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Flash bang walloped: Toshiba, Western Digital sign peace treaty over memory chip fabs

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:34:38 GMT

Dare we say it... Tosh won

A peace has broken out between Western Digital and Toshiba over the future of their solid-state-memory factory joint-ventures.…




Xcellis: From 'gateway' for NAS dabblers to pusher of hardcore scale-out NAS boxen

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:43:08 GMT

Quantum claims to node its new stuff totally dunks on rival

Quantum has announced an Xcellis scale-out NAS system, claiming performance is three times better than the next-best competing NAS system.…




Fujitsu's server jujitsu: FPGA gives networking capacity fourfold boost

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:07:12 GMT

Chip-accelerated WAN could do wonders in the cloud

Fujitsu Labs has fitted a parallelising FPGA to a server and quadrupled effective 10Gbit/s networking capacity.…




Avere wheels out fitter, faster filer accelerator

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:00:08 GMT

Latest edge box pumps out more data with haste, claims vendor

NAS accelerator Avere has introduced a beefier box to top its edge filer range – the FXT 5850.…




Teen Pennsylvania HPC storage pusher Panasas: Small files, fat nodes, sharp blades

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:28:04 GMT

Not your average Silicon Valley startup kid

Analysis HPC storage array maker Panasas has been talking about the new architecture for its scale out, parallel filesystem array, involving separate and scale-out director nodes talking to scale-out storage nodes.…




Four hybrid clouds, three server SANs, two snapshotters... and a partridge in a pear tree

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:24:07 GMT

Yes, it's the week in storage

Backup, cloud, convergence, GDPR, malware and server SANs are flavours of the storage week as we approach midwinter. These market areas are growing strongly while traditional SANs and hybrid arrays fall back.…




An object failure: All in all, it's just another... file system component?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:22:09 GMT

Disappearing into the on-premises wall

Analysis Object storage has failed to to make it big time and is becoming just another way of storing files and a public cloud on-ramp.…




Shingled out: 14TB helium-filled Toshiba drive floats to market

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:37:09 GMT

And it's a whopper

Toshiba has joined the ranks of helium-filled disk drive makers with a 14TB drive that is not shingled.…




Walk with me... through a billion files. Slow down – admire the subset

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:24:50 GMT

Qumulo and the tree-walking problem

Analysis If you ask your notebook's filesystem how many MP3 files it is storing that haven’t been opened in 30 days, you can find the answer reasonably quickly. But ask an enterprise’s file system when it holds a million files and you have a big problem.…




Past, present and future: A year in hyperconvergence

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:01:10 GMT

Infrastructure, acquisitions and retrenchments

Supported It has been an interesting year in the world of hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) with acquisitions and retrenchments and with new products released.…




Cloudian pops NAS joystick on HyperStore object boxes

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:34:08 GMT

Object storage filer front end to ease the load for primary filers

Cloudian says you can store unstructured data files on its HyperStore object storage, through a HyperFile NAS Controller, and not burden primary data filers with the stuff, saving lots of lovely money and getting loads of scalability.…




♫ Storage falling, all around me... Snowflake, Komprise... Paragon ♬

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:04:05 GMT

It's the season – love NAND understanding

Ho ho ho, blockheads. Winterfest is almost upon us, but you know what is more exciting than four weeks of soulless consumerism? That's right, storage! So here's another roundup of the latest industry titbits. We do spoil you so.…




Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 07:23:07 GMT

Serious storage capacity is coming to tablets, smartmobes ... and beyond

Samsung has doubled the size of its largest Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) product to 512 gigabytes and started mass production of the chips.…




Building reliability into storage infrastructure

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:41:13 GMT

Active active data centres

SPONSORED Flash Storage II Ask a layperson what the most important storage characteristics are, and they might say raw capacity, or speed, or perhaps power consumption. Ask an enterprise storage specialist and they will say, yes, all the above but most of all, reliability.…




Battle-weary Tosh, WDC mull peace treaty to end war over flash chip fab

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:58:02 GMT

Settlement reportedly on the cards

Toshiba and Western Digital may be about to settle their long-running legal dispute over Tosh's sale of its interest in a flash fab joint venture, held by the two, to a Bain-led consortium that includes WDC competitors.…




Oh, Nutanix, if you carry on like this you might actually creep into profit

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:36:11 GMT

Revenue up, losses down – that's how you do business

Nutanix has had a quarter to shout about with 46 per cent annual revenue growth and a reducing loss trend hinting at a profitable fourth quarter.…




Toshiba soups up XG5-P NVMe SSD with 2TB and chunky read/write boost

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 11:15:04 GMT

Premium model doubles capacity, ups IOPS 55 per cent

Toshiba has doubled the capacity of its M.2 form factor XG5 flash drive to 2TB with an XG5-P (premium) model.…




Datrium tries to tempt Amazon cloud backup folk: Psst, buddy... you want HCI?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:37:10 GMT

Backup sucks

Hyperconverged system startup Datrium has spun out a DVX cloud instance for AWS.…




WDC to move all its stuff to RISC-V processors, build some kind of super data-wrangling stack

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 05:20:10 GMT

Details are thin, but it looks like disks could help crunch data out on the edge

Analysis Western Digital has grandly announced its will use the open-source RISC-V processor architecture in all future products and "intends to lead the industry transition toward open, purpose-built compute architectures to meet the increasingly diverse application needs of a data-centric world."…




OceanStor Dorado V3 put through its paces by ESG Labs

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:42:28 GMT

Huawei all flash array under the microscope

Sponsored In 2017 data protection, data growth and hardware costs remain top concerns for those in the market for All Flash Array (AFA) technology.…




HPE inks object storage reseller deal in EMEA – with Cloudian

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:01:13 GMT

Object storage partner Scality: Don't forget they put a RING on it!

+Comment Not content with having one object storage partner, Scality, HPE has linked arms with a second – Cloudian.…




FlashBlade runner Pure charges NetApp's legacy filer fortress

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 12:32:05 GMT

Third quarter brings positive cash flow for first time

Analysis Pure Storage had a great growth quarter and sees itself taking on NetApp filers with its unstructured data FlashBlade product.…




Soon enough, Toshiba drives will stash vid footage of all of us

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:58:08 GMT

10TB is a lot of embarrassing, explicit acts

Toshiba has taken its MG06 10TB enterprise capacity disk-drive technology and used it to update its surveillance line.…




Someone has fixed the ESX 'VM stun' problem

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:58:14 GMT

Virtual machines won't press pause in Nutanix deployments

Comtrade's latest HYCU Nutanix backup product version has a fix for the VM stun problem.…




Storage uber alles: SoftBank chucks $20 mill into Nexenta's hat

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:41:07 GMT

Which pie *doesn't* Japanese corp have a finger in?

Software-defined storage biz Nexenta has picked up another $20m in funding.…




You've feasted for days but the courses keep on coming: Let's talk storage turkey

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 09:31:10 GMT

And finally sir, a wafer-thin mint... it is but wafer-thin

Tasty storage dishes for your Thanksgiving table include starter from Hazelcast, entree from HPE, a side from Qubole and dessert from Rubrik. Place your napkins in your lap and start dining.…




StorONE 're-invents' storage stack to set hardware free

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:34:22 GMT

After 6 years of work, 35 people in StorOne say storage industry's wrong

Analysis Israeli storage startup StorONE says it has re-invented the storage stack to set hardware free.…




Under par: HPE 3PAR US sales are limping

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:44:12 GMT

Not so, er, Nimble in the area

Comment Did HPE shoot itself in the foot with US 3PAR push? Its fourth quarter results showed storage revenues grew slightly but with sales in the US of the tech limping in a quarter with sales organisation changes.…




'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:35:09 GMT

Using bcache to speed Linux 4.14? Stop if you want your data to live

A filesystem-eating bug has been found in Linux 4.14.…




Wounded FalconStor flutters back to life

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:02:07 GMT

First profit in two years, fresh funding, new faces

FalconStor has confirmed its first profit in more than two years, bagged fresh funding and employed a new bunch of new faces in its exec lounge.…




Gulp. HPE's InfoSight self-repairs and makes 'proactive decisions'

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:45:04 GMT

Machine-learning engine stapled to 3PAR arrays

HPE is updating its acquired Nimble Storage InfoSight array management system with a machine learning-driven recommendation engine, and adding InfoSight to 3PAR arrays.…




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.…