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Don't SNIA at my storage specs: Standards body dons goggles, takes the plunge

The SNIA has unveiled its v1.0 Swordfish storage management specification to standardise management of storage products and services in cloud-era data centres. Swordfish extends the Distributed Management Task Force’s (DMTF) Redfish application programming interface (API) to handle the management of storage equipment and …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016
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Samsung intros super-speedy consumer SSDs, 'fastest M.2s ever'

Samsung has introduced 960 EVO and 960 PRO M.2-format consumer SSDs with an NVMe interface and a promised 2TB capacity. Sammy says these are the fastest M.2 flash drives ever. They come with up to 1TB capacity, for now, and are built with its 48-layer, 256Gbit, 21nm V-NAND technology. We expect that 64-layer V-NAND will be …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016
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OpenIO wants to turn your spinning rust into object storage nodes

Frog object storage startup OpenIO is banging on with supporting Seagate’s Kinetic disk drives, and has certified its software on the drives in a Kinetic Plugfest. Ethernet-addressed Kinetic disk drives implement a Get, Put-based object storage facility at the drive level and, Seagate says, this allows accessing systems to …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016
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A Clarity cloud gathers around K2. Yes, literally

Unlike real clouds which hide things, Kaminario is adding a Clarity analytics cloud to its K2 all-flash arrays. It’s a set of array management and monitoring functionalities that send data to a Kaminario data centre where application-level intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics are used to get the arrays working …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016
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How would you sell an all-flash array to your finance director?

We have been getting some good responses in our latest poll on all-flash storage. I don't think we are giving too much away when we say that many of you see the attraction, but you also have some reservations and want vendors to step up with more guarantees of one kind or another. We are also hearing that the "internal sell" …
Matt Proud, 21 Sep 2016
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Avere builds on-premises object store all smothered in NAS

NAS accelerator and cloud storage gateway shop Avere has got itself its very own on-premises NAS system wrapped around an object storage core with a passage to the public cloud. Up until now, Avere has focussed on accelerating data access to on-premises filers and, latterly, cloud or object stores. Now it is providing its own …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2016
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Ghost of Windows NT haunts EMC's VNX, Celerra and Avamar

EMC has patched a six-year-old Windows bug that's popped up in its VNX and Celerra storage kit. Its NTLM implementation – yes, that really does stand for “NT LAN Manager”, protocols last much longer than products – is at risk because the authentication nonce comes from a weak random number generator. Microsoft fixed its …
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The Rector reckoning – DataDirect loses CMO

HPC and enterprise high-performance storage company DataDirect Networks has lost Molly Rector, its chief marketing officer, who has moved to take up a VP marketing role at Quantum. Robert Triendl has been promoted to DataDirect's SVP global sales, marketing and field services from a position as SVP for HPC strategy. He tells …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2016
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Data-updater CTERA handed $25m: Overheated sector could get NASty

Cloud storage startup CTERA has gained $25m in a funding round, following on from a similar one in 2014, and taking its total funding to almost $70m. It was founded eight years ago and has developed a cloud storage gateway and NAS appliance with sync and share and end-point protection capabilities, which it calls an enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2016

EMC: King of storage needs to shore up defences

IDC’s latest storage tracker says the enterprise storage market was flat in the 12 months since 2015’s second quarter, but HPE now ties with EMC for first place, with IBM and NetApp in equal fourth place after Dell. EMC (18.1 per cent) lost -5.5 per cent points of revenue share in the year, HPE (17.6 per cent) gained 8.8 per …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2016
The ScaleIO Ready Node

First Dell EMC product is a VSAN-in-a-can, aka 'ScaleIO Ready node'

EMC and Dell only became Dell EMC last week, but they've already managed to squeeze out a product. ScaleIO Ready Node switch No new bezel, but ScaleIO gets some space on the On/Off switch. Or did it? The new offspring is the ScaleIO Ready Node, 13th-generation PowerEdge servers optimised to run the former EMC's ScaleIO …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Testing data center fire snuffer and... and pow! I just s$%t my pants

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week on our tech-cast, Ed and Greg are joined by Podcast Idol Gabe Chapman to discuss HP snagging Samsung printers, Dell layoffs and big bangs. Our special guest this week is Mike Dvorkin, Distinguished Engineer at Cisco - Co-founder and Chief Scientist for Insieme …
Team Register, 14 Sep 2016

Are storage vendors turning over a new leaf?

Reader survey Storage vendors suck; at least that's what many of you have told us over the years through various surveys and comments on articles. Sometimes gripes have been concerned with the technology they provide, but most of the time your complaints relate to sales behaviour and commercial practices. Specific beefs include: Dressing …
Dale Vile, 13 Sep 2016
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Bug in Microsoft's StorSimple arrays can kill backups

Microsoft's warned users of its StorSimple network-attached storage devices to update them ASAP, because they might not be finishing backups. You had one job, Microsoft … one job. Now owners of the devices have an urgent and tricky job, because Microsoft says “The update is a disruptive update (requires reboot of the appliance …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2016

VMware eases Windows Mobile 10's turn-your-phone-into-a-PC pain

Bleeding-edge early adopters of Windows Mobile 10 have some more balm for their Continuum pains. Microsoft's Continuum lets you connect monitors, keyboards and mice to Windows Mobile phones to convert them into PCs. It fits in with Microsoft's universal app concept: software should just work wherever you're using Windows 10, …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2016
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Wikibon sticking to server SAN takeover idea

The August 2016 Wikibon report "Server SAN Readies for Enterprise and Cloud Domination" repeats the message of its Server SAN Research Project 2014 report, saying that "storage is moving inexorably from traditional storage arrays to Server SAN in a server rack." The report summary says the world-wide Server SAN market added $1 …
Chris Mellor, 5 Sep 2016

Baa NooBaa black sheep, have you any storage?

NooBaa sounds like a lamb in a child's fairy story or one of those wacky new-style web properties offering on-demand hair dressing, garden tool sharing or a cocktail recipe exchange. In fact, it's a scale-out object storage startup offering what it calls frictionless storage for unstructured data. The company came out of …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2016
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Nutanix to kick off its IPO extravaganza on ... go on, take a guess

Nutanix, the darling of the hyper-converged infrastructure appliance industry, is, we're hearing, going to kick its IPO process into gear from September 6. Closely following on from its acquisition of Calm.io and its gobbling of PernixData, the market-leading head HCIA honcho will start the ball rolling from September 6, with …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2016

Mangstor, Mellanox flash rig crowned 'fastest in the lab'... for RAID-0

Trusty Storage Review has been at it again, testing a Mangstor-Mellanox NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeF) rig servicing a MySQL virtual cluster – and finding it 2.5x faster than any other flash array it's ever tested. The Mangstor kit comprised an NX6325 all-flash array with 4 x 2.7TB add-in card (AIC) NVMe flash drives stuffed into …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2016
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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

Floppy disk sales have, well, flopped but there are still masses of PCs and old embedded PC-based systems out there with floppy disk slots and drives. Now this near-dead space can be made usable again, with a 32GB FLOPPYFlash drive from Solid State Disks Ltd. It's a drop-in replacement for a floppy disk drive and takes …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2016
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Huawei hugs open-sourcey Alluxio: Thanks for the memories

Huawei has announced a Big Data analytics acceleration scheme using its FusionStorage product and Alluxio open source software; which seems to be the canine genitalia du jour for speeding up lethargic analytics queries. Alluxio is the renamed Tachyon Nexus, an Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup. FusionStorage is Huawei's …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2016
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So Nutanix has fessed up to PernixData slurp. Now what?

So it appears the rumours were true as Nutanix finally announces the acquisition of both PernixData and calm.io, a startup focused on DevOps automation. Naturally the blog post and press release from Nutanix puts a positive spin on things, with talks of shared vision, shared ambition and a “like-spirited” approach to IT …
Chris Evans, 1 Sep 2016
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Solidfire is 'for people who **CKING HATE storage' says NetApp Founder Dave Hitz

VMWORLD 2016 NetApp founder Dave Hitz has apologised to a VMworld 2016 audience for being slow to produce proper flash arrays. In a session on the future of storage he shared with SolidFire founder Dave Wright, Hitz said that work on Clustered ONTAP had consumed more resources and time than the company anticipated, leaving it short of …
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Deep inside Nantero's non-volatile carbon nanotube RAM tech

Two Fujitsu semiconductor businesses are licensing Nantero NRAM technology with joint Nantero-Fujitsu development to produce chips in 2018. They will have several thousand times faster rewrites and many thousands of times more rewrite cycles than embedded flash memory. NRAM, non-volatile RAM, is based on carbon nanotube (CNT) …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2016
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Samsung's million-IOPS, 6.4TB, 51Gb/s SSD is ... well, quite something

VMworld Samsung is showing off a monster million IOPS SSD that can pump out read data at 6.4 gigabytes per second and store up to 6.4TB. NVMe PCIe is the fastest SSD interface, blasting SAS and SATA out of the park and the early promise of Fusion-io is now being realised with 3D NAND PCIe flash drives. The PM1725a [PDF] comes in both …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2016

Tegile gets IntelliFlash into a cluster duster

Tegile is launching its all-flash, clustered, IntelliFlash CP (Cloud Platform) at VMworld 2016. This is a rack-scale system for large enterprises looking to set up a private cloud and, Tegile says, involves multi-controller clusters and NVMe. Individual systems are clustered together with a single global namespace. They will …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2016
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Sunny, summery Intel slips out six flashy 3D NAND SSDs

Intel has introduced six new SSDs using 3D NAND technology, with two client products, two data centre drives and two embedded Internet of Things drives. Chipzilla says these are the first of many utilising 3D NAND technology and we expect some of the existing 2D (planar) NAND drives to fall out of favour and be retired. The …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016

A partial de-cloaking of Samsung's mystery Z-SSD

The mysterious Samsung Z-SSD was announced at the Flash Memory Summit, and positioned as a DRAM-NAND gap-filler. This makes it competition for XPoint. We asked Samsung about it, and here is what we learnt. El Reg: Is it NAND media? Samsung: We believe that Z-SSD, which is based on NAND technology, can fill the performance …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2016
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A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

Road test Last week Vulture South got its hands on an intriguing SanDisk product called the “Connect Wireless Stick”. It's a USB stick with WiFi built in and is intended as networked storage for mobile devices. The idea is that you'll load the stick full of music and movies, then install the companion app on your iThing or Android and …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Aug 2016
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IBM will move stored stuff onto its new flashy boxen for free

IBM has launched more cost-effective Storwize all-flash arrays and announced a Flash In migration program aimed at Dell and EMC customers looking for a warm comfort blanket from Big Blue. The existing Storwize line includes: V7000 – hybrid flash/disk enterprise array V5000F – all flash enterprise array V5000 – mid-size …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2016
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Veeam: You know what's not a disaster? Our software mega-update

The backup and disaster recovery firm Veeam has announced an updated Availability Suit, and the Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud. It's a bundle of VAS, VAL, VAM, VAO, VAC and VCC, as you will see. VAS - Veeam Availability Suite for virtualised servers* VAL - Veeam Agent for Linux for public clouds and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

Syncsort inhales Cogito, ergo Big Data and Big Iron can be friends

Big iron, big data and cloudy tools biz Syncsort has bought UK software biz Cogito to help it bring IBM mainframe database data into Big Data analytics, and to make the mainframes run better. Syncsort was originally a mainframe data sorting company, but it now focuses on Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) capabilities for Hadoop and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Simplivity delivers storage quadruplets: Meet all-flashery and better DR

SimpliVity has announced an all-flash hyper-converged system and upped its single system VDI count from 2,000 to 4,000. It has also introduced RapidDR virtualised workload recovery and app-aware SQL Server backups. The CN-5400-F forms the high-end of SimpliVity's otherwise hybrid flash/disk product range: CN-1400 - 3-6TB …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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DCIG mid-market array guide: Why we left those companies out

Analysis Conversations with DCIG have revealed why seemingly obvious companies and their products were left out of a mid-range storage array buyers' report. DCIG analyst Ken Clipperton told us about the inclusion/exclusion criteria DCIG used when compiling its report. The initial criteria for selecting suppliers and products were: …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

The TPC-C/SPC-1 storage benchmarks are screwed. You know what we need?

Comment The storage benchmarking world is broken because there are no realistic and pratical storage benchmarks with realistic workloads customers can apply to systems. So says storage analyst Howard Marks, and he aims to fix this mess with the help of a consortium of industry players. He says the world of storage …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

Ovation claps together private cloud storage service with HGST, Versity basis

An Ovation Data Services private storage cloud for media and entertainment and oil and gas industries is based on HGST's Active Archive System and Versity Storage Manager. We wrote about the Versity Storage Manager system in June, saying it was an archiving package with an S3 interface to a backend store. This store could be a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Actifio adds replication tool to its data copy Swiss army knife

Actifio has added replication to its copy data management software, calling it StreamSnap. StreamSnap is provided as part of Actifio's Copy Data Virtualization platform, which takes a copy of master data and can then generate virtualized copies for test and dev, protection, etc, thus saving the storage space needed for …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016
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Backup biz Arcserve: Private equity... there's nothing like it

Private equity ownership has given anodyne old backup biz Arcserve a huge energising kick in the behind. Over the past year, Arcserve says it has seen a 61 per cent increase in UDP (Unified Data Protection) product sales, a 41 per cent increase in general overall new sales. Of this 47 per cent was in EMEA and 22 per cent in …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016
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Plexistor unveils storage-stack-perplexing PMoF tech

Plexistor has unveiled specs on its Persistent Memory over Fabric (PMoF), which it says gives app servers access to disaggregated persistent memory in fabric-connected PM Bricks. Plexistor’s software-defined memory combines DRAM and flash in one memory address space to deliver a higher “memory” capacity with persistent storage …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2016

Hyper-converged top-of-the-pops list is out: Guess who hasn't crushed it?

Surprise, surprise: EMC is not top of the hyper-converged charts … yet. Forrester’s Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI) Wave report for 2016’s third quarter looks at the top dozen HCI suppliers and rates them into four categories – leaders, strong performers, contenders and challengers. A square sectioned into four quarter- …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2016

Pivot3 tries to butter up sysadmins with policy-driven protection

Ageing startup Pivot3 has added policy-driven data protection to its hyper-converged systems. The firm said the move is part of the Quality of Service (QoS) function. It has extended its QoS functions to include this data protection, plus application integration, scheduling and performance enhancements. Customers can define …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2016
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Nasuni adds sync 'n' share to its cloud file gateway

Nasuni has added file sync and share to its cloud storage gateway. Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) capabilities are now included in its Nasuni File Services (NFS) offering. Users of iOS, Android, OS X and Windows fixed and mobile devices can sync and share with Nasuni's file services courtesy of apps on their devices. …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2016