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Iron Giant

Prometheus 1.0 rises

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation's second project, Prometheus, has hit version 1.0. Prometheus is a white box monitoring tool designed to simultaneously monitor lots of different parts of the stack making up a cloud-native application. That's important, explains core Prometheus developer and SoundCloud engineer Björn …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016
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VMware/Cisco software-defined spat thaws as ACI comes to vSphere

When VMware acquired Nicira and released its NSX product, it looked like Virtzilla and Cisco were on a collision course. But now Cisco has added a vCenter plug-in to the new version of its own software-defined networking (SDN) software, one of several signs that the two companies are working together while also competing to …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016
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What's big and red and squashes 276 bugs, 19 of them critical?

Oracle has emitted its quarterly patch payload, along the way claiming an unwanted record by squashing an all-time-high 276 problems across 84 products. That's Oracle's biggest bug list to date. Worse still, plenty of them with CVSS scores of 9.0 or above that indicate the problem is critical. Among those nasties are 19 9.8- …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2016
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VMware executive shuffle

VMware has made a couple of executive changes. Cloud native applications general manager Kit Colbert has become CTO of the company's Cloud Platform Business Unit. The new gig, we're told by a VMware spokesperson, will mean Colbert “will be able to focus on his passion for technology, strategy and customers, while extending …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016

Governments Googling Google about you more than ever says Google

Google has published its latest “Transparency Report”, the disclosure in which it reveals how many times governments asked it to cough data on users. And this time around there's mixed news. In the “yikes!” column is the fact that governments asked Google for data 40,677 times between July 1 and December 31 of 2015, and asked …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
Do the right thing on the internet of things

If managing PCs is still hard, good luck patching 100,000 internet things

Internet of Things (IoT) hype focuses on the riches that will rain from the sky once humanity connects the planet, but mostly ignores what it will take to build and operate fleets of things. And the operational side of things could be hell. “IT can barely keep their desktops patched,” Splunk chief technology officer Snehal …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
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Netflix scores new Trek tellie

Netflix has won the rights to stream the new Star Trek television series. The new series will be shown on CBS's streaming platform in the United States and Canada. Netflix has picked up streaming rights for the rest of the world, plus rights for the entire Trek-on-tellie back catalog. Don't get too excited: kids these days …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
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Xen roadmap hints

Xen Project chairperson Lars Kurth has revealed some future directions for the open source virtualisation project. In a new Q&A to mark the recent 4.7 release, Kurth said he expects future versions will continue to offer big revisions to core features. “Some new capabilities, such as restartable Dom0’s, and additional …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016
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VMware promises multi-cloud connection and management products

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger has dropped a very strong hint that the company plans to get into multi-cloud connectivity and management. In prepared remarks during the company's Q2 earnings call today, Gelsinger said the company plans to offer “unparalleled connectivity, security and visibility across multi cloud IT resources …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016

Euro IP study finds 25 Tor-and-Bitcoin-loving pirate business models

Knock us over with a feather: a study by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has found that those who infringe intellectual property for a living are quite fond of anonymity technologies that cover their tracks. The Office last week emitted a Deloitte-penned study titled Research on Online Business Models …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2016

PokeCops catch no crims

The Police station in Manchester, New Hampshire, has attempted to cash in on Pokemon Go fever by using its Facebook feed to announce that a rare Charizard‬ could be found within its walls, but that only folks on a special list would be allowed access to find the virtual creature. That list corresponded to the station's current …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2016

Run Dropbox compression

Dropbox has open-sourced its very own compression code. Available on GitHub the "Lepton" code “... achieves a 22% savings reduction for existing JPEG images, by predicting coefficients in JPEG blocks and feeding those predictions as context into an arithmetic coder." Dropbox's announcement of the release explains the tech in …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2016
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India tweaks tech colleges to 'become real power in software'

India's decided its massive successes of the last 20 years aren't enough and will tweak its Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IITs) to create home-grown technology colossi. India's IITs are among the most sought-after educational institutions on Earth: about 1.1 million youngsters sit entrance exams to fight for 10, …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2016
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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

Updated British semiconductor designer ARM is about to be acquired by Japan's SoftBank. The New York Times reports the deal is imminent. The FT has put a value on the deal: US$32.4bn. That's a premium of about $10bn over ARM's market capitalisation. SoftBank is a sprawling company that operates a telco in its Japanese home but is …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2016
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VMware's past holds the key to the future of Microsoft's Azure Stack

By most accounts VMware's first stab at hyperconvergence, the EVO:RAIL software-defined Nutanix clone, was a decent set of software. But it failed, quickly, and has been quietly removed from the frontline. The reason why is simple: in its first incarnation VMware insisted that EVO:RAIL buyers acquire new vSphere licences. …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2016

If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our Friday fumble through memories of jobs on which things didn't go as planned. Or sometimes went in ways it's not possible to plan. This week, meet “Jean” who in the early noughties scored a gig as “a fairly new-to-the-game support engineer for a shifter of overpriced household furniture.” Jean …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2016

IaaS revenue to triple by 2020, to $43.6bn

Infrastructure as a service sold by public clouds will become a US$43.6 billion market by 2020, according to abacus-rattling firm IDC's new Worldwide Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Forecast, 2016-2020. In 2016 the firm expects infrastructure as a service (IaaS) hauled $12.6 billion through the door in 2015, meaning …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2016
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Boris Johnson 'NIGHTMARE'

SciFi author and sometime Reg reader Charles Stross has described the appointment of Boris Johnson as foreign minister as CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND. Readers of Stross' Laundry Files novels will know that that in his fictional universe CASE NIGHTMARE RED is a trans-dimensional alien attack and CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN is Cthulhu Spawn …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2016

VMware gives away 2FA

VMware has announced a free two-factor authentication (2FA) app for its Identity Manager product. “Verify” means that Virtzilla now has its own 2FA, having previously relied on integration with others' tools. Tokens are delivered as notifications, or as TXT messages. If users are offline, an app can generate a token. The iOS …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2016
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Containers rated more secure than conventional apps

Containers are more secure than apps running on a bare OS and organisations that like not being hacked therefore need to seriously consider a move, according to analyst firm Gartner. Analyst Jeorg Fritsch, in a new document titled How to Secure Docker Containers in Operation says “Gartner asserts that applications deployed in …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2016
NSW Department Of Justice's Pokemon warning

Pokemon Go Directly To Jail if you hunt here, says Oz Justice Dept

The Department of Justice in the Australian State of New South Wales has warned Pokemon hunters that if they hunt for digital critters inside courthouses they may find their next trip is to an actual jail. The Department took to Facebook to warn Pokemon Go addicts that “GOING TO COURT IS NOT A GAME: POKEMON GO TRAINERS SHOULD …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2016
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Virtual mirror on the wall, what will happen at VMware's ball?

VMware saves its biggest announcements of the year for its late August VMworld conference. The company of course keeps its cards close to its chest, but the content catalog for the conference generally offers some clues about what we can expect. The Register's virtualisation desk has long predicted that the current vSphere …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2016
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VirtualBox 5.1 debuts

Well that was quick. Mere days after announcing a release candidate, Oracle has emitted VirtualBox 5.1 Big Red reckons the following new features are worth getting excited about: Improved Performance: Significantly improved performance for multi-CPU virtual machines and networking. Bug Reporting Tool: New utility able to …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2016
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nbnTM names six shops to re-build Telstra's HFC network

nbnTM, the entity building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has named the six companies it has chosen to turn the hybrid fibre coax (HFC) network it acquired from Telstra into a white-hot broadband delivery beast. Lend Lease, Broadspectrum, Fulton Hogan, Downer, ISGM and BSA are the six firms to have …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jul 2016
Juno

By Juno! NASA delivers first new snaps from Jupiter

NASA has released the first images captured by the Juno probe. The space agency says the image below was captured on July 10th from a distance of “4.3 million kilometers … on the outbound leg of its initial 53.5-day capture orbit.” The probe's “JunoCam”, a colour, visible-light camera, collected the image. While it may …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jul 2016