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Reg man pulls out telescope: Thar be magic quadragons... and lo, a new vendor

Comment There is dissent in the flash array vendor ranks over Gartner gurus' magic quadrant. The all-flash array ranking quadragon has reared its head and breathed fire from its nostrils all over us puny Reg hacks. Thanks to a tipoff, we can now update our earlier list to add another vendor: Cisco Invicta EMC XtremIO HP 3PAR <——— …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2014
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Oof! Brocade posts a loss after taking $81m kick in the profits

After four quarters of profits Brocade has posted a $14m loss, due to a costly goodwill write-off as it exits a hardware business. Revenues for the quarter were $537m, down five per cent from the prior quarter’s $565m and the year-ago quarter’s $539m (down one per cent). Three months ago it made a profit of $81m; this time it …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2014
Cirrus clouds

Toshiba pushes out 5TB spinner for cloudy types

Toshiba has produced a 5TB 3.5-inch disk drive for bulk storage and cloud-based workloads, its second 5TB drive (the first came out in February). The MC series drive seems to be based on its 5TB MG04 and shares the same 6Gbit/s SATA interface, 7,200rpm spin speed and 2TB, 3TB, 4BH and 5TB capacity points, using 1TB platters. It …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2014

Hang on, lads. I've got a great idea, says NetApp as it teeters on the edge

NetApp revenues are not exactly flourishing, and the storage biz admits it's facing a decline. As the company reveals its end-of-year figures, will the cloud finish off NetApp, or give it a chance to really boost sales? Here are the figures [PDF] for fiscal 2014, ended 25 April: NetApp quarterly revenues 4th quarter, fiscal …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2014
Rubber bands

EMC's Project Nile: Elastic Cloud Storage isn't stretchy enough to fit me

Storagebod EMC have finally turned Project Nile into a product and given it the wonderful name of “Elastic Cloud Storage”; there is much to like about it. But before I tell you about those, I’ll point out one thing. For a product called “Elastic Cloud Storage” it’s not very elastic. At least, not when compared to current public cloud …
StorageBod, 22 May 2014
Cygnus constellation position

Permabit: Our flashy dedupe is everywhere, heh heh. Thanks Pure!

It's been a long haul but Permabit, which licenses its Albireo deduplication technology to storage-related suppliers, is finally seeing its fortunes rise. Wayne Salpietro, Permabit's marketing director, said: "We are seeing significant upswing in our activities, particularly with Tier 1 customers and prospects. We believe this …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2014
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Cloudy plague will KILL storage vendors, say Gartner mages

“Peak Array” theory, the idea that today's storage vendors and their products don't have long to live, has received another endorsement from the on-stage Mages at analyst outfit Gartner's IT operations and data centre summit in Sydney. In a session titled “The five-year storage scenario – Why storage in 2019 won't look like what …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2014
X-IO ISE Station X

It's musical chairs at ISE bricks house as X-IO looks to 'post-nerd' future

X-IO, the perennially not-quite-making-it supplier of fantastically reliable HyperISE storage enclosures, has promoted its CEO to chairman, and appointed its vice chairman as the new CEO, in a move away from being a "nerdy storage supplier" towards a more profitable future. CEO John Beletic came on the scene in late 2011 and has …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2014
Kaminario K-Blocks

Kaminario shovels RAM, shiny new processors onto K2's peaks

Kaminario has updated its K2 all-flash array with new processors, more RAM, higher capacity SSDs and data reduction technology, claiming K2 is more efficient, scalable and cost-effective than either EMC's XtremIO or Pure Storage's FA-400 all-flash arrays. The fourth generation K2 product topped the SPC-1 random IO and SPC-2 …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2014

Storage faithful tremble as Gartner mages prep flashy array quadrant

Gartner's unveiling of all-flash array rankings in its Magic Quadrant – expected in July this year – has been eagerly anticipated. Which supplier is in which box? Who is included? Now sources who've seen a possible version of the flash MQ have shared their insight with El Reg – revealing some suppliers are in and others ( …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2014
Tornado sucks data

Your mainframe's pegs not fitting in Amazon's elastic holes? Syncsort has a hammer for that

Syncsort wants to make life easier for Amazon cloud compute users who use data stored in mainframe storage silos and similar kit. Its solution? ETLaaS – or Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) as a Service. ETL products take data from a source, convert it as required, and then transfer it into the target system for processing. …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2014

Pure Storage's latest arrays cost DOUBLE what it claimed earlier

Our Pure Storage range expansion story about the firm's FlashArray 400 series arrays prompted a missive from Pure saying that we'd got the price wrong. Which is strange given that we were quoting Pure's own figures. According to Pure Storage's marketing bods, low-end model pricing for the FA-405 and FA-450 arrays was $6 to $8/GB …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2014
Victorinox SwissFlash 8GB USB Memory Stick and Multi-Tool

Peak thumb drive is coming in 2016

Peak thumb drive is upon us: by 2016 sales of the ubiquitous storage medium will start to decline. So says the the Santa Clara Group's USB tracker for 2013's fourth quarter, which says last year saw humanity produce 273 million thumb drives. The average capacity of drives shipped in 2013's final quarter was 25 gigabytes, so the …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2014
Giant impact, common at the end of planet formation

Pure Storage sets out stall: We want to rule the storage world

Blocks and Files Storage industry lore has it that NetApp has been the only stand-alone storage company after EMC to establish its technology as a storage platform. Now Pure Storage, the energised all-flash array (AFA) startup, says it wants to be the next storage platform company. NetApp's offering comprises a long-lived storage system with a …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2014

WHOMP! There it is: IBM demos 154TB tape

IBM and Fujifilm have demoed a 154TB LTO-size tape cartridge which could come to market in 10 years' time. While it falls short of the Sony 185TB development, it should, with IBM's tape partnerships, see Sony exit the field. The Sony development involved a 148Gbit/in2 tape density and its own tape design to achieve a 185TB …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2014
William Blair storage landscape May 2014

PEAK ARRAY: Cold fingers of Death stroke Big Biz disk boxes

Comment IT depts are spending less on enterprise storage arrays, and instead considering shifting to the cloud – and away from arrays in their data centres. Or so we're told. These two changes were pointed out by Aaron Rakers, managing director of equity research outfit Stifel Nicolaus. He’s plotted the combined EMC, Hitachi, and IBM …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2014
Amuse bouche

Reg man picks out tastiest tidbits from heaping mounds of storage announcements

Suppliers are furiously ladling out news like demented cafeteria workers attempting to feed the multitudes, so we thought we'd slice off a few of the tastier morsels and present them to you on a sideplate – all the better to prevent any storage indigestion. A3CUBE introduces RONNIEE 2S, a Network Interface Card that can transmit …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2014
Sphere 3D

Overland Storage, 'miracle' flirty virty Sphere 3D jump in bed

Perennial loss-making Overland Storage will merge with Canadian company Sphere 3D. The combined companies will take the name of Sphere 3D, whose Glassware software apparently does the seemingly impossible: “Enable mobile device users the full functionality of any software program or application on any device, anywhere.” …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2014

EMC's DSSD rack flashers snub Fibre Channel for ... PCIe

Blocks and Files The rack-scale flash array technology EMC gained in its DSSD gobble connects to a server using PCIe. That's according to an interview by Barrons with EMC’s product ops head Jeremy Burton. A DSSD flash vault can fill a rack and hooks into a server using a PCIe connection – actually it need many, many lanes to have a rack o’ flash …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2014
Swarm of Auklets

Caringo greases up CAStor-based software, slips out Swarm7

Object storage startup Caringo has released its new Swarm7 storage software, promising to offer object, file, block and Hadoop support “out of the box.” Caringo’s main technology is its CAStor object storage, which supports its own APIs and file access protocols. Swarm7 is built on CAStor and includes the following features, …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2014
FA-420

Hey, who wants a 40TB all-flash Pure box? I dunno, you got $160k?

Pure Storage has given birth to two more all-flash arrays, and updated its storage software by adding data protection features. The FlashArray FA-400 line has had an FA-405 entry-level product and an FA-450 high-end model added to the existing FA-420, creating a three-model range. The FA-405 has up to 40TB of "usable capacity …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2014
Bored girl

ARRAY WITH YOU! Storage is growing... but you'll have to make way for new tech

Storagebod Despite my enthusiasm about recent upgrade announcements, there’s a part of me that wonders: who really cares about arrays these days? The announcements from IBM, HDS, NetApp and the inevitable EMC announcement later in the year just leave me cold. The storage array is nearly done as a technology: are we going to see much more …
StorageBod, 15 May 2014

Why faff with a piddly microSD when there's a 2TB vault tempting your selfie-stuffed mobe?

Storage briefs There's been a storm of storage developments this week, so here's a round up of what you may have missed. Mobe, slab selfie vault capacity boosted Seagate's Wireless Plus devices for mobile gadgets now have three capacity points: 500GB, 1TB and 2TB – there was just a 1TB model before. These drives are meant to store media …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2014
Openstack log

HGST and Seagate go head-to-head with Ethernet disk drives

Seagate’s Kinetic disk drive has had its open source program expanded with APIs and libraries. The Kinetic drive is a disk drive with a direct Ethernet interface. It operates through key/value, object style GET and PUT IO operations instead of relying on the usual POSIX stack. (More here.) The first updated Kinetic drive will …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2014
Fox

Foxy investor ruffles feathers in Quantum’s hen house – fresh claim

Activist investor Starboard Value wants board-level changes at troubled storage gear maker Quantum, it's claimed. Quantum’s latest results showed falls on an annual basis in both its fourth quarter and full-year revenues. The company has been cutting its costs as tape-based revenues – 65 per cent of its business – continue a …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2014
IBM's Hursley partner centre: A shop window for datacentres

IBM keeps it real with Storwize V7000

Storagebod It has been very gratifying to see the IBM Storwize V7000 and SVC getting some real love from IBM over the past couple of years. The latest bunch of announcements are good: it'll be bigger and faster, says IBM, yet it presents this news with some realism. IBM's in-house storage blogger Barry Whyte is not one to try and pull the …
StorageBod, 14 May 2014

C'mon... lower the drawbridge, NetApp: You could explore Amazon – and Azure

Blocks and Files NetApp has a closed cloud strategy – no OpenStack opening and limited third-party array support. But there is a way its engineers could remedy this – providing its product and corporate marketing strategists and CTO concurred – and that would be to use FlexArray technology as an on-ramp. NetApp had a diskless head product, the V …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2014
IBM Elastic Storage Vid

IBM intros Elastic Storage ... as used by human-crushing HPC brain Watson

BM has announced Elastic Storage as a component of its software-defined storage portfolio, and it's actually a repackaging and renaming of the venerable GPFS product. GPFS is IBM’s General Parallel File System for parallel access to massive numbers of files. The IBM announcement says Elastic Storage “offers unprecedented …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2014
Steam iron

Oi, EMC. Where's that VMAX release that world+dog's waiting for?

Storagebod There appeared to be a missing announcement at this year's EMC World, held last week in Las Vegas. Where was the VMAX announcement that the world and his dog were waiting for? We’ve not had a big VMAX announcement at EMC World for a couple of years. So what gives? Now, have no doubt. There is a new VMAX coming and EMC’s high- …
StorageBod, 12 May 2014
Steam iron

Is Trevor Pott-y? Nope – he's bang on about VSAN performance

Storagebod I don’t always agree with fellow Reg storage man Trevor Pott but this piece on Server SAN, VSAN and storage acceleration is spot on with its questions about VSAN running in the kernel and the advantages that brings to performance. Indeed, I’ve also heard comments about reliability, support and the likes over competing products. …
StorageBod, 12 May 2014
4 racks of V7000 boxes

Storwize embiggened: Nearly 4PB of raw capacity, croons IBM's Barry Whyte

IBM has substantially refreshed its SVC (SAN Volume Controller) and Storwize storage array products, providing doubled processing power, boosting compression power as well as increasing Storwize capacity to around 4PB, it claims. There are two detailed blogs about the new hardware and software: one from Master Inventor Barry …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2014
Beached whale

Beached whale Symantec watches revenues recede 7%

Symantec’s latest results show that you can wring more profit out of declining revenues by slashing costs but its not enough to bring you back to growth. Revenues in its fourth fiscal quarter of 2014 ended 28 March were $1.63bn, seven per cent down year-on-year, but net profit jumped 14 per cent to $217m. The full year numbers …
Chris Mellor, 9 May 2014
FlashRay slide 1

Psst, keep this under your hat, but NetApp's new flash wunderkind will be unveiled on...

NetApp is holding an Insight event in Las Vegas in October – and its new all-flash box FlashRay is set to steal the show. FlashRay is a designed-from-scratch solid-state storage array, and we’ve written about it here. Now it's likely to be fully unveiled before or in time for the Vegas event on 28 October, The Reg storage desk …
Chris Mellor, 9 May 2014

Quantum dedupe sales droop: But you can't say it didn't TRY

Quantum's latest results show that all the tape firm's sweat, gritted teeth and dogged determination hasn't come good - yet. In the fourth fiscal 2014 quarter, ended 31 March, revenue was $128.0 million, down nine per cent year-on-year, primarily due to lower tape automation and DXi (deduplicating backup appliance) sales. There …
Chris Mellor, 9 May 2014
NetApp product range

Life in the FAS lane: We reveal NetApp's four new flash-disk arrays

Exclusive NetApp is replacing the top and bottom of its FAS array range with new boxes – and getting rid the separate FAS3000 class mid-range product. When the FAS8000 series was launched in February, this was the FAS array family photo: FAS Range with FAS8000 The models are roughly positioned in a 2-dimensional space; the vertical …
Chris Mellor, 9 May 2014

Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Howls of protest sound across the globe as I write this. I’ve been hired to help with the managed migration of incomprehensible volumes of data from one multi-intercontinental, instant-access media library system to another. The protest isn’t a response to my hiring, understandable though that would be. No, my role is …
Maxta scheme

Server SAN software upstart Maxta gets Intel's cash inside

Analysis Server SAN software startup Maxta has gained $25m in a B-round of funding led by Intel's investment arm and Tenaya Capital just as the software-defined and converged storage trends are taking off. The upstart swallowed $10m in an A-round in October last year. With converged compute/storage hardware-software competitors Nutanix …
Chris Mellor, 8 May 2014
OpenStack Summit

Disks with Ethernet ports? Throw in some flash and you've got yourself a HGST p-a-r-t-y

Western Digital Corp subsidiary HGST is developing Ethernet-connected drives for OpenStack users – and they won't require any application software changes, apparently. The architecture of such a product will be demonstrated by HGST at the OpenStack Summit, to take place between 12 and 16 May in Atlanta, GA. The presentation …
Chris Mellor, 8 May 2014
PSS PCIe card

IBM chip boffins mix phase-change-flash cocktail: Voila! SUPER fast memory card

IBM has gone and surprised us all with a pretty good Phase Change Memory product research and demo effort: a hybrid PCM/NAND server flash card that has at least 12 times lower latency than an enterprise PCIe flash card. The hybrid card, Big Blue claims, completed 99.9 per cent of 32-sector write requests each within 240 …
Chris Mellor, 8 May 2014

EMC: New products 'more ViPR than vapor'

Analysis Most big companies eventually get taken apart by an unforeseen competitor applying a technology in a novel way. EMC thinks it's seen the threat facing its business early enough that it can avoid the kind of slow, sad, decline that typified once-great titans like DEC and Sun Microsystems. At EMC World in Las Vegas this week EMC …
Jack Clark, 7 May 2014
Open-mouthed Burmese python

ViPR 2.0 sinks EMC's fangs DEEPER into software-defined storage

EMC has added a few sharp fangs to its ViPR product: file services; integration of ScaleIO’s block storage; support for OpenStack and therefore OpenStack-supporting arrays; native HDS array compatibility; and the ability to run on HP’s surprise commodity server hit SL4540. ViPR 2.0 completes the basic promises made by EMC about …
Chris Mellor, 7 May 2014
CommVault

Analyst confirms: CommVault's sales stumble WAS down to staffing blunder

CommVault’s lousy results for its latest quarter, ended 31 March, were due to screw-ups in its North America HR and sales wings, those in the know have claimed. William Blair analyst Jason Ader was at a meeting with CommVault management in late April, and has drawn up a report for the storage software biz. In that assessment, …
Chris Mellor, 7 May 2014