Dell has updated its Storage Centre Operating System 7 SCOS 7 in its latest attempt to grab a piece of the expanding flash-based storage architecture market.In addition, the SCOS 7 has been designed to enhance support for virtualisation and cloud strategies, and help increase portfolio-level investment protection."One of the core capabilities of the SC architecture over the last few years it has been to mix different kinds of drives together, so we can blend the characteristics of performance, capacity and cost.According to the company, the SCOS 7 also elevates storage management control as a future-proofed capability.With Dell's new Live Migrate feature, storage administrators can now move volumes quickly and seamlessly between arrays, optimising and re-balancing the environment without interrupting workloads and without purchasing additional virtualisation hardware or software.Lastly, Dell also released the Dell Storage Manager DSM software, to help unify the storage ecosystem in the data centre.
Dell s enterprise storage operating system follows introduction of a network OS earlier this yearDell continues to round out its enterprise offerings with the official release of Storage Center Operating System 7 SCOS 7 .Dell claims that SCOS 7 will help lower acquisition costs across flash and hybrid arrays; help lower lifecycle costs elevated simplified management; and enhance support for virtualisation and cloud strategies.This allows sStorage administrators to move volumes quickly and seamlessly between arrays, optimising and re-balancing the environment without interrupting workloads and without purchasing additional virtualisation hardware or software.Dell of course is in the middle of a hugely expensive purchase of storage giant EMC, that will see the PC maker take on about $59.1bn £41bn in debt as a result of the acquisition.Last month EMC revealed its first quarter results that made for uncomfortable reading for new owner Michael Dell.Whilst it managed a modest profit increase, sales were down to $5.5bn £3.8bn from $5.6bn £3.9bn a year earlier.
Enterprise storage vendors that are still reliant today on hard disks for performance storage are in a position eerily similar to that of Kodak a decade ago: confronted with a new technology that can dramatically undercut their current products and disrupt their business model."Costs are falling, albeit slowly, but the advantages are clear:Application performance is enhanced for users especially when connecting to a networkReliability is improved, as SSDs contain no moving partsDisk failure rates are much lower than with traditional hard disksData mining and analytics become more efficient, as SSDs can respond faster to queriesTom O'Neill, chief technology officer for Kaminario in EMEA commented: "When it comes to SSD storage suitability, it really depends on the business.Flash presents an excellent business case for any organisation where speed of data access adds business value.Flash decisionsTo gain an insight into how SSDs are transforming business, techradar pro spoke with Paul Harrison, director, Storage, Dell UK.This makes it the perfect choice for organisations with limited budgets.Desktop and portable storage SSDs continue to be too expensive to simply replace your existing HDDs.
Analysis Symbolic IO is a startup that claims its storage and compute technology can run database queries 60 times or more faster than other systems, and offers limitless enterprise storage.Brian IgnomirelloIgnomirello is utterly dismissive of all storage advances since 1996, saying: This industry hasn t really innovated in more than 20 years, even the latest offerings based on Flash have limitations that cannot be overcome.We ve completely changed how binary is handled and reinvented the way it s processed, which goes way beyond the industry s current excitement for hyper-conversion.A Micron 9100 NVMe PCIe SSD has a 30 microsecond write latency; that s 30,000 nanoseconds.SymCE enhances the underlying media s density and performance, beyond anything previously conceived.It somehow stores data in a shrunken form; deduplication is not mentioned and nor is compression.
The company will let enterprises buy perpetual licenses that aren't tied to specific storage arraysCurrency from different nations.The practice of using software to define all systems and treating hardware as a commodity began in big Internet operations like Facebook and Google but is now becoming more feasible for ordinary companies.SolidFire isn t trying to compete with cloud storage services, but those options have changed the landscape, said Dave Wright, SolidFire s founder, vice president and general manager.This still counts as a capital expenditure, so companies that have been buying storage in one-time purchases don t have to change gears financially.SolidFire isn't saying how much the licenses will cost but says the new purchasing model introduces ways to save money.SolidFire has qualified some third-party gear to run its software, but this approach is best suited to large customers like service providers, Wright said.
The main relevant patent is Symbolic IO: 9304703, Method and apparatus for dense hyper IO digital retention, which was assigned in July 2015 and can be accessed here.Prior to Symbolic IO s ... software ... NV-DIMMs have typically been a seldom used, off-the-shelf commodity element, that have been relatively small in size 8-16GB .The conversion process consists of primary data D prime that is dismantled into substrate components called fractals and processed into SbM Symbolic Bit Markers .It s a seamless integration with existing platforms and operating systems.Brian Ignomirello s entire theory when founding the company was based on changing the format of data and the concept that all digital data could be co-generated by implementing an advanced algorithmic compute method to materialise and dematerialise data in real-time utilising a proprietary conversion engine .Compression is a non-deterministic algorithm that requires many CPU cycles and no guaranteed results.
Above, an office building in Rancho Bernardo, Calif.Broadcom Ltd. AVGO 0.09 % on Thursday reported adjusted earnings that beat expectations for its first quarter as a merged company, though overall the chip maker posted a loss.The combined company is in the early stages of integration, and executives hope to achieve annual cost savings of $750 million.The deal, one of the largest mergers ever in the chip sector, melds together complementary product lines, including chips that handle different chores in smartphones from Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.However, the combination leaves the company less reliant on the smartphone sector, where sales growth has been slowing.Excluding acquisition- and restructuring-related charges and other items, adjusted per-share earnings from continuing operations rose to $2.53 from $2.13.Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected revenue of $3.71 billion.
Global enterprise storage systems factory revenue dropped 7% year over year to $8.2bn during the first quarter of this year, with Hewlett Packard Enterprise HPE and EMC finishing in a statistical tie for the top position, according to International Data Corporation IDC .IDC declares a statistical tie in the global enterprise storage systems market if there is less than 1% difference in the revenue share of two or more vendors.NetApp held the next position with 7.9% of spending.IDC said IBM and Dell rounded out the top five in a statistical tie with a 7.9% and 6.9% share, respectively.The total all flash array market generated $794.8m in Q1, up 87.4% year over year, and the hybrid flash array segment of the market generated $2.2bn in revenue and 26.5% market share."Spending on server-based storage was up, spending on traditional external arrays continues to decline, while the nature of hyperscale business leads it to fluctuate heavily with that market segment seeing a heavy decline in 1Q16."
Good news for some, and bad for hyperscaler folkHPE, EMC's pursuer, has a monster smile on its faceIDC s number crunchers have crunched their quarterly enterprise storage numbers and found HPE has done very well, while the storage market has declined somewhat and ODM supply to hyperscalers has plunged downwards.HPE and EMC tied for top place with HPE nominally ahead at $1.42bn, up 11 per cent year-on-year, with EMC garnering $1.35bn, down 11.8 per cent year-on-year; cue a monster smile on HPE s collective storage face.A Dell-EMC combination would have had revenues of $2.27bn, almost double HPE s revenues for the quarter and more than three times NetApp s revenues.That s a potential indicator of things to come.IDC s Liz Conner, research manager, Storage Systems, had a canned quote: "Spending on server-based storage was up, spending on traditional external arrays continues to decline, while the nature of hyperscale business leads it to fluctuate heavily with that market segment seeing a heavy decline in 1Q16."Hitachi and IBM tied for fifth and sixth positions, both down year-on-year, as can be seen from IDC s table:Here s a chart to show the changes more clearly:Looking at externally-attached storage alone then EMC, as expected, is the grand fromage, with NetApp cheese number 2, and HPE and Hitachi tied for cheeses three and four, and IBM and Dell tied for cheeses number five and six.
Buying storage more on $/TB metric could become popularPic: ShutterstockStorage architect If you ve ever had to scope out and purchase enterprise storage, you ll know what a nightmare it can be.Consider also the issue of adding more hardware e.g.More recently both Kaminario and Pure Storage have introduced schemes to take some of the headache away from the traditional three or four year buying cycle schemes called Perpetual Array and Evergreen Storage, respectively .In reality, though, things are more complex:Adding storage into existing scale-up solutions is disruptive and exposes risk.Capital exposure again – if storage vendors do a true capacity on demand model, then hardware has to be priced as an operational expense, however this creates accounting issues for the vendor in recognising revenue sometimes not allowed until the end of a deal .Solid state disks SSDs have a finite write lifetime and no-one is going to want to re-use second hand SSDs, even if the vendor warrants them, as the failure rate would expose more risk.
We are grateful for Lee s contributions to NetApp and wish him success in his new ventures.As we continue our market momentum — including our recent leadership position in flash as evidenced by IDC s Q1 2016 Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker — we are confident that we have a team of the best and brightest talent for the future.Joining NetApp in October 2014, he played a pivotal role in reviving the perception of NetApp s all-flash array prominence and prowess following on from the disappointing single controller, no-high-availability FlashRay unveiling in September 2014.Caswell was most recently active marketing NetApp s flash prowess on a Big Flash - Big Questions article published on LinkedIn today, June 27, about 15TB SSDs.Lee CaswellNetApp s SolidFire arrays do not, being currently capped at 1.92TB.Asked about that, SolidFire marketing director John Rollason has said: Over time the combination of decreased cost, increased capacity demand, new form factors that aren't 10 drives per node, and Element OS work will converge to make bigger drives sizes useful and practical, but they just aren't a great solution for us right now.
Spending on cloud infrastructure in Europe is on the up.A quarter of IT infrastructure spending in Europe is now going to building public and private cloud systems.According to IDC, infrastructure spending -- which it defines as servers, disk storage, and Ethernet switch -- for public and private cloud in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa EMEA grew by 17.6 percent year-on-year to $1.3bn in the first quarter of this year.The analysts said that cloud-related infrastructure spending is likely to reach $10.7bn by 2020 -- nearly half of the total market.In contrast, spending on traditional infrastructure will be stagnant "if not declining", said Kamil Gregor, research analyst in IDCs European Infrastructure Group.However, despite the cloud hype, three-quarters of spending on infrastructure still goes on internal projects.
Beancounting firm DCIG has published a midrange storage array buyers' report – with one or two suppliers missing.DCIG states that its Buyers' Guide "weights, scores and ranks more than 100 features of seventeen 17 arrays from ten 10 different storage providers.Its spiel continues: These 17 storage arrays are drawn from a pool of more than 130 storage arrays in DCIG s 2016 Enterprise Storage Array Body of Research.To identify products likely to be of greatest interest to midmarket organizations, DCIG evaluated arrays with a maximum raw storage capacity of 500TB."Let's see which vendors are in:And now let's see which ones are out:
Much has been written about the decay of the PC market, but there's another once-mighty market in a similar deathThe enterprise storage market gave rise to multi-billion dollar companies like EMC being bought by Dell and NetApp struggling to grow revenues , as well as storage units at Dell, Hitachi, andOverall, storage revenues dropped 2% in 2015, with EMC
HPE is introducing less expensive versions of some storage platforms so smaller enterprises can enter the next generationA booth sign at Mobile World Congress 2016 shows the logo of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in a file image captured on Feb. 25, 2016.Some small and medium-sized businesses need fast, and flexible storage gear as much as large enterprises.The need to quickly spin up new applications, even without a storage specialist on staff, can drive those demands.On Monday, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise extended two of its storage product lines into more affordable territory, in one case adopting an ARM processor to help cut the cost of a system.HPE says the new systems give smaller organizations a way in on two of the hottest trends in enterprise storage: software-defined storage and flash.
Dell s massive acquisition of EMC reportedly has passed legal muster in China, clearing what is expected to be its last hurdle.The acquisition, announced last October with an estimated value of US$67 billion, has been approved by Chinese regulators, according to the New York Post.That s expected to be the last step toward closing the deal, though the companies may not announce its completion formally until next week.The combined company will be called Dell Technologies, while its PC business will keep the pure Dell name.Dell-EMC is the largest IT acquisition ever, bringing together two companies that are powerful players in enterprise computing but face pressures from public cloud services and PC alternatives like smartphones and tablets.It will make Dell the biggest seller of enterprise storage gear, adding to the company s computing, security, and networking businesses.
Graphing IDC numbers and looking the market ain't prettyWhat's happening in the enterprise storage horse race?Opinion Earlier this year I was at HPE Discover in Las Vegas and talking to Calvin Zito about the latest IDC Storage Tracker results.I was curious to see whether the total size of the storage market had changed over recent years, as I suspect that total market size in terms of revenue, rather than storage capacity shipped was pretty flat.IDC tracks an estimate of the revenue for each major vendor and a total market value, based on vendor provided data and customer feedback.Disclaimer: the data I m presenting has been compiled from a range of sources, so I can t guarantee the full accuracy of the data, or the fact I may have made translation errors as I copied information over to Excel.
The August 2016 Wikibon report "Server SAN Readies for Enterprise and Cloud Domination" repeats the message of its Server SAN Research Project 2014 report, saying that "storage is moving inexorably from traditional storage arrays to Server SAN in a server rack."The report summary says the world-wide Server SAN market added $1.25bn revenue in 2015 to $2.5bn, up from revenues of $1.25bn in 2014, with overall growth of 99 per cent.Nutanix, VMware and EMC with ScaleIO were the leading vendors, accounting for 43 per cent of the market, with ScaleIO growing 3.5x from 2014 to 2015.Enterprise Server SAN is projected to grow worldwide revenue at a 22 per cent CAGR from 2015-2026, from $2.5bn in 2015 to $22bn in 2026.Wikibon divides the Server SAN market into Hyperscale Server SAN developed initially by cloud service providers, moving to mainly volume storage vendors by 2026 and Enterprise Server SAN, which includes virtual SAN and hyper-converged vendors which are virtual SAN by definition .The difference from the previous 2015 and 2014 reports is that Wikibon "now expects the hyperscale cloud market and the enterprise storage market Enterprise Server SAN and Traditional Storage to be roughly similar by 2026 at $27 billion each."
It's aimed at helping to automate and streamline tasks like document approvalAn illustration of the Box Relay interface.Companies that want to try simplifying the tangled mess of their internal workflows will be able to use a new tool from Box to help.Using Relay, power users will be able to design workflows that they can then share with co-workers inside an organization and people from other companies who work with them.According to Chris Yeh, Box's senior vice president of product, Relay is aimed at making Box the system that people use to get work done together, in addition to storing files.Expanding beyond simple storage has been a major emphasis for Box over the past several years, as the company started providing content services like document commenting, access control and data retention for e-discovery.
The Violin Memory logo appeared on a device shown at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco on Oct. 27, 2015.In flash storage these days, it takes more than speed to win over many enterprises.Violin Memory, an early player in enterprise flash, made strides more than a decade ago with storage arrays that outran spinning-disk systems for applications that needed data fast.Then the giants of the data center got into the game, and enterprises started looking at flash for their primary storage instead of targeted uses.It s also still hammering away at its specialty, introducing the fastest Violin array yet, the Flash Storage Platform 7650.Public and private clouds are increasingly where organizations are looking for capacity, because they re flexible and affordable.