Is NetApp still doomed?

April 20, 2017

A reader wrote to ask for the StorageMojo take on NetApp now, as opposed to the assessment in How doomed is NetApp? two years ago. Q3 had some good news for NetApp. In their latest 10Q filing, they noted that while revenues for the first 9 months of the year were down 3%, for the […]

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Spin Transfer Technologies: next up in the MRAM race

April 19, 2017

MRAM technology is hot. I’ve written about Everspin – they’ve been shipping for years and just IPO’d – and now I’d like to introduce Spin Transfer Technologies. They’ve kept a low profile – they AREN’T shipping, are sampling protos, and they do have some nice Powerpoints. I spoke to their CEO, Barry Hoberman, and the […]

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Sizing the overconfig effect on the array market

March 30, 2017

For decades customers routinely overconfigured storage arrays to get performance. Customers bought the most costly hard drives – 15k SAS or FC – at huge markups. Then they’d short stroke the already limited capacity of these high cost drives – turning a 900GB drive into a, say, 300GB drive – in order to goose IOPS […]

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Hike blogging: Deadmans Pass panorama

March 25, 2017

I’ve been hiking a lot the last couple of weeks, getting in shape after a long hiatus. Today I took a loop that I’ve never done counterclockwise and even though it shouldn’t have made much difference, it was a much more enjoyable hike. The loop began with an easy walk of about a mile on […]

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DSSD’s demise

March 22, 2017

A couple of weeks ago Dell EMC announced the demise of the once promising DSSD all flash array. They are planning to incorporate DSSD technology into their other products. As StorageMojo noted 4 years ago, DSSD developed a lot of great technology. But for whatever reason – perhaps turmoil associated with Dell’s purchase of EMC? […]

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Avere closes new round – with a twist

March 21, 2017

Avere announced this afternoon that they’ve closed a Series E round of $14 million, bringing their total funding to a cool $97 million. Existing investors Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital and Western Digital Capital all re-upped, always a good sign. But the twist? Google Inc. joined the round. The StorageMojo […]

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HP offers to buy Nimble Storage

March 7, 2017

HPE’s has offered to buy Nimble Storage for $1.09B. The StorageMojo take This is a good move for both companies. HPE has the enterprise footprint that Nimble was spending big to build, and Nimble has an advanced and forward looking storage platform that will bring new ideas into HPE’s enterprise storage group, as well as […]

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fsck interruptus and your data

March 2, 2017

Today is the last day of FAST 17. Yesterday a couple of hours were devoted to Work-in-Progress (WIP) reports. WIP reports are kept to 4 minutes and a few slides. One in particular caught my eye. In On Fault Resilience of File System Checkers, Om Rameshwar Gatla and Mai Zheng, posed an interesting question: how […]

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StorageMojo’s Best Paper of FAST 2017

March 1, 2017

StorageMojo’s crack analyst team is attending the Usenix File and Storage Technology (FAST) ’17 conference. As usual, there is lots of great content. But only one paper – this year – gets the StorageMojo Best Paper nod. The conference awarded two Best Paper honors as well – so you have plenty of reading to catch […]

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It’s simple arithmetic: why Trump’s immigration stance is 100% wrong for America

February 25, 2017

An editorial comment This isn’t complicated. America has 325 million people, out of the world’s 7.4 billion, or about 4.4% of world’s population. Despite the numerical imbalance, America also has the world’s largest economy by most measures. There are two countries, China and India, which are several times the population of the United States. China’s […]

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The coming all flash array/NVMePCIe SSD dogfight

February 23, 2017

In this morning’s post on ZDNet on the diseconomies of flash sharing I discuss the fact that many NVMe/PCIe SSDs are as fast as most all flash arrays (AFA). What does that mean for the all flash array market? Short answer: not good Today a Dell PowerEdge Express Flash NVMe Performance PCIe SSD – ok, […]

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Why doesn’t storage innovation come from the storage industry?

February 20, 2017

For all the time and effort poured into the storage market over the last 20 years, surprisingly little innovation has come from storage vendors themselves. Why is that? Hall of shame EMC got its opening when IBM whiffed on the storage array business. IBM had no excuse, as the hard work had been done at […]

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Cloud integration now mandatory for storage

February 17, 2017

Spoke to the fine folks at Cloudtenna. Their thing: Cloudtenna is the first platform to generate augmented intelligence on top of your existing file repositories. The Direct Content Intelligence (DirectCI) agent uses deep machine learning to identify the files most relevant to each individual user, ushering in a new era of secure intelligent search, file […]

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Non-Volatile Memory Workshop ’17

February 15, 2017

StorageMojo’s crack analyst team will be attending the 8th Non-volatile Memory Workshop. Last year’s event attracted 230 participants. This isn’t the Flash Memory Summit, which focuses on flash memory as a storage technology and its commercial application. NVMW is an academic conference, so you won’t see many polished corporate presentations. Their mission statement: The workshop […]

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FAST ’17 starts in two weeks

February 13, 2017

FAST 17 starts in two weeks. AFAIK, StorageMojo was the first press to attend and report on FAST, starting in 2008. For years I had it to myself, but in the last few years other publications have started attending. That’s a very good thing, as storage is THE problem of a digital civilization. The more […]

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