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VAST Data’s business sitrep

VAST Data was founded in 2016 by CEO Renen Hallak, an ex-VP for R&D at XtremIO and its first engineer. Some time before that he worked on...

VAST Data’s Universal filesystem

The VAST Data system employs a Universal Storage filesystem. This has a DASE (Disaggregated Shared Everything) datastore which is a byte-granular, thin-provisioned, sharded, and has an infinitely-scalable...

VAST decouples compute and storage

Separate scaling of compute and data is central to VAST’s performance claims. Here is a top-level explanation of how it is achieved. In VAST’s...

Cascade Lake AP, Optane persistent memory and endurance

Intel's new Cascade Lake AP processor supports Optane memory but the company is not revealing details about endurance. This raises doubts about its real world use.

Your occasional storage digest featuring Crossbar, CTERA, Snowflake and Pavilion Data

Some bits and bobs for your perusal. Let's go. Short items ReRAM developer Crossbar Inc. is setting up a consortium...

Hyperconverged infrastructure heads closer to the edge

Interview: Get hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) product development and marketing wrong and your business becomes a turkey. Witness Maxta, which crashed into the buffers this week, as an example...

Exploring the memory-flash gap through an Optane lens

Semiconductor consultant Mark Webb thinks XPoint will dominate the memory-flash performance gap and could be a $2.7bn business for Intel and Micron in 2023, with DIMM sales...

3D XPoint needs to be bigger and cheaper. But how will it get there?

Compared to NAND flash, Intel’s Optane DIMM product is low on capacity and high on price. Increasing its capacity should lower the cost/GB and so help address...

Hybrid vigour: Intel adds Optane to flash mini-SSD

Intel has announced a combined Optane and flash H10 drive designed for memory expansion into thin and light notebooks, All-in-One and Mini PCs. Dell,...

Intel’s Cascade Lake could break Optane DIMM dam

Intel has started revenue shipments of Cascade Lake Xeon SP processors - these support Optane DC Persistent Memory DIMM devices.  Optane is Intel’s 3D...