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

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:00:12 GMT

Cold-water time for fancy pants players

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.…




DSSD President quits Dell EMC

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:08:30 GMT

Bill Moore is no more team as Emerging Technologies loses another top exec

The Register's storage desk has learned that DSSD President Bill Moore has left Dell EMC.…




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

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:58:11 GMT

Fat helium spinners and fast and fat flash stores

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.…




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

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:10:11 GMT

Astride both sides of data centre startup line

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.…




How DDN benefits from Japan quake anxiety

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:32:10 GMT

Cheap US power costs a quarter of Japanese electricity

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.…




Erasure coding startup springs forth from Silicon Fjord

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:03:09 GMT

Viking raider's longboat filled with erasure codes

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.…




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

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:29:13 GMT

Says virtual NVMe-based SAN beats shared NVMe drive aaray

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.…




How to solve your Microsoft storage challenges with All-Flash NVMe

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:13:32 GMT

Tune into SuperMicro, Microsoft and Intel webinar explainer, Dec 6

Promo Listen to the tech pundits and they will tell you that storage is no longer the bottleneck in your system performance. Or to be more precise, storage does not have to be a bottleneck anymore - so long as you adopt NVM Express (NVMe) the next generation specification for accessing non-volatile memory such as flash. And then you need to be able to implement the technology properly.…




NASA's hyperwall wonderwall uses virtual flash SAN

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:38:33 GMT

Distributed NVMe SAN solves slow off-node access latency issues

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?…




Datrium: $55m burning hole in its pocket and raring to go global

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:12:08 GMT

Open convergence guys make mad dash for growth

Datrium has gained $55m C-round funding to grow its business to global scale.…




Micron wheels out 'highest density' SATA SSD on the market

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:58:09 GMT

3D TLC latecomer catches up

+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.…




In EU, Veritas: Post-Symantec firm flogs data protection 'safety' to biz

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:01:06 GMT

Free, free at last and with new software to boot

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.…




HPE launches two-pronged attack on hyper-converged market

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:39:09 GMT

HC 250? HC 380? What are they actually for?

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 opposite of what one might expect, though.…




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

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:49:28 GMT

Cash gift-wrapped to keep beancounter sweet for next couple of months

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.…




Dell EMC kills off VxRack Neutrino

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:36:27 GMT

EOL for hyper-converged, rack-scale, turnkey turkey

EMC is end-of-lifing its hyper-converged, rack-scale, scale-out, turnkey VxRack Neutrino product.…




Pure Storage is betting its FlashArray farm on NVMe

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:36:14 GMT

Adoption starts in 2017 and will be leading flash interface protocol by 2019

+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 niche technology.…




HyperGrid's ex-ice hockey player evangelist wants to slot the puck

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:00:08 GMT

Murphy’s Marrakech Express leads to metaphorical storage goal

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.…




Qumulo gets head transplant

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:29:04 GMT

Incoming CEO as founding CEO goes to CTO role

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.…




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

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:54:12 GMT

New wine in old bottles; NVMe fabrics can use Fibre Channel instead of replacing it

+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 can be upgraded to add NVMe fabric support, FC-NVMe, for free.…




Spinning rust supply chain seizes up after BIG disk demand spike

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:02:07 GMT

Hard disk industry caught between long-term decline and occasional spurts of enthusiasm

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.…




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

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:56:13 GMT

Sets out 3PAR lures to stop hot data going to AWS, Azure

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.…




K2 promises faster data avalanche with NVMe drives

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:13:05 GMT

Kaminario claims you need scale-up and scale-out for full fabric access benefits

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.…




HPE getting long-term archives taped

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:09:04 GMT

Spectrum of products extended upwards to TFinity

Fancy that – flash-loving HPE is getting into big tape boxes. It's extending its high-end tape portfolio by reselling SpectraLogic tape libraries.…




Scality reinvents the RING, adds extra Amazon S3 polish

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:20:36 GMT

Software-flinger improves security, integration with v6.4

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.…




Double-DIMMed XPoint wastes sockets

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:02:14 GMT

It makes me cross

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.…




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

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:38:13 GMT

NVMe drives need NVMe fabrics - two sides of the same NVMe coin

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.…




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

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:06:12 GMT

SAP veep on 2U, 24-drive, NVMe storage boxes

Analysis SAP VP Renu Raman thinks 2U, 24-drive, NVMe storage boxes could provoke a storage VMware moment.…




HDS kicks flash array baby out of pram

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:02:07 GMT

HFS A-Series given pink slip, told to walk the plank

We’re hearing HDS is retiring or downgrading its 11-month-old HFS A-Series all-flash array.…




Hello, SAN-shine. You and NVMe are going to have a little chinwag

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:35:39 GMT

El Reg chats to Nimble man about coming wave of NVMe adoption

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.…




Nimble: Thank flash for sweet, sweet AFA

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:13:08 GMT

But while the all-flash kit sales are up, hybrid arrays are down

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.…




HPE core servers and storage under pressure

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:36:08 GMT

Public cloud and Huawei cited among culprits

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.…




Dell EMC's Pure-crushing benchmarks are flawed, says, er, Pure

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 04:54:06 GMT

Lies, damn lies, and performance test results

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."…




ExaGrid, Pure, and Veeam want IT to march to their drumbeat

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:29:13 GMT

Flash array backup jungle receives a new message from Mr Tambourine Man

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.…




Wikibon invokes the old gods to make six tech predictions for 2017

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:04:04 GMT

Consumer volume driving ARM and OpenCAPI forward, and its lack hobbling XPoint

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.…




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

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:39:09 GMT

But world SSD shipments up 46%, 128-layer 3D incoming

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.…




Fancy a wee quasi-DRAM? Supermicro bulks up server memory

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:02:08 GMT

Memory-intensive apps drive adoption of storage-class 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.…




EMC crying two SAN breakup tears

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:24:15 GMT

Binary split Humpty SAN Dumpty logically put back together again

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.…




Permabit pulls on Red Hat, opens arms for a Linux cuddle

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:07:06 GMT

Crimson headcover kernel gets dedupe and compression

The Mad Hatter of Linux is getting Alice in Wonderland style physical space virtualisation with thin provisioning, compression and deduplication courtesy of Permabit.…




Disaster-recoverer Zerto wades into Microsoft clouds

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:19:10 GMT

Adds Azure to its replication bridge target list

Zerto announced its Enterprise Cloud Edition with general availability of Zerto Virtual Replication 5.0 (ZVR), which has Microsoft Azure support.…




HPE tape library permits unauthorised remote access

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 05:01:04 GMT

560-slot library can store 8.4 petabytes. The good news: bad guys can only get 45TB an hour

HP Enterprise has warned that its StoreEver MSL6480 Tape Library is at risk of allowing “remote unauthorized disclosure of information.”…




Virtual Instruments gobbles up Xangati in cash-free deal

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:01:10 GMT

Buying app monitoring and analytics smarts to add to its infrastructure intelligence

Storage workload and network testing company Virtual Instruments has bought Xangati and its hybrid cloud and virtualisation performance management technology.…




WDLabs goes Pi-eyed and sees triple

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:55:06 GMT

Neat storage subsystem adds multiple OS instances

WDLabs has introduced a Raspberry Pi storage subsystem with three drive products and multiple OS project spaces.…




NetApp's regeneration could be deep surgery or anti-wrinkle cream

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:02:12 GMT

Declining funds and staff but growing flash revenues

Analysis NetApp's long story short – customers aren't buying the old stuff and don't like the new stuff much either.…




NVMe SSD? Not yet, says Pure, but promises to deliver it

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:36:13 GMT

FlashArray//M customers will get souped-up protocol

Pure's NVMe-Ready Guarantee promises every newly purchased FlashArray//M can be upgraded to full NVMe through their Evergreen Storage program.…




Seagate plans to bring down the 16TB HAMR... soon(er)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:04:08 GMT

Salt Lake City SC16 booth talk at Steve Luczo’s company

Analysis Stifel MD Aaron Rakers went on a Seagate booth tour at SC16 and notes Seagate thinks it is a year ahead of WD and Toshiba with HAMR (Heat-assisted magnetic recording) technology.…




HDS has HCI – but it's not hyper-converged infrastructure

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:45:04 GMT

Containerised Content Intelligence... and it kind of/sort of converges data silos

HDS has announced Hitachi Content Intelligence, software which can search for and read content in multiple structured and unstructured data silos and analyse it.…




Aw, snap: Independent disk drive failure rates from Backblaze

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:04:49 GMT

The good, the bad, and the ugly rusty spinners revealed

Backup and cloud storage provider Backblaze’s latest quarterly disk failure rate table shows WD 6TB drives had an 11.31 per cent annualised failure rate in the third 2016 quarter, with Seagate 4TB drives spinning into the ground almost as often, with a 10.2 per cent rate.…




Harder, better, faster, stronger (apparently). The IronWolf goes Pro

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:02:09 GMT

Seagate does that annoying thing when they update a product six months later

Seagate has tweaked its IronWolf NAS drive to make it stream data faster for longer and tacked the epithet "Pro" on the end.…




Lenovo intros monster disk box

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:06:12 GMT

You might need a forklift for this mofo

Lenovo has announced the mother of all disk drive enclosures at SC16 – the D3284 JBOD, a 5U enclosure holding up to 84 3.5-inch disk and/or solid-state drives.…




SpectraLogic SLACSS off to speed HPC archiving

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:52:50 GMT

HPC Lustre and Ceph cold stores get hot speed

SpectraLogic is cementing its BlackPearl gateway deeper into the Lustre and Ceph user communities with two new integrations.…