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Phew! We had to order a new array to hold all of this week's Dell EMC announcements

Dell EMC World Dell EMC is pumping out, among other things this week, updated arrays from five product families: VMAX, XtremIO, Unity, SC and Isilon. This new gear features a heavy dose of flash, new controllers, denser enclosures, higher capacities, and refreshed software. As the main revenue-earning engine of the $74bn run-rate Dell …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2017

You may now kiss the server-side: Dell EMC marries storage software to PowerEdge 14Gs

Dell EMC World Dell EMC is updating three storage software products, previewing a fourth, and refreshing its Ready Nodes storage software and server bundles. And we're told the Dell PowerEdge servers to run this software are getting updated over the next few months to the 14G generation, with NVMe flash and NVDIMM options, and can be …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2017
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Dell sneaks speeds-and-feeds-free peek at 14th-gen PowerEdge servers

Dell EMC World Dell EMC has previewed the 14th generation of its PowerEdge server line, indicating there will be significant incremental advances in performance and usability, but with an almost complete absence of any product details. The new boxes will use the upcoming Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family. Apart from that we're told the …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2017
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Always late to the party, IBM reveals itself to be NVMe fanboy

+Comment IBM says it's developing systems with NVMe across its storage portfolio, and wants to ignite an industry-wide leap in system performance. Its NVMe-using products will come to the market in the first half of 2018. That's a year away. Apeiron, Excelero, E8, Micron and many others already have NVMe SSD supporting systems and are …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2017
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Pure opens XtremIO, VMAX swap shop as Dell EMC party kicks off

Opening yet another front in the all-flash array wars, Pure Storage has announced an XtremIO and VMAX trade-in programme – timed, of course, to co-incide with the Dell EMC World shindig in Las Vegas. Marketing hostilities started with a FUD – a blog by Pure product VP Matt Kixmoeller claiming Dell EMC was retreating from …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2017
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Taste the Redmond: Fujitsu offers Storage Spaces-based hyper-converged boxes

Fujitsu has introduced a Microsoft software-flavoured hyper-converged infrastructure appliance product. PRIMEFLEX for Storage Spaces Direct uses Microsoft virtualised infrastructure software, including Storage Spaces, and comes in pre-configured and pre-tested systems based on Fujitsu's PRIMERGY x86 servers, all-flash storage, …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2017
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'We are deeply troubled by the ... depth of Toshiba’s desperation'

Round-up The week has seen an acceleration of NVME news - Aparna, Intel, Micron, and XIO - and cloud-related news as well, with Rubrik picking up a huge funding round. These were the headline items but there was a whole lot more going on and here's a representative selection. Code42 Backup provider Code42 is partnering with Okta, …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2017

Selling physical and virtual storage arrays? How to crack it against mainstream giants

Analysis Take two companies with two new storage products. One is a physical array and the other is a virtual array built from clustered server nodes. Both are block access. Will the same selling/marketing approach be successful for both? Should you sell to CIOs or to lines of business (LOBs)? If you have a new storage array, then it …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2017
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Commvault boss Hammer and pals nail a profit – but only just

After three quarters of losses, Commvault made a $3.2m profit in its final fiscal 2017 quarter, just enough to tip the full year into profit. Wall Street estimates were beaten as fourth quarter revenues rose 8 per cent year-on-year and 4 per cent quarter-on-quarter to $172.9m Bob Hammer, Commvault's chairman, president and …
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2017

Best be Nimble, best be quick. You're out of a job at HPE – and that's sh*t

We are hearing that Nimble staff, no longer needed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise following its acquisition of the storage biz, are being laid off – up to a hundred of them. HPE bought Nimble for $1.2bn in March, and a fairly obvious way of making synergies in the acquisition playbook is to absorb Nimble's engineering …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2017
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Micron moves up stack to Excelero-powered flash array product

+Comment Micron is building SolidScale, an all-flash, scale-out, NVMe over Fabrics access array using Excelero software aimed at low latency and high-throughput data access needs. It is introducing its SolidScale architecture, with multiple nodes connected using high-speed RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) fabric, for low-latency, …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2017
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High-end backup kid Datos IO embraces relational, Hadoop data

Datos IO has extended its on-premises and public cloud data protection to relational databases and Hadoop distributions. Non-relational database protector and migrator Datos IO has updated its RecoverX distributed database backup product to v2.0 and added RDBMS and Hadoop support. The RecoverX product is described as being …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2017
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Desperate VCs are pretty much just throwing cash at Rubrik now

Analysis Cloud data management startup Rubrik has confirmed speculation about new funding with a massive $180m round, but has $61m from the last round in the bank. What gives? The startup is flush with cash after just three years of life: 2014 – founded 2015 – $10m A-round 2015 – $41m B-round 2016 – $61m C-round 2017 – $180m D- …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2017

As senior bosses eject and shares crash... is it time to pray for Nutanix?

Analysis Should we be concerned about Nutanix? Two bosses have left, its share price is falling, and it's now worth just a little less than Pure Storage. The shares in the hyper-converged infrastructure appliance slinger ended May 1 at $14.46 apiece. They were hovering around $21 on March 7, and $31 on March 2 just before its latest …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2017

Infinidat claims it can beat any all-flash array, uses innocent pooches to appear convincing

Ten grand win or lose – Infinidat is spoiling for a fight against all-flash array vendors with its "Faster than All-Flash Challenge". The company is confident its hybrid array is faster than any all-flash array out there, having beaten Pure and EMC arrays in testing. It says its box will beat any all-flash array users care to …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2017
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Core blimey! 10,000 per rack in startup's cloud-in-a-box

+Comment Say hello to hyperdense server and NVMe storage startup Aparna Systems and its Cloud-in-a-Box system. Originally named Turbostor and founded in February 2013, the company has emerged from stealth with the Orca µCloud, a 4U enclosure that converges compute, storage and networking, and offers, Aparna claims, up to 10,000 cores …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2017
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Big mistake by Big Blue: Storwize initialisation USBs had malware

Big Blue is red-faced after shipping malware-infected initialisation USBs for its Storwize disk racks. The company is therefore strongly suggesting users "Securely destroy the USB flash drive so that it can not be reused." Either that or wipe it, disinfect anything it touched and cross your fingers. Then download the files you …
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Fancy a toothpicked-rollmop from our storage smorgasbord?

Arcserve UDP Archiver We were curious where Arcserve bought FastArchiver from, so we asked and were told: "FastArchiver is the name of the technology and company – they're a private company founded by archiving experts. The technology was custom built as an archiving solution. There was no prior affiliation with any company. so …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2017
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Oh lordy, WD just SCHOOLED Seagate in running a disk drive biz

Analysis WD took advantage of stable disk drive and strong flash markets to crank revenues and profits in its third fiscal 2017 quarter, giving Seagate an object lesson in how to run a storage business. Revenues of $4.6bn were well up on the year before's $2.8bn, 64.3 per cent, bulked by revenues from acquired SanDisk and its flash …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2017

Arcserve gobbles up email biz to sate hunger for message archiving

Arcserve has bought its way into the email archiving game by gobbling up FastArchiver. The now-privately owned Minneapolis-based Arcserve wants to spread its wings beyond basic data protection and recovery software, and mail archiving is a natural choice, apparently. The amount paid for FastArchiver wasn't disclosed in this …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2017
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Intel's Optane in PCs is as good as it will get for years, says analyst

Memory-centric analyst firm TrendFocus reckons Intel's Optane is going to take years to make a difference in the data centre, which means using it in PCs is as good as it will get for the foreseeable future. The good news is that Optane screams in PCs: the firm cites a Gamespot review to assert that a PC with Optane and a 1TB …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2017
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Micron looks to SanDisk for new CEO

Micron has hired ex-SanDisk CEO Sanjay Mehrotra as its new president and CEO, replacing the retiring Mark Durcan. Durcan confirmed his coming departure in February this year. Mehrotra was in charge at SanDisk when WD bought it for $19bn in October 2015, and will assume his new roles, with concomitant board membership, at …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2017
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Series of Seagate missteps as revenue generator spins down

Comment Here's a suggestion – Seagate, led by a combined chairman and CEO, has made a catalogue of tactical errors in the face of the NAND tidal wave while rival Western Digital has pivoted sideways to embrace flash. Is Seagate sensibly husbanding its resources because, while flash will store edge and enterprise fast-access data, the …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2017
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Yeah, keep buying those SSDs, grins Seagate: Your data will be on our disks eventually, muaha

Seagate made a canine evening meal of its third 2017 fiscal quarter – with flattish revenues on the annual compare greeted by a disappointed Wall Street expecting more and marking the shares down 15 per cent. The full year revenue is likely to show an annual decline as well. Chairman and CEO Steve Luczo’s company recorded $2. …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2017
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Western Digital relocates HQ, sheds jobs

Western Digital Corp is moving its HQ from Irvine, Orange County in southern California to San Jose in the north of the state, with job losses in both areas. The Orange County Register (no relation), said that according to the Orange Council Business Council, there were 1,400 WD employees in Irvine and another 200 in Santa Ana …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2017
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Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups

Neatgear has cocked up its cloud management service, losing data stored locally on ReadyNAS devices' shared folders worldwide – and customers have complained to The Register about only being informed four weeks later. This week, the San Jose-based networking business sent an email to customers, seen by The Register, confirming …
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For the won: Korean DRAMmer llamas SK Hynix earning buckets

Korean DRAMmer and NAND fabber SK Hynix reported revenue rises and record profits in its first 2017 quarter. It recorded ₩6.29 trillion revenues, up 72 per cent on the year and 17 per cent on the quarter. Net income was ₩1.9 trillion, up a rather impressive 324 per cent year-on-year and, after that, an uninspiring 17 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2017
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Controlled remote access reviews of Optane SSD give qualified yes

Analysis A burst of Optane memory reviews have come out, timed to coincide with Optane retail availability, but none of them answer the "Is it cost-effectively faster than flash?" question. Optane is Intel's branded non-volatile 3D XPoint memory, which has lower latency access and higher endurance than NAND. Earlier this month we saw …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2017
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Amazon may be using disk drives with hot-swappable components

Amazon's won a patent for “Hard disk drive assembly with field-separable mechanical module and drive control”. In Amazon's world disk drives have two distinct systems. There's a “drive mechanical module” comprising a drive's arms, heads, spindle, motor and platters. And there's a “control module”, basically the drive's …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Apr 2017

WD pulls cash-strapped Toshiba to one side, whispers: 'All right, pal, how much you want?'

Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan says his corporation is willing to help bail out sinking Toshiba. Japanese tech giant Tosh, which runs a NAND foundry joint-venture with WD, is in recapitalization hell: it is trying to sell its flash memory business for a trillion or more Yen ($9bn+) following calamitous and so far …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017

Pivot3: Acuity hyper-converged with NVMe flash and QoS has landed

Hyper-converged infrastructure supplier Pivot3 is adding an NVMe flash tier with app-priority-based quality of service (QOS). The Acuity software product can, Pivot3 said, enable multi-priority, mixed-use workloads to run in a hyper-converged environment. The support of NVMe SSDs, with their microsecond latency and the SLAs, …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017
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Rubrik's tube: Cloud backup protector looks to suck up more cash – report

Storage startup Rubrik claims it is taking the lead in public/private cloud data management and says it is approaching a $100m annual run rate after 18 months of product availability. The company’s backup-to-the-cloud data management software now supports cloud-native apps in AWS and Azure, and the company is seemingly fund- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017
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Violin Memory steps out of bankruptcy, takes the storage stage again

+Comment Violin Memory is back, as a privately owned company fresh out of bankruptcy. The old flash array hardware and software company, which went bankrupt after a long and tortuous struggle, has been bought by Quantum Partners, a private investment fund run by Soros Fund Management LLC (SFM Private Equity). We're told Violin retains …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2017
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It's a Wright off: NetApp confirms SolidFire boss on hiatus, 'will be back' working on other stuff

+Comment NetApp says its SolidFire chief Dave Wright is on hiatus – and his role upon his return will not involve running the storage organization he founded. Exactly what he'll be doing when he gets back will be decided by NetApp's CEO George Kurian and cofounder Dave Hitz. Following our story earlier today on Wright taking a break, …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2017

Seagate launches non-flying disk drive for drones

Fly Drive is not about car rental any more, not in our version of disk world at any rate. It's a Seagate disk drive for DJI drones and comes just three months after Seagate and drone-maker DJI announced a partnership to develop storage for drone-recorded images and videos. Back then we thought it blindingly obvious it was …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2017
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Calm down, everyone – it's only a Monday storage news blitz

Storage news, like data growth, is unrelenting. This week we learned of new things in the cloud, tape, new storage arrays, object storage, persistent storage for containers, cloud storage gateways, deduping to disk, and ultra-secure disk drives and SSDs. Ready? Here we go. DataDirect Networks DataDirect Networks (DDN) has …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2017
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Infinidat puts array to the test, says it 'wrecks' Pure and EMC systems

Infinidat has run performance tests against Pure and EMC all-flash arrays and surpassed them with its array. Back in November EMC compared its Unity 600F array against Pure's FlashArray//m50 and //m70, with 8K and 16K IOPS and other tests. The Unity advantage was substantial and Pure disputed the real world validity of the …
Chris Mellor, 20 Apr 2017
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IBM storage revenues grew? Hahaha, good one. Oh, you're serious

Analysis Despite falling server sales, IBM has reversed 22 quarters of decline in storage hardware revenue, offset by a leap in flash storage array sales. It's also, we think, number 3 in overall storage sales. Let's drill down through the first quarter 2017 results numbers. According to IBM's quarterly earnings charts, the main …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2017
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Data trashed? When RPO 0 isn't enough

World Backup Day came and went – did you notice? It seems the only thing we've learned is that everyone wants Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) of 0. Unfortunately, aggressive RPO targets are hard. They affect the design of real world environments, and are sometimes not possible. And RPO of 0 means "no data loss". With RPO 0, …
Trevor Pott, 19 Apr 2017
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Toshiba spins out new NAS disk drive with its fastest transfer rate yet

Toshiba has a new 8TB NAS disk drive with its fastest data transfer rate. It announced its 8TB MN series NAS drives in February and the N300 is a retail version of these. The 4TB and 6TB versions were announced in Europe in January. Now they and the 8TB version are available in the USA. Like the MN series, the N300s come in …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2017
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Can nothing stop the Veeam tank? We hate to save you a click but: No

Has Veeam's record-breaking growth halted? Er, in a word, no. In its first 2017 quarter, the enterprise backup biz claims it added close to 12,000 total paid customers, taking the total to 242,000, in line with its historical average new-customer acquisition rate of approximately 4,000 per month. It reported, it says, another …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2017
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Australian Taxation Office successfully replaces SAN, web site then fails anyway

The Australian Taxation Office says its planned Easter outage to replace its infamously wobbly HPE storage area network went well. The Register prodded the ATO today because its website went down in the morning, as was the case after the SAN problems that took its site and services offline for several days in December 2016 and …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Apr 2017

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