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Boffins turned off by silicon switch to TILTING MAGNETS

Solid state memory is already a viable technology at a decent scale, but it's hard to make it small enough to replace hard drives. However, researchers at the University of California Berkeley are taking a different angle: they would like to shrink high density storage to a size that puts it onto ICs. Their aim is twofold: to …

'We fell short' says QLogic CEO in August's understatement-of-the-month contender

As expected from its earlier warning shot, QLogic's first quarter fiscal 2016 results were pretty bad. Revenues of $113.4 million were 5 per cent lower than a year ago, with net income of $2.6 million being 57 per cent down on last year's Q1. Within the revenue number, Advanced Connectivity Platforms (Fibre Channel and …
Chris Mellor, 3 Aug 2015
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VMAX flashes its virtues for all to see

You wait for a bus forever, then two come along at once. So it is with EMC and SPC benchmarks, and all of a sudden we have both SPC-1 VNX8000 and SPC-2 VMAX 400K. The Storage Performance Council lists industry-standard random block IO performance (SPC-1) and streaming storage performance benchmark results (SPC-2). Each one …
Chris Mellor, 3 Aug 2015
Rolling shelves at the National Archive

You must remember: An archive isn't a thing, it's a strategy

The biggest asset your organisation has is its data. And since IT is a world of compromises and paradoxes, the thing you have to work hardest to manage is...your organisation's data. The task of data management is a big one. First you have to purchase or rent somewhere to put it – buy storage or run up a cloud repository. Then …

It's Friday! Had a good week? It was probably better than Seagate's

In keeping with its warning, Seagate confirmed a revenue and profits decline as its mainstay desktop and notebook drive shipments tumbled for the third straight quarter. Enterprise drive shipments also declined in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, as did branded (consumer drives), although consumer electronics shipments rose …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2015

NetApp sees IBM/Cisco VersaStack as 'huge' threat to FlexPod

NetApp has inadvertently leaked competitive intelligence documents to a community newsfeed, and the contents reveal it worries that IBM and Cisco's VersaStack will threaten its FlexPod business and that SolidFire has emerged as a threat. Several documents penned by the “NetApp Competitive Advantage Team” have reached a public …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2015

Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

Next year, the world will start using products with an amazing new type of memory in them - or so say Intel and Micron, allied to produce the 3D XPoint chippery. This is, we're told, a radical resistive-RAM technology that is bit-addressable, non-volatile, and forms a new memory tier between DRAM and NAND. That means software …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2015

All change at NetApp: One veep joins as another goes fishing

Five sales people have left NetApp simultaneously, including VP Americas channels sales Regina Kunkle. What gives? The background is one of exec changes. Bill Lipsin became NetApp's VP for worldwide channels in May this year, coming to NetApp from Brocade where he was VP for global channels and system integrators from August …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2015
Marconi-Stille steel tape recorder

So what exactly sits behind Google’s Nearline storage service?

Comment How is Google’s retrieval service for non-essential data, Nearline, with its three-second retrieval latency, viable at the same cost as Amazon’s Glacier, when it uses tape with a 3-5 hour retrieval latency? Tape is cheap – but slow – and Google can't be using the stuff for Nearline. We think Nearline uses either Blu-ray …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2015
Tommy Lee Jones delivers implied facepalm. From No Country for Old Men  Copyright Miramax Pictures. 2007.

Oracle storage analytics break Oracle storage appliances

An Oracle employee has warned that the analytics features of its ZFS storage appliances can result in “unresponsive” systems. The post linked to above opens with Oracle staffer Matt Barnson stating “I've received a number of questions about analytics and the problems they cause for the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.” There's …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jul 2015
The Hindenburg disaster

How to waste two years and lose $415m: Cisco's now-dead Whiptail deal

Exclusive + analysis Cisco has confirmed that the Invicta all-flash array line is no more, telling The Register: "As part of product lifecycle management, we withdraw technology from the marketplace when necessary to focus our efforts on what is critical for the future of our customers' business as well as our own." The networking goliath added: …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2015
Broken CD with wrench

Google gives away 100 PETABYTES of storage to irritate AWS

Google has flicked the switch to take its “Nearline” archival cloud storage service live, and tossed in an offer of 100 petabytes of free storage to set the snowball rolling. Nearline is Google's competitor for Amazon Web Service's Glacier. Unlike Glacier, which is thought to rely on Blu-Ray, Nearline uses disk and flash*. …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2015

Plummeting SanDisk snaps awake, pulls hard on the control stick

After a terrible first quarter of the year, SanDisk revenues continued to fall in its second quarter, which has just ended. However, profits went up sharply, giving hope that a turnaround at the wannabe enterprise flash storage supplier is under way. SanDisk_Q2_2015 SanDisk financials ... Click image to increase its size …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2015

Object storage adoption: Why, when, where… and, importantly, but

Comment In one of my recent posts, I wrote about private object storage not being for everyone, especially if you don’t have the size to make it viable. On the other hand, we are all piling up boatloads of data and users need to access it from many different locations, applications and devices at anytime. Object storage …

Storage unicorns and their hyped-up horns

Comment A venture-capitalist-tracking website has revealed a list of unicorns, which are startups valued at a billion dollars or more. Eight storage companies are in the list; does this mean a glorious outcome for them? The CB Insights’ list contained these familiar names: Dropbox at $10bn (£6.4bn), and hence a “decacorn” Cloudera …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2015

ATTOboy, says Nexenta as it lets you HA-ve a FibreBridge or two

NexentaStor MetroHA provides high-availability at city-wide distances for NexentaStor shared storage arrays, making it viable for high-availability needs. NexentaStor's open source storage software involves controllers (heads) linking to the storage enclosures by ATTO FibreBridge 6500 rackmount controllers by 8Gbit/s Fibre …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2015

Storage slump? Dunno what you're talking about, beams EMC

EMC basically saw off most signs of a storage slump with a two per cent revenue rise in its second quarter 2015, although with revenue being reduced after paying $75m in a VMware pricing settlement with the US government. Revenues of $5.98bn generated profits of $487m, 17 per cent down on profits a year ago, but still well …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2015
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Staff at stumbling server storage supplier QLogic brace for big layoffs

QLogic, swaying in the doorway with a tatty photocopy of its lousy prelim results in hand, has warned staff they will be axed to cut costs. A couple of weeks ago, the server-storage connectivity card vendor signaled poor first fiscal 2016 quarter results were coming: sales will be up to $19m lower than the most optimistic …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2015
Layout of IBM's four superconducting quantum bit device. Using a square lattice, IBM is able to detect both types of quantum errors for the first time. This is the best configuration to add more qubits to scale to larger systems. (Credit: IBM Research)

Big Blue bafflement: Anyone in IBM Storage know which way is up?

Comment IBM's storage hardware revenues continued their long-term dive, judging by the corp's latest financial results. It's getting hard to know what to say about this. IBM is supposed to be one of the best-managed corporations in the world and yet, for twenty quarters in a row, its quarterly storage revenues have declined on the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2015
Swarm of Auklets

Caringo insists its software is more than a Swarm in a tea cup

Object storage startup Caringo has upgraded its Swarm software to handle partial disk failures gracefully and play nice with large object deletions, node retirement, and upgrade. Swarm is Caringo's re-branded and developed CAStor object storage software and came out as Swarm v7 in May last year. Caringo said it was going to …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2015

Flash in the pan? Dell 3D TLC AFAs are cheaper than spinning rust

Dell is hitting a $1.66/GB all-flash array street price point using 3D TLC flash drives from Samsung, the first enterprise array supplier to go 3D and TLC. TLC (triple-level cell) NAND has 3 bits per cell and its production cost is roughly two thirds of 2-bits/cell MLC flash, the bulk of storage array flash shipped today. It’s …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2015

Seagate pumps up EVault capabilities to enterprise level

Seagate has improved the punch and capacity of its EVault hybrid backup products, with 4X speed boost and 5X capacity enlargement. EVault hybrid backup uses on-premises appliances storing some data locally and sending the rest to a public cloud service; Seagate’s own or Azure in the USA with national service providers in EMEA …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2015
Shaun of the Dead

SourceForge staggers to feet after lengthy STORAGE FAIL outage

Popular open source code-hosting repository SoureForge has been battling a significant outage for days and is slugglishly recovering from a lengthy Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) drama. On Thursday, the site slipped into "disaster recovery mode" and since then it has been a torrid time for sysadmins …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jul 2015

Server storage slips on robes, grabs scythe, stalks legacy SANs

Analysis In ten years, legacy enterprise storage-area networks (SANs), network-attached storage (NAS), and direct-attached storage (DAS) revenues will have lost 88 per cent of their present value, according to Wikibon research. Nearly 90 per cent of today's storage revenues will then be split between enterprise server SANs and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2015

Quantum blames wobbly storage world for its own wobbly financials

They say that when the tide goes out you can see who's been swimming naked. It's going out for Barracuda, QLogic, and Seagate, and Quantum makes four as it bares lousy preliminary Q1 numbers. Instead of the hoped-for $125 million to $135 million revenues in its first fiscal 2016 quarter, it's looking at just $111 million. This …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2015

Helpful Nimble enhances NUKE THE LOT option on array control panel

Hybrid array supplier Nimble Storage has added evolutionary tweaks to its array software to enable more precise control of performance, better data security, and a programmatic interface for building your own workflows and reports. Its product is NAF, the Nimble Adaptive Flash Platform, which is branding for its CS-Series …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2015

Cloudian says yes please to object-happy S3 storage

Comment Cloudian, an object storage startup, says that, with its integral S3 support, as the enterprise IT world adopts S3 its fortunes will benefit from that adoption. A rising S3 tide will lift its boat. The dominant object storage access protocol will be S3 because it's openly available and not proprietary. So says Cloudian's w-w …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2015
Sourceforge 404 message

SourceForge goes TITSUP thanks to storage fault

Popular source code repository SourceForge is experiencing a Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP) incident and appears to be attempting to recover big slabs of the site. Reader David H says he tried to visit the site and received a message that the site is in “disaster recovery mode". The Register's visits to …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2015

Backup upstart Code42 is in a world of Payne

Backup and file sync'n'sharer Code42's cofounder CEO has stepped back to bring in a pro to grow the upstart into the big time. Cofounder Matthew Dornquast is shifting to an undefined role as Joe Payne seats himself behind the chief exec's desk. Payne gets a presidential title as well. His CV must have made the Code42 board and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2015

Firmware fixes and hybrid bundles make mutant MSAs meatier

HP has improved its firmware and hybrid bundle pricing to make flashifying its MSA arrays more enticing. The addition of flash PCIe cards and SSDs can radically improve data access times, but also expose weaknesses in controller software/firmware through disk-based access assumptions in the code. HP has found some of these, …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2015
yellow measuring tape - black writing

Make sure your storage can grow with your business

The average SME has a modest infrastructure which has grown organically: a file server of some sort, probably an email server, then a handful of application servers hosting things like finance systems or the database back-ends to business applications. In most cases server A is pushing the limits of its storage capacity while …
Dave Cartwright, 16 Jul 2015

Micron re-furtles its data centre SSD offering

Micron has revved its middle-of-the-road M500DC SSD with smaller cells and boosted security to turn out a cost-optimised SSD which it says will take over more work from spinning disks. The M510DC is built from 16nm MLC NAND and Micron says it's complementary to the existing M500DC SSD, built with older 20nm technology and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2015

Seagate wins HP as ClusterStor array reseller, bolts on IBM Spectrum Scale

HP will resell Seagate's Lustre-ous ClusterStor 1500 and 9000 high-performance computing arrays, while Seagate is adding IBM's Spectrum Scale parallel file system to ClusterStor alongside Lustre. These scale-out HPC arrays run the Lustre parallel file system and are OEM'd by Cray, as Sonexion storage, and SGI. The ClusterStors …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2015
Ferrari 488GB

Lustrous scarlet drawers with plenty crammed into them: Get a load of DDN's box

DDN has an entry-level Lustre appliance called the ES7K, EXAScaler 7000. DDN_ES7K DDN ES7000 4U enclosure The starting building block takes up 8U and uses two boxes, the 4U ES7K head unit with two controllers, 80 to 320 TB of capacity and 5GB/sec bandwidth, and a 4U StorageScaler 8460 drive drawer with 168TB - 672TB of …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2015

China looks to gobble Micron, acquire its own RAM and flash chipper

A WSJ report says a Chinese government owned chip-maker is bidding $23 billion to buy Micron, the USA's top DRAM and flash manufacturer. The Tsinghua Unigroup is the largest fabless semiconductor business in China. It has a somewhat opaque structure. Think if it as a branch of the Chinese Communist party, run by a party …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2015

Imation's CEO races to exit door, grabs $4.8m golden goodbye

Imation CEO Mark Lucas has bowed to the inevitable after losing an activist investor proxy war, and is set to exit the company he failed to turnaround. Lucas became Imation chief in 2009 after predecessor Frank Russomanno outstayed his welcome and drove the company into a loss-making cul de sac through over reliance on tape …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2015
Wagyu Bull

Barracuda billings blunder: Blair bloke bullish

Barracuda boosted revenues 17.8 per cent on an annual basis to $78 million in its first fiscal 2016 quarter, but made a -$3.8 million loss. A year ago it made a $200K profit on its $66.2 million revenue, so why has it gone down the toilet profit-wise in this latest quarter? Prez and CEO BJ Jenkins didn’t say in his tinned …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015

WD silently murders Arkeia backupware

WD has admitted it is killing off its Arkeia backup software product: it is no longer selling it to new customers and stopping development. Privately-owned Arkeia was bought by Western Digital in January 2013, bringing WD its deduplicating Network Backup software product and technology. It was placed inside WD’s Branded …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015

New X-IO boss Miller saddles him up a new sales posse

Get a load of this; just days into his job as X-IO’s latest CEO Bill Miller has hired five execs to to shake up its sales operations. We have; Mark Zeller, VP North American Sales, and ex-Regional Vice President, US West for EMC Steve Ashurst, General Manager GM EMEA and ex-Business Development Manager at Sepaton John …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015

China's STILL holding up the full WD-HGST integration. Why?

Comment WD's buyout of HGST took place in 2012. MOFCOM, China’s Ministry of Commerce – here concerned with competition – said it was delaying its approval for two years. During that time, HGST and WD had to be run as two separate businesses subject to strict conditions. Those conditions were: Maintenance of HGST at pre-transaction …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015
Intel SSD 750

Thinking of adding an SSD for SUPREME speed? Read this

Feature Those guys in white coats at the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) must have been really proud when they unleashed the SATA 6Gb/s specifications on the world. You can imagine them thinking: this will keep us ahead of the game when it comes to hard drive performance. Certainly they were right when it comes to the …
Simon Crisp, 10 Jul 2015

OCP supporters hit back over testing claims – but there's dissent in the ranks

Comment Open Compute Project aficionados did not like our story about its allegedly insufficient hardware testing procedures and said so, publicly and loudly. “Terrible journalism” whinged one, adding it was an attack on the entire open source movement. Is this fair? It seems a can of worms has been opened. Cole Crawford, the …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015