Articles about all-flash array

IBM's storage biz wakes up, smells dedupe coffee

IBM is again playing catch up with rivals by adding a heavy sprinkling of dedupe dust to its near two-year old Storwize arrays and other products. The all-flash array (AFA) line provides data block storage and runs Spectrum Virtualise software, which can be bought for use on-premise or via IBM's cloud. The software, along with …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2018
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From far from good to good from AFA: Flash array floggers jostle for position

Huawei came out of nowhere in 2017's fourth quarter all-flash array sales race, flogging 10 times as much kit as it did the year before, meanwhile NetApp more than quadrupled its A-Series sales. OK, both jumps are from small bases – $7.3m and $46.8m respectively – but the growth, to $84.1m in Huawei's case, shows buyers are …
Chris Mellor, 9 Apr 2018
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None of my flash rivals NVMe: Analyst spills tea on who's who in fabric-access NVMe arrays

It may be a surprise to some, but a tech consultancy has said that the existing all-flash array market is in no danger of losing market share to NMVe over Fabrics (NVMeoF) types – saying they're not competing in the same areas. It also said mainstream storage array suppliers would soon be snapping up the NVMeoF startups for …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2018

Lenovo says take this code and stick it where the SAN doesn't shine

Lenovo has refreshed its line of storage-area-network boxes for small and medium businesses with improved software. This faster firmware code has pushed controller IOPS higher, mades disk rebuilds screaming fast, and added distributed RAID, it is claimed. There are three products in this SAN family – the DS2200, the DS4200 and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 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

FlashBlade runner Pure charges NetApp's legacy filer fortress

Analysis Pure Storage had a great growth quarter and sees itself taking on NetApp filers with its unstructured data FlashBlade product. The company reported $278m in FY 2018 third-quarter revenues, which was a 41 per cent year-over-year increase and beat the midpoint of Pure's estimated revenue range for the quarter of $271m. It was 23 …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2017

Dell EMC: Our mid-range arrays aren't dead. Now, join our loyalty scheme!

+Comment Dell EMC has retrofitted flash to its SC array, added deduplication to its Unity array and devised a loyalty programme to keep its mid-range array customers onboard. Dell EMC positions SC for block-access applications needing little or no file access and with all-inclusive software licensing, and Unity for unified file and …
Chris Mellor, 9 Nov 2017
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Don’t let lack of All Flash Array experience hold you back

Research There are many reasons why someone might not be using an All-Flash Array. It might be that you can’t get the budget, say, or that you think it has been over-hyped. Maybe you are sceptical about whether your application set would benefit from it, or if it would fit into your operations seamlessly. Whatever the reason, recent …
Bryan Betts, 27 Sep 2017

The less-hidden benefits of modern Flash

Research Done properly, All-Flash Arrays are a lot more than just extra-fast storage: Reg readers told us in a recent survey that they can also be that rare thing, a transformational technology. Even if you have already invested in AFA technology and obtained good returns simply from the performance boost, there is almost certainly more …
Bryan Betts, 24 Aug 2017
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NetApp, you went all-flash, never go all-fla... Hey, wait. It's working

NetApp has managed to go back to what it used to do do reliably: churn out revenue and profit increases as its customer base lapped up new kit. First quarter fiscal 2018 revenues of $1.33bn were 10 per cent up on the year and produced profits of $136m, 112.5 per cent up on a year ago. Traditional seasonality came into play …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2017
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Seagate shipping cheap all-flash arrays

Seagate has introduced all-flash, all-disk, and hybrid flash/disk RealStor arrays. The RealStor product line is a Dot Hill one, and Seagate bought Dot Hill in August 2015 for a quite impressive $694m. The company made disk drive arrays, like the AssuredSAN and RealStor 6004, for OEM customers, such as HPE and possessed a lot …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2017
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Sweet AFA: Pure sees flash of Big Blue as it drops to fifth behind IBM

+Comment It is only one quarter, but IDC’s latest enterprise storage numbers show IBM’s flash array revenues have overtaken those of Pure Storage, putting that IPO’d company in fifth place in the market. Stifel analyst Aaron Rakers has reported on IDC’s fourth 2016 quarter enterprise external storage revenues and we highlight the all- …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 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, 8 Feb 2017

Fresh and fast little flashers from NetApp

NetApp has launched two new all-flash FAS arrays, won a top 3 SPC-1 storage benchmark result, and announced a new flash capacity guarantee programme. The all-flash FAS (AFF) A200 and A700s join the existing A300 and A700, which came into view in September. Place the A200 under the A300 on your mental NetApp AFF positioning map …
Chris Mellor, 1 Feb 2017

Can all-flash arrays, spinning disks and hybrid really live together?

Conventional wisdom says that for performance-sensitive applications, you want all-flash arrays (AFAs), while for less-critical applications and bulk storage, disk is better. How can you use them in conjunction with each other? What would a joint AFA/hybrid/disk environment look like? Broadly speaking, there are two types of …
Danny Bradbury, 19 Jan 2017

Reg readers vent their frustrations with AFA vendors

As part of a recent survey we asked Register readers to give us some thoughts on a hot area in the storage world but with a slightly provocative edge, namely: “What frustrates you the most about how storage vendors sell their products, and are there any specific irritations in relation to all-flash in particular?” You clearly …
Tony Lock, 8 Dec 2016
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Nimble: Thank flash for sweet, sweet AFA

Analysis A considered look at Nimble Storage's latest quarterly results show that its all-flash array (AFA) sales are rising but hybrid product sales are falling, suggesting some cannibalisation is going on. We need to provide a few numbers to show this, and the ones for the recent quarter come from Nimble's shareholder letter (PDF). …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2016
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Flash reaches the enterprise tipping point

Comment The use of disk drives to store performance data for enterprises is declining and, flash drives - SSDs - are taking their place. A wave of all-flash array (AFA) to disk array migration is starting to wash across data centres as generations of disk drive arrays give way to ones built with NAND flash drives. The tipping …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016

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