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Back-from-the-brink X-IO has a new, bright & shiny all-flash array

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:34:54 GMT

Dedupe and hot-swap drives with monitored telemetry and predictive analytics

X-IO has moved on from its ISE sealed array of disk drives to a 60-slot, hot-swap deduping all-flash array with monitored telemetry and predictive analytics.…

WDC's My Cloud Home Duo is a natty piece of kit but beware iContent

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:03:54 GMT

Apple fans will be disappointed by its inability to sync iTunes files

Review After El Reg covered the My Cloud Home file server announcement in August, WDC kindly sent me a Duo unit to try out in my home office. What I received was a superbly engineered unit that was much better integrated with my Mac OS/iPhone environment than I thought it would be, but also exposed the limitations imposed by iTunes on a central music store.…

You'll never guess what NetApp's new E-Series flash box ca... Yes. It's faster and stores more

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:31:10 GMT

Now with added NVMe-over-fabrics support

Analysis Every two years or so NetApp brings out a new E Series flash box that stores more and goes faster than the last one. This month we have the EF570 arriving, updating the 2015-launched EF560. NetApp claims benchmark-backed price/performance leadership and NVMe-over-fabrics support, and we reckon this deservers a closer look.…

What's in this Monday morning storage BLT? A 12TB WD HDD, wars of words – and more

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:22:12 GMT

Bacon, lettuce, tomato? No, loads of tasty bytes, layers and topologies

Roundup Hungry for storage news? Tuck into this bulging storage sarnie for breakfast.…

Cloud washes Dell off perch atop storage market

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:26:51 GMT

Backup appliance sales go off a cliff, traditional array vendors just aren't growing

Sales of purpose-built backup appliances have dropped markedly, with year-on-year dips of 16.2 per cent by revenue and 14.9 per cent by capacity, according to analyst firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker for 2017's second quarter.…

Toshiba sells memory biz for $18bn, becomes the Bain of Western Digital's existence

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:39:11 GMT

Japanese company sells memory biz to private equity and WD flings sueballs to stop it

Toshiba has picked a Japanese-American consortium assembled by Bain Capital Private Equity as the buyer of its memory business. Jilted suitor Western Digital has immediately tried to stop the transaction happening.…

Dell EMC refreshes its entry-level arrays

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:27:13 GMT

Behold the new SCv3000 arrays, with auto-tiering, all-flash, twin controllers, 2PB raw capacity all in 3U for <$10k

Dell EMC has refreshed its cheapest storage appliance by giving us the SCv3000, a successor to the SCv2000.…

Veritas considers 'restructuring' another two offices, with 350+ pink slips possible

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:02:09 GMT

Plans hiring too, but the 'We closed Sydney because of real estate costs' line looks thin

“Veritas” is the Latin word for truth, a fact we mention because data management software vendor Veritas has offered The Register a revised explanation for the closure of its support desk in Sydney, Australia, after we received information that told a different story.…

Veritas shrinks Sydney office, slashes 60-something support staff

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 02:44:10 GMT

Jobs look to be on their way to India

Storage management software vendor Veritas is shrinking its Sydney office, a move The Register understands will mean the loss of over 65 jobs in the support team currently stationed in the Australian city.…

Check in my all-flash server-storage system? You must be mad! I'm taking it on-board

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:08:11 GMT

Carry on, X-IO: Suitcase-sized Axellio for the edge computing crowd

X-IO has devised a portable Axellio all-flash server/storage system that you can take on an airline, with the flash in the overhead locker and the main enclosure in checked luggage in the hold.…

Goldman Sachs tips $38m into Nasuni's hat

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:58:03 GMT

Wall St buys into startup's cloud storage gateway story

+Comment Cloud storage gateway business Nasuni has picked up $38m in extra funding to boost research and development, customer success, and go-to-market efforts, taking the total raised to around $120m.…

Western Digital and pals win Toshiba chip unit bid, claims report

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:43:44 GMT

Tosh and WDC still talking, say others... is the end in sight?

Comment Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun newspaper says a WDC bid group has won the Toshiba Memory Business auction.…

Rubrik to hit enterprise with double whammy

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 23:36:46 GMT

Metadata platform combined with data definition

Analysis Rubrik CEO Bipul Sinha says there are two ways of looking at backup and recovery: loosely they are hardware or storage-centric and software-centric.…

Esoptra pimps pluglets for thin file contents provisioning

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 19:40:08 GMT

Object storage founders unveil virtualised filer front end

Esoptra has invented a thin content provisioned virtualized filer sitting in front of object storage.…

What's a storage burrito, you ask? Why all the newsy tidbits chopped, cooked and wrapped up

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:57:12 GMT

This is not foil-bagged street food... It's a knife-fork-and-plater

+Comment Good morning, storage fans. Last week we were buzz-bombed with a barrage of storage updates, but we kept quite a few aside to wrap up into something easily digestible. It's a bit more substantial than the blob-dropping treat you might grab at the food truck, though, so get a napkin, plate, and some cutlery, find a quiet room and spend 15 minutes ingesting this stuff.…

Huawei's storage hardware future: Fancy some cosy NVMe over Fabrics this winter?

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 08:43:04 GMT

JBOF ... or perhaps you'd prefer to look into a Barreleye

Analysis Will NVMe over Fabrics nuke the storage array into a JBOF winter or will array technology extend itself into new combinations of compute controllers, media and network links? Huawei has both technology strands in development with a high density 1U JBOF and a 4U x 16-blade Barreleye system.…

Tintri havin' it large with all-flash EC6000 boxen

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:41:12 GMT

Fills storage tank with full-fat 3D NAND SSDs

Tintri has refreshed its all-flash arrays with a four-model EC6000 series.…

File software-flinger Elastifile stretches funding further to $65m

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:52:10 GMT

WDC leads bijou $16m round for infrastructure build-out

Elastifile, an Israeli startup developing a distributed file system for hybrid clouds, has picked up $16m in a funding round led by Western Digital Capital.…

Huawei developing NMVe over IP SSD

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:28:12 GMT

Seagate Kinetic drive idea had Huawei genesis and has Huawei follow-on

Analysis Huawei is developing an NVMe over IP SSD with an on-drive object storage scheme meaning radically faster object storage and a re-evaluation of what object storage's very purpose.…

Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:51:13 GMT

Arriving by the end of 2017

Toshiba stand staff at the Huawei Connect conference 2017 in Shanghai said a 14TB helium-filled disk drive would arrive "very soon".…

Detox from your weekend kebabs with a healthy storage golubtsy

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 10:28:10 GMT

Storage pigeons roost as we munch on cabbagey treats

Comment Did you overdo it with the bacon and buttered toast at the weekend? Never mind, who among us can resist cooked cabbage leaves wrapped round nutritious meaty storage fillings? Get your knife, fork, spoon and napkin ready and load up your plate with what we have in store.…

SanDisk's little microSD card sucks up 400GB

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:52:33 GMT

iPhone charging and backup base unit also on cards

WDC has the highest-capacity microSDXC card at 400GB – pumping up mobile device storage space – and has launched a natty little iPhone charger that backs up the phone’s data.…

The down low on why Coho Data is a no-go

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:46:26 GMT

Compute-assisted DataStream Micro Arrays are no more

Exclusive Compute-assisted storage array startup Coho Data has shut up shop.…

Western Digital has cloudified the NAS and shoved it in a trendy box

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:02:09 GMT

Not a universal home data store, but it's close

+Comment WDC has released a home NAS that syncs with devices for storing, streaming and sharing wherever there's an internet connection.…

WDC's biz banquet has made it a chips-to-disks-to-systems monstrosity

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:02:13 GMT

CEO Milligan has reshaped firm upwards and outwards

Analysis Western Digital Corporation under CEO Steve Milligan's rule is becoming an aggressively expanding chips, disks, systems and cloud storage business. It's trying to buy Toshiba's flash foundry joint-venture interest and has just announced it's buying storage array-maker Tegile and personal cloud storage provider Upthere. What is Milligan up to?…

VMworld security asked to probe theft of anti-Nutanix schwag

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 19:19:13 GMT

Rival hyperconverged vendor Maxta says someone pinched its pins and silenced its stand

Scandal has struck VMworld 2017 this week: hyperconverged software vendor Maxta says someone stole marketing material in which it was less than kind to Nutanix.…

Caringo's 100TB cost-free Swarm licence foot in the door

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 14:03:17 GMT

Media and entertainment businesses get free object storage offer

Object storage software shipper Caringo is offering free 100TB licences to media and entertainment companies.…

Scale unveils ludicrously fast HCIA with 20μs latencies

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:33:07 GMT

Lights the afterburners with NVMe flash and Optane drives, plus VM direct storage access

Scale Computing has run lab tests showing hyperconverged virtual machine IO performance using NVM express (NVMe), achieving mean IO latencies as low as 20μs delivered to a guest virtual machine.…

It's make-your-mind-up time! Toshiba to decide if WDC gets its flash biz

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:02:13 GMT

Something may happen soon™

Some details have leaked about the bid consortium negotiating to buy Toshiba's interest in the flash foundry joint-venture it owns with WDC.…

Western Digital continues buying spree by snapping up Tegile

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 16:01:05 GMT

That's one way for a storage array business to avoid an IPO

After dropping $1.4bn to try and buy Toshiba’s stake in the WDC-Toshiba flash foundry joint-venture, WDC has just bought the Tegile storage array business. Oh, and it bought the Upthere cloud consumer storage business for a guesstimated $100m-plus yesterday as well.…

Fancy a free breakfast buffet? Tuck in to this storage smörgåsbord

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 05:01:06 GMT

See how how your storage food can be protected, replicated, encrypted, cached and more

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start yours right with a balanced meal of software-defined, hyper-converged, hardware-accelerated, containerised, and virtualised storage industry news.…

Another dimension, new galaxy. Intergalactic planar-tary: Join us on our 3D NAND journey

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:37:12 GMT

Part two of our look into storage world's transition from 2D

Analysis Part one of my attempt to understand the transition from 2D to 3D NAND started out by trying to understand how 2D NAND is made, so that its development towards 3D NAND can be understood.…

Pats on the back all round as Pure Storage announces new CEO and growing revenues

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:40:13 GMT

Scott Dietzen chairman now, Charles Giancarlo takes reins

As Pure Storage boasted strong second-quarter sales yesterday, the company also revealed that CEO Scott Dietzen would be stepping down to become chairman of the board.…

Gather round, kids, and let's try to understand the science of 3D NAND

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 08:02:11 GMT

Part 1: Start with the flat 2D planar stuff

Backgrounder The world of flash is moving to 3D NAND, chips with 36, 48, 72 or 64 layers of flash cells, and 96-layer chips being prototyped. How has it developed from 2D NAND?…

SUSE pledges endless love for btrfs, says Red Hat's dumping irrelevant

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 01:36:56 GMT

Also hints at crypto and update tech to make it handy for updating Linux on IoT devices

SUSE has decided to let the world know it has no plans to step away from the btrfs filesystem, and plans to make it even better.…

The less-hidden benefits of modern Flash

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:53:08 GMT

Let’s go surfing the waves of AFA automation and orchestration

Research Done properly, All-Flash Arrays are a lot more than just extra-fast storage: Reg readers told us in a recent survey that they can also be that rare thing, a transformational technology. Even if you have already invested in AFA technology and obtained good returns simply from the performance boost, there is almost certainly more that could be wrung from it, such as the opportunity to upskill and free up resources for more important tasks than routine admin.…

El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:04:05 GMT

Shirts will be lost!

Interview Some commentators think saying SSDs will kill off disk drives is wrong. Here is an exchange El Reg had with a storage media industry insider who wished to remain anonymous…

Western Digital hauls out weighty tome with 20TB external storage

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:46:05 GMT

Sluggish Red drives pumped with RAID to get speed up

Western Digital has bundled a pair of slow Red drives into a My Book Duo external storage product, using RAID to get the speed up.…

Micron's new storage division lead is third former SanDisk recruit

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:39:10 GMT

Anand Jayapalan replaces Darren Thomas

Micron has replaced its storage business unit VP, Darren Thomas, with a former SanDisk exec, Anand Jayapalan.…

End-point backupper Druva stuffs sack with another $80m in VC cash

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:58:13 GMT

Funding round lifts startup's profile and firepower

End-point backup and data governance starup Druva has just raked in an $80m funding round less than a year after it pulled in $52m.…

If there's a hole in your S3 bucket, data thieves will be sprayed by Macie

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 13:04:05 GMT

Data loss prevention bot patrols Amazon's cloud storage solution

Analysis Data loss prevention is about to get a whole lot smarter.…

Tegile arrays tire of SAS backplane, cosy up to hunky newcomer NVMe

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:02:11 GMT

It's all NVMe-me-me nowadays

Tegile is moving on from SAS backplanes and has developed an N-Series array product line with NVMe flash drives.…

Get hyped: Cisco makes $320m intentions known to startup Springpath

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:34:12 GMT

Will supply the software for Netzilla's HyperFlex HCIA line

Cisco is buying Springpath for $320m and will have the startup supply the software for its HyperFlex hyperconverged products.…

NVMe? You should. Mangstor hauls in $7.1m for array development shop

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:04:07 GMT

And Austin-based firm is hiring

Stuttering NVMe-over-Fabrics startup Mangstor has raised $7.1m and is hiring.…

The rice of cloud, avocado of virtualization and salmon of doubt: Let's eat storage sushi

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:23:05 GMT

It's a week's worth of storage nutrition, so let's tuck in

We've got a few storage news sushi snacks to start off your week. Get your chopsticks out and lift up each of these little beauties to get a taste of who's doing what in the land of the data-baiters, virtualizer commercializers and the cloud crowd.…

NVMe fabrics could shuffle traditional arrays off to the graveyard

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:10:10 GMT

With the array controller out of the data path, who needs it?

Opinion NVMe-over-Fabrics (NVMeF) shared storage access could kill the legacy storage array business – unless vendors get inventive and somehow continue to supply charged-for data management services alongside NVMeF data access.…

NetApp swallows Icelandic cloud management software biz

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:50:05 GMT

Greenqloud’s QStack becomes gets NetApp-ed

NetApp has made one of its relatively rare acquisitions – this time an Icelandic cloud management software house called Greenqloud with its Qstack product.…

Last FalconStor CEO survived just six weeks before being replaced

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:27:05 GMT

New CFO too as data protection firm refuses to give in

+Comment It's all change at FalconStor, which has a new CEO and CFO just six weeks after the last chief exec was appointed.…

Making money is so DRAM easy for some memory-flingers

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:07:10 GMT

Another record revenue quarter ... even as drought eases

While we are recovering from the global DRAM shortage, there's still enough of a drought for chip-slingers to rake in record revenues.…

NetApp, you went all-flash, never go all-fla... Hey, wait. It's working

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:38:04 GMT

Slight biz uptick, steady results should keep CEO smiling

NetApp has managed to go back to what it used to do do reliably: churn out revenue and profit increases as its customer base lapped up new kit.…