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Micron: Hot DRAM, we're still shifting piles of kit, but somebody's missing our XPoint

Micron rode strong demand for DRAM and flash to record revenues and profits for its third fiscal 2018 quarter (PDF), but XPoint chip sales to Intel collapsed. Revenues were $7.8bn, up 40 per cent annually, with net profits of $3.8bn, more than twice last year's $1.7bn. Memory ruled the quarter with DRAM providing 71 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2018
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Qumulo tries to SoC it to nearline with Xeon D integrated systems

Scale-out clustered filer Qumulo has introduced a nearline archive product, the K-144T. The archive box fits alongside its all-flash P-Series and hybrid flash+disk QC filers. All three run its Qumulo File Fabric (QF2) software as does its EC2 implementation in AWS and data can be continuously replicated to, from and between …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2018
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WD's Purple reign continues: 12TB helium disks for vid spy tech

Video surveillance is an insatiable monster, constantly needing more digital storage – and Western Digital is now feeding it 12TB drives. WD's Purple hard disk family this week had a 20 per cent jump in capacity, from 10TB to 12TB, courtesy of incrementing the platter count by one to eight, and an increase in per-platter …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2018
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Microsoft: Blobs can be WORMs in the new, regs-compliant Azure

Microsoft emitted a preview of immutable storage for Azure Storage Blobs yesterday in an effort to win the hearts and minds of industries weighed down by regulation. The feature, which bears more than a passing resemblance to Amazon's Glacier Vault Lock, is the latest move in a series of tit-for-tat feature updates as …
Richard Speed, 20 Jun 2018
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Who dares wins, they say, so Toshiba's SAS drive plans another hit on SATA

Toshiba has sent in a SAS SSD hit team to assault SATA SSDs and their slower interface in the shape of its RM5 vSAS drive. It has priced the drive at SATA levels, referring to it as a vSAS drive, where "v" is for value. OK. SATA interface speeds of 6Gbit/s are not good enough for servers, and cheaper SAS should, Toshiba said, …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2018
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New Elastifile CEO: Is taking on Amazon's EFS really such a stretch?

Analysis Hybrid cloud filer Elastifile's co-founder and CEO Amir Aharoni has stepped aside and the new incumbent of the stretchy hot seat, former Scality man Erwan Menard, has said the firm will offer cloud native product optimised for each public cloud. Menard, who took the helm three weeks ago, as Aharoni moved sideways and up to …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2018
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CEO of struggling storage biz Tintri quits

Thomas Barton, CEO of struggling storage array supplier Tintri, has resigned, leaving the California upstart leaderless as it heads toward running out of cash by the end of the month. Barton only became Tintri’s CEO at the beginning of April, replacing Ken Klein who took Tintri through its inglorious IPO in June 2017. After …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2018
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Flash industry weather forecast anticipates a stormy few years ahead

Analyst firm IDC has predicted revenue for the flash storage industry will decline for three years. IDC's latest flash revenue numbers predict 2018 revenues of US$58.8bn, $55.6bn for 2019 and $57.3bn in 2020. The previous 2018 estimate was $51.4bn, which has increased by 21 per cent. The revenue growth hiccup was attributed …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2018
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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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It's roundup time – like scouring the local paper for pics of your kid, but with storage firms

Storage companies big and small are always announcing something or other big and small, whether that's sick new tech, astonishing customer numbers or an incremental update to software that is going to totally revolutionise the way you stash data. Yes, storage companies. We see you. We just didn't think it warranted an entire …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2018
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Tintri teeters on the edge of oblivion

Storage array supplier Tintri is circling the drain as it issues preliminary first fiscal 2019 quarter results and issues dire warnings, really dire warnings, about its prospects. Revenues are expected to be $22m, 27 per cent down on a year ago. A net loss of $1.14/share is expected, implying an overall net loss of c.$30m. …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2018
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Brit super-data-cluster JASMIN set to crank up capacity and capability

Quobyte, FlashBlade and Caringo will all flower at JASMIN, the UK's environmental science supercomputer site, it has emerged. The JASMIN super-data-cluster system is based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire and managed by RAL Space's Centre for Environmental Data …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2018
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End-to-end NVMe arrays poised to resurrect external storage

Analysis NVMe-over Fabrics arrays are performing as fast as servers fitted with the same storage media – Optane or Z-SSD drives for example. Because NVMe-oF uses RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) then the network latency involved in accessing external storage arrays effectively goes away. This can be seen with performance results in …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2018
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Cisco, Lenovo see XPoint in slapping Optane drives on hyperconverged kit

Cisco and Lenovo have shoved Intel's Optane caching drives in their hyperconverged systems, and Switchzilla has also added Nvidia GPU support to grant AI/ML apps hyperconverged system access. The Optane and NVMe drive injections are supposed to make these hyperconverged systems perform better than all-flash SAS/SATA SSDs and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2018

Hybrid cloud's no fun, can't get nothing done – will Rubrik make you whole again?

As enterprises increasingly adopt hybrid multi-cloud IT strategies, they tend to find themselves mired in a multi-silo data management nightmare. Rubrik has stepped up to claim it can make the fractured mess whole again with its Alta software. Broadly speaking, Rubrik's Cloud Data Management Platform (CDM) supports Windows, …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2018
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The chances of anything really new coming from storage are a million to one, but still they come

El Reg's radio telescopes are trained on the storage galaxy and use super-advanced AI, machine learning and pattern-recognition techniques to tease information out of the noise. [Ed: Bullsh*t, you read the press releases and get sent a few tweets.] Let's see what the industry has to say this week. Actifio and Google's cloud …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2018
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HPE and Pure Storage all-flash array market shares decline

HPE's all-flash array market share slumped in the first 2018 quarter, and Pure Storage – something of a bellwether because of it was one of the original flash startups – saw its share shrink a tad too. Both of them saw significant rises in revenue, however – along with the rest of the all-flashers – of 16.6 and 45.2 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2018
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Drinks are on Cohesity, which has been handed $250m from investors

Secondary storage converger Cohesity has raised $250m in D-round funding. This follows a $90m C-round last year, taking the total raised, since it was founded in 2013, to $410m. The firm has bragged that this outpaces all other Series D enterprise software investments in the US over the last 18 months. The investors were led …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2018
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Hitachi Vantara injects Skylaking servers with Optane caching, GPU grunt

Hitachi Vantara has updated more servers with Skylake processors and added variants with Optane SSD caching and Nvidia GPU support. It makes base Unified Compute Platform (UCP) servers, DS(nnn) models, and then optimises them for VMware environments with V(nnn) models. These V(nnn) models are then used in hyperconverged (HC) …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2018
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If you're NetApp-y and you know it, clap your hands. If you're app-y and you know it...

NetApp is adding application layers to its FlexPod stack, and developing a managed service version. Flexpod installations typically integrate Cisco UCS servers, Nexus switches, MDS directors, and NetApp ONTAP boxes, such as the A300 and A700 all-flash and hybrid (flash-and-disk) storage arrays. Now, FlexPod is going vertical …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jun 2018
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Hyperscale sippers go crazy at the storage bar, judging from IDC digits

The storage market was hot, hot, hot in the first quarter of this year – according to IDC's bean counters, who reckoned shipped capacity rose 79.1 per cent, year on year, to 98.8EB and revenues 34.4 per cent to $13bn. All-flash array sales jumped past disk arrays, and white-box manufacturers' storage revenues rose an …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jun 2018

A-Qumulo-ate: Scale-out filer startup funds-slurp hits $230m

Commercial scale-out filesystem startup Qumulo has scored $93m in a D-round of funding, taking the total raised past $233m. Walk with me... through a billion files. Slow down – admire the subset READ MORE The over-subscribed round for the Seattle data storage biz was led by BlackRock, with strategic investment cash from …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jun 2018
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When it comes to AI, Pure twists FlashBlade in NetApp's A700 guts

Pure Storage's AIRI FlashBlade is faster than NetApp's A700 all-flash array, according to two AI benchmark runs. The two suppliers have both designed tech using Nvidia DGX-1 GPU servers and their own storage arrays to provide storage-server systems for "AI" applications such as deep learning. Pure's deliverable hardware- …
Chris Mellor, 07 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, 05 Jun 2018

Say what you will about the AI hype, but one group isn't complaining: Flash storage makers

Analysis Artificial Intelligence (AI) is assuredly one of the hot topics of the moment, even rather overhyped, some might add. But beyond the hyperbole, AI techniques such as machine learning are increasingly being put to use to solve numerous everyday business problems, from flagging up potential fraud in financial transactions to …
Dan Robinson, 04 Jun 2018
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Double, double toil and trouble: Containers run and flash cells bubble

Exudence of Toshiba, scrapings of Sphere3D and essence of NGD make a foul-smelling storage broth this week. We invite you to dip in a ladle and get a taste of what the storage industry got up to in the past week. We have a new Toshiba portable SSD, NGD announcing SSDs with embedded Arm application processors, HCI software from …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jun 2018
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At long last, Tosh flogs chip biz to Bain for BEELLIONS

Toshiba has finally offloaded its chip unit for $18bn (£13.5bn) to US private equity house Bain Capital weeks after getting the green light from Chinese regulators. The Toshiba Memory Corporation (TMC) sale was intended to close by the end of March, but was delayed by an antitrust probe by Chinese authorities who gave it the …
Kat Hall, 01 Jun 2018
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The glorious uncertainty: Backup world is having a GDPR moment

"The right to erasure is not absolute," the UK Information Commissioner's Office told us as the question of the backup tech industry's exposure to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation was raised in the week after it came into force. The concerns Just last week, Curtis Preston, chief technical architect at Druva, raised …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2018
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Hitch a ride on Storship Enterprise's weekly voyage of discovery

Huawei's flash arrays have done well in a SPEC filer benchmark, Pavilion has brought out an NVMe-oF array with 20, yes 20, controllers, Nutanix is growing, and OEMs are reportedly feeling the DRAM pressure. It's your week in storage. These are just a few of the news nuggets encountered in our weekly voyage through the storage …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2018
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From frog to prince: How private equity may fish Barracuda from the industry's boiling pot

Analysis Seven months ago Barracuda Networks was gobbled up by private equity biz Thoma Bravo because it saw latent possibilities that couldn’t be realized under public ownership. It wasn’t one of your usual private equity buyouts, with a company brought down by weak results and acquired on the cheap, or spun off by a parent hobbled by …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2018
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Unclip your pager and bag from your belt: We need to make room for a battery-powered 1TB HD

VR folk who feel they haven't got enough gear strapped to their bodies will be please to know Seagate has developed a strap-on portable drive and battery combo for HTC's Vive Focus virtual reality headset. The VR Power Drive has 1TB of capacity and a 5,000mAh battery hooked up to the headset with an integrated MicroB cable and …
Chris Mellor, 25 May 2018

Dell EMC 'years behind' in everything from flash to cloud, hoots NetApp CEO

NetApp has reported full-year revenues for 2018 of $5.91bn, an increase of 7 per cent over fiscal 2017 and the first annual growth it has seen since 2015. Profits for the 12 months shrank to $76m, down from $509m a year ago – NetApp blamed a one-time $850m charge under the 2017 US Tax Reform Reconciliation Act for the fall. …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2018
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Forward-slash flash: OG upstart Pure Storage shows off fresh models

Nine-year-old flash firm Pure Storage flung out a slew of products to ward off legacy and newbie rivals at its Accelerate event in San Francisco, including – as you'd expect – faster, denser and cheaper arrays. It announced new FlashArrays and Purity OS software, a pay-for-use scheme, an entry-level AIRI converged system and a …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2018
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AI servers will need much more memory. And you know who's going to be there? Yep, big daddy Micron

Analysis Micron has started to separate from Intel in NAND production, just days after whipping the veil off its 7.68TB QLC SSD, and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra and pals are keen to chat up analysts about their vision of the coming "New Micron". Earlier this week, Mehrotra told an assembly of business-botherers that the markets were …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2018
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Tintri shares reformatted by investors: 85 per cent plunge in mere weeks

Troubled Tintri admitted it may run out of cash within the next six weeks and go broke – and its shareholders are bailing out fast. Background context Tom Barton became the storage array hardware and software maker's chief exec in March, replacing Ken Klein, who was at the wheel when the Silicon Valley upstart's problematic …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2018
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Pure: Let's be direct about attached storage. Hyperconvergence is not for us

Pure Storage posed widened losses of $64.3m in its Q1 ended April 30, up 12.5 per cent from $57.2m at the same time last year, while it saw an upswing in all-flash array sales. Revenues for its first fiscal 2019 quarter were $255.9m, up 40 per cent on the year. The storage firm also posted an attendant upswing in product and …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2018

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