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The rice of cloud, avocado of virtualisation and salmon of doubt: Let's eat storage sushi

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:23:05 GMT

It's a week's worth of storage nutrition, so let's tuck in

We've got a few storage news sushi snacks to start off your week. Get your chopsticks out and lift up each of these little beauties to get a taste of who's doing what in the land of the data-baiters, virtualizer commercializers and the cloud crowd.…

NVMe fabrics could shuffle traditional arrays off to the graveyard

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:10:10 GMT

With the array controller out of the data path, who needs it?

Opinion NVMe-over-Fabrics (NVMeF) shared storage access could kill the legacy storage array business – unless vendors get inventive and somehow continue to supply charged-for data management services alongside NVMeF data access.…

NetApp swallows Icelandic cloud management software biz

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:50:05 GMT

Greenqloud’s QStack becomes gets NetApp-ed

NetApp has made one of its relatively rare acquisitions – this time an Icelandic cloud management software house called Greenqloud with its Qstack product.…

Last FalconStor CEO survived just six weeks before being replaced

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:27:05 GMT

New CFO too as data protection firm refuses to give in

+Comment It's all change at FalconStor, which has a new CEO and CFO just six weeks after the last chief exec was appointed.…

Making money is so DRAM easy for some memory-flingers

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:07:10 GMT

Another record revenue quarter ... even as drought eases

While we are recovering from the global DRAM shortage, there's still enough of a drought for chip-slingers to rake in record revenues.…

NetApp, you went all-flash, never go all-fla... Hey, wait. It's working

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:38:04 GMT

Slight biz uptick, steady results should keep CEO smiling

NetApp has managed to go back to what it used to do do reliably: churn out revenue and profit increases as its customer base lapped up new kit.…

What'll we do tonight, Kieran? Same thing we do every night, Tintri....

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:34:11 GMT

... try to take over your public cloudy worlds (one array at a time)

Newly-IPO’d Tintri has made its storage array bigger, better and faster by extending it out to the AWS and IBM clouds, speeding specifically Storage vMotion, upping its scalability limit and predicting future capacity and compute needs.…

Samsung's bantam SSD makes WD's 'passport' drive look passé

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:24:06 GMT

Is that 2TB in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?

Samsung has introduced a 2TB T5 portable SSD you can stick in your shirt pocket.…

Toshiba must allow Western Digital access to joint-venture assets

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:04:59 GMT

Tear down the wall, Tosh, says Cali Court

Western Digital Corp has notched up another win in its attempt to force Toshiba to talk turkey about selling its Memory Business to WD, or a bid group with its JV partner in it.…

Loss-making storage survivor Sphere 3D looking at 'strategic alternatives'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:36:05 GMT

We think it probably doesn't involve listening to Sonic Youth

Sphere 3D is "reviewing strategic alternatives", a sign that it’s open to a sale or being split up.…

Red Hat banishes Btrfs from RHEL

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:54:14 GMT

ZFS On Linux adds the proper crypto Google wants before considering Btfrs for Android

Red Hat has banished the Btrfs, the Oracle-created file system intended to help harden Linux's storage capabilities.…

When is a Barracuda not a Barracuda? When it's really AWS S3

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:26:09 GMT

Now you can replicate backups to Barracuda's actually-Amazonian cloud

Barracuda's backup appliances can now replicate data to Amazon’s S3 cloud silos.…

Datrium claims its split-provisioning DVX array is 'tomorrow calling'

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:36:12 GMT

And it wants its super-scaling, newfangled tech back

Datrium is providing separate scaling of CPU power and storage capacity in its disaggregated converged storage arrays.…

Atomic bonds: Gigabyte, Supermicro fire out boosted Atom CPU range

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:59:10 GMT

Denverton systems, servers and motherboards

Gigabyte and Supermicro are bringing out Atom C3000-powered systems, servers and motherboards.…

Nice guy NetApp's adopting 'disruptive' tech non-disruptively

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:02:23 GMT

Gently easing us into the NVMe-over-Fabrics and storage-class memory future

Analysis NetApp will bring disruptive NVMe-over-Fabrics technology to its customers in a non-disruptive way.…

Diablo Technologies sheds three execs

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:43:12 GMT

NV-DIMM flash tech changes

Two co-founding execs and a senior veep for sales have exited flash NV-DIMM startup Diablo Technologies.…

Where's the bloody flare gun? Cast adrift on a swirling gyre of storage

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:01:14 GMT

I'm sending out an SAS

Bobbing around the Sargasso Sea of storage news this week we see cast-off sandals, bits of plastic, seaweed... oh, what's that?! A lifeboat? No, just some Flash Memory Summit jetsam. Let's dive in and see what we have.…

Data archiver striver Mimecast reports revenues rise of 40%

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:02:48 GMT

Tackling cloud and ransomware takes firm to a happy place

Email and data archiver Mimecast reported a year-on-year increase in revenues of 40 per cent for Q1 2018.…

Just kiss and make up already! Toshiba CEO strikes conciliatory note with chip partners WDC

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:56:12 GMT

Translated spiel reveals less spiky relationship

Instead of being set on going it alone, Toshiba is actually willing to invest in Fab 6 foundry development with Western Digital.…

Array-pusher Infinidat boasts of sales hike, says it has petabyte-pushin pay pals

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:03:06 GMT

Marketing trumpets sounding off

+Comment High-end array startup Infinidat might start attracting acquisitive interest from other suppliers soon.…

Toshiba spared delisting after finally getting 2016 accounts approved

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:27:08 GMT

Back to the drawing board with Foxconn and WDC

Auditors have finally signed off Toshiba's fiscal 2016 and Q1 '17 accounts but with a disputed qualification, so Tosh should avoid Tokyo Stock Exchange delisting on that account.…

Quantum's scale-out storage revenues didn't scale out enough

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:05:48 GMT

Tape, though? That's one tough mofo

Quantum delivered flat results with its business in limbo and awaiting direction and tuning from the new and CEO-less board.…

Horsemen of the disk-drive apocalypse will ride upon 256TB SSDs

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 08:00:31 GMT

The end is nigh! Give it a couple of years

Analysis It's not a good week to be in the disk-drive business as solid-state tech news signals their imminent death – all due to a murderous group formed of Intel/Micron, Samsung, SK Hynix and Toshiba/WDC.…

Mellanox SoCs it to NVMe over Fabrics with BlueField platform

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:33:08 GMT

The JBOF made easier

Mellanox has integrated the hardware needed to frontend an NVMe-over-Fabrics flash array into a single System-on-Chip (SoC) device, making it easier for shared flash storage system builders to put together NVMe JBOFs.…

Samsung drops 128TB SSD and kinetic-type flash drive bombshells

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:10:09 GMT

Sammy goes large... very, very large

Samsung has fired out four flashy announcements with higher capcity chips, faster drives, new packaging format and a flash version of Seagate's Kinetic disk concept.…

Kaminario's K2 array flasher now comes with added .N

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:04:10 GMT

Which is to say support for NVMe over fabrics and virtual private arrays

Kaminario has introduced its K2.N system, the first existing array design to be developed for frontend NVMe-over-fabrics access.…

Seagate preps Nytro with layers of flash and boom...

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 19:33:01 GMT

SAS and NVMe SSDs use more and faster flash fuel

Seagate has updated two single-layer SSD product lines with 3D NAND, raising capacity fourfold in one case, and demonstrating a single 64TB flash drive at the Flash Memory Summit.…

Toshiba fires off trifecta of SSDs with 30TB range-topping whopper

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:51:09 GMT

SAS, SATA and NVMe products using 64-layer 3D flash chips

Toshiba has a three-way SSD news announcement with SATA, and developing SAS and NVMe products, all using 64-layer 3D NAND chips, plus NVMe fabric software claimed to beat open source code.…

Sweet Christmas: Micron more than triples SSD capacity with 9200

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:01:07 GMT

Ships data around faster too

Micron is majorly bigging up its NVMe SSD capacity from 3.2TB in its 9100 to 11TB in a new 9200 drive, and making them shift data a lot faster as well.…

Building beyond capacity: How NAS drives go further

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:35:12 GMT

Diving into the storage pool

Sponsored Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a time-honoured approach for organisations to provide a shared repository through which multiple users and client systems can all access the same files and data over the network.…

One drive to rule them all and in the data centre bind them

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:22:10 GMT

It's a fancy-pants ruler-shaped form factor among Intel gubbins

Intel has updated its data centre SATA SSD products, dual-ported its Optane drives and introduced a "ruler" format for server Optane and 3D NAND drives.…

Let the Optane SAN shine? NVMeF kid E8 whips out sharers' pack

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 08:02:13 GMT

Ups accessing server count, gives 'em shared, writeable, multi-appliance volumes

NVMe over Fabrics array startup E8 is adding Optane drive support and providing shared writeable, multi-appliance volumes for up to 96 servers.…

Nimbus Data becomes OEM supplier of high-capacity SSD tech

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:01:12 GMT

Viking and SMART Modular Technologies top customers

Surprise, surprise: Nimbus Data is supplying 50TB flash drive tech to SSD OEMs like Viking and SMART Modular Technologies.…

Excelero hooks up with Broadcom to tag team NVMe over fabrics

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 15:02:14 GMT

NVMesh software works with NetXtreme controller card

Broadcom's NetXtreme BCM57414 20GB/25GB remote direct memory access (RDMA) Ethernet controller card has been validated to work with Excelereo's NVMesh software.…

Apeiron brings the high-Optane thrills with mix-and-match flash array

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:02:09 GMT

The eagle has landed

Apeiron is speeding its ADS1000 NVMe flash drive array with added Optane drives.…

It's once again time for your enterprise storage salmagundi of the week

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:25:04 GMT

Bits and bytes from across the industry rounded up in one handy spot

Dive into this smorgasbord of lite bites, or light bytes even, of IT storage happenings this first week of August.…

Toshiba invests $1.76bn in flash fab production line, WD kinda peeved

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:33:09 GMT

Star-crossed lovers secretly kicking each other to death

Toshiba and Western Digital Corp negotiating makes for bizarre viewing. Billions of dollars are at stake, goodwill is laughably absent and one of the world's best flash production partnerships could be headed down the toilet.…

Flash fryers have burger problems: You can't keep adding layers

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:03:06 GMT

... and shrinking cells. So, how about a double string-stacked 64-layer 3D with cheese?

Backgrounder The flash foundry folk took on 3D NAND because it provided an escape hatch from the NAND scaling trap of ever-decreasing cell sizes eventually to non-functioning flash.…

Primary Data gets fresh funding. Reg storage man expects a wave of acquisitions

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:00:10 GMT

Data management. It's so hot right now. Data management

+Comment Primary Data has rolled up $40mn in new funding as the data management space becomes white hot.…

Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 08:36:11 GMT

Yes, again. Sony – thank you for the tape you gave to me

IBM has claimed its fifth-in-succession world tape density record with a 330TB raw capacity technology using Sony tape media tech.…

Cohesity adds archiving, analytics to Orion's belt

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 18:23:07 GMT

v5.0 combines end-to-end data protection and big data storage

Secondary storage consolidation player Cohesity has fulfilled a long-term promise and added archive-accessing workload support for Big Data analytics.…

WANdisco sticks Fusion into Amazon's Snowballs for mega-petabyte data pelt

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 16:45:09 GMT

Replication tech integrated with data truck - yes an actual truck...

WANdisco is integrating its Fusion product with Amazon's Snowball product, which moves massive amounts of data to its public cloud.…

Databarracks turns to business continuity as a service. Why? BCaaS

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:26:07 GMT

Firm now tackles smaller crises alongside disaster recovery

Databarracks has started offering business continuity as a service (BCaaS) to small and medium-sized businesses in the UK.…

Red Hat acquires Permabit to put the squeeze on RHEL

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:58:09 GMT

Stallman says ZFS-on-Linux is impossible ... now Red Hat has dedupe without GNU legals

Red Hat has acquired “the assets and technology of Permabit Technology Corporation”, a data-shrinking concern, for an undisclosed sum.…

Creditors urge Toshiba to consider bankruptcy – reports

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:43:43 GMT

A viable option with a slew of new difficulties

Some Toshiba creditors are thinking the unthinkable, saying the company should seriously consider declaring itself bankrupt.…

NAND that's that... Flash chip industry worth twice disk drive biz

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:32:09 GMT

Can Seagate escape coming HDD crash?

Analysis The flash industry is worth more than twice the disk drive industry in terms of product ship revenues. Trends suggest a shrinking disk drive industry will squeeze the three drive manufacturers, leaving Seagate with no escape.…

Toshiba agrees to give WD 2-week heads-up about flash memory biz flog-off

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:57:13 GMT

Court orders, stipulations and legal wrangling continues

Western Digital, which has dropped a preliminary injunction request, and Toshiba have agreed that Tosh will give WD at least 14 days' advance notice before closing any sale or transfer of its flash foundry joint venture interests, which won’t take place for many months.…

Yeehaw! And welcome to another rootin'-tootin' storage pony wrangling

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:31:08 GMT

Bring some Vaseline because you're gonna have a rawhide

We've added a fair few thoroughbreds to this week's storage corral. Let's send in a wrangler and see what we've got.…

Disaster-proofers merge: Axcient enclosed by eFolder

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:26:10 GMT

DRaaS-tic times call for DRaaS-tic measures

DRaaS supplier Axcient is merging with eFolder, and eFolder will be the combined business’s name.…

Flash, aaaaaah! Western Digital waggles sales in nemesis Seagate's face

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:29:05 GMT

How's business on the other side of that $2.4bn void?

Western Digital earned the revenues it said it would in its final fiscal 2017 quarter and gave an object lesson to Seagate in how to run a storage drive business.…