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Pull on yer wellies and let's wade through the week's storage news

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:04:07 GMT

But Muuuuuum...

A mudslide of storage news has mired Vulture Central and we're up to our waists in it. Alas, this seems to be becoming a weekly occurrence. We waded through it, sorted it out, tidied it up, and mopped the floors.…

What is this – some kind of flashy, 3-bit consumer SSD? Eh, Seagate?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:27:08 GMT

Nytro new PC disk replacement line of SSDs

Seagate has a new line of Nytro consumer SSDs coming using 3-bits/cell flash.…

Who the funk is Hive-IO? It's where Atlantis assets have buzzed off to

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:11:36 GMT

Hyperconverged, VDI startup nibbles bits off software-defined storage supplier

Hive-IO has bought certain assets of Atlantis Computing, a struggling supplier of VDI and hyperconverged infrastructure software, for undisclosed financial terms.…

NAND then there was a second growth quarter... IBM reports flash surge

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:31:06 GMT

A bit of goodish news from Big Blue

Analysis IBM's systems segment brought in $1.7bn, 10 per cent down year-on-year. Systems hardware was $1.3bn with operating systems software at $400m.…

The Lord saw that man was wicked and sent a flood of storage news

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:47:08 GMT

He told El Reg to build an ark conveniently summing it all up

Another storage news flood has been washing over us. In between the waves we caught our breath and penned this catch-up.…

Hypervisor kid Scale Computing ups hyperconverged smarts

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:29:13 GMT

Duals CPUs, triples capacity

Entry-level and mid-market KVM-hypervisor-based Scale Computing has upped its HCIA game with dual CPU systems and a tripled disk capacity product.…

Gartner's Magic Quadrant flashes up pure flash array-pusher prize-plucker. It's Pure

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:18:12 GMT

Is that clear?

Rickety rectangle house Gartner has promoted Pure Storage to the top of the all-flash array pack in its latest Solid-State Array (SSA) Magic Quadrant, and yanked Kaminario into the leaders' quadrant for the first time.…

Western Digital wins California court skirmish against Toshiba

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:30:13 GMT

Don't be waving those flash joint venture interests at anyone without telling us first

A California court has told Toshiba not to transfer its flash memory joint venture interests to anyone else without advance notice to WDC subsidiary SanDisk, so that the issue is preserved for arbitration.…

Flash firm Kaminario lays off half of UK team

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:38:04 GMT

EMEA boss called it a day, says CEO, amid 'changes' to Euro beachhead

Kaminario has left UK sales in the hands of an sales engineer and a chief technology officer following the redundancy of more than half of the local staff, a number of sources have told The Register.…

What did OVH learn from 24-hour outage? Water and servers do not mix

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:21:09 GMT

Coolant leak crashed VNX array at web host's Paris data centre

An external water-cooling leak crashed a Dell EMC VNX array at an OVH data centre in Paris and put more than 50,000 websites out of action for 24 hours.…

Meet Zenko: No, it's not a discount super hero. It's Scality's benevolent, celestial fox... er?

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:38:10 GMT

It's an open-source public cloud gateway in diguise

Object storage slinger Scality has announced an open-source public cloud gateway and controller called Zenko.…

IO, IO, it's off to we go: Let's take a look at a file system upstart

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 03:29:10 GMT

Holds up versus IBM, Oracle in benchmarks... whether it's worth the cost is another thing claims its file storage device can scale out to billions of documents. Rather than rely on object storage to cope with this kind of data, you just need to reinvent the filer, which it reckons it has done.…

WD gets court order: Toshiba can't block access to shared database

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:09:07 GMT

Of double negatives, TSVs, TROs, BiCS and JVs

Western Digital Corp has won a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing its flash joint-venture partner Toshiba from impeding the shipment of engineering wafers and samples to WD in Milpitas, CA, as well as preventing it from blocking certain Western Dig employees from accessing shared databases.…

Kaminario offloads compression to Intel's QAT engine

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:27:08 GMT

30% smaller data is QAT's meow

Kaminario is getting better data compression by using Intel’s C6268 chipset in its K2 all-flash array's gen 6 storage controllers.…

Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:58:07 GMT

Behold my mighty 5PB racks and tremble

Viking Technology is shipping a 50TB SAS SSD. Yes, you read that right.…

Court docs: WD has bid to buy Toshiba's memory business six times

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:22:43 GMT

Rejects SK Hynix partnership

Court documents filed by WD in response to Toshiba claims show that it has made six bids to acquire Toshiba Memory Corporation (TMC), the spun-out Toshiba NAND memory business.…

Wikibon drops bomb, says Intel's Optane could be a flop...tane

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:35:25 GMT

Claims 3D XPoint headed for niche use as 3D NAND storms ahead

Intel's Optane 3D XPoint drives could be doomed to fail in the mass market because their performance and endurance advantages over 3D NAND SSDs are "nominal".…

Artificially Intelligent storage will liberate your IT Pros

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 01:00:06 GMT

Data from 100,000 workloads analysed to help you tune storage, instead of fighting fires

Promo Good storage administrators are hard to find. Not only are skilled professionals in short supply, most organisations prefer multi-talented techies who can do more than just manually managing arrays…

Back to ASICs: Mellanox pumps up Ethernet speed to 400Gbps

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:01:11 GMT

200GbitE and 400GbitE ASIC-powered switches

Just as we're getting used to 40Gbps, Ethernet networking kit-flinger Mellanox makes it 10 times faster with a Spectrum-2 ASIC running at up to 400Gbps.…

Tape lives! The tape archive bit bucket is becoming bottomless

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 12:04:47 GMT

SpectraLogic's LTO-8 pre-purchase programme and 190TB+ cartridge forecast

Library vendor SpectraLogic is preparing for upcoming 12TB LTO-8 format tape drives with a pre-purchase programme and a 190-plus TB cartridge on the way.…

Multi-tier Tegile array mixes NVMe and SAS flash like a big ol' storage wedding cake

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 10:02:22 GMT

Saying heck no to rules, man

Analysis Tegile has announced the first mainstream multi-tiered flash array in the storage industry. What does it do and how does it do it?…

Aptare: Eight exabyte-juggler pimps its 'data centre MRI' product

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:37:10 GMT

Eight? Really?

Analysis Data centre infrastructure management console seller Aptare claims to have 8 or 9 exabytes of storage under management – a larger total than any storage company on the planet.…

DataGravity swallowed by mystery buyer

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 14:03:09 GMT

Paula Long startup fails to reach escape velocity on its own

Exclusive Ninety-two million dollars and a pivot or two later, virtualised data guardian DataGravity has been acquired, The Register can reveal.…

Samsung ploughing billions into boosting memory production

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 13:46:06 GMT

IoT, AI and car tech driving demand for chips

Memory and flash fabber Samsung is boosting production, convinced that high demand for chips is here to stay.…

If 282-page doc on new NVMe drive spec is tl;dr, you're in luck

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:27:41 GMT

What are we getting? Endurance

NVMe drives could last longer because of a feature in the new NVM v1.3 specification (282-page PDF).…

File sharers Dropbox latest US tech startup to stick toe in IPO waters

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:33:09 GMT

Stock market launches can be hazardous to your value

Dropbox looks set to follow fellow file sync and sharer Box with an IPO.…

All the (IT storage) News That's Fit to Print

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 13:55:13 GMT

Your essential guide to latest developments in enterprise-grade silos of bits and bytes

We have here another seven days' worth of scintillating storage news that didn't manage to make the daily news cut in this crowded week of June 26.…

Tintri IPO boots up after it tries turning itself off and on again

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:42:09 GMT

And slashing the share price, too. That also worked

After pulling its IPO yesterday, all-flash and hybrid array startup Tintri repriced its shares at $7 to $8, down from the previous $10.50 to $12.50 range.…

Ex-archiver striver StrongBox whips veil off data management kit

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:17:31 GMT

But what's a 'true data fabric'?

Analysis Data archiver StrongBox has moved into the data management space with StrongLink.…

DRAM! Micron rakes in dosh from bits and chips

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:07:38 GMT

Product shortage plus high demand equals price rise driven profits rise

Memory and flash chip-maker Micron had a massive third quarter as demand growth-driven revenues led to price rise-driven profits.…

Control-C! umount! Ctrl-Alt-Delete! Tintri forcibly ejects from today's IPO

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:53:29 GMT

Halt and catch fire!

Oops, all-flash storage array startup Tintri intended to go public today – during what has turned out to be the busiest week for IPOs in over a year – but abruptly halted its IPO intention late yesterday.…

Newly Google-emboldened Nutanix aims for data centre dominance

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:02:10 GMT

Data centre control plane platform play by mad hyperconverger

Nutanix is making a play to be a data centre control plane platform with a hybrid cloud game plan, buttressed by buddying up with the Google Cloud Platform.…

Western Digital bares fangs in $1bn Toshiba lawsuit

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:04:14 GMT

Hey Tosh, you're so frivolous and without merit

Western Digital has hit back at Toshiba, its flash memory joint venture partner, which this week sued it in Japan for $1bn damages, alleging unfair competition and theft of trade secrets.…

NetApp HCI: More converged than hyperconverged?

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:03:12 GMT

Separate compute and storage environments inside

Analysis I have come to the conclusion that NetApp's new HCI system is more converged than hyperconverged: in essence the boxes just add compute nodes and networking to SolidFire (storage) nodes.…

Modern Micron maestro Mehrotra marches merrily, maintains megahit masterplan

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:44:06 GMT

Senior execs hired and flagging retail business canned

Sanjay Mehrotra, Micron’s new CEO, is setting a whirlwind pace to make changes at the relatively staid old chipper.…

Toshiba, Western Digital put away lawyers long enough to play 96-layer 3D NAND game of Jenga

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:10:17 GMT

Tosh talks 4-level cell tech, too

Just as we are getting used to 64‑layer 3D NAND chips, along come the warring flash joint-venture couple Toshiba and Western Digital. The pair say their JV has produced a 96‑layer prototype die, with Toshiba also introducing four-level cell tech.…

Atlantis Computing in urgent refinancing talks

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:10:13 GMT

VDI and HCIA software supplier

Atlantis Computing is in middle of "delicate ongoing negotiations" seeking funding from investors.…

Intel launches 64-layer 3D flash client SSD

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:15:19 GMT

You can buy it at consumer electronics e-shop. We're not joking

Intel has hatched a new SSD, a 64-layer one, available in a lovely coincidence at etailer Newegg for $179.99.…

A good time Woz had by all: We peeked our head into Primary Data and this is what we saw

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:03:12 GMT

Upcoming early-access product details revealed

Analysis Picture this. A little press conference with Primary Data at its headquarters in Los Altos, California, right in the armpit of Silicon Valley. CEO Lance Smith is briskly burbling away about his company, but us hacks are somewhat distracted.…

Big Blue lures big biz object storage teams with VersaStack, COS

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:53:16 GMT

IBM and Cisco gear? So you're saying two wrongs can make a right?

IBM has found a new route for its channel into enterprise data-intensive workloads, courtesy of its Cisco VersaStack deal.…

Oh my Tosh: WDC submits fresh bid for Toshiba memory biz

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:24:09 GMT

Is this the beginning of the endgame?

WDC and KKR have submitted a fresh bid for beleaguered Toshiba's memory business, in competition with the preferred INCJ/Bain/SK Hynix bid.…

Coraid's Coile resurrects storage biz, swears off VCs' filthy Valley lucre

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:23:36 GMT

Never again, he tells El Reg

Analysis Here's a resurrected startup that isn't a startup anymore and wants nothing to do with VCs, ever – Coraid.…

Solving the NVMeF-JBOF-is-not-a-SAN conundrum

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:28:07 GMT

Sharing is caring, SAN-shine

Interview An NVME over fabrics controller-less array is not a SAN because it can’t share data. That was the essence of Datrium CTO Hugo Patterson’s view.…

Hyperconverged leapfrog: Dell EMC borg overtakes Nutanix

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:30:16 GMT

Takes hyper-converged infrastructure appliance lead – analyst

Dell EMC overtook Nutanix to become the leading hyper-converged infrastructure appliance shipper in 2017’s first quarter.…

The good kind of data sharing: Reg empties its storage news warehouse

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:03:12 GMT

Products, hookups, support, click relief and more

Here's a storage news item garage sale. Come on in and check out our array of goodies; there's something for everyone.…

Hey blockheads, is an NVMe over fabrics array a SAN?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:26:14 GMT

No, says Datrium, 'cos you can't share data. E8 sort of agrees

Analysis What is a SAN and is an NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeF) array a SAN or not? Datrium says not. E8 says... maybe.…

Fasthosts' week to forget: 4-day virtual server summer bummer

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:13:52 GMT

VPS blinkenlights dim for some of the customers

Fasthosts hasn’t exactly draped itself in glory during this week of the summer solstice, what with the four day blackout of its virtual private server service and a partial eclipse of webmail.…

Hybrid storage newbie: It's storage Jim, but not as you know it

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:44:09 GMT

Data on flash or disk? Er, it's complicated, says Reduxio

Reduxio, the startup that stories data in unique indexed, tagged and timestamped chunks, has introduced v3.0 software with unified primary and secondary storage.…

Flash-based and Dell-free: NetApp trots out SolidFire FlexPod

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:57:12 GMT

Flash? It's all flash, mate

NetApp has introduced an all-flash SolidFire-based FlexPod.…

Flash array startup E8 whips out benchmarks, everyone will complain

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:37:10 GMT

NVMe over Fabrics box bashes Dell EMC, Pure and Infinidat

NVMe over Fabrics flash array startup E8 says its box out-performs Dell EMC and Pure arrays by up to 20 times.…