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Nuclear subs seek virtual SAN, says VMware

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:28:12 GMT

VSAN may get a gig on UK's Astute-class boats. And is definitely getting a filesystem

VMware says it's been asked to consider how nuclear submarines might use its virtual SAN.…

Intel reveals Optane SSDs: 375GB to start, at surprising speed

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:01:06 GMT

Chipzilla want us thinking about queue depth and latency, not just raw IOPS

Intel has finally revealed an Optane product and told us how fast it will go.…

Block-stacker Datera cuddles up to cloudy pal, preps for sales push

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:01:04 GMT

Hires Flavio Santoni into presidential role

Block storage startup Datera is partnering with Accelerite, and has hired Flavio Santoni as a senior exec in a president's role.…

New disk drive maker? No such luck

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:07:13 GMT

The giddy storage news whirl whirls on and on and on

The cloud and Big Data and Hadoop feature strongly in this week’s round-up of storage news, along with channel news. And, just for a moment, we thought we’d found a new disk drive manufacturer. But no, it was all tosh.…

Japan mulls semi-nationalising Tosh (memory biz) – report

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:33:58 GMT

State aid considered to keep tech smarts and jobs in Japan

The Japanese government is considering providing state-backed aid to Toshiba’s memory business, amounting to near partial nationalisation, to prevent it falling into Chinese or South Korean hands, according to a report.…

X-IO is back, and it's only gone full IoT

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:20:09 GMT

Melts ISE software from hardware, reveals new product tech

Analysis Back in January X-IO was back from a restructuring and refinancing and talking about product refreshes after a downturn in 2016.…

Manchester college swaps out disk for rackful of hybrid flash

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:37:04 GMT

Single hybrid array replaces 8 disk boxes

A hybrid flash/disk array is replacing several disk arrays at a UK college and shows the way mainstream disk array replacement is heading towards flash for primary data applications.…

FreeNAS sheds storage skin, tries on sexier hyperconverged garb

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:28:12 GMT

Open-source storage software adds a hypervisor and Docker support

FreeNAS, the FreeBSD-derived software that turns a server into a network-attached storage box, has upgraded, changed its name and now asserts it's a hyperconverged platform.…

'Hardware 'dislodged' from HPE SAN during cable replacement

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:28:13 GMT

Australian Taxation Office reveals more about outages plus plans for Easter upgrade

The Australian Taxation Office will install a new Hewlett Packard Enterprise storage area network over Easter.…

Primary Data's metadata engine 'speeds up' NAS, saves 'millions'. Leaps burning buildings, too?

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:40:19 GMT

DataSphere's claims – make believe or real?

Analysis Primary Data has updated its storage silo-converging DataSphere product, and says it’s ready for mainstream enterprise use, not just test and dev. The new release can save millions of dollars, handle billions of files and accelerate Isilon and NetApp filers.…

Japan fires shot warning off risky bidders for Toshiba's memory biz – report

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:01:12 GMT

'National security' apparently an issue

+Comment Potential buyers of Toshiba’s memory business sale could be restricted by Japanese government national security concerns.…

Sweet AFA: Pure sees flash of Big Blue as it drops to fifth behind IBM

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:26:05 GMT

Nimble-enriched HPE nears NetApp in all-flash frog jump

+Comment It is only one quarter, but IDC’s latest enterprise storage numbers show IBM’s flash array revenues have overtaken those of Pure Storage, putting that IPO’d company in fifth place in the market.…

May is the cruellest month - especially for these California storage techies

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:21:07 GMT

Sixty-eight DSSDers getting permanently laid off in May

The state of California's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) system shows that 68 DSSD staff are being laid off.…

Monday muster point for storage news. Get in here now if juggling terabytes is your trade

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:35:06 GMT

Weekend's over, here's some info to impress colleagues

It's a brand new week. We know you're all dying to get back to work. Here's a load of enterprise storage info to kickstart your Monday.…

Cisco and pals reveal backup bundles for Borg's slow-moving converged rigs

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:46:55 GMT

CommVault and Veeam both sign up in a week, which Cisco says is a total co-incidence

Cisco's pals are excited that The Borg has signed them up for new data protection bundles.…

Seagate dismounts Korean design center, fscks 300 workers

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:00:58 GMT

Switch to 3.5-inch disks for bulk capacity sealed engineers' fate

Seagate is closing a design center in South Korea, according to its 8-K homework submitted to US financial watchdog, the SEC.…

SolidFire chief talks up secret upcoming hyperconverged system

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:33:07 GMT

Who nodes what'll actually be in it, though

Backgrounder SolidFire boss Dave Wright talked with El Reg and discussed the vendor's upcoming hyper-converged system based on its own nodes.…

The gospel according to Blockchain, or is it the other way round?

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:36:08 GMT

Startup promises permissioned Blockchain-validated truth database

Analysis Startup Gospel Technology is evangelising the use of Blockchain to secure and verify sharable data.…

Everspin's new gig: a gig or two of non-volatile RAM on PCIe

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:01:08 GMT

Smaller than Optane, but faster and perhaps a bit immortal too

Non-volatile memory outfit Everspin's popped some of its Spin Torque MRAM onto a PCIe card in the hope system builders get excited about a new tier of memory. Or is it a new tier of storage?…

Zerto SNAFU can cause data corruption on Nutanix boxen

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 02:58:56 GMT

DR upstart's board adds chap with data loss experience: Yahoo! CFO Ken Goldman

Nutanix users protecting their data with Zerto software need to pay close attention to the latter's recently-released 5.0U2 as it fixes a problem that could cause data corruption.…

Oh, 3PAR. One moment you're gliding along. The next, you're in the rain as HPE woos Nimble

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 21:55:32 GMT

It's been a good 20 years. Time to move on?

Comment This week, HPE offered to acquire Nimble Storage for around $1.09bn, plus another $200m in share options.…

The future of storage is ATOMIC: IBM boffins stash 1 bit on 1 atom

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:24:30 GMT

Almaden researchers make breakthrough with Holmium

Molecules are so yesterday – IBM boffins at Almaden have cracked atomic storage, magnetising a single atom and storing a bit of data on it.…

Seagate plays disk cricket with a 12TB Enterprise Capacity drive spinner

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:24:45 GMT

Aims to hit WD for six with new product for hyperscalers

Seagate has announced a 12TB helium-filled data centre disk drive, catching up with WD's Ultrastar He12, and providing both SAS and SATA interfaces.…

Western Digital CTO Martin Fink refused El Reg's questions, but did write this sweet essay

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:03:13 GMT

On storage-class memory and leaving HP Labs

Interview When "retired" HP Labs head Martin Fink surprisingly joined Western Digital as CTO we were interested how this memory-driven computing proponent would affect WD's solid state tech strategy.…

Excelero stumbles, squinting, into sunlight clutching its remote direct-access NVMe kit

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:25:13 GMT

Drink data from networked boxes with no CPU overhead

Storage startup Excelero slides out of stealth today with its NVMesh v1.1 Server SAN software, which can drink data directly from a remote node, bypassing that node's CPU.…

WD changes tack on its archiving array strategy but fails to tell anyone

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:07:27 GMT

52PB X100 ActiveScale system landed in January

WD has extended its disk-based archive array line scaling out to 52PB with a newish X100 ActiveScale product. This arrived in January with no fanfare and holds 47 per cent more data than the largest SA7010 Active Archive product. What gives?…

Why did Nimble sell and why did HPE buy: We drill into $1.2bn biz deal

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:20:08 GMT

Upstart got tired of grinding out sales against deepening yearly losses?

Analysis In buying Nimble Storage for $1.2bn, HPE has signaled that it needs a complementary all‑flash array architecture to its 3PAR StoreServ arrays.…

News flash: Storage farmers living off the fat of the NAND

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:51:07 GMT

Flash supply shortages drove up prices and profits

Samsung was top of the charts as NAND prices rose in the fourth 2016 quarter due to supply shortages, with suppliers’ profits peaking according to TrendForce.…

Quantum board shake-up on the cards as threat of NYSE delisting looms

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:36:09 GMT

Activist investor VIEX and board agree three independent directors

Quantum's board has caved in to activist investor VIEX and agreed to reconstitute itself with new independent directors.…

SwiftStack drops v5.0, says hybrid IT rules OK!

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:00:05 GMT

Blasts data between on-prem and public cloud

SwiftStack v5's Cloud Sync provides two-way replication between on-premises data centres and Google Cloud Storage, Amazon S3 and Glacier.…

3Par brought down Australian Tax Office with >REDACTED<

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 03:25:44 GMT

HPE admits to contract fail, will give failed kit forensic analysis but may also crimp report

Hewlett Packard Enterprise “failed to deliver on the contractual terms” it agreed with Australia's Taxation Office after 3Par storage arrays twice failed at the Office, according to commissioner of taxation Chris Jordan. But the cause of the problems may never be publicly revealed.…

BRB going for a storage dump. Ah, much better

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:02:31 GMT

Storage news saved for the end of the week

TGI (Thank God It’s) Friday and so time to retrieve back burner storage news received in the week and bring it to the fore;…

Symbolic IO CEO insists the IRIS i1 is more than a bunch of pretty lights

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:25:12 GMT

TechLive demo has raised a lot of questions

Interview The TechLive session revealed Symbolic IO's IRIS i1 box, and its tech continues to raise lots of questions. How do the components work? Why have certain design choices been made? How does the IRIS system compare to other servers?…

Revamped IDC Storage Tracker anoints Dell as external storage top dog

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:30:09 GMT

More market share than HPE, IBM and NetApp combined

The latest IDC Storage Tracker says top dog Dell Technologies has more external storage revenue share than HPE, IBM and NetApp combined.…

Flash bang wallop

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 11:20:51 GMT

Tell us, what’s the picture?

Survey We’re running a survey to find out just what kind of impact flash drives and their arrays have had on your business. We’d like to know your experiences with them be they good bad or plain right ugly.…

HPE spotted splashing its cash at Hedvig's $21.5m funding party

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 03:35:09 GMT

Just imagine what you could do with twenty-one million dollars

Secondary storage consolidating software startup Hedvig has gained $21.5m in a VC‑round of funding, with HPE putting in some of the cash.…

Hey Eric, you Schrock! Delphix engineering veep bumped up to CTO

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 02:26:07 GMT

Ex-Sun bloke earns promotion at virty database biz

A reliable source tells us that Delphix, the database copy virtualizer, has promoted engineering VP Eric Schrock into its chief technology officer role, finally replacing the somewhat long-ago departed Adam Leventhal.…

Dell kills off standalone DSSD D5, scatters remains into other gear

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 20:06:56 GMT

Blueprints and staff shifted to different projects after EMC spent '$1bn' on tech

+Comment A year after first shipping the DSSD D5 array, Dell Technologies is axing the standalone product.…

Pure: We see a billion dollars in our future. No, not profits, silly!

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:42:06 GMT

We're talking revenues. Positive cash flow ... haha. Maybe later

As Pure’s quarterly results show revenue growth continuing, CEO Scott Dietzen is leading the company out on a highwire towards the billion dollars/year revenue goal, with the FlashBlade sales ramp essential to them not falling off.…

Realtime data ingestor DataTorrent gets led Churchward

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:01:11 GMT

Ex-EMC exec takes CEO reins

Former EMCer Guy Churchward has taken the reins at DataTorrent as CEO and president.…

Tuesday's AWS S3-izure exposes Amazon-sized internet bottleneck

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:30:13 GMT

Exposes Bezos' customers' inadequate BC/DR plans, too

Analysis Amazon’s S3 outage is a gift to Azure and Google, on-premises IT, hybrid cloud supporters and multi-cloud gateways. But it has also exposed inadequate business continuance and disaster recovery provisions by Amazon's business customers.…

Upstart Datrium has a soft blanket to wrap up your data if security is giving it the shivers

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:02:20 GMT

End-to-end encryption touted

Datrium Blanket Encryption combines always-on deduplication, compression and encryption so that data is secure – or so it claims – whether that data is at a host, in flight across a network, or at rest in persistent storage.…

Scality guarantees 100% availability

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:36:21 GMT

Look how good I look underneath my Cloud HALO

Object storage house Scality is offering a 100 per cent data availability guarantee. How so?…

Imation to fork out $11m in patent suit

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:22:40 GMT

IronKey flash drive patent was at stake

A jury has found that flash-flinger Imation must pay $11m damages to ioengine for patent infringement.…

Nimble offers AWS and Azure cloud-wrapper

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:03:16 GMT

Hybrid pipes and services for Amazon-sippers

Nimble Storage claims Azure and AWS clouds aren't ideal for enterprise transaction apps but says it can fix that by wrapping them inside Nimble Cloud Volumes for a $0.10/GB/month starting price.…

Dell offers crunch-in-a-box set of Edge teeth to Internet of Things things

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:29:13 GMT

Trio of Atomic edge boxen to sharpen the Things' bite

Dell has developed the Edge Gateway 3000 Series of boxes so IoT customers can do some data analysis at the edge of their IoT network, to make real-time local decisions about the operations of IoT-monitored machinery and reduce bandwidth needs for data transfer to a central site.…

Splitsville: Toshiba prepares to lose its memory

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:57:05 GMT

Business being split off so stakes can be sold

Toshiba confirms its memory business will be separated from the main Toshiba business in preparation for a part or majority stake sale.…

Nimble gets, well, nimble about hyperconverged infrastructure

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:32:12 GMT

Is it going to do HCI... who knows?

Interview After thinking that stand-alone external storage array vendors might need to get into the hyperconverged market, we received a tip that Nimble Storage was thinking that too. So we asked Nimble's CEO, Suresh Vasudevan, a few exploratory questions.…

HPE's Australian tax failures may have been user error

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:35:30 GMT

3Par account managers have soothing tales of extremely dumb mistakes

Users of HPE's 3Par kit say the company's private explanation of the twin outages at the Australian Taxation Office suggest the hardware problems may have been caused by user error.…

Oh my god, it's nearly Monday. Here's some storage news bytes to brighten your weekend

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:30:10 GMT

Too enthusiastic? Too enthusiastic

Sunday storage sum-up It's been one of those overwhelming-tidal-waves-of-news weeks. Here's an attempt to catch up.…