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Why two scale-out NAS, IBM? One's a pickup, the other's a juggernaut

Analysis IBM already had a scale-out NAS (filer) when it announced Spectrum NAS last month: Spectrum Scale, which can grow to 16,000-plus nodes. Why does it need another? The two overlap in the same way as a Dodge pickup and a Mack truck. Sure, they can both carry small loads but using a Mack truck for Dodge pickup loads is a waste of …
Chris Mellor, 8 Mar 2018
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Big Blue plumps up storage line with filer and fabrics

IBM is adding filer software to its storage offerings, NVMe fabric access to its base all-flash array, and other features across its storage portfolio in a bumper Big Blue storage news day. There are three aspects to the bundle of news: software-defined storage; data protection and storage hardware; and the FlashSystem 900 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 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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An object failure: All in all, it's just another... file system component?

Analysis Object storage has failed to to make it big time and is becoming just another way of storing files and a public cloud on-ramp. Ten years or so ago the object storage startups said file storage, with its file:folder access scheme, could not cope with large volumes of unstructured data. It wasn't reliable enough and used up too …
Chris Mellor, 11 Dec 2017
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Cloudian pops NAS joystick on HyperStore object boxes

Cloudian says you can store unstructured data files on its HyperStore object storage, through a HyperFile NAS Controller, and not burden primary data filers with the stuff, saving lots of lovely money and getting loads of scalability. HyperFile involves a 2U NAS controller sitting atop one or more 4U HyperStore object storage …
Chris Mellor, 7 Dec 2017
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Speedy roadster for filers hits the road. Don't worry Elon, it's a storage vehicle

Infinite IO has enabled clustering of its metadata accelerators to scale performance. The company, which brands itself infinite io, produces 2U rackmount metadata-accelerating network storage controllers (NSC) that sit in the network between file-accessing servers and NAS arrays. They serve metadata requests from memory, …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2017
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Western Digital has cloudified the NAS and shoved it in a trendy box

+Comment WDC has released a home NAS that syncs with devices for storing, streaming and sharing wherever there's an internet connection. It comes in a single-disk version called the My Cloud Home or a dual-disk version called My Cloud Home Duo, which uses a RAID 1 scheme to copy data from one disk to another for safer keeping. The …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2017

Building beyond capacity: How NAS drives go further

Sponsored Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a time-honoured approach for organisations to provide a shared repository through which multiple users and client systems can all access the same files and data over the network. Typically, a NAS is implemented as an appliance-like enclosure that connects to the LAN and functions as a …
David Gordon, 8 Aug 2017
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No time for nap, update your QNAP: RAIDed NAS data corruption bug squashed

QNAP has put out a critical NAS firmware fix notice after prolonged pushing by a small business tech IT pro guy in Australia. If you use QNAP NAS in a RAID 5 or 6 configuration, you should update the firmware immediately. Wayne Small runs the SBSFaq website which is focused on the concerns of small and medium business IT …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2017

QNAP users: It's your turn to patch in a hurry

QNAP has issued a critical-rated warning for devices running its QTS operating system. According to the Friday advisory (second in this list, no direct link), malware has been discovered on devices that downloads and installs a vulnerable version of the firmware, QTS 4.2.5. The advisory doesn't identify the bugs the attack …
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Finally – from brandbox to whitebox: Storage fabric is SDS realised

A new term is popping up among startups: the storage fabric. Depending on who you talk to, the term itself is recycled, but the concepts and implementations definitely are new. Today's storage fabrics are closer to the originally hyped promise of Software Defined Storage (SDS). What remains to be seen is if the arrival is timely …
Trevor Pott, 3 Apr 2017

Ooooh, that's NASty. Security-watchers warn over man-in-the-middle risk

Updated Vulnerabilities in a network attached storage (NAS) devices made by QNAP Systems create a potential means for hackers to steal data and passwords, execute commands or drop malware on vulnerable kit, say security researchers. Researchers at F-Secure claim they have found a series of weaknesses in the firmware update process of …
John Leyden, 18 Jan 2017
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Harder, better, faster, stronger (apparently). The IronWolf goes Pro

Seagate has tweaked its IronWolf NAS drive to make it stream data faster for longer and tacked the epithet "Pro" on the end. The IronWolf drive was unveiled in July and came in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10TB capacity points. The 10TB product is a helium-filled enclosure with seven platters, the others being traditional, air- …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2016
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Bad news, Trump. NASty storage is pretty popular, too

Block-based storage (and particularly that based on Fibre Channel) has always been the favoured child when it comes to vendors talking about their products and solutions. All of the high-end performing devices tend (but not exclusively) to be block-based. However we’re seeing an increased focus on high performance NAS …
Chris Evans, 24 Oct 2016

File this: XtremIO to fling forth filer functionality

Analysis XtremIO's rush to revenue glory is going to get accelerated with coming file data services added to its block base. The story starts when Israeli startup XtremIO started developing an all-flash array, block-access product in 2009. The product's capabilities included global in-line deduplication, snapshotting, and InfiniBand …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016
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NAS vendor Synology taking on Microsoft, Dell, Slack and AWS

Taiwanese network-attached storage (NAS) vendor Synology is about to pick fights with several far larger competitors. The company offered its first English-language preview of two new rack-mount NAS devices. One, the FlashStation FS3017 is a 24-drive, all-flash NAS with a pair of 10GbE/40GbE ports and claimed 200,000 IOPS when …
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Avere builds on-premises object store all smothered in NAS

NAS accelerator and cloud storage gateway shop Avere has got itself its very own on-premises NAS system wrapped around an object storage core with a passage to the public cloud. Up until now, Avere has focussed on accelerating data access to on-premises filers and, latterly, cloud or object stores. Now it is providing its own …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2016
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Filer funfest: HDS buffs up its VSP product on four fronts at once

HDS has added native NAS, VVOLs, analytics and cloud tiering to its big iron VSP G-series array. The company has an all-flash F series version of the VSP, plus a new all-flash HFS A series product HDS has had a separate BlueArc-based NAS product for some time. The HNAS 4000 series offers between two and eight nodes and its …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2016

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