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Hybrid storage newbie: It's storage Jim, but not as you know it

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:44:09 GMT

Data on flash or disk? Er, it's complicated, says Reduxio

Reduxio, the startup that stories data in unique indexed, tagged and timestamped chunks, has introduced v3.0 software with unified primary and secondary storage.…

Flash-based and Dell-free: NetApp trots out SolidFire FlexPod

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:57:12 GMT

Flash? It's all flash, mate

NetApp has introduced an all-flash SolidFire-based FlexPod.…

Flash array startup E8 whips out benchmarks, everyone will complain

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:37:10 GMT

NVMe over Fabrics box bashes Dell EMC, Pure and Infinidat

NVMe over Fabrics flash array startup E8 says its box out-performs Dell EMC and Pure arrays by up to 20 times.…

WDC wants in on Japan-backed consortium to buy Toshiba's chip biz

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:32:12 GMT

Legal headache still hangs over foundry joint venture agreement

WDC may have a way back into Toshiba's memory business auction although Toshiba has selected the Japanese state-backed INCJ consortium's ¥2tn ($18bn) bid group, which excluded WDC.…

Toshiba chip biz auction: Picks Japan-Bain fund bid

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:17:09 GMT

WDC: Hang on ... WHAAAA....

Toshiba has reportedly picked a home-grown Japanese state-backed fund to buy its memory business, and has frozen out flash foundry joint-venture partner WDC.…

Another FalconStor CEO out as storage software firm hunts for growth

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:19:12 GMT

Outgoing Garry Quinn hands reins to Intermap's Todd Oseth

FalconStor CEO Gary Quinn has resigned with Todd Oseth coming in to run this somewhat sickly storage software firm.…

Software 'submarine' surfaces data protection for the Nutanix hypervisor crowd

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:23:08 GMT

They kept that quiet: Software for AHV app data protection

Comtrade Software’s HYCU is an app-aware data protection product tailored for Nutanix’s Acropolis hypervisor (AHV) with fast deployment, backup and recovery.…

Samsung's 'Magician' for SSDs can let crims run evil code

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:28:09 GMT

What is this: Storage insecurity day? Asking cos Acronis has the same problem

The CERT Coordination Centre at Carnegie Mellon University has just popped two items onto storage admins to-do lists.…

Pure suggests dishing out intelligence to dumb storage shelves

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:02:08 GMT

Toshiba thinking 200 layers of 3D NAND

Update At Pure's Accelerate conference last week, the company talked about distributing intelligence to its NVMe fabric-accessed storage shelves.…

What can you buy with 12 bucks? Avocado on toast? A slice of Tintri?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:13:41 GMT

Storage upstart reveals IPO price range, hopes to raise $100m

All-flash and hybrid array startup Tintri has set out its IPO pricing terms, and they look quite modest.…

And now, in alphabetical order, all the storage news you may have missed

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:09:06 GMT

From Actian to WANdisco, we've got it all

Another week, another week of storage news laid out in our farmer’s market on groaning stalls full of free-range and organic produce. Walk around and check it out.…

Burying its head in the NAND: Samsung boosts 64-layer 3D flash chip production

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:01:07 GMT

Still lagging WDC and Toshiba chip capacity by half

Samsung says it is boosting its 64-layer V-NAND flash chip production after Toshiba and WDC have introduced 64-layer NAND drives.…

DDN burst buffer to bimble along more briskly after boost

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:02:10 GMT

SFAOS, Lustre distribution and WOS given a waxing as well

HPC storage system supplier DDN has enhanced the performance and protection on four of its products – storage array software SFAOS, flash cache burst buffer IME, EXAScaler Lustre and the WOS object storage system.…

Blade Runner time: Retail replicant buys into WANdisco’s Fusion product

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:42:10 GMT

Firm starting to win big orders to its replication to the cloud product

Data replicator WANdisco has won a US$2mn contract with a "major American multinational retail corporation," claimed to be "one of the world’s largest retailers".…

WDC fires another shot at Toshiba in flash foundry spat, whispers: Pick me, Tosh!

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:02:06 GMT

Confused? Let us explain the tale of love and hate

Analysis Western Digital Corporation continues its strange make love and war approach to getting a slice of Toshiba's Memory Business action by opening a new legal attack on its joint venture partner.…

FreeNAS releases version 11, so let us put the unpleasantness of failed V.10 behind us

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:32:10 GMT

Adds S3 compatibility but Docker drops out for now

FreeNAS releases version 11 so let's put the unpleasantness of failed V.10 behind us Version 11 of FreeNAS has emerged, hopefully without the bugs that saw the open source project release version 10 and then downgrade it to a mere “tech preview” a month later.…

IBM will soon become sole gatekeepers to the realm of tape – report

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:02:01 GMT

Yeah, cloud service providers, large enterprises still need it

Spectra Logic's Digital Data Storage Outlook 2017 report predicts IBM will emerge as the sole tape drive manufacturer.…

Toshiba bowls out small but nippy enterprise spinner

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:21:07 GMT

Power-sipping 900GB, 15,000rpm disk drive

Toshiba has a high-speed enterprise disk drive that ships data 20 per cent faster than the model before it.…

Toshiba memory unit drama alert: SK Hynix chips into Japanese consortium bid

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:05:10 GMT

WDC could be out on its arse

Korean chipper SK Hynix is joining a Japanese state fund-led consortium to bid for Toshiba's memory business, and WDC could be out.…

IBM deep-sixes DeepFlash 150

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:14:06 GMT

Unstructured data box nixed in Europe

IBM has withdrawn its Spectrum Scale-based DeepFlash 150 product from sale.…

Hyper-active Pure goes bananas with new software

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:30:09 GMT

Also demo'ing end-to-end NVMe over fabrics to Cisco UCS servers

Pure Storage is launching a mega-slew of software, with some new hardware, as well as a demo-ing an end-to-end NVMe over fabrics Flash Stack at its annual Pure Accelerate conference in San Francisco.…

Enterprise flash storage market report reads like it's a vendors graveyard

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:07:34 GMT

Virident? Violin?! Where is Tintri? HPE?! IBM??!!!

Registrar Daily's Global Enterprise Flash Storage Market 2017 report looks at 15 vendors – of which five no longer exist and two are small-to-insignificant – and totally neglects to mention others.…

Data shepherd Rubrik herds Microsoft, Oracle users towards its Alta

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:11:07 GMT

Now talks to Nutanix AHV, Microsoft Hyper-V and Oracle RMAN

Secondary data storage protection and management supplier Rubrik just added a host of extensions to its product to broaden its appeal to Microsoft, Nutanix and Oracle users.…

Apeiron demos 'rocket ship' Intel Optane array tech

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:46:07 GMT

'Optane on a string instead of captive in the box'

Analysis An Apeiron Optane array has five times the throughput, more than 6 times the IOPS, and up to 38 times lower latency than an Aperiron flash array.…

Toshiba Twist holds out bowl, WDC sweetens flash plant deal to $18bn

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:54:08 GMT

Eat your gruel and we won't go to international arbitration court

The Toshiba memory business saga careers on with a consortium including WDC set to raise its bid to ¥2tn ($18bn) or more.…

HPE ignored SAN failure warnings at Australian Taxation Office, had no recovery plan

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 04:59:37 GMT

'Stressed fibre optical cabling' crashed 3PAR box, then wide-striped disks went kaput

The HPE 3PAR SANs that twice failed at the Australian Taxation Office had warned of outages for months, but HPE decided the arrays were in no danger of major failure. Combined with decisions to place the SANs' recovery software was on the SANs themselves, and HPE's configuration of the SANs for speed, not resilience, the failures proved difficult to recover from even if no data was lost.…

NetApp puts everything it's got into a hyperconverged box

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:01:10 GMT

'NetApp HCI' takes all of its best bits and wraps them around compute and vCenter

NetApp has finally revealed its long-promised hyperconverged appliance. Named “NetApp HCI”, the product pours almost everything the company does into a 2U box, along with four unnamed servers, a cloud-style pay-as-you-go pricing plan and a vCenter plugin so you can manage it without having to learn new tools.…

Foxconn, Amazon, Apple join Toshiba chip plant feeding frenzy

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:28:04 GMT

Meanwhile, Tosh shoves WDC's stake back, mutters 'keep it'

Apple, Amazon and Foxconn are preparing to "chip in" for ailing Toshiba's NAND flash memory chip-making division, according to reports.…

Azure Backup cuddles up real close to Windows Server

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 03:22:12 GMT

Cloudy backup, now with data de-dupe, Windows System State restore and free egress

Microsoft keeps getting closer and closer to being a decent backup vendor.…

Tintri files for US$100m IPO but warns losses will likely keep coming

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 01:13:37 GMT

Admits costs set to rise and that it faces entrenched deep-pocketed competition

Virtualized storage upstart Tintri has filed for its initial public offering.…

Toshiba asset-swap shock: Western Digital is not impressed

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:04:09 GMT

Saucy Japanese chip-fryer tries to swallow its JV stake

Loss-ridden Toshiba has pulled an unexpected move which it hopes will allow it to auction off its flash memory unit for a big pile of cash within the month. It says it has reabsorbed assets from its flash foundry JV with Western Digital Corp.…

Acronis adds automated ransomware protection to latest Backup version

Wed, 31 May 2017 09:52:05 GMT

Blockchain for data integrity and regulatory compliance

In a well-timed release Acronis has announced its Backup 12.5 product with automated ransomware protection and data integrity checking via blockchain.…

WDC may form carrion consortium to snap up Toshiba's flash memory biz

Tue, 30 May 2017 15:07:05 GMT

Vultures continue circling not-quite-corpse

Western Digital may form a consortium to buy up Toshiba’s hotly disputed NAND flash memory unit, according to reports.…

Apps will need to be re-coded to go faster with storage-class RAM

Tue, 30 May 2017 07:32:59 GMT

Oracle Labs plays with an Optane simulator and finds cacheing gets rather tricky

Oracle Labs has found that applications will need a bit of work before they can really take advantage of storage-class RAM like Intel's Optane.…

Twice-crashed HPE SANs at Oz Tax Office built for speed, not strength, and turned off error reporting

Tue, 30 May 2017 01:00:16 GMT

HPE settles after findings of badly fitted cables, bugs on disks and backup tools on SAN

Oz taxation commissioner Chris Jordan has revealed that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has reached a commercial settlement with HPE over the two outages to its online services caused by 3PAR storage arrays.…

The hold is filled with storage news! Grab a bucket and BAIL

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:08:13 GMT

Keelhauling through the week's movers and shakers

Behind every great enterprise and technology news website lies storage, humming away in the background heeded by no one. But the industry never stands still and every week El Reg is inundated with news – some significant, some less so. However, we're not solely a storage 'zine and we need somewhere to stack the shorter bits that wouldn't necessarily make a standalone story but we know you storageheads out there would appreciate. So pull up a pew, pour yourself a mug o' joe, and read on to find out about Bristol Uni's new supercomputer, Intel's SSD wins, Diablo Tech's Memory1 benchmarks, and much more.…

Brocade goes bye-bye: Out on a high note ahead of Broadcom slurp

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:31:13 GMT

Revenues increase as it faces dismemberment

+Comment Say goodbye to Brocade as an independent company. It has just published its last quarterly results before being gobbled up and dismembered by Broadcom.…

Hyper-converged trashes all-flash: Nutanix out-grows Pure Storage

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:01:40 GMT

$100m+ quarterly loss fuels relentless drive for growth

Nutanix is racing on to the billion dollar revenue mark for next year with a $100m net loss fuelled quarter of growth.…

Apple fights off iTunes patent spat appeal

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:52:04 GMT

That bit where you said we didn't have to give them $500m – stick with that

Apple is trying to kill off an attempt by Smartflash to reverse a patent panel's ruling and thereby force Cupertino to hand it $533m in a Federal Circuit dispute.…

Pure's punchy first fiscal 2017 quarter opens door to billion-dollar year

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:04:07 GMT

Moving into co-processing with the big 3 public cloud players

All-flasher Pure Storage has a feeling this could be its first billion-dollar year and is moving into tightly coupled co-processing between Pure and big 3 public cloud players.…

Captain Kurian steers good ship NetApp back on course after $8m loss

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:02:12 GMT

Final quarter is third in a row to show revenue and profit growth

No drama, no worries, just the slick sounds of a well-oiled machine doing its stuff. That's NetApp with its latest quarterly results.…

HPE flashes out 3PAR, Nimble and MSA kit

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:33:07 GMT

Joins Dell EMC, NetApp, Pure to upgrade all-flash arrays

HPE has announced new mid-range 3PAR all-flash arrays, fifth generation MSA arrays, Nimble Secondary Flash arrays, and cloud-connected StoreOnce data protection.…

HPE's Nimble Secondary Flash Array uses... disk?

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:16:09 GMT

What are they banging on about?

Analysis Having acquired Nimble Storage and its hybrid and all-flash arrays, HPE is positioning it as a kind of secondary storage. What does that mean?…

WDC flashes the cash in in Tosh Memory biz bid: 2 treeellion yen

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:49:01 GMT

Partners with state-backed Japanese funds

+Comment WDC is partnering with a state-backed Japanese fund and bidding ¥2 trillion ($17.9bn, £13.8bn) to buy Toshiba’s Memory Business.…

Travel IT giant Amadeus making eyes at Micron's SolidScale architecture

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:02:05 GMT

Global biz is flying to fast-access frames of flash

Analysis Amadeus, the global travel booking business, is testing Micron's SolidScale NVMe flash arrays, thinking they can provide vastly better realtime access to the terabytes of flight information it holds on behalf of airlines and travel operators.…

Health data 'vault' app floats into's G-Cloud. *cough* GDPR *cough*

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:12:26 GMT

Anyone interested? NHS? Bueller? Bueller?

National Health Service trusts can consolidate their data in readiness for GDPR by buying an Analytics Private Health Data Vault service, based on Commvault's Clinical Archive product, says its maker.…

SSD price premium over disk faaaalling

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:49:34 GMT

Updated IDC SSD forecast sees 44 per cent capacity CAGR 2016-2021

The general solid state drive price premium over disk should decline from 6.6x now to 2.2x in 2021, according to new IDC numbers.…

Rubrik CEO: It's a passion project, not a hobby and not a 'job'

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:02:07 GMT

Bipul Sinha and the Indian ex-pat tech CEO's club

Profile How did Bipul Sinha, a man with neither entrepreneurial nor operation executive-level tech business experience, become the CEO of a startup?…

Code-thief pleads guilty to pinching file system to sell to China

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:28:10 GMT

DoJ isn't naming names but this was probably an attempt to lift IBM's GPFS

A Chinese national accused of stealing source code to a clustered file system and other intellectual property from an officially-unnamed American company has entered a guilty plea.…

Formation Data Systems? More like formatted data systems: Upstart shuts down

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:29:22 GMT

Ambitious storage startup halts after setting fire to cash

Startup Formation Data Systems has shuttered its operations, we're told. Sources familiar with the matter said it closed down on May 16.…