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Dell EMC, Veeam eagerly clamber onto Microsoft's Azure Stack: I love it more. No, I love it more

Orlando's Microsoft Ignite conference saw Dell EMC and Veeam worshipping at the cloudy on-premises Azure Stack shrine with protection support offerings and more. Dell EMC already supports Microsoft's Azure Stack with Dell servers and networking and EMC storage running Microsoft's public cloud in an on-premises incarnation. …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2017
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Don’t let lack of All Flash Array experience hold you back

Research There are many reasons why someone might not be using an All-Flash Array. It might be that you can’t get the budget, say, or that you think it has been over-hyped. Maybe you are sceptical about whether your application set would benefit from it, or if it would fit into your operations seamlessly. Whatever the reason, recent …
Bryan Betts, 27 Sep 2017

Massive revenues from RAM, flash make Micron chief a happy chappy

Massive revenues from DRAM and flash have made Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra a happy chief. Third-quarter revenues were good but they have just been eclipsed. Instead of the forecast midpoint estimate of $5.9bn for Micron's fourth fiscal 2017 quarter, it made $6.14bn as supply failed to meet demand and prices, and profitability, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2017
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Feasting on Azure blobs: Caringo and Scality are doing it

Both Caringo and Scality are adding S3 gateways between their object storage and Microsoft's Azure Blob storage. This is a bit old hat really – startup NooBaa provided an S3 frontend to Azure Blobs (Microsoft's form of object storage) in November last year, with a February 2017 ship date. You can download it here. Anyway, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2017

Get your tiny violins out: Troubled FalconStor has flown the Nasdaq coop

Struggling storage software company Falconstor has been delisted from the Nasdaq Stock Market and its shares are now trading on the OTC Market Group's OTCQB marketplace. A company release said nothing more than these two things. We know that a recent CEO, Todd Oseth, was replaced just six weeks after being hired. He went in …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2017

Helium's for balloons and squeaky voices, not this 10TB Toshiba beast

Toshiba has reached the 10TB disk drive capacity level without the help of helium, providing OEMs with an alternative to Seagate and WDC. Its MG06 is a straight 25 per cent capacity upgrade on the MG05 with its six platters. Both are classed as enterprise capacity drives. The speeds and feeds are: 7,200rpm spin speed 6Gbit …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2017

Back-from-the-brink X-IO has a new, bright & shiny all-flash array

X-IO has moved on from its ISE sealed array of disk drives to a 60-slot, hot-swap deduping all-flash array with monitored telemetry and predictive analytics. It is the fourth iteration of its ISE technology and comes in the form of a dual active:active controller 2U rackmount box with 60 drive slots that scale from 9.6TB to …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2017
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WDC's My Cloud Home Duo is a natty piece of kit but beware iContent

Review After El Reg covered the My Cloud Home file server announcement in August, WDC kindly sent me a Duo unit to try out in my home office. What I received was a superbly engineered unit that was much better integrated with my Mac OS/iPhone environment than I thought it would be, but also exposed the limitations imposed by iTunes on …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2017
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You'll never guess what NetApp's new E-Series flash box ca... Yes. It's faster and stores more

Analysis Every two years or so NetApp brings out a new E Series flash box that stores more and goes faster than the last one. This month we have the EF570 arriving, updating the 2015-launched EF560. NetApp claims benchmark-backed price/performance leadership and NVMe-over-fabrics support, and we reckon this deservers a closer look. The …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2017
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What's in this Monday morning storage BLT? A 12TB WD HDD, wars of words – and more

Roundup Hungry for storage news? Tuck into this bulging storage sarnie for breakfast. Cohesity's war of words Patrick Rogers, marketing and product management veep at Cohesity, took exception to comments about Cohesity by Rubrik CEO Bipul Sinha earlier this month. Rogers told El Reg: "I just read your article about Rubrik where Bipul …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2017
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Cloud washes Dell off perch atop storage market

Sales of purpose-built backup appliances have dropped markedly, with year-on-year dips of 16.2 per cent by revenue and 14.9 per cent by capacity, according to analyst firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker for 2017's second quarter. IDC's research manager for storage systems Liz Conner said: "The …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Sep 2017
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Toshiba sells memory biz for $18bn, becomes the Bain of Western Digital's existence

Toshiba has picked a Japanese-American consortium assembled by Bain Capital Private Equity as the buyer of its memory business. Jilted suitor Western Digital has immediately tried to stop the transaction happening. This story starts in the year 2006 when Toshiba acquired Westinghouse Electric in the hope it could grow a …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2017
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Dell EMC refreshes its entry-level arrays

Dell EMC has refreshed its cheapest storage appliance by giving us the SCv3000, a successor to the SCv2000. The new machine is an entry-level unified SAN, but boasts some pretty impressive specs. There's a six-core Xeon E5-2603v4 at 1.7GHz, either 16 3.5” or 30 2.5” drive bays, two hot-swappable controllers and each machine …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2017

Veritas considers 'restructuring' another two offices, with 350+ pink slips possible

“Veritas” is the Latin word for truth, a fact we mention because data management software vendor Veritas has offered The Register a revised explanation for the closure of its support desk in Sydney, Australia, after we received information that told a different story. That document was a workforce plan dated July 2017 and, in …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2017
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Veritas shrinks Sydney office, slashes 60-something support staff

Storage management software vendor Veritas is shrinking its Sydney office, a move The Register understands will mean the loss of over 65 jobs in the support team currently stationed in the Australian city. Veritas told us the changes have been made because the company “continually reviews its real estate holdings in an effort …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2017
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Check in my all-flash server-storage system? You must be mad! I'm taking it on-board

X-IO has devised a portable Axellio all-flash server/storage system that you can take on an airline, with the flash in the overhead locker and the main enclosure in checked luggage in the hold. Er, why? So disaster relief teams have the compute and storage power they need to help plan a better disaster relief response. But …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2017

Goldman Sachs tips $38m into Nasuni's hat

+Comment Cloud storage gateway business Nasuni has picked up $38m in extra funding to boost research and development, customer success, and go-to-market efforts, taking the total raised to around $120m. Here is what we know of Nasuni’s funding progress: 2008 - founded, 2009 - $8m A-round, 2010 - $15m B-round 2012 - $20m C-round …
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2017

Western Digital and pals win Toshiba chip unit bid, claims report

Comment Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun newspaper says a WDC bid group has won the Toshiba Memory Business auction. NKG claims Toshiba will decide in favour of the ¥2 trillion ($18.2bn) bid on September 13 and sign a formal contract following a Toshiba board meeting on September 20. If it goes through, the sale would be completed by …
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2017
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Rubrik to hit enterprise with double whammy

Analysis Rubrik CEO Bipul Sinha says there are two ways of looking at backup and recovery: loosely they are hardware or storage-centric and software-centric. The hardware-centric view was centred on Data Domain. Its arrays were connected directly to data sources, such as databases, and took a data dump from them, deduplicating it and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2017
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Esoptra pimps pluglets for thin file contents provisioning

Esoptra has invented a thin content provisioned virtualized filer sitting in front of object storage. The Esoptra software product and company have been created by co-founders CEO Paul Carpentier and CTO Jan Van Riel. The two originally defined and developed the principles of object storage at FilePool, EMC (Centera) and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2017
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What's a storage burrito, you ask? Why all the newsy tidbits chopped, cooked and wrapped up

+Comment Good morning, storage fans. Last week we were buzz-bombed with a barrage of storage updates, but we kept quite a few aside to wrap up into something easily digestible. It's a bit more substantial than the blob-dropping treat you might grab at the food truck, though, so get a napkin, plate, and some cutlery, find a quiet room and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2017
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Huawei's storage hardware future: Fancy some cosy NVMe over Fabrics this winter?

Analysis Will NVMe over Fabrics nuke the storage array into a JBOF winter or will array technology extend itself into new combinations of compute controllers, media and network links? Huawei has both technology strands in development with a high density 1U JBOF and a 4U x 16-blade Barreleye system. The hardware demonstration systems …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2017
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Tintri havin' it large with all-flash EC6000 boxen

Tintri has refreshed its all-flash arrays with a four-model EC6000 series. EC stands for, we understand, Enterprise Cloud, and the new line goes faster and stores more data than previous hardware, as well as inheriting all the Tintri OS and services updates since the T5000s were launched back in August 2015. That means …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2017
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File software-flinger Elastifile stretches funding further to $65m

Elastifile, an Israeli startup developing a distributed file system for hybrid clouds, has picked up $16m in a funding round led by Western Digital Capital. The other contributors are also heavyweights – Battery Ventures, CE Ventures, Cisco Investments, Dell Technologies, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Total funding is said …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2017
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Huawei developing NMVe over IP SSD

Analysis Huawei is developing an NVMe over IP SSD with an on-drive object storage scheme meaning radically faster object storage and a re-evaluation of what object storage's very purpose. At the Huawei Connect 2017 event in Shanghai, Guangbin Meng, Storage Product Line President for Huawei, told El Reg Huawei is developing an …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2017

Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

Toshiba stand staff at the Huawei Connect conference 2017 in Shanghai said a 14TB helium-filled disk drive would arrive "very soon". They confirmed that meant before the end of the year. Such a capacity would leapfrog Seagate's 12TB helium-filled drive. Currently Toshiba's largest disk drive, the MN series NAS drive, holds …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2017
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Detox from your weekend kebabs with a healthy storage golubtsy

Comment Did you overdo it with the bacon and buttered toast at the weekend? Never mind, who among us can resist cooked cabbage leaves wrapped round nutritious meaty storage fillings? Get your knife, fork, spoon and napkin ready and load up your plate with what we have in store. Rubrik NBA basketball champ Kevin Durant has joined …
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2017
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SanDisk's little microSD card sucks up 400GB

WDC has the highest-capacity microSDXC card at 400GB – pumping up mobile device storage space – and has launched a natty little iPhone charger that backs up the phone’s data. The SanDisk Ultra Plus microSDXC UHS-I card comes in a range of capacities, from 16GB through 32, 64, 128, 200, and 256 to 400GB. The read speed is up to …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2017

The down low on why Coho Data is a no-go

Exclusive Compute-assisted storage array startup Coho Data has shut up shop. Coho Data was founded in 2011 by CEO Ramana Jonnala, CTO Andrew Warfield and chief architect Keir Fraser. It picked up $65m in funding in three rounds, the third one being for $30m in 2015. Andrew Warfield notified friends that it had closed down on August 29 …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2017
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Western Digital has cloudified the NAS and shoved it in a trendy box

+Comment WDC has released a home NAS that syncs with devices for storing, streaming and sharing wherever there's an internet connection. It comes in a single-disk version called the My Cloud Home or a dual-disk version called My Cloud Home Duo, which uses a RAID 1 scheme to copy data from one disk to another for safer keeping. The …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2017
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WDC's biz banquet has made it a chips-to-disks-to-systems monstrosity

Analysis Western Digital Corporation under CEO Steve Milligan's rule is becoming an aggressively expanding chips, disks, systems and cloud storage business. It's trying to buy Toshiba's flash foundry joint-venture interest and has just announced it's buying storage array-maker Tegile and personal cloud storage provider Upthere. …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2017
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VMworld security asked to probe theft of anti-Nutanix schwag

Scandal has struck VMworld 2017 this week: hyperconverged software vendor Maxta says someone stole marketing material in which it was less than kind to Nutanix. Chief marketing officer Barry Phillips told The Register that parties unknown entered the staff-only section of its VMworld stand and that after their visit, more than …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Aug 2017
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Caringo's 100TB cost-free Swarm licence foot in the door

Object storage software shipper Caringo is offering free 100TB licences to media and entertainment companies. A 100TB licence for Caringo’s Swarm object storage software is being offered to recording studios, content creation and post-production houses, broadcasters, studios and other M&E businesses. Swarm installs on any mix …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2017

Scale unveils ludicrously fast HCIA with 20μs latencies

Scale Computing has run lab tests showing hyperconverged virtual machine IO performance using NVM express (NVMe), achieving mean IO latencies as low as 20μs delivered to a guest virtual machine. Scale sells HC1000, HC2000, HC4000 and HC5000 series hyperconverged infrastructure appliances (HCIA) with a HyperCore operating …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2017

It's make-your-mind-up time! Toshiba to decide if WDC gets its flash biz

Some details have leaked about the bid consortium negotiating to buy Toshiba's interest in the flash foundry joint-venture it owns with WDC. Toshiba has been dragged to the negotiating table by WDC's time-consuming legal delay tactics because it faces a March 2018 deadline for resolving recapitalisation issues that threaten …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2017

Western Digital continues buying spree by snapping up Tegile

After dropping $1.4bn to try and buy Toshiba’s stake in the WDC-Toshiba flash foundry joint-venture, WDC has just bought the Tegile storage array business. Oh, and it bought the Upthere cloud consumer storage business for a guesstimated $100m-plus yesterday as well. Tegile sells IntelliFlash-branded hybrid flash/disk and all- …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2017

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