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Speaking in Tech: Just slacking off and keeping things contained

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Sarah is on vacation while Eddie and Greg slack it off on Sheryl Sandberg, API copyrights and containers. Our special guest this week is Chad Sakac, president, global systems engineering, EMC. This week we …
Team Register, 1 Jul 2015
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ETERNUS embiggens at peak of Mt Fujitsu (it's a drive array, not Tolkien)

Fujitsu's modular array line is being refreshed at the top end, with a third-generation ETERNUS DX8700 S3 product and a new DX8900 S3 array.   DX8700 S2 (2011) DX8700 S3 (new) DX8900 S3 (new) Max capacity 6.14PB 4.6PB 13.8PB IOPS 1 million Not known 4 million Max drive count 3072 1536 4608 Storage controllers 2 to 8 …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jul 2015

Radian Memory Systems decloaks, says it'll twin DRAM and flash

Stealthy upstart Radian Memory Systems is coming out at the Flash Memory Summit in August, and is developing storage memory software to be used in enterprise, hyperconverged, and cloud computing environments. Storage memory refers to the twinning of DRAM and non-volatile memory, meaning flash, in a single logical address space …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2015
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Fireworks expected from Oracle at Flash Memory Summit

Comment Oracle is giving a keynote pitch at the Flash Memory Summit, indicating it's got something NAND-like up its sleeve. The pitch is being presented by long-time disk man Mike Workman, currently SVP for flash storage systems at Oracle. He was the CEO of Pillar Data – which was acquired by Oracle in 2011 – which built the Axiom line …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2015
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Hello Tosh, got a downrated 6TB spinner? Yes, for slower workloads

Toshiba has introduced a downrated version of its MG04 6TB disk drive, suitable for bulk storage and cloud-based apps requiring less data transfer velocity than the standard model. This feat is accomplished by retaining most of the feeds and speeds, such as the 7,200rpm spin speed, but giving it a 6Gbit/s SATA interface instead …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2015
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Cloud storage is a three-way race with no contenders

The cloud storage market is a three-way race with the trailing pack choosing to occupy niches rather than challenge the leaders, according to the market scryers of Gartner. The firm last week issued a new “Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Storage Services, Worldwide” that listed just seven providers: AWS, Google, Microsoft, IBM, …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jun 2015
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Pure's mass disk drive killer lays out plans for flash hegemony

Comment Fresh from a big product and business model launch, Pure Storage was undestandably reticent about future technologies at a briefing in Mountain View. However, interesting tidbits did drop from speakers' lips. Co-founder John "Coz" Colgrove said: "Our goal is to make all disk storage extinct." Dressed in his signature long t- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2015

NetApp cackles as cheaper FlashRay lurches out of the door

FlashRay lives! All-flash FAS is now a price/performance beast – which now comes with a substantial price cut. NetApp is doubling down on its 3-product all-flash arrays; the EF Series, All-Flash FAS (AFF) and FlashRay with its Mars operating system. Yes, FlashRay lives and has not been gobbled up and absorbed into the FAS …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2015

Gazing at two-tier storage systems: What's the paradigm, Doc?

Comment I’ve been talking about two-tier storage infrastructures for a while now. End users are targeting this kind of approach to cope with capacity growth and performance needs. The basic idea is to leverage flash memory characteristics (all-flash, hybrid, hyperconvergence) on one side and implement huge storage repositories, where …
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Breqwatr breqs hyper-converged mould with all-flash box

Breqwatr? What on Earth is a Breqwatr? It looks like someone is trying too hard to get attention with bad spelling.* In fact, it's a company making the Breqwatr Cloud Appliance, a turnkey, all-flash, scale-out, hyper-converged appliance for private cloud deployments. This BCA v2.0 product is built on OpenStack's Juno release, …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2015
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Facebook SSD failure study pinpoints mid-life burnout rate trough

Facebook engineers and Carnegie Mellon researchers have looked into SSD failure patterns and found surprising temperature and data contiguity results in the first large-scale SSD failure study. In a paper (PDF) entitled A Large-Scale Study of Flash Memory Failures in the Field they looked at SSDs used by Facebook over a four …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2015
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Connected Data's Transporter private-cloud-in-a-box hooks up with the office NASties

Connected Data's Transporter stores and shares files over the network like a Dropbox-style private cloud. Now it can hook up with any supported NAS system, thanks to its Network Storage Connector. Transporter is a peer-to-peer sync'n'share storage device that doesn’t expose files to any public cloud, and thus avoids the need for …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2015
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All-flash array reports aren't all about all-flash arrays, rages Gartner

Comment Our earlier pop at Gartner's all-flash array methodology has generated a response from Gartner. Joe Unsworth from Gartner – the author of the Market Share report and co-author on the Solid-State Arrays magic quadrant – has been in touch. We said corrective glasses were needed to read the report. View what follows as corrective …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2015
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Airbnb beats actual posh hotel chain with stupidly large valuation

Airbnb is shortly expected to unveil a valuation of $24bn (£15bn), meaning it will soon be worth more than actual hotel chain Marriott, according to reports. This month, Airbnb expects to close a $1bn (£628m) funding round at a $24bn valuation, "people familiar with the matter" have whispered to the Wall Street Journal. In …
Kat Hall, 18 Jun 2015
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Samsung spins up its latest rusty rotators for release

Seagate’s Samsung unit has spun out the lightest, thinnest, 4TB USB-powered 2.5-inch drive in the world, with its M3 and P3 portable products. The case is 0.78 inches thin and weighs 8.3 ounces. It is 1/10 of an inch thicker than Samsung’s 2TB drive. Inside is a Spinpoint M10P drive with 800GB/platter – impressive areal density …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2015
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Farewell then, Mr Elop: It wasn't actually your fault

Comment The leadership of Nokia phones shuffled out of Microsoft yesterday, with phones VP Jo Harlow joining former CEO and Microsoft devices VP Stephen Elop in the taxi queue. The traffic wasn’t all one way: Meego UX guy Peter Skillman has joined Microsoft from Nokia’s HERE division. The moves are a result of a corporate reshuffle …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jun 2015
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Hazelcast adds amped-up caching to its in-memory tech

In-memory open source NoSQLer Hazelcast has announced a caching update to its product range, claiming v3.5 of its High Density Memory Store offers “100’s of GB of near cached data to clients for massive application scalability”. The near cache provides hundreds of gigabytes of in-memory data on a single application server, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2015
Containers

ClusterHQ picks EMC as friend with benefits for Flocker release

ClusterHQ has inked an agreement that will see its Flocker container management code integrate with EMC's flashy fare. Flocker is container data management tool that aims to orchestrate containers so that several can be assembled into something that looks, feels and behaves pretty much like an application. Flocker also allows …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2015
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Disk is dead, screeches Violin – and here's how it might happen

Analysis And in a flash, disk is dead. Well, actually, not that fast. But flash array flogger Violin Memory is convinced disk is dying in the data centre, killed by a series of NAND acronyms: 2D MLC, 3D TLC and, the final blow, 3D QLC. Is this view realistic? Even remotely realistic? It starts from a pair of observations by Violin …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2015
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A testing time for storage – it's VMware from Nutanix, by a nose

VMware evangelist and blogger Chuck Hollis says Nutanix prices are vastly higher than VSAN prices for equivalent performance and functionality at least, so why pay more? It seems VMware sees Nutanix's hyperconverged products as the top competitor for its VSAN (Virtual SAN) product, so Hollis compared various VSAN configurations …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2015
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Flash is fallible. But you'd rather have an AFA than spinning rust

We tend to think of flash as a solid-state disk – like spinning rust, only more expensive, consuming less power, and much, much faster. And yes, it is true that you can use it like that, but there is a lot more that flash can offer if you start to take into consideration what makes flash different in the first place. Simply put …
Bryan Betts, 16 Jun 2015

Flexible PRAM: Not a bendy baby carriage, but infinitely cooler

Bendy humans pose problems for wearable IT as devices break when they’re deformed. Flexible computers would be ideal – and a group of Korean boffins has devised some flexible PRAM tech to help with the problem. They work at KAIST, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and want to persuade us that having non- …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2015
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Huawei humps up its DS8000 heavyweight array range

Chinese IT conglomerate Huawei has added a third generation to its VMAX/DS8000-class 18000 series arrays. The V2 18000 arrays topped the SPC-1 lists for hybrid arrays, delivering more than a million SPC-1 IOPS. They have from 2 to 16 controllers, up to 99.9999 per cent availability, and range up to 7PB of capacity. Huawei says …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2015
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Carbon nanotube memory tech gets great big cash dollop

Future memory hardware startup Nantero has had a big funding round, suggesting its technology is getting closer to becoming a reality. It got $31.5m in an over-subscribed round to continue developing its nanotube-based non-volatile RAM (NRAM) semiconductor technology, which it says has DRAM read/write speed and is ultra-high …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2015
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Breathe normally: Oxygen coming to Solidfire's flashy folk

How quickly yesterday's revolutionary product becomes a solid everyday reality. At least, that's how it seems even as all-flash arrays have yet to conquer the hearts and minds of the broad mass of disk array-using customers. So it is with Solidfire, whose first product was released in late 2012. It is now bringing out its eighth …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2015
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Women are fleeing from the digital sector, reckons UK.gov report

Fewer women are working in the digital sector than a decade ago, according to a report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills quango. Currently just one quarter of employees are women in digital businesses such as software development, visual effects and computer games - down from one-third in 2002 - according to the …
Kat Hall, 11 Jun 2015

Nutanix: We're not a storage company, but, er, watch out, NetApp

Nutanix is working on a scale-out file server and thinks it will set the cat among the pigeons in array-land, especially NetApp's filer business. Sunil Potti, Nutanix's senior veep for engineering and product management, revealed the product today at his company's .NEXT user conference in Miami, Florida. There's two parts to …
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HGST shimmy shimmy shingles its way to a 10TB spinning rust drive

HGST has cracked the 10TB barrier with a shingled helium drive for active disk archives. Think of it loosely as a shingled He8. Like the He8, the Ultrastar Archive Ha10 is a helium-filled drive in which platters spin with less friction and vibration than in an air-filled drive. The same physical drive enclosure can hold more …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jun 2015
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Hyperconvergence: Just where is the technology going?

When I started in business IT back in 1989, the machine room housed an IBM System/38 and an IBM PC-AT. The latter was the Novell NetWare 2.0a server. The S/38 had its proprietary connections, and the PCs were connected by traditional Token Ring. In fact a couple of PCs had IBM 5250 adaptor cards and terminal emulators so they …
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Let's kill off the meaningless concept of SW-defined storage

Comment Software-defined storage has become a meaningless and useless concept. It doesn't tell you anything useful beyond the vague idea that software drives the hardware. Well, yes, when virtually every storage hardware product you use is based on commodity hardware then it would, wouldn't it? I met a person the other day who said …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jun 2015
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Hedvig flutters in carrying $18m in fresh VC greenbacks

Software storage startup Hedvig has gone and got itself an $18m Series B funding round just two months after its A-round, suggestive of a sudden change in its priorities. The company, founded by Avinash Lakshman in 2012, aims to bring Facebook-style scale-out storage and its commodity component economics to enterprise data …
Chris Mellor, 8 Jun 2015
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Russia copies EU commissars with own right to be forgotten law

Russia is to push ahead with a new “right to be forgotten” law (RTBF) modelled on the EU version, according to local news reports. Last year the European Court of Justice (ECJ) confirmed that EU citizens have the right to request search engines remove links to outdated or irrelevant information about them. The Kremlin has been …
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Violin posts yet more crappy results as it swaps out sales veep

Violin's revenues underwhelmed in its latest quarter as sales execution issues and a collapse in older product sales contributed to another big loss. Revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2016 were a depressing $12.1m, 41 per cent lower than Q4 of fiscal 2015 and 33 per cent lower than the $18.1m reported in the first quarter …
Chris Mellor, 8 Jun 2015

HP to buy EMC? We think so, say Wall St money men

An HP and EMC merger still seems like a fanciful sticking plaster to heal two tech giants, but financial analysts in the US are advising that such a transaction not only looks logical but more likely. Wall St money men spent last week analysing HP’s direction in the corporate enterprise following the Discover event in Las Vegas …
Paul Kunert, 7 Jun 2015
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What hyper-converged storage really means for you

To paraphrase an old joke, ask three IT “experts” for a definition of hyper-convergence and you'll get four different answers - depending on which areas they work in and what their employers are currently trying to sell. We are going to simplify things though by looking at it through the prism of storage. This turns out to be a …
Bryan Betts, 5 Jun 2015

Passions run high in EU parliament debate over air passengers' privacy

MEPs are massively split on whether or not to hand over air passengers’ personal data to security authorities. Members of the European Parliament’s civil liberties committee debated the planned PNR (passenger name record) law that would involve storing all the information collected by airlines about passengers – including …
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Everyone's at it: Backup folk spaff out tsunami of cloudy, flashy gear

The artisanal world of back-up product creation continues to blast out refinements, with product announcements from Arkivum, CommVault, Unitrends and Veeam, as well as cloud filer product news from Sphere 3D (previously Overland Storage). Arkivum has a pair of tape-based archiving products; Arkivum/1+1 and Arkivum/OnSite and …
Chris Mellor, 2 Jun 2015

Georgens out at NetApp – new chairman, interim CEO named

Longtime NetApp executive Tom Georgens has parted ways with the storage outfit, vacating his dual roles as the firm's chairman and chief executive, effective immediately. Stepping up to the CEO chair – at least temporarily – is George Kurian, who most recently had served as the firm's executive veep of product operations. …
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Docker death blow to PaaS? The fat lady isn’t singing just yet folks

Logically nestled just above Infrastructure-as-a-Service and just beneath the Software-as-a-Service applications it seeks to support, we find Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). As you would hope from any notion of a platform, PaaS comes with all the operating system, middleware, storage and networking intelligence we would want — but …
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SanDisk speeds up CloudSpeed Eco, raises capacity

SanDisk has souped up its CloudSpeed Eco SSD for cloud service providers, doubling its capacity and raising throughput, courtesy of a process shrink. CloudSpeed Eco Gen 1 was introduced at the end of March last year as a cost-effective SSD for cloud service provider use. It was built using a 19nm chip process and held up to …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jun 2015
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Veeam's plan: Ignore MBA marketers, don't covet magazine covers

Most CEOs give little away in interviews: they stick to the script and deliver information in easily-digestible chunks. Veeam's Ratmir Timashev does it differently: the founder, president and CEO of Veeam likes to tell stories. So when your correspondent asked him why Veeam is going well, Commvault is doing okay but Veritas, EMC …
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NetApp name-changes SteelStore to AltaVault

NetApp's marketing droids have renamed its acquired SteelStore product AltaVault, showing obeisance at the high altar of cloud storage. The Sunnyvale company bought SteelStore from Riverbed for $80m in October last year, before it was gobbled up by private equity. The product provided cloud back-up gateway functionality with a …
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2015