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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
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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
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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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Flash, spinning rust, cloud 'n' tape. Squeeze. Oof. Hyperconverge our storage suitcase, would you?

Ready to unzip this densely packed storage news suitcase? We've got a bulging information-fest with all that's worth knowing from the past week, ranging from SSDs through disks to public and private clouds. We'll run thorough it alphabetically and start with big boss storage supplier Dell EMC. Dell EMC Dell EMC now has an all …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2018
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Toshiba and WD indulge in mutual 96-layer flashing: Two partners, two products

Tosh and WD's flash foundry joint venture has begun to pump out 96-layer 3D NAND chips and the two partners are using them to produce quad-level cell (QLC) products. TLC Tosh has a 1TB SSD with 3 bits/cell while it and QLC Western Dig have a 1.33 Tbit chip with 4 bits/cell. Toshiba's XG6 is a single-sided M.2 "gumstick" ( …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2018
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Mmm, yes. 11-nines data durability? Mmmm, that sounds good. Except it's virtually meaningless

Analysis What do data durability numbers mean? Azure brags 12 and even 16 nines durability, while Amazon S3, Google Cloud Platform and Backblaze tout 11 nines. What does this mean? Data durability is a fancy way of promising you'll keep someone's data intact, and not allow the bits and bytes to degrade through media decay, drive loss, …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2018

Liquidators appointed for Tintri UK as DDN bids to become reseller

Liquidators were today appointed to squeeze Tintri UK for whatever cash they can get out of the fallen business. This followed Tintri's bankruptcy attorney yesterday filing a motion to make DDN a worldwide Tintri reseller. Tintri filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy just over a week ago, leaving UK, German and Dutch staff unpaid …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2018
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Reduxio turns inward and, er, sales off for the channel

Israeli storage startup Reduxio, with its shiny new CEO, is going to sell only via channel middlemen and has waved bye to another exec. Reduxio gets head transplant as co-founder and other execs hit highway READ MORE Reduxio had an exec musical chairs episode in May when CEO and co-founder Mark Weiner quit, with board member …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2018
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Micron-Intel 3D XPoint split: It's not you, it's m... nah, it is totally you

Comment Micron's commercial discussions with Intel over 3D XPoint have concluded that the tech partnership will be dissolved once second-gen development is completed next year. Intel's Optane XPoint product sales have been disappointing and Micron is facing a collapse in sales of its XPoint chip output to Intel. Intel is, of course, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2018
Hammer and Nails

Commvault simplifies product count, condenses 20 into 4

Just three months after activist investor Elliott Management invaded Commvault’s board-level considerations, the company has announced a radical simplification of its product strategy, shoehorning 20 individual products into four master ones and pumping improvements into its channel program. CEO Bob Hammer has pounded the …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2018
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Western Digital formats hard disk drive factory as demand spins down

Western Digital will close its hard disk drive factory in Petaling Jaya, near the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, blaming lack of demand for the gear. WD powered up its operations in Malaysia in 1973, initially making custom semiconductors. It transformed the assembly lines in 1994 to make hard drives, and employed some 13,000 …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2018

Intel and Micron downgrade 3D Xpoint relationship from friends with benefits to partners

Intel and Micron Technology will dissolve the partnership that gave the world 3D XPoint storage-class memory. Identically-worded statements from both companies said “The companies have agreed to complete joint development for the second generation of 3D XPoint technology, which is expected to occur in the first half of 2019. …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2018
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Official probe into HPE’s Oz 3Par crashes would create 'further negative publicity' if revealed

The final report into the two major failures of HPE 3Par storage area networks at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) would likely lead to “further negative publicity” for the vendor – which is one reason the ATO has decided not to release the document. HPE's 3Par kit fell over in December 2016, and then again in February …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2018
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Excited Exagrid embarks express earnings expansion, experiences enterprise enlargement

Data protecting deduper to disk Exagrid notched up yet another quarter of over 20 per cent revenue growth for its 2018 second quarter. Actually it was 22 per cent and applied to revenue and bookings. The growth factor was 20 per cent in the first 2018 quarter, 20 per cent in the final 2017 quarter, and 20 per cent for the full …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2018
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It's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming: Storage's coming home

Quite a few things happened in the land of storage this past week. When it came to hardware, there were a raft of substitutions in the second half, and we also saw the appearance of a new benchmark that hopes to punt real-world workloads past the goalie. There was also, of course, an attempt to win back precious possession of, …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2018
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Dedupe, dedupe, dedupe dedupe dedupe: Dell drops in ROBO backup appliance

Dell has added a low-end data protection appliance to infiltrate remote and branch offices and smaller enterprises. The DP4400 comes just over a year after an Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA) quartet was announced: the DP5300, 5800, 8300, and 8800. The DP4400 comes in a 2U box and is powered by PowerEdge 14G …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2018
Cloud storage

NFSaaS becomes ‘Azure NetApp Files’ as ONTAP-on-Azure debuts

Microsoft’s Azure cloud has turned on a preview of “Azure NetApp Files”, which readers may recall was NetApp teased in October 2017. The service is a bit late: NetApp called for pilot users back in November 2017 and said it would “be available for public preview in early 2018”. We’re pretty sure July 12 doesn’t count as early …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jul 2018
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Datera adds container support and objects to its virtual block array

Storage startup Datera has spread its primary storage wings and added containerisation and object support. Datera provides block-access scale-out, server-based storage with its Elastic Data Fabric software running in x86 servers, supplied by the firm itself or bought off the shelf from suppliers like Cisco, Dell, HPE and …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2018
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Who're you callin' Snowflake? Data warehouse startup drops into Azure

The Snowflake cloud data warehouse now has dual cloud passports, and will run in both AWS and Azure public clouds. Microsoft: Blobs can be WORMs in the new, regs-compliant Azure READ MORE Snowflake Computing's data warehouse-as-a-service is available as a preview on Azure, and will be ready for customers who have apps running …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2018
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NAND the beat goes on: Samsung to fling out 96-layer 3D NAND chip

Samsung has added another regiment to its fast disk destruction army, announcing 90+ layer 3D-NAND chip manufacturing, with 1Tbit and QLC (4-level cell) chips coming. Falling up 2-way staircase and how it all works... Building 3D NAND chips brings the problem of accessing cells deep in the structure. Object Analysis's Jim …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2018
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You just activated my battlecard: How IBM sales droids plan to whack flash array rivals

IBM's Evaluator Group has knocked up sales briefing battlecards that aim to kill off competition from Dell EMC, HPE, NetApp and Pure for its new FlashSystem 9100 flash arrays. We've seen them and summarised the main points to be used by Big Blue and its channel sellers when coming up against these foes. We've also asked the …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2018
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Tintri rescued by DDN just hours after filing for Chapter 11

Exclusive DataDirect Networks (DDN) has come to the rescue of Tintri just hours after the array maker filed for bankruptcy in the US under Chapter 11. Tintri had lodged the relevant paperwork in the Delaware Bankruptcy Court today, and the papers were just made available to the public. But as the ink was still drying, DDN confirmed it …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2018
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Shop-lock, stock drop and barrelled results: Nasdaq threatens Tintri with delisting

The noose around Tintri's neck tightened today as Nasdaq confirmed it will delist the company's stock on Thursday July 12. The near-bankrupt, near office-less and employee-less Tintri was sent what's called a Staff Delisting Determination Letter from the US exchange that its shares are traded on, as the storage array biz has …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2018

Freshly baked storage: Take a pinch of Intel Skylake silicon, some flash powder, sprinkle into IBM's FlashSystem

IBM today added new models to its FlashSystem line to more than double the family's maximum capacity, push performance higher with Intel Skylake processors, and strengthen its NVMe-over-fabrics capabilities. There are two new systems on offer: the 9100 and the 9150. Both come in 2U enclosures with active:active controllers, …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2018
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Slow-mo Tintri train-crash continues: Firm shuts up shop across Europe

Tintri has shut down across EMEA according to claims from company insiders, customers have been left with no discernible support function, and some staff told us they were laid off without any pay for June or redundancy terms. The slowly derailing flash storage company revealed a little more than a week ago that 200 staff were …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2018
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Roll up the cloud blanket, stash the flash fireworks, time for a storage picnic

You'd be forgiven for feeling a bit like a runner-up at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest this morning; there was not that much storage tech news to digest last week. However, there's also a lot more to expect over the coming week, as the industry – mostly based Stateside – recovers from its extended 4th of July …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2018
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Science! Luminescent nanocrystals could lead to multi-PB optical discs

Australian researchers have managed to store information on light-emitting nanocrystals, and they reckon a cubic-centimetre chunk of the stuff could hold a petabyte of data. The base tech is described in "Towards rewritable multilevel optical data storage in single nanocrystals" in Optical Express. It hinges on the …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jul 2018

NetApp system zips past IBM monolith in all-flash array benchmark scrap

Analysis NetApp has beaten IBM's biggest, baddest all-flash storage box in an industry-standard benchmark. IBM's DS8888 scored 1,500,187 IOPS on the SPC-1 v3 benchmark, while NetApp's A800 did 2,401,171 IOPS – 60 per cent faster. The SPC-1 benchmark tests shared external storage performance in a test designed to simulate real-world …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jul 2018
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Seagate's Barracuda SSD bares its teeth at PC, laptop upgraders

Seagate has fired a new Barracuda SSD at the home server, PC and notebook disk replacement markets. It's a 6Gbit/s SATA SSD in a 2.5-inch form factor, with capacities ranging from 250GB, through 500GB and 1TB, up to 2TB. The performance claims up to 90,000 random read IOPS, 540MB/sec sequential read and 520MB/sec sequential …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jul 2018
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Thanks for the happy memories, Micron – now beat it, says China: Court bans chip sales

The ongoing war between US-based memory maker Micron and Asian DRAM manufacturers went nuclear today. The Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court, based in southeast China, has, we're told, blocked the sale of a huge volume of Micron kit in the Middle Kingdom amid an ongoing patent row. That ruling, we understand, would stop …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jul 2018
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HPE primes storage networking pipes for NVMe-oF data deluge

HPE has added Cisco 32gig Fibre Channel gear to its product range, making it ready for the bigger data access needs of NVMe over Fabrics. The upgrade on its existing 16Gbit/s gear includes a 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel (FC) director module and 32gig switch. The SN8500C director module is a 48-port, 32gig device that is actually a …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2018
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PSA: Pure has a PSO. That is, it's getting into container orchestration

Analysis Last year flash array shipper Pure Storage built plug-ins so that container orchestrators, such as Docker and Kubernetes, running in a server could interact with an array and provision storage for a stateful container. As container usage increased, there was a need to scale out the arrays and servers, which meant repeated per- …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jul 2018
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You spin me right round, storage, right round – like a ferrous-based...

The spinning rust of storage whirls the players around again and again – even the flashy and cloudy sorts who supply kit with no moving parts. When it comes to some of this industry's variables – supply, demand, partnerships and advances in tech – events dear boy, events happen. Cloud Daddy This player has bet on a cloud- …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2018

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