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Violin Systems gnaws off X-IO Technologies' storage arm

Struggling all-flash array vendor Violin Systems has said it will buy X-IO Technologies' ISE storage line, picking up the tech as well as customers and channel partners. Violin System launched its latest XVS-8 array – positioned as an extreme performance array for tier 0 applications – earlier this month, having freshly …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2018
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Reanimated Violin returns to scene with flashy XVS 8 array, and, er, AR app

Violin Systems is making the most of being rescued by private equity, with new hardware and software, and a focus on tossing its hat into the all-flash array performance ring. The company crashed into bankruptcy following a poor IPO. It was bought out of Chapter 11 by a George Soros-controlled private equity fund and …
Chris Mellor, 2 Oct 2018
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It's a wrap: Gone Gartner part II, Flashdance and, er, Hardware Hackers

It has been an eventful week in storage with the introduction of a "hardware-defined storage" platform, a blast of helium, another Gone Gartner moment and more. So slap on those 3D glasses, get your popcorn ready – and enjoy our rapid-fire shorts and entertaining trailers. Storage newcomer Storbyte is introducing – wait for it …
Chris Mellor, 8 May 2018
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A platterful of storage nuggets to spin your disks and fry your bits

Roundup In a week where we realised that spinning rust has plenty of life left despite the arrival of 100TB SSDs, here are all the minor developments that the Vulture storage desk found interesting but not enough to wax lyrical about. Let's go. VxRail gets a disk failure prophet ProphetStor Data Services was started in 2012 to …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2018
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Security patches done, machines upgraded, the coffee's hot – just in time for storage roundup

Acquisition hints at Nutanix, go-to-market changes at Zerto, subscription pricing intro at Violin Systems, new SW release at Delphix – yep, it's another storage roundup. Grab a coffee and take five to check this out. Delphix Database virtualiser Delphix has added a new version of its Dynamic Data Platform providing added …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2018
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VCs: Can't see an IPO or acquisition for your startup? Don't throw in the towel

Comment There surely must be an alternative to the two preferred exits for VC-backed startups – IPO or acquisition – in these times of near-VC funding drought and what seems like IPO fatigue. It used to be simple: build a storage startup that could take money and customers from the mainstream vendors, sit back and wait for competitors …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016
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You're only young but you're going to die: Farewell, all-flash startups

Comment Following news of its restructuring there will inevitably be layoffs at X-IO’s Colorado Springs facility. We hear that the company is working to get staff employment with other companies. The situation is fast-developing and X-IO’s concern is its employees and not the media, so we'll hear more later. Our interest here is not …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2016
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Quick as a flash: A quick look at IBM FlashSystem

The Storage Architect IBM completed the acquisition of TMS (Texas Memory Systems) in October 2012. The company (TMS) has a long history of developing memory-based storage products, based initially on DRAM and later SLC and eMLC technology. I looked at the ramsan range years ago as a potential customer and my abiding memory is the relative cost of the …
Chris Evans, 8 Apr 2016
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Violin acknowledges Valley's hippy roots with Grateful Dead gig lottery

In a move calculated to appeal to the aging hippies who now run Silicon Valley, Violin is entering readers of its marketing white paper-type docs into a Grateful Dead concert ticket sweepstake. Marketing head Amy Love said that with "the directional relevance of being 'Grateful that Disk is Dead', we are enabling our customers …
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2015
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Violin-fiddling boffins learn that 'F-HOLES' are secret to Stradivarius' SUPERIOR sound

Scientists have identified the design features that boost the acoustic power of violins. Italian workshops of master violin-making families (such as Stradivari) produced increasingly powerful instruments in the renaissance and baroque musical eras during the 17th and 18th centuries, the so-called Cremonese era. Advances in …
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2015
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For EMC, it’s all about the rack-scale flash

Comment EMC has two big engineering projects on the go, incorporating flash-based DSSD and virtual SAN ScaleIO, both looking to provide rack-scale storage. DSSD is an acquisition EMC made in May last year, and is working on a design using PCIe-accessed flash as the persistent storage tier. The idea is to have racks full of flash for …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2015

Hybrid array startup Tegile plucks CMO from Violin

Hybrid array startup Tegile has hired a chief marketeer from the ranks of Violin Memory. Tegile is one of the three leading hybrid array suppliers, alongside Nimble Storage and Tintri. Narayan Venkat comes from a VP Product management and marketing role at Violin, which welcomed Eric Herzog in March this year. Herzog had …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2014
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Violin offers pay-as-you-GROW pricing on its Flashing WFA blades

The recovering one-time all-flash array market leader Violin Memory has announced a pay-as-you-grow pricing model and four extra Windows Flash Array (WFA) configs. Violin’s WFA is a 6000-series product running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 on its two blade servers, which connects to an SQL Server 2014 box and provides fast …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2014

List prices mean zilch. Remember that when buying from upstarts

Storagebod Storage industry blogger Howard Marks has written about telling storage startups apart from upstarts. Except, when you dig into his piece, it reads more like how to be a savvy tech buyer. Marks' online post, titled ”Separating Storage Startups From Upstarts” got me thinking, as someone involved in making large purchasing …
StorageBod, 24 Apr 2014

Speaking in Tech: The Snowden Effect... Why 2014 will be the year of PRIVATE cloud

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's the last SIT podcast of the year... and just in the nick of time, too. Your relatives are driving you up the wall, your brother's doing his cringeworthy Charlton Heston impression, the talk has turned to politics and there's no more wine... There has never been a better …
Team Register, 25 Dec 2013
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We love a flashy model who's a keen reader – Toshiba

Toshiba has a new mid-range SSD built for medium spec read-intensive work that widens its 19nm NAND product range. The HK3R comes hot on the heels of the PX03SN and Tosh says it is optimised for read-intensive applications such as read-caching, error logging, boot, and low-duty storage applications requiring power-loss- …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2013
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Who ate all the flash pie: Samsung, 'course, but hang on... GOOGLE?

Tech analyst Gartner has lifted the lid on its numbers for SSD shipments in 2012 and thanks to Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers, El Reg has some pie chart eye candy for you. First of all, it looks like the startups are catching up with the big vendors in some sectors, which is good news for competition. Also, Google is …
Chris Mellor, 3 Jul 2013
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Flash makes servers go with a Bang, benchmarks show

Flash arrays have enabled Dell and Fujitsu server iron to boast brilliant VMmark results. Dell PowerEdge R720 servers scored 11.39 at 10 tiles in the VMware VMmark 2.1 benchmark. AS El Reg wrote when noting HP server success at this: VMware's VMmark benchmark measures how a server runs simultaneous VMware virtual machines ( …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2012

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