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It's a Wright off: NetApp confirms SolidFire boss on hiatus, 'will be back' working on other stuff

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:54:48 GMT

I haven't quit, insists founder Dave

+Comment NetApp says its SolidFire chief Dave Wright is on hiatus – and his role upon his return will not involve running the storage organization he founded.…

Seagate launches non-flying disk drive for drones

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:56:36 GMT

Ground-based backup of in-flight drone-recorded data

Fly Drive is not about car rental any more, not in our version of disk world at any rate. It's a Seagate disk drive for DJI drones and comes just three months after Seagate and drone-maker DJI announced a partnership to develop storage for drone-recorded images and videos.…

Calm down, everyone – it's only a Monday storage news blitz

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:03:08 GMT

Another weekly roundup of everything happening, from cloud to tape

Storage news, like data growth, is unrelenting.…

Infinidat puts array to the test, says it 'wrecks' Pure and EMC systems

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:35:11 GMT

Fielding most IOs from memory blasts 'em out of the park

Infinidat has run performance tests against Pure and EMC all-flash arrays and surpassed them with its array.…

IBM storage revenues grew? Hahaha, good one. Oh, you're serious

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:24:05 GMT

Reverses 22 quarters of hardware decline

Analysis Despite falling server sales, IBM has reversed 22 quarters of decline in storage hardware revenue, offset by a leap in flash storage array sales. It's also, we think, number 3 in overall storage sales.…

Data trashed? When RPO 0 isn't enough

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:50:13 GMT

Cast-iron storage policies

World Backup Day came and went – did you notice? It seems the only thing we've learned is that everyone wants Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) of 0. Unfortunately, aggressive RPO targets are hard. They affect the design of real world environments, and are sometimes not possible.…

Toshiba spins out new NAS disk drive with its fastest transfer rate yet

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:10:11 GMT

Consumer workhorse has the speed and capacity to thrill ya

Toshiba has a new 8TB NAS disk drive with its fastest data transfer rate.…

Can nothing stop the Veeam tank? We hate to save you a click but: No

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:02:12 GMT

Backup biz notches up another 4,000-new-customer quarter

Has Veeam's record-breaking growth halted? Er, in a word, no.…

Australian Taxation Office successfully replaces SAN, web site then fails anyway

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 01:01:47 GMT

PwC report into what went wrong and why has been received. And hidden, for now

The Australian Taxation Office says its planned Easter outage to replace its infamously wobbly HPE storage area network went well.…

Foxconn, Apple, big biz circle Toshiba's memory biz cash cow – rumors

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:19:29 GMT

So far, the highest bid is $27bn, it is claimed

Three new characters are starring in Toshiba's saga to sell off its memory business: they are Foxconn, Apple, and a fund backed by Japan's government.…

Embarrassing! FreeNAS downgrades latest release to 'tech preview'

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 01:46:12 GMT

'Nearly half of users' rolled back due to 'general instability', so it's been taken behind the shed ...

Well this is embarrassing: FreeNAS has downgraded its latest release to “technology preview” status.…

Not even Easter can stop the inexorable march of storage

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:00:07 GMT

Put down the chocolate, catch up on the hottest industry news

We have a four-day weekend over Easter here in the UK. If you need a storage news hit as a respite from the chocolate-laden glug-fest then dip into the paragraphs below – and enjoy your Easter break.…

Tantalising tidbits from XtremIO to be revealed at Vegas expo in May

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:00:12 GMT

Dell EMC's star all-flash array update getting closer

XtremIO arrays have larger SSDs, better replication and copy data management support coming, according to the Dell World 2017 agenda for its Las Vegas appearance at The Venetian.…

Tegile swallows $33m pill at WDC-led party

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:05:52 GMT

I'll have an E, please, Bob

Hybrid and all-flash array supplier Tegile has had the benefit of Western Digital Corporation largesse, with the flash and disk-making giant leading its latest funding round.…

VMware VSAN has six dot six appeal

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:02:09 GMT

Virtzilla: Hyperconverged flash drives run 50% faster with latest vSAN SW

VMware says it has upped flash IO performance by half with the latest vSAN version, as well as adding myriad point feature updates.…

Proprietary: Pure sticks to flash module design, becomes a direct flasher

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:03:26 GMT

NVMe in FlashArray speed-up

Pure Storage has moved away from SSDs in giving its FlashArray an NVMe makeover, halving its latency and doubling its bandwidth.…

Toshiba conglomerate: Can we keep going? We don't know

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:19:05 GMT

Unprecedented: Unaudited results filing means potential Tokyo Stock Exchange delisting

Toshiba has filed unaudited results for its business, meaning its potential losses from the Westinghouse disaster cannot yet be quantified, putting the conglomerate at risk of collapse.…

Still no flash in a flash as chip supplies remain fried

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:39:32 GMT

At least that's what HPE tells us

Five months after the Reg first reported that HPE, Cisco – and even Dell EMC – were being punched hard in the supply chain by worldwide flash chip shortages, it's still a problem for at least one vendor.…

Seagate shipping cheap all-flash arrays

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:56:11 GMT

Climbs up Dot Hill to roll low-cost AFAs down into the market

Seagate has introduced all-flash, all-disk, and hybrid flash/disk RealStor arrays.…

'US falling behind China' in semiconductors but storage startup promises to kiss it better

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:28:12 GMT

10x boost in processing performance apparently

Storage startup Tachyum's co-founder Rado Danilak has blasted out a teaser tech alert saying the US is falling behind China in supercomputing. The implication being, of course, that his startup is coming to the rescue.…

Shadow Brokers crack open NSA hacking tool cache for world+dog

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:39:08 GMT

Daaaamn, these exploits are old-school

The self-styled Shadow Brokers group has made a collection of NSA hacking tools and exploits publicly available.…

72-layer flash die from SK Hynix towers over all, capacity a bit meh

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:01:17 GMT

I can see me mam's house from up here

Korean flash fabber SK Hynix has built a 72-layer 3D NAND die with 256Gb capacity.…

Wall St's NetApp conversion breeds limited believer

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:00:09 GMT

Risen from the ashes?

“NetApp has risen from the ashes and executed an unlikely business transformation” – at least according to one Wall Street convert.…

Symmetrix daddy Moshe Yanai on chair-throwing and storage

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:01:22 GMT

From EMC to IBM, XIV to Diligent, the Symmetrix inventor is still going hard at 68

Profile The man is an enigma, but you can't expect billionaires to be easily understood people. He has performed several storage engineering firsts; he develops products and is basically a storage legend in his own lifetime. He is also said to have a massive ego.…

Friends, we have a real treat for you. A roundup of this week's stunning enterprise storage news

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:44:10 GMT

The Friday fun has just begun

A heady flight of storage and server news was served to our enterprise news desk this week. Here’s a selection...…

WD unveils grown-up USB stick in My Passport slab form

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:30:13 GMT

All-flash portable and pocketable drive

Western Digital has stuck a 1TB SSD in its My Passport line of portable storage drives – previously they have all been disks.…

Elastifile delivers stretchy file software

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:02:13 GMT

No spin: malleable scale-out storage software built for flash

A stretchy and scale-out file storage system built for flash and covering the on-premises and public cloud world has been announced by Elastifile.…

Seagate sponsors re-fashioned IDC digital data-flood blather

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:02:06 GMT

Saturday night’s takeout: robot made pizza delivered by drone

Remember the old EMC IDC Digital Universe we’re-drowning-in-a-zettabyte-sized-data-flood annual studies? Like a phoenix, it has come back.…

Datrium gets on the rack and heads cloudward

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:31:10 GMT

Expanded management with policies, snaps, replication and archiving bulks out SW offer

Datrium has announced a rack scale product to ease large-scale deployment and management software providing virtual machine-focussed protection, replication, copy data management and archiving with a roadmap to public cloud support.…

Here's $20m, Portworx: Make us some pretty container storage SW

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 13:29:04 GMT

GE Digital and Lufthansa see startup

Software startup Portworx, which is building storage for containers, has scored $20m in B-round funding.…

Product marketing veep leaves Infinidat

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:40:50 GMT

'Other opportunities' exerts its seductive pull once again

+Comment Infinidat is the Moshe Yanai founded and led storage supplier building high end Infinibox arrays.…

Armed with $90m, Cohesity is coming to declutter the data centre

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 09:32:07 GMT

Yet another huge funding round for secondary storage startup

Secondary storage-consolidating startup Cohesity has notched up a $90m cash infusion in a third funding round. Is this a new storage unicorn, with a $1bn valuation?…

Qumulo 'cumulates mad dollar through VCs with Chinese connection

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:35:11 GMT

Lucky filer startup swimming down cash river

Scale-out filer startup Qumulo has gained another $30m in funding less than a year after getting $32.5m. Either it's burning cash in a development conflagration or the VCs are keen about its prospects under a new CEO and want to help it build its infrastructure and develop its product tech fast.…

Quantum sidesteps NYSE delisting with reverse stock-split move

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:41:08 GMT

Eight-for-oner provides lots of share price headroom above NYSE minimum price

Data protection and multi-tier file management supplier Quantum is escaping a delisting threat from the New York Stock Exchange with a 1:8 reverse stock split.…

Stealth-cloaked startup claims to be developing super-fast arrays. How fast? Well...

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 08:31:13 GMT

Name-checks VC object of affection in leaked pitch

+Comment Vexata is a stealthy storage array startup with a product technology that it has been telling people is "25 times faster" than arrays from leading rival vendor and VC favourite Pure Storage.…

Dell EMC canning XtremIO file services project

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:02:12 GMT

FluidFS frozen as XtremIO roadmap refocuses on block

Dell EMC is halting development of file services on its XtremIO all-flash block access array.…

Silver Lake and Broadcom bid $18bn for Tosh memory biz

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:24:13 GMT

US memory-buying partnership arrives out of the blue

We can add the pairing of Silver Lake and Broadcom to the ten bidders for part or whole stakes in Toshiba’s memory business.…

Finally – from brandbox to whitebox: Storage fabric is SDS realised

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:05:09 GMT

An existential threat to today's big players

A new term is popping up among startups: the storage fabric. Depending on who you talk to, the term itself is recycled, but the concepts and implementations definitely are new. Today's storage fabrics are closer to the originally hyped promise of Software Defined Storage (SDS). What remains to be seen is if the arrival is timely enough to matter.…

Friday storage congeries, convocation, collection, compilation, cumulation

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:42:59 GMT

And congregation, caboodle – OK enough with the synonyms already!

Did you enjoy the synonyms? Friday’s alphabetically-ordered-by-supplier-name collection of sub-prime storage news starts here:…

Blimey, did you know? It's World Backup Day. But... surely every day is world backup day?

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 06:01:05 GMT

Right? You're keeping backups, right? No? Well, do it now

Today, March 31, is supposed to be World Backup Day. Where did that one come from? Isn't every day a backup day?…

Brocade baits its switch: Entry level kit to ID abnormal VM activity

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:03:12 GMT

Pops out second Gen 6 FC switch a year after its first

Fibre Channel switcher Brocade has introduced its second 32Gbps (Gen 6) switch called the G610.…

Is that a Veeam in HPE's eye? IT giant may gobble backup biz

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:02:05 GMT

Veeaming Megsco could be about to do a Data Domain and buy big

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is interested in buying Veeam, sources tell us.…

SimpliVity customers spurned by HPE welcomed into loving arms of Nutanix

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:02:06 GMT

Seductive twofer licence deal if you switch

Nutanix wants SimpliVity customers upset by HPE's purchase to move across to them instead.…

Inside Intel's Optanical garden

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:33:05 GMT

What you see and what you might actually get could differ

Analysis Intel has now had its brace of Optane P4800X SSD and M.2 2280 motherboard card releases and we’ve learned there is no straightforward performance comparison with equivalent flash product – Intel is eschewing that on the grounds of Optane being a significantly different storage product.…

Google and pals plough $27m into tiery-eyed storage startup Avere

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:07:05 GMT

Adding better public cloud facilities to users' hybrid world

Avere, the filer and public cloud storage accelerator supplier, has scored a $27m E-round of funding, with Google proper providing some of the funds.…

Happy Motherboards day: Here's some (Optane) memory

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:00:13 GMT

No benchmarks available from 2D launch of 3D XPoint memory

Hot on the heels of the Optane DC P4800X data centre SSD announcement, Intel makes a move on PC motherboard memory.…

Micron making mucho memory moolah

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:01:05 GMT

Quarterly results show a boomtown rat raking in dollars

DRAM and flash fabber Micron had a damn good second fiscal 2017 quarter, raking in increased revenues and a $0.9bn profit on the back of strengthened DRAM and NAND prices.…

HPE starts 'SimpliVity-fying' products, eyes hyperconverged buyers

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:42:06 GMT

Pumps out SimpliVity 380 in little, medium and big all-flash versions

HPE is looking to grab a much bigger share of the hyperconverged systems market now it has SimpliVity in its mitts and the SimpliVity 380 is the first product makeover resulting from that acquisition.…

Nuclear subs seek virtual SAN, says VMware

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:28:12 GMT

VSAN may get a gig on UK's Astute-class boats. And is definitely getting a filesystem

VMware says it's been asked to consider how nuclear submarines might use its virtual SAN.…

Intel reveals Optane SSDs: 375GB to start, at surprising speed

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:01:06 GMT

Chipzilla want us thinking about queue depth and latency, not just raw IOPS

Intel has finally revealed an Optane product and told us how fast it will go.…