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Hang on, don't go out yet – wait till IBM's done swinging its storage announcements around

IBM has fired a broadside of announcements at the storage world. The gist? Flash arrays get more capacity and NVMe-over-fabrics has been added to a slew of arrays using Fibre Channel to speed data access. DS8880F This high-end array has new flash modules with doubled capacity; 737.3TB compared to previous 368.6TB. Note that …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2018

Killer performance numbers on software and flash drives, StorONE ...

StorONE has claimed its TRU storage technology and S1 storage software ran at 1.7 million IOPS in a two-node ESXi server system. There was no independent verification of these numbers. The two 2U dual-x86 processor Supermicro servers were in a high-availability configuration and a Western Digital 2U24 (2u x 24 slot) flash …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2018

Samsung's sleek 'n' sporty X5 SSD pledges blazing transfer speeds

Samsung has teased its X5 2TB portable SSD, which can transfer data at 40Gbit/s, four times faster than USB 3.1's 10Gbit/s. The drive is an update on the Korean firm's T5 SATA portable SSD, which also has a 2TB capacity. It connects to its host with a cable plugged into a Thunderbolt 3 port, and only a Thunderbolt 3 port. …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2018

NVMe? Well, quite. Now Intel, too, is pumping out consumer QLC SSDs

Intel has launched two QLC (4bits/cell) SSDs – one for consumers and one for data centre use. Intel's Navin Shenoy Intel: Yeah, yeah, 10nm. It's on the todo list. Now, let's talk about AI... READ MORE This follows Samsung's recent announcement of a QLC SSD for the consumer market. Intel, as you'd expect, has noted that these …
Chris Mellor, 9 Aug 2018
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Roll up the cloud blanket, stash the flash fireworks, time for a storage picnic

You'd be forgiven for feeling a bit like a runner-up at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest this morning; there was not that much storage tech news to digest last week. However, there's also a lot more to expect over the coming week, as the industry – mostly based Stateside – recovers from its extended 4th of July …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jul 2018

PC nerds: Can't get no SATA-isfaction? Toshiba flaunts NVMe SSD action

Toshiba has claimed its new consumer NVMe SSD blasts the performance cobwebs off SATA SSDs. The RC100 is an M.2 card format SSD and was previewed at CES in January. Toshiba has positioned it as a budget drive and hopes it will spread NVMe adoption outwards from the enterprise market to the consumer one. Comparing it with …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2018
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Fancy using flash? Compose yourself, says infrastructure startup

Composable infrastructure startup DriveScale has said its users will be able to add flash storage to their existing composable server and disk storage infrastructure. The idea is to dynamically provision server and storage resources to applications so they get the right amounts of compute and storage capacity and performance …
Chris Mellor, 5 Jun 2018

We pick a storage CTO's brains on Linux-heads, big vendors – and should all the admins NVMe?

Interview NVMe storage networking (NVMe-oF or NVME over fabrics) promises to radically cut the latency of access to external block storage compared to iSCSI and Fibre Channel. It works by implementing an RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) request to an external storage drive, bypassing the traditional host server and source array …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2018
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Pavilion Data Systems hands more engineers their marching orders

NVMe-over-fabrics array startup Pavilion Data Systems has laid off more engineers just a month after a previous cull during which co-founder Kiran Malwankar departed. It has now let go of further staffers from its core Silicon Valley-based software engineering team, leaving just three behind. CEO Malwankar started Pavilion in …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2018

Three's a cloud: Toshiba picks its NVMe over Fabrics storage node

Surprise, surprise – flash chip and SSD manufacturer Toshiba has announced NVMe fabric-access flash array software. What's its game? An NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) array has a bunch of NVMe flash drives inside it which are accessed by applications running in servers. These apps think they are accessing local, NVMe-accessed, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 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
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What if I told you that flash drives could do their own processing?

Part 2 Bringing compute to data aims to knock stored data access latency on its head by not moving masses of data across networks to host servers. Bringing compute to disk drives is facing an uphill struggle, but flash drives, with their much faster access, might have an easier time of it. An opposing approach – bringing data to …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2018

E8 prises software away from its arrays to run on Dell, HPE, Lenovo kit

NVMe-over-Fabrics all-flash array shipper E8 is selling its software separately to be run on certified hardware from Dell, HPE and Lenovo. An E8 storage system uses NVMe-over-fabrics to hook up servers, running E8 host agents, across Ethernet to an E8 storage controller full of NVMe SSDs. The E8 storage controller is a 2U, 24 …
Chris Mellor, 1 Feb 2018
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Guess who's developing storage class memory kit? And cooking the chips on the side...

Analysis Huawei has made a move towards storage class memory that suggests it believes infrastructure driven by the tech is not only possible but inevitable. The firm said it believes that speeds of three storage elements are coming together to create a storage class memory-driven storage infrastructure that will work. It thinks that …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2017
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Toshiba soups up XG5-P NVMe SSD with 2TB and chunky read/write boost

Toshiba has doubled the capacity of its M.2 form factor XG5 flash drive to 2TB with an XG5-P (premium) model. The XG5, announced last May, comes in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB versions, using 64-layer, TLC (3bits/cell) 3D NAND like the XG5-P. There is an SLC (1bit/cell) cache in the XG5 and the same is true for the premium model, …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2017
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I'll admit, NetApp's NVMe fabric-accessed array sure has SAS, but it could be zippier

Analysis NetApp's E570 array supports NVMe over fabrics yet it does not use NVMe drives, potentially slowing data access. The E-Series all-flash E570 was launched in September, with a sub-100µs latency number through its support of NVMe-over-fabric access. It used RDMA over InfiniBand to its 24 flash drives, and this enables accessing …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2017
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Vexata's zippy storage array architecture poses vexatious questions

Analysis Newcomer Vexata has dropped out of stealth with a $54m* funding war chest and aims to blow the fusty old storage array business to smithereens with its 7 million IOPS Active Data Fabric box. How so? Its VX-100 box** is a 6U enclosure with two active:active controllers using either up to 64 NVMe SSDs (VX-100F) or Optane SSDs ( …
Chris Mellor, 6 Oct 2017
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Check in my all-flash server-storage system? You must be mad! I'm taking it on-board

X-IO has devised a portable Axellio all-flash server/storage system that you can take on an airline, with the flash in the overhead locker and the main enclosure in checked luggage in the hold. Er, why? So disaster relief teams have the compute and storage power they need to help plan a better disaster relief response. But …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2017

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