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Back up bod Druva paddles even further up the Amazon

+Comment Druva has nabbed a new Druva Cloud Platform (DCP) service gig for protecting, governing and looking into data in Amazon Web Services' Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Simple Storage Service (S3), Elastic Block Store (EBS), and the Relational Database Service (RDS). DCP is delivered as-a-service, working across AWS IaaS and PaaS …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2017
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Qumulo goes all-flash and replicates to AWS

Scale-out file start up Qumulo has revealed all-flash filer nodes. The all-flash QF2 (Qumulo File Fabric) P-series node joins its QC hardware with its hybrid flash and disk media drives. The P-series' hardware design is straightforward enough: it's a 2U Intel box that can run up to 24 NVMe SSDs in U.2 format, dual Xeon …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2017
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Quantum CEO exits as scale-out storage rescue fails

It's blood on the boardroom table at Quantum as an activist investor joins the board, the CEO leaves, the scale-out storage revenue rescue strategy fails, revenues turn down, and hopes turn to a software-defined, cloud-native future. Deep breath folks, and a quick history lesson. Quantum was one of the dominant big-iron tape …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2017
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Whomp. Intel's promised fatter Optane drive arrives

The 750GB version of Intel's Optane P4800X product is becoming available this month, doubling the current 375GB capacity. There are two form factors for the 750gig product: the current half-height, half-length add-in card (AIC) and a hot-swappable 2.5-inch U.2 drive. Intel has also posted four blogs discussing Optane …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2017
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It's splitsville for Panasas' blades: It's better for the metadata, kids

Analysis Panasas has separated out its Director blades in its latest ActiveStor iteration and put them in an ActiveStor Director 100 controller component product line to scale performance and capacity separately. Panasas delivers scale-out and parallel file system access for high-performance computing with its ActiveStor nodes. The …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2017

Dell EMC: Our mid-range arrays aren't dead. Now, join our loyalty scheme!

+Comment Dell EMC has retrofitted flash to its SC array, added deduplication to its Unity array and devised a loyalty programme to keep its mid-range array customers onboard. Dell EMC positions SC for block-access applications needing little or no file access and with all-inclusive software licensing, and Unity for unified file and …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2017

Who'd a thunk it? IBM has a hyperconverged play – feel the POWER

.NEXT In the hyperconverged infrastructure appliance space, x86 rules. This might appear to exclude IBM, having sold its x86 servers to Lenovo, but you'd be surprised. Strolling around the exhibition at Nutanix's .NEXT event in Nice, you see some 30 partners and a lot of food and drink stands. There are several backup partners – …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2017

Commvault cosies up to Google Cloudies, vows to keep you safe from dreaded GDPR

Data-protector Commvault made several announcements at its annual customer shindig – including a GPDR "package", endpoint data protection as a service, a partnership with the Google Cloud Platform and a bit of Antarctic Expedition do-goodery. The GPDR package is the first deliverable of a Data Analytics Portfolio, which will …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2017
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One banana of backup, 2 container crabapples, a fig of flash: It's a storage smoothie

We've peeled the storage news fruit, cut off the rough edges, discarded the excess verbiage bits and blended them into a smoothie. Grab a napkin and tuck in, because a lot has happened over the past week. HPE HPE has released OneView 4.0, which it claims provides: Scope-based access control provides a very granular level of …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2017

HPE and WekaIO sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g

HPE is planning to beef up its supercomputing and HPC filer credentials by cuddling up to WekaIO, multiple sources have told The Register. Filer startup Qumulo is already working with HPE - its Core software runs on HPE's Apollo servers, with a focus on enterprise-style HPC applications. Witness this Dreamworks special effects …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2017

No venture capital please, we're British: Why a pair of storage startups went it alone

Analysis Two UK storage startups both went without venture capital and struggled to grow. One was Object Matrix, the other Storage Made Easy. Both are consequently outside the storage mainstream and traded VC-funded growth acceleration for being in control of their own destiny. Oddly enough, neither would go the VC funding route if …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2017

Amazon's answer to all those leaky AWS S3 buckets: A dashboard warning light

Updated After watching customer after customer screw up their AWS S3 security and expose highly sensitive files publicly to the internet, Amazon has responded. With a dashboard warning indicator. Simple, and hopefully effective. For months now we have been reporting on researchers finding open S3 buckets packed full of confidential …
Iain Thomson, 07 Nov 2017
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Comtrade's latest HYCU release tightens bear hug around Nutanix

+Comment Comtrade's HYCU product snuggled up to Nutanix as its most friendly data protection platform. The latest release sidles even closer with a great big Nutanix bearhug. The release features: ESX hypervisor support, with same interface and look and feel for Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) Deeper support for Microsoft Exchange with …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2017
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Sweet sticky Canuck cash flows into StrongBox

Quebecois' savings are being wagered on the success of a Montreal-based data management firm via a venture fund that aims to boost local biz. StrongBox Data Solutions (SBDS) is a privately owned, multi-vendor data management and tiering company. It was bought out by CEO David Cerf in March 2016 from ETI-NET, which had bought …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2017
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Pivot3 reports bumper growth – but is it just hyperconverged hype?

Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) supplier Pivot3 saw better than 50 per cent sequential growth in its bookings from the second to third 2017 quarters. It said it had a record number of million-dollar orders in both the video surveillance and data centre areas. Any business experiencing 50 per cent-plus bookings growth from …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2017

Investors rain cash on Excelero, taking total funding to $30m

Under acquisitive siege by Broadcom, Qualcom has invested millions in NVMe-over-fabrics array startup Excelero. The investment was almost certainly set up before Broadcom launched its bid and takes total Excelero funding to $30m. It was $20m back in 2015 when Battery Ventures led a $14.5m B-round after an earlier $5.5m A-round …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2017
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Red Hatters intro Ceph 3: OpenStacked, object-stored, containertastic filer blockhead

Red Hat's v3.0 Ceph storage software adds iSCSI block, POSIX file and containerisation support to the object storage core, making it a unified protocol storage software product. Red Hat Ceph Storage 3 is based on the open source project and provides: iSCSI support and thus block storage, POSIX-compliant and scale-out file …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2017
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Low latency in AFAs

SPONSORED Achieving consistent ultra low latency is often top of the list of requirements for those investing in all flash arrays. The days when it was only big capital markets financial services players operating automated or algorithmic trading applications who were obsessed with sub-millisecond latency have long passed as today …
David Gordon, 06 Nov 2017
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Fujitsu, NetApp to drop it like it's Vblock: Year 8 is not 2000-and-late

EMC introduced its converged infrastructure Vblock concept, integrating Cisco servers and networking, and EMC storage, in a rack system, in November 2009. Now, eight years later, Fujitsu and NetApp are getting into the idea with NFLEX. The Vblock idea was to converge server, storage and networking infrastructure components for …
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2017
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IOPS and storage performance

SPONSORED With the accelerations in cloud computing and server virtualizations and changes in layouts, IT devices are required to handle multiple integrations instead of just a single application. Enterprise demand shorter wait times and higher availability. This in turn means enterprise IT systems must be able to reduce transactional …
David Gordon, 03 Nov 2017

IBM FlashSystem chief architect Andy Walls is a two-pools kind of guy

Analysis The latest FlashSystem from IBM uses InfiniBand to hook up the 900 flash box to the SA9000 and A9000R servers running the SVC software. Where does that leave NVMe over Fabrics? FlashSystem chief architect, IBM Fellow and CTO Andy Walls talked flash technology with The Register this week and said NVMe over Fabrics was …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2017
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Mangstor drapes itself in NVMe fabric and 'presto, change-o', brand new name-o

NVMe over Fabrics storage pioneer Mangstor seems to be vanishing before our eyes and being replaced by EXTEN Technologies. Mangstor pioneered superfast access NVMe over Fabrics NX and MX-Series flash arrays. It was co-founded by now departed and ex-CEO Trevor Smith and chief architect and latter-day CTO Ashwin Kamath. Pet …
Chris Mellor, 02 Nov 2017
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Microsoft rolls out red carpet to hybrid Azure SQL databases

On Wednesday, Microsoft showed off a series of new tools and services aimed at helping companies bridge gap between their on-premise SQL databases and its Azure cloud database offerings. The tools, shown off at the PASS Summit in Seattle, are designed to help companies manage Azure cloud databases, SQL Server 2017 databases, …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Nov 2017

Micron gets edgy with 256GB surveillance SD card reveal in China

Micron has announced incoming snoopcam flash cards with up to 256GB capacity, trumpeting that edge storage is the future of video surveillance. The cards come in 32 and 64GB capacities now, with 128 and 256GB cards on the way. They use 64-layer, 2bits/cell (MLC), 3D NAND and have firmware that claims to minimise frame drops …
Chris Mellor, 01 Nov 2017
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Google Drive ate our homework! Doc block blamed on code blunder

An indeterminate but supposedly small number of Google Docs users on Tuesday found that their essays, reports, school assignments, tracts, and manifestos had run afoul of Google's terms of service and had been made inaccessible. Some users reported being unable to share their documents; others said their documents could not be …
Thomas Claburn, 31 Oct 2017

Tailored SwiftStack update should help get your GDPRse in gear

Object storage life is getting more complicated as public cloud dispersion meets GPDR data locality restrictions. Combining the two adds product and administration complexity. Against this background SwiftStack has updated its open-source, object storage product with features for public cloud archiving, synchronization, and …
Chris Mellor, 31 Oct 2017

Seagate's 'AI' disk drive: Just put slightly higher numbers on the specs

Seagate has bolted "AI" to its SkyHawk disk drive brand, saying it's better suited for next-generation deep learning and video analytics. The marketing department breathlessly describes it as "the first drive created specifically for artificial intelligence (AI) enabled video surveillance solutions". Sai Varanasi, VP product …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2017
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A shot of storage sambuca, 5ml of bootable bitters, plus a dash of creme de cloud

Roundup Have we got a bit of storage news for you. Our expert mixologist has poured all the bits and pieces into his cocktail shaker, added some ice, and poured the resulting storage fluid into a tumbler because all our highball glasses were in the dishwasher. Take a deep breath and have a sip. AOMEI Technology Ltd AOMEI is based in …
Chris Mellor, 30 Oct 2017
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Chipzilla drops dinkier Optane SSD, but don't expect it in data centres

As spotted a couple of days ago, Intel has announced a smaller Optane drive – the 900P. Optane is Intel's brandname for its 3D XPoint solid state technology which, with its <10μs latency, is faster than flash but slower than main memory. Intel is positioning it as a persistent memory cache between DRAM and NAND. It follows on …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2017
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Evaluate this: A VM benchmark that uses 'wrong' price and config data

Analysis Diane Greene's server-powered storage startup Datrium says it has achieved the highest-ever IOmark benchmark at 8,000 VMs on a DVX cluster, five times higher than the previous record by IBM's FlashSystem V9000 (1,600) and ten times more than an Intel server/VMware/vSAN Optane system (800) (PDF). But it appears the official …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2017
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Microsoft says something more hyper than Storage Spaces is coming 'very soon'

Microsoft's offered an explanation, of sorts, for the unexpected disappearance of Storage Spaces Direct from Windows Server version 1709. A new FAQ on Windows Server, version 1709 posted on Thursday offers the following verbiage: Storage Spaces Direct was introduced in Windows Server 2016 and remains the foundation for our …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2017

What just trousered a $4.5bn profit, has glum desktop chip sales, and rhymes with go to hell?

Intel reported better than expected results for the third quarter of the year, beating analysts' predictions. It was a win for Big Blue’s data center, Internet of Things and flash memory business sectors, which achieved fat quarterly sales. But revenue from PCs aka “client computing” didn't grow from last year, suggesting …
Katyanna Quach, 27 Oct 2017
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AFA: The Flash revolution that's been a long time coming

SPONSORED Few technologies have forced their way into enterprise IT strategies with such efficiency as All-Flash Arrays (AFAs) in the process pushing aside two decades of established SAS and SATA hard disk drive technology. In the last two years the acceptance of all flash arrays for mixed workload environments has accelerated. It is no …
David Gordon, 26 Oct 2017

Google's eating out of their hand – now CloudEndure 4 want to conquer Europe

Analysis Add WANdisco active file replication to Bridgeworks parallel TCP/IP and Zerto DR and get something like CloudEndure, an Israeli startup with two products – Disaster Recovery and Live Migration. It was founded in 2012 by four entrepreneurs who built and sold a content delivery networking business called Limelight Networks. CEO …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2017
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IBM wheels out upgraded FlashSystem: Now breathe in and squeeeeze

IBM has tripled the capacity of its FlashSystem arrays and added hardware compression to squeeeze in more data. These arrays, last updated in April 2016, start with the base 900 model which is available on its own or as part of the A9000 pod and A9000R rack systems. They use proprietary flash drives and IBM is selling a bunch …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2017
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Oracle ZFS man calls for Big Red to let filesystem upstream into Linux

Oracle storage architect has called for Oracle to make the ZFS filesystem a first class part of Linux and says conversations have taken place within Big Red to consider the possibility. Speaking at the OpenZFS Developer Summit, Maybee said the decline of on-premises storage means ZFS' future inside Oracle is uncertain. Oracle' …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Oct 2017

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