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Storage Wars: Not very long ago, a hop, skip and a jump away...

Storage wars are ongoing across the galaxy and of course every supplier claims the force is with them. Here's the latest news overheard from the wretched hive of scum and villainy otherwise known as the storage industry. Splunk climbs K2 Kaminario is using Splunk Enterprise to provide analytics for its K2 arrays and also …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2017

All flasher Tintri makes play for the cash-strapped: Buy 'em drive by drive

Tintri has made a FlexDrive facility available so cash-strapped customers can expand all-flash array capacity one drive at a time. Customers don't have add drives at multi-drive canister level or in RAID groups, it said. This means capacity can track demand more closely and spread out OPEX cash needs across smaller payments - …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2017

Ugh, stupid power supplies hogging server density, who needs 'em?

Supermicro has added battery backup power to its disaggregated rack-scale server product line to improve power efficiency and server density ratings. Its disaggregated server architecture means CPU, memory, IO, storage and power/cooling elements can be upgraded independently. Each component can be refreshed separately to …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2017
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Container-flinger pushes Win 10 transformer for legacy apps

UK startup Cloudhouse has taken on the Windows migration crowd with a product to take Windows 7 era applications, wrap them inside an operating system interface code layer, and make them Windows 10-compliant. It calls this interface code a "container", but this is not Docker-style, micro-services containerisation. Instead, the …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2017
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Guess who's developing storage class memory kit? And cooking the chips on the side...

Analysis Huawei has made a move towards storage class memory that suggests it believes infrastructure driven by the tech is not only possible but inevitable. The firm said it believes that speeds of three storage elements are coming together to create a storage class memory-driven storage infrastructure that will work. It thinks that …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2017

Honey, I shrank the company: Tintri's dire third quarter presages a worse final one

+Comment CEO Ken Klein is having to eat dust after Tintri's poor IPO saw sales staff leave. Third quarter results are dire, the fourth quarter looks even worse, and Tintri is considering selling itself. We'll let the numbers talk first and see what Klein and his CFO Ian Halifax said in the earnings call. Revenues in its third fiscal …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2017

Hell's bells! Lights out at Diablo Technologies as plug pulled on website

NVDIMMer Diablo Technologies has suspended day-to-day operations, according to its lawyer. Speaking in the Northern District Court in California at a December 1 hearing* – in which Netlist claims Diablo, SanDisk and Smart Storage infringed its patents – Diablo's counsel, Fabio Marino, informed the other parties that Diablo had …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2017
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Sons of Sun DriveScale tempt cloud-lovers with composable infrastructure rig

Analysis Composable infrastructure startup DriveScale believes composability is not primarily about hardware. Its CEO told us: "Hardware doesn’t drive software any more" and "SoCs are everywhere now", so "use the network as your backplane" because "100Gbit Ethernet is faster than PCIe 4 lane". “It’s all about the software. The box is a …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2017

Disk drives spin, are you listening? In the lane, servers glistening...

Analysis It's been a crazy storage news year with a furious blitz of announcements and events, some of which stand out more than others. This is my personal selection of the main news events, some still ongoing, that impressed me during the year. First up is the longest-running one of all – Toshiba's chip business sale. Toshiba chip …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2017
Peace in our time?

Flash bang walloped: Toshiba, Western Digital sign peace treaty over memory chip fabs

A peace has broken out between Western Digital and Toshiba over the future of their solid-state-memory factory joint-ventures. As expected, the two flash bangers have agreed to end their legal war. The pair said they have reached "a global settlement agreement to resolve their ongoing disputes in litigation and arbitration, …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2017

Xcellis: From 'gateway' for NAS dabblers to pusher of hardcore scale-out NAS boxen

Quantum has announced an Xcellis scale-out NAS system, claiming performance is three times better than the next-best competing NAS system. Xcellis is hardware separated into Workflow Director Nodes and Workflow Director Storage. The Director Nodes run StorNext software, which provides access to a multi-tier and single …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2017

Fujitsu's server jujitsu: FPGA gives networking capacity fourfold boost

Fujitsu Labs has fitted a parallelising FPGA to a server and quadrupled effective 10Gbit/s networking capacity. Using hardware offload to boost effective network transmission bandwidth is not new but Fujitsu's parallelising FPGA takes it to new heights. It has developed the FPGA to speed data compression and deduplication. …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2017

Avere wheels out fitter, faster filer accelerator

NAS accelerator Avere has introduced a beefier box to top its edge filer range – the FXT 5850. Avere can accelerate file access in the public cloud with virtual FXTs, and also on-premises with its FXT edge filers. These front-end existing filers and can act as stonking fast read and write caches for them. As file workloads …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2017

Teen Pennsylvania HPC storage pusher Panasas: Small files, fat nodes, sharp blades

Analysis HPC storage array maker Panasas has been talking about the new architecture for its scale out, parallel filesystem array, involving separate and scale-out director nodes talking to scale-out storage nodes. The company, born in Pennsylvania, is far from the hustling, VC-fuelled growth frenzy that is Silicon Valley – although it …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2017

Four hybrid clouds, three server SANs, two snapshotters... and a partridge in a pear tree

Backup, cloud, convergence, GDPR, malware and server SANs are flavours of the storage week as we approach midwinter. These market areas are growing strongly while traditional SANs and hybrid arrays fall back. Here's a snapshot of what happened, finishing up with a server SAN boost from Wikibon. But we start with a secondary …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2017

An object failure: All in all, it's just another... file system component?

Analysis Object storage has failed to to make it big time and is becoming just another way of storing files and a public cloud on-ramp. Ten years or so ago the object storage startups said file storage, with its file:folder access scheme, could not cope with large volumes of unstructured data. It wasn't reliable enough and used up too …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2017

Shingled out: 14TB helium-filled Toshiba drive floats to market

Toshiba has joined the ranks of helium-filled disk drive makers with a 14TB drive that is not shingled. WDC's 14TB UltraStar Hs is helium-filled and uses shingled magnetic recording (SMR), with blocks of partially overlapping write tracks. These increase capacity over conventional PMR recording by 2TB but rewriting data to the …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2017
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Walk with me... through a billion files. Slow down – admire the subset

Analysis If you ask your notebook's filesystem how many MP3 files it is storing that haven’t been opened in 30 days, you can find the answer reasonably quickly. But ask an enterprise’s file system when it holds a million files and you have a big problem. Ask this question of a file system that holds a billion files and your day just …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2017
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Cloudian pops NAS joystick on HyperStore object boxes

Cloudian says you can store unstructured data files on its HyperStore object storage, through a HyperFile NAS Controller, and not burden primary data filers with the stuff, saving lots of lovely money and getting loads of scalability. HyperFile involves a 2U NAS controller sitting atop one or more 4U HyperStore object storage …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2017

♫ Storage falling, all around me... Snowflake, Komprise... Paragon ♬

Ho ho ho, blockheads. Winterfest is almost upon us, but you know what is more exciting than four weeks of soulless consumerism? That's right, storage! So here's another roundup of the latest industry titbits. We do spoil you so. IBM It takes a while for AIX and System i to get the newest kit but it has arrived. Big Blue has a …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2017
Samsung's new 512GB eUFS V-NAND storage

Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage

Samsung has doubled the size of its largest Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) product to 512 gigabytes and started mass production of the chips. Samsung pitched previous generations of this kit at cars, which are expected to soon need to record a lot of sensor data, a VM or three to power various systems, some content for the …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2017
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Battle-weary Tosh, WDC mull peace treaty to end war over flash chip fab

Toshiba and Western Digital may be about to settle their long-running legal dispute over Tosh's sale of its interest in a flash fab joint venture, held by the two, to a Bain-led consortium that includes WDC competitors. Tosh wanted to sell its interest after near-catastrophic losses were discovered in its Westinghouse US nuke …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2017

Oh, Nutanix, if you carry on like this you might actually creep into profit

Nutanix has had a quarter to shout about with 46 per cent annual revenue growth and a reducing loss trend hinting at a profitable fourth quarter. Its first fiscal 2018 quarter had revenues of $275.6m; they were $188.6m a year ago* and $226.2m in the preceding quarter. The GAAP net loss was $61.5m, which sounds bad but better …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2017
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Toshiba soups up XG5-P NVMe SSD with 2TB and chunky read/write boost

Toshiba has doubled the capacity of its M.2 form factor XG5 flash drive to 2TB with an XG5-P (premium) model. The XG5, announced last May, comes in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB versions, using 64-layer, TLC (3bits/cell) 3D NAND like the XG5-P. There is an SLC (1bit/cell) cache in the XG5 and the same is true for the premium model, …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2017

Datrium tries to tempt Amazon cloud backup folk: Psst, buddy... you want HCI?

Hyperconverged system startup Datrium has spun out a DVX cloud instance for AWS. DVX is Datrium's on-premises hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) system, with storage controller software in server nodes and a shared DVX storage array. This is different from most HCI systems, which have local storage in each HCI server node. …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2017
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WDC to move all its stuff to RISC-V processors, build some kind of super data-wrangling stack

Analysis Western Digital has grandly announced its will use the open-source RISC-V processor architecture in all future products and "intends to lead the industry transition toward open, purpose-built compute architectures to meet the increasingly diverse application needs of a data-centric world." Western Digital, aka WDC, CTO Martin …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2017
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HPE inks object storage reseller deal in EMEA – with Cloudian

+Comment Not content with having one object storage partner, Scality, HPE has linked arms with a second – Cloudian. HPE has signed a reseller agreement with Cloudian – and will resell Cloudian HyperStore software in the EMEA region through its Pointnext services business. The Cloudian software runs on HPE's ProLiant and Apollo server …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2017

FlashBlade runner Pure charges NetApp's legacy filer fortress

Analysis Pure Storage had a great growth quarter and sees itself taking on NetApp filers with its unstructured data FlashBlade product. The company reported $278m in FY 2018 third-quarter revenues, which was a 41 per cent year-over-year increase and beat the midpoint of Pure's estimated revenue range for the quarter of $271m. It was 23 …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2017
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Soon enough, Toshiba drives will stash vid footage of all of us

Toshiba has taken its MG06 10TB enterprise capacity disk-drive technology and used it to update its surveillance line. The 6, 8 and 10TB versions of the MD06ACA-V SV surveillance drives succeed the 4 and 5TB MD04ABA-V drives. Like them, they have a 6 GBit/s SATA interface, a million-hour mean time between failures and spin at …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
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Someone has fixed the ESX 'VM stun' problem

Comtrade's latest HYCU Nutanix backup product version has a fix for the VM stun problem. An ESX virtual machine is quiesced (stunned) when a backup is taken. This can cause IO latency problems as IO requests come in to the "stunned" VM, are stored, and then consolidated into the stunned VM when the backup completes and …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
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Storage uber alles: SoftBank chucks $20 mill into Nexenta's hat

Software-defined storage biz Nexenta has picked up another $20m in funding. It is effectively an H-round, following last year's $7.7m G-round and takes total funding, we think, to $141.5m. The main funder in the latest round is SoftBank and there is a strategic distribution and go-to-market agreement between it and Nexenta. …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
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You've feasted for days but the courses keep on coming: Let's talk storage turkey

Tasty storage dishes for your Thanksgiving table include starter from Hazelcast, entree from HPE, a side from Qubole and dessert from Rubrik. Place your napkins in your lap and start dining. Hazelcast Jet In-memory data gridder Hazelcast has been working on its Jet product. Jet is a low latency, directed acyclic graph engine …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
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StorONE 're-invents' storage stack to set hardware free

Analysis Israeli storage startup StorONE says it has re-invented the storage stack to set hardware free. The software is TRU (Total Resource Utilisation), a storage array controller that provides file, block and object storage on the same drives, 650,000 random read 4K IOPS, and effectively unlimited snapshots. It supports all drive …
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2017
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Under par: HPE 3PAR US sales are limping

Comment Did HPE shoot itself in the foot with US 3PAR push? Its fourth quarter results showed storage revenues grew slightly but with sales in the US of the tech limping in a quarter with sales organisation changes. Storage revenues were $871m, up 5 per cent from the $827m of a year ago. In the HPE earnings call, CFO Tim Stonesifer …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2017
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'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

A filesystem-eating bug has been found in Linux 4.14. First reported last week by developer Pavel Goran, the problem struck bcache, a tool that lets one use a solid state disk drive as a read/write cache for another drive. bcache is often used to store data from a slow disk on faster media. Goran noticed the problem after …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2017

Wounded FalconStor flutters back to life

FalconStor has confirmed its first profit in more than two years, bagged fresh funding and employed a new bunch of new faces in its exec lounge. CEO Todd Brooks, who arrived in August, claimed changes are underway for the software-defined storage developer. Revenues in its third 2017 quarter ended 30 September were $6.1m, 17 …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017

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