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Byzantine Generals co-boffin Lamport bags CompSci's 'Nobel prize'

Distributed systems researcher Leslie Lamport has been awarded the A.M. Turing award, computer science's equivalent to the Nobel Prize. The award for 2013 was given to Lamport "for imposing clear, well-defined coherence on the seemingly chaotic behavior of distributed computing systems." Another way of putting it is: no Lamport …
Jack Clark, 18 Mar 2014
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Pivotal: So who fancies skinny-dipping in our 'Business Data Lake'? PS: It'll cost you

EMC and VMware's spin-off Pivotal is trying to make money from a bevy of open-source big-data-crunching technologies by making their most complicated aspects disappear. With the launch of Hadoop distribution Pivotal HD 2.0 and analytics engine Pivotal GemFire XD on Monday, the company has created a clutch of technologies that …
Jack Clark, 18 Mar 2014
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Red Hat touts free beer – and by beer, we mean full-fat OpenShift cloud

Red Hat is lowering the prices for accessing its publicly hosted OpenShift software as it struggles to come to terms with the brutal economics of the cloud. The new Bronze pricing scheme for OpenShift was announced by Red Hat in a blog post on Monday. It means developers can now access an off-site version of the OpenShift …
Jack Clark, 17 Mar 2014
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Google hit by Monday morning blues: Talk, Hangouts, Sheets crash

Three Google services were gripped by disruption today – just four days after the company dramatically reduced prices for one of its online storage lockers. The web giant's online instant-messenger Talk, video conferencing system Google+ Hangouts, and office spreadsheet app Sheets were unavailable on Monday morning, US West …
Jack Clark, 17 Mar 2014

Microsoft, Oracle FINALLY get a room: Now they're ready to take on Amazon cloud

The rise of Amazon Web Services's hulking infrastructure cloud has turned former rivals Microsoft and Oracle into chums. Redmond announced on Thursday that Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Java were all now available on the Windows Azure cloud, served up in license-included virtual machine images, just as El Reg told …
Jack Clark, 14 Mar 2014

'Catastrophic' server disk-destroying glitch menaced Google cloud

Google has squashed a bug in its public cloud that threatened to accidentally delete users' virtual disks – an error so serious that one security researcher termed it potentially "catastrophic". The web king today admitted that one of its server migration commands could have "erroneously and permanently" deleted persistent disks …
Jack Clark, 14 Mar 2014
Red Ring of Death

'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

The rise of the cloud is wiping out the next generation of valuable sysadmins as startups never learn about how to manage data-center gear properly, a Pasadena tech biz boss has said. The problem, according to Steve Curry – the president of managed OpenStack provider Metacloud – is that modern upstarts are going directly to …
Jack Clark, 14 Mar 2014
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Google's Drive SLASH, secret 'big upgrade': Coincidence? HARDLY

Google has slashed its online Drive storage prices so fast, it undercuts all of its rivals – and its own products. The Reg suspects the web king will dramatically lower its infrastructure-as-a-service storage prices as well in two weeks. The dramatic price cut for Google Drive was announced on Thursday: storing 100GB of data in …
Jack Clark, 13 Mar 2014

New CEO, CTO for Riak database upstart Basho emerge from the cloud

Basho's new chief executive and chief technology officers are said to be Adam Wray, formerly of Tier 3, and Dave McCrory of Warner Music Group, respectively. Basho is the company which stewards the development of the distributed database Riak. The Register exclusively reported that the company lost its chief architect, chief …
Jack Clark, 13 Mar 2014
cloud

Google offers up its own flesh to the world's braying cloud hordes

Google is sending its cloud cultists out into the recesses of the real world to preach the gospel of its technology. The "Cloud Platform Developer Roadshow" was announced by Google on Tuesday as the search company tried to broaden revenues away from its main advertising offerings. "In the roadshow, we will be talking about new …
Jack Clark, 13 Mar 2014

Delphix: Hey now, we're the database hostess with the Postgres

Database virtualization startup Delphix has added support for Postgres as the company hopes to broaden the appeal of its snapshot-on-steroids software. The company released version 4 of its technology on Tuesday with ambitions to become the main tool enterprises use to provision, manage, snapshot and administer multiple …
Jack Clark, 12 Mar 2014

Panel: Death of Cisco and Juniper switches are greatly exaggerated

Cheap no-brand networking gear rolling off Asian assembly lines has its uses, but they are fairly small, a trio of industry insiders have said. In a panel discussion at the Optical Fibre Conference 2014 in San Francisco on Tuesday, execs at two service providers and one supplier gave their thoughts on the wave of enthusiasm for …
Jack Clark, 12 Mar 2014
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Red Hat: We've got a corker for Docker Linux locker app hawkers

Red Hat has woken up to the growth of Linux containers – cough, cough, Docker – and has begun certifying applications running in the sandboxing tech. The Red Hat Container Certification program was announced on Tuesday, and essentially checks that a piece of software can be executed safely and securely in a container on Red Hat' …
Jack Clark, 11 Mar 2014
Asus' P5E-VM HDMI - Crysis on X1900

Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

Crytek is adding native Linux support to its powerful computer game engine. The company, best known for PC thumper Crysis and Xbox One launch title Ryse, announced the development on Tuesday. Gamers will be able to see CryENGINE running natively on GNU/Linux-powered systems at the upcoming Game Developer's Conference (GDC) in …
Jack Clark, 11 Mar 2014
JustinSheehy

CTO of NoSQL database upstart Basho beams over to VMware

NoSQL database biz Basho's chief technology officer Justin Sheehy is heading to VMware – where he will be the site leader for the virtualization giant's office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The distributed systems executive told El Reg on Tuesday that he will report to VMware's senior vice-president of research and development, …
Jack Clark, 11 Mar 2014
Data Center GM Diane Bryant weighing old and new cables

Intel and pals whip out 1.6Tbit/s cable: Come on baby, light my fibre

Intel is touting an optical cable capable of carrying 1.6Tbps through data centers: it'll give network builders blistering fast transfer speeds in the short term, and allow the chip giant to re-think how servers are built in the long-term. New details on the MXC cables were announced on Monday. They are made with the help of …
Jack Clark, 10 Mar 2014

Basho's CEO, CTO and chief architect leave the NoSQL upstart

Riak database steward Basho has lost its chief executive, its chief architect, and now its chief technology officer in the past three months. But we're assured that the upstart's distributed system dream will be kept alive and well. The Register has learned that CTO Justin Sheehy will soon be off to pastures unknown; chief …
Jack Clark, 10 Mar 2014
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Linux cloud world's best kept secret DigitalOcean just bagged $37m

Cut-price virtual-server hosting biz DigitalOcean has banked a whopping $37.2m from Andreessen Horowitz and other valley investors. The mammoth series-A funding round was announced on Thursday and will give the 50-person company the funds it needs to aggressively hire talented developers and expand globally, while keeping its …
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014
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Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl

Google has expanded its cloud reseller program as the web giant tries to enlist the channel to help it diversify its business away from search. The updates to the Google Cloud Platform Partner Program were announced by the company on Thursday and sees it split its partners into three tiers: Registered Company, Authorized Partner …
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014

Newsweek knocks on door of dad-of-six, tells him he invented Bitcoin

The mysterious inventor of Bitcoin is a middle-aged Japanese-American family man named Satoshi Nakamoto, Newsweek has breathlessly alleged. In a cover story for the magazine's print relaunch today, reporter Leah McGrath Goodman claimed she found the crypto-currency's mastermind living in Temple City in Los Angeles County, …
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014
cloud

CloudBees bags $11.2m to keep a closer eye on your handy jobs

Continuous integration expert CloudBees has slurped $11.2m in valley cash to fund its Jenkins-based cloud services. The series-C round was led by Verizon Ventures, along with Matrix Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners, and was announced on Wednesday. CloudBees is a small cloud company that stewards the development of a big …
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014

HANA on a minute – is that a 10PB RAM cloud server from SAP? IT IS

SAP is cutting off its legs to save its arms by rejigging its software licensing approach for the cloud. The company threw open the doors to a new online marketplace on Wednesday that lets punters to buy and consume its technology in an as-a-service format, as the world's largest maker of business software tried to goose its …
Jack Clark, 06 Mar 2014
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Don't be shy, we know you've got .NET code. Why not run it on our Linux cloud – Red Hat

Red Hat plans to welcome Microsoft Windows .NET workloads onto its on-premises app-hosting cloud OpenShift Origin – as it attempts to close the gap between its technology and Pivotal's Cloud Foundry. The upgrade was announced on Wednesday by Red Hat, which will work with Uhuru Software to bring .NET and SQL Server support to its …
Jack Clark, 05 Mar 2014
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Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

Facebook's hardware development lab is either a paradise, a business opportunity, or a hell, depending on your viewpoint. If you're a hardware nerd who loves fiddling with data centre gear, ripping out extraneous fluff, and generally cutting the cost of your infrastructure, then the lab is a wonderful place where your dreams are …
Jack Clark, 05 Mar 2014
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Hey doc, what's the PC's prognosis? A. Long-term growth below zero

The worldwide PC market suffered the "most severe contraction on record" in 2013, which means it is doing better than expected, analyst house IDC said on Tuesday. PC and laptop shipments declined by 9.8 per cent in 2013, the firm revealed – and it projected further year-on-year declines through to 2014. 315 million PCs and …
Jack Clark, 05 Mar 2014
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'Wait a minute!' puffs VMware as it trots after Amazon, Microsoft in US gov cloud grasp bid

It feels like every company is pushing cloud computing on the hoi polloi, but they all recognize the need to give the US government something special – and VMware is no different. The virtualization specialist announced today it is pursuing a crucial federal certification known as FedRAMP with help from managed hosting biz …
Jack Clark, 04 Mar 2014
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Thanks a lot, Facebook: Microsoft turns Office 365 into social network

If you're avoiding friending your manager on Facebook or Twitter, the net is tightening: Microsoft has stitched new social network-like features into all of its productivity products. In a keynote speech today at the company's Sharepoint conference, Microsoft corporate vice-president Jeff Teper ushered in "the transformation of …
Jack Clark, 04 Mar 2014

Brocade, Broadcom, Freescale trio aglow in the OpenFlow chateau

Brocade, Broadcom, and Freescale have broadened their backing of a key software-defined networking standard by supporting version 1.3 of the OpenFlow specification throughout their products. The trio announced the move on Monday at the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, California. OpenFlow is a software-defined networking …
Jack Clark, 03 Mar 2014

Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

An appeals court in California has told drivers they can view maps on a smartphone while driving. The ruling was handed down on Thursday by the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, in Fresno – and reverses an earlier case against a man, Steven Spriggs, who was given a ticket for looking at a map on his mobe. California …
Jack Clark, 01 Mar 2014

Who earns '$7k a month' but can't even legally drink? A tech intern!

Tech company interns are paid up to $7,000 a month, making them the most well-compensated trainee worker bees in America, it was claimed today. The youngsters' surprisingly high salaries were published today by job review website Glassdoor, which drew up a list of the 25 highest-paying companies for interns. Anti-terror-tech …
Jack Clark, 28 Feb 2014
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Stanford academics unleash Quasar cluster juggler on mega bit barns

For all their orderly aisles of flickering servers and the reassuring hum of tens of thousands of spinning drives, data centers are terrifically rowdy places. The trick is to hide the constant bar fight going on between applications and the underlying IT resources with layers and layers of software, and one of the best ways to …
Jack Clark, 28 Feb 2014

IBM's megabrain Watson to make mobe, slab apps smarter? Not so fast

IBM wants developers to build smartphone apps that use Big Blue's clever Jeopardy!-beating Watson software. But harnessing the TV star's silicon brain will require more than just invoking a few API calls with JSON: the app programmers will have to do a lot heavy lifting themselves to train Watson. The Watson Mobile Developer …
Jack Clark, 27 Feb 2014

UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

British spies allegedly intercepted and stored nude pics and other stills from millions of Yahoo! Messenger webcams – and mulled capturing snaps from the XBox's Kinect camera, too. The UK intelligence agency GCHQ started slurping photos from innocent netizens' camera feeds in 2008, The Guardian reported today. In just one six- …
Jack Clark, 27 Feb 2014
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Hungarian eggheads unleash not-at-all-scary DRONE SWARM

Researchers have taught flying drones to behave like birds, clearing the way for further development of technologies to marshal swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles. In a paper titled Outdoor flocking and formation flight with autonomous aerial robots boffins from Budapet's Eötvös University Department of Biological Physics …
Jack Clark, 26 Feb 2014
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NuoDB slurps European cash for database expansion

Database pioneer Jim Starkey's latest venture NuoDB got another stamp of approval today as his upstart announced a new funding round led by European IT powerhouse Dassault Systèmes. The $14.2m bonanza was announced on Wednesday and will let NuoDB invest more in sales and marketing to help push its distributed-yet-reliable …
Jack Clark, 26 Feb 2014

Microsoft joins the cloud-empire club with Japanese bit barns

At its peak, it was said that the sun never set on the British Empire – now you can say the same thing about Microsoft's global fleet of cloud data centers. The software company announced on Tuesday that it had brought two Japanese bit barns online located in Saitama Prefecture (Japan East) and Osaka Prefecture (Japan West). …
Jack Clark, 25 Feb 2014

Piston coats OpenStack in secret Red Hat–killing sauce

OpenStack is like fried chicken: everyone kind of knows what its ingredients are, but uses their own oh-so-secret combination of spices to make it palatable. What made cloud company Piston pique our appetite is that its particular flavor combination recently beat out a serving by rival Red Hat in a taste-test at a major Fortune …
Jack Clark, 25 Feb 2014
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Q: Just why are AT&T, banks snubbing kit from Cisco & co? A: Control

Relationships between big data-center buyers and IT providers are dramatic, and on Monday AT&T strode onto the stage and bellowed out a great betrayal. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, AT&T's head of technology and network operations John Donovan was quoted as saying that the telco's Supplier Domain Program 2.0 " …
Jack Clark, 25 Feb 2014
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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

A former White House security advisor has suggested that you, dear reader, are naive if you think hosting data outside of the US will protect a business from the NSA. "NSA and any other world-class intelligence agency can hack into databases even if they not in the US," said former White House security advisor Richard Clarke in …
Jack Clark, 24 Feb 2014

IBM gobbles CIA-backed NoSQL database upstart Cloudant

IBM is creeping towards the cloud, picking up startups on the way, including a NoSQL database company to fill in some of the perceived shortcomings of DB2. The acquisition of Cloudant was announced on Monday and will give IBM control of a NoSQL "database-as-a-service" (DBaaS) [As a service? What the hell was a database …
Jack Clark, 24 Feb 2014

Cloud Foundry laps up attention in EMC, IBM, HP, Rackspace, SAP, VMware love-in

The Cloud Foundry open-source project looks set to become a standard piece of technology in the thriving distributed systems ecosystem: its main backer, Pivotal, has persuaded IBM, HP, SAP and Rackspace to join a new foundation dedicated to the tech. Today's announcement of the launch of a formal open governance model and …
Jack Clark, 24 Feb 2014

Red Hat kicks Piston out of Red Hat Summit, then performs $13,000 U-turn

In the past two hours, Red Hat has booted cloud upstart Piston out of the upcoming Red Hat Summit, changed its mind minutes after The Register started asking questions – and has now waived Piston's $13,000 summit sponsorship bill. Documents seen by The Register indicate this kicked off after Red Hat lost out on a valuable …
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2014
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Microsoft taps up Level 3, Equinix, AT&T for direct Azure Cloud lines

Cloud computing is all well and good but it's hopeless if the network connection between the customer and the data center is useless, so Microsoft has followed in Amazon's footsteps by fixing this weakness. Redmond's new ExpressRoute service, announced in a blog post on Thursday, will offer dedicated connections to the Windows …
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2014
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'Sons of Solaris' Joyent welcome Ubuntu into their cloud

Sun refugee camp and cloud operator Joyent has partnered with Canonical to bring tailored Ubuntu images into its technically sophisticated cloud. The deal was announced on Thursday and means that developers who want to run Ubuntu on Joyent's advanced SmartOS-based infrastructure can now do with greater confidence in getting …
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2014
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HP rides data center growth out of sludgy IT market

HP has reported better than expected financial results on the back of strong server sales and – unexpectedly – good performance in the struggling PC market. The IT company reported an earnings-per-share of $0.90 and a net revenue of $28.2 billion on Thursday for its first fiscal quarter results, beating analyst expectations of $ …
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2014

How Facebook flipped the data centre hardware market

The rise of Facebook helped to ruin the data centre hardware market, caused IBM to sell its x86 business to Lenovo, spurred HP to embark on an ambitious "Moonshot" server, and encouraged Dell to go private. With the recent acquisition of WhatsApp, it's also adding momentum to the drive of OTT mobile messaging, which is …
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2014
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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

Google is preparing to complete the rollout of its redesigned online Maps service. The refreshed satnav-like site was debuted by the web king at its developer conference in May last year, and since then has been shown to some users around the world. "Thanks to your helpful feedback, we're ready to make the new Maps even more …
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2014

Rackspace seals new UK data center in frosty air-cooled TOMB

Cloud and hosting provider Rackspace will put the chilly air of England to work cooling servers in a new facility – though its approach differs from other energy-saving techniques used by Google and Facebook. The company announced on Wednesday that it had broken ground on a new data center site in Crawley, West Sussex, with …
Jack Clark, 19 Feb 2014
IntelXeon

Server vendors lovingly dress Intel's latest Xeon in memory jewels

Intel has released its top-end Xeon processor, the Xeon E7 v2 series, and with it the world's server makers have hurried a set of gleaming chassis out the door. As with any server launch, the processor here is the star – and with the Xeon E7 v2 going up to 15 cores and allowing access to up to 6TB of memory, it's set to be a red …
Jack Clark, 19 Feb 2014
Cloud security

Google's App Engine architect defects to Snapchat

One of Google's top cloud product managers has left the gold-plated confines of Page and Brin's search palace to work for one of his former top customers – the obscenely popular SnapChat app. Peter Magnusson, the man who spent the past three years running engineering for Google's 'Google App Engine' (GAE) platform cloud, …
Jack Clark, 19 Feb 2014