Big storage loves that flash
You can add another member to your list of storage startups being swallowed up by storage giants like Sandisk and EMC. This…
Flash storage vendor SolidFire has raised $82 million as it rides the wave of excitement about storage performance over the past few years. The Boulder, Colorado–based company is one of a handful of similar companies that have had no problem finding investors.
Linode Founder and CEO Chris Aker has no illusions about challenging Amazon Web Services in the cloud, but that doesn’t mean he cant build a quality cloud. As he explains in this Structure Show interview, quality infrastructure and simple billing can go a long way.
Elliott Management will use its $1 billion stake in EMC to push for change and divestiture of federation companies, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Fusion.io’s software expertise will bolster SanDisk’s hardware business, echoing Western Digital’s recent purchase of server-side flash storage company Virident.
With dramatically higher throughput and lower latency, flash-based SSDs offer an obvious performance boost over traditional storage solutions. Still, flash storage commands…
The flash storage maker’s latest raise will fund its enterprise storage push and probably accelerate its IPO plans.
The company behind the VMstore storage appliance says more applications will require the speed of flash going forward.Tin
MemSQL, the database startup from two former Facebook engineers, has already raised a lot of money and roped in some big customers. Now it’s looking to broaden its footprint with a flash-optimized columnar store to complement its in-memory row-based one.
Troubled flash storage vendor Violin Memory (s vmem) has a new president and CEO, just months after a lackluster IPO and an…
Elastifile, founded by former XtremIO and Red Hat execs, has $8 million in new Series A funding from Battery Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners to attack software-based primary storage.
Violin Memory Chief Operating Officer Dixon Doll, Jr., resigned just weeks after the resignation of CTO Jonathan Goldrick and termination of CEO Don Basile. The company hopes new leadership can get it back on track.
Further evidence that hard disk drive storage lives on — Seagate is buying Xyratex, a maker of HDD testing gear, to solidify its supply chain.
Nimble Storage shares closed Friday at just under $34 a share, up nearly 62 percent from the opening day price of $21. On the whole, a pretty good day.
Amazon Web Services doesn’t have enough capacity to handle demand for its new C3 instances, which has led to a rush order of new servers. In almost any other scenario, that would mean a big payday for someone like Dell or HP.
Pure Storage now charges that EMC purloined one of its flash arrays to extract trade secrets; EMC responds with a patent infringment suit. And so it goes.
Rivals love to point out that EMC is late to all-flash storage. But now that it’s shipping its new XtremeIO arrays, that may not matter since EMC is, after all, EMC.
EMC, which had already sued former employees who joined Pure Storage, is now suing Pure Storage itself.
Update: EMC alleges that a former salesman took proprietary customer info with him to flash storage rival Pure Storage.
Greylock Partners’ Jerry Chen has seen enough in his recent 9 years building the cloud computing business at VMware to know how to spot an opportunity. Here’s where he thinks entrepreneurs and investors should focus their attention.
EqualLogic and now DataGravity Co-founder Paula Long is very smart about storage technology. Right now, she’s looking at things like flash and cloud storage with a skeptical eye. They’re valuable and will become more valuable, she says, but only when they’re done right.
Shares of Violin Memory stock closed their first day of public availabiity at $7.02, down 22 percent from the morning’s initial asking price of $9 per share. However, CEO Don Basile is confident the market will come around in time.
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2013/09/26/violin-memory-mid-range-priced-ipo.html It might have priced in the lower range of its purported value, but enterprise tech stocks have done pretty well recently…
EqualLogic founder Paula Long talks about how storage could be so much better; why all-flash storage ain’t all that and why folks who put all their work on Amazon’s cloud shouldn’t expect miracles.
When it comes to flash memory, everyone’s buying and everyone’s for sale, apparently. Cisco says it will integrate Whiptail flash memory into its UCS servers.
Virident, a maker of server-side flash storage, like Stec before it, will become part of Western Digital’s HGST subsidiary.
EMC sees the appeal of flash storage but maintains that hybrid arrays still suit most customer requirements.
Yowza. New Series E round brings total funding for IPO-bound Pure Storage to a whopping $245 million.
Violin Memory has filed for a $173 million initial public offering, although it did so without much of the hype traditionally associated with Violin news. The company is on pace for $100 million in revenue this year, but it’s now part of a crowded flash market.
Two new arrays use 1X-nanometer MLC Flash technology in a way that Nimbus Data says can compete effectively with hybrid arrays on price.
For years, companies such as Micron and Samsung have been shrinking NAND flash, but the laws of physics say they can only…
Startup PernixData says its software will pool existing server-side flash running in data centers and make it a sharable resource. That means companies can add capacity without necessarily adding more storage.
Diablo Technologies has designed a system for packing flash into servers’ memory slots, so data can get written quickly. It’s a fresh approach that could pick up the way PCIe flash has in recent years.
LinkedIn released its second-annual list of the Top 10 most in-demand tech startups on Monday. Cloudera tops the list, with other Hadoop and enterprise IT companies comprising its majority. But do engineers love those technologies, or the payout that comes along with them?
MariaDB users can now take advantage of the “atomic writes” feature on Fusion-io drives, which aims to boost database performance while extending the life of the flash drive.
Companies want to get the most bang out of their flash bucks, and EMC is eager to facilitate that. It’s just picked up ScaleIO for an undisclosed sum.
Storage heavyweights EMC and NetApp trailed behind relative newcomers last year in the market for solid-state drives, and Google is sourcing its flash supply independently, too.
Fusion-io is taking steps to appeal to enterprises with virtualized servers. This should help the company expand its customer base. Right now, its top 10 customers account for $4 out of every $5 it makes.
The flash storage community is telling a tale of a tape-free world, but at least on storage-industry veteran isn’t buying the hype. In fact, she noted, tape is far from dead.
Startup has also updated its core FlashArray product with always-on, data-at-rest encryption for the security-conscious accounts it hopes to entice.
Some analysts are believe two Fusion-io founders might be leaving because they disagreed with the future direction of the company, which involves more software capability and more business from smaller companies.
Fusion-io on Wednesday said it has acquired hybrid-storage vendor NexGen Storage for around $119 million, positioning it to take on more enterprise business.
Despite gains in cloud computing revenue, IBM did not meet Wall Street’s expectations of the legacy technology vendor. Flash storage could help bring more revenue later this year.
IBM announced Thursday a $1 billion bet on flash storage, following on similar moves in the past. Flash has been hot as of late, and this bet could pay off nicely.
Startup founded by two VMware veterans aims to make server-side flash more scalable by pooling it into a shared resource and — wait for it — virtualizing it.
Amazon Web Services has introduced its latest instance — an 88-core, 240 GB SSD, 244 GB RAM and 10 GbE behemoth designed for real-time analytics with software like SAP HANA, as well as demanding scientific workloads.
Flash storage vendor Violin Memory has acquired appliance maker GridIron Systems to improve performance even more for demanding applications. Even as some are calling for slower flash, Violin thinks speed, cost and reliability don’t have to be mutually exclusive.
Flash storage startup Nimble Storage has raised another $40 million in preparation for an IPO within the next two years. The company, which builds appliances fusing both flash and hard disk drives, is part of a hot flash market that’s raking in venture capital.
NetApp is working with Fusion-io to make server-side flash a resource for storing “hot” data. The company said its Flash Accel software can boost application performance up to 90 percent in some cases.
The Gemini flash array is the first of what will probably be many solid-state storage products announced this week. Nimbus Data says the new array will cut all-in storage cost to $8 per GB from $10 per GB for its previous model.
A Mountain View, Calif., storage startup called Tintri has raised $25 million for its virtualization-focused flash storage appliances. The appliances, called VMstore,…
EMC has bought Israeli flash-storage startup XtremIO for $430 million, according to Israeli news site Globes. The acquisition was expected after rumors began swirling in late April that EMC was courting the company, which sells a storage composed entirely of flash.
The rumor mill is adamant that storage giant EMC is in serious talks to buy Israeli flash-storage startup XtremIO, a move that could trigger an avalanche of flash acquisitions rivaling the scale-out-file-system feeding frenzy a couple years ago. Here’s who might get bought.
Apple has bought Israel’s Anobit, a maker of flash storage technology, for up to $500 million (£319 million), the Calcalist financial daily…
Cloud provider CloudSigma has become the first to add solid-state-drive storage to its public cloud computing service. It’s designed to better CloudSigma’s price-performance ratio overall, which will bring in more and bigger customers that want to do things in its cloud that they can’t do elsewhere.
EMC, having spent billions on acquisitions over the last few years, ain’t done yet. At the top of the shopping list is more security, more management and more data analytics know-how, EMC’s Pat Gelsinger told reporters today at an event at Gillette Stadium.
Fusion-io has released a pair of new components that more than double the capacity and improve performance of its previous-generation products on the latest generation of NAND flash. Enterprise flash providers must keep up with short consumer innovation cycles while operating within long enterprise buying cycles.
Violin Memory released a new line of all-flash-memory storage arrays yesterday, but my recent discussion with CEO Don Basile was all about the company’s future, which he says includes an upcoming IPO and possibly a flash acquisition or two.
Nutanix is counting on mid-size enterprises to drive its adoption of its converged infrastructure appliance. CEO Dheeraj Pandey’s stance is that SMEs have the budgets, the IT demands and the right cultures to justify taking chances on new approaches to infrastructure. He could be onto something.
It looks like Zynga’s infrastructure strategy is rubbing off on gaming startups. Digital Chocolate, purveyor of social games such as Millionaire City and Pro MMA Fighter, is following in Zynga’s footsteps of launching games in the cloud, then bringing them back in house when demand levels.
Nimbus Data Systems today rolled out its second-generation platform and announced online auction giant eBay as a major customer. In fact, eBay has deployed a non-trivial 100TB of Nimbus gear. Have we finally reached the inflection point for primary flash storage?
Nimble Storage, a startup selling flash-equipped storage appliance to small businesses, has closed a $25 million Series D round. Nimble’s approach is interesting in that it pushes flash almost more for convenience than for performance, which distinguishes it from high-end plays like Violin Memory.
Cloud storage startup SolidFire is giving cloud providers early access to its solid-state-disk-based systems for storing customers’ data. The Atlanta-based company is building SSD-based appliances that it says will help ease the migration of enterprise applications into the cloud by significantly boosting storage performance.