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An Initiative in SSD Data Recovery

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The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and the Solid State Storage Initative (SSSI) form the Data Recovery/Erase Special Interest Group (DR/E SIG)-- an industry initiative in the recovery of data from faulty or damaged solid state storage.

SSD SNIA“SSDs present particular challenges when trying to erase all data or attempting to recover data from a nonoperational drive,” the group says.  “The DR/E SIG provides a forum in which solution providers and solid state storage manufacturers can collaborate to enable data recovery and erase capabilities in solid state storage in such a way as to ensure that customer demands for these services can be met in a cost-effective and timely manner with a high likelihood of success.”

IDC: PC Shipments to Shrink Further

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IDC expects global PC shipments to fall by -8.7% in 2015, with further declines taking place during 2016-- making for 5 years of declining PC shipments before growth resumes on 2017.

IDC 2015 forecat

The analyst expected Q2 2015 to be a transition period for the PC market, with vendors preparing for H2 2015 Windows 10 system shipments-- but a combination of "stubbornly large" notebook inventories and currency devaluations only led to further shrinkage. Other issues hampering near future PC market growth include free Windows 10 upgrades, a short-term dearth of new models and channels reluctant to take stock.

Pivotal Names New CEO

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Pivotal announces a change in leadership-- executive VP of products and R&D Rob Mee replaces Paul Martiz, who retains a seat in Pivotal leadership as executive chairman.

Rob MeeMee is the founder of Pivotal Labs, the agile programming specialist EMC acquired back in 2012. Pivotal Labs became the foundation of Pivotal once the company was spun off from EMC and VMware in 2013.

“Rob Mee has been credited for shaping the software development cultures of some of Silicon Valley’s most influential and valuable companies. He's an exceptional leader and technologist, passionate about our mission, committed to our principles and values, and knows how to build a successful business,” Maritz sats. “As executive chairman, I look forward to remaining actively engaged with Pivotal, its partners and its customers, and supporting Rob in his new role as CEO.”

IHS: Europe Shows Optical Networking Growth

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According to IHS, Europe is the only world region showing Y-o-Y optical networking hardware revenue growth-- while global revenues remain flat, European growth reaches 8% Y-o-Y.

Optical networking“With 3 consecutive quarters of good results, Europe is signaling a reversal of the terrible optical spending that we’ve seen in the region over the last 5 years,” the analyst says. “This strength is concentrated in Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena and Infinera.”

Kaminario Presents K2 v5.5

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Kaminario announces the latest version of the K2 mid-range enterprise all-flash array-- the K2 v5.5, featuring 3D TLC SSDs, native array-based replication and Kaminario's Perpetual Array.

Kaminario stackK2 arrays consist of dual-controller K-Blocks. Each K2 v5.5 block holds up to 360TB of SSD storage scalable to "multiple petabytes," with SSD-optimised writing and inline data reduction.

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