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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
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EMC: We'll give you a MEELLLION dollars if our inline dedupe gear's not actually inline

EMC says its XtremIO deduplication is inline all the time – and is offering a million bucks to anyone who can prove otherwise. The storage giant will give $1m "to the first customer that can prove their XtremIO system's inline data services have switched off, been throttled back or defaulted to a 'system garbage collection' …
Chris Mellor, 7 May 2014
VMware VSAN Concept

Why not build your own VSAN hardware, asks VMware

When VMware launched its virtual storage area network (VSAN), it announced a laundry list of partners it said would be offering tricked-up servers to act as “ready nodes” real soon now. Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu. Supermicro and Inpsur have put up their hands and with “ready nodes”, servers with disk-slots-a-plenty capable of being …

EMC: Sync 'n' share not all about size, how you do it matters too

The business sync 'n' share market has, of late, been all about size with Microsoft and Dropbox announcing their respective offerings now come with 1TB and unlimited storage. Microsoft's also making more noises about Office integration being an important feature, what with businesses being quite keen on collaboration. Dropbox is …
Belly Button

Oi, EMC users! HALVE your weight with this WEIRD OLD TIP

HP has released a product to import data from ENC VNX and CLARiiON CX4 arrays into its 3PAR storage, allowing customers to move to Meg W's StoreServ arrays – and, at least according to HP, dealing with storage obesity en route. It's called HP 3PAR Online Import (HP3OI?) and HP claims it allows users to perform self-directed …
Chris Mellor, 6 May 2014
Emulex losses to Q3 fy2014

Emulex racks up fifth loss-making quarter as FIVE-YEAR Broadcom broadside ends

Analysis It's Emulex's fifth loss-making quarter in a row and a whopping loss at that. For its third financial 2014 quarter, ended 30 March, Emulex made a loss of $7.2m on revenues of $109.7m. Let's put that in context. A year ago its revenues were $116.8m and its loss was $6.7m. In the previous fy2014 quarter revenues were $123.2m and …
Chris Mellor, 6 May 2014

Inktank's founder blabs to El Reg about Ceph's ERASURE TIERS

Red Hat may have just agreed to buy Ceph-backer Inktank, but that hasn't slowed down the open source project. Late Monday or early Tuesday morning, Ceph's main developer Inktank will release "Firefly", the 0.80 release of the open source Ceph object store and filesystem. Firefly comes with two features that, like beer and pie [ …
Jack Clark, 6 May 2014
Flash Gordon

EMC gobbles up top-secret flash startup DSSD

EMC World 2014 Data storage giant EMC has acquired a stealthy startup named DSSD led by some of the top brains behind the ZFS filesystem. EMC announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the "rack-scale flash storage" company DSSD during a press conference at its EMC World conference in Las Vegas on Monday. DSSD is a stealth-mode …
Jack Clark, 5 May 2014
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EMC embarks on all-singing, all-dancing VNX jamboree

EMC World 2014 EMC has had a VNXgasm and announced future software for VNX, plus a buffed up VNXe box, a VSPEX addition, and the company is also making more encryption options available. The VNX software is coming via Project Liberty and thus includes freedom from hardware lock-in presumably, and is virtualised storage software that is based …
Chris Mellor, 5 May 2014
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EMC ships '17PB' of biz flash, brags it's NAND numero uno ... That's cute, grins HDS

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest flash shipper of them all? Well, never mind fairer – EMC says it's the fattest enterprise flash slinger of all. The storage giant's CEO David Goulden said in its latest earnings call: "Over 70 per cent of VMAX and VNX2 systems shipped with some flash capacity. EMC sold more than 17 …
Chris Mellor, 5 May 2014

Oh Sony. Have we learned NOTHING from SuperAIT?

Blocks and Files It's deja freakin' vu all over again, as the grim spectres of AIT and Super AIT tape are coming alive again. Meanwhile the good ship Sony is sinking in the west, the crew distracted by a tape technology sideshow. Consider these two recent stories: Sony reckons it will make a $1.3bn loss after selling off its failing PC business …
Chris Mellor, 2 May 2014
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Licensed to BILL: How much should you cough for software licences?

Storagebod “Yet another change to a licensing model. You can bet it’s not going to work out any cheaper for me," was the first thought that flickered through my mind during a presentation about GPFS 4.1 at the GPFS UG meeting in London. This started up another train of thought: in this new world of software-defined storage, how should the …
StorageBod, 2 May 2014
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EMC formalises its Federation

For a year or so now EMC has described its core storage business as “EMC II” (for information infrastructure) and positioned the overarching “EMC” brand as applying to a “federation” of companies including VMware, RSA and Pivotal. Earlier this week, EMC seems to have formalised the existence of the Federation by popping up …
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WD results confirm it: Disk buyers ARE spending less

Is there a disk drive sales slump? Seagate's latest quarterly results suggested it and now WD's results confirm it. Enterprise disk drive buyers are spending less money. Despite all the marketing/analyst guffery about data bloat driving storage sales, both Seagate and Western Digital have seen lower sales in the last three …
Chris Mellor, 1 May 2014
Hewlett's desk

Nexenta beats off rivals as Citrix testlab rates its VDI offering 'cheapest'

Nexenta provides the cheapest VDI, according to data collected in a Citrix testlab by Gartner. Gartner research director and blogger Gunnar Berger has written an article - The real cost of VDI storage – in which he sorts suppliers on their costs. The data comes from a Citrix Ready VDI Capacity Validation Program for Storage …
Chris Mellor, 1 May 2014

WAN-furtling pays off for app-happy Riverbed

There were contrasting results yesterday from Riverbed, which has a spring in its step, and Imation, which does not, but hopes to have, eventually. Riverbed's first 2014 quarter showed revenues of $265m, 8 per cent higher than a year ago. Profits of $3.3m were low, just 1.2 per cent of the revenues, but they were a welcome about …
Chris Mellor, 1 May 2014
Synology's EDS14 rugged internet of things NAS

The Internet of Things gets its own NAS

Some of the many, many, nodes promised to connect to the internet of things are going to do two things: make a lot of data but not always be able to send it anywhere. How to store that data in the often-inhospitable locations sensors and small computers will find themselves seems to have exercised some minds at Taiwanese vendor …
Fritz Pfleumer with his magnetic tape recorder

Sony nanotechnicians invent magnetic tape that stores 148 Gb per square inch

Researchers at Sony have developed a new kind of magnetic tape that can store 74 times the data of current designs, dramatically cutting the amount of room needed for backup libraries. The tape is manufactured using a new vacuum thin-film forming system that deposits a string of uniformly orientated nanocrystals in a layer less …
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2014
Claw hammer

6TB - big? Pah! Seagate plans to put out 8TB and 10TB MONSTERS

We got all excited about Seagate's latest 6TB drive but, really, we haven't seen anything yet. It has been revealed that the spinning rust company is anticipating 8TB and 10TB drives later this year. This info came out in the company's third quarter results earnings call, where chairman, president and CEO Steve Luczo was talking …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2014
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Fusion-io takes DIMM view of flash cards ... Diablo goes for broke

Fusion-io's chief operating officer Lance Smith is going around lancing the boil that is the flash DIMM – flash memory interfaced to a server's memory bus instead of its slower PCIe interface – but he's facing a challenge from Diablo Technologies. Flash DIMM technology is provided by Diablo Technology to SanDisk, which has used …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2014

Cash slump a Seagate problem, or a hard disk industry problem?

Analysis Seagate revenues and profits have slumped in its third fiscal 2014 quarter, reflecting ongoing difficulties in the disk drive market and product transitions. Revenues of $3.4bn were reported in the quarter ending 28 March, and these were 4 per cent down year-on-year. Net profits were $395m, 5 per cent lower than a year ago. …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2014
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No, it's not a boy band, it's a biz backup suite: A dig into Druva inSync

Review Druva seems to be on a quest right now to get its name seen by as many people as possible; lately I have been bombarded by more inSync banner ads than I can shake a stick at. So it came as no surprise when the Reg asked me to have a look at what the backup and management biz does – and whether it is any good at it. The inSync …
Dave Cartwright, 30 Apr 2014

The Big Reg Storage Survey: Share your pain or tales of success

Storage is a major consumer of your IT budgets. It eats ever more of your working day, and it probably accounts for one or two working weekends – time you'd rather spend with your feet up or relaxing with a beer. We want to hear whether the storage platforms you use are getting easier to administer, or if your stress levels are …
Team Register, 30 Apr 2014
Samsung PM835T TLC SSD

Hey, Samsung: Why so shy about your 960GB flash drive's endurance?

Samsung has gone and used cheap-to-make triple-level cell NAND chippery to make an SSD for data centre use. Will it catch on? Triple-level cell (TLC) flash chips mean fabs can extract more flash capacity from a silicon wafer, and so production costs are lower than for two-level cell MLC technology. Samsung says it gets "a 30 per …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014

GULP. Veeam adds thousands of accounts. It must be eating SOMEONE'S lunch

Growing virtual server backup biz Veeam continues to spread like an out-of-control viral infection. The firm recently claimed to have surpassed the 100,000 customer mark by the end of its first 2014 quarter. To put that in perspective, it says it went past the 91,500 customer mark just three months ago, the 80,000 level three …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014
Optimus Prime Transformer toy

It's here, the 4TB FLASH drive: SanDisk rips sheet from the Optimus MAX

SanDisk has announced a new 4TB flash drive, double the capacity of the biggest solid-state drive available today. The 4TB Optimus MAX – which sounds like the big bad brother of an Optimus Prime toy – follows the 2TB Optimus Eco, a technology SanDisk acquired when it bought SMART Storage. The new SSD can take three full drive …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014
LSI Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i

Hit the Nytro: LSI's PCIe cards now even faster with SQL Server 2014, says firm after upgrade

Chip-making chappies LSI have added some go-faster SQL 2014 juice to their Nytro PCIe server flash cards. SQL Server 2014 can run in-memory; LSI's updated Nytro cards provide a server with PCIe-connected flash. SQL 2014 has a Buffer Pool Extension feature which puts an, erm, buffer pool extension into flash memory where it …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014
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Backup biz CommVault to Wall St: Cheer up, lads. We just need MORE SALES REPS

Results are in for CommVault, whose final 2014 quarter showed a revenue rise and a slight drop in profits, missing Wall St's estimates. But the biggest surprise to analysts was its concession that it had "under-hired" in Q4. The Simpana data protection and archiving software shipper found analysts were not sympatico when it …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2014
Singapore Condos

Silicon bungalow? Nah, I'll have SK Hynix's 4-storey flash condo

DRAM and flash fabber SK Hynix is set to mass produce 3D NAND by the end of this year, while Micron Technology sees its own 3D mass production kicking in during the second half of 2015. By building NAND chips with layers of current planar cells (known as 2D NAND) the amount of capacity in a chip's footprint can be raised without …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2014
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Let them eat cache: PernixData crams RAM in virtual flash platform

PernixData has added RAM as a cache and Network File System support to its FVP clustered flash cache product with the aim of making virtual machines go even faster. FVP is a VMware kernel module that aggregates flash (PCIe or SSD) across a set of clustered VMware ESXi servers and provides read and write caching to ESXi such that …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2014
EMC

Storage management tools SUCK. We're getting what we pay for

Storagebod Five years or so when I started blogging about storage I spent much time venting my spleen at EMC, especially the abomination that was ControlCenter; a product so poor that a peer in the industry once described it as being “too expensive even if it was free.” And yet the search for the perfect storage management product still …
StorageBod, 28 Apr 2014
Barracuda

Hungry Barracuda Networks gobbles a profitable quarter at last

After several quarters of losses, Barracuda Networks has made a profit in its final three months of fiscal 2014, ended 28 February, paving the way for a profitable 2015. Revenues were $60m in the quarter, up 15 per cent year on year, and a sliver up on the third quarter’s $59.4m. Net income for Q4 2014 was $3m, which compares to …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2014
M500DC_MIcron_SSD

Have you heard the one about Goldilocks and the Micron hardwares?

Micron has brought out a middle-of-the-road flash drive for data centres – a Goldilocks product in other words: neither too hot, not too cold, too big, too small. You get the picture. The M500DC uses 20nm MLC NAND, and comes in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 800GB capacities. It seems to be a reworked version of the M500 and M550 …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2014

Top dog EMC’s dilemma: Seasonal dip or long-term problem?

Comment One swallow doesn’t make a summer nor one frost a winter. Does the dramatic drop in EMC’s VMAX revenues represent a long-term change or just a product transition blip? While other parts of EMC Information Infrastructure – the non-VMware and non-Pivotal storage core of EMC’s federation – grew strongly in its first 2014 quarter, …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2014

List prices mean zilch. Remember that when buying from upstarts

Storagebod Storage industry blogger Howard Marks has written about telling storage startups apart from upstarts. Except, when you dig into his piece, it reads more like how to be a savvy tech buyer. Marks' online post, titled ”Separating Storage Startups From Upstarts” got me thinking, as someone involved in making large purchasing …
StorageBod, 24 Apr 2014
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Shocking new low for SanDisk – 15nm flash chips rolling out its fabs

SanDisk has powered up the smallest NAND process in the industry, 15nm, meaning it should be able to get more working flash chips from each silicon wafer – and thus lower its costs. It's calling this technology "1Z", as 1X is below 20nm, and 1Y is between that and 15nm. These alphabetic suffix boundaries are not standard, and …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2014
Shane Robison

Flashy Fusion-io pleads the fifth – the fifth loss-making quarter, that is

Despite revenues rising steadily, Fusion-io cannot stem its cash bleed: it lost $30.7m in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, a 54 per cent increase on the loss it recorded in the same period a year ago. Revenues from the just-ended quarter were $100.5m, 15 per cent up on the year and six per cent more than the second quarter; …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2014

The big Reg STORAGE SURVEY

Tech Panel Some of you have said you want to read more on storage, so here's a survey for you to get stuck into. Your answers will give us a steer on the kind of stuff that interests you so we can make sure we're covering the right topics on the site. Freeform Dynamics will help by crunching the numbers and writing a nice report to help …
David Gordon, 24 Apr 2014
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Pure Storage opens wide, VCs shovel in yet MORE millions of $$$

All-flash array startup Pure Storage has just trousered another $225m of funding, less than a year after enjoying a $150m E-round. Why on earth does it need more cash now? The cash, according to a Pure press release, will “support the continued acceleration of its market trajectory and international business expansion through …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2014
HDS VSP Front Panel

New HDS array: It's a G1000 Jim, but not as we know it*

HDS has updated its 2010 vintage high-end VSP array with the VSP G1000 and a new operating system, together providing the "highest performance and most available unified storage system in the industry," and claiming it's "the most reliable hardware on the planet." There are three mainstream high-end enterprise arrays; EMC's VMAX …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2014