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IBM plays with its Lego, hits upon System X server redesign brainwave

IBM's new range of System X servers are built like Lego, but rather than letting you build castles or spacecraft, Big Blue hopes they'll become the foundation of fat databases with tough input-output requirements. The sixth generation of the x86 servers were announced by IBM on Thursday and, as previously reported by El Reg, …
Jack Clark, 17 Jan 2014

Intel treads water despite drowning PC biz clinging to Chipzilla's legs

Intel beat analyst expectations on sales and missed on earnings as the world's largest chip designer had trouble tacking into the winds of change that are reshaping the world's tech market. Full-year revenues in 2013 were $52.7bn, with a gross margin of 59.8 per cent, down slightly on $53.3bn and 62.1 per cent a year ago. Net …
Jack Clark, 16 Jan 2014

Garantia lassoos IBM data-center for Microsoft-beating Redis tech

Though IBM bought SoftLayer six months ago, that hasn't prevented Big Blue from quickly inking deals with third-party software providers to make its newly acquired cloud competitive with Amazon, Microsoft and other big rivals. The latest step forward comes in the form of a Redis-as-a-Service tech courtesy of Redis experts …
Jack Clark, 16 Jan 2014

Amazon's public cloud fingered as US's biggest MALWARE LAIR

Amazon's public cloud is the largest haven of malware spreaders in the US, according to security company Solutionary. The claims are in the outfit's "Quarterly Threat Intelligence Report" [PDF], which uses data from Solutionary's ActiveGuard Security and Compliance Platform. It was published on Wednesday. "Malware and, more …
Jack Clark, 16 Jan 2014

You came for the free tools, stayed with your credit card – Amazon's new cloud brainwave

Amazon Web Services has pressed a hundred products within its vibrant software ecosystem into a monthly try-before-you-buy scheme. The AWS Marketplace Free Trials giveaway was announced by the company today. Tools and servers from SafeNet, Compuware, Barracuda, Riverbed and others will become available as time-limited, free …
Jack Clark, 15 Jan 2014
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Intel uncorks marketing syrup, pours over 16 cloud providers

Cloud computing has wrecked the carefully tended brands of tech infrastructure providers by smothering their dodgy logos in layers and layers of opaque software, and Intel is not content to let all that expensive marketing go to waste. Instead, the world's largest chip design company announced on Wednesday that it is slipping …
Jack Clark, 15 Jan 2014
The NSA Unchained

Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

The NSA has compromised almost 100,000 computers around the world in its quest to get its tentacles into air-gapped computers operated by adversaries such as the Chinese Army. The revelation was made by the New York Times in a report published on Tuesday based on documents released by Edward Snowden. The spy agency has …
Jack Clark, 15 Jan 2014
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Using Hadoop for data on Google's cloud? Google would rather you didn't

Google wants to shift heavy users of its cloud services away from an open-source, community-developed filesystem and into its own proprietary Colossus tech. The upgrade was announced by the web overlord in a blog post on Tuesday that announced admins could now store Hadoop-destined data directly in Google's closed-sourced …
Jack Clark, 15 Jan 2014
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Basho throws life raft to organizations pummelled by unruly Riak DBs

The life of a poorly managed database is nasty, brutish, and short – and even shorter if it's a distributed non-relational datastore. For this reason, Basho, the company that stewards the development of NoSQL DB Riak, has put together some new support packages to save admins from erecting their distributed databases on a shaky …
Jack Clark, 14 Jan 2014
Iceotope

Iceotope sounds like a kids' superhero – but it's a UK server-cooler maker that just bagged £6.1m

The UK's Sheffield-based Iceotope has grabbed $10m (£6.10m) in funding to help it push its liquid-cooling server tech into more data centres. The cash injection was announced on Monday, and should let the company double in size from 16 to more than 30 employees in the next year, Iceotope chief executive Peter Hopton told The …
Jack Clark, 14 Jan 2014
SimCity

Remember when SimCity ABSOLUTELY HAD to be online? Not any more – fancy that!

Gamers will soon be able to play Maxis's SimCity offline – despite the company's earlier insistence that the game absolutely had to be connected to the internet to work. The turnaround was announced by Maxis studio manager Patrick Buechner in a blogpost on Sunday. He said Update 10 for the latest installment of the long-running …
Jack Clark, 13 Jan 2014
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Report: Prez Obama kicks Healthcare.gov contractor to curb for web disaster

The Obama administration has reportedly patted CGI Federal on the back, forced it to pick up its various toys, and led it away from the fail-filled Healthcare.gov site it created and subsequently tried to repair. It's not usually this easy to get out of procurement contracts, but per the Washington Post, which made the claims …
Jack Clark, 10 Jan 2014

Top Microsoft bod: ARM servers right now smell like Intel's (doomed) Itanic

Microsoft is unlikely to use ARM-compatible processors in a meaningful way in its data centers – unless there is a huge change in the software ecosystem around the non-x86 chips, a top Redmond bod told The Reg. Though Microsoft is closely watching developments in the ARM world, it's unlikely that the Windows giant will be one of …
Jack Clark, 10 Jan 2014
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IBM's Watson-as-a-cloud: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's another mainframe

IBM's attempt to spin its supercomputer-cum-TV star Watson into a $1bn business unit may eventually boost Big Blue's bottom line – but going from beating Jeopardy! to defeating cancer is going to be harder than expected. The system's decision engine and advanced natural-language processing technology was launched as a new …
Jack Clark, 10 Jan 2014
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Verizon calls 1-800-Oracle, orders a database, Fusion cloud meal deal

As far as some developers are concerned, a marriage between massive telco Verizon and proprietary software king Oracle measures somewhere between mandated use of Windows ME and a ban on home working. But, undeterred by such naysayers, the two giants have teamed up to load Oracle's Database and Fusion Middleware onto the recently …
Jack Clark, 10 Jan 2014
2001: A Space Odyssey

So you want to build the next Google. Who ya gonna call? Er, Big Blue?

IBM has announced a new version of its Platform Resource Scheduler (PRS), which lines up jobs and resources in mammoth OpenStack Havana environments. In doing so, Big Blue hopes to give enterprises a shot at achieving the same levels of efficiency as Google's highly tuned servers. Though the tech competes against VMware's …
Jack Clark, 09 Jan 2014
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Citrix soothes frustrated Mac fanbois with Windows VDI tech

Citrix has started the new year with a product to help admins manage Windows desktops on errant Macs, tightening competition between the virtualization company and Parallels and VMware. The "DesktopPlayer" product was announced by Citrix on Thursday and sees the company allow admins to deliver policy-laden Windows images to …
Jack Clark, 09 Jan 2014
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Citrix counters Amazon's ambush of virtual desks with Framehawk gobble

Amazon's launch of virtual desktop infrastructure has already scared the competition into panic buys, judging by Citrix's gulping of thrifty virtual desktop and app deliverer Framehawk. The buy was announced on Wednesday, and will see Citrix combine Framehawk's tech with the proprietary data delivery HDX [PDF] component of …
Jack Clark, 08 Jan 2014
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Pesky protesters FORCE GOOGLE STAFF INTO THE SEA

Just weeks after Google Buses carrying staff to work were held up and embroiled in anti-gentrification protests by furious Californians, Google has announced a solution. A shiny new boat service to ferry its employees across the Bay from San Francisco to Redwood City. There's tone deaf, and then there's corporate tone deaf. …
Jack Clark, 08 Jan 2014

Low power WON'T bag ARM the server crown. So here's how to upset Intel

In the last days of 2013, Calxeda, the ambitious startup that hoped to design ARM processors for data-center servers, imploded. Now El Reg has sifted its ashes, and pulled out some advice for the silicon upstart's contemporaries. The demise of Calxeda caused many to ponder the viability of general-purpose ARM-powered computing …
Jack Clark, 08 Jan 2014
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Ex-Sun mafioso sleeps with the VCs: Netflix guru quits to help fund startups

Top cloud industry veteran Adrian Cockcroft has left Netflix for venture-capital firm Battery Ventures: he'll now help investors spot companies worthy of a slurp from Battery's $900m trough of valley lucre. Cockcroft announced his move on Tuesday, and we're sure that CEOs and CTOs at cloud-oriented startups around the valley …
Jack Clark, 08 Jan 2014
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Oracle gobbles Corente al dente, belches clouds of cloud buzzwords

In an announcement laden with the incantations of a tech-trendy witchdoctor – SDN! WAN! Cloud Services Exchange! – Oracle has acquired data networking biz Corente. The buy, revealed today, gives Oracle access to a company that has been around for close to ten years and first operated under the name "OpenReach". Corente has sold …
Jack Clark, 07 Jan 2014
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Palo Alto Networks snaps up NSA-trained security company

Government-trained security company Morta Security has been snapped up by Palo Alto Networks for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition was announced on Monday and arms Palo Alto Networks with a company whose staff hail from the National Security Agency, US Army, US Air Force, and others. "The Morta team brings additional valuable …
Jack Clark, 07 Jan 2014

Bay Area plots Googlebus tax after local residents riot

San Francisco officials have announced an 18-month pilot plan to tax tech company buses, after numerous protests by locals against the luxurious Silicon Valley worker wagons. The scheme was announced on Monday and means that companies like Google, Genentech, Apple, and others will start paying local officials for the use of …
Jack Clark, 06 Jan 2014
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Cyanogen grabs $23m, will ship mod-installed N1 smartmobe on Xmas Eve

Champagne corks will be popping in a Seattle startup this evening. Cyanogen, the company behind alternative Android distribution CyanogenMod, has banked $23m in series-B funding – and Google has given its blessing to allow a smartphone to ship with the team's operating system installed. The double whammy of funding and a phone …
Jack Clark, 21 Dec 2013
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You've got $60k: So, 2013 sporty Corvette, or a year of AWS's new I2 beast?

Amazon has soothed developers miffed at the notorious variability of its rentable servers with a new expensive class of reliable instances. The "I2" instances were officially launched by Amazon on Friday after being previewed at its AWS re:invent show in November, and see the company bring SSD-backed servers with fast networking …
Jack Clark, 20 Dec 2013

'F*** off, Google!' Protest blockades Google staff bus AGAIN – and Apple's

Buses operated by Google and Apple to ferry their staff to and from work were blockaded today by Bay Area anti-gentrification protestors. The coaches were held up in San Francisco and over the bay in Oakland – the latter a port city with a high-crime rate and relatively cheap rents, which has caused it to become a new home for …
Jack Clark, 20 Dec 2013
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Rackspace roadmap preps new cloud tools to take on big-bucks giants

Rackspace has a raft of upgrades planned that could make life easier for sysadmins who work with the company's public cloud and hosted managed servers, we're told. This is according to roadmap slides, shown to The Register by a source, that were presented during Rackspace's webcast with customers earlier today. To confront the …
Jack Clark, 20 Dec 2013

ARM server chip upstart Calxeda bites the dust in its quest for 64-bit glory

ARM server chip designer Calxeda has shut down as one of its executives told The Register: "We simply ran out of money." The plucky company, founded in 2008, had banked $90m in funding during its lifetime, and carried the torch for taking ARM-compatible system-on-chips into servers. But in the past 30 minutes, news broke that it …
Jack Clark, 19 Dec 2013
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IBM's secret weapon to battle Google, Amazon, Microsoft clouds: A HOLLYWOOD STAR

IBM has bought Emmy-winning bulk data transfer biz Aspera to ease the shipping of large files from on-premises boxes to remote data centers including those operated by cloud providers. The acquisition was announced on Thursday, and will see Big Blue put Aspera's UDP-based "fasp" transfer protocol and associated software-only …
Jack Clark, 19 Dec 2013
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IBM follows Microsoft, Amazon into China with new cloud doodad

IBM is launching a cloud service hosted in a Chinese data center as Big Blue tries to pursue what it reckons could be a huge market – despite NSA revelations causing paranoia among some non-US data services punters. To do business in the Middle Kingdom, companies must partner with a Chinese firm, which may assuage concerns, …
Jack Clark, 18 Dec 2013
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IBM predicts glorious tech future made possible by $IBMmarketing

IBM's latest "five in five" predictions – five things that may happen in the next five years – ignore social and economic realities to alert us to new technology that'll be prevalent (and mostly made by IBM). The predictions were published on Tuesday, and are centered around Big Blue's major product push of "cognitive computing …
Jack Clark, 18 Dec 2013

Fedora 20 Heisenbug makes ARM chips 'a primary architecture'

Fedora 20 has been released with expanded support for ARM-compatible processors and a guarantee of continued heavy development for the low-power chips. The latest version of the venerable Linux distribution was announced on Tuesday, and comes with official support for ARMv7hl (hardware floating-point, little endian) devices, and …
Jack Clark, 18 Dec 2013
Hadoop Elephant

Don't listen to Snowden ... Intel: We've switched on CPU crypto for Hadoop

Chip giant Intel is redoubling efforts to defend its valuable data center turf – by developing its own technologies for data management and analysis technologies, such as Hadoop. As part of its mission to make sure that Xeon chips get top-billing when data center admins mull what to run a large Hadoop cluster on, Intel announced …
Jack Clark, 17 Dec 2013

Factories are too DULL for Google's robo-dreams: Behold the GATAMAMs

Google's spree of robot acquisitions represents a major bet by the ad giant that it can wring more data from the world, and make some money that's not from advertising along the way. And, we reckon, it will deal with a serious problem lurking in the company's future. When news broke on Friday that Google had bought DARPA's …
Jack Clark, 17 Dec 2013
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MongoDB rival RethinkDB gets $8m in filthy valley lucre infusion

Upstart RethinkDB has slurped $8m as venture capitalists bet that its tech can put major NoSQL document store MongoDB out to pasture. The Series A funding round was announced on Monday and will bankroll the long-term support release of the database, along with giving the company time to develop commercial support offerings and …
Jack Clark, 16 Dec 2013

That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

Google, Facebook, and likely other major tech firms are investigating ARM-compatible chips to drive low-power servers, which could ultimately shakeup the types of processors that sit inside data centres. We were moved to consider the pros and cons of moving away from trusty x86 into the problem-filled world of ARM after a …
Jack Clark, 16 Dec 2013

Facebook's monster PHP engine ready to muscle into ARM server chips

Facebook has taken further steps in its quest to run production workloads on ARM-powered servers. The smoking gun for this dramatic shift was a post by Facebook on the Hip Hop Virtual Machine blog on Thursday that indicated the team is implementing ARM processor support in its translation engine, which turns Facebook's PHP code …
Jack Clark, 13 Dec 2013
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Phew! These DynamoDB queries are heavy. C'mon Amazon, give us a hand

Amazon has brought global secondary indexes to its non-relational, rentable DynamoDB database. The upgrade means cloud wranglers can perform more complicated queries on data stored in the system without having to sacrifice latency. It achieves this by implementing Global Secondary Indexes (GSIs) – a feature that lets admins …
Jack Clark, 13 Dec 2013
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'PSST, HAVE A GO ON THIS!' Joyent racks up gear for Amazon haters

Amazon Web Services dominates the infrastructure-as-a-service market, leaving less well-funded competitors with a choice of entering into a grim price war, or finding other markets. Mid-size IaaS provider Joyent appears to be doing the latter with a 'Joyent eCommerce Solutions Set' which represents a strategic shift for the …
Jack Clark, 11 Dec 2013
Oracle frankenstein

Oracle showers gold on OpenStack, dreams of open-source splashback

Oracle has started sponsoring an open-source cloud tech that it already uses within its commercial offerings, as the company tentatively embraces a market it once reckoned inconsequential. The company announced on Tuesday that it had become a "Corporate Sponsor" of the OpenStack Foundation, following El Reg reporting in …
Jack Clark, 11 Dec 2013

We'll predict your EVERY MOVE! Facebook's new AI brain talks to El Reg

Facebook wants to know what you're going to do before you do it, and has hired a big-brained boffin to give it the AI chops to do this. Machine-learning luminary Yann Lecun announced on Monday that he had been tapped to run the social network's nascent Artificial Intelligence laboratory. The hire represents another way the data- …
Jack Clark, 10 Dec 2013
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Googlers devise DeViSE: A thing-recognising FRANKENBRAIN

You'd think guesswork and advanced science would be natural enemies, but not at Google where a crack team of researchers are trying to mate the two together. In a paper presented on Monday at an artificial-intelligence conference in California, seven Google researchers outlined their image classifier, software that labels …
Jack Clark, 10 Dec 2013
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Cloud vid wrangler Zencoder STRADDLES Amazon and Google

Cloud video encoder Zencoder has taken a deep breath and gingerly straddled two cloud providers in an attempt to offer customers greater infrastructure choice. The Brightcove-owned firm announced support for Google's just-released Google Compute Engine on Monday, giving Chocolate Factory aficionados access to a new …
Jack Clark, 10 Dec 2013
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'Don't hate on me for my job!' Googlers caught up in SF rent protest ruckus

One of Google's gilded buses that shuttles staff from San Francisco to its Mountain View HQ was this morning waylaid by anti-gentrification protestors. Activists stopped the bus at 24th Street and Valencia in an attempt to raise awareness of the widening inequality in San Francisco, brought about by an influx of tech-generated …
Jack Clark, 09 Dec 2013
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Frustrated fanbois rejoice as Facebook releases MIDAS Mac security tool

Facebook and Etsy have teamed-up to develop and publish as open source a security tool for Apple's Macs, following similar moves by Google. The "Project MIDAS" Mac intrusion detection framework was announced by Facebook in a blog post on Friday, and sees the two companies collaborate on a tool to help companies manage large …
Jack Clark, 07 Dec 2013

Google-sponsored research helps ad-slingers find fanbois on social networks

Next time you post an image of your new El Reg prosthetic beak on the internet, be aware that marketers will soon have a tool to let them spot it, isolate it, and figure out what it's pictured alongside. In a paper to be delivered in Sydney today, academics from Carnegie Mellon University demonstrate a new approach to …
Jack Clark, 06 Dec 2013
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Big Brother's software firm Palantir valued at $9 BEEELION

How much does it cost to buy out one of big brother's favored toolmakers? Around $9bn, according to a recent valuation of Silicon Valley darling Palantir. The "Big Data" analysis company made a Form D filing with the SEC on Thursday disclosing a $58m cash infusion, and other reports by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times …
Jack Clark, 06 Dec 2013

Amazon punters get management access controls

Amazon has upgraded the free administration capabilities of its cloud as the company tries to ease management of rented compute and storage resources by multiple people under the same account. The company announced the addition of resource-level permissions to its "OpsWorks" product on Thursday. This will give cloud wranglers …
Jack Clark, 05 Dec 2013
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Google lets users slurp own Gmail, Calendar data

Google just made two of its mainstay cloud services a little less cloudy by giving users the opportunity to export data from the company's infrastructure. The company announced data export features for Gmail and Google Calendar on Thursday as part of its "Google Takeout" service. Gmail data will become available for download …
Jack Clark, 05 Dec 2013