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Agility without anxiety

Some Reg readers think so. This is what a few of you tell us about agile development: "Often of a lower standard and the system will inevitably be less reliable". "If you don't have good people, you're screwed". "It leads to several wheels being reinvented in disparate ways". Ouch. Not everyone thinks it equals "deliver badly …
David Gordon, 18 Sep 2012
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The Register Guide to improving systems agility

Late last year, The Register ran a well received online conference, the Agile Date Center Conference (which you can listen to, here). A strong theme that emerged was the disconnect between the grand notions of the agile enterprise, as portrayed by IT vendors, and the real world, as experienced by their customers. Grand visions …
Team Register, 23 Mar 2010
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Is your data boring? MapR wants you to bore it back with Apache Drill

MapR has given its customers a new way to use SQL to query their Big Data stores, with the addition of Apache Drill to MapR's eponymous Hadoop distribution. Drill is an open source project developed largely by MapR that aims to create a work-alike to Google's proprietary Dremel data analytics tool, which the Chocolate Factory …
Neil McAllister, 16 Sep 2014

Cisco swallows Tail-f, burps out network orchestration plans

Cisco has – depending on your attitude – either bolstered its cloud portfolio or knocked out a competitor, with the $US175 million acquisition of Swedish network orchestration vendor Tail-f. The company and its staff will be Borged into Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group led by Gee Rittenhouse, on completion of the cash and …
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Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere

Cisco has published an interesting white paper in which it appears to suggest network virtualisation can produce unpleasant and productivity-crimping consequences. “Virtualization is not a new concept but it is now being applied to network functions such as those in switches, routers, and the myriad network appliances deployed …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2014
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US titan CSC: Our numbers are going nowhere this year

US titan CSC – you remember, the firm that botched the £10.1bn National Programme for IT – is bleeding out slowly, with revenues dwindling and income growth stalling. The bad news for investors and staff respectively is that things are not forecast to get better any time during this fiscal year, and the company is again …
Jasper Hamill, 08 Aug 2014
CenturyLink takes a stand at Cloud Expo Europe

If you don't GRIP it tightly, lonely enterprise cloud will WANDER

At the colo shows of DCW and CEE at the Excel Centre in London last week, it was evident that the body of the data centre is trying to keep fit with efficiency improvements, yet the mind of the cloud is given to wander. It has become quite a problem as users take the initiative and resort to shadow IT solutions as company cloud …
Bob Dormon, 05 Mar 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Michael Dell THRILLED with his new private life

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Greg disappears as Sarah and Eddie podcast from DellWorld with special guests Justin Warren, MD at PivotNine, and George Reese - executive director of cloud management at Dell. This week, the team discusses: …
Team Register, 18 Dec 2013
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WTH? Upstart stuffed with ex-VMware bods grilled on Amazon cloud 'rescue' plan

Willem ter Harmsel recently spoke with the CEO of a firm started up by several former VMware staffers, Platform9. Here he grills the startup's co-founder about VMware, the new business and its go-to-market plans. Platform9 has created a SaaS-based system that it claims offers internal IT a way to build a private cloud that …
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Wi-Fi WarKitteh and DDoS Dog to stalk Defcon 22

A security boffin has created a 'WarKitteh' capable of sniffing Wi-Fi packets. Tenacity evil genius researcher Gene Bransfield (@gbransfield) combined a series of garden-variety technologies to evolve the humble house cat into a walking, purring WiFi war machine capable of pawing packets while maintaining enough agility to fight …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jun 2014

Think-tank to infosec: You're doing it wrong

Tomorrow's Internet is a scary, scary place, according to think-tank The Atlantic Council, so much so that we're all apparently on the brink of “a cyber sub-prime meltdown”. The council has published a report co-prepared with Zurich Insurance which among other things recommends that ISPs should have redundancy in their peering …
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Rise of the Machines: Robot challenges top German player at ping-pong

Everyone knows that the robots can already beat the best the human race can offer at chess, Jeopardy, probably global thermonuclear war etc. But for games of agility, until now the human athlete has in general retained his or her superiority. But that's set to change, as a powerful German robot reckons it can take on a former …
Lewis Page, 24 Feb 2014
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Can you be a strong development manager and stay agile?

By the end of last week’s Regcast Agility without Anxiety, El Reg's Tim Phillips decided he could do with being a bit more agile himself. Judging by the wave of questions we had on the live broadcast agility is definitely something you are concerned with too. Mark Warren from Perforce shared the Perforce Version Management …
David Gordon, 27 Sep 2012
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A storage press release FROM the FUTURE

"Evian Storage – Storage so Pure it’s like a torrent of glacial water - announced today the end of the All-Flash-Array with the announcement of its StupendoStore 20000 based around the HyperboleHype storage device. "Our research shows that all-flash arrays are slowing down businesses in their move to meet the new business …
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El Reg's virtualisation desk pulls out the VMworld crystal ball

VMworld 2014 kicks off in a little over a week. El Reg will be on the spot to report on the news, but our preparation for the show means that if we speculate about it next week there's a risk ninja lawyers will emerge and run us through. Today, therefore, is the day for speculation about the show and what we'll see there. The …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Aug 2014
Lecpetex

Facebook scuttles 250k-strong crypto-currency botnet

Facebook has taken down a Greek botnet that at its peak compromised 50,000 accounts and infected 250,000 computers to mine crypto-currencies, steal email and banking details and pump out spam. The scuttled Lecpetex botnet spread malware including the DarkComet remote access trojan by social engineering techniques and was adept …
Darren Pauli, 09 Jul 2014

Tom Kelly: IT depts and channel partners FEAR the cloud

IT departments fear that the cloud will lessen their relevance in an organisation, while perceived complexities of selling the fluffy services from vendors has deterred some tech suppliers. This is the market prognosis from enterprise tech veteran Tom Kelly, a former UK boss at Logicalis UK, who has stepped into the chairman's …
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2014
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Storage management tools SUCK. We're getting what we pay for

Five years or so when I started blogging about storage I spent much time venting my spleen at EMC, especially the abomination that was ControlCenter; a product so poor that a peer in the industry once described it as being “too expensive even if it was free.” And yet the search for the perfect storage management product still …
StorageBod, 28 Apr 2014
Hadoop Elephant

Chinese boffins ginger up Hadoop with OpenFlow funnel

Few doubt that the premise of software-defined-networking (SDN) is a good one: organisations that run a lot of virtual machines and virtual networks can benefit from the flexibility and automation SDN provides. Critics, however, point out that SDN in its current form might not have particularly broad applicability: there just …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2014
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How to grill an American VC... on the storage upstart world

How do VCs view the storage startup world? Willem ter Harmsel talks to Alex Benik, a partner at Battery Ventures, where he focuses on IT infrastructure technologies. He previously worked for the Yankee Group. Battery Ventures is a large venture fund that invests in a wide variety of startups, divided into eCommerce & Retail, …
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IBM soups up SoftLayer for supers with Infiniband tech

IBM wants to make its newly acquired SoftLayer cloud a destination for high-performance computing workloads – so it has rolled out a high-end connectivity option unavailable in other large clouds. Big Blue announced the addition of InfiniBand networking to SoftLayer on Wednesday. This sees the biz steal a lead on rivals like …
Jack Clark, 23 Jul 2014
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Back to the future: Optus to trial wireless last mile again

In a move that might cause belly-flutters over at Vivid Wireless, Optus has announced an internal trial using 4G links for home broadband. The move to trial a home wireless broadband offering comes a year after Optus lowered the shutters on Unwired, Australia's first major fixed wireless broadband ISP, which it acquired as a job …

Big Blue's GPFS: The tech's fantastic. Shame about the product

IBM is a great technology company: so many of the technologies we take for granted can be traced to back to Big Blue. And many of today’s implementations still are poorer than the original implementations. And yet the firm is not the dominant force it once was; an organisational behemoth, riven with politics and fiefdoms doesn’t …
StorageBod, 15 Apr 2014

Do you really have to slash and burn to upgrade your storage?

Whether it’s new storage architectures, software defined networking (SDN) or cloud computing, the assumption is you start with bucket-loads of cash and either a slash 'n' burn approach to your existing set-up or develop a green field site into which you can install the latest all-singing, all-dancing technology. But what if this …
Bryan Betts, 11 Jun 2014
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How to grill an EMC division chief

Just the other day we managed to get an email interview with EMC’s president of Data Protection and Availability, Guy Churchward, so El Reg's storage desk took the opportunity to ask him some of the questions about Data Domain that had been bugging us. El Reg: Why has EMC never provided global deduplication across Data Domain …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2014
Tegile

A night with Tegile’s flashy twins will set you back $1.6 MILLION

Hybrid array start-up Tegile has come out with a T3000 product twinset; a high-end flash/disk hybrid and an all-flash array, equipping it to compete with both hybrid and all-flash array products. It’s done this by upgrading the controller processors from four 4-core Xeon E5620s to four 8-core Xeon E5-2450s. This is a serious …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jun 2014
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Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret

As your body staggers down the winding road to death, user interfaces that require fighter pilot-grade eyesight, the dexterity of a neurosurgeon, and the mental agility of Derren Brown, are going to screw with you at some point. Don't kid yourself otherwise – disability, in one form or another, can strike at any moment. Given …
Dominic Connor, 17 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

Scotland Yard defends single supplier IT gig with Insight

London's Metropolitan Police has defended its use of a single supplier procurement standard after it penned a four-year deal with IT hardware outfit Insight, claiming it could yield cost savings of up to ten per cent over the contract's lifetime. The previous buying arrangement that London cops had with SCC under the Sprint ii …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2014

Enterprise storage vendors cosy up to small businesses

The storage landscape is changing. The storage products and skills needed for a small firm have so far been very different from those needed in large enterprises. Yet we now have some storage vendors delivering enterprise-class products aimed at workgroups, while some enterprise buyers choose mid-range products to save money. …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2014
CloudONTAP

Snooping on a NetApp event: New cloudy OS on its way

Social media can deliver multiple micro-glimpses of previously closed events, like a NetApp analysts event in San Francisco yesterday which revealed a new OS - Cloud ONTAP - and a coming Connect product for mobile access. Here’s what we discovered by mining a blizzard of tweets from attendees with the hashtag; #NetAppIAS14. It’s …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jun 2014
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Google fluffs DEATH DEFEATING startup Calico

Google has helped found a company that will focus on life extension technologies, presumably because if you die, then you can't click on ads. The death-defeating company "Calico" was announced by Google chief Larry Page in an insubstantial blog post on Wednesday, along with a PR-puffed article in Time magazine. Calico's chief …
Jack Clark, 18 Sep 2013
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Microsoft's EAT-your-OWN-YOUNG management system AXED

Microsoft may soon be a much nicer place to work, thanks to the company's announcement that it's doing away with its infamous "stack ranking" employee performance reviews. In a company-wide email obtained by the Wall Street Journal, Lisa Brummel, executive VP of Redmond's human resources department, explained that managers will …
Neil McAllister, 12 Nov 2013

Analyse this: Gartner eyes up EVERYONE'S mid-range arrays

Gartner has rated mid-range arrays in a report - Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, Midrange Storage Arrays - which includes the expected mainstream vendors as well as three startups. This marks the first time a reputable independent analyst agency has compared and contrasted mainstream vendor, niche supplier and startup …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2014

Cisco to axe 1,300 (more) employees worldwide

Networking megacorp and server wannabe Cisco Systems plans to lay off 1,300 workers – about 2 per cent of its global workforce. The company did not immediately respond to our request for comment, but MarketWatch reports that head spokeswoman Karen Tillman downplayed the importance of the move in an emailed statement. "We …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jul 2012
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Boffins build headless robo-kitties

Swiss scientists have built a trotting robotic house cat, and say that the form factor could prove very useful for small and agile search-and-rescue robots. Robot cat Keep it away from your mouse – though it can't bite Cats – big and small – hold a particular fascination for robotics engineers (and for much of the internet, …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jun 2013
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Tools vendors stuck on UML and agility

People sometimes do a double take when I talk about analysis, design and agility in the same sentence. And if I mention UML and agility, they spin round several times and fall over. At the expense of inviting a flurry of email replies for posing a rhetorical question, I have to ask: why? Aside from the analysis paralysis issue, …
Matt Stephens, 13 Feb 2008
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Troubled OCZ brings forth consumer SSDs with Vector

SSD supplier OCZ, hard hit by an erring CEO and now under new management, has launched its first consumer SSD using in-house controller technology, the Vector. OCZ's roller coaster ride story from start-up glory to sick ward candidate can be found here. New CEO Ralph Schmitt announced the product but it was mostly developed …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2012
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Frontrunners emerge in sprint for Cisco's CEO crown

Last month, Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers indicated he was mulling over a succession plan for when the 63-year-old veteran chief retires from the networking giant. On Thursday, the frontrunners to replace him moved into clear view. Cisco made Gary Moore and Rob Lloyd presidents of the company, and insisted that it was " …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Oct 2012

OCZ: We will plug Lightning into your Thunderbolt

Hustling flash drive supplier OCZ is putting on a show at Computex in Taipei this week, including a Thunderbolt-connected external SSD called - wait for it - Lightning. Lightning will enjoy very fast transfer speeds from the Intel-designed Thunderbolt interconnect and be a drive for media professionals who can afford Thunderbolt …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jun 2012
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Ex-hacker leaves Pentagon's TOP-SECRET war boffins for Google

Google has hired a former hacker who has spent the last three years working for the US Department of Defense's secretive military research bureau. The Chocolate factory poached Peiter "Mudge" Zatko from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and will put him to work in its own research skunkworks. He will take up …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Apr 2013
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US Air Force beats off competition in NSA hacking fight

A four-day hacking competition run by the National Security Agency (NSA) to find the top military system designers and administrators has awarded the 13th annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX) prize to a team from the US Air Force Academy. "CDX offers an unparalleled opportunity for some of the nation's top students to showcase …
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2013

Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

History, it is said, doesn't repeat itself – there are merely echoes through time. Listening to Microsoft's $7.1bn purchase of Nokia's phone and services, you'd have certainly heard an echo – the distant grinding noise of two colliding garbage trucks reverberating down the years. The phrase "the sound of two garbage trucks …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Sep 2013

US military: 'Help us build the ROBO-WARFIGHTER OF THE FUTURE'

The US military has issued a formal solicitation for ideas about technologies that could help create a futuristic fighting suit for its special forces. TALOS-wearing US serviceman You can only hope that when this guy is suited up, he's on your side The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), headquartered at …
Rik Myslewski, 06 Sep 2013

Too much infosec regulation undermines security, warns NAB

More prescriptive regulation of the security posture in industry sectors like banking could have the paradoxical impact of reducing security, according to Andrew Dell, head of IT security services at the National Australia Bank. “We have to become much more agile and proactive – how we look at, how we react to cybercrime. Our …
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Canonical scraps in-person Ubuntu planning, heads for cloud

Ubuntu Linux maintainer Canonical has canceled its semiannual Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) conferences in favor of a new, more-frequent series of events to be conducted online only. In the past, Canonical has organized a new UDS event at a different city around the world every six months, to coincide with the beginning of each …
Neil McAllister, 27 Feb 2013
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Eucalyptus pushes pedal to metal, turns cloud control knob up to 3.2

Eucalyptus Systems, the company behind the open-source cloud controller of the same name, has just rolled out the 3.2 release of its software. With its latest release, it is sticking to its cloud fabric knitting and ramping up its business and customer base, and it certainly needs to get on top of this, especially while …
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Storage startups sensible silo sources, says scrutiniser

Orthodoxy declares complexity the enemy of an easy-to-manage and effective data centre. But Gartner's research vice president Roger Cox thinks there's now a reason to use diverse storage systems from diverse vendors, even startups. Cox's thinking is that different applications need different storage appliances. Big Data, he …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Mar 2013
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Gouged by cloud - but it's so convenient

Most everyone believes that cloud computing is taking off in a big way. Finding agreement on why it's booming is a bit more problematic. The issue becomes particularly nettlesome for private cloud adoption, which is either heavily driven by public cloud cost management... or the exact opposite, depending on whom you ask. There …
Matt Asay, 29 Jun 2012
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AWS says private clouds are vaporware

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Adam Selipsky has told an event in Sydney, Australia, that private clouds aren't really clouds. There's an element of “of course he would say that, wouldn't he” about Selipsky's remarks, which were made at an AWS Summit at which he preached to the choir by reciting AWS' well-worn mantra about low …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2013