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Tech giant Citrix, sync 'n' share startup Egnyte fire lawsuits at each other

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:02:14 GMT

Non-compete legal battle

Two file sync 'n' sharers are at war. Google-backed Egnyte is suing Citrix for unfair competition and Citrix is counter-suing Egnyte for unfair trade practices, among other things.…

Cohesity and Micron polish exec artillery in mad dash for growth

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:02:04 GMT

Pushing out the big guns to compete with Samsung – and each other

The latest exec hires show the way the wind is blowing at Cohesity, Micron and WDC.…

Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:32:50 GMT

Judge rules in fight over seizure of foreign Gmail files

Google and the American government are quarreling over just how much money the Chocolate Factory must pay in daily fines if it loses its war against a search warrant for email held overseas.…

Taste the Redmond: Dell strengthens its Azure Stackery

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:03:07 GMT

On-premises Microsoft cloud gets 14G servers for more oomph

Dell is updating its AzureStack offering with the latest 14th generation PowerEdge servers.…

It's hip to be in Gartner's square: Poor Panasas out on its NAS

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:33:08 GMT

Qumulo, HGST, StorageCraft move in, crack open craft beers

In Gartner's perennial game of musical chairs, otherwise known as its annual magic quadrant exercise, the latest object storage square ushers three in and one out.…

Flash in the enterprise is in a solid state. Where is it going next?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:22:10 GMT

Flash forward

Sponsored Sales of purpose-built storage appliances are falling, markedly, according to IDC, revenue and capacity falling respectively by 16.2 per cent and 14.9 per cent in the analyst’s latest quarterly tracker in September.…

What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:34:18 GMT

Now you see it, now you don't

Support for Storage Spaces Direct, Microsoft's version of VSAN, has been stripped from the latest build of Windows Server 2016, version 1709, which was released on Tuesday.…

Bain Japan main man wants in on Tosh biz board

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:25:52 GMT

MD reportedly wants look-in on fab agreements

Bain Japan's MD reportedly wants to get on the Toshiba Memory Business board, to invest in it and get an agreement with WDC about continuing the joint venture to make flash chips.…

DNA as storage? Old and boring. Boffins now chaining monomers

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:02:09 GMT

Take a mass spectroscope and synthesise some 'very tiny disks are coming' hype

Monomer-manipulating researchers writing in Nature Communications this month say they have read multi-byte sequences using mass spectroscopy and bit-storing monomers.…

Kaminario wheels out model that makes K2 flash look well flash

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:55:05 GMT

Surprise! Using our assumptions, our all-flash array costs less than theirs

Kaminario has claimed its all-flash storage arrays have a lower three or five-year cost of ownership than competing products.…

Commvault scale-out appliance gunning for Rubrik and Cohesity

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:13:16 GMT

Rubrik has new competition in the space

Commvault is launching a HyperScale all-in-one appliance providing a scale-out platform for its data protection and management services, taking on competing offerings from the likes of Rubrik and Cohesity.…

Toshiba smacks down down 'ransomware killed flash factory' report

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:29:06 GMT

DRAM analyst also says the supply chain is just fine, thank you very much

Toshiba has denied a report alleging its NAND flash factories were felled by ransomware.…

Keep your voice down in the data centre, the HDDs have ears! I SAID, KEEP...

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:33:12 GMT

The world's worst microphone uses spinning platters

It must be one of the worst ways to build a microphone imaginable, tapping into a disk drive's nanosecond head stops as it waits for the vibrations caused by sound to cease, but it has been done.…

Quantum's rook-ey move, software pawns and is cheque in mail for tape?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:04:07 GMT

Plus resistive RAM news – it's a week in storage chess

Storage roundup At the end of this week we can lift the lid just a little on Quantum's mystery Castle storage project, say that the latest 12TB LTO tape format is coming nearer and add a few tidbits about GPDR, NAS in the cloud and Tintri array automation.…

Bloodied and broken AFA pioneer Violin picks itself up and tries again

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:12:07 GMT

Back in the ring... so what are its chances?

Analysis Violin Systems, the renamed Violin Memory, is like a boxer who could have been a contender and is now chasing redemption, getting up off the floor after what should have been a knockout blow.…

Toshiba: Dear Western Digital. Let's talk flash fab moolah

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:24:08 GMT

Sell our interest we must, but current flash still needs cash...

Toshiba says it is now talking to Western Digital about joint investment in a flash fab development.…

Western Dig's MAMR is so phat, it'll store 100TB on a hard drive by 2032

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:49:07 GMT

Using microwaves to fry bits into submission

WDC has given up on heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) and is developing a microwave-assisted technique (MAMR) to push disk drive capacity up to 100TB by the 2030s.…

Magic hash maths: Dedupe does not have to mean high compute. Wait, what?

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:06:08 GMT

X-IO maths man claims it can minimise mill hash work with buckets of blooms

Analysis A new and deduping X-IO ISE 900 all-flash array has puzzling puny processors yet kicks out good performance when deduping.…

IT admins hate this one trick: 'Having something look like it’s on storage, when it is not'

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:02:04 GMT

Memory... lights the access speed of RAM. (Or does it?)

Debate An argument about how to solve the same technical problem has sprung up between two rival startups with plenty of reason to say the other's tech is not up to scratch. But they raise some interesting issues about how to solve slow access to moved files, where to store metadata, and more.…

Has Nexenta's growth stalled?

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 06:28:10 GMT

SW-defined storage maker gets extra cash to start 2017

Has software-defined storage supplier Nexenta's growth stalled? Far from it, its CEO and chairman insisted. It's booming and additional significant funding is coming, apparently.…

Samsung rings death knell for disk, gears up for QLC flash production

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:34:05 GMT

I see you shiver with antici... pation

Samsung has confirmed its 4bit/cell flash is incoming – that's a QLC (quad-level cell) NAND chip.…

RDX removable disk has ransomware protection begging to be bypassed

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:18:04 GMT

RansomBlock tech stops unauthorised access and changes to data

The RDX is a neat niche removable disk storage product that can now tell ransomware to get lost.…

OpenEBS v0.4 is live, uses Google container scheduling tech

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:29:09 GMT

Kubernetes grunt-powered community storage software

Multi-app enterprise storage startup CloudByte has announced v0.4 of OpenEBS, hyperconverged block storage for stateful applications on the Kubernetes platform.…

Stealthy storage startup wants to fly read-write heads closer to disks

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:02:11 GMT

Which means higher capacity, according to L2 Drive

Stealthy storage startup L2 Drive's technology could enable higher-capacity disk drives.…

Storage pizza from The Register's wood-fired oven

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 01:59:09 GMT

Get a piece of our weekend storage pizza

Thick crust, thin crust, who cares, it's storage pizza time, cooked in The Register's own wood-fired oven, with lots of bark and bite.…

Vexata's zippy storage array architecture poses vexatious questions

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:10:08 GMT

Startup lugs $54m war chest on mission to switch up the industry

Analysis Newcomer Vexata has dropped out of stealth with a $54m* funding war chest and aims to blow the fusty old storage array business to smithereens with its 7 million IOPS Active Data Fabric box. How so?…

Seagate fires NASty volley of 12TB spinners with lifebelt for fried data

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:01:06 GMT

BarraCuda Pro and IronWolves get a capacity jump

Seagate has fired out three 12TB drives, punting one at the desktop, two at the NAS market, and clobbering WDC on capacity in both areas.…

Toshiba, you can't have 14TB served on a platter. It'll take eight, at least

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:34:10 GMT

Big T lags in capacity stakes but could catch up soon

Analysis Toshiba lags behind WDC and Seagate in high-capacity 3.5-inch drives, having just reached 10TB. The other two are waving from 12TB and WDC has recently hit 14TB. How can Tosh catch up?…

NetApp straps on serverless taps, cloud cost caps, deduplication stats... and other tat

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 21:20:27 GMT

Storage software updated and benchmark spanked

NetApp has updated its SolidFire Element OS, StorageGRID Webscale, ONTAP, and OnCommand Insight software. These packages, which sit under its Data Fabric umbrella brand, are supposed to unify and manage storage across on-premises kit and public cloud stores.…

The Clippy of NetApp is an IBM Watson-powered cartoon robot called Elio

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 10:03:08 GMT

I'm sorry, I didn't understand the question

NetApp has reinvented Clippy with a Watson-powered chatbot called Elio, and is taking a leaf out of Nimble's book by using automated and predictive/proactive support called Active IQ.…

Hyped about HyperCloud HyperGrid sheds execs

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 08:40:04 GMT

Hyper-V-focused HCIA products pushed out by cloud services takeover

+Comment A raft of sales execs, marketeers, architects and two co-founders have exited HyperGrid, the hyperconverged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) startup formerly known as GridStore, over the past nine months.…

NFS is now on tap in Azure – and NetApp is Microsoft's provider

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 17:32:12 GMT

NFS as a service on-ramp to Azure

NetApp is making NFS available as a service in Microsoft's Azure Cloud, enaabling on-premises NFS-using applications to move into Azure.…

Call the doctor! WDC's new 14TB spinner has shingled write scheme

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:28:12 GMT

Oh, that's shingles. As you were

WDC has released an Ultrastar 14TB disk drive with host application software managing its shingled writing scheme.…

Big iron storage supplier Infinidat blags more o' that sweet VC cash

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:02:10 GMT

$95m to satiate its appetite for gutbusting growth

Analysis Moshe Yanai's Infinidat has gained $95m in third-round funding and wants us to know that it's not a debt-fuelled Silicon Valley extravaganza of a startup like others that have crashed and burned or gone through bought-at-a-discount acquisitions.…

Actifio launches v8 of Sky Platform, extends dedupe to cloud crowd

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:36:06 GMT

Goes native with Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Oracle

Data-as-a-service firm Actifio has bumped its virtual data pipeline, Sky Platform, to v8.0, extending its coverage to a crowd of public clouds.…

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Self-processing flash drives, we'll need more capacity

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:32:05 GMT

OpenIO talks us through how it's applying its software to SSDs

Interview Will object storage using SSDs with embedded servers become a realistic storage/processing technology?…

Hierarchical Storage Management is back. And this time it's cloudy

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 04:52:07 GMT

KompriseCloud can now shunt data between different cloud storage operators

Data management software vendor Komprise has added extra cold cloud tiers to its data lifecycle manager, which moves data to slower access storage tiers without affecting its accessibility.…

NetApp scraps first day of Insight conf talks at Mandalay Bay after terrorist guns down 59

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 23:27:13 GMT

Monday's events cancelled after music festival massacre

NetApp's Insight conference has been delayed a day after its venue, the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, was used by a terrorist to shoot and kill at least 59 people and hurt more than 527.…

Grab a sweetie shovel and prep your insulin for our storage pick 'n mix

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 12:29:14 GMT

The bonbon of backup, cola bottle of containers, foam teeth of flash

Storage roundup You're getting plenty of hardware sugar (NVMe) and remote software spice (the public cloud), with lots of tasty goodies in between in this week's storage roundup.…

SanDisk man tipped off his family to Fusion-io fusion, bagged $220k in share snatch – says SEC

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 06:02:07 GMT

US financial watchdog drags four into court

An ex-SanDisk manager and his family have been accused in the US of insider trading after profiting from the biz's acquisition of Fusion-io.…

'Hyper' kids ate all the sales growth again, say converged systems beancounters

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:45:04 GMT

Good Q2 news for Cisco, NetApp and a few others. Yep, just them

IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker shows a flight to the top vendors, away from HPE, Hitachi and the Others' category, with the hyperconverged sector being the only growth area.…

Apple and SK Hynix agree Toshiba terms: Bain to grab chip arm

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:25:11 GMT

Looks like WDC is scuppered apart from legal blocks

+Comment Big flash chip buyer Apple and Korean flash fabber SK Hynix have agreed terms and committed to their Bain-led consortium's buy of Toshiba's flash chip interests.…

Tintri wheels out T1000 ROBO flash array to terminate disk ones

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:06:13 GMT

Preconfigured single SKU box to skewer ROBO sales

Skynet's T-1000 is an advanced cyborg assassin prototype with a liquid molecular brain inside a mimetic poly-alloy body. Tintri's T1000 is a storage array for small and medium-sized businesses. Ho hum. Let's talk about the latter.…

HPE confirms Belfast-based 3PAR engineering office to close

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:53:07 GMT

No, we're not switching focus to Nimble, spokesman says

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is to shutter its 3PAR engineering office in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but the firm emphasised the move does not mean it is shifting focus from 3PAR to Nimble storage.…

Dell EMC, Veeam eagerly clamber onto Microsoft's Azure Stack: I love it more. No, I love it more

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:51:08 GMT

Azure Stack and Hyper-V support ignition for MS

Orlando's Microsoft Ignite conference saw Dell EMC and Veeam worshipping at the cloudy on-premises Azure Stack shrine with protection support offerings and more.…

Don’t let lack of All Flash Array experience hold you back

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:24:12 GMT

Bridging the chasm

Research There are many reasons why someone might not be using an All-Flash Array. It might be that you can’t get the budget, say, or that you think it has been over-hyped. Maybe you are sceptical about whether your application set would benefit from it, or if it would fit into your operations seamlessly.…

Massive revenues from RAM, flash make Micron chief a happy chappy

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:58:06 GMT

Mehrotra hints beyond 64-layer tech could land next year

Massive revenues from DRAM and flash have made Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra a happy chief. Third-quarter revenues were good but they have just been eclipsed.…

Feasting on Azure blobs: Caringo and Scality are doing it

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:06:12 GMT

Adding S3 gateways to Mr Blobby's storage in the Microsoft cloud

Both Caringo and Scality are adding S3 gateways between their object storage and Microsoft's Azure Blob storage.…

Get your tiny violins out: Troubled FalconStor has flown the Nasdaq coop

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:59:08 GMT

Delisted storage firm now trading stock on OTCQB

Struggling storage software company Falconstor has been delisted from the Nasdaq Stock Market and its shares are now trading on the OTC Market Group's OTCQB marketplace.…

Helium's for balloons and squeaky voices, not this 10TB Toshiba beast

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:31:10 GMT

Gas-free drive war with WDC and Seagate ramps up again

Toshiba has reached the 10TB disk drive capacity level without the help of helium, providing OEMs with an alternative to Seagate and WDC.…