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Chillout area in Google's data center

Google spends in three months on data centers what used to take a year

Google spent a whopping $US2.35bn on its data centers in the first quarter of 2014. The expenditure was revealed by Google on Wednesday deep within its financial results and demonstrates how much the company has grown in the past decade, considering that it spent the same amount during the entirety of 2008. In other words, what …
Jack Clark, 17 Apr 2014
Zombie cloud

IBM's quarterly finances sapped by leech-like hardware division

IBM's earnings for the first quarter of the year show that the company's hardware division has turned into a leech sapping Big Blue's profits. IBM's total revenues for the quarter were $22.5bn, down four per cent on an annual basis and earnings-per-share are $2.54. This represented the eight consecutive quarter of declining …
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2014

Google shuts Glass store and nixes Video Call feature

After giving the public one day to become "Explorers" of its $1,500 face-computer, Google has shut its online store saying that "all spots have been claimed". The company announced the withdrawal of Glass sales to the hoi polloi on Tuesday night following a one day sale during which the company "sold out" of the tech in white, …
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2014
Ubuntu RHS teaser

Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

Canonical has announced that the latest long-term support release of its Ubuntu Linux distribution will be available in two days. The Linux company made the availability announcement of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, codenamed "Trusty Tahr" on Tuesday, coincidentally alongside chief rival Red Hat holding its Red Hat Summit in San Francisco …
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2014
Docker Red Hat

Red Hat bets on 'Project Atomic' for its container-loaded server future

Red Hat has put its Linux operating system on a diet to create a scrappy technology that will take on traditional virtualization approaches such as those backed by VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix. "Project Atomic" was announced by Red Hat at its eponymous Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday, marking another step in Red Hat's dance …
Jack Clark, 15 Apr 2014
VMware's monster VM

VMware fires up vCloud Disaster Recovery service

The main thing VMware has that its cloud rivals lack is a widely deployed, fundamental bit of data-center technology – its ESX hypervisor – and the virtualization company is beginning to play on this advantage with new products. The first of an expected salvo of services that use its ESX hypervisor came on Tuesday when the …
Jack Clark, 15 Apr 2014
Stock ticker board

Bored with trading oil and gold? Why not flog some CLOUD servers?

If you thought cloud computing was complicated now, just wait until next year, when pin-striped traders will buy and sell contracts in the stuff. At least, that's the plan of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which announced on Monday that it had signed a "definitive agreement" to build a commodity exchange dedicated to the …
Jack Clark, 14 Apr 2014

Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace

Web giant Google is buying Titan Aerospace, presumably to help it blanket the world in internet connectivity beamed from drones and balloons. The acquisition was reported by the WSJ on Monday, and will see the Titan Aerospace team work with Google's "Project Loon" group which makes high-altitude balloons for dispensing cheap …
Jack Clark, 14 Apr 2014

Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment

File sharing service Dropbox has taken to the internet to defend its ill-timed appointment of Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors. The storage company wrote in a blog post that "there's nothing more important to us than keeping your stuff safe and secure" on Friday after being subjected to a full-throated outcry over its …
Jack Clark, 11 Apr 2014
U-turn

Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?

In a surprising move, one startup has been forced to migrate its data out of a trendy NoSQL database and into a traditional relational one after running into numerous technical issues with the fluffy new tech. The move by internet-of-things startup Revolv was disclosed by the head of its cloud engineering group, Matt Butcher, in …
Jack Clark, 11 Apr 2014

Reprieve for Weev: Court disowns AT&T hacker's conviction

Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer has had his troubling conviction and sentence under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act reversed and vacated. The Third US Circuit Court of Appeals announced on Friday [PDF] that Weev's conviction was being vacated due to it being tried in an improper venue, following an appeal by Weev. Weev had been …
Jack Clark, 11 Apr 2014
IBM RTP Data Center

Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances

Amazon has released a new class of virtualized, rentable servers that make more RAM available than systems from rivals like Google and Microsoft. The "R3" memory-optimized servers became available on Thursday following their announcement at the Amazon Web Services summit in late March. "R3 instances are recommended for …
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2014
Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon's brutal scale in annual letter

Amazon's mercurial chief executive Jeff Bezos is equal parts John D Rockefeller and Henry Ford, judging by his annual letter to shareholders. In the letter, which was published on Thursday, Bezos took investors "on a tour that samples a small subset of [Amazon's] various initiatives". What this makes clear is that Amazon is …
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2014
UWashTease

Google-funded boffins figure out age-busting facial prediction system

Google's former chief Eric Schmidt once remarked that to have true privacy after spending some time on the internet you would need to change your name. Now, thanks to some research funded by Google and Intel, you would have to change your face as well. Three University of Washington researchers – one of whom, Steven Seitz, also …
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2014
Somali pirates storm the box

Linode raises Hourly Billing flag against Digital Ocean pirates

Linux server hosting provider Linode has introduced hourly billing after being buffeted by fierce competition in the hosting and cloud markets. The venerable hosting company announced on Wednesday that customers can now rent servers from it in hourly increments. Previously they were sold on a monthly basis. This means …
Jack Clark, 09 Apr 2014
Cables

Microsoft's Azure cloud LASHED by BT's private cables

Microsoft's Azure cloud is being hooked into BT's private fibre cables giving security-focused organizations another way to access Microsoft's technology. Redmond announced the addition of BT to its "Azure ExpressRoute" service on Wednesday against a background of worry as panicked internet companies, including Azure-rival …
Jack Clark, 09 Apr 2014

Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?

Dropbox has decided that file storage is boring and is now describing itself as a "Home For Life". This branding bonanza was announced at a press-packed event in San Francisco on Wednesday as the online storage company released several enhancements to its eponymous product. These include a photo application named "Carousel", …
Jack Clark, 09 Apr 2014
Cloud security

Amazon carefully stitches up Heartbleed OpenSSL hole

Amazon is working to patch "Heartbleed" memory-leak vulnerablities in its Amazon Web Services hosting infrastructure. The mammoth cloud company confirmed on Tuesday that it has dealt with some of the parts of its infrastructure that were vulnerable to the nasty OpenSSL 1.0.1 bug nicknamed "Heartbleed" that was disclosed on …
Jack Clark, 08 Apr 2014
SoftLayer's data center

Oracle's NoSQL nightmare MongoDB goes to version 2.6

Upstart database MongoDB has reached its 2.6 release armed with technologies that its backing company says represent "a foundation for the next decade of database innovation." The 2.6 release of the NoSQL document-oriented database became generally available on Tuesday. With this version, the database's eponymous steward MongoDB …
Jack Clark, 08 Apr 2014

Rackspace refuses to enlist in cloud's latest price cutting war

Cloud provider Rackspace will stand on the sidelines as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft slash prices in an attempt to destroy each other's profit margins. The web hoster's chief technology officer, John Engates, told El Reg's cloud bureau by email that "Rackspace is not a commodity cloud provider," when we asked if it would match …
Jack Clark, 08 Apr 2014
hands waving dollar bills in the air

Major tech execs fling cash at heretical AI company Vicarious

Credible artificial intelligence startup Vicarious has taken in more money as accomplished billionaires fling cash towards what could be a hugely significant technology. The additional funding was disclosed by the company on Monday in an article in TechCrunch and subsequent interview with El Reg. Some of the Valley's best known …
Jack Clark, 07 Apr 2014
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Google loads Red Hat Enterprise Linux into its cloud

Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers can now shift their licenses from on-premise gear up into Google's cloud as well as Amazon's. The new licensing option was announced by Google and Red Hat on Monday alongside the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Google's Amazon-killing "Cloud Platform". RHEL had been …
Jack Clark, 07 Apr 2014
Oracle's Iron Man 2 ad

Oracle smacks JD Edwards help site with cease and desist order

A JD Edwards technical reference and help site has been forced to close after being sent a cease-and-desist letter from Oracle. The JDEREF.com site's UK-based webmaster recently revealed that a legal representative from Oracle, which acquired JD Edwards' owner PeopleSoft in 2005, sent the cease-and-desist letter requesting the …
Jack Clark, 07 Apr 2014
Oracle frankenstein

SQL giant Oracle plans NoSQL standards body – top Reg sources

Database giant Oracle is attempting to create a NoSQL standards body, The Register has learned. The puzzling move was disclosed to El Reg on Friday by multiple well-placed sources at multiple database companies, who were each familiar with the matter. The insiders, speaking on condition of anonymity, say relational database …
Jack Clark, 04 Apr 2014

We don't want your crap databases, says Twitter: We've made OUR OWN

Twitter is growing up and, like an adult, is beginning to desire consistent guarantees about its data rather than instant availability. At least that's the emphasis placed by the company on its new "Manhattan" data management software, a bedrock storage system that was revealed in a blog post on Wednesday. What's not mentioned …
Jack Clark, 04 Apr 2014

Microsoft vows to save devs from unspeakable cloud screw-ups

Microsoft has added a rollback feature to its cloud-based SQL Database to protect developers from themselves. The feature was announced on Thursday at the corporation's Build 2014 conference in San Francisco. This technology gives developers a "self-service restore" option for SQL databases hosted within the Azure cloud, …
Jack Clark, 03 Apr 2014
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What Microsoft means by mobile first, cloud first: Build Android, iOS apps with Azure cloud

Microsoft has blurred the division between the desktop systems programmers use to develop software and remotely provisioned compute and storage gear so much that you have to squint to detect a difference. In a wide-ranging presentation at its Build 2014 conference in San Francisco on Thursday, multiple executives showed tools …
Jack Clark, 03 Apr 2014
AndromedaGoogle

Google exposes its Andromeda software-defined networking

Google is exposing the beating heart of its distributed infrastructure to developers of its cloud services. The company announced on Wednesday that developers using the us-central1-b and europe-west1-a zones of its Google Compute Engine infrastructure-as-a-service will now be running their apps directly on top of Andromeda, …
Jack Clark, 03 Apr 2014
Traffic in Beijing during period of heavy pollution

Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

Amazon, Twitter and Oracle have been slammed by Greenpeace for their lack of transparency over how they source the energy for their data centers. Meanwhile, Apple, Facebook, and Google were praised by the hippie collective. Greenpeace lambasted Amazon for its sparing use of "clean energy" in its data centers in a report …
Jack Clark, 03 Apr 2014
Home Networking

Who's up for yet another software-defined net protocol? Cisco wants to see some hands

Cisco has unveiled an openly defined protocol for controlling network hardware, but it lacks an essential ingredient: participation from other network hardware makers. The new OpFlex protocol was announced by Cisco on Wednesday. It is designed to let admins transfer policy commands to any network hardware that supports OpFlex. A …
Jack Clark, 02 Apr 2014
Suitcase bulging with cash

Pivotal goes after Oracle with 'all-you-can-eat' pricing model

Pivotal is going after enterprise incumbents by rejigging its own pricing scheme to make buying its technology simpler for its customers. The revamped pricing scheme was announced on Wednesday and will see Pivotal license the software within its portfolio on a flat per-CPU pricing model as long as customers buy capacity for two …
Jack Clark, 02 Apr 2014

Don't look at Maria's SQL, look at MY SQL, pleads Oracle

Oracle says it has doubled the performance of its open source MySQL database when running over large datasets across more than 40 cores, as it strives to preserve its lead in a market thronging with credible contenders. Oracle gave details of a "Development Milestone" release of version 5.7 of its MySQL database on Monday, …
Jack Clark, 02 Apr 2014

Psst, you want NoSQL? We got NoSQL, says MariaDB: v10 now out

MySQL fork MariaDB has, with version 10 out today, shown it has woken up to the importance of giving its users access to non-relational databases. New in v10 is the CONNECT engine, which can hook the MariaDB database system to outside sources of data, and Cassandra-compatibility features. CONNECT can access information managed …
Jack Clark, 01 Apr 2014
cloud

When big biz is forced to compete: Now Microsoft latest to cut cloud prices

Microsoft will cut its Azure cloud prices after Amazon slashed its AWS prices in response to Google's cloud price cut. Redmond announced on Monday that it would lower its prices for cloud services between 27 and 65 percent on the April 3 in response to a wave of reductions that washed through the cloud industry after Google …
Jack Clark, 31 Mar 2014

Bechtolsheim's baby Arista Networks heads toward IPO

Networking startup Arista Networks is filing for an IPO as the scrappy biz tries to wrestle share away from incumbents like Cisco and Juniper. The profitable upstart filed its S-1 form with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. Arista Networks' chairman is Andy Bechtolsheim, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems. …
Jack Clark, 31 Mar 2014
Hadoop Elephant

Don't touch my trunk! Intel is $740m lighter after Cloudera cash shot

Intel has shoveled $740m into Hadoop company Cloudera, giving the chipmaker an 18 per cent stake in the data analysis firm. The mammoth funding was announced on Monday following the news last week of a major strategic partnership between the x86 goliath and the software upstart, which itself followed a separate funding round of …
Jack Clark, 31 Mar 2014
Jeff Hawkins

Meet the man building an AI that mimics our neocortex – and could kill off neural networks

Jeff Hawkins has bet his reputation, fortune, and entire intellectual life on one idea: that he understands the brain well enough to create machines with an intelligence we recognize as our own. If his bet is correct, the Palm Pilot inventor will father a new technology, one that becomes the crucible in which a general …
Jack Clark, 29 Mar 2014
Google Loon balloon envelope

Zuck: Web drones, not balloons (cough, cough Google) are way forward

Facebook's chief Mark Zuckerberg thinks his plan to carpet a portion of the world with internet-dispensing drones is a better approach than Google's Loon balloons. The advertising mogul mused in a paper, published on Friday, the types of technologies he hopes to deploy via his company's just-announced Connectivity Lab to get the …
Jack Clark, 28 Mar 2014
FBinternet

Facebook taps up NASA boffins to launch drone fleet, laser comms lab

Facebook has assembled a team of experts in the US and UK tasked with connecting the social network's next five billion users to the website (and the rest of the internet). The Connectivity Lab was revealed on Thursday: it employs "the same engineering talent behind Facebook's infrastructure team and the Open Compute Project," …
Jack Clark, 27 Mar 2014
ClouderaIntel

Intel just installed itself in Hadoop guru Cloudera – and why their rivals should be worried

Intel is canning its own Hadoop distribution in favor of using Cloudera's flavor of the analytics software. And the chip giant is making a "significant equity investment" in the upstart that's higher than had been reported elsewhere. This strategic move was announced by Intel and Cloudera on Thursday following years of heavy …
Jack Clark, 27 Mar 2014
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Forkin' 'L! Facebook, Google and friends create WebScaleSQL from MySQL 5.6

Four internet giants have teamed up to create a branch of the MySQL database that's designed to handle massive web applications. The open-source WebScaleSQL branch of MySQL 5.6 was announced by Facebook on Thursday, and uses version 2 of the GNU General Public License. Engineers from Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook have …
Jack Clark, 27 Mar 2014
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Amazon 'not interested in price matching everybody' in the cloud

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are battling each other on cloud computing prices, but Amazon has said it will not match Google's new low, low prices. This is significant because on Tuesday Google dramatically dropped the prices of its mainstay storage and compute services to far below those of Amazon. Then on Wednesday Amazon …
Jack Clark, 26 Mar 2014

Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

Facebook has bought startup Oculus VR, which makes the much-hyped virtual-reality Rift headsets, for $2bn. The acquisition comes as people spend more time with their pals in digital worlds rather than the physical realm, and Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg wants to tap into that shift. The acquisition of Oculus VR Inc was …
Jack Clark, 25 Mar 2014
Microsoft campus

Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

Google is going to serve up Microsoft Windows in virtual machines on its Compute Engine service as the web giant hopes to dethrone Amazon as the king of the cloud. Support for the operating system was announced by Google on Tuesday at its Cloud Platform event in San Francisco: the search king will make Windows Server 2008 R2 …
Jack Clark, 25 Mar 2014

Google slashes cloud storage to $0.026 per GB. Your move, Amazon

Google has dramatically lowered its cloud prices far below those of its rivals – as the search kingpin seeks to eradicate the fat profit margins of the cloud industry. The web giant announced today at its Google Cloud Platform event in San Francisco a 68 per cent price drop across the board for Google Cloud Storage – as El Reg …
Jack Clark, 25 Mar 2014
Hadoop Elephant

SAP gives Hadoop users keys to HANA kitchen, lets them eat data from other systems

SAP has woken up to the growing pools of data in enterprises kept within the Hadoop File System and has simplified how people can pull this into HANA. The 7.4 update to SAP's Business Warehouse was announced on Tuesday and sees the software company acknowledge that though people buy its own tech, they use a lot of other stuff as …
Jack Clark, 25 Mar 2014
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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

Microsoft has devised a fresh strategy to distract customers from a raft of tempting offers by rivals – it's changing the name of its cloud computing service Windows Azure. Windows Azure will be renamed Microsoft Azure tomorrow, a contact confirmed to us today following a scoop by Mary Jo Foley. The paradigm shift name change …
Jack Clark, 24 Mar 2014
Windows 9x BSOD

It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

Microsoft has warned its Word software is vulnerable to a newly discovered dangerous bug – which is being exploited right now in "limited, targeted attacks" in the wild. There is no patch available at this time. The flaw is triggered by opening a maliciously crafted RTF document in the Microsoft Office word processor, or opening …
Jack Clark, 24 Mar 2014

AMD: Why we had to evacuate 276TB from Oracle DB to Hadoop

AMD has migrated terabytes of information from an Oracle Database installation to an Apache Hadoop stack, claiming Oracle's pricey software was suffering from scaling issues. The chip maker's chief information officer, Jake Dominguez, revealed further details of the transfer in a chat with The Reg. "Within the common Oracle …
Jack Clark, 24 Mar 2014
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RISE of the LIVING CHAIR: Boffins recruit E coli to build futuristic materials

In a few years your furniture could be made of a living material, according to a team of MIT boffins who have worked out how to get bacteria to help them manufacture items. The breakthrough was announced on Sunday in the Synthesis and patterning of tunable multiscale materials with engineered cells academic paper published in …
Jack Clark, 23 Mar 2014