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CEO: 'Claying the ongoing continuous chaos of info into one logical masterpiece'

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:33:07 GMT

Yeah? Us neither. Here's another 'anchored benchmark' of a storage round-up

We start this week's collection of storage news with the marketing buzzwords of the month award, which goes to startup Panoply for outstanding excellence.…

Flash, Sam, wallop: Samsung crashes ahead as top NAND chip flinger

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:08:09 GMT

According to these here estimates, anyway

Samsung increased its market share in the NAND supply world in the third quarter of the year, analysts reckon. According to TrendForce's latest estimates, the suppliers' overall flash shipments for Q3 2017 looked like this:…

Who has 2,000 tickets to the gun show? Cisco's HCIA platform HyperFlex

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:42:07 GMT

In 18 months, Switchzilla has established itself in hyperconverged market

+Comment After 18 months of selling, some 2,000 customers are travelling along the Cisco HCIA highway.…

Whew... Toshiba rustles up $5.4bn to avoid delisting

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:09:11 GMT

Weakens WD position on blocking flash biz sale

Beleaguered Toshiba, facing a Tokyo stock exchange deadline, has planned a $5.4bn share issue to avoid a delisting threat.…

Nouvelle niche: Datos IO adds distributed app fragment recovery

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:05:11 GMT

Who are the RecoverX rivals again? Nice gig

+Comment Distributed database protector Datos IO has added fractional backup and recovery so you can restore the data you want faster.…

Brocade undone: Broadcom's acquisition completes

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:59:12 GMT

Regulators happy. Now investors get to see if buying Fibre Channel was a good idea

Broadcom has completed its acquisition of Brocade.…

Speedy roadster for filers hits the road. Don't worry Elon, it's a storage vehicle

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:56:05 GMT

Metadata lookup is super-charged, though, claims infinite-io

Infinite IO has enabled clustering of its metadata accelerators to scale performance.…

A challenger appears: Specs for Samsung's potential Optane killer

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:02:12 GMT

Z-NAND has near-3D XPoint access latency and could scale capacity faster too

Analysis How does Korean flash and DRAM chipper Samsung's Z-NAND compare to Intel and Micron's 3D XPoint?…

NetApp's back, baby, flaunting new tech and Azure cloud swagger

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:29:07 GMT

By George (Kurian), he's done it

Analysis There's a new energy at NetApp. The Microsoft Azure NFS deal was a great confidence booster, and the two recent acquisitions of Greenqloud and Plexistor provide stepping stones to a high-performance, on-premises storage future and a stronger hybrid cloud play.…

All Flash Arrays and latency

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:19:06 GMT

Navigating the hype

Sponsored There is no doubt it can be difficult to navigate the various claims made by storage vendors when it comes to performance of their products.…

Hitachi Vantara plans refresh of mid-range and top-end storage in 2018

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:55:08 GMT

It's mostly an IoT-centric system integrator now, but may sprout new scale-out arrays

Hitachi Vantara, the mash-up of Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Pentaho and the Lumada IoT assets from the Hitachi Insight Group, is working on new scale-out storage products to support its ambition to become a system integrator for analytical workloads and the myriad data sources that feed them.…

Backup Exec juices dedupe offering, flaunts sign-up cloud model

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:15:05 GMT

GDPR compliance and deduped cloud backend

Backup Exec, Veritas' SME backup product, now sports a subscription-based payment scheme, deduping cloud backends and offering GDPR compliance help.…

NetApp: You went all-flash, you never should've, um.. Well done

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:08:06 GMT

Yes, and Azure NFS and HCI also looking good

While still well short of its fiscal 2015 revenue glory days, NetApp has said its all-flash array sales are on fire, and expects more of the same.…

Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church... oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:05:12 GMT

Stopping the powerful changing history, Orwell style

At the Internet Archive's headquarters in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, technologists, educators, archivists, and others fact-oriented folks gathered to discuss how they and the like-minded can save news from the memory hole – a conceit conjured by George Orwell to describe a political mechanism for altering the truth.…

Intel-Micron scrap the summer diet, enlarge 3D XPoint mem DIMM fab

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:26:15 GMT

Size does matter... especially when you've got launch deadlines to hit

Intel and Micron have expanded their XPoint production fab in Utah, USA, as the clock ticks down to the launch of XPoint DIMMs in the second half of 2018.…

Storage Spaces returns to Windows Server's semi-annual channel

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:50:04 GMT

And this time it's caught up by adding data de-duplication

Microsoft's revealed that Storage Spaces Direct will return in the next semi-annual version of Windows Server.…

NetApp and Fujitsu NFLEX: More details emerge about European HCI tryst

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:21:09 GMT

Entanglement in the EMEA geo

Analysis More details have emerged about the Fujitsu NetApp NFLEX converged system and about Fujitsu's HCI strategy, which might preclude it selling the NetApp HCI.…

I'll admit, NetApp's NVMe fabric-accessed array sure has SAS, but it could be zippier

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:29:06 GMT

Jet plane, meet bike

Analysis NetApp's E570 array supports NVMe over fabrics yet it does not use NVMe drives, potentially slowing data access.…

Panzura offers DevOps swots that syncing feeling... with container docks

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:12:09 GMT

Offers free Docker integration

File sync and sharer Panzura says containers are stuck executing locally unless the persistent storage they need moves with them to different on-premises or public cloud data centres. But, as luck would have it, it has got the tech to do just that.…

Infinidat adds sync, async replication and bans noisy neighbours

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:25:09 GMT

InfiniBox release 4 ticks more o' them mission-crit array boxes

Big-iron array supplier Infinidat's fourth major version of its software adds sync (block) and async (file) replication, file directory quotas and quality of service features to quiet down noisy neighbours.…

Starting small with burst buffers? DDN says it's got an 'entry-level' one

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:01:11 GMT

How much? No word yet

DataDirect Networks (DDN) has added a smaller burst buffer product, decreased RAID rebuild times and introduced a cross-product monitoring and management facility to its HPS/supercomputing storage product set.…

Backup, flash and replication: Barracuda buys, Toshiba invests, and WANdisco partners

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:03:13 GMT

Money spent, money invested and money to be made

Business – it's all about making bigger pies, either by buying in pie and adding it to your own, building a new pie-making plant, or supplying your filling as part of somebody else's pie. Which brings us to Barracuda, Toshiba and WANdiso plus a few short news bites.…

Dell EMC adds Skylake grunt to supercomputing workhorse server

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:00:12 GMT

New Tesla GPU sends single precision performance past 62 TFLOPS

Dell EMC has accelerated its workhorse super/high-performance computing C4130 server with newer CPUs and GPUs.…

SciNet supercomputer's GPFS trick: We node what you did, burst buffer

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:31:10 GMT

Good news for Canadian HPC models

A Canadian supercomputer centre using a fast access parallel file system has stuffed an Excelero burst buffer between this storage and the compute nodes.…

Back up bod Druva paddles even further up the Amazon

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:31:04 GMT

Offering cloud-to-cloud backup and data intelligence

+Comment Druva has nabbed a new Druva Cloud Platform (DCP) service gig for protecting, governing and looking into data in Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Simple Storage Service (S3), Elastic Block Store (EBS), and the Relational Database Service (RDS).…

Qumulo goes all-flash and replicates to AWS

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:02:08 GMT

Scale-out on-premises filer can burst processing to Amazon

Scale-out file start up Qumulo has revealed all-flash filer nodes.…

Quantum CEO exits as scale-out storage rescue fails

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:21:08 GMT

Tape, DXi and SOS all trend down as SW-defined cloud-native star rises

It's blood on the boardroom table at Quantum as an activist investor joins the board, the CEO leaves, the scale-out storage revenue rescue strategy fails, revenues turn down, and hopes turn to a software-defined, cloud-native future.…

Whomp. Intel's promised fatter Optane drive arrives

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:25:14 GMT

Offers advice on getting better Optane benchmark boosts

The 750GB version of Intel's Optane P4800X product is becoming available this month, doubling the current 375GB capacity.…

It's splitsville for Panasas' blades: It's better for the metadata, kids

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:28:11 GMT

1 becomes 2: Director, storage blades must move apart... in order to grow

Analysis Panasas has separated out its Director blades in its latest ActiveStor iteration and put them in an ActiveStor Director 100 controller component product line to scale performance and capacity separately.…

Dell EMC: Our mid-range arrays aren't dead. Now, join our loyalty scheme!

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:53:05 GMT

SC family goes flash, Unity gets dedupe

+Comment Dell EMC has retrofitted flash to its SC array, added deduplication to its Unity array and devised a loyalty programme to keep its mid-range array customers onboard.…

Who'd a thunk it? IBM has a hyperconverged play – feel the POWER

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:38:14 GMT

Big Blue's mighty machine needs Nutanix software nuggets

.NEXT In the hyperconverged infrastructure appliance space, x86 rules. This might appear to exclude IBM, having sold its x86 servers to Lenovo, but you'd be surprised.…

Commvault cosies up to Google Cloudies, vows to keep you safe from dreaded GDPR

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:37:12 GMT

Plus: Trying to make storage 'cool' in Antartica

Data-protector Commvault made several announcements at its annual customer shindig – including a GPDR "package", endpoint data protection as a service, a partnership with the Google Cloud Platform and a bit of Antarctic Expedition do-goodery.…

One banana of backup, 2 container crabapples, a fig of flash: It's a storage smoothie

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:31:08 GMT

Can we skip the orange of outage, please?

We've peeled the storage news fruit, cut off the rough edges, discarded the excess verbiage bits and blended them into a smoothie. Grab a napkin and tuck in, because a lot has happened over the past week.…

HPE and WekaIO sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:03:08 GMT

NVMe-accessed filer matrix organ puckers up for HPC smacker

HPE is planning to beef up its supercomputing and HPC filer credentials by cuddling up to WekaIO, multiple sources have told The Register.…

No venture capital please, we're British: Why a pair of storage startups went it alone

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:34:10 GMT

Object Matrix and Storage Made Easy succeeded

Analysis Two UK storage startups both went without venture capital and struggled to grow. One was Object Matrix, the other Storage Made Easy. Both are consequently outside the storage mainstream and traded VC-funded growth acceleration for being in control of their own destiny.…

Amazon's answer to all those leaky AWS S3 buckets: A dashboard warning light

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:13:50 GMT

Look out for that orange alert

Updated After watching customer after customer screw up their AWS S3 security and expose highly sensitive files publicly to the internet, Amazon has responded.…

Comtrade's latest HYCU release tightens bear hug around Nutanix

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 18:02:07 GMT

All your data protection are belong to us

+Comment Comtrade's HYCU product snuggled up to Nutanix as its most friendly data protection platform. The latest release sidles even closer with a great big Nutanix bearhug.…

Sweet sticky Canuck cash flows into StrongBox

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:01:12 GMT

Multi-vendor, multi-tier data manager gets Quebec labour fund cash

Quebecois' savings are being wagered on the success of a Montreal-based data management firm via a venture fund that aims to boost local biz.…

Pivot3 reports bumper growth – but is it just hyperconverged hype?

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:00:09 GMT

Bookings up 50% in a quarter... though all of HCI is doing nicely

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) supplier Pivot3 saw better than 50 per cent sequential growth in its bookings from the second to third 2017 quarters. It said it had a record number of million-dollar orders in both the video surveillance and data centre areas.…

Investors rain cash on Excelero, taking total funding to $30m

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:59:05 GMT

Qualcomm punts on NVMe-over-fabrics server SAN startup

Under acquisitive siege by Broadcom, Qualcom has invested millions in NVMe-over-fabrics array startup Excelero.…

Red Hatters intro Ceph 3: OpenStacked, object-stored, containertastic filer blockhead

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:57:11 GMT

So rested they by the iSCI tree... And filed awhile in thought

Red Hat's v3.0 Ceph storage software adds iSCSI block, POSIX file and containerisation support to the object storage core, making it a unified protocol storage software product.…

Low latency in AFAs

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:40:45 GMT

Consistent, stable and low

SPONSORED Achieving consistent ultra low latency is often top of the list of requirements for those investing in all flash arrays.…

Fujitsu, NetApp to drop it like it's Vblock: Year 8 is not 2000-and-late

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:53:04 GMT

FAS ONTAP storage + Fujitsu servers + Extreme switches

EMC introduced its converged infrastructure Vblock concept, integrating Cisco servers and networking, and EMC storage, in a rack system, in November 2009. Now, eight years later, Fujitsu and NetApp are getting into the idea with NFLEX.…

IOPS and storage performance

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:15:10 GMT

The Storage Performance Council Benchmarks

SPONSORED With the accelerations in cloud computing and server virtualizations and changes in layouts, IT devices are required to handle multiple integrations instead of just a single application. Enterprise demand shorter wait times and higher availability. This in turn means enterprise IT systems must be able to reduce transactional response times and job query times while enhancing concurrent processing capabilities.…

IBM FlashSystem chief architect Andy Walls is a two-pools kind of guy

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:05:10 GMT

InfiniBand, NVMe or Fibre Channel access? All three actually

Analysis The latest FlashSystem from IBM uses InfiniBand to hook up the 900 flash box to the SA9000 and A9000R servers running the SVC software. Where does that leave NVMe over Fabrics?…

Mangstor drapes itself in NVMe fabric and 'presto, change-o', brand new name-o

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:03:13 GMT

Arrays in a manger? Mmm. Who knows what EXTEN Tech'll get up to...

NVMe over Fabrics storage pioneer Mangstor seems to be vanishing before our eyes and being replaced by EXTEN Technologies.…

Microsoft rolls out red carpet to hybrid Azure SQL databases

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 01:04:12 GMT

Redmond pitches tools for cloud byte-silo moves

On Wednesday, Microsoft showed off a series of new tools and services aimed at helping companies bridge gap between their on-premise SQL databases and its Azure cloud database offerings.…

Micron gets edgy with 256GB surveillance SD card reveal in China

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:04:12 GMT

But still outclassed in capacity by SanDisk's tiny whopper

Micron has announced incoming snoopcam flash cards with up to 256GB capacity, trumpeting that edge storage is the future of video surveillance.…

Google Drive ate our homework! Doc block blamed on code blunder

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 22:01:54 GMT

Netizens locked out of cloud-hosted files for bogus terms-of-service violations

An indeterminate but supposedly small number of Google Docs users on Tuesday found that their essays, reports, school assignments, tracts, and manifestos had run afoul of Google's terms of service and had been made inaccessible.…

Tailored SwiftStack update should help get your GDPRse in gear

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 18:35:05 GMT

But code and admin roles more complicated as a result

Object storage life is getting more complicated as public cloud dispersion meets GPDR data locality restrictions. Combining the two adds product and administration complexity.…