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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.…

Box labelled best collaborator ... of content – Gartner mages

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:09:59 GMT

That's biz file sync and share, but rebranded, natch

Box has topped Gartner's magic quadrant as the analyst wizards cast their judgemental eyes over the content collaboration market.…

Cloud-stitching startup pitches NVMe FPGAs for SSDs

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:38:09 GMT

Uses FPGAs as drive controllers

Fast NVMe over Fabric access to flash arrays needs direct access to the target drives, bypassing the X86 array controller, for the lowest latency. FPGAs are being developed to do this.…

Lenovo sticks Toshiba NVMe SSDs in ThinkSystem server brainpan

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:52:07 GMT

Enterprise kit to enable hyperscale and HPC

Toshiba SSDs are being used to speed Lenovo ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile servers.…

No time for nap, update your QNAP: RAIDed NAS data corruption bug squashed

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:28:11 GMT

Not before a push from Oz small biz techie

QNAP has put out a critical NAS firmware fix notice after prolonged pushing by a small business tech IT pro guy in Australia.…

Cloud-ready storage needs super speeds and super integration

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:00:13 GMT

NVMe gives you the speed and reach cloud needs

Promo Cloud computing has raised the bar for all organisations. Users now expect to be able to spin up big workloads and that those applications will be able to go fast with big quantities of data, on-premises and off.…

Luczo's so-so luck: Seagate switches CEOs, sales fall, 600 jobs cut

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:12:45 GMT

'Technology shifts present demand variations for the storage industry'

Seagate revenues fell 9.1 per cent in the three months to June 30, aka the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2017 year. It has also changed its CEO, and announced a headcount cut for good measure.…

Commvault shifts slowly uphill as it gears into hyperconverged drive

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:15:06 GMT

Takes small loss as it vows to deliver the goods later this fiscal year

Commvault grew revenues by 9 per cent year-on-year in its fiscal first 2018 quarter, ended June 30, 2017.…

Quad goals: Western Digital clambers aboard the 4bits/cell wagon

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:51:07 GMT

The bit number explosion gets bigger still

In the flash numbers game Western Digital's 3D, 64-layer NAND is being armed with 4bits/cell (quad-level cell, QLC) and bit-cost scaling (BiCS3) technology.…

Maps to the storage stars: Who'll make it big in next 10 years?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:24:11 GMT

The newbies, the comeback kids and the maturing players

Opinion Which suppliers will be the major storage players in the next 10 years on the same scale as Dell, HPE, IBM and NetApp are today? And how will they fit into the storage landscape?…

Symbolic IO CEO cuffed by cops, vanishes from his storage startup

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:02:07 GMT

Tech boss denies any wrongdoing

Symbolic IO CEO and founder Brian Ignomirello was arrested last week on outstanding warrants and for allegedly violating a restraining order, it is reported.…

Pull on yer wellies and let's wade through the week's storage news

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:04:07 GMT

But Muuuuuum...

A mudslide of storage news has mired Vulture Central and we're up to our waists in it. Alas, this seems to be becoming a weekly occurrence. We waded through it, sorted it out, tidied it up, and mopped the floors.…

What is this – some kind of flashy, 3-bit consumer SSD? Eh, Seagate?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:27:08 GMT

Nytro new PC disk replacement line of SSDs

Seagate has a new line of Nytro consumer SSDs coming using 3-bits/cell flash.…

Who the funk is Hive-IO? It's where Atlantis assets have buzzed off to

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:11:36 GMT

Hyperconverged, VDI startup nibbles bits off software-defined storage supplier

Hive-IO has bought certain assets of Atlantis Computing, a struggling supplier of VDI and hyperconverged infrastructure software, for undisclosed financial terms.…

NAND then there was a second growth quarter... IBM reports flash surge

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:31:06 GMT

A bit of goodish news from Big Blue

Analysis IBM's systems segment brought in $1.7bn, 10 per cent down year-on-year. Systems hardware was $1.3bn with operating systems software at $400m.…

The Lord saw that man was wicked and sent a flood of storage news

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:47:08 GMT

He told El Reg to build an ark conveniently summing it all up

Another storage news flood has been washing over us. In between the waves we caught our breath and penned this catch-up.…

Hypervisor kid Scale Computing ups hyperconverged smarts

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:29:13 GMT

Duals CPUs, triples capacity

Entry-level and mid-market KVM-hypervisor-based Scale Computing has upped its HCIA game with dual CPU systems and a tripled disk capacity product.…

Gartner's Magic Quadrant flashes up pure flash array-pusher prize-plucker. It's Pure

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:18:12 GMT

Is that clear?

Rickety rectangle house Gartner has promoted Pure Storage to the top of the all-flash array pack in its latest Solid-State Array (SSA) Magic Quadrant, and yanked Kaminario into the leaders' quadrant for the first time.…

Western Digital wins California court skirmish against Toshiba

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:30:13 GMT

Don't be waving those flash joint venture interests at anyone without telling us first

A California court has told Toshiba not to transfer its flash memory joint venture interests to anyone else without advance notice to WDC subsidiary SanDisk, so that the issue is preserved for arbitration.…

Flash firm Kaminario lays off half of UK team

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:38:04 GMT

EMEA boss called it a day, says CEO, amid 'changes' to Euro beachhead

Kaminario has left UK sales in the hands of an sales engineer and a chief technology officer following the redundancy of more than half of the local staff, a number of sources have told The Register.…

What did OVH learn from 24-hour outage? Water and servers do not mix

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:21:09 GMT

Coolant leak crashed VNX array at web host's Paris data centre

An external water-cooling leak crashed a Dell EMC VNX array at an OVH data centre in Paris and put more than 50,000 websites out of action for 24 hours.…

Meet Zenko: No, it's not a discount super hero. It's Scality's benevolent, celestial fox... er?

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:38:10 GMT

It's an open-source public cloud gateway in diguise

Object storage slinger Scality has announced an open-source public cloud gateway and controller called Zenko.…

IO, IO, it's off to we go: Let's take a look at a file system upstart

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 03:29:10 GMT

Holds up versus IBM, Oracle in benchmarks... whether it's worth the cost is another thing claims its file storage device can scale out to billions of documents. Rather than rely on object storage to cope with this kind of data, you just need to reinvent the filer, which it reckons it has done.…

WD gets court order: Toshiba can't block access to shared database

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:09:07 GMT

Of double negatives, TSVs, TROs, BiCS and JVs

Western Digital Corp has won a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing its flash joint-venture partner Toshiba from impeding the shipment of engineering wafers and samples to WD in Milpitas, CA, as well as preventing it from blocking certain Western Dig employees from accessing shared databases.…

Kaminario offloads compression to Intel's QAT engine

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:27:08 GMT

30% smaller data is QAT's meow

Kaminario is getting better data compression by using Intel’s C6268 chipset in its K2 all-flash array's gen 6 storage controllers.…

Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:58:07 GMT

Behold my mighty 5PB racks and tremble

Viking Technology is shipping a 50TB SAS SSD. Yes, you read that right.…

Court docs: WD has bid to buy Toshiba's memory business six times

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:22:43 GMT

Rejects SK Hynix partnership

Court documents filed by WD in response to Toshiba claims show that it has made six bids to acquire Toshiba Memory Corporation (TMC), the spun-out Toshiba NAND memory business.…

Wikibon drops bomb, says Intel's Optane could be a flop...tane

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:35:25 GMT

Claims 3D XPoint headed for niche use as 3D NAND storms ahead

Intel's Optane 3D XPoint drives could be doomed to fail in the mass market because their performance and endurance advantages over 3D NAND SSDs are "nominal".…

Artificially Intelligent storage will liberate your IT Pros

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 01:00:06 GMT

Data from 100,000 workloads analysed to help you tune storage, instead of fighting fires

Promo Good storage administrators are hard to find. Not only are skilled professionals in short supply, most organisations prefer multi-talented techies who can do more than just manually managing arrays…

Back to ASICs: Mellanox pumps up Ethernet speed to 400Gbps

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:01:11 GMT

200GbitE and 400GbitE ASIC-powered switches

Just as we're getting used to 40Gbps, Ethernet networking kit-flinger Mellanox makes it 10 times faster with a Spectrum-2 ASIC running at up to 400Gbps.…

Tape lives! The tape archive bit bucket is becoming bottomless

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 12:04:47 GMT

SpectraLogic's LTO-8 pre-purchase programme and 190TB+ cartridge forecast

Library vendor SpectraLogic is preparing for upcoming 12TB LTO-8 format tape drives with a pre-purchase programme and a 190-plus TB cartridge on the way.…

Multi-tier Tegile array mixes NVMe and SAS flash like a big ol' storage wedding cake

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 10:02:22 GMT

Saying heck no to rules, man

Analysis Tegile has announced the first mainstream multi-tiered flash array in the storage industry. What does it do and how does it do it?…

Aptare: Eight exabyte-juggler pimps its 'data centre MRI' product

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:37:10 GMT

Eight? Really?

Analysis Data centre infrastructure management console seller Aptare claims to have 8 or 9 exabytes of storage under management – a larger total than any storage company on the planet.…

DataGravity swallowed by mystery buyer

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 14:03:09 GMT

Paula Long startup fails to reach escape velocity on its own

Exclusive Ninety-two million dollars and a pivot or two later, virtualised data guardian DataGravity has been acquired, The Register can reveal.…

Samsung ploughing billions into boosting memory production

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 13:46:06 GMT

IoT, AI and car tech driving demand for chips

Memory and flash fabber Samsung is boosting production, convinced that high demand for chips is here to stay.…

If 282-page doc on new NVMe drive spec is tl;dr, you're in luck

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:27:41 GMT

What are we getting? Endurance

NVMe drives could last longer because of a feature in the new NVM v1.3 specification (282-page PDF).…

File sharers Dropbox latest US tech startup to stick toe in IPO waters

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:33:09 GMT

Stock market launches can be hazardous to your value

Dropbox looks set to follow fellow file sync and sharer Box with an IPO.…

All the (IT storage) News That's Fit to Print

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 13:55:13 GMT

Your essential guide to latest developments in enterprise-grade silos of bits and bytes

We have here another seven days' worth of scintillating storage news that didn't manage to make the daily news cut in this crowded week of June 26.…

Tintri IPO boots up after it tries turning itself off and on again

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 17:42:09 GMT

And slashing the share price, too. That also worked

After pulling its IPO yesterday, all-flash and hybrid array startup Tintri repriced its shares at $7 to $8, down from the previous $10.50 to $12.50 range.…

Ex-archiver striver StrongBox whips veil off data management kit

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:17:31 GMT

But what's a 'true data fabric'?

Analysis Data archiver StrongBox has moved into the data management space with StrongLink.…

DRAM! Micron rakes in dosh from bits and chips

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:07:38 GMT

Product shortage plus high demand equals price rise driven profits rise

Memory and flash chip-maker Micron had a massive third quarter as demand growth-driven revenues led to price rise-driven profits.…

Control-C! umount! Ctrl-Alt-Delete! Tintri forcibly ejects from today's IPO

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:53:29 GMT

Halt and catch fire!

Oops, all-flash storage array startup Tintri intended to go public today – during what has turned out to be the busiest week for IPOs in over a year – but abruptly halted its IPO intention late yesterday.…

Newly Google-emboldened Nutanix aims for data centre dominance

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:02:10 GMT

Data centre control plane platform play by mad hyperconverger

Nutanix is making a play to be a data centre control plane platform with a hybrid cloud game plan, buttressed by buddying up with the Google Cloud Platform.…

Western Digital bares fangs in $1bn Toshiba lawsuit

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:04:14 GMT

Hey Tosh, you're so frivolous and without merit

Western Digital has hit back at Toshiba, its flash memory joint venture partner, which this week sued it in Japan for $1bn damages, alleging unfair competition and theft of trade secrets.…

NetApp HCI: More converged than hyperconverged?

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:03:12 GMT

Separate compute and storage environments inside

Analysis I have come to the conclusion that NetApp's new HCI system is more converged than hyperconverged: in essence the boxes just add compute nodes and networking to SolidFire (storage) nodes.…

Modern Micron maestro Mehrotra marches merrily, maintains megahit masterplan

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:44:06 GMT

Senior execs hired and flagging retail business canned

Sanjay Mehrotra, Micron’s new CEO, is setting a whirlwind pace to make changes at the relatively staid old chipper.…

Toshiba, Western Digital put away lawyers long enough to play 96-layer 3D NAND game of Jenga

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:10:17 GMT

Tosh talks 4-level cell tech, too

Just as we are getting used to 64‑layer 3D NAND chips, along come the warring flash joint-venture couple Toshiba and Western Digital. The pair say their JV has produced a 96‑layer prototype die, with Toshiba also introducing four-level cell tech.…

Atlantis Computing in urgent refinancing talks

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:10:13 GMT

VDI and HCIA software supplier

Atlantis Computing is in middle of "delicate ongoing negotiations" seeking funding from investors.…

Intel launches 64-layer 3D flash client SSD

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:15:19 GMT

You can buy it at consumer electronics e-shop. We're not joking

Intel has hatched a new SSD, a 64-layer one, available in a lovely coincidence at etailer Newegg for $179.99.…