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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.…

They grow up so fast! Veeam Availability Suite reaches the tenth grade

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:19:05 GMT

Now run along and play with your new friends

Veeam has issued the tenth version of its Availability Suite backup and restore product, saying it offers a wider-ranging data protection environment than ever before.…

Who loves tapas? Of course you do. What about storage tapas?

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:29:08 GMT

Well, here are some plates full of bite-sized news anyway

For this round-up of storage news we start with Data Gravity and Veeam, move on to a McLaren super car crash, and pass through company news, some customer wins, news snippets and on to people moves.…

Dell EMC man: Hyperconverged is love, hyperconverged is life, but won't kill SAN yet

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:37:15 GMT

Hold the forklift, Chad Sakac tells El Reg

Analysis Hyperconverged infrastructure appliances (HCIAs) are ready to take on the bulk of data centre x86 workloads but won't necessarily kill off the SAN.…

Guess who's getting fat off DRAM shortages? Yep, the DRAM makers

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:22:24 GMT

Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron burp as PC memory prices jump 30 per cent

Global DRAM shortages might have proved a pain in the butt for buyers of PCs, smartphones and servers, but – unsurprisingly – they were a boon for the memory manufacturers.…

Posting in an EPYC thread: AMD renames Xeon-bashing Naples

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:01:11 GMT

Data centre CPU boasts more cores, IO, memory bandwidth than Intel's

AMD has renamed its Zen-based Naples processor as the EPYC brand, pitching it as a data centre server CPU, and hopes to make inroads into both the dual-socket and single-socket server markets.…

HGST paints go-faster stripes on Ultrastar flash drive range

Wed, 17 May 2017 15:09:08 GMT

The SS300 comes in 2bits/cell and 3bits/cell variants

HGST has released the Ultrastar SS300, an enterprise server SSD that's 1.6 times faster than its predecessor.…

Flash funds: Micron to rain cash on Excelero – sources

Wed, 17 May 2017 14:01:11 GMT

SolidScale software supplier gets closer relationship with up-the-stack moving MIcron

We understand Micron has invested in Excelero, the software supplier for its SolidScale all-flash NVME array.…

Travel IT biz reportedly testing 100TB SSDs

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:03:35 GMT

I need to take a cold shower

Global travel systems business Amadeus is testing 100TB SSDs.…

Newbies Komprise hope to krush data sprawl

Wed, 17 May 2017 08:40:13 GMT

By reinventing ILM, HSM and file data management

Analysis Komprise is a data management startup saying it will save enterprises money by identifying and analysing file/unstructured data sprawl then shift it to cheap on-premises or in-cloud storage. This is a message put out by others, such as Catalogic and Primary Data. It overlaps with the copy data managers, such as Actifio, and the secondary data convergers such as Cohesity.…

Traditional array all-flash retrofits knock XtremIO off top sales rung

Tue, 16 May 2017 15:53:09 GMT

Dell EMC has four AFAs now...

Comment XtremIO all-flash array revenues have fallen from their 2015 peak as all-flash Unity and VMAX revenues have raced past it.…

HPE Labs manufactures monster memory Machine system

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:00:13 GMT

ARM-powered, 40-node prototype

HPE's Machine research project has debuted an ARM-powered, 160TB monster memory system prototype, calling it the world's largest single-memory computer.…

Toshiba draws back from fab foundry lock-out foolishness

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:21:07 GMT

Japan encouraging Tosh and WDC to come to agreement

+Comment The latest twist in the Toshiba Memory Business auction sale is that Toshiba has not barred access to the foundry or its online facilities from partner WDC employees.…

WTH? Veeam retires one CEO, two pop up in his place

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:37:10 GMT

This co-CEO nonsense is spreading from Oracle

+Comment Backup firm Veeam has retired its freshly promoted CEO to a board committee chair role and promoted two other execs to be co-CEOs.…

Infinidat benchmarking beatdown: Glugging slimfastq? Not us!

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:29:11 GMT

Bottles benchmark battle backlash

Analysis Infinidat recently ran a benchmark in which it claimed to have beaten EMC and Pure systems.…

Oh my Tosh: Western Digital takes Toshiba to arbitration

Mon, 15 May 2017 08:30:07 GMT

Breach of contract bustup could block sale of Tosh's chip unit

Updated WDC is taking Toshiba to an arbitration court process, potentially blocking Toshiba's sale of its Memory Business, which owns Toshiba's share in a flash foundry joint venture with WDC.…

QNAP users: It's your turn to patch in a hurry

Mon, 15 May 2017 05:01:11 GMT

Miscreants downgrading firmware to vulnerable QTS boxen

QNAP has issued a critical-rated warning for devices running its QTS operating system.…

If you printed out this week's storage news and laid it end to end, it would stretch to the end of, er, your desk

Sun, 14 May 2017 07:56:10 GMT

That's still a lot of stuff – and we've summarized it for you

Our weekly storage news roundups are threatening to become multi-page books.…

Toshiba and WD execs sheathe blades, start talking over memory biz

Fri, 12 May 2017 10:36:14 GMT

It's make-up time but nobody's kissing yet

Top Western Digital and Toshiba execs are talking after brandishing legal daggers over who can do what in Toshiba's memory business sale.…

The world (of backup) is not enough for Barracuda

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:33:10 GMT

Combining security and data protection

Analysis Data protection and security player Barracuda is being affected by customers moving away from point products, and the resulting combined data protection plus security themes could mean other pure-play backup suppliers are going to be left behind.…

Strap yourself in, fasten your helmet, and try out FreeNAS 11.0-RC

Fri, 12 May 2017 02:56:11 GMT

Virtualisation for daredevils

The next FreeNAS release candidate landed last week, hopefully to a better reception than the disastrous Version 10 launch in March.…

Stumbling StorNext ruins Quantum's solace

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:17:45 GMT

Storage biz's seasonality dip exacerbated by sales fall

Quantum almost failed to meet its revenue expectations in its final fiscal 2017 quarter, as a StorNext revenue dip added to a seasonal decline.…

IBM wheels out bleedin' big 15TB tape drive

Thu, 11 May 2017 17:29:04 GMT

Proprietary tape format bits shrink while capacity bulks up

IBM has brought out a TS1155 tape drive as an update on the existing TS1150, offering 15TB raw capacity, half as much again.…

Wedded bliss... ball and chain – how's that Dell EMC honeymoon going?

Thu, 11 May 2017 10:06:07 GMT

Well, the divorce lawyers haven't been called yet

Analysis At the Dell EMC World event in Las Vegas, the two put a good face on it, with no apparent resentment bubbling underneath, as was the case for Symantec and Veritas.…

Memory biz Nantero is a right Dell raiser: IT giant flushes cash down RAM carbon nanotubes

Wed, 10 May 2017 18:14:30 GMT

Anything to give Optane some much-needed competition

Space-age memory developer Nantero has pocketed millions in funding from Dell Technologies Capital.…

NetApp and Cisco are pumping mad dollar into data protection startup

Tue, 09 May 2017 14:00:11 GMT

*ahem* No, it's data management services now

NetApp and Cisco are investing millions of dollars in a 30-person data protection startup.…

NetApp seals up object storage garden wall with gap-filling products

Tue, 09 May 2017 09:52:13 GMT

Pimping up the range

NetApp is trying to plug up the gaps in its object storage wall.…

Michael Dell? More like Michael in-Dell-nial: No public cloud, no future

Tue, 09 May 2017 06:11:19 GMT

He's got it all – and it's all to lose... even Oracle has woken up to it

Opinion You look at Michael Dell, as he gazes out on an audience of 13,000 attendees at this week's Dell EMC World event in Las Vegas, and you think it's like looking at a Sun King and his worshippers.…

Phew! We had to order a new array to hold all of this week's Dell EMC announcements

Tue, 09 May 2017 05:36:09 GMT

A roundup for file geeks, blockhead nerds

Dell EMC World Dell EMC is pumping out, among other things this week, updated arrays from five product families: VMAX, XtremIO, Unity, SC and Isilon. This new gear features a heavy dose of flash, new controllers, denser enclosures, higher capacities, and refreshed software.…

You may now kiss the server-side: Dell EMC marries storage software to PowerEdge 14Gs

Mon, 08 May 2017 19:09:34 GMT

Code updated and new boxes coming

Dell EMC World Dell EMC is updating three storage software products, previewing a fourth, and refreshing its Ready Nodes storage software and server bundles.…

Dell sneaks speeds-and-feeds-free peek at 14th-gen PowerEdge servers

Mon, 08 May 2017 17:00:13 GMT

Ooooo! Hemmed edges!

Dell EMC World Dell EMC has previewed the 14th generation of its PowerEdge server line, indicating there will be significant incremental advances in performance and usability, but with an almost complete absence of any product details.…

Always late to the party, IBM reveals itself to be NVMe fanboy

Mon, 08 May 2017 14:01:39 GMT

Big Blue wants to lead NVMe transition in the industry. Really?

+Comment IBM says it's developing systems with NVMe across its storage portfolio, and wants to ignite an industry-wide leap in system performance.…

Pure opens XtremIO, VMAX swap shop as Dell EMC party kicks off

Mon, 08 May 2017 13:03:11 GMT

Aiming to dampen Vegas festivities

Opening yet another front in the all-flash array wars, Pure Storage has announced an XtremIO and VMAX trade-in programme – timed, of course, to co-incide with the Dell EMC World shindig in Las Vegas.…

Taste the Redmond: Fujitsu offers Storage Spaces-based hyper-converged boxes

Mon, 08 May 2017 10:23:04 GMT

Microsoft virty server, storage software + Fujitsu hardware

Fujitsu has introduced a Microsoft software-flavoured hyper-converged infrastructure appliance product. PRIMEFLEX for Storage Spaces Direct uses Microsoft virtualised infrastructure software, including Storage Spaces, and comes in pre-configured and pre-tested systems based on Fujitsu's PRIMERGY x86 servers, all-flash storage, and networking.…

'We are deeply troubled by the ... depth of Toshiba’s desperation'

Fri, 05 May 2017 12:00:06 GMT

A week in storage: You, me and NVME

Round-up The week has seen an acceleration of NVME news - Aparna, Intel, Micron, and XIO - and cloud-related news as well, with Rubrik picking up a huge funding round. These were the headline items but there was a whole lot more going on and here's a representative selection.…

Selling physical and virtual storage arrays? How to crack it against mainstream giants

Fri, 05 May 2017 09:02:08 GMT

They're not infallible

Analysis Take two companies with two new storage products. One is a physical array and the other is a virtual array built from clustered server nodes. Both are block access. Will the same selling/marketing approach be successful for both? Should you sell to CIOs or to lines of business (LOBs)?…