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Violin Memory axes staff just before Christmas, gives CFO $150k bonus

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:49:28 GMT

Cash gift-wrapped to keep beancounter sweet for next couple of months

Violin Memory is cutting staff while rewarding chief financial officer Cory Sindelar with a bonus to persuade him to stay for another two months. Merry Christmas, Silicon Valley style.…

Dell EMC kills off VxRack Neutrino

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:36:27 GMT

EOL for hyper-converged, rack-scale, turnkey turkey

EMC is end-of-lifing its hyper-converged, rack-scale, scale-out, turnkey VxRack Neutrino product.…

Pure Storage is betting its FlashArray farm on NVMe

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:36:14 GMT

Adoption starts in 2017 and will be leading flash interface protocol by 2019

+Comment At a high level, Pure believes NVMe is poised to unlock the next generation of performance and density gains, and any modern all-flash array needs to be ready to take advantage. It plans to enable NVMe with tier 1 resiliency and enterprise data services for everyone, refusing to see it as expensive, exotic, high-performance niche technology.…

HyperGrid's ex-ice hockey player evangelist wants to slot the puck

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:00:08 GMT

Murphy’s Marrakech Express leads to metaphorical storage goal

Analysis It’s said that hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body from dental records, or that someone went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.…

Qumulo gets head transplant

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:29:04 GMT

Incoming CEO as founding CEO goes to CTO role

Qumulo CEO and co-founder Peter Godman is transitioning to a CTO role as Bill Richter is hired to be the new CEO and Presidenp.…

Well, FC-NVMe. Did this lightning-fast protocol just get faster?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:54:12 GMT

New wine in old bottles; NVMe fabrics can use Fibre Channel instead of replacing it

+Comment A walk through the vast and spacious exhibition arena at HPE Discover in London can bring you to Cavium's stand. There Roberto Angelo Polacsek, a senior account exec, will tell you why he believes NVMe over Fibre Channel will be important. Cavium bought Fibre Channel HBA vendor QLogic recently, and Polacsek says its 16Gbps HBAs can be upgraded to add NVMe fabric support, FC-NVMe, for free.…

Spinning rust supply chain seizes up after BIG disk demand spike

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:02:07 GMT

Hard disk industry caught between long-term decline and occasional spurts of enthusiasm

Storage analyst outfit Trendfocus says that the hard disk industry has just posted its best growth in seven years, but that it comes with its own problems.…

HPE: Keep cool, cloud peeps. Store hot data in on-premises flash

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:56:13 GMT

Sets out 3PAR lures to stop hot data going to AWS, Azure

HPE is pushing its 3PAR Flash Now initiative to customers to buy 3PAR StoreServ all-flash storage array technology starting at $0.03 per usable Gigabyte per month. It claims this is a fraction of the cost of public cloud alternatives.…

K2 promises faster data avalanche with NVMe drives

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:13:05 GMT

Kaminario claims you need scale-up and scale-out for full fabric access benefits

Interview NVMe adoption by array and storage software vendors is shaping up to be one of the single biggest transitions in the storage industry as the long-lived Fibre Channel SAN becomes the NVMeF SAN.…

HPE getting long-term archives taped

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:09:04 GMT

Spectrum of products extended upwards to TFinity

Fancy that – flash-loving HPE is getting into big tape boxes. It's extending its high-end tape portfolio by reselling SpectraLogic tape libraries.…

Scality reinvents the RING, adds extra Amazon S3 polish

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:20:36 GMT

Software-flinger improves security, integration with v6.4

If you're in the object storage game, you'd better ensure your kit has Amazon S3 functionality and security. Storage software flogger Scality is no fool and says it has improved both with its latest RING 6.4 version.…

Double-DIMMed XPoint wastes sockets

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:02:14 GMT

It makes me cross

Analysis A Xitore white paper compares coming XPoint DIMMs and Xitore's own flash DIMMs, and claims each XPoint DIMM needs a companion DRAM cache DIMM, obviously halving XPoint DIMM density.…

Storage newbie: You need COTS to really rock that NVMe baby

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:38:13 GMT

NVMe drives need NVMe fabrics - two sides of the same NVMe coin

NVMe drives need NVMe fabrics to give shared arrays the data access latency killing benefits of NVMe. Unlike Nimble architect Dimitris Krekoukias, storage startup E8 believes putting NVMe SSDs in today’s all-flash arrays will be futile; it claims we need NVMe fabrics to get the NVMe performance boost.…

I'm not having a VMware moment – there's just something in my eye

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:06:12 GMT

SAP veep on 2U, 24-drive, NVMe storage boxes

Analysis SAP VP Renu Raman thinks 2U, 24-drive, NVMe storage boxes could provoke a storage VMware moment.…

HDS kicks flash array baby out of pram

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:02:07 GMT

HFS A-Series given pink slip, told to walk the plank

We’re hearing HDS is retiring or downgrading its 11-month-old HFS A-Series all-flash array.…

Hello, SAN-shine. You and NVMe are going to have a little chinwag

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:35:39 GMT

El Reg chats to Nimble man about coming wave of NVMe adoption

Analysis A sea change is gathering pace in storage, powered by NVMe drive-level and fabric-level connectivity, the two declaring war on data access latency, and combining to bring data closer to compute and get more applications running in servers faster.…

Nimble: Thank flash for sweet, sweet AFA

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:13:08 GMT

But while the all-flash kit sales are up, hybrid arrays are down

Analysis A considered look at Nimble Storage's latest quarterly results show that its all-flash array (AFA) sales are rising but hybrid product sales are falling, suggesting some cannibalisation is going on.…

HPE core servers and storage under pressure

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:36:08 GMT

Public cloud and Huawei cited among culprits

Analysis HPE's latest results show a company emerging slimmer and fitter through diet (cost-cutting) and exercise (spin-merger deals) but facing tougher markets in servers and storage – the new normal, as CEO Meg Whitman says.…

Dell EMC's Pure-crushing benchmarks are flawed, says, er, Pure

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 04:54:06 GMT

Lies, damn lies, and performance test results

We've seen selected benchmarks that show Dell EMC Unity arrays giving Pure a hard time – and, unsurprisingly, Pure says the tests are "obviously flawed."…

ExaGrid, Pure, and Veeam want IT to march to their drumbeat

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:29:13 GMT

Flash array backup jungle receives a new message from Mr Tambourine Man

Flash array supplier Pure Storage and disk-based backup vendor ExaGrid want users to have Veeam backup software protect FlashArray data with ExaGrid's arrays.…

Wikibon invokes the old gods to make six tech predictions for 2017

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:04:04 GMT

Consumer volume driving ARM and OpenCAPI forward, and its lack hobbling XPoint

Analysis Wikibon's chief technology guy, David Floyer, has put out his top six disruptive tech tips for 2017, seeing that ARM and Open CAPI will separately grow at Intel's Xeon expense, the cloud at on-premises' Server SAN expense, and flash at disk drive's expense, while XPoint will be a 2017 dud.…

Flash? Nu-uh. Seagate nibbles on tiny slice of SSD pie

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:39:09 GMT

But world SSD shipments up 46%, 128-layer 3D incoming

The utter irrelevance of Seagate as an SSD shipper is shown by TrendFocus's estimated total SSD unit ship numbers for 2016's third quarter, with just 0.1 per cent of the 38.25 million units shipped, 46 per cent up on a year ago.…

Fancy a wee quasi-DRAM? Supermicro bulks up server memory

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:02:08 GMT

Memory-intensive apps drive adoption of storage-class memory

Data is getting closer to compute – Supermicro's X10DRU-i+ dual-socket server is available with 1TB or 2TB of application memory for analytics, database, and caching apps by being equipped with Diablo's Memory1 flash DIMM modules, and up to a 4x memory increase from DRAM-only servers.…

EMC crying two SAN breakup tears

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:24:15 GMT

Binary split Humpty SAN Dumpty logically put back together again

Analysis Dell EMC is working on fixing the increasing split between primary storage data on flash and capacity data storage on object arrays by logically combining them underneath a 2 TIERS software abstraction layer.…

Permabit pulls on Red Hat, opens arms for a Linux cuddle

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:07:06 GMT

Crimson headcover kernel gets dedupe and compression

The Mad Hatter of Linux is getting Alice in Wonderland style physical space virtualisation with thin provisioning, compression and deduplication courtesy of Permabit.…

Disaster-recoverer Zerto wades into Microsoft clouds

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:19:10 GMT

Adds Azure to its replication bridge target list

Zerto announced its Enterprise Cloud Edition with general availability of Zerto Virtual Replication 5.0 (ZVR), which has Microsoft Azure support.…

HPE tape library permits unauthorised remote access

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 05:01:04 GMT

560-slot library can store 8.4 petabytes. The good news: bad guys can only get 45TB an hour

HP Enterprise has warned that its StoreEver MSL6480 Tape Library is at risk of allowing “remote unauthorized disclosure of information.”…

Virtual Instruments gobbles up Xangati in cash-free deal

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 17:01:10 GMT

Buying app monitoring and analytics smarts to add to its infrastructure intelligence

Storage workload and network testing company Virtual Instruments has bought Xangati and its hybrid cloud and virtualisation performance management technology.…

WDLabs goes Pi-eyed and sees triple

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 13:55:06 GMT

Neat storage subsystem adds multiple OS instances

WDLabs has introduced a Raspberry Pi storage subsystem with three drive products and multiple OS project spaces.…

NetApp's regeneration could be deep surgery or anti-wrinkle cream

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:02:12 GMT

Declining funds and staff but growing flash revenues

Analysis NetApp's long story short – customers aren't buying the old stuff and don't like the new stuff much either.…

NVMe SSD? Not yet, says Pure, but promises to deliver it

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:36:13 GMT

FlashArray//M customers will get souped-up protocol

Pure's NVMe-Ready Guarantee promises every newly purchased FlashArray//M can be upgraded to full NVMe through their Evergreen Storage program.…

Seagate plans to bring down the 16TB HAMR... soon(er)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:04:08 GMT

Salt Lake City SC16 booth talk at Steve Luczo’s company

Analysis Stifel MD Aaron Rakers went on a Seagate booth tour at SC16 and notes Seagate thinks it is a year ahead of WD and Toshiba with HAMR (Heat-assisted magnetic recording) technology.…

HDS has HCI – but it's not hyper-converged infrastructure

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:45:04 GMT

Containerised Content Intelligence... and it kind of/sort of converges data silos

HDS has announced Hitachi Content Intelligence, software which can search for and read content in multiple structured and unstructured data silos and analyse it.…

Aw, snap: Independent disk drive failure rates from Backblaze

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:04:49 GMT

The good, the bad, and the ugly rusty spinners revealed

Backup and cloud storage provider Backblaze’s latest quarterly disk failure rate table shows WD 6TB drives had an 11.31 per cent annualised failure rate in the third 2016 quarter, with Seagate 4TB drives spinning into the ground almost as often, with a 10.2 per cent rate.…

Harder, better, faster, stronger (apparently). The IronWolf goes Pro

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:02:09 GMT

Seagate does that annoying thing when they update a product six months later

Seagate has tweaked its IronWolf NAS drive to make it stream data faster for longer and tacked the epithet "Pro" on the end.…

Lenovo intros monster disk box

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:06:12 GMT

You might need a forklift for this mofo

Lenovo has announced the mother of all disk drive enclosures at SC16 – the D3284 JBOD, a 5U enclosure holding up to 84 3.5-inch disk and/or solid-state drives.…

SpectraLogic SLACSS off to speed HPC archiving

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:52:50 GMT

HPC Lustre and Ceph cold stores get hot speed

SpectraLogic is cementing its BlackPearl gateway deeper into the Lustre and Ceph user communities with two new integrations.…

Qumulo bangs out new software, Apollo server support

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:36:18 GMT

Not the spaceflight programme, the storage hardware

Hybrid scale-out NAS startup Qumulo has banged out a software release twinned with support of HPE Apollo servers.…

Midi-archive box from WD stops at 19PB

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:28:08 GMT

On-premises S3-accessed object store

WD has announced an ActiveScale P100 system for storing object data, scaling from 720TB to 19PB (raw), and forming an entry-level archive product tier well below the 672TB to 35PB Active Archive system.…

Tegile ups its array game with new kit

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:32:11 GMT

Farewell old hat T3000 and say hello to bright and shiny T4000

All-flash and hybrid array vendor Tegile has updated its product range, with the T3000 series of all-flash, hybrid and high density arrays becoming the faster and more capavcious T4000 series.…

This tornado shlurps data, stores for less, CTERA, CTERA

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:02:13 GMT

They might suck, but cloud security crew are poised to become major players

Analysis The Dummies' Guide to Cloud Storage Gateways for Suppliers says: "Cloud Storage Gateways are incoming data tornadoes that will suck up data from your on-premises arrays and splat it down on cheaper competitors' kit or, worse, send it to the public cloud forever."…

Gotta speed up HPC arrays. Flash or disk, flash or disk. Let's do both – Seagate

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:59:52 GMT

Hybrid set-up plus Nytro caching software sends small I/Os to SSD

Seagate’s ClusterStor 300N storage array for high-performance computing is a hybrid flash/disk array, lifting sequential bandwidth by 33 per cent and small, random I/O by up to 1,200 per cent.…

Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:36:51 GMT

Seagate plops BarraCuda inside external backup

Sitting in my desk drawer is a 500GB Hitachi Life Studio Mobile. External drive, pathetic capacity. Seagate has a 5TB Backup Plus Portable external drive in the same physical size, with ten times as much storage space.…

Kaminario's Dani Golan reaches for the sky

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:58:04 GMT

Former IDF fighter pilot aims high as CEO

Profile Dani Golan stands on the roof of his Israeli headquarters and points out features of the scenery: an 8,000 year-old ruin here, an ancient trade route there, a modern highway alongside the building, a sign to Nazareth, and fighter jets taking off from a nearby airforce base with thunderous, sky-filling roars.…

Arkivum's new CEO gets £3m cash boost to play with – now what?

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:58:06 GMT

AaaS steps out of academia into the big bad world

Interview Arkivum has gained £3m funding after appointing a new CEO. The firm is in the AaaS business, archiving as a service. When Guy Yaniv became CEO in June, the previous grand fromage, Jim Cook, became Chief Customer Officer. But he left in October and is now a Project Lead at Genomics England.…

SimpliVity results scream 'I'm perfect for you, HPE!'

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:47:03 GMT

But no formal announcement on wedding

"No comment" is what SimpliVity usually says to questions about a rumoured takeover by HPE (it's what HPE says too).…

Iguazio: Made from Kia parts but faster than a Ferrari with 1,000 drivers

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:31:44 GMT

Big Water boys take on Big Data

Backgrounder We introduced Iguazio in September. Assembled hacks were given a deep dive into the company at its Herzliya, Israel HQ this week.…

Rolling out flash in the enterprise? It's a matter of application

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:00:04 GMT

Here's what flash viable looks like

Flash SSD is changing the way that we store data. Vendors would like you to use it for all of your applications – and you probably will at some point – but which applications does it make most sense for today, and which might you have to work a little harder on to justify its use?…

Violin Memory resembles toast

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 07:02:13 GMT

Catastrophic loss of value since DeNuccio became CEO

Comment February of 2014 saw Kevin DeNuccio appointed as Violin Memory's CEO. Then the shares were worth about $15.…

Veeam ponders hyperconverged data protection play

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 04:02:05 GMT

And wants to cuddle everyone's favourite consultancies for
– gulp – 'solutions'

Veeam is pondering a product to protect data stored inside hyperconverged systems, the company's new president and chief operating officer Peter McKay tells The Register.…