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Single silo in the cloud, looking to mingle: Axcient takes on Cohesity, Actifio

DR-as-a-Service supplier Axcient has extended its offering to provide a single silo in the cloud for five secondary storage workloads, taking on vendors such as Cohesity and Actifio. Axcient CEO Justin Moore said: “Axcient Fusion [replaces] all non-production IT infrastructure with one elastic, cloud-converged platform. ... we …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016

In brave new 5G world, data centres are pizza boxes... or football fields

OPFVN 2016 Flexible tech such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation will be a prerequisite for our brave new 5G world, reckon Intel and Ericsson. Speaking at the open-source network function virtualisation (OPNFV) project, the general manager of Intel's SDN division, John Healy, said the technologies …
Kat Hall, 23 Jun 2016
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Professor slams digital efforts of 'website-obsessed' government

A professor of digital governance has slammed Whitehall's IT 'transformation' efforts to date, blaming an obsession with websites for obstructing any real digitally-enabled revamps. Vishanth Weerakkody, who works at Brunel University, said: "Digital technology undoubtedly has huge potential to contribute to the functions of …
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2016
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Happy mode, sad mode, DevOps mode: Stop worrying and go bimodal

There’s a debate going on right now about the best way to run IT: specifically, all those custom applications and services inside organizations. Do we try new, agile approaches, or stick to the old, methodical processes? Gartner did much to start this discussion with their bi-modal concept: Bimodal IT is the practice of …
Michael Coté, 15 Jun 2016
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Storage vendors that don’t look like storage vendors any more

Comment Yesterday I was at the Solidfire Analyst day and this idea about the cloud-enabling vendor popped up just after a couple of hours of presentations and demos. The new licensing model, new features and also how the software works and is presented is unusual, not only from traditional storage vendors, but also from many storage …
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The B-side of storage containerisation

Blog B as in back-end, of course... My attraction to this technology started when it was first introduced on Sun Solaris and I had the opportunity to work with it. Now, of course, it is more appealing and portable than back in 2005. Indeed containers are quickly becoming one of the most compelling revolutions to hit IT in the last …

Primary's storage jenga

Primary Data is uniting block, file and object storage at EMC World. Storage virtualiser Primary Data uses an out-of-band control function to deliver storage to server apps, using service level objectives to place data on appropriate and multi-vendor storage resources for its access and placement needs. As data ages it can be …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2016
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Oz gummint seeks public input on 'site block' guidelines

The Australian government has decided it could do with some public input regarding the use of a controversial site-blocking law. No, it's not the “block the pirates” law that came into force last year. Rather, it's Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act, a provision that received little attention until the Australian …
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Could you deploy a new version of your business – EVERY WEEK?

PROMO ING Bank can deploy a new version of its systems ever week, agility that's a result of investments it's made in storage infrastructure from NetApp and plenty of hard work developing a DevOps culture. If you'd like to know how the bank does it, and how snapshotting and storage virtualisation has made it possible, sign up for …
Team Register, 18 Apr 2016
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French thrash Brits, Germans and Portuguese in IT innovation

UK IT bosses are among the most conservative in Western Europe, focusing on keeping the lights on and shying away from innovation or adopting new approaches such as DevOps. Research from MSP Claranet covering 900 IT decision makers across Europe flagged up France, Spain, and the Benelux countries as the most progressive …
Joe Fay, 13 Apr 2016

Ruckus: A strong buy for Brocade, but leaves Juniper isolated again

Comment Pity poor Juniper. The networking company’s alliance with Ruckus Wireless last summer raised hopes that it would strike it third time lucky in the Wi-Fi market, filling the gaping wireless gap in its platform. Now Brocade has snatched carrier Wi-Fi leader Ruckus from under its rival’s nose with a $1.2bn acquisition. It's the …
Wireless Watch, 13 Apr 2016
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Successful DevOps? You'll need some new numbers for that

Dark launches, feature flags and canary launches: They sound like something from science fiction or some new computer game franchise bearing the name of Tom Clancy. What they are is the face of DevOps - processes that enable projects to run successfully. And their presence is set to be felt by a good many as numerous industry …
Maxwell Cooter, 17 Mar 2016

HPE's CloudLine gains some weight – blows up from 72TB to 640TB

Nonupled? Yes, nonupled: HPE has nonupled* the capacity of its Foxconn-made CloudLine server products with a 640TB CL5200, which has nine times greater capacity** than the 72TB CL2200. HPE is also updating its Altoline switches for service providers and has a Helion private cloud reference architecture for OpenStack Swift. …
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2016
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Nearly all cloud ERP projects will 'fail' by 2018, reckons Gartner

Anybody who thinks cloud ERP is the answer to their monolithic, on-premises vendor pain is wrong – according to Gartner, anyway. Gartner has projected a near 100 per cent fail rate for cloud ERP projects by 2018. Ninety per cent of those rolling out what the mega-analyst has defined as “post-modern ERP” will succumb to the …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Mar 2016

IBM plugs SanDisk's flashy JBOF rig into its spectrum

IBM and SanDisk are jointly adding Big Blue’s parallel filesystem software Spectrum Scale to SanDisk’s InfiniFlash all-flash array. Spectrum Scale, formerly known as GPFS, is a mature and well-used parallel file system, that IBM has been continually updating to keep it current. SanDisk’s InfiniFlash is a 3U enclosure with …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2016
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Dell names future leadership team and CloudFather Joe Tucci isn't on the list

Michael Dell has emailed all staff at Dell, the company, to reveal the organisation's leadership team once it acquires EMC. The email starts by saying “We are making strong progress on our plans to combine Dell and EMC … The transaction is on schedule under the original timetable and the original terms.” The mail goes on to …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Mar 2016

Microsoft's Red Hat Ansible love-in gives birth to DevNetCLOps

As we know, Hell froze over a while ago: Red Hat and Microsoft are now friends. The latest chapter saw Red Hat point its newly acquired Ansible IT automation technologies towards networks, clouds and Windows environments, because who wouldn’t want a slice of the Azure pie now that Microsoft loves Linux? Red Hat’s penchant for …

Your xenophobia is killing us, Silicon Valley warns US Congress

A slew of Silicon Valley leaders have warned US Congress that changes to visa waiver rules for entering the United States are impeding business. The open letter is signed by more than 30 industry heads including the chairmen, CEOs and founders of Twitter, Paypal, Uber, Pixar, Dropbox, Zynga, Pinterest and eBay, among others. …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Feb 2016
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How to be certain about your data in an uncertain future

If it wasn’t for users, managers, or compliance execs, IT would be an easy place with goalposts that stayed put. The real world is far less predictable. The rules of play may change. So how do you design data strategies to cope? Data regulations are a good example. The EU’s Safe Harbour legislation made the rules clear when it …
Danny Bradbury, 28 Jan 2016
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AT&T and Big Telco pals join Facebook OCP club

Facebook's Open Compute Project has staked out its next battlefield: the conservative world of the telco. The OCP Telco Project whichjust launched counts AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, EE, SK Telecom, Verizon, Nexius, Nokia Networks and Equinix as its foundation members. The aims of OCP the Telco Project are: communicate telco …

Lumosity forks out $2m after claiming its 'brain training' games worked

Lumosity – the maker of games that supposedly increase your mental agility – has coughed up $2m after being accused of false advertising. And the San Francisco upstart will have to cut a further $50m check if it doesn't clean up its act. The money was extracted by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in an out-of-court …
Iain Thomson, 05 Jan 2016
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The Register guide to software-defined infrastructure

Explainer Software-Defined Infrastructure (SDI) has, in a very short time, become a completely overused term. Roughly a year ago I discussed what SDI is. As the individual components of SDI have started to become automated the marketing usage of the term has approached "cloud" or "X as a Service" levels of abstracted pointlessness. …
Trevor Pott, 04 Jan 2016
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Private cloud: Strategy and tactics from the big boys

Comment A few weeks ago I attended the Italian VMUG user conference. One of the most interesting sessions at the event was “Strategic Private Cloud”, presented by Alan Civita of Sky UK, who confirmed what is now a common trend in very large IT organisations: a strategy based on two different private clouds. Cloud is a synonym for …
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Assembly of tech giants convene to define future of computing

A flurry of the tech world’s great and good signed up the Cloud Native Computing Foundation yesterday, and kicked off a technical board to review submissions – which will be tested and fattened up on a vast Intel-based “computer farm”. Vendors declared their intent to form the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) earlier …
Joe Fay, 18 Dec 2015
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Software defined? No no no, it's poorly defined storage (and why Primary Data is different)

Comment "Software-defined storage" is something end users love, and the industry is going precisely in that direction. The only problem I have with it is that, as happens with other buzzwords, the term is being over-abused, and generalization leads to confusion. I know that I'm not the first to raise this problem, but now that real …
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HP Enterprise: You with the horn, be silent, we are composing infrastructure

HPE Discover Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has come up with a nifty way for customers to build internal clouds - assuming that those punters don’t want to use a public version of the fluffy white stuff from Amazon Web Services (AWS). Synergy, which HPE’s well oiled marketing engine assures us is an industry first, includes big ‘frames’ …
Paul Kunert, 01 Dec 2015
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Docker launches Universal Control Plane at enterprises

Docker flew from the cloud into on-premise computing with the unwrapping of its Universal Control Plane 1.0, which it promised would allow real companies to deploy real containerized apps in real data centres. The vendor said the product/service/whatever - debuted at the DockerCon EU event in Barcelona - would give IT ops folk …
Joe Fay, 17 Nov 2015
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And for your third course, a platter of flash cache, object, file copy, and private cloud news

Roundup Here are five storage stories that missed the cut last week but are interesting, as they show movement in the object, flash, operational data, and private/public cloud areas. There's so much product development and startup work going in it's hard to keep up. SanDisk has updated its FlashSoft caching software to support …
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2015

We are entering the data-aware infrastructure era

Comment Last week, during SFD8, I got to meet with two incredibly interesting storage startups: Cohesity and Coho Data. They do different jobs, since they target two different markets (primary and secondary storage) but both have developed one of the most compelling features you can find today on the market… And I’m sure they’ll be …
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Australian government Slacks off in cabinet

Australia's fully-mobile-enabled BYOD prime minister Malcolm Turnbull is reportedly working hard to keep discussions between members of Cabinet out of the reach of the country's data retention regime. Turnbull, whose tech credentials include running his own Hillary-Clinton-style e-mail server and using the encrypted …
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Who’s ready for an objective object lesson in object storage?

IBM is planning to acquire CleverSafe, HGST bought Amplidata a while ago, and RedHat did the same with Ceph 18 months ago. If you put this information alongside the fact that disk shipments are doing very well, even when compared with Flash, it’s no wonder object storage is so hot right now. Why Cleversafe From my POV it’s a …
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Robin flies into storage aviary: Will it soar, or is it just winging it?

A new robin has landed in the storage startup tree, whose song promises to clear up the sprawling horrible inefficient mess that is today's Big Data munching and analysing customer IT infrastructure. If that strikes a chord then read on. It is Robin Systems and it has just gained $15 million in A-round funding led by a USAA …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2015
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Enterprise IT bucks fly to the cloud

Spending on traditional IT infrastructure will decline in the face of a shift to the cloud, IDC has predicted, but the old style of IT will still retain a majority of customers’ dollars at the end of this decade. Just. The research firm said today that total spending on cloud IT infrastructure will grow by 24.1 per cent this …
Joe Fay, 05 Oct 2015

US braces for WW3 with Cyber Command 'Vision' of integrated cyberops

Admiral Michael S. Rogers, commander of the United States' Cyber Command, has released his vision statement for the US's warfighting arm in cyberspace, coincidentally advocating a much larger role for his command and agencies in the national defence apparatus. Rogers, who is also head of the NSA and the Central Security …
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Atlantis: The DSSD, data centre disk killer rising from the deep

Interview Atlantis, the VM-accelerating DRAM cacher that’s moved into hyperconverged storage, has its eye on CrossPoint memory – the 3D XPoint stuff 1,000 times faster than NAND – as a way of cementing disk into a data centre coffin. It also aims to use it to pre-empt DSSD. CrossPoint memory was announced by Intel and Micron in July as …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2015
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Infrastructure Readiness? It's time to get realistic

Temperature Check Many IT professionals believe their IT infrastructures are coping pretty well with current business requirements, but they are also aware that new and changing needs will lead to future capability gaps, if they are not doing so already. They also know that doing more of the same is not the answer in many areas. New architectures …
Dale Vile, 10 Sep 2015
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Velostrata gets you on yer bike to the compute cloud

Interview/Analysis Velostrata sounds like a bicycle brand. In fact, it's a compute cloud-bursting startup marrying on-premises storage with public cloud compute and has burst onto the scene from its Israeli base, apparently out of nowhere with $14m in A-round funding. We’ll get to its history later: first the technology. Velostrata claims it …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2015
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RSA chief uncans insurance giant's mega IT infrastructure review

Interview Zurich Insurance, Europe’s third-largest insurer with $70bn in revenue and 55,000 staff, hinted last week that it might buy RSA Group. Yet six major acts of M&A have saddled RSA with 15 data centres, managed and run differently and propping up a creaking architecture. Worth £4.5bn and with 19,000 staff and 20 million customers …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Aug 2015
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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

Analysis Most security experts estimate that the security offered within (and by) Apple Pay is superior to that seen in existing contactless credit or debit card systems. However, the success of the technology in the UK may well depend more on commercial factors than anything else, with one payments expert warning that merchants fees …
John Leyden, 16 Jul 2015
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Docker-ed vessel Portworx takes three Ocarina folk aboard

Startup Portworx is providing elastic scale-out block storage natively to Docker containers, so containerised apps can execute directly on the storage infrastructure and containers persisted and scheduled fluidly across machines and clouds. It says its PWX software product "enables the rapid deployment of stateful, distributed …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2015
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Open-source Linux doesn't pay, said no one ever at Red Hat

Red Hat's sales jumped 14 per cent, year-on-year, in the quarter that ended May 31, thanks to contracts with government and cloud providers. The GNU/Linux distro maker recorded US$481m in sales in its first quarter of its fiscal 2016 year, and a net income of US$48m, up 26 per cent on the year-ago period. The 44 cents per share …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jun 2015
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Flash is fallible. But you'd rather have an AFA than spinning rust

We tend to think of flash as a solid-state disk – like spinning rust, only more expensive, consuming less power, and much, much faster. And yes, it is true that you can use it like that, but there is a lot more that flash can offer if you start to take into consideration what makes flash different in the first place. Simply …
Bryan Betts, 16 Jun 2015
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You need one cloud computing provider - and this is why

Around the turn of the new century some of the larger businesses started to look at the IT systems they had in place, and started to consider if they were strictly core to the business. Did they really need a data centre? While a brave few started to outsource some of their equipment, most decided that yes they did need a data …
Marcus Austin, 12 Jun 2015

Private cloud is NOT dead – and for one good reason: Control of data

Comment Reports that private clouds are dead are greatly exaggerated. Far from being dead, IDC’s latest research shows that private clouds are expected to grow at the same rate as public clouds for the next five years. This will not surprise anyone who has worked in or with an enterprise IT operation. Even public cloud giant AWS is …
Greg Knieriemen, 05 Jun 2015
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What hyper-converged storage really means for you

To paraphrase an old joke, ask three IT “experts” for a definition of hyper-convergence and you'll get four different answers - depending on which areas they work in and what their employers are currently trying to sell. We are going to simplify things though by looking at it through the prism of storage. This turns out to be a …
Bryan Betts, 05 Jun 2015
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Life after HP cracks off into two: Execs spill the beans – tiny little beans

HP Discover The theme of the opening keynote at the HP Discover conference on Tuesday was "Winning in the New Style of Business," but what the audience in Las Vegas really wanted to know was whether HP can really win by splitting into two companies. That transition is expected to complete by the beginning of HP's fiscal 2016, which starts …
Neil McAllister, 03 Jun 2015

Pre-IPO Tegile looking at flash tiering, scale-out and the cloud

+Comment Hybrid and all-flash array startup Tegile has got itself an interesting roadmap to extend its hybrid array tech and expand sideways into adjacent storage markets. Tegile is one of three busily growing companies touting built-from-the-ground-up hybrid array software. Nimble Storage has made the IPO jump into being a self- …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2015
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Private cloud has a serious image problem

As domination goes, it’s hard to surpass Amazon Web Services (AWS). According to recent Gartner data, AWS now offers 10X the utilised cloud capacity of the next 14 IaaS and PaaS providers... combined. For those paying attention, that’s double the dominance AWS established last year. And while public cloud spending remains a …
Matt Asay, 26 May 2015
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SDN to bring new round of internecine office wars to IT shops

Software-defined networking (SDN) will give IT teams a new reason for internecine conflict, as those looking to build automated, software-defined data centres come up against the hard-headed trust nobody pragmatism of security teams. So says Gartner's Eric Ahlm, a research director at the analyst firm, who today delivered a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2015
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Verizon tags majors to craft SDN future

Verizon has taken the leap into the world of software-defined networking, announcing a strategy and its initial partner list for a multi-year rollout. For now, the partner list for the giant's umpteenth network transformation strategy are Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia Networks, Cisco, Ericsson and Juniper Networks. The company told …