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Shhh! DropBox 'quietly files' for IPO

DropBox has reportedly filed for an IPO, giving it fresh capital to fund a significant expansion. Bloomberg has reported that DropBox has lodged confidential papers registering for a public share offering. "Confidential offerings" were introduced in 2012 in the JOBS Act, allowing companies to perform a fund-raising roadshow …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jan 2018
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Should SANs be patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown bugs? Er ... yes and no

Analysis Is the performance sapping spectre of the X86 Spectre/Meltdown bug fixes hanging over SAN storage arrays? The general assumption is "yes" but five suppliers say not. You would expect SANs to need patching; they run their controller software on X86 servers after all. UK storage architect Chris Evans writes: “Patching against …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2018

WDC is storage stud of CES with voice-activated media streaming

Toshiba, Western Digital, Kingston and Micron's Crucial unit have all introduced drives in time for CES – the standout being WDC announcing voice-activated media streaming features via Smart Home devices. The Kingston collection includes: Nucleum – a 7-in-1 Type-C media hub that extends functionality of newer MacBooks with a …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2018
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You think you're all-flash? Market-watcher ranks storage vendors

Research firm IDC has rated and ranked the all-flash array players, placing Pure Storage in the lead of its Marketscape, ahead of Dell, HPE, NetApp and IBM. The marketscape is a one-box market player ranking diagram (rather than the magic four-boxer of Gartner), with four curved-edge and nested segments running down and …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2018
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Veritas veteran becomes new big cheese at Symantec spin-off

Greg Hughes has been hired as head honcho at the private equity-owned storage spin-off from Symantec, Veritas. Hughes is a Veritas veteran, having been EVP for global services from October 2003 to mid-2005, then president for global services when Symantec bought Veritas in 2005, president from 2008 onwards, president for the …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2018
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Seagate's CES splash, ClusterStor-like dash and Ripple crypto-cash

The number-two disk drive supplier is starting 2018 at a gallop with a dense, ClusterStor-like array, a raft of consumer drives at CES and upgraded estimates for its first-quarter results. Seagate's 5U84 drive enclosure and operating system provide up to 1PB of capacity in a 5U chassis (8PB/rack) with 84 x 3.5-inch bays, …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2018
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In 2018, how are the big storage 8 handling the industry's challenges?

Analysis All the main storage system players face three large challenges in 2018 – new technologies providing faster data access, data management suppliers aiming to wrap a commoditising abstraction layer around them, and public cloud and public cloud-like vertical stack suppliers aiming to make them irrelevant. We look at the eight …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2018

Micron, Intel consciously uncouple 3D NAND development

Micron and Intel have blown their joint 3D NAND project apart but will continue to develop 3D XPoint memory together. Each company will now optimise their 3D NAND technology and products for their individual business needs. However, the two expect no change in their respective future nodes (cell sizes). Scott DeBoer, Micron's …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2018

Excitable backupper ExaGrid eyes IPO

ExaGrid says it's steering a methodical path to an eventual IPO unlike reckless cash-burning storage startups that fail or need to be acquired (rescued). It says its final 2017 quarter was a blast with record bookings and revenue, rounding out a record bookings and revenue year. It gained more than 100 new customers in the …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2018
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Spectre and Meltdown fixes: How will they affect storage?

Analysis How will the bugfixes for Intel's Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities affect storage? IBM – which plans to release firmware updates tomorrow that address Spectre-like bugs in its designs for its POWER CPUs – has said that its storage won't be affected at all. We received an IBM statement which confirmed: "IBM Storage …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2018
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Deputy lord of the Scality RING parts ways with object storage firm

Object storage supplier Scality has lost its president and COO, Erwan Menard. CEO Jerome Lecat announced the change at an all-hands meeting last week. We understand from a Scality spokesperson that the parting is amicable and Menard is staying on in an advisory role. Menard joined as COO in January 2014, getting the …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2018
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Come by. Away. Walk on. That'll do. Oh, um, we're just rounding up the lambs of storage

El Reg's storage sheepdog has been out on the hill and gathered a flocklet of storage news. Our tenacious collie has found seven new arrivals; one that's been lurking around for five years and another is an existing woolie promoted. But there are impressive rams as well among these two moving lumps of old mutton. Cohesity …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2018
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WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor

UPDATE If you have a Western Digital My Cloud network attached storage device, it's time to learn how to update its OS because researcher James Bercegay has discovered a dozen models possess a hard-coded backdoor. The backdoor, detailed here, lets anyone log in as user mydlinkBRionyg with the password abc12345cba. WD mostly markets …
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Software is eating the world – and Nutanix's hardware revenues

Analysis Nutanix wants be seen as a sexy software business and not a hardware appliance biz stuck with crap commodity hardware margins. So it is changing its business mode to position itself as a software-focused company. Senior Wells Fargo analyst Aaron Rakers said the hyper-converged firm "currently sells hardware and software …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2018
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Cool disk drive actuator pillar, Seagate – how about two of them?

Analysis As we've previously written about here, Seagate has the technology to split a disk drive's read-write heads into two independent sets, an upper and lower half, which increases the drive’s IO performance by having the upper and lower platter sets do IO in parallel. Disk drives with two actuator posts could read and write in …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2018
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Tsinghua Unigroup: We don't need Hynix chip tech, we have our own

Tsinghua Unigroup has denied it is licensing flash IP from SK Hynix as was reported in December, but is developing its own 3D NAND tech. The Yonhap News Agency and Korea Herald said the Chinese outfit's Tsinghua Unisplendour division was looking at using SK Hynix IP to progress beyond the 64GB, 32-layer 3D NAND chip technology …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2018
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Borg, borg, borg: Another one bites the dust as Microsoft assimilates Avere

Avere Systems and its go-faster filer frontend FXT tech is to be gobbled by Microsoft. Avere was founded in 2008 by president and CEO Ron Bianchini and CTO Michael Kazar. It has had five rounds of funding with a total of $97m invested. Bianchini previously sold Spinnaker to NetApp for $300m in 2003. Now Avere has agreed to be …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2018
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Who's king of the hyperconverged castle? Dell or Nutanix? It's not as clear-cut as it seems

Analysis When IDC published its third 2017 quarter converged and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) numbers, Dell was in the lead. It had a 30.6 per cent revenue share, at $306.8m. Nutanix was second at $207.4m. But IDC's public release didn't reveal how many XC systems Dell had shipped, and as these are OEM'd from Nutanix then the …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2018
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Cohesity loses its cohesion: Now chief beancounter unglues self from upstart

Cohesity's chief financial officer Seamus Hennessy has resigned after less than four months in post, judging from his LinkedIn profile. This follows news last month that John Loiacono left as veep of worldwide sales engineering after less than six months in the role. Ex-NetApper Loiacono joined Cohesity in June last year as …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jan 2018
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The hounds of storage track converged and hyperconverged beasts

Comment Tech market researcher IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker has found that worldwide converged systems market revenue increased 10.8 per cent year over year to $2.99bn during the third quarter of 2017 (3Q17) – and that the market inhaled a massive 1.96 EB of new storage capacity during the quarter, up 30 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 24 Dec 2017
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Storage Christmas cracker: My band is called 1023MB. We haven't had a gig yet

Here's a final collection of storage news before Christmas 2017. Imagine you are having Christmas dinner and you get a bunch of crackers. Pull them and, instead of fortune cookie statements and bad jokes, this list of news items tumbles out. My, how much richer your Christmas dinner would ... we'll go away now. Comtrade …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2017
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Storage startup WekaIO punts latency-slashing parallel file system tech

Analysis Storage startup WekaIO has joined a growing crowd of techies making large performance gains and latency lowering file system tech moves. It has claimed to have developed the highest-performance, lowest-latency file system ever created – which is quite a bold statement – but since this technology area is developing so rapidly, …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2017

Bit price drop + compute-storage closeness = enterprise flash use boom

Analysis Enterprise flash drive use will surge over the next four years due to price falls, capacity rises, NVMe speed and Internet of Things (IoT) edginess, analysts have agreed. Senior bod at Wells Fargo Aaron Rakers has looked at trends and extrapolated them, and factored in flash drive supplier predictions and other research house …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2017
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Back off, legacy intruders: Veeam updates backup offering, adds one tool-to-rule

Veeam has extended its backup product (Veeam Availability Suite or VAS) coverage with update 3 to v9.5. The update brings: Built-in management for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.1 and Veeam Agent for Linux v2 IBM Spectrum Virtualise integration, extending Veeam storage snapshot integration capabilities to IBM Storwize …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2017
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China may stick to its own DRAM memory soon – researchers

Industry researchers have reported that three players in China are currently building flash and memory fabs and appear to be working to make China self-sufficient in NAND and DRAM. A TrendForce report titled "Breakdown Analysis of China's Semiconductor Industry", explains these players are backed by industry and state funds. …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2017

Peak NAND? Not yet. Not if you're ogling Micron's moneybags

Memory and flash maker Micron posted great quarterly results following booming demand for its mobile, server and SSD products – a sign of what it is hoping is an enduring market change. The memory and flash maker said revenues in its first fiscal 2018 quarter were $6.83bn, 71 per cent up on a year ago, and 10.8 per cent up on …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2017
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Seagate's lightbulb moment: Make read-write heads operate independently

Seagate is increasing IO performance in disk drives by separating read-write heads into two separate sets which can operate independently and in parallel. The heads are positioned at one end of actuator arms which rotate around a post at their other end to move the heads across the platter surfaces. Thus, with an eight-platter …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2017

Storage Wars: Not very long ago, a hop, skip and a jump away...

Storage wars are ongoing across the galaxy and of course every supplier claims the force is with them. Here's the latest news overheard from the wretched hive of scum and villainy otherwise known as the storage industry. Splunk climbs K2 Kaminario is using Splunk Enterprise to provide analytics for its K2 arrays and also …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2017

All flasher Tintri makes play for the cash-strapped: Buy 'em drive by drive

Tintri has made a FlexDrive facility available so cash-strapped customers can expand all-flash array capacity one drive at a time. Customers don't have add drives at multi-drive canister level or in RAID groups, it said. This means capacity can track demand more closely and spread out OPEX cash needs across smaller payments - …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2017
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Ugh, stupid power supplies hogging server density, who needs 'em?

Supermicro has added battery backup power to its disaggregated rack-scale server product line to improve power efficiency and server density ratings. Its disaggregated server architecture means CPU, memory, IO, storage and power/cooling elements can be upgraded independently. Each component can be refreshed separately to …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2017
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Container-flinger pushes Win 10 transformer for legacy apps

UK startup Cloudhouse has taken on the Windows migration crowd with a product to take Windows 7 era applications, wrap them inside an operating system interface code layer, and make them Windows 10-compliant. It calls this interface code a "container", but this is not Docker-style, micro-services containerisation. Instead, the …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2017
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Guess who's developing storage class memory kit? And cooking the chips on the side...

Analysis Huawei has made a move towards storage class memory that suggests it believes infrastructure driven by the tech is not only possible but inevitable. The firm said it believes that speeds of three storage elements are coming together to create a storage class memory-driven storage infrastructure that will work. It thinks that …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2017
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Honey, I shrank the company: Tintri's dire third quarter presages a worse final one

+Comment CEO Ken Klein is having to eat dust after Tintri's poor IPO saw sales staff leave. Third quarter results are dire, the fourth quarter looks even worse, and Tintri is considering selling itself. We'll let the numbers talk first and see what Klein and his CFO Ian Halifax said in the earnings call. Revenues in its third fiscal …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2017
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Hell's bells! Lights out at Diablo Technologies as plug pulled on website

NVDIMMer Diablo Technologies has suspended day-to-day operations, according to its lawyer. Speaking in the Northern District Court in California at a December 1 hearing* – in which Netlist claims Diablo, SanDisk and Smart Storage infringed its patents – Diablo's counsel, Fabio Marino, informed the other parties that Diablo had …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2017
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Sons of Sun DriveScale tempt cloud-lovers with composable infrastructure rig

Analysis Composable infrastructure startup DriveScale believes composability is not primarily about hardware. Its CEO told us: "Hardware doesn’t drive software any more" and "SoCs are everywhere now", so "use the network as your backplane" because "100Gbit Ethernet is faster than PCIe 4 lane". “It’s all about the software. The box is a …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2017
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Disk drives spin, are you listening? In the lane, servers glistening...

Analysis It's been a crazy storage news year with a furious blitz of announcements and events, some of which stand out more than others. This is my personal selection of the main news events, some still ongoing, that impressed me during the year. First up is the longest-running one of all – Toshiba's chip business sale. Toshiba chip …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2017

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