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NetApp layoffs loom as biz 'operationalizes strategy', 'prioritizes investments'

NetApp is preparing to layoff employees in the wake of money troubles, The Register has learned. The numbers could run into the thousands. We understand CEO Tom Georgens sent a warning email to all employees in February suggesting redundancies may be necessary for the storage biz to hit its financial targets. NetApp's business …
Chris Mellor, 7 Apr 2015
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Pure Storage preps for IPO: report

Pure Storage has appointed Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Barclays Plc to ready it for an initial public offering (IPO), says Reuters. Citing people familiar with the financial footling as its source, the newswire says the company thinks the markets will toss over US$3bn in its direction some time later this year. Pure …
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Here we are now, entertain us: Caltech team designs micro, high-res 3D imager

Vid Boffins working for Caltech have developed a tiny, high-resolution 3D imager that they hope could eventually be used in consumer devices such as smartphones. They claimed that it could "soon be possible" to reproduce "a replica accurate to within microns" of an original object snapped on a mobile device. Caltech said: Any …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Apr 2015
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Tape thrives at the margin as shipped capacity breaks record

Shipped tape capacity passed 6.6 exabytes in the third 2014 quarter, a record. An HP backup, recovery and archive product manager, Simon Watkins, revealed this in a blog. As a man with lots of tape libraries in his set of products, you’d expect him to be pleased. The data came from the Santa Clara Consulting Group. Watkins …
Chris Mellor, 2 Apr 2015
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Oracle gets ZFS filer array spun up to near-AFA speeds

Oracle's ZFS filer array has virtually matched an all-flash array in the SPC-2 streaming storage benchmark and set a new SPC-2 streaming/price/performance record [PDF]. It introduced its ZS4-4 array in December last year, as a refresh of the prior ZS3. That was rated at 17,244.22MB/sec on its SPC-2 run with a $22.53 price/ …
Chris Mellor, 1 Apr 2015
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Metadata manipulation by Alation seeks needles in data haystack

A disparate bunch of Oracle, Apple and Microsoft guys have started up Alation, which makes metadata manipulations to present all of an enterprise's data to analysts and others so they can find stuff out. Alation, founded in 2012, has emerged from stealth having just gained $9 million of A-round funding, from Andreesen Horowitz …
Chris Mellor, 1 Apr 2015
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Samsung takes Google into third dimension of flashy storage

It's a 3D flash flood: Korean 3D flash-furtler Samsung has landed Google as a customer, according to the Korean Times. The report says Google's data centres will use Sammy's 3D NAND, which the paper has previously reported will also be used in forthcoming MacBooks from Apple, and which we understand is also utilised by Amazon, …
Chris Mellor, 1 Apr 2015
Google Drive

Put those smartphones away: Google adds anti-copying measures to Drive for Work

Google has rolled out five new functions aimed at beefing up the security, administration and sharing features of its Drive for Work cloud business suite and the equivalent education package. Youtube video "Since we launched Drive for Work 9 months ago, we've watched as more and more businesses moved to the cloud - and seen …
Iain Thomson, 31 Mar 2015
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Kaminario playing 3D flash chippery doo-dah with its arrays

Interview Twitter can be great. There we were, we storage twits, talking about 3D flash, when Kaminario CTO Shachar Fienblit got in touch to say Kaminario was using 3D flash already. That makes it the first enterprise storage supplier to go 3D NAND, as far as we know, and has an 800GB 3D NAND SSD in its set of flash media. We got in touch …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2015
The Tanami Desert en route to Willowara

Going strictly hands-off: Managing your data centre from afar

If your core servers – and hence your core applications – live in a data centre, then by definition they're not on your premises. In many cases they may be hundreds of miles away – in fact, in a previous life, my employer's most distant data centre was six time zones away in the US Midwest. This means that you don't have the …
Dave Cartwright, 30 Mar 2015
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Opportunity suffers another flash-memory 'amnesia' moment

A flash memory reformat left NASA's Mars rover Opportunity with a brief episode of what the agency calls “amnesia” – thankfully, without any loss of scientific data. NASA adds that Opportunity was also able to continue its normal activities, such as using its robotic arm to examine a rock target called Athens. It's one of a …
NASA 'Blue Marble' image of Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft

AWS flicks switch for cloud storage replication

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has done something rather useful to its simple storage service (S3), namely making it possible to replicate data across regions. For the uninitiated, S3 is a cloud storage service that allows users to stuff stuff into the cloud, and even pick a “region” where it will land. AWS operates nine S3 regions* …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Mar 2015
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Red Hat explains its choice of scale-out storage hats

Which Red Hat scale-out storage product should you choose: Ceph or Gluster? Red Hat has brought Ceph – acquired with InkTank in May last year – up to its engineering standards and branded it Red Hat Ceph Storage, and is now touting it alongside its Red Hat Gluster Storage. Both Ceph and Gluster are open source, scale-out, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2015
Flood

All the flash world needs is more TLC, suggests report

Triple-level cell (TLC) flash is heading towards being nearly half of all flash shipments. A report from DRAMeXchange says TLC NAND flash will account for nearly half of the total NAND flash output in the fourth 2015 quarter. DRAMeXchange_TLC_chart The report author, Sean Yang, says TLC NAND is shifting from memory card and …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2015
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Everyone's getting flashy: Intel and Micron want to feed you their wafers

Four months after revealing their 3D NAND flash tech, Intel and Micron say they are now sampling product - the day after beleaguered SanDisk announced its 48-layer tech would enter pilot production in the second half of the year. As our IMTF (Intel Micron Flash Technologies) pair, the boys from Boise, said last November their …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2015
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Microsoft performs reverse full-hybrid with an on-premises twist

Microsoft has made a few changes to its Azure Site Recovery and Azure Backup services. The headline item is the ability to "enable protection and disaster recovery for VMware virtual machines and physical servers to Azure." That's a shot across VMware's bow, as it does the same in its own vCloud Air cloud and preaches on- …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2015
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Hey, you just picked up a Solidfire flash box? Dude, you bought a Dell

Dell is selling Solidfire's all-flash arrays to service providers. Although Dell flogs its own all-flash Storage Centre arrays, it has an agreement with Colorado startup Solidfire to push the latter's scale-out all-solid-state-drive arrays. Dell spokesperson Lon Levitan told The Register: Yes, it’s true. The SolidFire …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2015
Tintri

This just in from our Chief SATA Officer: Tintri trio takes off to mystery startup

Hybrid storage array startup Tintri has lost three executives in one fell swoop to another upstart. The trio of leavers are: Edward Lee, who has been an architect at Tintri since Jan 2010 from being technical director and a principal systems analyst at Data Domain. Pratik Wadher, who was executive veep for engineering and …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2015

Hedvig all set to Google-ise that enterprise storage

Start-up Hedvig aims to bring Google/Amazon cloud-style storage to enterprises, with a virtualised pool of storage aggregated from distributed silos. It’s just won seed and A-round funding to the tune of $12.5m and has a Distributed Storage Platform technology that early customers – like Intuit, Dovilo, Van Dijk and Paul …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2015
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NetApp veep: 'We've shifted 750,000 all-flash arrays'. Er, really?

UPDATED Interview There has been a sea change in the FlashRay project, NetApp's ground-up all-flash array product development, with execs leaving and the project being absorbed into the overall ONTAP organisation. So we interviewed George Kurian, NetApp's product operations EVP, to find out about FlashRay's status and positioning, and NetApp's …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2015
Diablo: Reaper of Souls modes

Diablo escapes from patent hell, condemns Netlist to legal purgatory

Diablo Technologies, a supplier of Memory Channel Storage (MCS) that makes it possible to present flash disks as memory, says it has seen off a patent lawsuit from rival Netlist. Netlist claimed Diablo pinched its technology, allowing the latter to get MCS to market faster. That rapid market entry, it's contended, meant Diablo …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Mar 2015
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Invicta saddles up for another tilt at the 'acceleration' market

After having withdrawn its Invicta all-flash array (AFA) from sale last year, Cisco is trying to crack the AFA market again Cisco bought Whiptail and its Invicta flash array technology for $415 million in 2013, and wants to build it into a $1bn business. However, it withdrew it from sale in September 2014 after scaling problems …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015
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Coho: Hi ho, hi ho, let's go to Intel's dev chateau

Coho Data has bounced up into view again, joining an Intel development partnership focused on lashing together CPUs, SSDs and Ethernet switches. What gives? We talked about Coho’s scale-out DataStream platform, with its MicroArrays and bare-metal object store, here, in 2013. Although Coho may not like the term, these are hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015
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Data Deposit Box shrinks the farm before the SWARM

An SMB backup-to-the-cloud biz has shrunk its rack real estate by 82 per cent, moving from paired Dell storage server boxes to a swarm of object storage boxes. Data Deposit Box, which started operations in 2002, has more than 60,000 customers for its service. An OEM deal meant that customer base could increase markedly, which …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015
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Helium-filled drive tech floats to top of HGST heap

HGST has announced second-generation helium drive tech after shipping a million gen-1 Helium drives and upping field reliability by 15 per cent. These drives have enclosures filled with helium instead of air. This is only 14 per cent of the density of air, so platters spin with less friction, vibrating less and needing less …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015
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Scality proffers its RING to the Land of the Rising Sun

V5 of Scality's RING object storage software is now generally available, and has automated installation to ease the construction of petabyte rings with hundreds of nodes. The software was first discussed six months ago, with the top-level items being Amazon S3 and EBS-like storage for files, objects and VMware and KVM virtual …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2015
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Cleversafe attempts to infiltrate the storage laws of power

Cleversafe founder and vice chairman Chris Gladwin says his company's software is much more power-efficient than other scale-out disk drive array software or all-flash arrays. Object erasure coding can stop RAID crippling the power budget. The object storage software Cleversafe sells uses erasure coding for data protection and …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2015

EMC grabs tutu, slips on ballet shoes, performs Tchaikovsky's SAN Lake

EMC is getting into big data hydraulic engineering with its Federation Business Data Lake, calling it an engineered system integrating components from EMC II, Pivotal, VCE and VMware. This is not an appliance – the 1PB version takes at least seven days* to implement – so you can assume it’s not cheap either. It combines big data …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2015
Audio Bomb

Quorum appoints rock guitarist to play CEO lead

Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) start-up Quorum has appointed John Newsom as its fifth CEO – the fifth in the eight years since it was founded. He is a guitarist in a rock tribute band in his spare time, so lets hope his lead as CEO is as good as his rock soloing. Quorum has one-click disaster recovery and hybrid cloud …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2015
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Diablo-Netlist IP dispute set for jury showdown next week

Next week is decision time in the Netlist-Diablo trial. A jury will rule whether Diablo unlawfully used Netlist's IP in developing technology includedin SanDisk ULLtraDIMM faster-than-PCIe-flash storage products. ULLtraDIMM tech, which speeds server processing of data by lowering access latency, has been licensed to Lenovo, …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2015
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AWS flashes newly-enlarged 16TB (SS)D that's faster at the old in-out-in-out

Amazon Web Services has, as promised last year, revealed a colossal new virtual cloudy solid state disk with colossal IOPS. The new elastic block storage Volumes offer up to 16 terabytes of capacity, all presented as a single volume, and can deliver up to 20,000 IOPS at a top speed of 320 Mbps. Those speeds come with “ …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2015
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Huawei releases scaly NAS. Rival's Isilon sales increase. Oh dear

Wannabe Isilon-beater Huawei is showing its scale-out NAS product, the OceanStor 9000, at CeBit, saying it's the first scale-out filer designed for six-layer 4K UHD program production and editing. This system was announced in August 2013 at Interop in Las Vegas and has made, it appears, little progress since then. On paper it …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2015
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What else has Kaminario got under its kimono?

Comment Last week I attended Storage Field Day 7. One of the companies I met at the event was Kaminario, producer of an all-flash array (AFA). This start-up has a potentially good product, with its own pros and cons, but the question here is: Is “good” still enough to have a serious chance of success in this market segment? A few words …
True 3D Technology

A day may come when flash memory is USELESS. But today is not that day

The era of flash memory is anticipated to run out of road in the 2020s and newer technologies involving resistance and electron spin are poised to take over, delivering higher capacities, greater speed and DRAM-style addressability. Some people ask if one of these new technologies could actually unify dynamic memory (RAM) and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2015
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD

MacBooks slimming down with Sammy's new 3D NAND diet pills

The 3D NAND revolution starts here. According to reports, Apple has signed a deal with Samsung to use its 3D V-NAND SSDs in future MacBooks, expected some time in 2016. The Korean Times estimates the deal is worth billions of dollars. Instead of having a single 2D or planar layer (as most current MLC flash dies do) 3D NAND has …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2015

China's make-your-own DRAM ambitions growing all the time

Comment The People's Republic of China is getting heavily into the DRAM foundry business, giving it its own semi-conductor manufacturing fabs and raising the prospect of NAND flash being the next technology to move inside the Great Wall. A bunch of Chinese investors, led by Summitview Capital, have bought Integrated Silicon Solution ( …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015
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CERN turns to Seagate’s Kinetic system and says ‘it’s storage time’

Comment CERN, with its extremely high-tech, bleeding-edge Big Data wizardry, is waved around like a trophy by IT suppliers these days. Now Seagate has stepped up onto the CERN stage, wanting to get its Kinetic disk drives used to store Large Hadron Collider (LHC) data. Seagate has gone and signed a three-year deal with CERN to scoop …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015
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EMC pitches a total DATA LAKE immersion

Fancy monetising your Big Data assets? EMC is flagging up a Big Data event on 23 March dealing with "scaling Big Data across an enterprise", whatever that means. If you attend you will “learn to work with Big Data, monetise your Big Data assets and see a fast and flexible Big Data solution”. The invite video includes the logos …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015

HP reveals lucky seven new storage products in Vegas

HP GPC 2015 Pre-split and with a new head of storage starting HP has used its Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas to reveal a raft of storage announcements to maintain momentum while the new man gets his office chair warmed up. Here we have a large systems supplier flexing its muscles and releasing a related set of storage items to put …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015
Fujitsu DX200F

Fujitsu presents the mighty ETERNUS as new disaster-proof hero

Fujitsu’s ETERNUS DX200F all-flash array (AFA) is always up for it even in the face of catastrophes, the firm says. The DX200 all-flash array was announced in April last year, offering the same performance – Fujitsu said – as specially-designed flash architectures, but for less money, due to its standard system architecture: …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2015
Micron 128-gigabit multi-level cell NAND Flash memory device

Let's talk about the (real) price of flash and spinning disks

Comment Lately I have been writing a lot about the role of flash memory and disk drives in the future of storage infrastructure (here and here are a couple of examples). And it's clear flash will be used for primary workloads, and object storage and disks for the rest. The reality is that flash memory is quickly becoming already a no- …
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On-prem storage peeps. Come here. It's time for real talk. About Google

Comment Veritas, Symantec’s renamed and soon to be spun off storage biz, announced it’s supporting Google’s nearline cloud storage. Its Veritas NetBackup 7.7, now in beta with general availability planned for the summer, can back up data to Google Cloud Storage Nearline. Here’s Veritas supporting cloud disks as an archival target …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2015