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Colour us shocked: Dell EMC rules converged systems like a boss

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:48:07 GMT

VCE and VSAN very very virtuous for newly joined duo

Dell EMC rules the converged systems roost in IDC’s latest storage tracker converged systems revenues in the second 2016 quarter.…

Fresh-faced startup promises bigger, faster non-volatile DIMMs

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:33:35 GMT

Server shake-up through 4TB, 2u latency NVDIMM tech

Early-stage startup Xitore says it is developing bigger and faster non-volatile flash DIMMs to give servers a performance boost so they could run more VMs and containers and run them faster by sidestepping high latency storage IOS.…

Wow, still using disk and PCIe storage? You look like a flash-on victim, darling – it isn't 2014

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:41:06 GMT

Server slingers, like models, it's OK to be DIMM

Comment For generations of PowerEdge, ProLiant, UCS and other x86 servers, the future has been fairly simple: more powerful multi-core processors, more memory, more PCIe bandwidth and shrink the space and electricity needs.…

Startup iguazio launches NVMe-propelled missile at enterprise analytics

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:14:06 GMT

Wall St-beating PaaS for Big Data firm touts crazy performance claims

iguazio’s Data-as-a-Service Enterprise Data Cloud converges different storage access protocols and use cases behind an access abstraction layer and claims to out-perform Amazon and all-flash filers at lower costs.…

Nutanix's 'expected' IPO date is 30 September

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:02:12 GMT

Nasdaq spews stock-market launch date

Nutanix is letting the Nasdaq do the talking regarding when the tech upstart will launch its stock-market debut: the New York exchange says it's expected to be September 30.…

NetApp is hyped about its under-wraps hyper-converged system

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:09:13 GMT

Gear said to be still in development

Albeit late to market, NetApp is developing a hyper-converged infrastructure product, The Register has learned.…

Scale-out sister? Unreliable disks are better for your storage

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:05:11 GMT

Nowt wrong with a good old HDD

Storage Architect Recently I was asked to review a document that used as a reference a piece of work from Google (PDF) which talked about the need to relax the resiliency levels of hard drives and SSDs.…

Violin hunts for elusive key to regrowth

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:31:11 GMT

Allegro vivace to andante to largo to coda

Analysis The elusive hunt for renewal and regrowth at Violin Memory has moved into a new phase – with a product launch holding up sales, sales leadership change, and the CEO focusing on finding funding for the future.…

NetApp facelift: FAS hardware refresh and a little nip ONTAP

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:01:10 GMT

Flash fantasia

NetApp has comprehensively refreshed its all-flash FAS and hybrid FAS arrays, adding performance, capacity and scalability upgrades, and supporting 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel and 40GbitE connectivity. ONTAP also gets upgraded, with Azure support for ONTAP Cloud…

DDN shines up EXAScaler Lustre box with new software

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:31:08 GMT

Intel software speeds HPC distributed file work

DataDirect Networks has upgraded its EXAScaler array to run the latest version of Intel’s Lustre software.…

The wise Hedvig owl heads aloft with a Universal Data Plane

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:03:13 GMT

Also plugs into Microsoft's Scale-Out File Server

Hedvig has updated its software-defined storage to version 2.0 and is flying with a Universal Data Plane concept.…

Objects! Aaah-ah ... the savior of software-defined storage?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:38:22 GMT

Performance, capacity, management and more reasons why they're great

Comment Software-defined storage (SDS) is one of those terms that has been readily hijacked by vendors over the past few years.…

Don't SNIA at my storage specs: Standards body dons goggles, takes the plunge

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:56:06 GMT

Unleashes Xiphias gladius – Swordfish to you and me

The SNIA has unveiled its v1.0 Swordfish storage management specification to standardise management of storage products and services in cloud-era data centres.…

Samsung intros super-speedy consumer SSDs, 'fastest M.2s ever'

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:39:18 GMT

Flashy NVMe pair up to 1TB – for now....

Samsung has introduced 960 EVO and 960 PRO M.2-format consumer SSDs with an NVMe interface and a promised 2TB capacity.…

OpenIO wants to turn your spinning rust into object storage nodes

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:20:04 GMT

Seagate's Kinetic drives get a new twist on ye olde JBOD

Frog object storage startup OpenIO is banging on with supporting Seagate’s Kinetic disk drives, and has certified its software on the drives in a Kinetic Plugfest.…

A Clarity cloud gathers around K2. Yes, literally

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:57:07 GMT

Kaminario is adding cloudy analytics to all flash array

Unlike real clouds which hide things, Kaminario is adding a Clarity analytics cloud to its K2 all-flash arrays.…

How would you sell an all-flash array to your finance director?

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:02:04 GMT

Wanting it is one thing, justifying it is another

We have been getting some good responses in our latest poll on all-flash storage.…

Avere builds on-premises object store all smothered in NAS

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:43:08 GMT

Tasty? NASty? You decide

NAS accelerator and cloud storage gateway shop Avere has got itself its very own on-premises NAS system wrapped around an object storage core with a passage to the public cloud.…

Ghost of Windows NT haunts EMC's VNX, Celerra and Avamar

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:47:38 GMT

EMC's just figured out it has a problem with a bug Microsoft squashed in 2010

EMC has patched a six-year-old Windows bug that's popped up in its VNX and Celerra storage kit.…

The Rector reckoning – DataDirect loses CMO

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:55:20 GMT

Molly Rector moves to Quantum to head up marketing

HPC and enterprise high-performance storage company DataDirect Networks has lost Molly Rector, its chief marketing officer, who has moved to take up a VP marketing role at Quantum.…

Data-updater CTERA handed $25m: Overheated sector could get NASty

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:43:04 GMT

Cloud storage gateway and NAS? Getting crowded in there

Cloud storage startup CTERA has gained $25m in a funding round, following on from a similar one in 2014, and taking its total funding to almost $70m.…

EMC: King of storage needs to shore up defences

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:38:45 GMT

Watch out, Mikey D. Meg W's got enterprise storage parity

IDC’s latest storage tracker says the enterprise storage market was flat in the 12 months since 2015’s second quarter, but HPE now ties with EMC for first place, with IBM and NetApp in equal fourth place after Dell.…

First Dell EMC product is a VSAN-in-a-can, aka 'ScaleIO Ready node'

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 06:30:18 GMT

Flashy software-defined storage packed into rack-mount servers, but no new bezel design

EMC and Dell only became Dell EMC last week, but they've already managed to squeeze out a product.…

Speaking in Tech: Testing data center fire snuffer and... and pow! I just s$%t my pants

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:44:06 GMT

Podcast Surprise! Super-dense HDDs are more sensitive

Are storage vendors turning over a new leaf?

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:02:04 GMT

Tell us what you are seeing

Reader survey Storage vendors suck; at least that's what many of you have told us over the years through various surveys and comments on articles.…

Bug in Microsoft's StorSimple arrays can kill backups

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:29:06 GMT

Disruptive upgrade required ASAP if you care about your data ... or your job

Microsoft's warned users of its StorSimple network-attached storage devices to update them ASAP, because they might not be finishing backups.…

VMware eases Windows Mobile 10's turn-your-phone-into-a-PC pain

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:16:08 GMT

Horizon beta for Continuum hits app store

Bleeding-edge early adopters of Windows Mobile 10 have some more balm for their Continuum pains.…

Wikibon sticking to server SAN takeover idea

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 07:02:09 GMT

Interesting slices in vendor revenue pie chart

The August 2016 Wikibon report "Server SAN Readies for Enterprise and Cloud Domination" repeats the message of its Server SAN Research Project 2014 report, saying that "storage is moving inexorably from traditional storage arrays to Server SAN in a server rack."…

Baa NooBaa black sheep, have you any storage?

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:48:43 GMT

Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full sir... stuffed with the ashes of Exanet

NooBaa sounds like a lamb in a child's fairy story or one of those wacky new-style web properties offering on-demand hair dressing, garden tool sharing or a cocktail recipe exchange. In fact, it's a scale-out object storage startup offering what it calls frictionless storage for unstructured data.…

Nutanix to kick off its IPO extravaganza on ... go on, take a guess

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 16:01:07 GMT

Guessing Tuesday, September 6, the day before Dell-EMC deal completes

Nutanix, the darling of the hyper-converged infrastructure appliance industry, is, we're hearing, going to kick its IPO process into gear from September 6.…

Mangstor, Mellanox flash rig crowned 'fastest in the lab'... for RAID-0

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:39:07 GMT

Reviewer says NVMeF-based MySQL cluster is darned quick

Trusty Storage Review has been at it again, testing a Mangstor-Mellanox NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeF) rig servicing a MySQL virtual cluster – and finding it 2.5x faster than any other flash array it's ever tested.…

Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:32:05 GMT

Solid state cartridge swapout tech for... collectors? Missile operators?*

Floppy disk sales have, well, flopped but there are still masses of PCs and old embedded PC-based systems out there with floppy disk slots and drives. Now this near-dead space can be made usable again, with a 32GB FLOPPYFlash drive from Solid State Disks Ltd.…

Huawei hugs open-sourcey Alluxio: Thanks for the memories

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:02:04 GMT

China giant + OS software in big data analytics acceleration scheme

Huawei has announced a Big Data analytics acceleration scheme using its FusionStorage product and Alluxio open source software; which seems to be the canine genitalia du jour for speeding up lethargic analytics queries.…

So Nutanix has fessed up to PernixData slurp. Now what?

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:09:06 GMT, Pernix and what about that IPO...

So it appears the rumours were true as Nutanix finally announces the acquisition of both PernixData and, a startup focused on DevOps automation.…

Solidfire is 'for people who **CKING HATE storage' says NetApp Founder Dave Hitz

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 03:28:05 GMT

Apologises for 'screw-up' of slow move to Flash

VMWORLD 2016 NetApp founder Dave Hitz has apologised to a VMworld 2016 audience for being slow to produce proper flash arrays.…

Deep inside Nantero's non-volatile carbon nanotube RAM tech

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:02:12 GMT

Biz has signed up Fujitsu as a licensee for its technology

Two Fujitsu semiconductor businesses are licensing Nantero NRAM technology with joint Nantero-Fujitsu development to produce chips in 2018. They will have several thousand times faster rewrites and many thousands of times more rewrite cycles than embedded flash memory.…

Samsung's million-IOPS, 6.4TB, 51Gb/s SSD is ... well, quite something

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:28:10 GMT

Five full drive writes a day for five years? This is serious

VMworld Samsung is showing off a monster million IOPS SSD that can pump out read data at 6.4 gigabytes per second and store up to 6.4TB.…

Tegile gets IntelliFlash into a cluster duster

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:53:01 GMT

Cloud Platform for private cloud

Tegile is launching its all-flash, clustered, IntelliFlash CP (Cloud Platform) at VMworld 2016.…

Sunny, summery Intel slips out six flashy 3D NAND SSDs

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:01:43 GMT

Doing Internet of Things stuff? There's one for you, too

Intel has introduced six new SSDs using 3D NAND technology, with two client products, two data centre drives and two embedded Internet of Things drives.…

A partial de-cloaking of Samsung's mystery Z-SSD

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:07:11 GMT

Tight-lipped firm lets a few nuggets sneak out

The mysterious Samsung Z-SSD was announced at the Flash Memory Summit, and positioned as a DRAM-NAND gap-filler. This makes it competition for XPoint.…

A USB stick as a file server? We've done it!

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 02:00:41 GMT

SanDisk's 'Connect Wireless Stick' is made for mobile, but we've bent it to become a 'Campfire NAS'

Road test Last week Vulture South got its hands on an intriguing SanDisk product called the “Connect Wireless Stick”.…

IBM will move stored stuff onto its new flashy boxen for free

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:58:06 GMT

Strong bait for new customers. Not good news for Dell or EMC

IBM has launched more cost-effective Storwize all-flash arrays and announced a Flash In migration program aimed at Dell and EMC customers looking for a warm comfort blanket from Big Blue.…

Veeam: You know what's not a disaster? Our software mega-update

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:25:13 GMT

DR firm's VI-part VAS, VAL, VAM, VAO, VAC and VCC embiggening

The backup and disaster recovery firm Veeam has announced an updated Availability Suit, and the Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud.…

Syncsort inhales Cogito, ergo Big Data and Big Iron can be friends

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:35:07 GMT

Bridging the gap with Brit software biz gobble

Big iron, big data and cloudy tools biz Syncsort has bought UK software biz Cogito to help it bring IBM mainframe database data into Big Data analytics, and to make the mainframes run better.…

Simplivity delivers storage quadruplets: Meet all-flashery and better DR

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:05:04 GMT

And app-aware SQL Server backup, double VDI count

SimpliVity has announced an all-flash hyper-converged system and upped its single system VDI count from 2,000 to 4,000.…

DCIG mid-market array guide: Why we left those companies out

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:34:11 GMT

Three levels of in and out filtering used to produce buyers' list

Analysis Conversations with DCIG have revealed why seemingly obvious companies and their products were left out of a mid-range storage array buyers' report.…

The TPC-C/SPC-1 storage benchmarks are screwed. You know what we need?

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:34:44 GMT

Another benchm... WAIT! I mean a workable, realistic...

Comment The storage benchmarking world is broken because there are no realistic and pratical storage benchmarks with realistic workloads customers can apply to systems.…

Ovation claps together private cloud storage service with HGST, Versity basis

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:02:08 GMT

Entertaining archival store for media and oil-slinging types

An Ovation Data Services private storage cloud for media and entertainment and oil and gas industries is based on HGST's Active Archive System and Versity Storage Manager.…

Actifio adds replication tool to its data copy Swiss army knife

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:01:09 GMT

Everyone has to be everything these days

Actifio has added replication to its copy data management software, calling it StreamSnap.…

Backup biz Arcserve: Private equity... there's nothing like it

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:44:05 GMT

Don't worry CA Technologies – we're being looked after

Private equity ownership has given anodyne old backup biz Arcserve a huge energising kick in the behind.…