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New disk drive maker? No such luck

The cloud and Big Data and Hadoop feature strongly in this week’s round-up of storage news, along with channel news. And, just for a moment, we thought we’d found a new disk drive manufacturer. But no, it was all tosh. Barracuda is offering a Web Security Service using Zscaler’s cloud security service. Zscaler can use …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2017
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Japan mulls semi-nationalising Tosh (memory biz) – report

The Japanese government is considering providing state-backed aid to Toshiba’s memory business, amounting to near partial nationalisation, to prevent it falling into Chinese or South Korean hands, according to a report. The article in Nikkei Asian Review goes on to say that the Development Bank of Japan is considering a …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2017

X-IO is back, and it's only gone full IoT

Analysis Back in January X-IO was back from a restructuring and refinancing and talking about product refreshes after a downturn in 2016. Three months later it’s ready to talk some more about the fourth generation of the existing ISE/iglu product line and the coming launch of its new Axellio system. At a briefing we were told that …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2017
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Manchester college swaps out disk for rackful of hybrid flash

A hybrid flash/disk array is replacing several disk arrays at a UK college and shows the way mainstream disk array replacement is heading towards flash for primary data applications. Bolton College in the UK has replaced eight Dell EqualLogic disk arrays used for databases, virtualised servers and virtual desktop environments …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2017
FreeNAS Corral - the FreeNAS formerly known as FreeNAS 10

FreeNAS sheds storage skin, tries on sexier hyperconverged garb

FreeNAS, the FreeBSD-derived software that turns a server into a network-attached storage box, has upgraded, changed its name and now asserts it's a hyperconverged platform. The new name is FreeNAS Corral, replacing the expected FreeNAS 10, because “Only a new name could do justice to the sheer amount of change and new …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2017
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Hardware 'dislodged' from HPE SAN during cable replacement

The Australian Taxation Office will install a new Hewlett Packard Enterprise storage area network over Easter. The Office's 3Par SAN went down in December 2016, taking with it several online services that Australian citizens and tax professionals use to settle their affairs with the government. Taxation Commissioner Chris …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2017

Primary Data's metadata engine 'speeds up' NAS, saves 'millions'. Leaps burning buildings, too?

Analysis Primary Data has updated its storage silo-converging DataSphere product, and says it’s ready for mainstream enterprise use, not just test and dev. The new release can save millions of dollars, handle billions of files and accelerate Isilon and NetApp filers. The v1.2 product gives enterprise customers, Primary Data says, the …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2017

Japan fires shot warning off risky bidders for Toshiba's memory biz – report

+Comment Potential buyers of Toshiba’s memory business sale could be restricted by Japanese government national security concerns. According to Reuters Japan’s government is prepared to use foreign exchange and foreign trade laws to block bidders it sees as a threat to Japan’s national security. Toshiba is looking to sell a majority …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2017

Sweet AFA: Pure sees flash of Big Blue as it drops to fifth behind IBM

+Comment It is only one quarter, but IDC’s latest enterprise storage numbers show IBM’s flash array revenues have overtaken those of Pure Storage, putting that IPO’d company in fifth place in the market. Stifel analyst Aaron Rakers has reported on IDC’s fourth 2016 quarter enterprise external storage revenues and we highlight the all- …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2017

May is the cruellest month - especially for these California storage techies

The state of California's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) system shows that 68 DSSD staff are being laid off. Dell closed down its high-performance NVME solid state drive and fabric connected DSSD D5 array earlier this month because there was an insufficient market for the product. At the time Dell said …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2017
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Monday muster point for storage news. Get in here now if juggling terabytes is your trade

It's a brand new week. We know you're all dying to get back to work. Here's a load of enterprise storage info to kickstart your Monday. Avere El Reg asked filer and cloud file data access accelerator Avere about the effect of hyperconverged infrastructure appliances as it sees it. President and CEO Ron Bianchin said: “We do …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2017

Cisco and pals reveal backup bundles for Borg's slow-moving converged rigs

Cisco's pals are excited that The Borg has signed them up for new data protection bundles. Late last week CommVault scored with a reference platform to protect data on the Cisco/Pure just-like-FlexPod-but-not-with-NetApp FlashStack platform. A few days earlier Veeam scored on the HyperFlex platform, Cisco's look-we-can-do- …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2017

Seagate dismounts Korean design center, fscks 300 workers

Seagate is closing a design center in South Korea, according to its 8-K homework submitted to US financial watchdog, the SEC. The document, dated Thursday, refers to "an additional restructuring plan." The language is pretty sparse: "The company intends to close its design center in Korea, which will result in the reduction of …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2017
NetApp founder Dave Hitz and SolidFire founder Dave Wright

SolidFire chief talks up secret upcoming hyperconverged system

Backgrounder SolidFire boss Dave Wright talked with El Reg and discussed the vendor's upcoming hyper-converged system based on its own nodes. Wright was SolidFire CEO when NetApp bought the company towards the end of 2015 and is now VP and General Manager of SolidFire within NetApp. We tried, but were unable to get him to talk any about …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2017

The gospel according to Blockchain, or is it the other way round?

Analysis Startup Gospel Technology is evangelising the use of Blockchain to secure and verify sharable data. Blockchain technology provides a way of doing this, claims Gospel, which says it's found a simpler way than any alternative methods. The early stage firm was founded in December last year by CEO Ian Smith, who was co-founder, …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2017
Everspin's perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (pMTJ) based ST-MRAM

Everspin's new gig: a gig or two of non-volatile RAM on PCIe

Non-volatile memory outfit Everspin's popped some of its Spin Torque MRAM onto a PCIe card in the hope system builders get excited about a new tier of memory. Or is it a new tier of storage? The first of the new “nvNITRO E” range will be a half-height, half-length PCIe card that can operate as an NVMe solid state disk, or as …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2017
Data corruption

Zerto SNAFU can cause data corruption on Nutanix boxen

Nutanix users protecting their data with Zerto software need to pay close attention to the latter's recently-released 5.0U2 as it fixes a problem that could cause data corruption. Zerto slipped out a warning about the problem last week, explaining that its software could induce IO errors that lead to data corruption. As Zerto' …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2017

Oh, 3PAR. One moment you're gliding along. The next, you're in the rain as HPE woos Nimble

Comment This week, HPE offered to acquire Nimble Storage for around $1.09bn, plus another $200m in share options. Nimble sells all-flash and hybrid storage solutions, with a lot of intellectual property focused around storage analytics in the form of their “InfoSight” SaaS platform. Commentators are seeing this as a good deal for both …
Chris Evans, 09 Mar 2017

The future of storage is ATOMIC: IBM boffins stash 1 bit on 1 atom

Molecules are so yesterday – IBM boffins at Almaden have cracked atomic storage, magnetising a single atom and storing a bit of data on it. The atom in question was a Holmium atom, a silvery-white metal and a rare earth, lanthanide element. It also has the highest magnetic moment of any naturally occurring material. A Holmium …
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2017

Seagate plays disk cricket with a 12TB Enterprise Capacity drive spinner

Seagate has announced a 12TB helium-filled data centre disk drive, catching up with WD's Ultrastar He12, and providing both SAS and SATA interfaces. The disk represents an update on the existing 10TB Enterprise Capacity drive and comes in 10 and 12TB capacity points. It features a 256MB cache compared to the prior 10TB …
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2017

Western Digital CTO Martin Fink refused El Reg's questions, but did write this sweet essay

Interview When "retired" HP Labs head Martin Fink surprisingly joined Western Digital as CTO we were interested how this memory-driven computing proponent would affect WD's solid state tech strategy. After a few weeks we sent him some questions, to which he responded: "Some of your questions need a bit of context around them. In some …
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2017

Excelero stumbles, squinting, into sunlight clutching its remote direct-access NVMe kit

Storage startup Excelero slides out of stealth today with its NVMesh v1.1 Server SAN software, which can drink data directly from a remote node, bypassing that node's CPU. Excelero is active in the NVMe over Fabrics area, in which remote direct access to a storage resource is almost as fast as direct local access, and has, in …
Chris Mellor, 08 Mar 2017

WD changes tack on its archiving array strategy but fails to tell anyone

WD has extended its disk-based archive array line scaling out to 52PB with a newish X100 ActiveScale product. This arrived in January with no fanfare and holds 47 per cent more data than the largest SA7010 Active Archive product. What gives? The first ActiveScale product arrived in November 2016 and was a middling capacity …
Chris Mellor, 08 Mar 2017

Why did Nimble sell and why did HPE buy: We drill into $1.2bn biz deal

Analysis In buying Nimble Storage for $1.2bn, HPE has signaled that it needs a complementary all‑flash array architecture to its 3PAR StoreServ arrays. The company is also getting the storage industry’s leading cloud-based management and predictive analytics capability, InfoSight, and with Nimble planning a hyper-converged offering, …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2017
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News flash: Storage farmers living off the fat of the NAND

Samsung was top of the charts as NAND prices rose in the fourth 2016 quarter due to supply shortages, with suppliers’ profits peaking according to TrendForce. The research house ranked suppliers in revenue terms with Samsung top, followed by Toshiba, Western Digital, Micron, SK Hynix and then Intel. It provided potted …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2017

Quantum board shake-up on the cards as threat of NYSE delisting looms

Quantum's board has caved in to activist investor VIEX and agreed to reconstitute itself with new independent directors. VIEX owns approximately 11 per cent of outstanding shares in Quantum's common stock. It claims Quantum's share price has under-performed because top brass have made wrong decisions about running the business …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2017

SwiftStack drops v5.0, says hybrid IT rules OK!

SwiftStack v5's Cloud Sync provides two-way replication between on-premises data centres and Google Cloud Storage, Amazon S3 and Glacier. Open-source object storage SwiftStack software delivers access to petabytes of unstructured data in a single namespace, with a pay-as-you-grow feature. It first talked about Cloud Sync back …
Chris Mellor, 06 Mar 2017
Australian money at a crime scene

3Par brought down Australian Tax Office with >REDACTED<

Hewlett Packard Enterprise “failed to deliver on the contractual terms” it agreed with Australia's Taxation Office after 3Par storage arrays twice failed at the Office, according to commissioner of taxation Chris Jordan. But the cause of the problems may never be publicly revealed. Speaking before a Senate Estimates* hearing …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Mar 2017
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BRB going for a storage dump. Ah, much better

TGI (Thank God It’s) Friday and so time to retrieve back burner storage news received in the week and bring it to the fore; Druva says its inSync product is now available on the Google G Suite Marketplace. It says enterprises can deploy Druva inSync directly through the G Suite Marketplace, making it simpler to manage data …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2017

Symbolic IO CEO insists the IRIS i1 is more than a bunch of pretty lights

Interview The TechLive session revealed Symbolic IO's IRIS i1 box, and its tech continues to raise lots of questions. How do the components work? Why have certain design choices been made? How does the IRIS system compare to other servers? We asked the company lots of questions about its technology and CEO and founder Brian Ignomirello …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2017

Revamped IDC Storage Tracker anoints Dell as external storage top dog

The latest IDC Storage Tracker says top dog Dell Technologies has more external storage revenue share than HPE, IBM and NetApp combined. The previous Storage Tracker format separated external enterprise storage (arrays) from total enterprise storage, which includes storage sold with servers, and provided tabulated results for …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2017

Flash bang wallop

Survey We’re running a survey to find out just what kind of impact flash drives and their arrays have had on your business. We’d like to know your experiences with them be they good bad or plain right ugly. In return for your input we’ll provide a free download of the findings and write about what we learnt. The survey will take you …
David Gordon, 03 Mar 2017

HPE spotted splashing its cash at Hedvig's $21.5m funding party

Secondary storage consolidating software startup Hedvig has gained $21.5m in a VC‑round of funding, with HPE putting in some of the cash. The startup was founded by Avinash Lakshman in 2013, and previous $12.5m A‑round/seed funding and $18m B‑round took place in 2015. Total funding is now $52m. It strikes us that $21.5m is …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2017

Hey Eric, you Schrock! Delphix engineering veep bumped up to CTO

A reliable source tells us that Delphix, the database copy virtualizer, has promoted engineering VP Eric Schrock into its chief technology officer role, finally replacing the somewhat long-ago departed Adam Leventhal. The company hired Chris Cook as CEO in April 2016. No doubt he has had lots to do and has now got around to …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2017
EMC Cork's DSSD D5 unit

Dell kills off standalone DSSD D5, scatters remains into other gear

+Comment A year after first shipping the DSSD D5 array, Dell Technologies is axing the standalone product. It will sprinkle the technology into its storage and platforms groups; that will, it is hoped, speed up applications on these systems by exploiting high-speed access to NVMe drives. EMC bought DSSD in May 2014 for a suggested $ …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2017
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Pure: We see a billion dollars in our future. No, not profits, silly!

As Pure’s quarterly results show revenue growth continuing, CEO Scott Dietzen is leading the company out on a highwire towards the billion dollars/year revenue goal, with the FlashBlade sales ramp essential to them not falling off. Revenues grew to $227.9m in its final fiscal 2017 quarter, which finished at the end of January …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2017

Realtime data ingestor DataTorrent gets led Churchward

Former EMCer Guy Churchward has taken the reins at DataTorrent as CEO and president. In December 2016 Churchward resigned as Core Technologies Division president at EMC after its purchase by Dell. He stayed on at EMC, before joining DataTorrent to assist with the transition to its new organisational structure. DataTorrent is …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2017

Tuesday's AWS S3-izure exposes Amazon-sized internet bottleneck

Analysis Amazon’s S3 outage is a gift to Azure and Google, on-premises IT, hybrid cloud supporters and multi-cloud gateways. But it has also exposed inadequate business continuance and disaster recovery provisions by Amazon's business customers. All of them can point the finger at Jeff Bezos and say AWS let users down. And now we know …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2017
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Upstart Datrium has a soft blanket to wrap up your data if security is giving it the shivers

Datrium Blanket Encryption combines always-on deduplication, compression and encryption so that data is secure – or so it claims – whether that data is at a host, in flight across a network, or at rest in persistent storage. When it says "at the host," it means that data is deduplicated and compressed and encrypted in the …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2017

Scality guarantees 100% availability

Object storage house Scality is offering a 100 per cent data availability guarantee. How so? It’s for customers using its RING object storage, now in its sixth and S3-focused generation, and involves the use of its HALO Cloud Monitor, along with customer RING installation checking and individual customer pricing. HALO is a …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2017

Imation to fork out $11m in patent suit

A jury has found that flash-flinger Imation must pay $11m damages to ioengine for patent infringement. The US patent in question is number 8,539,047 (the ’047 Patent entitled Apparatus, method and system for a tunnelling client access point). A company called ioengine, which owns the patent, involving secure USB devices, had …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2017
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Nimble offers AWS and Azure cloud-wrapper

Nimble Storage claims Azure and AWS clouds aren't ideal for enterprise transaction apps but says it can fix that by wrapping them inside Nimble Cloud Volumes for a $0.10/GB/month starting price. Nimble says it'll provide customers with its Cloud Volumes, which come with six nines (99.9999 per cent) measured storage …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2017

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