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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.…

From spinning rust to SSD: What to wear when things are looking worn

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:55:09 GMT

We've come a long way from mechanical drives

My proper storage friends have a term: “spinning rust”. It’s used to refer to traditional hard disks, which store data by magnetising cells on ferromagnetic layers on rotating discs (“platters”). “Ferro” = iron; iron oxide is the proper name for rust. Geddit?…

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.…

Enterprise storage sitrep: The external array party is over

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:35:08 GMT

Let's go to all-flash arrays' house instead

Despite the storage market growing 13.7 per cent annually in the fourth 2017 quarter, the external array section grew less than 2 per cent and is forecast to decline, according to IDC's worldwide enterprise storage systems tracker.…

Supermicro and VMware keep it green with vSAN Hyperconverged Solution

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:17:10 GMT

Webinar gives the full picture

Promo Launched in August at VMWorld in Las Vegas, Supermicro’s vSAN Hyperconverged Solution promises to optimize performance for specific workload uses and make the world a greener place, thanks to its superior power efficiency.…

Dell EMC in bid to clap trade secrets injunction on staff now at Rubrik

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:29:12 GMT

Alleges ex-sales bods copied files and solicited former clients

Dell EMC has tossed a trade secrets sueball at two ex-sales employees who left for Rubrik, alleging that they solicited other EMC staff to jump ship and approached Dell EMC customers.…

Nutanix shrugs off loss, rivals, buys another firm

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 17:03:08 GMT

Turnover's up 44%. Dell, VMware probably raging

Hyperconverged player Nutanix reported second fiscal 2018 quarter revenues of $286.7m, up 44 per cent on a year ago and 4 per cent on the prior quarter.…

Pure now a billion-dollar revenue biz as Dell EMC, HPE take eyes off prize

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:36:09 GMT

Flash arrays are their business and business is a'ight – finally

Flash array shipper Pure is now officially a billion-dollar turnover organ and appears poised to finally reach profitability as competition from Dell EMC and HPE contines to wane.…

BOOM: Server shipments up as huge clumps of white boxes suddenly fly off shelves

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 16:29:06 GMT

Tectonic shifts in CSPs and hyperscaler buying

Server shipments boomed in 2017's fourth quarter, with total revenues bouncing 26.4 per cent on the prior year and unit sales stepping up 11 per cent. Hyperscaler and cloud service provider customer buying patterns are causing tectonic shifts in the market.…

Intel to Tsinghua: I know Micron didn't work out – please buy our 3D NAND

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 15:32:30 GMT

The China Syndrome

Intel is discussing selling 3D NAND wafers to China's Tsinghua Unigroup, the same company US government barred from buying Intel's flash partner Micron in 2015.…

Tonight on IPO, Bought or Binned: Cloudian and Scality collide as object storage endgame nears

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 09:31:27 GMT

Rivalries intensify in what is now a two-horse race

Analysis Both Scality and Cloudian have received fresh funding as they race towards an IPO, acquisition or startup trash can – the three outcomes of the object storage endgame.…

Who was the storage dollar daddy in 2017? S. S. D

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:08:04 GMT

But disk shipped 10X more exabytes than flash

Customer spending on SSDs finally ruled the storage roost in 2017 but vendors still shipped more than ten times as much disk capacity as flash.…

A potential IPO, some upgrades, Overland sold, and 'Fortify the continuum of..' whut?

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:37:14 GMT

It's your week in storage, kids

It's been an eventful week in storage land, with contract wins, possible IPOs, biz unit sales and the inevitable poring over financial results. Let's have a look at the people, the product and the numbers...…

Veritas insiders: Job cuts? There will be blood

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:23:14 GMT

Drafts in corp restructuring biz Alix Partners to cut costs, improve margins

Veritas Technologies has hired a corporate restructuring specialist in the face of business difficulties.…

Don't worry, Eugene Kaspersky. Acronis is just busting a security move...

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:31:05 GMT

Oh and a touch of HCI, says data protector as it waltzes into adjacent markets

Analysis Data protector Acronis is building hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) kit for release in 2019 and developing a security product slated for 2020 – markets in little danger of being under-served.…

Oh, Bucket! AWS in S3 status-checking tool free-for-all

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:26:12 GMT

'Your data is waiting for the internet to download it' warning lights are now free

Amazon Web Services has signalled it's still worried about poorly configured buckets in its Simple Storage Service (S3) by making one of the tools to manage them free.…

Big Blue plumps up storage line with filer and fabrics

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:31:14 GMT

Spectrum goes all NASty, FlashSystem base box getting NVMe fabric access

IBM is adding filer software to its storage offerings, NVMe fabric access to its base all-flash array, and other features across its storage portfolio in a bumper Big Blue storage news day.…

Hot NAND: Samsung wheels out 30TB SSD monster

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:35:13 GMT

It's another whopper: Fabulous capacity or blast radius nightmare

Samsung has finally got its 31TB SSD into manufacturing, catching up with Toshiba's similarly well-endowed SAS flash package.…

Scality CEO: About that C-suite throttling...

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:26:08 GMT

'We didn't strictly need a marketing chief or a president or a COO...'

More details have emerged of C-suite axe swinging at Scality with chief marketing officer Paul Turner getting the chop - still he lasted longer than his predecessor.…

Veritas loses its Vision, kills global customer knees-up

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:02:15 GMT

Warm wine and sarnies to be served up at 'local' Solutions Days instead

Veritas has canned its annual Veritas Vision marketing extravaganza in preference of smaller, regional get togethers for channel and end-user customers.…

Storage snow big deal? Products vendors hope will sleigh, pole position startups and more

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:18:04 GMT

Ice to meet you, storage fans. This was your week

In this week's roundup we hitch a brief ride on a sledge to the South Pole, and watch the movements in frozen flash, hot HCI, supercooled software and more.…

Say HCI is an enhanced server. If you don't already sell 'em, it could be game over, man

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:04:14 GMT

Where enterprise servers go, hyperconverged systems follow

Analysis If hyperconverged systems are basically enhanced servers then HCI vendors with no server hardware or channel partnerships for their software are doomed.…

How flash is panning out in the enterprise

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:20:01 GMT

Flash! A-aaaah! King of the Impossible!

Flash storage was once a plaything for moneyed-up, high-performance tech elite. No more. Now, it’s finding its way into Joe Average’s enterprise architecture. Here’s where it came from, where it is today, and where it might be going.…

Lenovo says take this code and stick it where the SAN doesn't shine

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:34:22 GMT

Need faster storage? Box slinger claims updated software boosts SMB kit performance

Lenovo has refreshed its line of storage-area-network boxes for small and medium businesses with improved software.…

What if I told you that flash drives could do their own processing?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:03:09 GMT

ScaleFlux and NGD aim to wrangle data at drive-level

Part 2 Bringing compute to data aims to knock stored data access latency on its head by not moving masses of data across networks to host servers. Bringing compute to disk drives is facing an uphill struggle, but flash drives, with their much faster access, might have an easier time of it.…

How do you win at HCI? It's SimpliVity ... or maybe not, right Dell?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:05:05 GMT

Magic quadrant shows HPE has its work cut out

Analysis What a difference a year makes: just 12 little months ago HPE was ruling the integrated systems roost, but fast forward and it has slipped behind as Nutanix and Dell EMC streak ahead - the latter with help from its VSAN gear.…

A storage baker's dozen: We spill the tea on the firms, the faces, the dough

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:25:05 GMT

Who else will dish the storage dish?

What went on in storageland this week, you ask? Keep your saucer level, but we had Cisco saying its kit will be needed because the cloud is spreading, Delphix snuggling up to SAP, Zerto going even more multi-cloud, plus a good few smaller items.…

Got some fancy new flash in the works, huh Micron? Join the QLC

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:07:12 GMT

4bit/cell SSDs coming soon to attack nearline disk drive sales

Later this year Micron plans to release quad-level cell flash drives that encroach on the nearline disk drive market.…

You've got a yottabyte on your hands: How analytics is changing storage

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:31:12 GMT

Are you going to power and cool the lot?

For all of its advances, the IT sector’s first five decades could be characterised as the electronic storing of systems of record.…

Micron cranks revenue forecast up by $275m amid flash, DRAM boom

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:47:47 GMT

Welcomes new CFO too

It's boom time in Micron flash and DRAM land with increased revenue expectations for the current quarter. And it has hired a new CFO.…

Let the compute see the data... to smash storage networking bottlenecks

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:56:05 GMT

So laggy, no likey

Part 1 Bringing compute to data sounds like a great way to bypass storage access bottlenecks but progress is difficult because of software issues, the need to develop special hardware and a non-x86 environment.…