Storage > More stories

K2s

Going soft: Kaminario exits the hardware business

Kaminario has announced it will leave the hardware business, and said Tech Data will build the certified appliance hardware needed to run its software. Tech Data will provide the K2 and K2.N hardware, with Kaminario providing the Vision OS, Clarity analytics software (getting machine learning and AI), and Flex automation and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2018
sledgehammer reduces cement block to powder

SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark smashed by storage newbie

NVMe-over-Fabrics fanboy startup E8 has whupped other suppliers' behinds with a SPEC SFS2014 filer benchmark. It is the software build section of the benchmark, which measures the number of software builds and the overall response time. The previous record holder was NetApp, with 520 builds and a 1.04 second overall response …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2018

Supermicro crams 36 Samsung 'ruler' SSDs into dense superserver

Analysis Supermicro has a supernaturally dense thin server with up to half a petabyte of flash using unannounced Samsung SSDs. The SSG-1029P-NMR36L is your average unremarkable 1U rackmount job in the company's SuperServer range, except that it has up to 36 front-load, hot-swap, NVMe Samsung PM983 SSDs. It is a dual-socket server with …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2018
Techie wields circular saw while standing over the innards of a workstation. Photo by Shutterstock

Storage slingers say: Don't sweat Spectre, Meltdown SANitation

Analysis Several SAN suppliers have said their systems don't need patching against the Spectre and Meltdown bugs. We asked Dell and Pure Storage about the impact of fixes and whether their SANs and Dell's hyperconverged (HCI) systems needed patching. El Reg: Do you agree that on-premises external SANs and filers that only run their …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2018
empty_box

Users clutch refilled Box boxen after 'empty' folder panic

Business user file sync and sharer Box "sank" for some users late last week, who took to forums and social media complaining they could not see any of their files. One Reg reading Box user told us he'd "lost" four years' worth of files, saying: "They have no phone support... the long and short of it is that files that have …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2018
bucket

Third NAND dimension makes quad bit bucket cells feasible

Analysis Error-checking code use is so much easier with 3D NAND than previous planar NAND that capacity-lifting quad-level cell technology becomes more feasible. The use of error-checking code (ECC) technology involves adding redundancy to stored data by using an algorithm to work out how many bits to add and use. Block codes work on …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2018
Sun photo via Shutterstock

Veeam's reverse-IBM, the rebrands, the new hires, and... DRAM, what's that, Samsung?

After multiple, multiple quarters of doing a reverse IBM and growing revenues quarter after quarter after quarter, Veeam has been beaming about having grown revenues some more. If you are not totally dazzled by this, then there's still more in our weekly collection of storage treasures, such as Kroll Ontrack rebranding - …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2018

Shhh! DropBox 'quietly files' for IPO

DropBox has reportedly filed for an IPO, giving it fresh capital to fund a significant expansion. Bloomberg has reported that DropBox has lodged confidential papers registering for a public share offering. "Confidential offerings" were introduced in 2012 in the JOBS Act, allowing companies to perform a fund-raising roadshow …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jan 2018

Should SANs be patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown bugs? Er ... yes and no

Analysis Is the performance sapping spectre of the X86 Spectre/Meltdown bug fixes hanging over SAN storage arrays? The general assumption is "yes" but five suppliers say not. You would expect SANs to need patching; they run their controller software on X86 servers after all. UK storage architect Chris Evans writes: “Patching against …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2018

WDC is storage stud of CES with voice-activated media streaming

Toshiba, Western Digital, Kingston and Micron's Crucial unit have all introduced drives in time for CES – the standout being WDC announcing voice-activated media streaming features via Smart Home devices. The Kingston collection includes: Nucleum – a 7-in-1 Type-C media hub that extends functionality of newer MacBooks with a …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2018
Trophy. Image via Shutterstock

You think you're all-flash? Market-watcher ranks storage vendors

Research firm IDC has rated and ranked the all-flash array players, placing Pure Storage in the lead of its Marketscape, ahead of Dell, HPE, NetApp and IBM. The marketscape is a one-box market player ranking diagram (rather than the magic four-boxer of Gartner), with four curved-edge and nested segments running down and …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2018
Big cloud photo via Shutterstock

Veritas veteran becomes new big cheese at Symantec spin-off

Greg Hughes has been hired as head honcho at the private equity-owned storage spin-off from Symantec, Veritas. Hughes is a Veritas veteran, having been EVP for global services from October 2003 to mid-2005, then president for global services when Symantec bought Veritas in 2005, president from 2008 onwards, president for the …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2018
Surface_ripples

Seagate's CES splash, ClusterStor-like dash and Ripple crypto-cash

The number-two disk drive supplier is starting 2018 at a gallop with a dense, ClusterStor-like array, a raft of consumer drives at CES and upgraded estimates for its first-quarter results. Seagate's 5U84 drive enclosure and operating system provide up to 1PB of capacity in a 5U chassis (8PB/rack) with 84 x 3.5-inch bays, …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2018

In 2018, how are the big storage 8 handling the industry's challenges?

Analysis All the main storage system players face three large challenges in 2018 – new technologies providing faster data access, data management suppliers aiming to wrap a commoditising abstraction layer around them, and public cloud and public cloud-like vertical stack suppliers aiming to make them irrelevant. We look at the eight …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2018

Micron, Intel consciously uncouple 3D NAND development

Micron and Intel have blown their joint 3D NAND project apart but will continue to develop 3D XPoint memory together. Each company will now optimise their 3D NAND technology and products for their individual business needs. However, the two expect no change in their respective future nodes (cell sizes). Scott DeBoer, Micron's …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2018

Excitable backupper ExaGrid eyes IPO

ExaGrid says it's steering a methodical path to an eventual IPO unlike reckless cash-burning storage startups that fail or need to be acquired (rescued). It says its final 2017 quarter was a blast with record bookings and revenue, rounding out a record bookings and revenue year. It gained more than 100 new customers in the …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2018
Nuclear War

Spectre and Meltdown fixes: How will they affect storage?

Analysis How will the bugfixes for Intel's Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities affect storage? IBM – which plans to release firmware updates tomorrow that address Spectre-like bugs in its designs for its POWER CPUs – has said that its storage won't be affected at all. We received an IBM statement which confirmed: "IBM Storage …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2018
Lord_Of_the_Rings_ring

Deputy lord of the Scality RING parts ways with object storage firm

Object storage supplier Scality has lost its president and COO, Erwan Menard. CEO Jerome Lecat announced the change at an all-hands meeting last week. We understand from a Scality spokesperson that the parting is amicable and Menard is staying on in an advisory role. Menard joined as COO in January 2014, getting the …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2018
sheep_herwick_648

Come by. Away. Walk on. That'll do. Oh, um, we're just rounding up the lambs of storage

El Reg's storage sheepdog has been out on the hill and gathered a flocklet of storage news. Our tenacious collie has found seven new arrivals; one that's been lurking around for five years and another is an existing woolie promoted. But there are impressive rams as well among these two moving lumps of old mutton. Cohesity …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2018
Epic Fail

WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor

UPDATE If you have a Western Digital My Cloud network attached storage device, it's time to learn how to update its OS because researcher James Bercegay has discovered a dozen models possess a hard-coded backdoor. The backdoor, detailed here, lets anyone log in as user mydlinkBRionyg with the password abc12345cba. WD mostly markets …
Stack of dollars. photo by shutterstock

Software is eating the world – and Nutanix's hardware revenues

Analysis Nutanix wants be seen as a sexy software business and not a hardware appliance biz stuck with crap commodity hardware margins. So it is changing its business mode to position itself as a software-focused company. Senior Wells Fargo analyst Aaron Rakers said the hyper-converged firm "currently sells hardware and software …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2018
hdd_head_stack_648

Cool disk drive actuator pillar, Seagate – how about two of them?

Analysis As we've previously written about here, Seagate has the technology to split a disk drive's read-write heads into two independent sets, an upper and lower half, which increases the drive’s IO performance by having the upper and lower platter sets do IO in parallel. Disk drives with two actuator posts could read and write in …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2018
A woman holding her hands up to say, er, no thanks

Tsinghua Unigroup: We don't need Hynix chip tech, we have our own

Tsinghua Unigroup has denied it is licensing flash IP from SK Hynix as was reported in December, but is developing its own 3D NAND tech. The Yonhap News Agency and Korea Herald said the Chinese outfit's Tsinghua Unisplendour division was looking at using SK Hynix IP to progress beyond the 64GB, 32-layer 3D NAND chip technology …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2018
EVerest_crevasse

Borg, borg, borg: Another one bites the dust as Microsoft assimilates Avere

Avere Systems and its go-faster filer frontend FXT tech is to be gobbled by Microsoft. Avere was founded in 2008 by president and CEO Ron Bianchini and CTO Michael Kazar. It has had five rounds of funding with a total of $97m invested. Bianchini previously sold Spinnaker to NetApp for $300m in 2003. Now Avere has agreed to be …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2018

Who's king of the hyperconverged castle? Dell or Nutanix? It's not as clear-cut as it seems

Analysis When IDC published its third 2017 quarter converged and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) numbers, Dell was in the lead. It had a 30.6 per cent revenue share, at $306.8m. Nutanix was second at $207.4m. But IDC's public release didn't reveal how many XC systems Dell had shipped, and as these are OEM'd from Nutanix then the …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2018
Cohesity_CEO_Mohit_Aron

Cohesity loses its cohesion: Now chief beancounter unglues self from upstart

Cohesity's chief financial officer Seamus Hennessy has resigned after less than four months in post, judging from his LinkedIn profile. This follows news last month that John Loiacono left as veep of worldwide sales engineering after less than six months in the role. Ex-NetApper Loiacono joined Cohesity in June last year as …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jan 2018
bloodhound tracks through the snow

The hounds of storage track converged and hyperconverged beasts

Comment Tech market researcher IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker has found that worldwide converged systems market revenue increased 10.8 per cent year over year to $2.99bn during the third quarter of 2017 (3Q17) – and that the market inhaled a massive 1.96 EB of new storage capacity during the quarter, up 30 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 24 Dec 2017

Storage Christmas cracker: My band is called 1023MB. We haven't had a gig yet

Here's a final collection of storage news before Christmas 2017. Imagine you are having Christmas dinner and you get a bunch of crackers. Pull them and, instead of fortune cookie statements and bad jokes, this list of news items tumbles out. My, how much richer your Christmas dinner would ... we'll go away now. Comtrade …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2017
Wall St bull image via Shutterstock

Storage startup WekaIO punts latency-slashing parallel file system tech

Analysis Storage startup WekaIO has joined a growing crowd of techies making large performance gains and latency lowering file system tech moves. It has claimed to have developed the highest-performance, lowest-latency file system ever created – which is quite a bold statement – but since this technology area is developing so rapidly, …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2017

Bit price drop + compute-storage closeness = enterprise flash use boom

Analysis Enterprise flash drive use will surge over the next four years due to price falls, capacity rises, NVMe speed and Internet of Things (IoT) edginess, analysts have agreed. Senior bod at Wells Fargo Aaron Rakers has looked at trends and extrapolated them, and factored in flash drive supplier predictions and other research house …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2017
retro cartoon featuring two men fighting against cloud backdrop

Back off, legacy intruders: Veeam updates backup offering, adds one tool-to-rule

Veeam has extended its backup product (Veeam Availability Suite or VAS) coverage with update 3 to v9.5. The update brings: Built-in management for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.1 and Veeam Agent for Linux v2 IBM Spectrum Virtualise integration, extending Veeam storage snapshot integration capabilities to IBM Storwize …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2017

China may stick to its own DRAM memory soon – researchers

Industry researchers have reported that three players in China are currently building flash and memory fabs and appear to be working to make China self-sufficient in NAND and DRAM. A TrendForce report titled "Breakdown Analysis of China's Semiconductor Industry", explains these players are backed by industry and state funds. …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2017

Peak NAND? Not yet. Not if you're ogling Micron's moneybags

Memory and flash maker Micron posted great quarterly results following booming demand for its mobile, server and SSD products – a sign of what it is hoping is an enduring market change. The memory and flash maker said revenues in its first fiscal 2018 quarter were $6.83bn, 71 per cent up on a year ago, and 10.8 per cent up on …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2017
Seagate_Multi_Actuator

Seagate's lightbulb moment: Make read-write heads operate independently

Seagate is increasing IO performance in disk drives by separating read-write heads into two separate sets which can operate independently and in parallel. The heads are positioned at one end of actuator arms which rotate around a post at their other end to move the heads across the platter surfaces. Thus, with an eight-platter …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2017

Storage Wars: Not very long ago, a hop, skip and a jump away...

Storage wars are ongoing across the galaxy and of course every supplier claims the force is with them. Here's the latest news overheard from the wretched hive of scum and villainy otherwise known as the storage industry. Splunk climbs K2 Kaminario is using Splunk Enterprise to provide analytics for its K2 arrays and also …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2017

All flasher Tintri makes play for the cash-strapped: Buy 'em drive by drive

Tintri has made a FlexDrive facility available so cash-strapped customers can expand all-flash array capacity one drive at a time. Customers don't have add drives at multi-drive canister level or in RAID groups, it said. This means capacity can track demand more closely and spread out OPEX cash needs across smaller payments - …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2017

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018