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Yee-haw! It's the Friday storage round-up

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:35:11 GMT

Getting those pesky ponies into that there corral, yessiree

Not every story is NetApp making a hyperconverged product, or Oracle possibly canning tape products. Here's a roundup of several pieces of news that are nevertheless significant.…

Did Oracle just sign tape's death warrant? Depends what 'no comment' means

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:44:12 GMT

Big Red keeps schtum over the status of StreamLine

Oracle's StorageTek (StreamLine) tape library product range will be end-of-lifed, El Reg has learned.…

HPE blames solid state drive failure for outages at Australian Tax Office

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:44:44 GMT

'Rare issue under a set of circumstances that have never previously been encountered'

HPE has blamed a problem with solid state drives for its dual and very disruptive outages at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).…

Enterprise IT storage – where being fat and very dense is, um, a good thing. Right, Cloudian?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:03:08 GMT

Cali upstart peddles 4U HyperStore 4000 box

Cloudian is now touting a fat HyperStore 4000 alongside its HyperStore 1500 appliance. Both boxes are compatible with Amazon's AWS S3 APIs.…

Dell EMC plans to use VxRail for mutant cloud cargo

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:04:14 GMT

Hyper-converged nodes get turnkey hybrid cloud software

Dell EMC says smaller enterprises are rushing to combine their on-premises IT with the public cloud and is offering a turnkey scale-out hyper-converged VxRail appliance so they can do just that.…

NetApp confirms: SolidFire hyperconverged appliance is coming

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:01:08 GMT

HCI plans reveal overshadows Q3 numbers

+Comment NetApp met its revenue predictions for its third fiscal 2017 quarter and talked openly about a coming SolidFire-based hyperconverged product suited for scalable hybrid cloud and mixed workload enterprise deployments.…

Prepare for an acquisition whirlwind? Private equity owners sweep up Nexsan

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:10:35 GMT

New Orleans firm partner takes charge

Comment Nexsan, newly sold by Imation to private equity house Spear Point Capital Management, is now run by that firm's co-founder and managing partner, Ron Bienvenu.…

Australian Tax Office's HPE SAN failed twice in slightly different ways

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:37:22 GMT

Rickety array still at work: In tax-speak 'Commissioned new SAN' doesn't mean it's live yet

The Australia Taxation Office's HPE SAN failed twice, in different ways, when causing its infamous December and February outages that brought down online tax services on which citizens and accountants rely.…

Fujitsu has its own line of storage boxes, so, uh, why is it reselling XtremIO in Japan?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:27:41 GMT

Extreme measures called for in an extreme geography

Why is Fujitsu touting all-flash XtremIO storage arrays in Japan when it has its own Eternus all-flash array product line?…

Cloud is the future, wait, what? Cohesity cloud software now touted for on-prem gear

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:57:07 GMT

Cloud Platform becomes Virtual Edition for ROBO use

Cohesity has added two more products to its Data Platform set, a software-only virtual edition and a hyper-converged node.…

XPoint: Leaked Intel specs reveal 'launch-ready' SSD – report

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:01:09 GMT

Roses are nice, but SSDs from Chipzilla (if these specs are true) are DRAM-NAND gap-filler

Leaked Intel Optane SSD specs show much higher endurance and lower latency than NAND SSDs and good, but not great, IO performance.…

HPE brags its latest 3PAR OS shrinkwrapper better protects data

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:00:13 GMT

And more automation helps admin staff

HPE says its latest 3PAR OS, v 3.3.1, has better data reduction, faster iSCI networking, upgraded data protection and an extra helping of automation to help admin staff.…

Unlucky WD Ultrastar drives are knackered, need replacing ASAP

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:58:09 GMT

Bad batch of disks puts data at risk

El Reg has received an antipodean note that a number of Western Digital enterprise disk drives are having problems and need to be replaced.…

Say a stealthy 'hi' to Gluent, Tachyum and VAST Data

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:39:12 GMT

Gesundheit! Ahem, can we take your cloaks, storage startups?

Analysis Three storage startups have hoved into view: Gluent, Tachyum and VAST Data.…

Take cover! Storage news barrage incoming

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:06:58 GMT

We sheltered our heads until there was a pause for reporting

Incoming! Boom, boom and boom again – storage news announcements hit the wires in a relentless barrage. Here's a few we've received showing developments in data protection, cloud storage, hyper-converged storage, the dregs of flash memory and more.…

Is flash really the game-changer the marketeers say it is?

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:04:17 GMT

Taking over your data centre?

Study How many stories have you read about all-flash arrays taking over your data centre or computer room? You've probably heard this line even more than you’ve read about how everything is moving to the cloud, how IoT will change the world next week, or how cyber-attacks are going to bring civilisation to its knees by Easter.…

Dell's XtremIO has a new reseller in Japan – its all-flash rival Fujitsu

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:01:46 GMT

*slow clap*

Check this baby out.…

EMC exile Russo scales Iron Mountain to be crowned CTO

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:28:11 GMT

Former VMAX product head finds refuge

Fidelma Russo has been appointed CTO at data management firm Iron Mountain, Storage Newsletter reports.…

Memory1: All right, Sparky, here's the deal: We've sorted your DRAM runtimes

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:04:13 GMT

Inspur and Diablo smash those datasets

Analysis Chinese server vendor Inspur has cut Spark workload runtimes in half by bulking out DRAM with Diablo Technologies' Memory1 technology.…

Tosh's new workhorse drive: Not too desktop, not too enterprise

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:44:05 GMT

Need a 24/7 NAS disk? Mmm, maybe the MN series is just right

Toshiba has a new desktop and low-end NAS disk drive, the MN series.…

Cisco polishes HALO, flashes enlarged HyperFlex

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:08:12 GMT

New hyperconverged pair

Cisco has announced two all-flash HyperFlex systems with an up to sixfold performance improvement.…

Small but perfectly formed: Dailymotion's object storage odyssey

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:18:09 GMT

From Isilon to Scality to OpenIO and ARM-powered nano-nodes

Case study Paris-based Dailymotion is the world's second largest video sharing website after YouTube and its three-stage storage history has transitioned from a reliable scale-out filer, to a maturing object storage startup, to an even smaller firm in pursuit of scale and performance.…

Kaminario pumps up K2 all-flash array processor speed and SSD capacity

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:59:11 GMT

Faster access to more data with gen-6 refresh

Kaminario has more than doubled array capacity and speed with the sixth generation of its K2 all-flash array, mainly by using higher capacity SSDs and faster controller processors. It's also improved compression and its storage assurance program.…

Whomp. WD whacks down unstructured data-nomming 'Skyhawk' SSD

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:03:07 GMT

SFF SSD goes NVMe to blow SATA interface away

WD has introduced a Skyhawk SSD, an NVMe version, as it were, of its acquired SanDisk’s SATA interface CloudSpeed SSD, along with its very own post-SanDisk and post-HGST Skyhawk branding.…

Pimp my racks: Scale-out filer startup Qumulo bangs up its boxen, er, '4U'

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:38:06 GMT

Neat SSD for disk substitution adds both disk and flash capacity

Whacking up high-end capacity by 71 per cent takes scale-out filer startup Qumulo into 3PB per rack territory, in its bid to win enterprise business.…

Toshiba's looking for a white knight, not a chip-fryer – report

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:01:08 GMT

Part-sale of flash biz to fund nuclear power station losses

In its attempts to sell a flash memory business stake to offset multibillion-dollar writedowns in its US nuclear power station business, Toshiba is leaning towards private equity and away from chip industry players.…

Second time's a charm? WD tries again with 3D NAND, doubles capacity

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 19:41:37 GMT

Second generation 64-layer flash chip goes to 512Gbit

WD is firing up an early production run of its 512Gbit 64-layer 3D NAND chip at its Yokkaichi, Japan, foundry, with its partner Toshiba. The silicon uses a triple-level cell (TLC) flash design, which stores three bits per cell.…

See that flashing taillight? Micron CEO has signalled a move

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:04:12 GMT

Two solid state exec moves as Kaminario CTO quits to join startup

Two exec moves have flashed up in the solid state world. Micron CEO Mark Durcan told analysts he was going to stop being CEO and Kaminario’s CTO has quit.…

Hobbled by partners Dell and NetApp, where does Cisco go from here?

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:44:14 GMT

A Trump-repatriated cash pile could give the borg acquisition hunger pangs

Analysis While HPE and Dell are concentrating on being better on-premises data centre suppliers in a hybrid cloud world, IBM on becoming a cognitive computing software supplier, and both Oracle and Microsoft on a move towards cloud, what is Cisco’s gameplan?…

HPE SAN causes four-day outage at Australian Tax Office

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 04:34:25 GMT

Online services mostly back after HPE team installs new SAN

Updated HPE's crack repair squad has laboured for over four days to replace kit at Australia's Taxation Office, with no guarantee that the Office's online services would be back online come Monday.…

Awoogah, enterprise bods: Tintri recruits Echo Alexa speechbot

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:44:43 GMT

Bleeding – speaking – edge of sysadmin interface development

Listen up. Storage array vendor Tintri has a video demonstrating that speech-recognizing Amazon Echo's Alexa can be used to trigger array system management ops. Is this a profound industry first, ushering in a whole new sysadmin landscape, or just eye candy-style gimmickry?…

White-knight investors or capitalist cannibals? VIEX vexes Quantum

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:32:06 GMT

Board takeover still on the cards

In another wonderful example of the US capitalist system's ability to enable businesses to eat each other for short-term shareholder reward, an activist investor is looking to take over Quantum's board and restore shareholder value.…

You better layer up, Micron's working on next-generation XPoint

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:31:06 GMT

New memory, quad-level cell flash, and increased layering

Micron is working on two next-generation XPoint products, a new memory, and extending 3D flash beyond 64 layers.…

Flash! A-ah! He'll save everyone of us... from sluggish disk boxes

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:30:06 GMT

Cloud provider offers DR-as-a-service using flash

Analysis All-flash arrays are now the storage choice du jour for storing fast access primary data but have not been used for storing secondary data, such as unstructured data, ordinary files and just-in-case disaster recovery (DR) data. But change is coming, driven by cheaper flash drives and the realisation that fast access to secondary data is, obviously, better than slow access.…

Pure unsheathes the FlashBlade, cuts out NetApp legacy system

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:41:07 GMT

24-rack unit replaced with 15 'blades', performance gained, millions saved – so they say

A 24-rack NetApp system has been replaced with a single Pure Storage FlashBlade product at a customer site.…

Fresh and fast little flashers from NetApp

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 17:05:10 GMT

Shrunken A700 all-flash array wins top-3 benchmark result

NetApp has launched two new all-flash FAS arrays, won a top 3 SPC-1 storage benchmark result, and announced a new flash capacity guarantee programme.…

OpenIO hires strategy head, aims disruptor beams at storage industry

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:03:42 GMT

Blogger/influencer/sometime Reg commentator joins OpenIO

OpenIO, an object storage startup, has recruited Enrico Signoretti as its head of product strategy.…

A flash of brilliance or just a flash in the pan?

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:14:11 GMT

Tell us what you think of All-Flash Arrays and the people who sell them

Study All-Flash Arrays were one of the hottest themes on the pages of The Reg during 2016, so we want to dig deep into your knowledge and experience with these systems to get the details.…

Revealed: Soros Group behind mystery unit that gobbled Violin Memory

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:12:43 GMT

Going for a song: Hedge fund pulled the strings to snap up busted biz for $14.5m

A Soros hedge fund vehicle made the winning bid at Violin Memory's January 23 auction.…

We're building a wall and the over-30TB market is going to pay for it

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:11:56 GMT

ExaGrid CEO Bill Andrews on backup's major players

Interview After our relatively crude attempt to segment the backup market, ExaGrid CEO Bill Andrews got in touch wanting to talk about their way of divvying up the market. What he described seemed a neat enough way of doing it, and far better than our three-group attempt.…

Between you and NVMe: NetApp dishes on drives and fabric access

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:03:12 GMT

Will deliver an NVMe over Fabrics FlexPod system in a rack all ready to go

Interview El Reg has asked a large number of storage array vendors about their views of NVMe solid state drives and NVMe over Fabrics access to such drives. The combination promises to effectively kill array network access latency issues and make array access equivalent to reading and writing data from a locally attached flash drive.…

'Alexa, manage my enterprise storage'

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:02:09 GMT

No, says Tintri, it isn’t nonsense. (Psst, want to see a demo?)

When we rather fancifully wrote a column about storage system management by chatbot, and added the idea of an Alexa-type, speech-recognizing front end, we thought we’d left the back of our envelope far, far behind. Turns out we hadn’t.…

So the co. that won the bid for VM is called (drumroll): VM Bidco...

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:33:32 GMT

Two failed attempts to sell company revealed in Chapter 11 filings

One "VM Bidco" has been revealed as the successful bidder for Violin Memory at its auction. Violin's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings have now revealed two failed attempts, spaced a year apart, to sell the firm.…

Memory loss: Toshiba puts chip biz up for sale

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:56:57 GMT

Hardware dump will help pay costs from failed energy venture

Toshiba says it will sell off its memory semiconductor business as it looks to recuperate from the write-off of losses to its nuclear power business.…

Time to face the music, Violin Memory: Upstart's asset auction is over

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:30:22 GMT

Who won? Well, we're waiting – and waiting and waiting and ...

Violin Memory's assets were scheduled to be put up for auction on Monday in New York. So far, no successful bids have been announced, although a buyer could be revealed by the end of the month.…

NetApp rehires former exec Thurlow to run UK biz

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:20:29 GMT

Five years in the wilds and away from storage is enough for any man

Industry grey beard Nick Thurlow has returned to NetApp to run the UK business half a decade after he quit.…

WD Corp picks teeth after SanDisk dinner, seems pleased with fuller figure

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:02:05 GMT

Spinners boosted by SSD sales

+Comment Western Digital Corp, still digesting SanDisk, is selling more disk drives than arch-rival Seagate and appears to be doing a booming flash business as well, for now.…

Too early for champers? Quantum faces its first sales rise in a decade

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:01:08 GMT

If the next quarter goes their way, that is

Get the champagne ready; Quantum might be facing its first annual revenue increase in 10 years – if the next quarter goes to plan.…

En garde! Touché! Sorry for the cliché! Pure Storage flashes its blade

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 12:29:07 GMT

Slashing away at Big Data access latency like Zorro

Can Pure Storage keep up its booming growth as FlashBlade, its Big Data flash box, becomes generally availabile?…

Toss your day job. Start a backup company. Sorted

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:02:04 GMT

Barracuda's BJ on cloud... and Reg man on that sweet, sweet data protection honey

Analysis A conversation with Barracuda CEO BJ Jenkins revealed a company whose customers are heading steadily towards the cloud – where the full stack approaches of Dell, HPE and others can’t hold sway – and where Barracuda, natch, thinks it can grow and grow.…