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Talk about a positive mental pl-attitude: WD Ultrastars shed disks without hit to capacity

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:03:09 GMT

Revitalises midrange nearline air-filled tech

Western Digital Corp's HGST unit has brought out 4 and 6TB nearline platter-reduced disk drives with an 8TB drive on the way.…

Bigger Blue: Tonic for Ginni as IBM actually does OK in storage

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:56:05 GMT

Four quarters of growth in a row ain't too shabby

Analysis Diving into IBM's fourth-quarter and full-year results show its storage surge has now run a whole year and possibly pushed Dell EMC into a "Refuse to Lose" channel campaign to regain sales momentum.…

New Quantum head honcho thrown in at the deep end

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:10:11 GMT

CEO Patrick Dennis has his work cut out

Comment There's a new president and CEO at Quantum, with the board hoping for a dose of Patrick Dennis magic to fire up the company and return it to growth and profits.…

Another day, another Spectre fix slowdown: What to expect if you heart ZFS

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:35:06 GMT

Blogger records 7-8% toll on read IOPS

The widely used ZFS file system software is slowed down in both read IOPS and throughput by Intel CPU microcode fixes for the Spectre processor design flaws, one set of numbers suggests.…

Going soft: Kaminario exits the hardware business

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:52:10 GMT

Software-centric business model to reach disruptive industry price point

Kaminario has announced it will leave the hardware business, and said Tech Data will build the certified appliance hardware needed to run its software.…

SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark smashed by storage newbie

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:51:10 GMT

NVMe over Fabrics shows its razor sharp performance teeth

NVMe-over-Fabrics fanboy startup E8 has whupped other suppliers' behinds with a SPEC SFS2014 filer benchmark.…

Super Micro crams 36 Samsung 'ruler' SSDs into dense superserver

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:05:11 GMT

Watch out Intel, there's a new mini-ruler in town

Analysis Super Micro has a supernaturally dense thin server with up to half a petabyte of flash using unannounced Samsung SSDs.…

Storage slingers say: Don't sweat Spectre, Meltdown SANitation

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:05:05 GMT

Debate rages on software, HCI slowdown though

Analysis Several SAN suppliers have said their systems don't need patching against the Spectre and Meltdown bugs. We asked Dell and Pure Storage about the impact of fixes and whether their SANs and Dell's hyperconverged (HCI) systems needed patching.…

Users clutch refilled Box boxen after 'empty' folder panic

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:35:04 GMT

Customers couldn't see sync 'n' share files

Business user file sync and sharer Box "sank" for some users late last week, who took to forums and social media complaining they could not see any of their files.…

Third NAND dimension makes quad bit bucket cells feasible

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:33:14 GMT

A view on quad-level cell flash error correction

Analysis Error-checking code use is so much easier with 3D NAND than previous planar NAND that capacity-lifting quad-level cell technology becomes more feasible.…

Veeam's reverse-IBM, the rebrands, the new hires, and... DRAM, what's that, Samsung?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:52:11 GMT

It's been a week, hasn't it, storage bods...

After multiple, multiple quarters of doing a reverse IBM and growing revenues quarter after quarter after quarter, Veeam has been beaming about having grown revenues some more.…

Shhh! DropBox 'quietly files' for IPO

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:27:11 GMT

Are you getting that syncing feeling?

DropBox has reportedly filed for an IPO, giving it fresh capital to fund a significant expansion.…

Should SANs be patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown bugs? Er ... yes and no

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:32:13 GMT

General assumption is yes. But five suppliers say no

Analysis Is the performance sapping spectre of the X86 Spectre/Meltdown bug fixes hanging over SAN storage arrays? The general assumption is "yes" but five suppliers say not.…

WDC is storage stud of CES with voice-activated media streaming

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:04:13 GMT

The rest? Well... y'know, they store digital information

Toshiba, Western Digital, Kingston and Micron's Crucial unit have all introduced drives in time for CES – the standout being WDC announcing voice-activated media streaming features via Smart Home devices.…

You think you're all-flash? Market-watcher ranks storage vendors

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:35:10 GMT

What comes in a box, but doesn’t rhyme with tragic squad plant?

Research firm IDC has rated and ranked the all-flash array players, placing Pure Storage in the lead of its Marketscape, ahead of Dell, HPE, NetApp and IBM.…

Veritas veteran becomes new big cheese at Symantec spin-off

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:26:07 GMT

The future is cloudy...

Greg Hughes has been hired as head honcho at the private equity-owned storage spin-off from Symantec, Veritas.…

Seagate's CES splash, ClusterStor-like dash and Ripple crypto-cash

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:42:26 GMT

Bumps out new array and brags about quarterly results

The number-two disk drive supplier is starting 2018 at a gallop with a dense, ClusterStor-like array, a raft of consumer drives at CES and upgraded estimates for its first-quarter results.…

In 2018, how are the big storage 8 handling the industry's challenges?

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:03:11 GMT

Faster access, data management and HCI

Analysis All the main storage system players face three large challenges in 2018 – new technologies providing faster data access, data management suppliers aiming to wrap a commoditising abstraction layer around them, and public cloud and public cloud-like vertical stack suppliers aiming to make them irrelevant.…

Micron, Intel consciously uncouple 3D NAND development

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:58:12 GMT

Will continue to work on 3D XPoint together

Micron and Intel have blown their joint 3D NAND project apart but will continue to develop 3D XPoint memory together.…

Excitable backupper ExaGrid eyes IPO

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:24:06 GMT

CEO focused on 'methodically building a sustainable company'

ExaGrid says it's steering a methodical path to an eventual IPO unlike reckless cash-burning storage startups that fail or need to be acquired (rescued).…

Spectre and Meltdown fixes: How will they affect storage?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:34:09 GMT

More worries for storage admins scouring environments for holes

Analysis How will the bugfixes for Intel's Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities affect storage?…

Deputy lord of the Scality RING parts ways with object storage firm

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:55:08 GMT

President and COO leaves gaping exec responsibility hole

Object storage supplier Scality has lost its president and COO, Erwan Menard.…

Come by. Away. Walk on. That'll do. Oh, um, we're just rounding up the lambs of storage

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:37:22 GMT

Let's bring them down from the hill and see what we have

El Reg's storage sheepdog has been out on the hill and gathered a flocklet of storage news.…

WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:58:28 GMT

This is serious: some of the messed-up machines can host VMs and databases

UPDATE If you have a Western Digital My Cloud network attached storage device, it's time to learn how to update its OS because researcher James Bercegay has discovered a dozen models possess a hard-coded backdoor.…

Software is eating the world – and Nutanix's hardware revenues

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:10:08 GMT

Taking a look at the firm's New Year's hardware spring-cleaning

Analysis Nutanix wants be seen as a sexy software business and not a hardware appliance biz stuck with crap commodity hardware margins. So it is changing its business mode to position itself as a software-focused company.…

Cool disk drive actuator pillar, Seagate – how about two of them?

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:39:09 GMT

Full platter access parallelism performance-doubling... we ask around

Analysis As we've previously written about here, Seagate has the technology to split a disk drive's read-write heads into two independent sets, an upper and lower half, which increases the drive’s IO performance by having the upper and lower platter sets do IO in parallel.…

Tsinghua Unigroup: We don't need Hynix chip tech, we have our own

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:59:08 GMT

Chinese giant snuffs licensing gossip as 3D NAND glut looms

Tsinghua Unigroup has denied it is licensing flash IP from SK Hynix as was reported in December, but is developing its own 3D NAND tech.…

Borg, borg, borg: Another one bites the dust as Microsoft assimilates Avere

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:21:12 GMT

Fancy go-faster filer tech destined for Azure

Avere Systems and its go-faster filer frontend FXT tech is to be gobbled by Microsoft.…

Who's king of the hyperconverged castle? Dell or Nutanix? It's not as clear-cut as it seems

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:19:13 GMT

Three letters: O E M

Analysis When IDC published its third 2017 quarter converged and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) numbers, Dell was in the lead.…

Cohesity loses its cohesion: Now chief beancounter unglues self from upstart

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 20:12:48 GMT

Hennessy quits after just four months

Cohesity's chief financial officer Seamus Hennessy has resigned after less than four months in post, judging from his LinkedIn profile.…

The hounds of storage track converged and hyperconverged beasts

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 10:06:13 GMT

Sniff... sniff. They can't be far. These animals just ate 1.96 EB!

Comment Tech market researcher IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker has found that worldwide converged systems market revenue increased 10.8 per cent year over year to $2.99bn during the third quarter of 2017 (3Q17) – and that the market inhaled a massive 1.96 EB of new storage capacity during the quarter, up 30 per cent on the year.…

Storage Christmas cracker: My band is called 1023MB. We haven't had a gig yet

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 17:02:06 GMT

Last 2017 roundup: Death Star file protection crap, Samsung DRAM miracles and more

Here's a final collection of storage news before Christmas 2017. Imagine you are having Christmas dinner and you get a bunch of crackers. Pull them and, instead of fortune cookie statements and bad jokes, this list of news items tumbles out.…

Storage startup WekaIO punts latency-slashing parallel file system tech

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:10:08 GMT

What's with the sudden boom in latency serial killers?

Analysis Storage startup WekaIO has joined a growing crowd of techies making large performance gains and latency lowering file system tech moves.…

Bit price drop + compute-storage closeness = enterprise flash use boom

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:32:06 GMT

NVMe speed meets IoT edge need – analyst

Analysis Enterprise flash drive use will surge over the next four years due to price falls, capacity rises, NVMe speed and Internet of Things (IoT) edginess, analysts have agreed.…

Back off, legacy intruders: Veeam updates backup offering, adds one tool-to-rule

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:53:09 GMT

Availability suite 9.5, update 3

Veeam has extended its backup product (Veeam Availability Suite or VAS) coverage with update 3 to v9.5.…

China may stick to its own DRAM memory soon – researchers

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:45:13 GMT

NAND thanks for memory, folks... we don't need you any more

Industry researchers have reported that three players in China are currently building flash and memory fabs and appear to be working to make China self-sufficient in NAND and DRAM.…

Peak NAND? Not yet. Not if you're ogling Micron's moneybags

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:16:14 GMT

Biz is DRAM happy for now – though 3D XPoint not as perky

Memory and flash maker Micron posted great quarterly results following booming demand for its mobile, server and SSD products – a sign of what it is hoping is an enduring market change.…

Seagate's lightbulb moment: Make read-write heads operate independently

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:43:06 GMT

Multi Actuator arms will boost data access as capacities grow

Seagate is increasing IO performance in disk drives by separating read-write heads into two separate sets which can operate independently and in parallel.…

Storage Wars: Not very long ago, a hop, skip and a jump away...

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 10:39:11 GMT

Rebel firms have been seduced by the dark side and Darth Reg must bring balance to the force

Storage wars are ongoing across the galaxy and of course every supplier claims the force is with them. Here's the latest news overheard from the wretched hive of scum and villainy otherwise known as the storage industry.…

All flasher Tintri makes play for the cash-strapped: Buy 'em drive by drive

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:03:10 GMT

Well you do need to start with 13...

Tintri has made a FlexDrive facility available so cash-strapped customers can expand all-flash array capacity one drive at a time.…

Ugh, stupid power supplies hogging server density, who needs 'em?

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:37:10 GMT

Supermicro's battery backup module will fit another rack in

Supermicro has added battery backup power to its disaggregated rack-scale server product line to improve power efficiency and server density ratings.…

Container-flinger pushes Win 10 transformer for legacy apps

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:05:13 GMT

It’s a container Jim, but not as we and Docker know it

UK startup Cloudhouse has taken on the Windows migration crowd with a product to take Windows 7 era applications, wrap them inside an operating system interface code layer, and make them Windows 10-compliant.…

Guess who's developing storage class memory kit? And cooking the chips on the side...

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:08:07 GMT

Huawei ... who, who, who, who? I really wanna know

Analysis Huawei has made a move towards storage class memory that suggests it believes infrastructure driven by the tech is not only possible but inevitable.…

Honey, I shrank the company: Tintri's dire third quarter presages a worse final one

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:22:10 GMT

Firm considers sale and looks to slash expenses

+Comment CEO Ken Klein is having to eat dust after Tintri's poor IPO saw sales staff leave. Third quarter results are dire, the fourth quarter looks even worse, and Tintri is considering selling itself.…

Hell's bells! Lights out at Diablo Technologies as plug pulled on website

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:16:13 GMT

Lawyer tells patent hearing day-to-day operations suspended

NVDIMMer Diablo Technologies has suspended day-to-day operations, according to its lawyer.…

Sons of Sun DriveScale tempt cloud-lovers with composable infrastructure rig

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:03:10 GMT

Adventures in on-premises hyperscale rackland

Analysis Composable infrastructure startup DriveScale believes composability is not primarily about hardware. Its CEO told us: "Hardware doesn’t drive software any more" and "SoCs are everywhere now", so "use the network as your backplane" because "100Gbit Ethernet is faster than PCIe 4 lane".…

Disk drives spin, are you listening? In the lane, servers glistening...

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:03:11 GMT

Walking in a storage wonderland – the top 10 news stories of the year

Analysis It's been a crazy storage news year with a furious blitz of announcements and events, some of which stand out more than others.…

Flash bang walloped: Toshiba, Western Digital sign peace treaty over memory chip fabs

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:34:38 GMT

Dare we say it... Tosh won

A peace has broken out between Western Digital and Toshiba over the future of their solid-state-memory factory joint-ventures.…

Xcellis: From 'gateway' for NAS dabblers to pusher of hardcore scale-out NAS boxen

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:43:08 GMT

Quantum claims to node its new stuff totally dunks on rival

Quantum has announced an Xcellis scale-out NAS system, claiming performance is three times better than the next-best competing NAS system.…

Fujitsu's server jujitsu: FPGA gives networking capacity fourfold boost

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:07:12 GMT

Chip-accelerated WAN could do wonders in the cloud

Fujitsu Labs has fitted a parallelising FPGA to a server and quadrupled effective 10Gbit/s networking capacity.…