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Oh my god, it's nearly Monday. Here's some storage news bytes to brighten your weekend

Sunday storage sum-up It's been one of those overwhelming-tidal-waves-of-news weeks. Here's an attempt to catch up. Amazon Web Services has added a new Elastic Block Store feature it calls Elastic Volumes and is making it available for all current-generation EBS volumes attached to current-generation EC2 instances. AWS says you can increase …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2017
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Become a blockchain-secured space farmer with your hard drive

Startup Storj (pronounced storage oddly enough) has an open source, distributed cloud object storage platform using blockchain technology and end-to-end cryptography across a peer-to-peer network to secure files. The network consists of the internet and a shared community of “farmers”, users who rent out their spare desktop …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2017
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OK, hyperconverged is the new black. But who's winning at it?

A consultancy reports that Nutanix, Simplivity and VMware lead the SDS/HCI market, while Microsoft, Cisco and HPE lag behind. Interesting... now that HPE has bought SimpliVity it must be a top 2 player and could be numero uno (it is). But lead in what? Certainly not in sales units or revenues; this is mainly a product …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2017
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Tosh doubles 64-layer 3D flash chip capacity with a bit of TLC

Toshiba has introduced its first 64-layer 3D NAND device that doubles the capacity of its 256Gb product to 512Gb using a TLC (3bits/cell) design. That means a die holds 64GB. Sample shipping started this month and mass production is slated for the second half of the year. Both enterprise and consumer SSD products are expected …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2017
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Highway to HBLL: The missing link between DRAM and L3 found

A new cache is needed between memory and the tri-level processor cache structure in servers in order to avoid CPU core wait states. That's the point of a Last Level Cache chip designed by Piecemakers Technology with help from Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan and Intel. As data travels from slow storage to a …
Chris Mellor, 22 Feb 2017
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Hopping the flash stepping stones to DIMM future

Analysis Up until very recently the main thrust of data access and storage technology development was to make the media faster, hence the move from disk to flash, and flash technology developments to increase capacity. But the opportunity to make further advances is closing and attention is turning to removing the final obstacle to …
Chris Mellor, 22 Feb 2017
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These snapshots are Purely Cohesity

After announcing an initial backup integration between Pure's all-flash array and Cohesity's converged secondary storage a year ago, the two have now gone further with snapshot-level integration. Cohesity converges secondary data storage storage silos with its SW which runs on its own hardware or as a SW-only Virtual Edition …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2017
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The stunted physical SAN market – Dell man gives Wikibon forecasts his blessing

Analysis Current thinking among vendors with hyper-converged and converged infrastructure offerings is that physical SANs are in decline and their market is shrinking. Chad Sakac, Converged Platforms Division president at Dell EMC, is the latest high-profile prognosticator to push this view. The Wikibon consultancy first talked about …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2017

Yee-haw! It's the Friday storage round-up

Not every story is NetApp making a hyperconverged product, or Oracle possibly canning tape products. Here's a roundup of several pieces of news that are nevertheless significant. We wrote about data management startup Komprise some time ago. It tells us it released its product last year, has partnerships with NetApp, EMC, …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2017
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Did Oracle just sign tape's death warrant? Depends what 'no comment' means

Oracle's StorageTek (StreamLine) tape library product range will be end-of-lifed, El Reg has learned. StreamLine boxes are high-end libraries, generally for enterprise use, competing with equivalents from IBM (buoyed by mainframe tape use) and SpectraLogic. Both IBM and Oracle have their own proprietary tape formats as well as …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2017

HPE blames solid state drive failure for outages at Australian Tax Office

HPE has blamed a problem with solid state drives for its dual and very disruptive outages at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). A spokesperson for the company told The Register that “We believe the disruption started when a solid state drive used by major storage vendors failed. HPE and the drive vendor have determined that …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2017
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Enterprise IT storage – where being fat and very dense is, um, a good thing. Right, Cloudian?

Cloudian is now touting a fat HyperStore 4000 alongside its HyperStore 1500 appliance. Both boxes are compatible with Amazon's AWS S3 APIs. The new 4000 comes in a 4U box with two compute nodes inside. There are 35 hot-swap 3.5-inch disk drives per node, and the same four hot-swap SSDs and 10GbitE networking as with the HS …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2017
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Dell EMC plans to use VxRail for mutant cloud cargo

Dell EMC says smaller enterprises are rushing to combine their on-premises IT with the public cloud and is offering a turnkey scale-out hyper-converged VxRail appliance so they can do just that. The cloud hybridity comes from its Enterprise Hybrid Cloud offering, EHC, which was first introduced in October 2014 as EMC's …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2017
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NetApp confirms: SolidFire hyperconverged appliance is coming

+Comment NetApp met its revenue predictions for its third fiscal 2017 quarter and talked openly about a coming SolidFire-based hyperconverged product suited for scalable hybrid cloud and mixed workload enterprise deployments. NetApp's revenues were $1.4bn, an increase of 5 per cent sequentially and 1 per cent year-over-year, pretty …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2017

Prepare for an acquisition whirlwind? Private equity owners sweep up Nexsan

Comment Nexsan, newly sold by Imation to private equity house Spear Point Capital Management, is now run by that firm's co-founder and managing partner, Ron Bienvenu. Bienvenu was appointed executive vice chairman in January, when Imation sold storage array business Nexsan to New Orleans-based Spear Point's vehicle NXSN. At that time …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2017
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Australian Tax Office's HPE SAN failed twice in slightly different ways

The Australia Taxation Office's HPE SAN failed twice, in different ways, when causing its infamous December and February outages that brought down online tax services on which citizens and accountants rely. And despite the Tax Office telling the world on its blog that it had “commissioned a new Storage Area Network (SAN) which …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2017
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Fujitsu has its own line of storage boxes, so, uh, why is it reselling XtremIO in Japan?

Why is Fujitsu touting all-flash XtremIO storage arrays in Japan when it has its own Eternus all-flash array product line? The Fujitsu business unit doing this is Fujitsu Managed Infrastructure Services (FMIS). Could Fujitsu say why it is doing this please, and whether other Fujitsu regions will start reselling XtremIO …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2017
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Cloud is the future, wait, what? Cohesity cloud software now touted for on-prem gear

Cohesity has added two more products to its Data Platform set, a software-only virtual edition and a hyper-converged node. These join the existing three-box hardware and software set, C2100, C2300 and C2500, and the Cloud Edition product. The cloud product is essentially the same as the newly announced Virtual Edition (VE) – …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2017
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XPoint: Leaked Intel specs reveal 'launch-ready' SSD – report

Leaked Intel Optane SSD specs show much higher endurance and lower latency than NAND SSDs and good, but not great, IO performance. M.2 format 16GB and 32GB caching Optane drives have already been announced, but no add-in-card/SSD-type drives yet. However, the Chinese TechBang website says it has seen a data sheet for an Intel …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2017
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HPE brags its latest 3PAR OS shrinkwrapper better protects data

HPE says its latest 3PAR OS, v 3.3.1, has better data reduction, faster iSCI networking, upgraded data protection and an extra helping of automation to help admin staff. The Adaptive Data Reduction (ADR) feature can reduce capacity needs by up to 75 per cent*, it claims. It includes both in-line deduplication and compression, …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2017
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Unlucky WD Ultrastar drives are knackered, need replacing ASAP

El Reg has received an antipodean note that a number of Western Digital enterprise disk drives are having problems and need to be replaced. WD spokesman Paul Wooding said: We have identified a small, isolated population of HGST Ultrastar disk drives demonstrating higher than expected failure rates when used in specific …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2017
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Say a stealthy 'hi' to Gluent, Tachyum and VAST Data

Analysis Three storage startups have hoved into view: Gluent, Tachyum and VAST Data. Gluent is a data silo virtualiser, liking RDBMS to Hadoop data for easier and simpler data analysis. Tachyum aims to, it appears, defeat Moore's Law by devising a new data processing architecture, and VAST Data, the stealthiest of the three, must be …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2017

Take cover! Storage news barrage incoming

Incoming! Boom, boom and boom again – storage news announcements hit the wires in a relentless barrage. Here's a few we've received showing developments in data protection, cloud storage, hyper-converged storage, the dregs of flash memory and more. Acronis Backup 12 now includes backup for Office 365 and VMware vSphere 6.5. …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2017
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Dell's XtremIO has a new reseller in Japan – its all-flash rival Fujitsu

Check this baby out. What's that we can just about make out at the bottom? Computer, enhance! Well, well, well. Fujitsu is reselling Dell XtremIO all-flash arrays in Japan. And alongside its ETERNUS all-flash arrays as well. The Fujitsu Japan XtremIO webpages describe the XtremIO array like so (translated): XtremIO is an …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2017
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EMC exile Russo scales Iron Mountain to be crowned CTO

Fidelma Russo has been appointed CTO at data management firm Iron Mountain, Storage Newsletter reports. Russo resigned from her position as SVP and GM of the VMAX Business Unit at Dell In December, when Dell EMC president David Goulden reorganised the core products group. She reported to Core Technologies Division president …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2017
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Memory1: All right, Sparky, here's the deal: We've sorted your DRAM runtimes

Analysis Chinese server vendor Inspur has cut Spark workload runtimes in half by bulking out DRAM with Diablo Technologies' Memory1 technology. Inspur and Diablo say users can achieve more work per server and reduce the time needed to process larger datasets than servers with DRAM alone. Memory1 is a 128GB DDR4 module using NAND flash …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2017

Tosh's new workhorse drive: Not too desktop, not too enterprise

Toshiba has a new desktop and low-end NAS disk drive, the MN series. It comes in a 3.5-inch enclosure, with 4, 6 and 8TB capacities, is air-filled, spins at 7,200rpm, has a 6Gbps SATA interface, and a 1 million-hour mean time before failure rating. We can view it as an update on the MC04, MD04 and MG04 series drives. The MN …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2017

Cisco polishes HALO, flashes enlarged HyperFlex

Cisco has announced two all-flash HyperFlex systems with an up to sixfold performance improvement. HyperFlex is Cisco's hyper-converged* infrastructure appliance (HCIA) offering, based on OEM'd Springpath HALO software, with Cisco's UCS server and Nexus networking components. These are, were, hybrid flash and disk systems. …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2017
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Small but perfectly formed: Dailymotion's object storage odyssey

Case study Paris-based Dailymotion is the world's second largest video sharing website after YouTube and its three-stage storage history has transitioned from a reliable scale-out filer, to a maturing object storage startup, to an even smaller firm in pursuit of scale and performance. The story starts with Isilon, progresses through …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2017

Kaminario pumps up K2 all-flash array processor speed and SSD capacity

Kaminario has more than doubled array capacity and speed with the sixth generation of its K2 all-flash array, mainly by using higher capacity SSDs and faster controller processors. It's also improved compression and its storage assurance program. A K2 array is composed from one to four K-Blocks, each having two active:active …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2017
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Whomp. WD whacks down unstructured data-nomming 'Skyhawk' SSD

WD has introduced a Skyhawk SSD, an NVMe version, as it were, of its acquired SanDisk’s SATA interface CloudSpeed SSD, along with its very own post-SanDisk and post-HGST Skyhawk branding. Skyhawk is a low-to-medium, fast access SSD in a 2.5-inch enclosure using MLC (2bits/cell) NAND instead of the slower, less long-lasting TLC …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2017
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Pimp my racks: Scale-out filer startup Qumulo bangs up its boxen, er, '4U'

Whacking up high-end capacity by 71 per cent takes scale-out filer startup Qumulo into 3PB per rack territory, in its bid to win enterprise business. Qumulo has taken its top-end QC260 box, exchanged nine of its SSDs for ten disk drives, and so upped raw capacity to 360TB. The box is a 4U enclosure and, in QC260 form, it has …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2017

Toshiba's looking for a white knight, not a chip-fryer – report

In its attempts to sell a flash memory business stake to offset multibillion-dollar writedowns in its US nuclear power station business, Toshiba is leaning towards private equity and away from chip industry players. That would mean foundry partner WD is left out in the cold. Any proposed WD investment could excite industry …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2017
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Second time's a charm? WD tries again with 3D NAND, doubles capacity

WD is firing up an early production run of its 512Gbit 64-layer 3D NAND chip at its Yokkaichi, Japan, foundry, with its partner Toshiba. The silicon uses a triple-level cell (TLC) flash design, which stores three bits per cell. Progressing from this pilot job to mass manufacturing will take at least six months, so don't expect …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2017
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See that flashing taillight? Micron CEO has signalled a move

Two exec moves have flashed up in the solid state world. Micron CEO Mark Durcan told analysts he was going to stop being CEO and Kaminario’s CTO has quit. Shachar Fienblit has flagged up his Kaminario CTO slot departure on his Linked webpage. His Kaminario history is VP Engineering from April 2009 to the end of 2014, and CTO …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2017

Hobbled by partners Dell and NetApp, where does Cisco go from here?

Analysis While HPE and Dell are concentrating on being better on-premises data centre suppliers in a hybrid cloud world, IBM on becoming a cognitive computing software supplier, and both Oracle and Microsoft on a move towards cloud, what is Cisco’s gameplan? Can the networking tiger from Tasman Drive evade evolutionary pressures …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2017
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HPE SAN causes four-day outage at Australian Tax Office

Updated HPE's crack repair squad has laboured for over four days to replace kit at Australia's Taxation Office, with no guarantee that the Office's online services would be back online come Monday. HPE and the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO's) troubles started in mid-December 2016, when some ATO services went offline The ATO named …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2017
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Awoogah, enterprise bods: Tintri recruits Echo Alexa speechbot

Listen up. Storage array vendor Tintri has a video demonstrating that speech-recognizing Amazon Echo's Alexa can be used to trigger array system management ops. Is this a profound industry first, ushering in a whole new sysadmin landscape, or just eye candy-style gimmickry? Tintri has already demo’d a Slack chatbot management …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2017
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White-knight investors or capitalist cannibals? VIEX vexes Quantum

In another wonderful example of the US capitalist system's ability to enable businesses to eat each other for short-term shareholder reward, an activist investor is looking to take over Quantum's board and restore shareholder value. VIEX Capital Advisors takes a stake in small cap companies that have under-performed on the …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2017

You better layer up, Micron's working on next-generation XPoint

Micron is working on two next-generation XPoint products, a new memory, and extending 3D flash beyond 64 layers. At an analysts' day it talked about its 3D NAND technology development. It is shipping its gen-1 3D NAND with 32 layers and 384Gb die capacity and moving towards its second generation with 64 layers and 256Gb …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2017

Flash! A-ah! He'll save everyone of us... from sluggish disk boxes

Analysis All-flash arrays are now the storage choice du jour for storing fast access primary data but have not been used for storing secondary data, such as unstructured data, ordinary files and just-in-case disaster recovery (DR) data. But change is coming, driven by cheaper flash drives and the realisation that fast access to secondary …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2017

Pure unsheathes the FlashBlade, cuts out NetApp legacy system

A 24-rack NetApp system has been replaced with a single Pure Storage FlashBlade product at a customer site. Two Pure Storage staffers have tweeted that the replaced system spanned 1,008 rack units, was fitted with 13,000 disk drives. A Pure Storage source said that the replaced system was from NetApp. FlashBlade is Pure's …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2017

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