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IBM is letting storage hardware revenues slip gently off into the night

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:00:08 GMT

Benign neglect, managed decline, whatever

Analysis <IBM's fourth quarter and full year 2016 results showed the now traditional storage hardware revenue decline, while all-flash array and software-defined storage revenues grew double digits.…

XIV goes way of the dinosaurs as IBM nixes fourth-gen storage array

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:00:12 GMT

Incoming FlashSystem A9000 with 3D TLC makes it obsolete

IBM is not going to develop a fourth-generation XIV storage array because an upcoming FlashSystem A9000R using 3D flash can be sold for the same cost as disk.…

Ain't no party like an 80-customer Cohesity party

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:59:09 GMT

Oh, bless

Analysis Secondary storage silo converging startup Cohesity has added entry-level hardware as it reaches 80+ customers and 100+ US resellers.…

What's SimpliVity CEO Doron Kempel and Arnie got in common? They'll both be back

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:30:09 GMT

From the special forces to, um, HPE

Profile SimpliVity CEO and cofounder Doron Kempel is a two-time storage startup winner. With HPE buying his firm for $650m, what will he do next?…

Can all-flash arrays, spinning disks and hybrid really live together?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:09:11 GMT

AFA without tears

Conventional wisdom says that for performance-sensitive applications, you want all-flash arrays (AFAs), while for less-critical applications and bulk storage, disk is better. How can you use them in conjunction with each other? What would a joint AFA/hybrid/disk environment look like?…

Hyperconvergered-ception: HPE swallows SimpliVity

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:56:08 GMT

Hyperconverges hyperconverger, thereby converging market

Analysis SimpliVity, the second-placed hyperconverged infrastructure appliance startup, has been bought by HPE for $650m, setting the stage for mainstream vendor dominance of the hyperconverged market.…

Irish flash extender startup goes 3D

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:12:15 GMT

Navigator and Pathfinder beget Aviator

Flash drive life extender NVMdurance has enlarged its market by developing techniques for extending the life of 3D flash drives.…

Did somebody say object storage? 9 ways to tell if there's a point

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:07:12 GMT

Tick 'em off, impress the boardroom

Comment Object storage is a relatively new market segment that has continued to grow steadily and is starting to find more reasons for adoption.…

WANdisco stuffs IBM-boosted deal cash wads into its flared trouser pockets

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:37:08 GMT

Hoping to replicate Big Blue deal with additional partners

WANdisco's OEM selling deal with IBM has brought home the Big Blue bacon with total bookings up 72 per cent year-on-year to $15.5m.…

Multi-silo data-sucker Alluxio inks deal with Dell EMC

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:14:13 GMT

Follows startup's agreement with Huawei

Alluxio, the multi-silo Big Data access accelerating startup which did a deal with Huawei last year, has signed a similar one with Dell EMC for its ECS product.…

Seagate hauls out fat form factor throwback hard drive

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:05:54 GMT

Bulky, low-capacity spinner built for SMBs

It's back to the future for the latest Seagate large form factor disk with a low capacity.…

OpenIO, blind nano-nodes and coffee cup detection

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:51:15 GMT

What you don’t know, you can’t look for - obviously

Interview In a story about ARM-powered, Ethernet-addressed, object storing disk drives, I said such drives couldn’t carry out image searches at a drive-level because they would be operating "blindfolded". OpenIO says “rubbish” to that in a blog it wrote (I exaggerate.)…

Sysadmin chatbots: We have the technology

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:02:11 GMT

Hey Alexa, manage my system!

Storage Blockhead Chatbots are flashing up in our future view as something that could improve an admin's lot. Instead of using a GUI with nested and drill-down screen forms to do their job, they'll have a new form of Command Line Interface, only this will be a Chat Line Interface to a chatbot.…

Prepare for ReRAM speed! Crossbar samples SMIC chips

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:00:05 GMT

16nm? Lower. 10nm? Lower. You cannot be serious

ReRAM startup Crossbar has sample embedded ReRAM chips from SMIC that are currently undergoing evaluation.…

Market researchers big up NRAM

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:29:11 GMT

Silicon to carbon change could boost Nantero's business

A market-research report suggests carbon nanotube storage developer Nantero could be on the verge of a breakout after years of disappointment and struggle.…

Do containers stack up as data storage building blocks?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:12:31 GMT

Sounds odd but it could work - disk controller heads are stateless

Storage Architect There’s an almost religious divide between those who see containers as entirely stateless objects and others taking a more pragmatic approach that says state and containers is an inevitable thing.…

Quantum: Well, would you look at that. We've made some money!

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:58:06 GMT

StorNext bringing in the scale-out, tiered storage bread

Quantum has surprised itself with preliminary quarterly revenue numbers well ahead of plan.…

A deduping backup target startup going public – who'd a thought it?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:04:13 GMT

If Exagrid pulls it off, it'll be a first

Exagrid, whch produces deduping disk backup target arrays, announced record revenue for the fourth 2016 quarter; its 12th,consecutive cash-positive quarter.…

IBM: Cognitive computing needs flash arrays, mark our words

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:23:13 GMT

Big Blue coats DS8880 boxen with cognitive paint

IBM has announced all-flash versions of three DS8880 monolithic arrays revealed last year, with increased flash capacities and a coat of cognitive marketing paint.…

Two tickets to the ARM show: HPE buffs up the StoreVirtual line

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:38:06 GMT

Scaling up, out, and across, but workout flops at files

HPE has given its SV3200 software a workout to strengthen its muscles with a raft of enhancements, but draws the line at using ARM for file access.…

Qumulo goes to La La Land, speeds up dreamboat Ryan Gosling

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:28:07 GMT

Hey girl. Your scale-out filer's fast enough for me

Case study In file serving, the blue chip case studies are movie special effects. Fast file access is what the visual effects people – and by extension movie heartthrob and meme favourite Ryan Gosling, whose film they were working on – need.…

Kerching! That's the sound of Barracuda customers feeling the ransomware fear

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:29:10 GMT

Email threat scans and cloud uptake bolsters firm's fortunes

Barracuda's business grew a little faster as customers continued moving to the public cloud and ransomware scared them into securing their emails.…

How do file store-and-share firms avoid that sinking syncing feeling?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:02:11 GMT

Oh EFSS, they'd better spread sideways. That's the impression we got from one

Interview With the demise of Bitcasa, EMC selling off Syncplicity, and so forth, the enterprise file sync and share market might appear moribund. What’s happened is a trend of consolidation plus an addition of functionality for other content functions. EFSS on its own is no longer viable.…

A tale of two conferences: AWS storms ahead, HPE seems to flounder

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:40:08 GMT

Discover and re:Invent; infrastructure vs services

The Storage Architect As we enter 2017, many people look back at 2016 and attempt to predict what might happen with technology during the coming year. The past isn't always a good reflector of the future (hence the disclaimers on many UK financial institutions' advertising). However, it does do some good to look at where we've been as an indicator of where we are headed.…

Kaminario gets cash for K2 biz flash dash

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:01:09 GMT

F-round funding is vote of confidence in its prospects

All-flash array supplier Kaminario has gained an additional $75 million funding in an F-round, taking total funding to $218 million.…

Flashy new jobs for storage folk

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:42:12 GMT

Marketing exec, board advisor get new gigs in the new year

Kevin Kilbuck has become chief marketing officer at NVMdurance, a tiny Irish flash endurance lengthening company that first popped up last year. It uses machine learning techniques to understand better how to write data to flash drives over the drive’s life so as to extend the drive’s endurance.…

X-IO: Reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:26:14 GMT

Lazarus-like miraculous recovery with chairman/CEO putting in his own cash

Updated X-IO Technologies chairman and CEO Bill Miller has called in to say: "I was very surprised and disappointed to read our name in the 'Deaths' section of your 2016 year in review article.…

Tintri, thrown on the El Reg grill: We'll support NVMe! We promise!

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:31:10 GMT

Upstart sees move as less important than HDD to flash change, though

Interview El Reg has been quizzing array vendor after array vendor on their views about the technology change from SAS/SATA to NVMe flash drives and to NVMe over Fabrics array access. Today it's the turn of Tintri, and it thinks NVMe is an important technology watershed, but not as huge as the change from disk to solid state storage – the first such vendor to utter this thought.…

WD slims down SSD to squeeze into little Black drive range

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:27:13 GMT

Consumer NVMe card treated like internal PC disk transplant

WD has added an SSD card to its previously all-disk Black range.…

Yep. Bitcasa's called it quits

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:39:10 GMT

Underfunded biz knocked out

Analysis Cloud file storage startup Bitcasa - a firm cynics might say had an apparent death wish - has called it a day.…

Meet the Tesla of the backup world – Datos IO (no, it doesn't make boxes that catch fire)

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:23:04 GMT

Data protection for distributed software

Analysis Startup Datos IO is the Tesla of the backup industry, redesigning data protection for distributed apps and focussing on high-end customers with code to solve specific problems no one else can solve anywhere near as well.…

Vendors flash smartphone storage in Vegas

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 14:03:10 GMT

Android mobile backup and monster USB stickery

Toshiba and SanDisk are showing off Android phone backup and monster microSD/USB stick products at CES in Las Vegas, but they don’t want what happens in Vegas to stay in Vegas.…

Nutanix releases fifth version of Acropolis

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 11:35:18 GMT

Bigs up its vSphere replacement creds

Unlike what's happening with the famed Athenian ruin, Nutanix is building up its Acropolis product, and has made v5.0 available with more than 45 new features.…

2016 – the year 3D XPoint came down to earth from Planet Hype

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:54:13 GMT

And the year hyper-converged infrastructure put a dent in SANs

Storage Review in 2016 Storage in 2016 saw its on-premises SAN/filer array heartland assaulted by the public cloud on the one hand, and hyper-converged and software-defined storage on the other.…

Drones will be able to carry 120GB footage of you in the shower if Seagate has its way

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 13:01:10 GMT

Collaboration with UAV makers DJI will fit the buggers with cavernous storage

Seagate is partnering with drone maker DJI to develop onboard storage for its unmanned aerial vehicles.…

Regular or premium? Intel pumps out Optane memory at CES

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 12:04:44 GMT

Just a dash to Kaby Lake splash

CES 2017 Intel has announced Optane memory products in M.2. format to ship in the second 2017 quarter.…

Seagate performs upgrade transplant surgery on LaCie external drives

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:12:13 GMT

External drive capacity and connectivity boosters

CES 2017 With two Seagate LaCie drive revisions, we see the storage industry doing what it does best at a device level; capacity and connectivity upgrades so as to store more data and get at it faster.…

What's that surging down the Yangtze? It's a 3D NAND flash flood

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:07:13 GMT

China breaks ground on $24bn memory foundry

China's Yangtze River Storage Technology (YMTC) has started building a 3D NAND flash plant.…

Igneous ARM CPUs: What if they tossed the blindfold?

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 12:11:04 GMT

Rise of the Storage Machines

On Storage Igneous's Ethernet-accessed, ARM-driven disk drives provide a seriously large amount of collective CPU chops to its dataBox/dataRouter array but the poor little suckers work blindfolded. Why would I say that?…

Splunk slam dunk as FC SAN sunk by NVMe hulk

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:15:07 GMT

ESG says Apeiron NVMe array delivers real time Splunk goods

Case study Apeiron has had its Splunk processing speed advantage confirmed by ESG. Big deal. So what?…

Who's been naughty and nice in IT storage – over to you, Gartner-claus

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 20:40:11 GMT

New magic quadrant plus other bits and bytes from the enterprise backup world

Just another sweet week in storage with a blitz of news candy covering archiving, flash arrays, compression and removable disk backup.…

Big Sphere 3D shareholder tosses activist letter in firm's lap

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:22:08 GMT

Full restructuring needed, it says

+Comment Cyrus Capital Partners, a major Sphere 3D shareholder, has filed a highly critical public letter calling for a full restructuring of the company to fix "cost" and "under-performance" issues.…

Rising flash demand looks non-volatile. Time to build a fab

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:17:13 GMT

SK Hynix seems persuaded

+Comment SK Hynix, the world's second largest DRAM and NAND fab company, is going to build a new flash foundry in South Korea.…

'Pet Shop Boys CEO' firm quips: We have enough storage people

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:57:24 GMT

Mangstor: We wanted a biz brain, and we got one

Mangstor founder and chief architect Ashwin Kamath contacted us to correct and clarify our story about the Mangstor CEO change, in which we wrote that its new CEO had no storage background. He noted that its former one hadn't either.…

Turns out there's a market for marijuana... plants' video surveillance

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:06:06 GMT

Scale-out and tape firm knows how to adapt

Analysis Pot plant surveillance cameras in a Colorado marijuana farm feeding Quantum’s StorNext multi-tiered and scale-out, file virtualisation and data services software with video footage show the substantial market changes to which Quantum is having to adapt.…

Name's BOND, JBOND: Igneous's ARM strap-on is for your drives only

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 07:59:04 GMT

GoldenDrive, The Spy Who Defragged Me, Die Another Bay... we could go on

Analysis You wait for a bus for ages, and then two come along at once. Two data-transfer buses. Something like that.…

HPE says 3PAR problem that broke Australia was a one-off. Probably

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:16:25 GMT

Crack team trying to figure out what went wrong at the tax office

Hewlett Packard Enterprise says the 3PAR Storage SNAFU that took the Australian Taxation Office offline for a week does not appear to be a systemic problem.…

Mangstor discreetly appoints ex-pet supplies shipper as its CEO

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 21:04:53 GMT

Cofounder boss Trevor Smith off 'to pursue other opportunities'

+Comment Mangstor quietly changed its CEO and no one noticed.…

Back up a minute. So you're saying they're buying fewer appliances?

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:58:14 GMT

Data backup Domain shrinks as market looks to the sw-defined and public cloud

Glory days... not really. IDC sees the purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) market shrinking in the third 2016 quarter, by almost 8 per cent on an annual basis, to $737.5mn.…

Sphere 3D has had two offers to buy parts of its business

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:26:07 GMT

Overland and Tandberg could be headed for new ownership

+Comment Sphere 3D, the Canadian company which owns Overland Storage and Tandberg Data, has had two offers for parts of its business.…