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Nantero NRAM chip

Someone just chucked another $21 million at carbon nanotube memory techies

Nantero’s 16-year march to carbon nanotube memory products just got another slug of cash to help it on its way, over $21m, to be specific. NRAM (non-volatile RAM) is a DRAM replacement and not a DRAM-flash gap-filler, like, for example, Intel and Micron’s 3D XPoint. The firm was founded in 2000 and its technology involves a …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2016
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Let's talk about NVMe, let's talk to Dell EMC: Let's talk about $1bn baby DSSD

Interview The most high profile NVMe-using array is Dell EMC's all-flash, 10 million IOPS D5, the much anticipated product of its billion-dollar acquisition of DSSD. We asked Mike Shapiro, VP Software for DSSD, questions about how DSSD views NVMe as part of our NVMe interview series. His answers are below. During the process, news hit …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2016
The Incredible Shrinking Man

Shrinkage!? But it's sooo big! More data won't leave storage biz proud

Analysis The enterprise storage market is in a period of data growth according to IDC-forcasted zettabyte heaven, right? Er, no, because it's it entered a recessionary period, with negative growth. Says IDC. Total factory revenue of $8.8bn was reported for the quarter, down 3.2 per cent down on the year while the number of …
Chris Mellor, 9 Dec 2016
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DSSD President quits Dell EMC

The Register's storage desk has learned that DSSD President Bill Moore has left Dell EMC. EMC acquired DSSD in 2014, when the prey company had revealed its intentions to build rack-scale flash storage rigs, but was still in stealth mode. Moore co-founded the company, along with Jeff Bonwick who remains a VP and CTO at Dell …
Chris Mellor, 9 Dec 2016
WDC new products Dec 2016

WDC loads its belt-fed drive cannon, blasts out disks 'n' cards galore

Western Digital Corp wowed analysts with exec spiel and five – or was it six? – product announcements. We have helium gas-filled drives, a 3D TLC NAND microSD card, two SSDs and a promised furiously fast flash platform array overflowing with IOPS. We'll start with the rotating rust and an Ultrastar He12, 12TB helium-filled …
Chris Mellor, 8 Dec 2016
Snake oil salesman

So. A new tech upstart wants 'feedback'. Um, maybe it actually does

Sysadmin Blog I have met the enemy, and he is me. I stand astride a line. On one side I am an "IT decision-maker", on the other an "evangelist" for some startups I truly believe in. This year, I have learned a lot more about how the data centre sausage is truly made. As the recipient of the unending stream of sales phone calls, surveys and …
Trevor Pott, 8 Dec 2016
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How DDN benefits from Japan quake anxiety

Case study Yahoo! Japan has teamed up with DDN Storage and IBM Japan to help it avoid the country's relatively high electricity costs – and run a disaster-recovery backup site on another continent for an earthquake rocks the nation. Yahoo! Japan uses OpenStack Swift storage in a Japan-based data center. DDN reckons there's 50PB of …
Chris Mellor, 8 Dec 2016
Vikings

Erasure coding startup springs forth from Silicon Fjord

Analysis Memoscale is a 6-person Norwegian startup, based in Trondheim, that has developed its own erasure coding (EC) technology. It says it's more efficient than classic erasure coding because it needs fewer hardware resources to run and enables higher storage capacity utilization. All six staff members founded the company in 2015, …
Chris Mellor, 6 Dec 2016
Right Shears cutting wire mesh

We grill another storage startup that's meshing about with NVMe

Interview Storage startup Excelero is supportive of NVMe drives and of NVMe over fabrics-style networking. It has a unique way of using NVMe drives to create a virtual SAN accessed by RDMA. An upcoming NASA Ames case study will describe how its NVMesh technology works in more detail. We asked Excelero CTO Yaniv Romem some questions to …
Chris Mellor, 6 Dec 2016
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NASA's hyperwall wonderwall uses virtual flash SAN

Case study How do get fast parallel data access to 128 compute nodes doing simulation processing off a slow, although massively parallel access data set? You could employ flash cache burst buffering, as DDN might propose, or try out an NVMe flash drive-based virtual SAN, which is what NASA Ames did in a visualisation situation. NASA's …
Chris Mellor, 6 Dec 2016
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Datrium: $55m burning hole in its pocket and raring to go global

Datrium has gained $55m C-round funding to grow its business to global scale. The startup was founded in 2012 by Data Domain and VMware vets. Its DVX product is a 2-tier design, revealed in January this year, and involving controller and data services software running in from one to 32 accessing servers, each with at least …
Chris Mellor, 5 Dec 2016
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Micron wheels out 'highest density' SATA SSD on the market

+Comment Micron has introduced a 5100 line of data centre flash drives and promises it will be the highest-density SATA SSD on the market. There are three models and they all use TLC (3bits/cell) 3D flash and have a 6Gbps SATA interface: 5100 ECO – 480GB, 960GB, 1.9TB, 3.84TB and (coming) 7.86TB 5100 PRO – 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, 3. …
Chris Mellor, 5 Dec 2016
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In EU, Veritas: Post-Symantec firm flogs data protection 'safety' to biz

Veritas has announced a major release of NetBackup, v8.0, and says it's ready to help businesses respond to the 2017 EU General Data Protection Regulations. The firm has been spun out of Symantec, energised under new ownership and management to develop and sell its products into today's heterogeneous and hybrid on-premises/ …
Chris Mellor, 5 Dec 2016

HPE launches two-pronged attack on hyper-converged market

Analysis HP has two hyper-converged systems for two different but overlapping markets – SMB, ROBO, and LOB at the low end, and LOB/data centre at the high end. Both the HC 250 and HC 380 are based on ProLiant server hardware and have different software environments layered on the common Store Virtual SAN. Their branding seems the …
Chris Mellor, 5 Dec 2016

Violin Memory axes staff just before Christmas, gives CFO $150k bonus

Violin Memory is cutting staff while rewarding chief financial officer Cory Sindelar with a bonus to persuade him to stay for another two months. Merry Christmas, Silicon Valley style. Chief marketing officer Amy Love told The Register today: “Violin is resizing the company as part of its overall turnaround efforts. More news …
Chris Mellor, 2 Dec 2016

Dell EMC kills off VxRack Neutrino

EMC is end-of-lifing its hyper-converged, rack-scale, scale-out, turnkey VxRack Neutrino product. VxRack Neutrino was announced in February this year as a product on which to run cloud-native apps and Big Data analytics workloads in large data centres. The component storage pieces in the VxRack 1000-based product were ScaleIO …
Chris Mellor, 2 Dec 2016
Poker all in

Pure Storage is betting its FlashArray farm on NVMe

+Comment At a high level, Pure believes NVMe is poised to unlock the next generation of performance and density gains, and any modern all-flash array needs to be ready to take advantage. It plans to enable NVMe with tier 1 resiliency and enterprise data services for everyone, refusing to see it as expensive, exotic, high-performance …
Chris Mellor, 2 Dec 2016
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HyperGrid's ex-ice hockey player evangelist wants to slot the puck

Analysis It’s said that hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body from dental records, or that someone went to a fight and a hockey game broke out. Kelly Murphy is a hard man, a Regina, Saskatchewan-born ex-professional ice hockey player, forced by injury to follow the puck off the hockey field and into an …
Chris Mellor, 2 Dec 2016
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Qumulo gets head transplant

Qumulo CEO and co-founder Peter Godman is transitioning to a CTO role as Bill Richter is hired to be the new CEO and Presidenp. Godman, recent CTO Aaron Passey and VP Engineering Neil Fachan, all ex-Isilon execs, founded scale-out file startup Qumulo in 2012. Richter is another ex-Isilon exec. He left his president role at EMC …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2016

Well, FC-NVMe. Did this lightning-fast protocol just get faster?

+Comment A walk through the vast and spacious exhibition arena at HPE Discover in London can bring you to Cavium's stand. There Roberto Angelo Polacsek, a senior account exec, will tell you why he believes NVMe over Fibre Channel will be important. Cavium bought Fibre Channel HBA vendor QLogic recently, and Polacsek says its 16Gbps HBAs …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2016
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Spinning rust supply chain seizes up after BIG disk demand spike

Storage analyst outfit Trendfocus says that the hard disk industry has just posted its best growth in seven years, but that it comes with its own problems. The firm classifies Q3 2016 as having delivered the industry a “strong rebound in demand”, thanks largely to demand for nearline storage. But the disk-counters says …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2016
Moments of perspiration

HPE: Keep cool, cloud peeps. Store hot data in on-premises flash

HPE is pushing its 3PAR Flash Now initiative to customers to buy 3PAR StoreServ all-flash storage array technology starting at $0.03 per usable Gigabyte per month. It claims this is a fraction of the cost of public cloud alternatives. In full market-speak glory, a canned quote from HPE's Bill Philbin, VP and GM for Storage, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
Avalanche

K2 promises faster data avalanche with NVMe drives

Interview NVMe adoption by array and storage software vendors is shaping up to be one of the single biggest transitions in the storage industry as the long-lived Fibre Channel SAN becomes the NVMeF SAN. How does non-NVMe SSD-using all-flash array vendor Kaminario view NVMe adoption? We asked CTO Shachar Fienblit how and why and when …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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HPE getting long-term archives taped

Fancy that – flash-loving HPE is getting into big tape boxes. It's extending its high-end tape portfolio by reselling SpectraLogic tape libraries. The Spectra products involved are the T950 and TFinity ExaScale Edition, one of, if not the largest tape libraries in the industry. We're told this will drive down long-term storage …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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Scality reinvents the RING, adds extra Amazon S3 polish

If you're in the object storage game, you'd better ensure your kit has Amazon S3 functionality and security. Storage software flogger Scality is no fool and says it has improved both with its latest RING 6.4 version. Giorgio Regni, CTO at Scality, claims: "We designed Scality RING 6.4 to be the most secure object storage ever …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
GSM bugged double UK mains socket

Double-DIMMed XPoint wastes sockets

Analysis A Xitore white paper compares coming XPoint DIMMs and Xitore's own flash DIMMs, and claims each XPoint DIMM needs a companion DRAM cache DIMM, obviously halving XPoint DIMM density. The startup has its own tech to push – NVDIMM-X – but, even so, is revealing about XPoint DIMMery. Doug Finke, director of product marketing at …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016

Storage newbie: You need COTS to really rock that NVMe baby

NVMe drives need NVMe fabrics to give shared arrays the data access latency killing benefits of NVMe. Unlike Nimble architect Dimitris Krekoukias, storage startup E8 believes putting NVMe SSDs in today’s all-flash arrays will be futile; it claims we need NVMe fabrics to get the NVMe performance boost. And NVMe over fabrics- …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2016
Don Draper is sad

I'm not having a VMware moment – there's just something in my eye

Analysis SAP VP Renu Raman thinks 2U, 24-drive, NVMe storage boxes could provoke a storage VMware moment. Raman looks after HANA cloud computing at SAP and his interests include high-performance persistence architecture for in-memory databases. What he's clocked is that there is storage hardware now in the same position as the 2U 2- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2016
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HDS kicks flash array baby out of pram

We’re hearing HDS is retiring or downgrading its 11-month-old HFS A-Series all-flash array. We understand this 60 x 2.5-inch slotter is an OEM’d version of a Raid Inc. box which has 30 side-mounted drives either side of a 2U tray. There are six rows of five stacked SSDs per side. Nimbus Data also uses the hardware in its …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2016
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Hello, SAN-shine. You and NVMe are going to have a little chinwag

Analysis A sea change is gathering pace in storage, powered by NVMe drive-level and fabric-level connectivity, the two declaring war on data access latency, and combining to bring data closer to compute and get more applications running in servers faster. The change we are facing is that from the SAS/SATA drive array accessed over …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2016
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Nimble: Thank flash for sweet, sweet AFA

Analysis A considered look at Nimble Storage's latest quarterly results show that its all-flash array (AFA) sales are rising but hybrid product sales are falling, suggesting some cannibalisation is going on. We need to provide a few numbers to show this, and the ones for the recent quarter come from Nimble's shareholder letter (PDF). …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2016
StoreOnce_5500

HPE core servers and storage under pressure

Analysis HPE's latest results show a company emerging slimmer and fitter through diet (cost-cutting) and exercise (spin-merger deals) but facing tougher markets in servers and storage – the new normal, as CEO Meg Whitman says. A look at the numbers and the earnings call from the servers and storage points of view shows a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2016
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Dell EMC's Pure-crushing benchmarks are flawed, says, er, Pure

We've seen selected benchmarks that show Dell EMC Unity arrays giving Pure a hard time – and, unsurprisingly, Pure says the tests are "obviously flawed." The Unity arrays are reengineered VNX arrays that were introduced in May. All-flash versions were used in the two benchmarks below. An obvious caveat is that these are …
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2016
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ExaGrid, Pure, and Veeam want IT to march to their drumbeat

Flash array supplier Pure Storage and disk-based backup vendor ExaGrid want users to have Veeam backup software protect FlashArray data with ExaGrid's arrays. So Pure Storage and ExaGrid, in collaboration with Veeam, have produced a 50-page Reference Architecture document entitled "Advanced PureStorage FlashArray Data …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2016
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Wikibon invokes the old gods to make six tech predictions for 2017

Analysis Wikibon's chief technology guy, David Floyer, has put out his top six disruptive tech tips for 2017, seeing that ARM and Open CAPI will separately grow at Intel's Xeon expense, the cloud at on-premises' Server SAN expense, and flash at disk drive's expense, while XPoint will be a 2017 dud. Here's his list: AWS will …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2016

Flash? Nu-uh. Seagate nibbles on tiny slice of SSD pie

The utter irrelevance of Seagate as an SSD shipper is shown by TrendFocus's estimated total SSD unit ship numbers for 2016's third quarter, with just 0.1 per cent of the 38.25 million units shipped, 46 per cent up on a year ago. Stifel MD Aaron Rakers has revealed some of the TrendForce numbers. They cover both enterprise and …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2016
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Fancy a wee quasi-DRAM? Supermicro bulks up server memory

Data is getting closer to compute – Supermicro's X10DRU-i+ dual-socket server is available with 1TB or 2TB of application memory for analytics, database, and caching apps by being equipped with Diablo's Memory1 flash DIMM modules, and up to a 4x memory increase from DRAM-only servers. The flash is treated as quasi-DRAM with …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2016

EMC crying two SAN breakup tears

Analysis Dell EMC is working on fixing the increasing split between primary storage data on flash and capacity data storage on object arrays by logically combining them underneath a 2 TIERS software abstraction layer. The starting point is that SAN disk or hybrid flash/disk arrays are diverging into separate arrays under the pressures …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2016
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Permabit pulls on Red Hat, opens arms for a Linux cuddle

The Mad Hatter of Linux is getting Alice in Wonderland style physical space virtualisation with thin provisioning, compression and deduplication courtesy of Permabit. Building on its June 2016 Linux availability announcement, Permabit and Red Hat have a go-to-market partnership based on the former's Albireo deduplication and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2016

Disaster-recoverer Zerto wades into Microsoft clouds

Zerto announced its Enterprise Cloud Edition with general availability of Zerto Virtual Replication 5.0 (ZVR), which has Microsoft Azure support. Zerto Enterprise Cloud Edition (ZECE?) can protect and recover any virtual machine (VM) in on-premises data centres and public clouds, each with different SLAs and retention policies …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2016
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HPE tape library permits unauthorised remote access

HP Enterprise has warned that its StoreEver MSL6480 Tape Library is at risk of allowing “remote unauthorized disclosure of information.” As the MSL6480 can store up to 8.4 petabytes when all 560 of its slots are filled with LTO-7 tapes, that's rather a lot of data at risk. The problem isn't entirely HPE's fault: it derives …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2016

Virtual Instruments gobbles up Xangati in cash-free deal

Storage workload and network testing company Virtual Instruments has bought Xangati and its hybrid cloud and virtualisation performance management technology. Back in March Load Dynamix and Virtual Instruments merged, taking the Virtual Instruments name and receiving $20m in funding from Load Dynamix investors. Some 26 …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2016