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Newly Google-emboldened Nutanix aims for data centre dominance

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:02:10 GMT

Data centre control plane platform play by mad hyperconverger

Nutanix is making a play to be a data centre control plane platform with a hybrid cloud game plan, buttressed by buddying up with the Google Cloud Platform.…

Western Digital bares fangs in $1bn Toshiba lawsuit

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:04:14 GMT

Hey Tosh, you're so frivolous and without merit

Western Digital has hit back at Toshiba, its flash memory joint venture partner, which this week sued it in Japan for $1bn damages, alleging unfair competition and theft of trade secrets.…

NetApp HCI: More converged than hyperconverged?

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:03:12 GMT

Separate compute and storage environments inside

Analysis I have come to the conclusion that NetApp's new HCI system is more converged than hyperconverged: in essence the boxes just add compute nodes and networking to SolidFire (storage) nodes.…

Modern Micron maestro Mehrotra marches merrily, maintains megahit masterplan

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:44:06 GMT

Senior execs hired and flagging retail business canned

Sanjay Mehrotra, Micron’s new CEO, is setting a whirlwind pace to make changes at the relatively staid old chipper.…

Toshiba, Western Digital put away lawyers long enough to play 96-layer 3D NAND game of Jenga

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:10:17 GMT

Tosh talks 4-level cell tech, too

Just as we are getting used to 64‑layer 3D NAND chips, along come the warring flash joint-venture couple Toshiba and Western Digital. The pair say their JV has produced a 96‑layer prototype die, with Toshiba also introducing four-level cell tech.…

Atlantis Computing in urgent refinancing talks

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:10:13 GMT

VDI and HCIA software supplier

Atlantis Computing is in middle of "delicate ongoing negotiations" seeking funding from investors.…

Intel launches 64-layer 3D flash client SSD

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:15:19 GMT

You can buy it at consumer electronics e-shop. We're not joking

Intel has hatched a new SSD, a 64-layer one, available in a lovely coincidence at etailer Newegg for $179.99.…

A good time Woz had by all: We peeked our head into Primary Data and this is what we saw

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:03:12 GMT

Upcoming early-access product details revealed

Analysis Picture this. A little press conference with Primary Data at its headquarters in Milpitas, California, right in the armpit of Silicon Valley. CEO Lance Smith is briskly burbling away about his company, but us hacks are somewhat distracted.…

Big Blue lures big biz object storage teams with VersaStack, COS

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:53:16 GMT

IBM and Cisco gear? So you're saying two wrongs can make a right?

IBM has found a new route for its channel into enterprise data-intensive workloads, courtesy of its Cisco VersaStack deal.…

Oh my Tosh: WDC submits fresh bid for Toshiba memory biz

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:24:09 GMT

Is this the beginning of the endgame?

WDC and KKR have submitted a fresh bid for beleaguered Toshiba's memory business, in competition with the preferred INCJ/Bain/SK Hynix bid.…

Coraid's Coile resurrects storage biz, swears off VCs' filthy Valley lucre

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:23:36 GMT

Never again, he tells El Reg

Analysis Here's a resurrected startup that isn't a startup anymore and wants nothing to do with VCs, ever – Coraid.…

Solving the NVMeF-JBOF-is-not-a-SAN conundrum

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:28:07 GMT

Sharing is caring, SAN-shine

Interview An NVME over fabrics controller-less array is not a SAN because it can’t share data. That was the essence of Datrium CTO Hugo Patterson’s view.…

Hyperconverged leapfrog: Dell EMC borg overtakes Nutanix

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:30:16 GMT

Takes hyper-converged infrastructure appliance lead – analyst

Dell EMC overtook Nutanix to become the leading hyper-converged infrastructure appliance shipper in 2017’s first quarter.…

The good kind of data sharing: Reg empties its storage news warehouse

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:03:12 GMT

Products, hookups, support, click relief and more

Here's a storage news item garage sale. Come on in and check out our array of goodies; there's something for everyone.…

Hey blockheads, is an NVMe over fabrics array a SAN?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:26:14 GMT

No, says Datrium, 'cos you can't share data. E8 sort of agrees

Analysis What is a SAN and is an NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeF) array a SAN or not? Datrium says not. E8 says... maybe.…

Fasthosts' week to forget: 4-day virtual server summer bummer

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:13:52 GMT

VPS blinkenlights dim for some of the customers

Fasthosts hasn’t exactly draped itself in glory during this week of the summer solstice, what with the four day blackout of its virtual private server service and a partial eclipse of webmail.…

Hybrid storage newbie: It's storage Jim, but not as you know it

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:44:09 GMT

Data on flash or disk? Er, it's complicated, says Reduxio

Reduxio, the startup that stories data in unique indexed, tagged and timestamped chunks, has introduced v3.0 software with unified primary and secondary storage.…

Flash-based and Dell-free: NetApp trots out SolidFire FlexPod

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:57:12 GMT

Flash? It's all flash, mate

NetApp has introduced an all-flash SolidFire-based FlexPod.…

Flash array startup E8 whips out benchmarks, everyone will complain

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:37:10 GMT

NVMe over Fabrics box bashes Dell EMC, Pure and Infinidat

NVMe over Fabrics flash array startup E8 says its box out-performs Dell EMC and Pure arrays by up to 20 times.…

WDC wants in on Japan-backed consortium to buy Toshiba's chip biz

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:32:12 GMT

Legal headache still hangs over foundry joint venture agreement

WDC may have a way back into Toshiba's memory business auction although Toshiba has selected the Japanese state-backed INCJ consortium's ¥2tn ($18bn) bid group, which excluded WDC.…

Toshiba chip biz auction: Picks Japan-Bain fund bid

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:17:09 GMT

WDC: Hang on ... WHAAAA....

Toshiba has reportedly picked a home-grown Japanese state-backed fund to buy its memory business, and has frozen out flash foundry joint-venture partner WDC.…

Another FalconStor CEO out as storage software firm hunts for growth

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:19:12 GMT

Outgoing Garry Quinn hands reins to Intermap's Todd Oseth

FalconStor CEO Gary Quinn has resigned with Todd Oseth coming in to run this somewhat sickly storage software firm.…

Software 'submarine' surfaces data protection for the Nutanix hypervisor crowd

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:23:08 GMT

They kept that quiet: Software for AHV app data protection

Comtrade Software’s HYCU is an app-aware data protection product tailored for Nutanix’s Acropolis hypervisor (AHV) with fast deployment, backup and recovery.…

Samsung's 'Magician' for SSDs can let crims run evil code

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:28:09 GMT

What is this: Storage insecurity day? Asking cos Acronis has the same problem

The CERT Coordination Centre at Carnegie Mellon University has just popped two items onto storage admins to-do lists.…

Pure suggests dishing out intelligence to dumb storage shelves

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:02:08 GMT

Toshiba thinking 200 layers of 3D NAND

Update At Pure's Accelerate conference last week, the company talked about distributing intelligence to its NVMe fabric-accessed storage shelves.…

What can you buy with 12 bucks? Avocado on toast? A slice of Tintri?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:13:41 GMT

Storage upstart reveals IPO price range, hopes to raise $100m

All-flash and hybrid array startup Tintri has set out its IPO pricing terms, and they look quite modest.…

And now, in alphabetical order, all the storage news you may have missed

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:09:06 GMT

From Actian to WANdisco, we've got it all

Another week, another week of storage news laid out in our farmer’s market on groaning stalls full of free-range and organic produce. Walk around and check it out.…

Burying its head in the NAND: Samsung boosts 64-layer 3D flash chip production

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:01:07 GMT

Still lagging WDC and Toshiba chip capacity by half

Samsung says it is boosting its 64-layer V-NAND flash chip production after Toshiba and WDC have introduced 64-layer NAND drives.…

DDN burst buffer to bimble along more briskly after boost

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:02:10 GMT

SFAOS, Lustre distribution and WOS given a waxing as well

HPC storage system supplier DDN has enhanced the performance and protection on four of its products – storage array software SFAOS, flash cache burst buffer IME, EXAScaler Lustre and the WOS object storage system.…

Blade Runner time: Retail replicant buys into WANdisco’s Fusion product

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:42:10 GMT

Firm starting to win big orders to its replication to the cloud product

Data replicator WANdisco has won a US$2mn contract with a "major American multinational retail corporation," claimed to be "one of the world’s largest retailers".…

WDC fires another shot at Toshiba in flash foundry spat, whispers: Pick me, Tosh!

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:02:06 GMT

Confused? Let us explain the tale of love and hate

Analysis Western Digital Corporation continues its strange make love and war approach to getting a slice of Toshiba's Memory Business action by opening a new legal attack on its joint venture partner.…

FreeNAS releases version 11, so let us put the unpleasantness of failed V.10 behind us

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:32:10 GMT

Adds S3 compatibility but Docker drops out for now

FreeNAS releases version 11 so let's put the unpleasantness of failed V.10 behind us Version 11 of FreeNAS has emerged, hopefully without the bugs that saw the open source project release version 10 and then downgrade it to a mere “tech preview” a month later.…

IBM will soon become sole gatekeepers to the realm of tape – report

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:02:01 GMT

Yeah, cloud service providers, large enterprises still need it

Spectra Logic's Digital Data Storage Outlook 2017 report predicts IBM will emerge as the sole tape drive manufacturer.…

Toshiba bowls out small but nippy enterprise spinner

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:21:07 GMT

Power-sipping 900GB, 15,000rpm disk drive

Toshiba has a high-speed enterprise disk drive that ships data 20 per cent faster than the model before it.…

Toshiba memory unit drama alert: SK Hynix chips into Japanese consortium bid

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:05:10 GMT

WDC could be out on its arse

Korean chipper SK Hynix is joining a Japanese state fund-led consortium to bid for Toshiba's memory business, and WDC could be out.…

IBM deep-sixes DeepFlash 150

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:14:06 GMT

Unstructured data box nixed in Europe

IBM has withdrawn its Spectrum Scale-based DeepFlash 150 product from sale.…

Hyper-active Pure goes bananas with new software

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:30:09 GMT

Also demo'ing end-to-end NVMe over fabrics to Cisco UCS servers

Pure Storage is launching a mega-slew of software, with some new hardware, as well as a demo-ing an end-to-end NVMe over fabrics Flash Stack at its annual Pure Accelerate conference in San Francisco.…

Enterprise flash storage market report reads like it's a vendors graveyard

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:07:34 GMT

Virident? Violin?! Where is Tintri? HPE?! IBM??!!!

Registrar Daily's Global Enterprise Flash Storage Market 2017 report looks at 15 vendors – of which five no longer exist and two are small-to-insignificant – and totally neglects to mention others.…

Data shepherd Rubrik herds Microsoft, Oracle users towards its Alta

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:11:07 GMT

Now talks to Nutanix AHV, Microsoft Hyper-V and Oracle RMAN

Secondary data storage protection and management supplier Rubrik just added a host of extensions to its product to broaden its appeal to Microsoft, Nutanix and Oracle users.…

Apeiron demos 'rocket ship' Intel Optane array tech

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:46:07 GMT

'Optane on a string instead of captive in the box'

Analysis An Apeiron Optane array has five times the throughput, more than 6 times the IOPS, and up to 38 times lower latency than an Aperiron flash array.…

Toshiba Twist holds out bowl, WDC sweetens flash plant deal to $18bn

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:54:08 GMT

Eat your gruel and we won't go to international arbitration court

The Toshiba memory business saga careers on with a consortium including WDC set to raise its bid to ¥2tn ($18bn) or more.…

HPE ignored SAN failure warnings at Australian Taxation Office, had no recovery plan

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 04:59:37 GMT

'Stressed fibre optical cabling' crashed 3PAR box, then wide-striped disks went kaput

The HPE 3PAR SANs that twice failed at the Australian Taxation Office had warned of outages for months, but HPE decided the arrays were in no danger of major failure. Combined with decisions to place the SANs' recovery software was on the SANs themselves, and HPE's configuration of the SANs for speed, not resilience, the failures proved difficult to recover from even if no data was lost.…

NetApp puts everything it's got into a hyperconverged box

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:01:10 GMT

'NetApp HCI' takes all of its best bits and wraps them around compute and vCenter

NetApp has finally revealed its long-promised hyperconverged appliance. Named “NetApp HCI”, the product pours almost everything the company does into a 2U box, along with four unnamed servers, a cloud-style pay-as-you-go pricing plan and a vCenter plugin so you can manage it without having to learn new tools.…

Foxconn, Amazon, Apple join Toshiba chip plant feeding frenzy

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:28:04 GMT

Meanwhile, Tosh shoves WDC's stake back, mutters 'keep it'

Apple, Amazon and Foxconn are preparing to "chip in" for ailing Toshiba's NAND flash memory chip-making division, according to reports.…

Azure Backup cuddles up real close to Windows Server

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 03:22:12 GMT

Cloudy backup, now with data de-dupe, Windows System State restore and free egress

Microsoft keeps getting closer and closer to being a decent backup vendor.…

Tintri files for US$100m IPO but warns losses will likely keep coming

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 01:13:37 GMT

Admits costs set to rise and that it faces entrenched deep-pocketed competition

Virtualized storage upstart Tintri has filed for its initial public offering.…

Toshiba asset-swap shock: Western Digital is not impressed

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:04:09 GMT

Saucy Japanese chip-fryer tries to swallow its JV stake

Loss-ridden Toshiba has pulled an unexpected move which it hopes will allow it to auction off its flash memory unit for a big pile of cash within the month. It says it has reabsorbed assets from its flash foundry JV with Western Digital Corp.…

Acronis adds automated ransomware protection to latest Backup version

Wed, 31 May 2017 09:52:05 GMT

Blockchain for data integrity and regulatory compliance

In a well-timed release Acronis has announced its Backup 12.5 product with automated ransomware protection and data integrity checking via blockchain.…

WDC may form carrion consortium to snap up Toshiba's flash memory biz

Tue, 30 May 2017 15:07:05 GMT

Vultures continue circling not-quite-corpse

Western Digital may form a consortium to buy up Toshiba’s hotly disputed NAND flash memory unit, according to reports.…

Apps will need to be re-coded to go faster with storage-class RAM

Tue, 30 May 2017 07:32:59 GMT

Oracle Labs plays with an Optane simulator and finds cacheing gets rather tricky

Oracle Labs has found that applications will need a bit of work before they can really take advantage of storage-class RAM like Intel's Optane.…