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Red Hat sticks its storage software cap on Supermicro hardware

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:44:04 GMT

Software-defined storage meets single SKU-ery

Open-source software house Red Hat has jumped into bed with Supermicro to produce a single system combining its storage software with the server maker's hardware.…

We pick a storage CTO's brains on Linux-heads, big vendors – and should all the admins NVMe?

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:16:10 GMT

Plus: Why NVMe over Ethernet can be a, er, ROCE'y road ...

Interview NVMe storage networking (NVMe-oF or NVME over fabrics) promises to radically cut the latency of access to external block storage compared to iSCSI and Fibre Channel.…

Chinese boffins on 3D XPoint: If it works like phase-change memory, it's probably phase-change memory

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:10:10 GMT

Intel says no

Analysis A team of scientists from China have asserted that 3D XPoint is essentially phase-change memory, which manufacturers Intel and Micron have not publicly admitted.…

Cohesity touts instant gratification for cloud-surfing virtual machines

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 02:03:08 GMT

Let us pour you some of this CloudSpin juice, upstart says

Secondary storage hyperconverger Cohesity has extended its on-premises appliance products range with software now running in AWS and Azure, and able to spin up backed-up VMs direct in the two cloudy places.…

This week in storage: Film folk, HDDs, tape and stacks and stacks of dusty data

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:37:14 GMT

We want to suck your... data up into our cloud

The storage enterprise trade is simultaneously hoping what happened in Vegas does and doesn't stay there as the news of new products, tech developments, company changes and people moving jobs flooded out of the NAB conference in Nevada.…

Ex-Nimble CEO grabs controls at microservices monitoring biz Sysdig

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:08:04 GMT

Can Suresh Vasudevan scale up and flog another startup?

Ex-Nimble top dog Suresh Vasudevan is the new president and CEO of container intelligence outfit Sysdig.…

Pavilion Data Systems hands more engineers their marching orders

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:54:10 GMT

Everything's fine, says NVMe-over-fabrics array startup

NVMe-over-fabrics array startup Pavilion Data Systems has laid off more engineers just a month after a previous cull during which co-founder Kiran Malwankar departed.…

It's a Pivotal moment: Dell's cloudy soft limb hits the stock market

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:52:09 GMT

Still firmly in Big Mike's clutches despite IPO

Pivotal has set its initial public offering share price at $15, with hopes of raising $555m and an anticipated $14-$16 price band. The shares are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange from today.…

And so it begins: Veritas lays off UK workers, R&D bods hit hardest

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:41:11 GMT

At least 100 out at cloud data wrangling biz, sources claim

Troubled private-equity-owned Veritas started making layoffs in the UK yesterday as its parent continues to implement cost-cutting measures.…

Non-shingled and ready to mingle: WDC catches up with 14TB disk rivals

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:27:05 GMT

HC530 takes on Seagate's Exos X14, Tosh's MG07ACA

Western Digital has caught up with rival Toshiba to introduce its own non-shingled 14TB disk drive.…

Not a shaggy dog story: Software-defined storage inside $300m Softbank pet project

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:06:06 GMT

'Uber for dogwalkers' app apparently a thing...

The era of software-defined storage market is truly upon us. Forget city-sized enterprises looking to squeeze costs out of their data centre estate, Nexenta has scored big with Wag!, a US-based dog walking 'sharing economy' app for those that can't be arsed to exercise their pooch.…

Scality swallows $60m to tame the multi-cloud data management beast

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:58:13 GMT

And they're not the only software-defined object storage biz ready to cash in

Analysis Software-defined object storage biz Scality has scored an extra $60m in funding to help along development of its cloudy storage tools.…

Slick HCI trick: VMware smooths off vSAN's rough edges

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:23:05 GMT

Wants to hang on to sales dominance

Alongside its update of vSphere, VMware has smoothed off a few of the rough edges from its HCI heavy, vSAN.…

Three storage hardware devices, a cash raise and Oracle gets blocked

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:48:10 GMT

MicroSD cam flash cards, cheap NAS filers and costly prosumer flash drives

It has been a hardware frenzy this week, with a pair of microSD cards for surveillance cams, flash drives for video takers and makers, and good old filers from a NAS baker.…

Was April 10th 'Add storage features to enterprise OSes day'?

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:02:08 GMT

RHEL 7.5 caught up on compression and Windows Server 2019 revealed storage migrations from older editions

May 5th is World Naked Gardening Day* and Wednesday April 10th might just have been “Add better storage features to enterprises OSes day” because Microsoft and Red Hat both did just that.…

Microsoft's Pelican brief, MAID in Azure* and femtosecond laser glass storage

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:07:10 GMT

Bleeding edges in the cloud

Analysis Following last week's announcement that Microsoft's Azure planned to reinvent MAID disk arrays, The Reg took a deep breath and dove into Azure CTO Mark Russinovich’s presentation.…

Hoth stuff: Broadcom readies refined fleet of Fibre Channel kit

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:59:10 GMT

More IO, less space, faster NVMe and better automation

In what it has called its Hoth release, Broadcom said it enhanced its gen 6 Fibre Channel products with new NVMe technology, automation technology, and higher density hardware.…

Dell software limb Pivotal's IPO hopes: $592 MEEELLION

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:03:22 GMT

Let's be honest, $100m was never going to cut it

Dell's cloudy native software production house Pivotal expects its initial public offering to raise up to $592m.…

'Disappearing' data under ZFS on Linux sparks small swift tweak

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 06:29:05 GMT

Fix took three days and a rescue for stranded data is on the way

Updated Maintainers of ZFS on Linux have hustled out a new version after the previous release caused created the impression of data loss.…

From far from good to good from AFA: Flash array floggers jostle for position

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:24:05 GMT

Analyst reveals some interesting tidbits

Huawei came out of nowhere in 2017's fourth quarter all-flash array sales race, flogging 10 times as much kit as it did the year before, meanwhile NetApp more than quadrupled its A-Series sales.…

Another week, another fistful of storage nouns comin' at ya like a breeze block to the frontal lobe

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:33:13 GMT

From carbon nanotubes to cloud data grandstanding

A concentrated storage blast has blown in after the Easter break, with substantial product announcements from Datrium, Nexenta and Rubrik. Other news from Intel, Nantero and Kingston was backed up with Huawei SPC-1 benchmark results, several funding events and exec moves.…

The new Black: Western Dig doubles capacity on slimmed-down flasher

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:05:04 GMT

Beefs-up read speeds too

Just over a year after the first Black M.2 SSD hit the streets, Western Digital has doubled its maximum capacity to 1TB, doubled sequential read bandwidth and more than doubled the random read IOPS.…

Pure Storage is to raise HALF a BEEELLLION DOLLARS for mystery corporate slurp

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 10:45:59 GMT

Storage biz wants to store a minnow in its bulging belly

Pure Storage is trying to raise nearly half a billion dollars to fund its first corporate acquisition.…

Ahh, long weekend. Refreshed? Great, now purge yourself with all the storage you missed

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 09:53:57 GMT

Inexorable tape density, super-fast NVMe drives, and more backup than you can handle

DDN is chief among this week's round-up of tasty storage nuggets: it has jumped on the GPU bandwagon and fed Nvidia's DGX-1 souped-up server, claiming it's the fastest data source for said super box.…

Up the stack with you: Microsoft's Denali project flashes skinny SSD controllers

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 12:05:31 GMT

The goal? Commoditise the data centre NVMe SSD world

Analysis Microsoft has lifted the lid on Project Denali, its quest to bring flash drive cost down a peg by extracting costly extra software from SSDs and running it in the host server to gain cost and performance efficiencies.…

You bet your DRaaS: Infinidat squeezes out new backup, array and cloud compute products

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:22:06 GMT

Four-piece suite coming for IT wallets

A flurry of array related activity came out of Infinidat today. Well, it is a Tuesday so why the hell not.…

A platterful of storage nuggets to spin your disks and fry your bits

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:28:10 GMT

Two former Violinists are back on the scene, as is SymbolicIO under new name

Roundup In a week where we realised that spinning rust has plenty of life left despite the arrival of 100TB SSDs, here are all the minor developments that the Vulture storage desk found interesting but not enough to wax lyrical about. Let's go.…

NAND chips are going to stay too pricey for flash to slit disk's throat...

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:31:06 GMT

For a while at least... spinning rust is going to stick around

Analysis Flash chip bits cost eight times more than spinning rust and SSDs aren't going to get cheap enough to kill off disk entirely.…

DRAM, we've shifted a lot of kit, mumbles profit-munching chip firm Micron

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:59:09 GMT

Second quarter results up nearly 60% from last year

Micron's latest quarter revenues were up 58 per cent year on year, its CEO told an earnings call full of analysts eager to nibble at the chip-fryer's plate.…

WekaIO pulls some Matrix kung fu on SPEC file system benchmark

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:12:09 GMT

Like a bat out of parallel...

Startup type WekaIO has apparently walked all over IBM's Spectrum Scale parallel file system with a doubled SPEC SFS2014 benchmark score for its Matrix software running on Supermicro servers.…

Seagate's HAMR to drop in 2020: Multi-actuator disk drives on the way

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:32:06 GMT

Fast and slow high-cap disk lines coming

In 2020 Seagate will introduce its first multi-actuator disk drives using Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) tech with 20TB capacities.…

Three's a cloud: Toshiba picks its NVMe over Fabrics storage node

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:20:07 GMT

Kumoscale software presents fabric access NVMe flash drives virtually

Surprise, surprise – flash chip and SSD manufacturer Toshiba has announced NVMe fabric-access flash array software. What's its game?…

None of my flash rivals NVMe: Analyst spills tea on who's who in fabric-access NVMe arrays

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:30:50 GMT

Array types, riders and runners

It may be a surprise to some, but a tech consultancy has said that the existing all-flash array market is in no danger of losing market share to NMVe over Fabrics (NVMeoF) types – saying they're not competing in the same areas. It also said mainstream storage array suppliers would soon be snapping up the NVMeoF startups for their technology.…

He He He: Seagate's gasbag Exos spinner surges up to 14TB

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:19:10 GMT

Technical gubbins still mostly under wraps

Seagate has unveiled a 14TB helium-filled disk drive in the Exos line.…

Cold cuts from Infinidat, Pivot3 and Pavilion Data, plus some dish on ex-Docker boss

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:35:55 GMT

Storage mezze to start your week

Roundup In this week's roundup of bite-sized storage snacks: Infinidat has added a second data protection partnership, NVMe-oF startup Pavilion Data has lost one of its two co-founders, a peer-to-peer storage startup nabbed a Docker high-flier, and Pivot3 downsized its HCI product to a slim 1U shelf.…

VMware ponders baking backup into VSAN

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:27:10 GMT

And disaster recovery too, by painting a target on AWS

VMware has pondered baking backup and disaster recovery into its VSAN software-defined storage tool.…

Anyone fancy testing the 'unlimited' drive writes claim on Nimbus Data's 100TB whopper SSD?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:55:08 GMT

Samsung, Toshiba sulking in 30TB tiddler territory

Nimbus Data has introduced its 100TB ExaDrive DC series SSD, the highest-capacity flash drive available.…

When I'm 64: Toshiba Memory Corp woos data centres with a little TLC... SSD trio

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:19:44 GMT

64-layer TLC 3D-NAND tech is ca(t)ching on

Toshiba is making a play for expanded data centre flash drive sales with a trio of 64-layer 3D NAND products.…

To Infinity Storage... and beyond! Cloudian gobbles Italian minnow

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:11:12 GMT

Slurps HyperFile chum for file, cloud storage gateway chops

Object storage supplier Cloudian is buying Italian firm Infinity Storage to add file access and cloud storage gateway functionality to its services.…

Who knew? Fabric access NVMe arrays can work with Spectrum Scale

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:33:07 GMT

Parallel access filesystem for disks gets new life

Case study IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS) started out as a parallel access filesystem for disk-based arrays – so some may have expected it to fall over and die in the face of lightning fast access NVMe SSD and NVMe fabric access arrays.…

Blackout at Samsung NAND factory destroys chunk of global supply

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 07:31:05 GMT

Just what the world needs after a year of component shortages

PC-and-server-makers spent most of 2017 complaining about profit erosion due to shortages of key components.…

Beleaguered all-flash flinger Tintri appoints new CEO

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:29:05 GMT

Tom Barton takes reins from Ken Klein

Troubled all-flasher Tintri has found a new CEO, just a week after it revealed it was looking for one.…

Oozing with info, glazed with love: Treat yourself to a storage doughnut

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:36:06 GMT

All the calories you need but never knew you wanted

Veritas is renewing its assault on Data Domain and the disk/cloud archive market, Nutanix has offered $3,000 rebates to resellers of a Dell XC Core product, and flash memory researchers are looking at 128-layer 3D NAND.…

We three kings of Dell EMC are; bigging up storage we traverse AFA

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:18:09 GMT

Execs tell earnings call how they will rescue unit

Analysis Three top Dell execs told the earnings call that they were taking the fall in storage results seriously, were doing all they could to fix them, and that early signs were encouraging.…

Rant launches Eric Raymond's next project: open-source the UPS

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 22:57:04 GMT

Batteries suck, chargers suck, monitoring sucks: surely we can do better than this

In February, developer and open source software advocate Eric S Raymond ranted that the Uninterruptible Power Supply market was overdue for open source disruption, and touched so many nerves around the world that the rant has become a project.…

Mum? Dad? Can I have a 3D XPoint disk for my birthday?

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 06:08:21 GMT

Why, yes, junior, now that Intel's released new models for mainstream PCs

Intel's launched new and low-ish end versions of its Optane solid state disks based on 3D XPoint non-volatile memory.…

Dell results: Well done, ice cream for everyone! Er, not you, storage

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 22:38:38 GMT

EMC on naughty step as 4Q18 revenues slump 11 per cent in a year

Dell had a reasonable fourth 2018 quarter in all areas but one – storage. Yes, EMC let the house down with an 11 per cent drop in revenues year-on-year.…

Will the stock market drop Dropbox like it's hot? Numbers say no

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:32:38 GMT

Profits likely this year, unlike some competitors

Analysis A look at Dropbox's IPO filing suggests a conservative company controlling costs and heading towards profitability this year.…

Why two scale-out NAS, IBM? One's a pickup, the other's a juggernaut

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:35:06 GMT

Spectrum NAS overlaps with Spectrum Scale, but there are differences

Analysis IBM already had a scale-out NAS (filer) when it announced Spectrum NAS last month: Spectrum Scale, which can grow to 16,000-plus nodes. Why does it need another?…

Two years and $19bn later: What happened to WD's SanDisk enterprise flash advantage?

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:32:09 GMT

Market position evaporating in front of our eyes

Analysis Western Digital is letting its acquired market share in enterprise SSDs slip away from a revenue and capacity perspective as rival Micron - now infused with ex-SanDisk execs - keeps on growing like a weed.…