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Violin Memory fiddles with its lineup – plucks out new entry-level and mid-range instruments

Violin Memory is adding two new products to its Flash Storage Platform 7000 range – the FSP 7600 and 7250, which neatly sandwich the existing FSP 7300 and fit underneath the 7700. The 3U 7600, providing from 35TB to 140TB of raw capacity, is characterized as an extreme performance array. It delivers 1.1 million IOPS with less …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2015
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Could Rozo squeeze into the scale-out NAS-object scalability gap?

Comment Rozo Systems is a scale-out NAS startup using Mojette transform erasure coding with its RozoFS software, and claims its software provides high performance at a fraction of the cost of competing systems. There is no adoption cost from the point of view of applications using its software-defined product. It enables, Rozo says, …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2015
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Commvault’s Bob Hammer has his head in the clouds. Actually, that's a good thing

Analysis Big changes, and a return to a financially positive state of affairs, are being promised by Commvault’s Bob Hammer, a man who has led, chaired, and presided over events since 1998, with cloud storage developments prompting a new way of thinking. Until 2003, Hammer was not full time in any of those roles stated above, being a …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2015
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Ice cold: How hard man of storage made Everest climb look easy

Feature It’s terrifyingly real, so true to life you are convinced the climbers are there, actually crossing the aluminium ladder bridge, poised above the terrifying drop of a Khumbu Glacier’s ice-fall crevasse in Everest’s Western Cwm. Yet the actors actually clambered across a ladder bridge poised above rubber matting in the UK’s …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2015
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What a bum note: Violin's shares perform financial diminuendo

Violin Memory's stock price has plummeted to $1.30 from its IPO level of $7.51 on October 4, 2013. That's an 82.7 per cent fall in 25 months. CEO Don Basile was axed in mid-December 2013 after the stock had fallen to $2.69; he was ousted as a result of the disastrous post-IPO business performance. Violin_Memory_stock_price …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2015
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NZ Uni EMC broke considered ditching EMC before SNAFU

Oh, the irony: the New Zealand University that suffered a two-day brownout as a result of a problem with its EMC kit last month sought a possible replacement for the company's products. A request for information titled Storage Systems Refresh explains that “The University’s existing VNX5700’s storage arrays are reaching the …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2015
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Startup Iguaz.io is creating real-time Big Data analytics storage

One-year-old Iguaz.io, an Israeli Big Data startup, has just won a $15m A-round from Magma Venture Partners, JVP and large strategic investors. So what's the magic product that grabbed funding so early in the game? It seems it's all about big data-handling, which is criticised for being rigid and inflexible, with repeated …
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2015

HP storage financials: Meh. Meg Whitman needs to make this right

+Comment HP, no HPE, storage's revenues are down again, continuing a longish slump and, with HP Inc (PCs and printers) now undocked from HPE (the rest), many are asking the question: "What next?" Within HP's* revenues for the fourth fiscal 2015 quarter, converged storage product revenues (3PAR, StoreOnce, and StoreAll) grew nine per …
Chris Mellor, 26 Nov 2015
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Dell-EMC deal difficulties: VMware and daddy postpone roadtrip

The Dell-EMC acquisition was announced on 12 October this year, with Dell buying EMC along with its 80 per cent holding in VMWare. Since the deal was announced, VMWare shares (VMW) have lost considerable value compared to EMC’s shares. Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi thinks the EMC share price fall “can be attributed to the …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2015
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Brocade wrings profits from a steady-as-she-goes business

Analysis Brocade has jogged along nice and evenly for four years now, at around $2.25bn annual revenues with steadily rising profits, and its fiscal 2015 added a similar fifth year of pretty decent results. It saw $2.26bn in revenues and a $340m profit, while in full year 2014 it saw $2.21bn in revenues and a $238m profit, indicating …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2015
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EMC mess sends New Zealand University TITSUP for two days

Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, experienced two days of Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) after failures in its EMC equipment. An email sent by senior IT staff at the University reports that “the storage systems that manages all our servers have experienced multiple failures over the past 2 …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2015
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We pick storage brains: Has object storage endgame started?

Interview IBM buying Cleversafe could mark the start of the endgame for independent object storage suppliers. We talked to Philippe Nicolas, who was Scality’s Director of Product Strategy until earlier this year and is now a storage industry advisor. We asked him questions about the state of the object market and its suppliers. His …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2015
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ESXi's been borking VM backup and there's no fix yet

Update VMware has reported a nasty bug that means virtual machine backups may not work. The problem hits virtual machine backups that use Changed Block Tracking (CBT)in ESXi. “The CBT API call QueryDiskChangedAreas() … can sometimes return incorrect changed sectors, which results in inconsistent incremental virtual machine backups,” …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2015
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EMC CEO promises 'minimal disruption to existing product lines'

EMC Information Infrastructure CEO David Goulden has written to customers promising “minimal disruption to existing product lines” as EMC and Dell become one. In an email letter sent to El Reg's virtualisation desk, Goulden says Dell and EMC's “combined product and technology portfolios and sales approaches are complementary, …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2015
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Telstra cloudwhacks storage vendors' sweet spot

Australia's dominant telco, Telstra, has waded into one of the storage industry's favourite markets, medical imaging, with a cloud service that may not make it a lot of friends. The overwhelming majority of medical imaging is now digital, so the field generates lots and lots of data. Much of that data needs to be retained for …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015

This storage startup dedupes what to do what? How?

Sysadmin blog Two months ago hyper-converged infrastructure appliance startup SimpliVity sued its rival Springpath. I know next to nothing about the lawsuit – nor do I want to – but the whole thing has caused commentators and armchair analysts everywhere to ask what exactly SimpliVity does that is unique. I have spent the past two months …
Trevor Pott, 23 Nov 2015
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NetApp adds in-line dedupe to all-flash FAS arrays

NetApp has updated its Clustered Data ONTAP OS to support in-line deduplication and 3.8TB SSDs. Inline deduplication means data is deduplicated as it lands on the array instead of being initially stored in its full form and then having later, post-process deduplication applied to it. In-line deduplication is more space- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2015
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Shares tumble at flash-disk array maker Nimble: Time to crack open the all-flash?

It's been a dire third quarter for Nimble, whose latest results fell short of market expectations. Shares dropped by a hefty 31 per cent to $14.15 as the news was absorbed by investors. Despite year-on-year growth was still positive. Compared with the year-ago Q3's $59.1m, this year's equivalent showed a 36.5 per cent uplift. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2015

Western Digital begins navigating the non-volatile memory maze

Comment Stifel MD Aaron Rakers has taken a deep dive look at the SanDisk technology Western Digital is aiming to buy, and his report brings out cost-savings derived from HGST escaping payment of an Intel tax, 3D NAND timescales, and possibilities for future planar NAND node shrinks. SanDisk brings Western Digital a NAND chip supply …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2015
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Fujitsu hits the data accelerator and parallelises SSD access

Fujitsu Labs has had in-memory database software directly talk to an SSD, optimising data positioning for faster access, and boosting database performance threefold over standard SSD use. The in-memory database SW sent read and write commands directly to the flash chips. It has a read-ahead feature, cognisant of data access …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2015

Nano-NAS market dives into the cloud

Small networked storage systems are in trouble: kit-tallyer IDC says sales declined in Q3 2015 and now sit at under 334,000 a quarter. That's our conclusion from the firm's latest Worldwide Personal and Entry-Level Storage Tracker, released Monday and suggesting sales of 16,680,000 units for the quarter. The tracker defines …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2015

Pure gives its flash boxes some 3D TLC

Pure Storage wants to be its flash array customers’ best friend forever with announcements lowering flash storage cost and improving its availability. The Silicon Valley biz is now supporting 3D TLC flash, the three-bits-per-cell stuff that has an endurance long enough for enterprise use. Other flash array suppliers using this …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2015

DDN's cache wolves come howling out of the creek

WolfCreek, Data Direct Network’s burst buffer caching system, has arrived in the shape of the IME14K product – apparently ready to leap burning buildings, solve climate change, and make a $5m HPC cluster perform like a $100m one. The idea here is that high-performance computing (HPC) is dealing with ever-bigger data sets, and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2015
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Avere adds Azure to triple-headed cloud beast

Microsoft's Azure has joined AWS and Google as a virtual filer accelerator host for Avere’s vFXT filter caching software. Avere makes its FXT, a hardware and software multi-tier caching appliance, which accelerates on-premises filers, such as those from Isilon and NetApp. It can also be an on-premises front-end for files held …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2015
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Seagate serves up three layer ClusterStor sandwich

Seagate has three new ClusterStor HPC arrays: the A200, G200 and L300. The A200 is a cold data archive array. The G200 is loaded with IBM’s Spectrum Scale parallel file system software, GPFS that was, while the L300 is an equivalent array running Lustre parallel file system software. The existing ClusterStor range includes …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2015

How to wrap your brain around HP Enterprise's reheated StoreOnce kit

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has refreshed its deduplicating backup-to-disk products with new hardware and software. On the same day HPE announced flash-oriented StoreServ arrays, the biz revved its StoreOnce product line as well. The old product line started with a software-only virtual storage appliance (VSA) with up to 50TB …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2015
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Hurricane Meg unleashes storm of HPE storage updates

After its SPC-2 benchmark-beating all-flash 3PAR array result, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has unleashed a storage hurricane of news announcements, with a VMAX and XIV assault and 3D NAND SSDs included, as it goes all out to expand its 3PAR on-premises array territory. It is saying a StoreServ 20850 delivers 13 per cent better …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2015
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Has the next generation of monolithic storage arrived?

Comment Infindat’s product is called Infinibox. It’s a monolithic storage system, or could even be called next generation monolithic, and competes against EMC VMAX, HDS VSP or 3PAR 10K. It’s not all-flash. It’s hybrid, with lots of RAM and flash at the front-end and big 7200 RPM disks at the back-end, bringing a total usable capacity …
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Sound waves could power the future's magnetic HDDs

Our need to store data is growing at an astonishing rate. An estimated 2.7 zettabytes (2.721) of data are currently held worldwide, equivalent to several trillion bytes for every one of the seven billion people on Earth. Accessing this data quickly and reliably is essential for us to do useful things with it – the problem is, …
Tom Hayward, 13 Nov 2015
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Seagate offers California Uni genome data storage K-drives

Seagate has given the University of California, Santa Cruz a petabyte of Kinetic drives to store and access genomic data. Kinetic disk drives have direct access over the Ethernet, and a key:value store structure with an object-style PUT and GET interface. Andy Hospodor, UCSC’s executive director of the Storage Systems …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2015
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Nexgen’s QoS AFA has flash players in tiers

Nexgen has stripped out the 7.2K disks from its hybrid flash/disk N5 hardware box and replaced them with dual-port SSDs to create a 3-tier, all flash array with quality of service features driving data movement across the tiers. The Quality of Service features were introduced in July. The dual-active-active controller N5 …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2015

The private cloud offers a good use case for object storage

If you’ve been paying attention to what's happening all around us, it’s plain to see that as far as cloud computing is concerned we're still in a transitional phase. In most of the conversations, fast provisioning of computer resources and automated deployments take up all the time. But when you look at end user experience and …
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HDS flashifies VSP arrays for solid-state server farms

Hitachi Data Systems sees an all-flash on-premises data centre future and is upgrading and extending its big iron Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) array line to help us on the way there, with faster and larger flash modules, in-line compression, and an all-flash VSP F Series. This is a substantial announcement by Hitachi/HDS, …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2015
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Speaking in Tech: 'Look, Snapchat is porn... it isn't regulated!'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, everyone is back to talk about Cisco, over-priced watches, Snapchat porn and more. Our special guest this week is Mark Twomey (AKA Storagezilla). Here are the details: (1:00) Eddie, the Forbidden City, …
Team Register, 11 Nov 2015

So. Farewell then Betamax. We always liked you better than VHS anyway

Sony has finally set a date for the death of Betamax – some 40 years after it first released the ill-fated home video tech. As of March next year, the company will cease production of the last few tapes still available for the system; the EL-500B, 2L-500MHGB and 2L-750MHGB, as well as the L-25CLP cleaning tape. The …
Lester Haines, 10 Nov 2015
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Block storage is dead, says ex-HP and Supermicro data bigwig

Interview Block storage is dead, object storage can be faster than file storage, and storage-class memory will be the only local storage on a server. So said Robert Novak ... but who is he? Novak was until recently a Distinguished Technologist in the HP servers' Hyperscale Business Unit and has had an interesting employment history, …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2015
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China’s chip shop makes dash for flash with huge new fab

The Tsinghua Unigroup is spear-heading China’s dash to get its own flash fab off the ground. Filed plans show pilot production starting in 18 months. According to Stifel MD Aaron Rakers who has looked into the Tongfang Guoxin filing, the plant will build NAND and NOR flash wafers, not DRAM, with a 120,000 wafer starts/month ( …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2015
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Riding on the memory bus: Micron brings out 8GB flash DIMM

Micron is launching an 8GB flash DIMM, providing competition for SanDisk and its ULLtraDIMM. Flash DIMMs mount a flash chip card on a DIMM socket, putting the NAND on the memory bus, which is even faster than the PCIe bus. The idea is to provide an intermediate store or cache between main memory and PCIe flash or SAS-connected …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2015
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Western Digital in joint push with Unisplendour to sell arrays in China

Following Unisplendour’s intended $3.8bn investment in Western Digital, the two companies are forming a joint venture to sell WD’s data centre arrays in China. According to analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, this JV will be 49 per cent owned by Western Digital and 51 per cent by Unisplendour and its subsidiary …
Chris Mellor, 9 Nov 2015

Imation results drenched in red as exiting consumer biz cuts deep

+Comment Global data storage company Imation is on the accountant's operating table and diseased flesh is being slowly cut away. Its third quarter results are dominated by red ink, with a $152m loss, 148 per cent worse (yes, worse) than a year ago. Revenues for the quarter were $129.2m, 26.2 per cent less than the year-ago quarter’s $ …
Chris Mellor, 9 Nov 2015
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HPE trots out benchmark blaster flash array as PCs become distant memory

An all-flash 3PAR array has stormed to the top of the SPC-2 benchmark charts. Nice one HPE, you've timed it just right for your independence from PCs and printers. The 3PAR 20850 scored 62,844 aggregate MB/sec, topping EMC’s VMAX 400K and its 55,643.78 MB/sec. This benchmark measure array performance in terms of throughput ( …
Chris Mellor, 9 Nov 2015
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Will open source storage make the hyperscale dream real?

Open-source software has become an important presence in many areas of IT, and now, as storage increasingly becomes software-defined storage, it is storage's turn. The darling of the open-source storage movement – though it is by no means the only viable and popular option – is Ceph. A unified storage platform originally …
Bryan Betts, 9 Nov 2015