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Slowmo Violin train crash still sliding down the tracks

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:31:05 GMT

How long before it goes off the rails?

Comment Violin Memory’s stock is slowmo crashing, and is now down to $0.35; it was $0.65 on October 11.…

Kroll Ontrack acquired for US$410m by LDiscovery

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:58:08 GMT

Behold! A global titan of data retrieval is upon us

Data recovery and discovery outfit Kroll Ontrack has been acquired, for US$410m.…

Gartner's seers pass judgement on storage industry leaders

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:12:13 GMT

Quadrantic magicians do their square rating thingy

Gartner has published a distributed file systems and object storage magic quadrant with the top three suppliers being Dell EMC, followed by IBM and Scality.…

Acronis: Yep, we're using blockchain for backup now

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:02:09 GMT

Blockchain timestamped hashing fraud check

Acronis's Storage software product for businesses and service providers uses blockchain technology to prove data has not been altered.…

File this: XtremIO to fling forth filer functionality

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:20:10 GMT

NASty: Gen-two gear will add transactional file operations on block base

Analysis XtremIO's rush to revenue glory is going to get accelerated with coming file data services added to its block base.…

Google lights toasty price war under S3's hot and cold data bits

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:04:45 GMT

We're the 'perennial price leader' in cloud. See that, AWS? We said it

Gobbling data via S3 is what helped make AWS what it is - the world’s single biggest provider of public cloud.…

Flash reaches the enterprise tipping point

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:04:11 GMT

Mass enterprise performance array migration has started

Comment The use of disk drives to store performance data for enterprises is declining and, flash drives - SSDs - are taking their place. A wave of all-flash array (AFA) to disk array migration is starting to wash across data centres as generations of disk drive arrays give way to ones built with NAND flash drives. The tipping point has arrived.…

Wow, everyone loves our drives, says Seagate sitting on a pile o' cash

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:39:04 GMT

Disk arrays and flash still minor league stuff, though

Seagate's latest quarterly revenues benefited from an upsurge in disk drive demand – but still declined slightly year-on-year. The biz managed to bank a five-fold increase in profits, though.…

SimpliVity sheds staff, rattles tin for another $100m from investors

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:54:44 GMT

Compute-storage wrangler is working with Morgan Stanley from here to IPO

+Comment Hyper-converged infrastructure appliance vendor SimpliVity is working with Morgan Stanley to get more private funding and to launch an IPO possibly in 2017. It has also laid people off.…

Isilon Nitro all-flash dragster filer to hit the streets in 2017

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:05:06 GMT

Avere, Qumulo and Pure's FlashBlade facing pushy eager-beaver of a product

Dell EMC is launching the Isilon All-Flash system which is designed to handle extreme high-performance NAS workloads.…

Dell-EMC, Pure Storage disengage from legal brawl

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:14:12 GMT

Lawyers weep as retirement plans go AWOL and Dell gets payment

The IP dispute between Pure Storage and (Dell) EMC is over with Pure paying some cash to Dell and getting a licence to the disputed patent.…

EMC Dell deal: ECS object store gets new server, storage hardware

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:17:11 GMT

Must be hoping its biz hookup mojo will see off Amazon, S3

Dell DMC has updated its ECS object storage product, adding support for PowerEdge servers, bigger disks, and claiming a 60 per cent cost advantage over public cloud alternatives like Amazon.…

EMC storage wranglers to cuddle Dell SC arrays

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:41:10 GMT

Compelling development for SC, much less so for PS Series

Dell's SC Series (ex-Compellent) arrays are getting EMC data mobility and protection facilities as they are brought into that side of the Dell storage house.…

100Gbit/s Mangstor array blows interconnect cobwebs right away

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:52:11 GMT

Mangstor's MX-Series drives enter the vSphere to soup up VM performance

Mangstor has launched a faster NVMe over fabrics storage array – the NX6325 – based on an HPE ProLiant DL380 2U server platform.…

Imagine a sad deflating balloon. There, that's IBM's servers, storage

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:43:01 GMT

Big Blue's cash cows saunter into the slaughterhouse

Analysis IBM's Systems segment saw dismal revenues in its third quarter results, with declines in both servers and storage.…

Open-source storage that doesn't suck? Our man tries to break TrueNAS

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:07:05 GMT

FreeNAS's 2003-looking grown-up sibling examined

Review Data storage is difficult, and ZFS-based storage doubly so. There's a lot of money to be made if you can do storage right, so it's uncommon to see a storage company with an open-source model deliver storage that doesn't suck.…

Store flaw? Naw! The hyper-converged vendor and the 'bug'-bash

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:24:08 GMT

Deal or no deal

Comment A UK consultant claims he had such a poor experience with Maxta's hyper-converged infrastructure software that he asked for his firm's money back. But the vendor has told a very different story.…

VSAN users get file access with DataSphere: It's a computing resource 3-way

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:34:11 GMT

Primary Data converges files and blocks for VSAN

+Comment Primary Data is providing file services for VSAN and its block-based storage.…

Flocking Dell! Caringo's Swarm storage software soars to version 9

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:03:09 GMT

Starring on a Dell-powered box near you soon, if you feel like buying one, of course

Caringo has updated its Swarm object storage software and will flog the code on appliances based on Dell PowerEdge servers.…

Lenovo be Nimble, Lenovo be quick, inks deal to take on Dell EMC kit

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:00:07 GMT

Swaps all-flash array, analytics for channel access

Lenovo, which has huge ambitions in the storage market, has sealed a partnership deal with Nimble and will be selling Nimble's all-flash array and using its predictive analytics.…

Pushy Pure, cheerful Cisco fortify FlashStack

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:22:13 GMT

Resistance is futile against this on-coming go-to-market blitzkrieg

Pushy Pure Storage is expanding its FlashStack collaboration with Cisco.…

All-flash storage: Tech's ready, is it safe to move yet?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:34:07 GMT

Time for suppliers to raise their game

All-flash arrays are arguably coming of age, but in an early market, with lots of vendors jostling for position and making all kinds of promises, you need to be careful when evaluating options. While most of the historical challenges have been largely neutralised or at least made significantly smaller, there are still some uncertainties that need to be taken care of, so it’s important to seek the right kind of guarantees.…

Something strange stirs in the storage backwater swamps, long ribbons of rust that never forget

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:28:44 GMT

And Quantum is summoning them

At one end of the storage spectrum is fast and flashy SSD storage and at the other – still – is tape; streaming ribbons of rust that are cheaper and more reliable than disk, and still selling for on-premises and off-site archive data storage.…

Fresh from 1,800 job cuts, Fujitsu boasts of spinning rust-killing flashy boxen

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:57:10 GMT

Ready for mainstream enterprise use, firm says

Fujitsu's second-generation all-flash ETERNUS arrays are poised, priced and positioned to replace disk storage arrays in serving primary data to servers, it says.…

Lenovo soups up storage for supers servers

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:59:15 GMT

DDN buddy-up A-OK for HPC

Lenovo NeXtScale System servers will get faster access to files as a result of a collaboration with DDN.…

Data-updater CTERA gets IBM reselling approval stamp

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:19:04 GMT

SoftLayer object storage gets CTERA file services front end

IBM is becoming a CTERA reseller to ship enterprise file services integrated with its SoftLayer, Cleversafe-based, object storage, and fully support it.…

Dell EMC World tease: What does 'composable' mean to you, readers?

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:26:04 GMT

People are 'working on something cool' - EMC converged man

Analysis A symphony of manageable and composable stuff is coming to Dell World next week; that's if EMC Converged Systems president Chad Sakac's hints are to be believed.…

//Mmmm //tasty – Pure gens up FlashArray//m for fifth time

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:00:58 GMT

Faster controllers and boosted flash capacity

Fifth-generation all-flash arrays have been announced by Pure Storage, with increased capacity and faster processors.…

Startup dusts off rent-a-box on-premises corpse, adds ARM muscle, cloud brains

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:31:12 GMT

A sprinkling of Internet of Things ... and ... it's alive!

Startup Igneous Systems has re-discovered and re-imagined the idea of customers renting an externally managed system on their premises, giving it an Internet of Things (IoT) and public cloud make-over.…

Just minding your own business, doing HCI. Suddenly you're inside ... a magic quadrant

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:28:09 GMT

HPE leads - at least in Gartner mages' estimation

Gartner's gnomic gurus have shone their light on the hyper-converged/integrated system suppliers and devised a new magic quadrant, following on from its August 2015 effort.…

WD gives My Passport spinning rust drives a lick of paint

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:06:05 GMT

Colourless My Passport for Mac and My Book drives are boring black only

WD has refeshed the design style of its portable USB 3.0 My Passport, My Passport for Mac and desktop My Book external disk drives, using colours and texture.…

WD flashes first SanDisk drives: Blue and Green

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:02:12 GMT

Applies disk-drive style branding to SanDy-driven SSDs

WD has produced Blue and Green branded SATA SSDs, based on SanDisk technology, with these brands having been used for WD disk drives previously.…

Pivot3 produces ROBO Edge Office

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:44:07 GMT

Hyper-converged infrastructure comes home

Hyper-converged appliance and all-flash system vendor Pivot3 has produced Edge Office, a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) for remote and branch offices and small/medium businesses.…

HPE, IBM, ARM, Samsung and pals in plot to weave 'memory fabric'

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:27:04 GMT

Everyone but Intel and Cisco working together to build storage-class memory

A group of suppliers have got together as a consortium to develop Gen-Z - a scalable, high-performance bus or interconnect fabric linking computers and memory.…

Dell-EMC races to add and extend flashy bits into its boxen

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:03:11 GMT

Hi-cap drives, inline compression, cloud tiering to chop flash storage costs

Dell EMC is driving full tilt to extend flash support and lower costs in its storage array hardware and software product set, with in-line compression, high-capacity SSD support and the spinning off old data to the cloud.…

SSDs in the enterprise: It's about more than just speed

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:25:07 GMT

They're fast, sure, but they have so much more to offer

Enterprise solid state drives are gaining traction, but their predominant focus is still performance. The need for speed has driven SSDs into applications where HDDs previously reigned, but for those of us who aren’t high-frequency traders, solid state will need to demonstrate some other benefits. What are they, and how important will they be in mainstream enterprise apps?…

Little top tech tip: Take care choosing your storage drives

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 18:21:08 GMT

Flash, rust, MCS, SMR PMR TDMR HAMR and QLC – oh my!

Sysadmin Blog RAID is dead. Or maybe it's not. I think it might be off having a conversation with a cat in a box. Regardless of whether or not you use hardware RAID cards or HBAs and some kind of software, the idea of big boxes full of drives that store lots of things isn't going away any time soon. The drives you put in them, however, are becoming a problem.…

Inside the Box thinking: People want software for the public cloud

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:45:04 GMT

Goodbye sync 'n' share, hello enterprise content management

Analysis On-premises file sync and share and collaboration is yesterday's story. The future is the public cloud with dedicated software service suppliers, like Box.…

Make yourself presentable, upstart: We're going out

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:02:08 GMT

Not you, buddy, the product's UI

Part Three You’ve got the talent, you’ve the idea for something that resembles a product. But, as Steve Jobs said "real artists ship", and art isn’t something that comes just like that. In this case we’re talking architecture, we’re talking tools, we’re talking interface and UI – not necessarily things you were thinking about were they?…

'Pay once' FalconStor storage model causes scratching of heads

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 15:03:14 GMT

You mean I had to pay twice or thrice to store stuff before?

FalconStor has announced something that seems … well, odd; a “Pay Once” pricing model.…

Cohesity cuddles up to Cisco. But riddle me this: Is it hyper-converged?

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:42:05 GMT

Joins Solution Partner Program

+Comment Secondary storage silo converger Cohesity is joining Cisco’s Solution Partner Program to flog its software on Cisco hardware.…

Building iRODS to take load off scientists' back

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 08:35:07 GMT

Panasas and WD/HGST go balls out for parallel file access and object storage integration

Panasas and Western Digital are combining high-speed data access and low-cost, bulk data storage for life sciences researchers through a partnership and integration exercise centred on the open-source data management software iRODS.…

The shoemaker, the array refresh and the VMworld smackdown

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:02:14 GMT

Infindat, unsurprisingly, says its shoe fits and you should wear it

Case study If the shoe fits then wear it; it’s the motto you'd expect a footwear retailer to do business by. Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW), a 400-outlet US shoe chain, applied that advice when its main storage array, a VMAX we are told, failed to deliver data fast enough and began costing too much. It bought an InfiniBox instead and the array problems went away.…

CMO go through revolving doors at Cloudian and Scality

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:33:01 GMT

All change in the object storage world

Cloudian has appointed a new chief marketing officer - Jon Toor. Paul Turner, who was Cloudian’s CMO and recently became chief product officer, is moving on.…

Private equity ownership produces an improved Arcserve, apparently

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:18:06 GMT

Sales are up, CA. Sure you made the right decision?

Private equity-owned backup and DR house Arcserve has got itself a second generation UDP 8000 appliance sitting above the existing UDP 7000 series with more performance and capacity.…

NAS vendor Synology taking on Microsoft, Dell, Slack and AWS

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 06:24:08 GMT

Plans own European data centre for cloudy VM failover from new all-flash rack-mount NAS

Taiwanese network-attached storage (NAS) vendor Synology is about to pick fights with several far larger competitors.…

Infinidat's big iron array gets data scrunching, no-footprint iSCSI

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 15:38:11 GMT

Performance analytics make this fast array go even faster

Big iron array vendor Infinidat has made its third major software release, adding compression, baked-in iSCSI support and enhanced array analytics.…

Micron scrambling up wall of revenues pit

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:33:29 GMT

It's still not making profit, but at least it's losing less

Micron has reversed its downward trend and pulled off a fourth fiscal 2016 quarter with increased revenues and decreased losses.…

Zeta Systems: NVMe over Fabrics speed is real... and here's why

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 11:01:11 GMT

NVMe over fabrics vs direct NVMe drive = little difference

Analysis How does local NVMe drive access compare to accessing the same drive over an NVMe over Fabrics link? Zeta Storage Systems has compared the two access methods and found... not a lot of difference at all.…

Scale scales: HCI maverick heads upstack with apps

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:27:13 GMT

Come hither if your thing is VDI and biz analytics

Hyper-converger Scale Computing is adding business applications to its offerings with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and business analytics available to its small and medium business customers.…