Violin’s bankruptcy

January 6, 2017

Violin Memory, one of the early entrants with an all-flash array, filed for bankruptcy last month. The company continues to operate under Chapter 11, but this is a sad outcome for a pioneer. So much for first mover advantage When I first met with Violin, the original team had a great idea and not much […]

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Thunder Mountain

December 26, 2016

StorageMojo’s hike blogging has been on hiatus for a few months, due to a personal issue. But no worries! If all goes according to plan I will be better than new by the end of January. I’m more than ready! I’ve had to skip too many industry events, such as Flash Memory Summit and the […]

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Purpose built backup appliances: cloud collateral damage

December 22, 2016

It makes sense that the WW purpose-built backup appliance would be suffering. Cloud-based data gets IaaS provider DR, while cloud backup software handles day-to-day backup, and modern object storage systems optimize archiving. Back in April of 2012, IDC produced a PBBA market analysis that predicted that the PBBA market would be $5.9 billion by the […]

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The myth of video anonymity

December 13, 2016

Artificial Intelligence has achieved breakthroughs that directly affect documentary and investigative reporting, or any video where participants need anonymity. Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence (AI), standard methods of cloaking identities through pixelation and audio adjustment are much less effective than they were even five years ago. Lives may be at stake AI, maybe you’ve […]

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Nantero raises $21 million and that’s good

December 13, 2016

Nantero raised a $21 million round from investors. The company is one of StorageMojo’s favorite NVRAM vendors, because carbon nanotubes. I also like the fact that their process can use existing fabs, even fully depreciated ones, to build high-density vertical NVRAM. The business model takes after ARM rather than Intel, which means they can harness […]

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Cloud market heats up

November 18, 2016

In 2014 Gartner estimated that Amazon Web Services had 5x the utilized compute capacity of the rest of the cloud providers. There’s a couple of qualifiers there – utilized, compute – but as a rough guess, it looked like AWS had around an 80% market share. But no more. In a recent report Synergy Research […]

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When is a feature a bug?

November 17, 2016

Ten years ago in Enterprise IT: the elephant’s graveyard I wrote about the upmarket trap: Engineering and marketing find it easy to justify fun new technology since a 10% goodness increase on a $500,000 machine is worth $50,000, while on a $1,000 machine it is worth $100 only if the customer is knowledgeable enough to […]

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Frisky Gen-Z’s to battle boomer Intel

October 24, 2016

The internalization of storage is spawning another war – this time in memory interconnects. From Anandtech: This week sees the launch of the Gen-Z Consortium, featuring names such as ARM, Huawei, IBM, Mellanox, Micron, Samsung, SK Hynix and Xilinx, with the purpose of designing a new memory semantic fabric that focuses on the utilization of […]

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ClearSky: object storage at enterprise block speed

October 17, 2016

Can object storage ever be as fast as block storage? It turns out the answer is yes. And we already know how to do it. I was speaking to the CTO of ClearSky Data, Laz Vekiarides, about their block storage system for enterprise applications. They offer . . . a Global Storage Network that manages […]

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Everspin’s MRAM IPO

October 10, 2016

Everspin has filed for their IPO. They’re looking to raise $40 million from the public market. They’ve been shipping product for over 10 years, so this is a real company, not a dream and a slide deck. Why MRAM? Everspin’s Magnetic RAM has a number of advantages over flash and DRAM: DDR RAM write latency […]

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Is 3D XPoint in trouble?

October 6, 2016

The Register’s Chris Mellor and SemiAccurate’s Charlie Demerjian are throwing shade on Intel’s claims for 3D XPoint. While it’s great fun to tweak the giants of tech – as I often do – I think they are likely wrong in their interpretation of the data backing their arguments. As Mr. Mellor wrote: In contrast to […]

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Nutanix IPO: the big score

October 5, 2016

Nutanix – NTNX – has started off with a bang: opening at $16 a share and quickly rising to almost $30. It’s trading at $36 as I write. Now for the hard part Everyone is no doubt counting how much they’ve made on that spectacular beginning. But there’s a six month lock-in, meaning insiders have […]

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Dell vets: buff up your resumes this weekend

September 9, 2016

Now that Dell has completed the EMC acquisition, you are in for a rude awakening. While Dell may own EMC, EMC owns you. Richard Egan, one of the founders os EMC, fostered an exceptionally aggressive sales culture. The company liked to hire guys from blue collar families who’d played football in college, and then set […]

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Artisanal science doesn’t scale

September 8, 2016

Big data will overwhelm artisanal science. That’s what I conclude from a recent paper that lays out the stark statistics: Science is a growing system, exhibiting 4% annual growth in publications and 1.8% annual growth in the number of references per publication. Together these growth factors correspond to a 12-year doubling period in the total […]

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Nantero NRAM: ARM’d and dangerous

September 7, 2016

Intel’s 3D XPoint non-volatile RAM has sucked up most of the attention in the NVRAM space, but Nantero’s NRAM has taken a giant step forward. So far forward that Intel may get ARM’d again if they aren’t careful. NRAM? Nantero is the 15 year old startup pioneering carbon nano-tube RAM, or NRAM. 15 years is […]

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