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China's make-your-own DRAM ambitions growing all the time

Comment The People's Republic of China is getting heavily into the DRAM foundry business, giving it its own semi-conductor manufacturing fabs and raising the prospect of NAND flash being the next technology to move inside the Great Wall. A bunch of Chinese investors, led by Summitview Capital, have bought Integrated Silicon Solution ( …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015
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CERN turns to Seagate’s Kinetic system and says ‘it’s storage time’

Comment CERN, with its extremely high-tech, bleeding-edge Big Data wizardry, is waved around like a trophy by IT suppliers these days. Now Seagate has stepped up onto the CERN stage, wanting to get its Kinetic disk drives used to store Large Hadron Collider (LHC) data. Seagate has gone and signed a three-year deal with CERN to scoop …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015
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EMC pitches a total DATA LAKE immersion

Fancy monetising your Big Data assets? EMC is flagging up a Big Data event on 23 March dealing with "scaling Big Data across an enterprise", whatever that means. If you attend you will “learn to work with Big Data, monetise your Big Data assets and see a fast and flexible Big Data solution”. The invite video includes the logos …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015

HP reveals lucky seven new storage products in Vegas

HP GPC 2015 Pre-split and with a new head of storage starting HP has used its Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas to reveal a raft of storage announcements to maintain momentum while the new man gets his office chair warmed up. Here we have a large systems supplier flexing its muscles and releasing a related set of storage items to put …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015
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Fujitsu presents the mighty ETERNUS as new disaster-proof hero

Fujitsu’s ETERNUS DX200F all-flash array (AFA) is always up for it even in the face of catastrophes, the firm says. The DX200 all-flash array was announced in April last year, offering the same performance – Fujitsu said – as specially-designed flash architectures, but for less money, due to its standard system architecture: …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2015
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Let's talk about the (real) price of flash and spinning disks

Comment Lately I have been writing a lot about the role of flash memory and disk drives in the future of storage infrastructure (here and here are a couple of examples). And it's clear flash will be used for primary workloads, and object storage and disks for the rest. The reality is that flash memory is quickly becoming already a no- …
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On-prem storage peeps. Come here. It's time for real talk. About Google

Comment Veritas, Symantec’s renamed and soon to be spun off storage biz, announced it’s supporting Google’s nearline cloud storage. Its Veritas NetBackup 7.7, now in beta with general availability planned for the summer, can back up data to Google Cloud Storage Nearline. Here’s Veritas supporting cloud disks as an archival target …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2015

Google chips at Amazon's Glacier with Cloud Storage Nearline

Google wants to take a chunk out of Amazon's Glacier storage business with a cloud-based archive service that can start retrieving data in three seconds. The Google Cloud Storage Nearline service, now in beta, charges one cent per GB per month for data at rest. "Many of you operate a tiered data storage and archival process, in …
Iain Thomson, 11 Mar 2015
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LaCie snuggles up to Apple’s slim 12-inch MacBook with fat HDD

LaCie has an external drive that can hook up to Apple’s single-port MacBook. The anorexic MacBook announced yesterday has only one USB-C port that is used to feed it power and transfer data, with no possibility of connecting other USB devices – or any HDMI, or Thunderbolt devices at all. Seagate’s LaCie external storage biz has …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2015
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Whoa, bro – it's all go for cool crow X-IO's AFA show

X-IO's five-year warranty, maintenance-free sealed disk and disk+flash arrays have a new brother: the all-flash ISE. It’s sprinted right to the top of the SPC-1 price/performance benchmark charts. The ISE 800 comes in a standard 3U X-IO enclosure and uses X-IO’s Gen 3 architecture, which first appeared in the ISE 780 in January …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2015
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HP scores ex-NetApp exec to replace Mr 3PAR

+Comment HP is appointing Manish Goel to head up its storage operation as a replacement for the departing David Scott. Scott retired on 6 March, and had the distinction of being employed by HP twice. After his first stint as an HP exec, he left to start up storage company 3PAR, which was then acquired by HP - with Scott put in place to …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2015
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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

Comment Steve Jobs would confide that LSD was a formative influence on his life, one that distinguished him from his less-adventurous peers in the tech industry. Jobs is gone, but I wonder if someone left some Pounds Shillings and Pence lying around the Cupertino campus? You may not have noticed, but the world's richest company* …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2015
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PernixData chap: We are to storage as Alfred Nobel was to dynamite

Interview PernixData chief technologist Frank Denneman thinks distributed fault-tolerant memory technology (DFTM) is ushering in an era of nanosecond-scale storage access latencies that could fundamentally change applications and the way they access data. Application process run speeds could be reduced to a tenth of their present levels …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2015

Yes our NAS boxen have a 0day, says Seagate: we'll fix it in May

Owners of some Seagate NAS boxen will be exposed to a remote execution zero day flaw until a patch drops in May unless they kill some external services. The company learned of flaw in its Business Storage 2-bay NAS products on 18 October, 2014. Australian Beyond Binary hacker OJ Reeves alleged the company failed to fix the flaw …
Darren Pauli, 10 Mar 2015
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US sheriff’s department DOES need a petabyte class storage array

+Comment Profitability has been regained by privately owned DataDirect Networks, which produces storage arrays for supercomputers, the HPC market at large and the big data for enterprise market. DDN said its bookings had grown 16 per cent year-over-year in 2014. It gained more than 150 customers with more than 1PB of storage in the year …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2015

The SHOCKING storage truth: Everyone's buying spinning rust

Hyperscale data centre spending is driving disk storage system spending higher, but mainstream vendors aren’t benefiting as the hyperscalers are buying direct. It's a big change in buyer behaviour. This is the picture shown by IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker for the fourth 2014 quarter. The market …
Chris Mellor, 9 Mar 2015
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Elon Musk insists Gigafactory's ALL GO as China charging fears hit Tesla shares

Tesla Motors is downsizing its Chinese operations, following its failure to meet expected sales targets. Chinese Tesla spokesman Gary Tao has been quoted confirming that Tesla was making "structural changes" to its business in China "to better respond to the Chinese market." A Tesla representative told The Register today that …
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Violin Memory's strings snap as losses DOUBLE from last quarter

Violin Memory's fourth fiscal 2015 quarter revenues sucked. Its statement put it plainly enough: "Fourth quarter fiscal 2015 revenue was $20.5m, six per cent lower sequentially compared to $21.7m reported in the third quarter of fiscal 2015, and 27 per cent lower compared to $28.0m reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal year …
Chris Mellor, 6 Mar 2015
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Datrium: Emerging from stealth any time soon

Comment Datrium, an upstart being developed by ex-Data Domain and VMware people, is gearing up to emerge from stealth; yes, it’s appointed a director of marketing. El Reg has been contacted in a non-committal way by Alison Deane, the said Director of Marketing, who joined Datrium in February, saying the new venture was taking shape. …
Chris Mellor, 6 Mar 2015
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Microsoft comes right out and says backup software is dead

Microsoft's been making lots of noise lately about its send-your-snapshots-to-the-cloud service Azure Site Recovery. But now it's come right out and said it: Redmond reckons backup software deserves to die. “If cloud storage had existed decades ago, it’s unlikely that the industry would have developed the backup processes that …
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The Hausman interview: CloudPhysics' analytics strategy revealed

Harmsel biz blog CloudPhysics uses Big Data analytics techniques to look into virtualised infrastructures and improve data centre operations. It operates with a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model and offers predictive analytics. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jeff Hausman of CloudPhysics, who took over the CEO role from founder John …
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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

Fancy an 8TB SSD? Put one in a PC or notebook and you've got yourself a smoking hot system, fast and with a gaping capacity for data. Zsolt Kerekes of StorageSearch flagged up Novachips and its coming 8TB 2.5-inch SSD. This story is being written on an iMac with a 1TB Fusion drive (combined SSD and HDD) which is pretty near …
Chris Mellor, 5 Mar 2015
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Another day, another load of benchmarketing, this time from HDS

Storagebod I had hoped we’d moved beyond the SPC-1 benchmarketing but it appears not. If you read HDS veep Hu Yoshida’s blog, apparently the VSP G1000 is "the clear leader in storage performance against the leading all flash storage arrays." Yet when you look at the list of AFAs Hu uses for that comparison, there are so many missing that …
StorageBod, 5 Mar 2015

CloudExpo makes me thirsty. Barman, a pint of storagebeer for my friend

Storagebod It’s late notice for the CloudExpo crowd, but it has been suggested that we need another #storagebeers event and a pretty good opportunity has presented itself. The cloud conference takes place next week (11 and 12 March) at the ExHel Centre. So for those of you interested, we have decided that on the evening of 11 March we will …
StorageBod, 5 Mar 2015
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Cisco, MapR first to top Big Data TPC benchmark tree

Cisco and MapR have posted the first Big Data TPCx-HS benchmark, but, of course, there's nothing to actually compare it with yet. The TPC Express HS (TPCx-HS) benchmark result was based on clustered Cisco UCS servers running Red Hat Linux and MapR Hadoop. TPC is the Transaction Processing Council, which helps produce auditable …
Chris Mellor, 5 Mar 2015
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Connected Data gets serious about the business of file sharing

It’s now available in Europe – yep, Connected Data has upped its peer-to-peer, file sync ’n share game with Transporter for Business, a way of sharing files that has no public cloud security risk at all. The Transporter is a cone-shaped device providing private cloud, peer-to-peer file sharing for consumers. There are some 12, …
Chris Mellor, 4 Mar 2015
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IBM buys 'deep learning' upstart Alchemy API, inhales 40,000 devs

Big Blue has taken a break from its busy axe wielding cost-cutting schedule to buy startup AlchemyAPI and insert 40,000 developers into its "community". Deep learning upstart Alchemy API collects, sifts through and analyses unstructured text and data. According to Big Blue, the acquisition will boost IBM's "Watson ecosystem". …
Kat Hall, 4 Mar 2015
L'Entreprenant over the battle of Fleurus

SanDisk flash array launch signals imminent AFA battle

Comment With SanDisk joining the ranks of all-flash array vendors, that makes 15 AFA suppliers I know of: far, far too many for industry stability. There are: Cisco with Invicta currently in hibernation Dell with all-flash Storage Centre EMC with XtremIO and coming DSSD HDS with HAF module in VSP/HUS HGST with Skyera skyHawk HP …
Chris Mellor, 4 Mar 2015
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HGST goes on Himalaya expedition with Amplidata purchase

HGST is buying its way into object storage by acquiring Amplidata, a start-up whose technology is OEM’d by Quantum as its Lattus product and included in StorNext. HGST is developing an active disk-based archiving array, powered by Amplidata Himalaya software and using HGST shingled magnetic media drives. Initial revenue …
Chris Mellor, 4 Mar 2015
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Neuralytix report: Cleversafe fumes over classification

Privately object storage seller Cleversafe has got itself in a tizzy after being classified as Up and Coming in a recent Neuralytix report (seen by El Reg), based on an apparent lack of third-party integration. The company "respectfully disagrees with [the] assessment of our capability with respect to third-party integration", …
Chris Mellor, 3 Mar 2015
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To InfiniFlash and beyond: SanDisk wheels out Big Data box

SanDisk has announced its InfiniFlash all-flash array for Big Data, a 3U box holding up to 512TB of data, 10 times more than the ION Accelerator appliance, and capable of running the same software stack – or Ceph. Sandisk_Infiniflash_box_lid_off Video* grab showing InfiniFlash box with top lid removed There are three models …
Chris Mellor, 3 Mar 2015

SanDisk launches 200GB microSD card

MWC 2015 The new SanDisk 200GB microSD card costs $399, making it more valuable weight-for-weight than blue sapphire. This capacity gives SanDisk's little gem the ability to store up to 20 hours of HD video. Moreover, the company explained to El Reg that the only reason this is a 200GB device and not 256GB is that at 15nm, the die had …
Simon Rockman, 3 Mar 2015
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HDS blogger names HDS flash array as latency winner

Flash array response times climb as load increases, with good ones able to delay the response time uptick for longer. HDS blogger Hu Yoshida showed a chart produced from SPC-1 benchmark data showing how different flash arrays behave in response-time terms as the SPC-1 percentage benchmark task load increases from 10 per cent up …
Chris Mellor, 2 Mar 2015
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WD reveals NASty new boxes for home and small biz use

WD has updated its My Cloud NAS products, adding more oomph for prosumers and two boxes for small-business-filing fanatic users. WD estimates we should expect 3.3TB of data storage in every home by 2016, and NAS is the way we should store files in homes and small businesses. WD claims its Red drive has the greatest drive share …
Chris Mellor, 2 Mar 2015
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Seagate NAS owners: hide it behind a firewall. Fast.

An Australian security researcher says a bunch of Seagate NAS devices carry serious vulnerabilities and should be kept away from the Internet. OJ Reeves of Beyond Binary says the Seagate Business NAS line, up to version 2014.00319, carries old versions of PHP, CodeIgniter and Lighttpd. All of these, the post notes, have remotely …

Flashy upstarts facing IPO pressure. Get on with it then

Comment Conventional wisdom has it that VC-funded tech start-ups get acquired or, hopefully, go through an IPO to become successful stand-alone companies. However, such may not be the fate of the five main surviving all-flash array (AFA) vendors in the face of fast and furious mainstream supplier reaction to their success. Step back a …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2015
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Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs

Turning social media against Samsung, a Facebook group has been set up to get the Korean company to fix a firmware update that borks the 850 Pro SSD. This SSD uses brand new 3D NAND and has a 10-year warranty. According to the Facebook group (requires log-in): "A few days ago Samsung published a new firmware update for its …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2015
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Oh Big Blue, can't you think of anything new for your product line?

Storagebod "If in doubt, rebrand" ... has IBM completely run out of ideas with its storage offerings? The Spectrum rebrand of its storage offerings feels like the last throw of the dice. In fact, it is not all of its storage offerings that have rebranded, but appears to be only the software offerings. DS8K, for example, is missing from …
StorageBod, 26 Feb 2015
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Soz, HP. IBM has out-mega-dealed you – tech analyst

Having hoovered up a number of megadeals last year, IBM has left rival HP eating its dust in the infrastructure space, according to an analyst report. In December IBM announced a $1bn (£644m) deal with German airline Lufthansa, a win with global comms company WPP for $1.25bn (£800m), and said it had scored undisclosed deals …
Kat Hall, 26 Feb 2015
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Syneto: Behold, blockheads – an all-flash array... based on ZFS

A ZFS-based all-flash array? There's a thing to note in this block-focused all-flash array world. Europe-based Syneto has developed the product and it has updated its SMB-focused, ZFS-using Extreme 220 product. The Extreme 220 is a 2U x 24 hot-swap slot box with from 2TB to 144TB of SATA or SAS SSDs. That means 6TB SSDs are used …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2015
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PernixData RAMs in yet more speed to FVP

PernixData, the clusterable VMware IO cacher, has added compression to its RAM caching, meaning more effective data in RAM and more caching with its FVP software. V2.5 FVP has Distributed Fault-Tolerant Memory with LZ4 compression algorithms (DFTM-Z). These algorithms are fast and lossless and DFTM-Z checks data to see if it …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015

NetApp shows hybrid love, revamps products for Amazon's cloud

NetApp is cosying up even more to Amazon in pursuit of its hybrid cloud data fabric ideas. What it’s doing is this: Adding three SteelStore cloud-native backup products as Amazon Machine Images (AMI) to backup cloud-based workloads, taking on EMC'S newly acquired cloud app firm Spanning. On-premises SteelStore physical …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015