon SP processors to a dedicated compression engine. The array’s VisionOS also …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2017
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Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

Viking Technology is shipping a 50TB SAS SSD. Yes, you read that right. The UHC-Silo SSD is claimed to be the highest-capacity drive of its kind shipping today, and has a 3.5-inch form factor that comes in two capacity points – 25 and 50TB. It uses planar SK Hynix MLC (2 bits/cell) flash and not the 3D TLC (3bits/cell) NAND …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2017
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Court docs: WD has bid to buy Toshiba's memory business six times

Court documents filed by WD in response to Toshiba claims show that it has made six bids to acquire Toshiba Memory Corporation (TMC), the spun-out Toshiba NAND memory business. Toshiba is selling this business in order to save the company from possible closure following catastrophic losses in its US-based Westinghouse Electric …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2017

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