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Veritas insiders: Job cuts? There will be blood

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:23:14 GMT

Drafts in corp restructuring biz Alix Partners to cut costs, improve margins

Veritas Technologies has hired a corporate restructuring specialist in the face of business difficulties.…

Don't worry, Eugene Kaspersky. Acronis is just busting a security move...

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:31:05 GMT

Oh and a touch of HCI, says data protector as it waltzes into adjacent markets

Analysis Data protector Acronis is building hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) kit for release in 2019 and developing a security product slated for 2020 – markets in little danger of being under-served.…

Oh, Bucket! AWS in S3 status-checking tool free-for-all

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:26:12 GMT

'Your data is waiting for the internet to download it' warning lights are now free

Amazon Web Services has signalled it's still worried about poorly configured buckets in its Simple Storage Service (S3) by making one of the tools to manage them free.…

Big Blue plumps up storage line with filer and fabrics

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:31:14 GMT

Spectrum goes all NASty, FlashSystem base box getting NVMe fabric access

IBM is adding filer software to its storage offerings, NVMe fabric access to its base all-flash array, and other features across its storage portfolio in a bumper Big Blue storage news day.…

Hot NAND: Samsung wheels out 30TB SSD monster

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:35:13 GMT

It's another whopper: Fabulous capacity or blast radius nightmare

Samsung has finally got its 31TB SSD into manufacturing, catching up with Toshiba's similarly well-endowed SAS flash package.…

Scality CEO: About that C-suite throttling...

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:26:08 GMT

'We didn't strictly need a marketing chief or a president or a COO...'

More details have emerged of C-suite axe swinging at Scality with chief marketing officer Paul Turner getting the chop - still he lasted longer than his predecessor.…

Veritas loses its Vision, kills global customer knees-up

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:02:15 GMT

Warm wine and sarnies to be served up at 'local' Solutions Days instead

Veritas has canned its annual Veritas Vision marketing extravaganza in preference of smaller, regional get togethers for channel and end-user customers.…

Storage snow big deal? Products vendors hope will sleigh, pole position startups and more

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:18:04 GMT

Ice to meet you, storage fans. This was your week

In this week's roundup we hitch a brief ride on a sledge to the South Pole, and watch the movements in frozen flash, hot HCI, supercooled software and more.…

Say HCI is an enhanced server. If you don't already sell 'em, it could be game over, man

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:04:14 GMT

Where enterprise servers go, hyperconverged systems follow

Analysis If hyperconverged systems are basically enhanced servers then HCI vendors with no server hardware or channel partnerships for their software are doomed.…

How flash is panning out in the enterprise

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:20:01 GMT

Flash! A-aaaah! King of the Impossible!

Flash storage was once a plaything for moneyed-up, high-performance tech elite. No more. Now, it’s finding its way into Joe Average’s enterprise architecture. Here’s where it came from, where it is today, and where it might be going.…

Lenovo says take this code and stick it where the SAN doesn't shine

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:34:22 GMT

Need faster storage? Box slinger claims updated software boosts SMB kit performance

Lenovo has refreshed its line of storage-area-network boxes for small and medium businesses with improved software.…

What if I told you that flash drives could do their own processing?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:03:09 GMT

ScaleFlux and NGD aim to wrangle data at drive-level

Part 2 Bringing compute to data aims to knock stored data access latency on its head by not moving masses of data across networks to host servers. Bringing compute to disk drives is facing an uphill struggle, but flash drives, with their much faster access, might have an easier time of it.…

How do you win at HCI? It's SimpliVity ... or maybe not, right Dell?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:05:05 GMT

Magic quadrant shows HPE has its work cut out

Analysis What a difference a year makes: just 12 little months ago HPE was ruling the integrated systems roost, but fast forward and it has slipped behind as Nutanix and Dell EMC streak ahead - the latter with help from its VSAN gear.…

A storage baker's dozen: We spill the tea on the firms, the faces, the dough

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:25:05 GMT

Who else will dish the storage dish?

What went on in storageland this week, you ask? Keep your saucer level, but we had Cisco saying its kit will be needed because the cloud is spreading, Delphix snuggling up to SAP, Zerto going even more multi-cloud, plus a good few smaller items.…

Got some fancy new flash in the works, huh Micron? Join the QLC

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:07:12 GMT

4bit/cell SSDs coming soon to attack nearline disk drive sales

Later this year Micron plans to release quad-level cell flash drives that encroach on the nearline disk drive market.…

You've got a yottabyte on your hands: How analytics is changing storage

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:31:12 GMT

Are you going to power and cool the lot?

For all of its advances, the IT sector’s first five decades could be characterised as the electronic storing of systems of record.…

Micron cranks revenue forecast up by $275m amid flash, DRAM boom

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:47:47 GMT

Welcomes new CFO too

It's boom time in Micron flash and DRAM land with increased revenue expectations for the current quarter. And it has hired a new CFO.…

Let the compute see the data... to smash storage networking bottlenecks

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:56:05 GMT

So laggy, no likey

Part 1 Bringing compute to data sounds like a great way to bypass storage access bottlenecks but progress is difficult because of software issues, the need to develop special hardware and a non-x86 environment.…

Infinidat techie: Let me tell you a thing or two about ruler-format SSDs

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 09:37:12 GMT

They solve a problem of high flash capacity, says CTO... wait, what?

Interview We spoke to several people about Intel ruler and Samsung mini-ruler SSDs and thought we'd have some fun getting a point of view from Infinidat.…

Rubrik swallows Datos IO, shuffles in distributed DB backup

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:03:05 GMT

L-F-R-U-D-L-R-U-F: Welcome to the cube

Extremely well-funded startup Rubrik has bought distributed database backer-up and fellow startup Datos IO.…

Dell soups up low-end Data Domain deduper

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:05:14 GMT

Refreshes SMB-sized deduping backup-to-disk box

Down in the Dell there is a new Data Domain box – a smallish, entry-level one – the DD3300.…

Plunk: SK Hynix drops 72-layer 3D NAND on enterprise SSD market

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:37:05 GMT

Korean flasher poised to enter enterprise SSD market

SK Hynix, currently focused on client SSDs, is posed to enter the enterprise SSD market with 72-layer 3D NAND tech.…

Gartner casts runes to find object storage hero and 3 emerge: IBM

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 15:45:09 GMT

Right outta the Big Blue

IBM's on-premises Cloud Object Storage has come out on top in Gartner's latest industry rankings.…

Besides the XPoint: Persistent memory tech is cool, but the price tag... OUCH

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 13:39:09 GMT

No economies of scale = piss-poor adoption

Analysis The prospects of XPoint and other persistent memory technologies becoming a standard part of servers' design is being held up because the darn stuff costs too much, an analyst has said.…

Tall, slim models are coming to take over dumpy SSD territory

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 09:40:07 GMT

We don't need oblong boxes designed for round disks any more

Interview Intel and Samsung have introduced "ruler" format SSDs, longer than the standard 2.5-inch drive format, and with higher capacities. However, adoption has been slow. Supermicro is bringing in ruler SSD-using servers, but few others.…

E8 prises software away from its arrays to run on Dell, HPE, Lenovo kit

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:31:13 GMT

Flash flinger does a Kaminario

NVMe-over-Fabrics all-flash array shipper E8 is selling its software separately to be run on certified hardware from Dell, HPE and Lenovo.…

Exploring Flash beyond the performance

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:11:05 GMT

Pricing out the IOPS

What really matters in choosing an all-flash array is a wider view of performance and price than a simple look at I/Os per second (IOPS). Handily, this information is available in the Storage Performance Council (SPC) benchmarks, which provide solid guidance on choosing a flash array vendor.…

DRAM, Samsung, these profits are on fire, NAND ain't that the truth

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:08:04 GMT

86 per cent leap attributed to memory chip biz

Korean tech titan Samsung has posted bumper annual results on the back of high memory chip demand, with yearly operating profit up 83 per cent to 53.7 trillion won (£35.4bn).…

VCs palm Igneous $15m to give its Arm-powered backup boxen a leg up

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:59:04 GMT

They'll have to show volcanic growth, though

Some $15m has just been shoveled into Igneous Systems by venture capitalists to further develop the upstart's Arm-powered petabyte-scale unstructured data backup, archive and storage box that has a public cloud backend.…

Samsung preps for Z-SSD smackdown on Intel Optane drives

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 12:22:09 GMT

February reveal for wannabe XPoint killer

Samsung is launching its ambitious supercharged NAND Z-SSD in competition with Intel's P4800X Optane drive.…

You can blame taxes for a profit nosedive, but Seagate... the taxman didn't flatten your sales

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 18:04:04 GMT

Cue dramatic music as activist investor joins board

Seagate reported essentially flat revenues and a fall in profits in its disappointing second fiscal 2018 quarter.…

DRAM, it's good to be in storage... for some

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:29:06 GMT

It's been a week, hasn't it, storage fans?

So after a week of replicating, virtualising, backing up and inhaling and puffing out data to the cloud it is time to check what has been happening in the land of storage.…

Qumulo needed EMEA crew, and an ex-Isilon bunch worked out nicely

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:42:06 GMT

HPE reselling deal using Apollo hardware extended to Europe

Commercial scale-out filesystem startup Qumulo is setting up shop in Europe and using ex-Isilon execs to run its show.…

Western Dig revenues take $0.82bn spanking from US tax shake-up

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 16:19:12 GMT

But now lots of lovely cash abroad can be used more easily

Drive-shipper Western Digital reported record revenues in its second quarter but new US tax laws dragged it into a $0.82bn net loss.…

Dell bleeds converged infrastructure unit into existing divisions

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 16:33:47 GMT

Components spread across servers, storage, networking

Dell has split up and distributed the Chad Sakac-led Converged Platforms and Solutions Division (CPSD) across company's existing server, storage and networking units (Infrastructure Solutions Group).…

Muglia's monster Snowflake in quarter-of-a-billion-dollar funding blizzard

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:03:13 GMT

VCs chuck money at data warehouse startup

Data Warehouser in the cloud Snowflake has just raised $263.5m, eight months after raising $105m, making it a startup monster.…

Wanna design a chip that talks to silly-fast GDDR6? You'll have to talk to Rambus, too

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:28:13 GMT

Blueprints touted to ASIC, SoC makers to take on GPUs

Patent troll Semiconductor licensing giant Rambus announced this week a physical layer design for accessing GDDR6 – aka double data rate type six synchronous graphics random-access memory.…

Commvault's record revenues walloped by US tax law tweaks

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:23:34 GMT

Yay! Oh, wait. Aww...

Commvault has reported record quarterly revenues but took a dramatic GAAP thrashing due to US tax law changes.…

Pro Evo-lution shocker: Samsung SSDs focus on endurance over capacity

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:33:07 GMT

Can't cram crazy TBs in so new 860s bring speed and longevity

Samsung's new 860 Pro and Evo SSDs have virtually the same capacity and performance as the 850 line, but with much higher endurance.…

IBM Zurich wants to spice up your life with SALSA translation layer

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:57:07 GMT

Storage boffins get flash and disk dancing together

Research gnomes at IBM Zurich say we should take translation layers off storage devices and run many at the same time on a server to get faster IO.…

What do people want? If we're talking mainstream enterprise SATA SSDs, reliability, chirps Micron

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:00:08 GMT

Capacity max same with 32- to 64-layer 3D NAND transition

Micron is looking to boost its high fidelity cred. The vendor has refreshed its three-model 5100 SATA SSD with a two-variant 5200, increasing reliability from two million to three million hours mean time before failure (MTBF).…

Security patches done, machines upgraded, the coffee's hot – just in time for storage roundup

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:53:51 GMT

Could Nutanix be gearing up for an acquisition?

Acquisition hints at Nutanix, go-to-market changes at Zerto, subscription pricing intro at Violin Systems, new SW release at Delphix – yep, it's another storage roundup.…

Microsoft gives backup software vendors 30 days of pain

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:57:06 GMT

OneDrive for Business stretches its restoration envelope

Microsoft's OneDrive for Business now offers to recover files deleted a month in the past.…

Half a terabyte in your smartmobe? Yup. That's possible now

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:03:10 GMT

Integral bumps microSD to 512 GB, leaving SanDisk's 400GB offering looking a bit meek

Here's a challenge: do you reckon you can fill half-a-terabyte of memory using only a smartphone?…

Curse of Woz strikes again – first Fusion-io fizzles out, now Primary Data goes down

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:28:18 GMT

Startup goes silent, scent of burned cash wafts from offices

Primary Data, the storage startup offering a metadata-driven abstraction layer, appears to have gone TITSUP – a Total Inability To Sell Us Products.…

How digitalisation will change your storage culture

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:32:08 GMT

The rise and rise of flash

How close to reality is the all-flash enterprise data centre?…

Talk about a positive mental pl-attitude: WD Ultrastars shed disks without hit to capacity

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:03:09 GMT

Revitalises midrange nearline air-filled tech

Western Digital Corp's HGST unit has brought out 4 and 6TB nearline platter-reduced disk drives with an 8TB drive on the way.…

Bigger Blue: Tonic for Ginni as IBM actually does OK in storage

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:56:05 GMT

Four quarters of growth in a row ain't too shabby

Analysis Diving into IBM's fourth-quarter and full-year results show its storage surge has now run a whole year and possibly pushed Dell EMC into a "Refuse to Lose" channel campaign to regain sales momentum.…

New Quantum head honcho thrown in at the deep end

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:10:11 GMT

CEO Patrick Dennis has his work cut out

Comment There's a new president and CEO at Quantum, with the board hoping for a dose of Patrick Dennis magic to fire up the company and return it to growth and profits.…

Another day, another Spectre fix slowdown: What to expect if you heart ZFS

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:35:06 GMT

Blogger records 7-8% toll on read IOPS

The widely used ZFS file system software is slowed down in both read IOPS and throughput by Intel CPU microcode fixes for the Spectre processor design flaws, one set of numbers suggests.…