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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
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China decides to cook its own chips – report

Chinese government-owned Tsinghua Unigroup, having failed to buy Micron, is going to make its own memory chips. The WSJ reports that TU will spend $12bn-plus to build a fab and make acquisitions. It's being positioned as part of China's long term goal of being less dependent on Western technology. The acquisitions will be …
Chris Mellor, 9 Nov 2015

Safe-mail.net goes titsup. Storage failure blamed

The secure email service Safe-mail.net has been out of action since Wednesday, Nov 4, following a “major storage hardware crash”. No further technical details are available. About 80 per cent of user data was unaffected “as we had already moved it to a new system during the last few months,” the Israeli company said in a …
Drew Cullen, 7 Nov 2015
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Sphere 3D now sure about Azure, joins Microsoft Cloud Alliance

Virtualisation and data management company Sphere 3D says its Glassware 2.0 and SnapCLOUD VirtualNAS products can now use Azure, as the company has joined a Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance. Glassware is, we are told, a "virtual application hosting platform which uses a lightweight containerisation technology to enable …
Chris Mellor, 6 Nov 2015
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DCIG puts out new flash array guide – wonder where EMC is this time?

Analyst group DCIG has produced another report ranking hyper-converged infrastructure appliance vendors based on documented features and questionnaire answers. A canned quote by Tim Anderson, research analyst and co-author of the DCIG 2015-16 All-Flash Array Buyer’s Guide, said: "We are confident this [guide] will give …
Chris Mellor, 6 Nov 2015
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Symantec numbers are out. Execs might wish they weren't

A soon to be storage-free Symantec has reported its last numbers before the split with Veritas and they aren’t good - not if you are a company exec or investor. The firm has operationally split from Veritas - which was offloaded to private equity biz The Carlyle Group - but the legal separation is set for 1 January. …
Paul Kunert, 6 Nov 2015
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Another win for SanDisk as CloudByte sinks teeth into InfiniFlash

SanDisk has won another InfiniFlash OEM, in the shape of enterprise and cloud storage provider CloudByte. CloudByte's ElastiStor software has networking and enterprise storage facilities and uses the InfiniFlash IF100 all-flash enclosure, with its MLC flash, as a high-performance/high-capacity storage resource. CloudByte …
Chris Mellor, 6 Nov 2015
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Huawei who? We probe the sleeping storage dragon's brains

Part I Huawei is China's Cisco or Sweden’s Ericsson without the storage hangups that affect the US networking giant. It's a $46.5bn colossus with 170,000 employees, privately-owned by its Chinese national employees, with no venture capital investment and three rotating CEOs. This is most assuredly not your average IT corporation. …
Chris Mellor, 6 Nov 2015
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Backup software that cracks web servers? Yup. It's a thing

Updated Commvault's Edge Server offers users the chance to view and access their backups from mobile devices, a trick it enables in part by using a web server. But version 10 R2 of that server has a problem: it “deserializes untrusted, user-provided cookie data, resulting in arbitrary OS command execution with the web server's …

Speaking in Tech: Larry Ellison pipes up on EMC/Dell – it's all yours Michael

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's our weekly tech podcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Eddie is wandering around Germany while Sarah and Greg talk about Australia, Oracle, Microsoft's limited storage and Twitter hearts. Our special guest this week is John Troyer of …
Team Register, 4 Nov 2015
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Huawei adds NVMe accessed SSDs to Dorado all-flash array

Huawei is updating its dual-controller OceanStor Dorado all-flash array by adding NVMe-accessed SSDs, reportedly boosting IOPS performance by up to 30 per cent. A demonstration system was exhibited at its Shenzhen storage summit and we managed to glean some information from the lid-off hardware with its labels, rolling slide- …
Chris Mellor, 4 Nov 2015
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This will get pulses racing, thinks EMC: Copy data management

EMC's XtremIO all-flash array has had a copy data management facility added as the storage goliath takes on Actifio, Catalogic, and Delphix. Eazy-E has added iCDM (integrated Copy Data Management) to its XtremIO arrays that hold primary data and not secondary data. Typically, copy data is stored on secondary storage with …
Chris Mellor, 4 Nov 2015
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Guess who: Storage chip maker [blank] can't wait for all-storage-chip data centers

+Comment Intel is pushing the idea of an all-flash data center so it can make up for slowing processor revenue growth by selling 3D NAND and XPoint chips and SSDs. Here is a re-envisaged copy of a slide Jerry Xu, Intel's general manager for NVM (non-volatile memory) solutions in China, showed at the Huawei Storage Summit in Shenzhen, …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2015
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Gridstore going gangbusters

Gridstore, the Hyper-V-focused, hyper-converged, all-flash appliance startup, is growing gangbusters after coming out, so to speak, a year ago. Its third 2015 quarter was 440 per cent higher than the third 2014 quarter, and, for the nine months ending September 30, 2015 it saw year-to-date growth of 428 per cent YoY. …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2015

Moshe's monster seven-nines disk box blooms

Infinidat, the creation of storage industry guru Moshe Yanai, saw 61 per cent quarter-over-quarter growth in the third quarter. The five-year-old, privately-owned company produces high-end file/block access external arrays with seven-nines (99.99999 per cent) availability and fast disk loss rebuild times, with a claimed sub- …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2015
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Quick as a flash: NVMe will have you in tiers

Sysadmin Blog Non-Volatile Memory Express, or NVMe, is a game-changing storage standard for PCIe-connected drives. It is replacing AHCI and along with the U.2 (SFF-8639) connector it is replacing both SAS and SATA for high speed, low latency storage. It's the smart way to connect up flash and post-flash storage tech to your servers. The …
Trevor Pott, 3 Nov 2015
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And for your third course, a platter of flash cache, object, file copy, and private cloud news

Roundup Here are five storage stories that missed the cut last week but are interesting, as they show movement in the object, flash, operational data, and private/public cloud areas. There's so much product development and startup work going in it's hard to keep up. SanDisk has updated its FlashSoft caching software to support …
Chris Mellor, 3 Nov 2015
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Huawei cooks own PCIe SSD: Flash IP in a flash

Pics Chinese enterprise data centre IT supplier Huawei now makes its own PCIe flash cards, including the controller functionality. Being shown round an enterprise product exhibition hall in Huawei's Shenzhen campus* we saw a PCIe flash card, the ES3000 v2, with a capacity of up to 3.2TB, and we were able to pick it up and look at …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015
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Endpoint protectors spread wings, Druva flies into Microsoft cloud

Endpoint data protector Druva is adding Microsoft's Azure to its public cloud target list, adding security and sharing features to its backup capabilities and trying to appeal more to enterprises – a link with Microsoft is good news in that department. "Druva has quickly grown to become the de facto standard for data …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015
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Huawei mixes it up with Micron and its new NVM tech

China-based telecom and enterprise IT supplier Huawei has entered a flash partnership with Micron, which means the Chinese firm will be using Micron flash in its OceanStor storage arrays. Huawei has an OceanStor range of unified file and block storage arrays plus a separate OceanStor Dorado all-flash array line with two …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015
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Are you local? HDS adds locality, Data Ingestor to object storage

HDS has revved its object-storing HCP (Hitachi Content Platform) with what looks to be better data management and protection features. There is a new piece of hardware, the HCP S30, which can store more than 450PB of data in a single multi-node system using commodity storage. A G10 node server architecture has SSD support for …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015
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Veeam's virtual virtuosity gets more customers by the balls

One of these days Veeam is going to stop growing. Sadly, for its competitors that day appears not to be today. For its latest quarter Ratmir Timashev's company saw revenues grow 17 per cent compared to this time last year. Within that there was 49 per cent revenue growth for all editions of Veeam Availability Suite, with 86 …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2015
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Warm your fingers by the bonfire of vanity on-premises storage

Comment Public cloud storage supporters couldn't hope for a better cheerleader than Nasuni CEO Andres Rodriguez, whose company provides cloud storage gateways, including an on-premises caching device. He hammered a nail in the on-premises storage coffin here in June, and is across the water in Europe again to swing the hammer one more …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2015
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Last orders cost Quantum dear as it limps to $11.2m loss

Storage company Quantum has confirmed its early October revenue warning, with second fiscal 2016 quarter revenues of $117m, and not the hoped-for $125m. There was a loss of $11.2m in the quarter, which compares with a loss of $10.8m in the previous quarter, and indeed a profit of $1.2m in the year-ago quarter. It attributed a …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2015
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How to get the fun stuff back in your data centre

The cloud is a fabulous concept. If you want to try something out, or prototype your latest idea, or give yourself a relatively inexpensive disaster recovery setup, get in there and run up a cloud-based installation. There's something that the cloud lacks, though: it's just not fun or cool. Lists of virtual machines in the …
Dave Cartwright, 29 Oct 2015

WD revenues hurt by slack PC demand

Western Digital saw depressed PC and notebook sales affect its disk drive business in its latest quarter, with stalling SSD sales showing negative sequential growth. A quick look at the numbers for the company's first fiscal 2016 which ended 2 October: Revenue of $3.4bn, 6.3 per cent up on the previous quarter but 12.8 per …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2015
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Seagate unveils enlarged spy drive with support for 64 spycams

Seagate has launched an 8TB disk drive for surveillance use, enabling up to 6PB of CCTV data in a rack. This is a 3.5-inch form-factor drive and joins the existing set of 8TB Archive, Enterprise Capacity, Enterprise NAS and Kinetic disk drives. It follows on from the 6TB model announced in September last year. That had 6 …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2015
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WD stirs green and blue into pot, comes out with Blue HDDs

WD is abandoning its Green drive branding, moving the Green drive product line into the Blue brand so as to have a single mainstream PC brand. The WD Blue drives are 3.5-inch jobs designed for desktop and all-in-one PCs with capacity running up to 6TB. They came from the older Caviar and Scorpio Blue lines and rotated at 7, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2015
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NaaS guys finish ... first: Dell, HP, Mirantis, Tintri in OpenStack brat pack

The Tokyo OpenStack summit saw more announcements today as vendors enjoy playing the Open Stack game which, it appears, no one can lose. Dell, Mirantis and Big Switch Networks have launched an OpenStack Neutron networking reference architecture using a Big Cloud P+V SDN Fabric, Dell Open Networking switches and Mirantis …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2015
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Isilon software on Dell hardware – could it really be true?

El Reg was kindly sent a note about an EMC virtual event plus a Commtech session in Ireland, suggesting that scale-out filer Isilon array functionality could be available as software-only running on Dell servers. There is an Expand the Data Lake virtual event to be run by EMC on 10 November. You will find a teaser video on …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2015
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Quantum packs new StorNext hardware in a software glove

Quantum has given its StorNext file and data management product a hardware makeover, with faster Xcellis hardware taking up less rackspace than existing components. StorNext provides access to a virtualised single repository with four tiers. It serves primary data from its drive array to users' workstations and applications …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2015
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When Michael Dell met Chris Mellor

Profile This is the way of it: you're sitting there, at a table in a general meeting room at the Dell World event in Austin, talking to a distant colleague about what happened to Don, did I know Liem had moved to such and such an office, when an ordinary-looking guy comes over and sits down at the same table, saying: "How's it going …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2015