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Yes, you can become an instant storage thought leader with our unique highly available, deduplicated, cloud-native and multi-region storage newsfest. Here's everything worth knowing in the land of storage for the last week. Kaminario supports WD's composable infrastructure gear All-flash array supplier Kaminario has said it …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2018
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Pavilion compares RocE and TCP NVMe over Fabrics performance

Analysis Pavilion Data says NVMe over Fabrics using TCP adds less than 100µs latency to RDMA RoCE and is usable at data centre scale. The biz is an NVMe-over-Fabrics (NVMe-oF) flash array pioneer and is already supporting simultaneous RoCE and TCP NVMe-oF transports. Head of Products Jeff Sosa told El Reg: “We are … …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2018

NetApp flashes numbers at rivals: NAND we're eating your dinner

All flash arrays made up just 14 per cent of NetApp's installed base, up from 10 per cent last year, but the firm expects NAND price declines to push that number up higher. Net App's flash array business was a big contributor to its $1.47bn sales haul for its Q1 ended 28 July, up 11 per cent on prior year quarter. "[A]s the …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2018
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Datrium shifts disasters up the Amazon: Adds DR in AWS for on-prem kit

Datrium has introduced disaster-recovery-as-a-service to its existing on-premises DVX system. The new disaster recovery (DR) scheme backs up VMware server system data to Cloud DVX in AWS. If the on-premises DVX/VMware system fails, then a VMware Cloud on AWS is the failover DR site and CloudShift keeps that pre-seeded with …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2018

Array with it: Western Digital's finance arm slings a few million at Excelero

NVMe over Fabrics flash array supplier Excelero has received a strategic investment from Western Digital's capital-investment arm, taking total funding to $35m. Israeli-based Excelero was founded in 2014 and took in a $3.5m A-round and $12.5m B-round in 2015. Last year saw strategic investments from Micron, Qualcomm and one …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2018
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Ouch, that's 13 bullet points: IBM pumps out storage software blast

Not to be outdone by any storage niche players, IBM has emitted a veritable catalogue of storage software updates, plus one on the storage hardware front – a new all-flash array. It said, software-wise, that: Spectrum Protect's automated tiering has been extended to a object storage tier, Spectrum Protect Plus (SPP) will …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2018
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What the Dell? Qumulo slips into PowerEdge servers

Scale-out filer Qumulo's QF2 software is now available on Dell’s PowerEdge R740xd storage server, a 2U 2-socket Xeon Skylake, all-NVMe flash drive system. The QF2 (Qumulo File Fabric) software is also available on the firm’s own storage server hardware, HPE Apollo hardware and in the AWS cloud. It will compete, as a scale-out …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2018

We've Amber heard a NASty rumour: Marvell man touts private cloud box

A Marvell co-founder's cloud edge firm appears to have thrown its hat in the personal NAS ring with its Wi-Fi-connected Amber product. Latticework was founded in 2014 by Dr Pantas Sutardja, a co-founder of Marvell and an ex-CTO of that company. Co-incidentally Western Digital’s MyCloud personal NAS product uses Marvell …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2018
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Reel talk: You know what's safely offline? Tape. Data protection outfit Veeam inks deal with Quantum

Data protection firm Veeam has forged an alliance with one of the oldest data protection technologies of all – tape. Tape storage outfit Quantum and Veeam said the latter's backup software can send data to tape via a dedicated external physical server, which hosts Veeam's tape server. This physical server has to be sized, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2018
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Oh my Tosh, it's only a 100TB small form-factor SSD, SK?

Flash Memory Summit The Flash Memory Summit saw two landmark capacity announcements centred on 96-layer QLC (4bits/cell) flash that seemingly herald a coming virtual abolition of workstation and server read-intensive flash capacity constraints. Anyone fancy testing the 'unlimited' drive writes claim on Nimbus Data's 100TB whopper SSD? READ MORE …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2018
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Disk will eat itself: Flash price crash just around the over-supplied block

Analysis A flash price crash is coming and should increase disk cannibalization rates as SSDs become more affordable. Objective Analysis' Jim Handy, speaking at last week’s Flash Memory Summit, confirmed we are in a flash over-supply situation, and there will be a downward pricing correction, if not collapse, close to the production …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2018
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Smells like machine spirit: L' Optane, Unity, NVMe and QLC. Take a sniff of a week in storage

It took a globally and organically sourced supplier base to create the perfume de storage we set before you, distilled from everything worth knowing over the past seven days on this tech news beat. You can look forward to distilled oils of Unity and SC, zesty DDN and Optane contributions, refined concentrates of QLC flash, …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2018
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Intel hands first Optane DIMM to Google, where it'll collect dust until a supporting CPU arrives

+Comment Intel has ceremonially "shipped" its first Optane DIMM to Google, despite no Xeon CPU support. Navin Shenoy, exec veep and GM of Intel's Data Center Group, theatrically presented the kit, fresh off the production line, to Google platforms veep Bart Sano at Chipzilla's Santa Clara CA headquarters during its Data-Centric …
Chris Mellor, 10 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: 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 QLC SSDs have the …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2018
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No pain, no $1.3bn Bain gain: Seagate slips Tosh/WD chippery into Nytro SSD ranges

Seagate has announced Nytro 1000 and 5020 SSDs based on OEM'd Toshiba/Western Digital flash chips. The NAND supply for these 2.5-inch enterprise data centre drives has been secured through its $1.3bn participation in the Bain consortium deal to buy Toshiba Memory Corporation, which holds Toshiba's interest in the flash foundry …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2018
Santa Clara. California. USA

Couldn't get out to the Valley? Here's a taste of the flashy goodness you've been missing

Flash Memory Summit At the Flash Memory Summit this week in Santa Clara, California, Toshiba claimed it's possible to get NVMe-over-Fabrics access speed on bog-standard Ethernet, Attala flashed its shared flash cache, the crowd oo'd and ah'd at PCI gen 4.0, and the industry meditated on enhanced 3D NAND layer counts and disk drive cannibalisation …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2018
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Supermicro breathes in, shimmies a PB of Intel flash into one rack unit

Supermicro has crammed 1PB of Intel flash rulers into the slimmest possible 1U rack storage server. The two-socket server can hold up to 32 Intel EDSFF, NVMe-connected flash drives – giving a rack density of 1PB/U, the highest we have ever come across. EDSFF stands for Chipzilla's Enterprise and Datacenter Storage Form Factor …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2018
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Whatever they're putting in Actifio's water, we'd like some too. Sheesh!

Four years after picking up a $100m E-round, data wrangling biz Actifio has picked up another $100m in an F-round. Its total funding to date stands at $311.5m, with a $1.3bn valuation, making this US biz a standard-issue tech unicorn, according to our records. The latest round was led by Crestline Investors, which was joined …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2018

E8 Storage Optanes top slot in SPEC file server benchmark

NVMe-over-Fabrics storage array supplier E8 has reclaimed the SPEC SFS 2014 file storage benchmark title from WekaIO. This benchmark measures file server throughput and response time. In its second SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark run, E8 equalled WekaIO's 1200 software builds but completed the run with an 0.57ms overall response time …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2018
Shattered hard disk

The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

Samsung has started mass production of the world's first QLC (quad-level cell) consumer SSD. QLC is 4 bits/cell flash technology and a next step in cell bit capacity from the current TLC (3 bits/cell). Foundries belonging to Intel/Micron, SK Hynix and WD/Toshiba have started producing QLC chips and, in some cases, SSDs already …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2018

DDN catches Tintri customers, Seagate beancounter goes to Tesla, NGD powers up

The inexorable storage travelator this week brought us news that Seagate's CFO jumped ship for Tesla, Nutanix lost its president, NGD made its computational storage system more powerful, and DDN came to the rescue of abandoned Tintri storage customers to provide service and support. Kaminario widens hardware component base All …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2018
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NAND we'll send foreign tech packing, says China of Xtacking: DRAM-speed... but light on layer-stacking

China’s state-backed 3D NAND fabber, YMTC, has claimed it will bring out memory speed flash chips next year. Intel to Tsinghua: I know Micron didn't work out – please buy our 3D NAND READ MORE Yangtze Memory Technologies Co (YMTC) is developing a 64-layer 3D NAND with a potential 3Gbit/s data access speed, supposedly …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2018
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For pity's sake, man, get out of the data path: Avoiding the Primary Data problem

Analysis File lifecycle management – aka Hierarchical Storage Management – can work with data protection and secondary storage convergers, but only by getting the heck out of the data path... which is where Primary Data failed. Curse of Woz strikes again – first Fusion-io fizzles out, now Primary Data goes down READ MORE That's the …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2018
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Whoa, AWS, don't slip off your cloudy perch. Google and Microsoft are coming up to help

Gartner's magic quadrant rating public cloud storage suppliers has suggested Amazon is losing ground while Google and Microsoft make gains. The analyst pointed out that Google has consistently higher availability and markedly better network performance when compared to its main competitors for its multi-regional object storage …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2018

Nutanix inks deal to swallow desktop apps-as-a-service cloud flinger

Hyperconverged player Nutanix has agreed to buy Frame, a supplier of desktop apps-as-a-service, for an undisclosed sum. The San Jose storage firm is hoping to up its on-premises VDI offerings as it builds out its cloud services with the acquisition. Nutanix shrugs off loss, rivals, buys another firm READ MORE Frame, also …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2018
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Toshiba gets NASty: Soups up hi-cap enterprise drive

Toshiba has developed a high-capacity NAS drive from its 10TB and 14TB helium-filled enterprise capacity spinners. The MN07, derived from the MG07ACA, comes in 10 and 14TB capacities and Toshiba has said it has 9 platters, meaning 1.555TB/platter at 14TB, and is suited for NAS enclosures with 8 or more 3.5-inch bays. Toshiba …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2018
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Cheap NAND nasty: Flooding market with chips threatens prices

Analysis NAND oversupply is becoming a distinct possibility – with an increasing memory supply chasing a market that can’t absorb all the bits and bytes at prices that provide profits for suppliers. No NAND flash maker wants to create a glut, and each is convinced that they are behaving rationally – although, collectively, they are not …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2018

Yellowbrick reckons its all-flash data warehouse array is a wizard idea

Startup Yellowbrick Data has built a turnkey, hyperconverged, all-flash box that it has claimed can replace up to seven disk-based data warehouse racks with less than half a rack and speeds disk-bound query executions. The pitch is simple: replace spinning disk data warehouses with an all-flash one. The software stack has been …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2018
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Uh-oh-oh-oh-oh. Now hounds of storage are hunting – run if you know what's good for ya

Over the past week in storage, Gartner shifted the disaster recovery goalposts, Datrium realised its salespeople were in the wrong places, JetStream pressed eject and was spun out of Western Digital, there were some needful updates and refreshes ... and more. A heck of a lot more. So buckle up. Buffalo brings Azure cloud to its …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2018

You lead the all-flash array market. And you, you, you, you, you and you...

How is everyone doing in the all-flash array-flinging stakes? Well, you can call Pure Storage Mr Hugo because it's still the victor. Gartner's box-fillers have once again jammed seven of the makers into the top right-hand square in its yearly analysis. NetApp, which was one of a group of three chasing Pure around Gartner's …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2018
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Western Digital wonders why enterprise isn't keen on its solid-state drives

Western Digital's final fiscal 2018 quarter delivered strong results that were let down by disappointing enterprise SSD sales. In the quarter to the end of June revenues were $5.1bn, 6 per cent up on a year ago, with profits of $756m, 170 per cent higher than last year's $280m. Full-year revenues were $20.65bn, 8 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2018
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If you were a firm-swallowing storage giant, how WD you digest them all?

Analysis Western Digital is chewing on agglomeration antacids as it continues to digest the 14 acquisitions made by the firm itself and its various business unit family members over the past decade or so. The storage giant is seeing consolidation to nearline disk drives in its main revenue-earning business – and is also restructuring …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2018

Future is bright for NVMe-over-Fabrics with TCP and Ethernet, say Solarflare, Lightbits

Lightbits Labs and Solarflare are promoting the idea of NVMe-over-Fabrics (NVMe-oF) using TCP-over-bog-standard Ethernet, instead of RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) via data centre-class Ethernet, iWARP, InfiniBand or Fibre Channel. Solarflare claims NVMe-over-TCP using Ethernet provides IT departments with the same high …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2018

Fancy a little TLC? WD woos data centre crowd with dual-port SAS write fiend

As the world and their dogs' data centres continue to accelerate their take-up of SSDs, WD/HGST has fired a dual-port SAS SSD at them. Two years and $19bn later: What happened to WD's SanDisk enterprise flash advantage? READ MORE The drive has up to 15.36TB capacity via 64-layer 3D NAND TLC (3bits/cell). This 2.5-inch form …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2018
Intel's Optane DC persistent memory DIMM

Do Optane's prospects look DIMM? Chip chap has questions for Intel

Analysis Semiconductor analyst David Kanter has identified six areas of ignorance about Intel's Optane DIMMs where clarity will dictate whether they become popular or not. Optane is a brand name for Intel's 3D XPoint memory, the storage technology that can be found in its P4800X series SSDs. The name has been slapped on Intel's …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2018
Hammer, spanner and screw

Commvault results fail to excite, but Hammer says it's nailing the changes

Data protection outfit Commvault has revealed a deepening net loss of $8.6m on revenues of $176.2m, in Q1 FY'19 results described by Wells Fargo senior analyst Aaron Rakers as "underwhelming". Painful Hammer blow: Commvault CEO ousted, costs and staff face cuts as financial figures falter READ MORE Those sales are up 6 per …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2018

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