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Toshiba spared delisting after finally getting 2016 accounts approved

Auditors have finally signed off Toshiba's fiscal 2016 and Q1 '17 accounts but with a disputed qualification, so Tosh should avoid Tokyo Stock Exchange delisting on that account. Net sales in FY2016 were ¥4.9tn ($44.6bn) with a net loss of ¥966bn ($8.8bn). The first quarter of its fiscal 2017 saw sales of ¥1.14tn ($10.4bn) and …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2017
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Quantum's scale-out storage revenues didn't scale out enough

Quantum delivered flat results with its business in limbo and awaiting direction and tuning from the new and CEO-less board. Essentially Quantum's revenues and net income were flat on the annual compare, with a trivial rise in revenue and a trivial reduction in net loss.   Q1 Fy2018 Q1 Fy2017 Q4 Fy2018 Revenues $116, …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2017

Horsemen of the disk-drive apocalypse will ride upon 256TB SSDs

Analysis It's not a good week to be in the disk-drive business as solid-state tech news signals their imminent death – all due to a murderous group formed of Intel/Micron, Samsung, SK Hynix and Toshiba/WDC. How so? There are two disk drive formats – 2.5 and 3.5-inch – and three disk drive manufacturers – Seagate, Toshiba and Western …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2017
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Mellanox SoCs it to NVMe over Fabrics with BlueField platform

Mellanox has integrated the hardware needed to frontend an NVMe-over-Fabrics flash array into a single System-on-Chip (SoC) device, making it easier for shared flash storage system builders to put together NVMe JBOFs. A JBOF is, like a JBOD, just a bunch of flash drives – NVMe SSDs in this case. For them to be usable by apps …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2017
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Samsung drops 128TB SSD and kinetic-type flash drive bombshells

Samsung has fired out four flashy announcements with higher capcity chips, faster drives, new packaging format and a flash version of Seagate's Kinetic disk concept. First out of Sammy’s gate was a coming 1Tb flash chip using its V-NAND 3D NAND technology. To put that in context, Toshiba’s shipping 64-layer die is a 512Gbit …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2017
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Kaminario's K2 array flasher now comes with added .N

Kaminario has introduced its K2.N system, the first existing array design to be developed for frontend NVMe-over-fabrics access. Pure Storage has demoed an end-to-end NVMe over Fabrics setup, with Cisco, but has not announced any availability yet. The K2.N is an extension of Kaminario's K2 gen 6 array architecture. We have …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2017
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Seagate preps Nytro with layers of flash and boom...

Seagate has updated two single-layer SSD product lines with 3D NAND, raising capacity fourfold in one case, and demonstrating a single 64TB flash drive at the Flash Memory Summit. The Nytro 5000 is the next version of Seagate’s XM1440 SSDs. These came in three versions spanning a high endurance to high capacity range with …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2017

Toshiba fires off trifecta of SSDs with 30TB range-topping whopper

Toshiba has a three-way SSD news announcement with SATA, and developing SAS and NVMe products, all using 64-layer 3D NAND chips, plus NVMe fabric software claimed to beat open source code. The PM5 Series is a 12Gbit/s SAS SSD with four-port Multilink technology providing close to PCIE speeds. The PM5 starts at 400GB but scales …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2017
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Sweet Christmas: Micron more than triples SSD capacity with 9200

Micron is majorly bigging up its NVMe SSD capacity from 3.2TB in its 9100 to 11TB in a new 9200 drive, and making them shift data a lot faster as well. The 9200 comes in Eco, Pro and Max models, topping out at 11TB in the Eco version. The Eco is read-optimised, the Pro is for mixed read/write use, while the Max is write- …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2017

Building beyond capacity: How NAS drives go further

Sponsored Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a time-honoured approach for organisations to provide a shared repository through which multiple users and client systems can all access the same files and data over the network. Typically, a NAS is implemented as an appliance-like enclosure that connects to the LAN and functions as a …
David Gordon, 08 Aug 2017
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One drive to rule them all and in the data centre bind them

Intel has updated its data centre SATA SSD products, dual-ported its Optane drives and introduced a "ruler" format for server Optane and 3D NAND drives. The DC S4500 and S4600 use 3D TLC NAND and come in 2.5-inch x 7mm format. They use the 6Gbit/s SATA interface and feature a new Intel-developed controller and firmware. …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2017
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Let the Optane SAN shine? NVMeF kid E8 whips out sharers' pack

NVMe over Fabrics array startup E8 is adding Optane drive support and providing shared writeable, multi-appliance volumes for up to 96 servers. E8’s technology has servers and their appliance connected by an NVMe over Fabrics scheme using Ethernet cabling. It involves agent software in each accessing server directly accessing …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2017
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Nimbus Data becomes OEM supplier of high-capacity SSD tech

Surprise, surprise: Nimbus Data is supplying 50TB flash drive tech to SSD OEMs like Viking and SMART Modular Technologies. Nimbus Data went through an interesting period of dissatisfied customers and lawsuits for its flash arrays, and contracted in size before moving from San Francisco to the Los Angeles area in January last …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2017

Excelero hooks up with Broadcom to tag team NVMe over fabrics

Broadcom's NetXtreme BCM57414 20GB/25GB remote direct memory access (RDMA) Ethernet controller card has been validated to work with Excelereo's NVMesh software. This provides NVMe-over-Fabrics access, using ROCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) from accessing servers to target devices with NVME SSDs. The NetXtreme network …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2017

Apeiron brings the high-Optane thrills with mix-and-match flash array

Apeiron is speeding its ADS1000 NVMe flash drive array with added Optane drives. The concept was demoed in June, and here, bright and early for the 2017 Flash Memory Summit, the actual product pops up. In June Apeiron's chief revenue officer and VP of marketing Jeff Barber told us: "With a 70/30 read/write mix, where Optane …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2017
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It's once again time for your enterprise storage salmagundi of the week

Dive into this smorgasbord of lite bites, or light bytes even, of IT storage happenings this first week of August. Arcserve Arcserve reckons we didn't give it enough prominence in our story about Gartner's Data Center backup and recovery Magic Quadrant. It didn't just enjoy a minor change in position in the niche players' box …
Chris Mellor, 04 Aug 2017
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Toshiba invests $1.76bn in flash fab production line, WD kinda peeved

Toshiba and Western Digital Corp negotiating makes for bizarre viewing. Billions of dollars are at stake, goodwill is laughably absent and one of the world's best flash production partnerships could be headed down the toilet. Rehash the background here or accept the summary that Tosh needs billions in cash and wants to sell …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2017
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Flash fryers have burger problems: You can't keep adding layers

Backgrounder The flash foundry folk took on 3D NAND because it provided an escape hatch from the NAND scaling trap of ever-decreasing cell sizes eventually to non-functioning flash. But 3D NAND, the layering of many 2D planar NAND chip structures, will run into its own problems. These are to do with wafer production time and yield, and …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2017
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Primary Data gets fresh funding. Reg storage man expects a wave of acquisitions

+Comment Primary Data has rolled up $40mn in new funding as the data management space becomes white hot. The company has picked up $20m in a C-round of venture capital funding and $20m in a line of credit arrangement. It was founded in 2013 when it received $50m of VC funding, picking up another $13m in 2014, with nothing since then …
Chris Mellor, 02 Aug 2017
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Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

IBM has claimed its fifth-in-succession world tape density record with a 330TB raw capacity technology using Sony tape media tech. Back in April, 2015 IBM and Fujitsu demonstrated a 123 billion bits/in2 220TB tape using so-called Nanocubic technology and barium ferrite tape media. IBM tape density records This time around, …
Chris Mellor, 02 Aug 2017

Cohesity adds archiving, analytics to Orion's belt

Secondary storage consolidation player Cohesity has fulfilled a long-term promise and added archive-accessing workload support for Big Data analytics. In April, Cohesity picked up $90 million in a third funding event and wanted to expand its data platform's applicability from data protection by adding use cases "with a special …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2017
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WANdisco sticks Fusion into Amazon's Snowballs for mega-petabyte data pelt

WANdisco is integrating its Fusion product with Amazon's Snowball product, which moves massive amounts of data to its public cloud. Snowball is the AWS method of transporting large amounts of data to its public cloud; data amounts so large that digital transmission across a wide-area network (WAN) would take weeks or more and …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2017
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Databarracks turns to business continuity as a service. Why? BCaaS

Databarracks has started offering business continuity as a service (BCaaS) to small and medium-sized businesses in the UK. The company already provides disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) and is a "niche player" in that field, according to Gartner, along with Acronis, Carbonite and Daisy. It was started 15 years ago as a …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2017
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Red Hat acquires Permabit to put the squeeze on RHEL

Red Hat has acquired “the assets and technology of Permabit Technology Corporation”, a data-shrinking concern, for an undisclosed sum. Permabit offers data de-duplication and compression software and recently cooked ready-to-run Linux kernel modules of its wares after previously focusing on sales to OEMs. Red Hat has now …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Aug 2017
Money down the drain

Creditors urge Toshiba to consider bankruptcy – reports

Some Toshiba creditors are thinking the unthinkable, saying the company should seriously consider declaring itself bankrupt. The reason is that Toshiba now has more obligations than cash, and is worth less than it should be, threatening its ability to survive as a going concern. Toshiba has estimated its liabilities are …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2017
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NAND that's that... Flash chip industry worth twice disk drive biz

Analysis The flash industry is worth more than twice the disk drive industry in terms of product ship revenues. Trends suggest a shrinking disk drive industry will squeeze the three drive manufacturers, leaving Seagate with no escape. Storage sector analyst Aaron Rakers has run supplier numbers through his spreadsheets and reckons the …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2017
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Toshiba agrees to give WD 2-week heads-up about flash memory biz flog-off

Western Digital, which has dropped a preliminary injunction request, and Toshiba have agreed that Tosh will give WD at least 14 days' advance notice before closing any sale or transfer of its flash foundry joint venture interests, which won’t take place for many months. Western Digital (WD) and Toshiba are in dispute over …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2017
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Yeehaw! And welcome to another rootin'-tootin' storage pony wrangling

We've added a fair few thoroughbreds to this week's storage corral. Let's send in a wrangler and see what we've got. Aspera IBM business Aspera has issued a white paper on its FASP high speed transport direct-to-cloud storage FASP (Fast And Secure Protocol) provides high-performance secure WAN transport of files, directories …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2017
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Disaster-proofers merge: Axcient enclosed by eFolder

DRaaS supplier Axcient is merging with eFolder, and eFolder will be the combined business’s name. The eFolder business was started up as a value-added reseller (VAR) in Atlanta, GA, in 2002, providing IT services with a cloud backup product. That was accompanied by others offering backup and disaster recovery (BDR), business …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2017

Flash, aaaaaah! Western Digital waggles sales in nemesis Seagate's face

Western Digital earned the revenues it said it would in its final fiscal 2017 quarter and gave an object lesson to Seagate in how to run a storage drive business. WD revenues were $4.8bn for its latest quarter, compared to Seagate's $2.4bn, a difference of 100 per cent. That's what buying into the flash chip and SSD business …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2017

Box labelled best collaborator ... of content – Gartner mages

Box has topped Gartner's magic quadrant as the analyst wizards cast their judgemental eyes over the content collaboration market. Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) has grown up into the content collaboration market and Gartner has given it a kiss of recognition with its very own magic quadrant, continuing its EFSS magic …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2017
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Cloud-stitching startup pitches NVMe FPGAs for SSDs

Fast NVMe over Fabric access to flash arrays needs direct access to the target drives, bypassing the X86 array controller, for the lowest latency. FPGAs are being developed to do this. Startup Attala Systems is working in this area, and says it has a new vision for reinventing private and public cloud infrastructure. It has …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2017
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Lenovo sticks Toshiba NVMe SSDs in ThinkSystem server brainpan

Toshiba SSDs are being used to speed Lenovo ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile servers. The PX04P SSD is an NVMe-attached SSD in AIC or 2.5-inch form factor with capacities from 800GB to 3.84TB. It uses 2bits/cell (MLC) flash and delivers up to 660,000/185,000 random read/write IOPS and 3.1/2.5 GiB/sec sequential read/write bandwidth …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2017
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No time for nap, update your QNAP: RAIDed NAS data corruption bug squashed

QNAP has put out a critical NAS firmware fix notice after prolonged pushing by a small business tech IT pro guy in Australia. If you use QNAP NAS in a RAID 5 or 6 configuration, you should update the firmware immediately. Wayne Small runs the SBSFaq website which is focused on the concerns of small and medium business IT …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2017
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Luczo's so-so luck: Seagate switches CEOs, sales fall, 600 jobs cut

Seagate revenues fell 9.1 per cent in the three months to June 30, aka the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2017 year. It has also changed its CEO, and announced a headcount cut for good measure. With the revenue dip and a miss on earnings – $0.65 per share vs the hoped-for $0.98 – the share price tumbled, at time of writing, by …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017

Commvault shifts slowly uphill as it gears into hyperconverged drive

Commvault grew revenues by 9 per cent year-on-year in its fiscal first 2018 quarter, ended June 30, 2017. There was a typical seasonal effect with the prior, fourth fiscal 2027 quarter, being higher. The bald revenue and net income numbers, with change percentages where appropriate, are: Commvault Quarterly Results Q1 …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017

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