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Microsoft joins the 1c/GB/month cloud storage caper

Microsoft's joined the market for cold storage at a cent a gigabyte a month, with something called “Azure Cool Blobs”. “Blob storage” is Redmond's special term for object storage and Azure's offered it for a while now. Now the bright blue cloud that Bill built has added a “cool” tier to the service that reaches the US$0.01/GB/ …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2016
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Amazon's AWS cash machine embiggens, breezes past $2bn-a-quarter mark

Amazon has reported bumper first quarter results, with profits of $513m and sales increasing 28 per cent. In its previous quarterly results Amazon's stock took a beating after the company reported a lower than expected sales. After Thursday's results, the company was back in favor and saw its stock price rise over 10 per cent …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2016

The Internet of Things edges toward a practical reality

There are countless problems with making the so-called "internet of things" (IoT) a pragmatic reality: hardware, software and standards to name the big three. But this week at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, at least two of them have started to find solutions. During one of its exec's main keynotes, Samsung …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2016

Move over Amazon Alexa – Samsung's hot assistant bot Otto's trying to build an empire

The success of Amazon's voice-controlled Echo speaker has not gone unnoticed. At Samsung's annual Developer Conference in San Francisco, the company showcased a prototype "digital personal assistant" called Otto as a way to highlight its newest technologies. Otto, the company was quick to stress, is a "reference design" and …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2016
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Kids racking up huge in-app bills on Kindles, Android is all your fault, Amazon – US court

A US federal court has ruled against Amazon in its case with the FTC over youngsters breaking the bank with in-app purchases. The Seattle US Western District Court found the retail giant liable for charges children had racked up making in-game purchases on their parents' mobile devices without requiring the proper …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Apr 2016
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Is VMware the power it once was?

Sysadmin Blog It is commonly held that if an article asks a question in the title or lede, you can safely answer no and avoid reading the body of the article itself. While not always true, the aphorism is accurate enough to be considered reliable. With that in mind, I have been asking myself, "is VMware the focal point of power in IT that …
Trevor Pott, 27 Apr 2016

Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month

The startup backed by former Apple CEO John Sculley is most famous today for being elusive - but all that’s about to change. Obi Worldphone told us today its first UK phone will launch here next month, promising style and mid-range specs for a paltry £119. Obi’s story is unusual – it leveraged the economies of scale of …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2016
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SwiftStack adds load balancing and goes further up the Amazon

SwiftStack is adding load-balancing to its open source object storage, deepening its S3 integration and adding native file access support. The latest version of SwiftStack, v4.0, has four new capabilities and three future ones coming: It has load-balancing across its nodes which, SwiftStack claims, reduces a need for …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2016

Is Dublin becoming as unaffordable as San Francisco?

Comment Over the last five to 10 years, Dublin has become the European base for the likes of Google, Facebook, Amazon, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Yahoo! and Microsoft. Its controversial corporation tax of 12.5 per cent, introduced in 2003, has undoubtedly been the major selling point. However, during that period, the cost of living has …
Kat Hall, 27 Apr 2016
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Amazon tips spinning rust into its Elastic Block Store offering

Cloud king Amazon has added two disk-drive-based storage options to its EBS (Elastic Block Store). There is a Throughput-Optimised HDD (st1) volume and a Cost HDD (sc1) volume. The sc1 volume is for low access workloads, coldish data, with a price of $0.025/GB/month while the st1 volume is for frequent data access to Big Data …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2016
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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

Before I dive into what's new in Ubuntu 16.04, it's worth pausing to reflect on what's missing: Scopes online search, now off by default. That means no more potentially socially awkward search results when all you really wanted was to open Brasero (speaking of which, Brasero is gone too). Scopes, introduced four years ago, …
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'No password' database error exposes info on 93 million Mexican voters

Information on 93 million Mexican voters has been leaked online. Voter records were exposed as the result of a config error in a MongoDB database that meant that the information was left accessible by anyone who knew where to look. The database – hosted on Amazon AWS – included voters' names, addresses, voter ID numbers, dates …
John Leyden, 25 Apr 2016
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Will Comcast's set-box killer murder your data caps? The truth revealed

Earlier this week, Comcast announced the Xfinity Partner Program, a service that will pipe TV directly into a subscriber's smart TV or streaming box without the need for a cable set-top box. The service would run through an app built on HTML5. This led some readers to question whether the TV content would be counted against …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Apr 2016

Amazon attempts rule fudge to take exclusive control of new dot-words

Amazon is trying to get around rules aimed at preventing it from gaining exclusive control of common words online. If successful, the online retail giant is likely to expand its approach to new dot-words, including ".book," ".song" and ".tunes" – despite the world's governments having explicitly said they are opposed to the …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Apr 2016
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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

The average web page is now roughly the same size as the full install image for the classic DOS game Doom, apparently. This is according to Ronan Cremin, a lead engineer with Afilias Technologies and dotMobi's representative for the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). Cremin points to data from the HTTP Archive showing that, at …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Apr 2016
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Is Microsoft's Office dev platform ready to go mainstream?

"For the first time we are opening up Office 365 not just as an end-user and an enterprise tool and a service, but as a developer platform," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella during the earnings call following the company's latest financial results. Despite Nadella's comment the ability to develop for Office 365 is not new, …
Tim Anderson, 22 Apr 2016

Azure Australia turns on physical data import/export service

Microsoft's flicked the switch on its Azure physical data import service for Australia and Japan. The arrival of the service means that those using Azure's Australia East, Australia Southeast and Japan West locations can now ship 3.5 inch SATA drives to Microsoft, which will upload the contents to Azure storage. Redmond's …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2016
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Amazon gets new courier

Commvault now supports Amazon’s Snowball service. Amazon Snowball is the quaintly named US geo service (global availability - end-2016) where you send up to 80TB of data on a hard drive to Amazon and so enjoy courier-net (UPS, FedEx, etc) bandwidth which is vastly more cost-effective than some network pipes. You can request …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016
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Red Hat bets on RHEL to sell its OpenStack elastic enterprise

Cloud killing on-premises kit for enterprise IT providers? Yes if you’re IBM, no if your name’s Red Hat. At least, according to Red Hat. Wall Street’s money men are shocked – shocked, I tell you – to discover Amazon with AWS is now number two on a list of enterprises’ mega-critical IT suppliers. IBM? Not so much. A firm with …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Apr 2016
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AWS updates: Larger snowballs, mobile Cognito and more

Amazon has announced numerous updates to its cloud platform at its AWS (Amazon Web Services) summit in Chicago on April 18 and 19. On the storage side, S3 Transfer Acceleration optimizes data transfer to and from Amazon's Simple Storage Service by routing connections to the lowest-latency AWS Edge Location, the same global …
Tim Anderson, 20 Apr 2016
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All that is white and fluffy isn't always cloud: Hybrid infrastructure

The hybrid infrastructure. People have been banging on about them for a few years now – not least the vendors who want to sell you kit that will let you spread your infrastructure between on-premises, private data centres and the cloud. Now that much of hype about the cloud has started to die down (that doesn't mean it's gone …
Dave Cartwright, 20 Apr 2016
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AWS bumps S3 speeds

Amazon Web Services says it has sped up data uploads into its cloud. By "making use of optimized network protocols and the AWS edge infrastructure," Amazon says S3 transfer speeds have been improved "in the range of 50% to 500% for cross-country transfer of larger objects, but can go ever higher under certain conditions." This …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2016

Sail on SpectraLogic's BlackPearl, right up into the cloudy glory

SpectraLogic has added replication and a cloud gateway to its BlackPearl disk and tape storage combo. Where large-scale content providers need to store their relatively unstructured content (videos, etc) on a tiered disk and tape system for fast front-end disk access and low-cost long-term back-end tape, then BlackPearl …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2016
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Sainsbury's hires devs

Sainsbury’s is recruiting 150 devs, engineers and DevOps people. The UK’s second largest retailer, which is increasingly competing online against Amazon and more digital-savvy retail peers and buying Home Retail Group for £1.3bn, will hire software developers, software development managers, DevOps engineers and Agile coaches …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Apr 2016

Netflix's $1.81 billion Q1 disappoints markets

Netflix is pleased with its first quarter results, but has warned it will face headwinds in Q2. Its first quarter 2016 results (PDF) showed revenue at US$1.81 billion, strongly ahead of last year's $1.4 billion first quarter. That result fell short of the $1.97 billion analysts had expected, and its forecast of $1.96 billion …

Gartner's broken out its crystal ball again. Huawei's object storage bods won't be happy

Comment Gartner's gurus have ranked the top twelve object storage suppliers in a Critical Capabilities report, with Cleversafe at the top and Huawei last. The report states: "Object storage is pervasive as the underlying platform for cloud applications that we consume in our personal lives, such as content streaming, photo sharing and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2016

Teradata launches mutant cloud, hopes IoT megabucks start flowing

Data warehouse business Teradata is to focus more on hybrid cloud services, as the company continues to try to deal with declining sales revenue while praying for an IoT tsunami of cash. At the Teradata Universe conference in Hamburg this morning the business announced it would launch a massively parallel processing …

The thing about reality: It's really... persistent

StorageBod I see quite a few posts about this storage or that storage ... how it is going to change everything or has changed everything. And yet, I see little real evidence that storage usage is really changing for many. So why is this? Let’s take on some of the received wisdom that seems to be percolating. Object storage can displace …
StorageBod, 18 Apr 2016
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Web backup biz Monster Cloud monstered after monster price hike

London-based online backup biz Monster Cloud is under fire from customers after hiking its prices and switching up its subscription plans. We've heard from Register readers who say they paid £50 for a year's worth of "unlimited" cloud-based storage for their files, only to be told on Thursday that they need to pay an extra £30 …
Chris Williams, 15 Apr 2016
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Zadara alters storage destiny: Object storage is written in our STaaS

The Zadara Storage Cloud, available on-premises and in the cloud (remotely) or both, has had the ZIOS Intelligent Object Store service added. The Zadara cloud systems provide VPSA (Virtual Private Storage Array CHECK) block and file services, using FC, iSCSI, iSER, NFS, and CIFS protocols. Its STaas (storage as a service) can …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2016
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High performance object storage: Not just about reskinning Amazon's S3

Comment There are three tiers of storage: Primary storage, or block; secondary storage, or file; and object storage comes third. Object storage is immensely scalable, cheaper, durable... and slooooow. Could that be changing soon? Let me talk about on-premises object storage here. Many end users start with an application (sync and …
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IT suppliers: Amazon is starting to pay its debts. Some of them, anyway

Amazon has presented irate distributors and vendors with a deal that will see them receive some payment for historical disputed deliveries stretching back a year. As we exclusively revealed last month, suppliers are battling the retail giant to get paid for orders they claimed were delivered from the spring of 2015. The …
Paul Kunert, 13 Apr 2016

USB-C adds authentication protocol

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced it has devised and will adopt a new “USB Type-C Authentication specification.” The specification means makers of USB devices will be able to encode them with information about their source and function. When connecting to those devices, machines like computers or phones will be able to …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Apr 2016
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Box and Dropbox seek expansion via IBM, AWS – and Facebook

Rival file sharing services Box and Dropbox are gunning for massive expansion by exploiting the huge scale of IBM, Amazon’s AWS – and of Facebook. Box has announced Box Zone, storage by geographical location, using the data centres of AWS and IBM. The company has pressed the button on instant international rollouts through …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Apr 2016
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Hey, tech industry, have you noticed Amazon in the rearview?

Sysadmin Blog Dear readers, I apologize in advance for the cursing, horrible metaphors, similes and so forth that will populate this blog. I am writing this after a day of dealing with a network cryptolocker outbreak and finally hitting that wall where I no longer care about anything except venting unto the world that silent rage that has …
Trevor Pott, 12 Apr 2016
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Cloudian's classier object storage management

Cloudian has lowered the management burden for its S3-compatible HyperStore object storage with automated this, predictive that, and dynamic, pro-active, non-disruptive other stuff. Michael Tso, Cloudian CEO and cofounder, said in a piece of canned quotery: "HyperStore 6.0 automates the whole data management and protection …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2016
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Datera offers Amazon EBS-alike for private and public clouds

The latest storage startup to shed its stealth cloak is Datera, which says it has an Amazon EBS-like storage software offering for DevOps users' private or public clouds. Datera's Elastic Data Fabric (EDF) is software with a RESTful interface – it has an API-first strategy – and provides dynamic policy-based scale-out, block- …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2016

Texas Attorney General charged in 32-bit 'eco-friendly server scam'

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged the CEO of Texas server manufacturer Servergy, one of its board members, and the state's Attorney General with fraud over claims of revolutionary low-powered computer hardware. The SEC alleges that between 2009 and 2013 Servergy's then-CEO William Mapp misled …
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2016
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Wikibon goes big on Big Data

Comment Wikibon researchers have produced a trio of Big Data reports, so why have the Wikiboners got a hard-on for Big Data? They have looked at recent Big Data history and out to the 2016-2026 period, and think that Big Data use will explode, growing from $18.2bn in 2014 to $92.1bn – a 14.5 per cent CAGR (compound annual growth rate …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2016
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Google launches .google

Google has joined the increasingly long list of companies running their own pieces of the internet with the launch of domains.google. It points to Google's relatively new service where people can buy domain names and tie them to various Google services such as hosting and email. Previously it the service was run from Google's …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Apr 2016
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ESET blocks news sites

Antivirus updates from security firm ESET blocked access to El Reg today. Other news websites such as the BBC were also affected by Thursday's update. The snafu caused a certain amount of consternation (here and here) before it was resolved with a rollback to previous virus definition files. ESET told The Reg: "Today, ESET …
John Leyden, 07 Apr 2016
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Devs, skill up and help teach Alexa new tricks

Amazon wants more developers to make it impossible to control their devices without an Internet connection, and has added extra APIs for third parties to use. The Alexa Skills Kit, which first landed last year, gives third parties “a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation and code samples” to add capabilities to …
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Bezos defends Amazon culture in letter to shareholders

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has defended criticism of his company's culture in a letter to shareholders. Still reeling from a damning report in The New York Times last year, which revealed harsh internal evaluations and a culture of pressured over-working, Bezos fell back on the old canard of the company not being the right fit for …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Apr 2016

Google, Rackspace to together unfurl DIY Power9 server designs

OpenPower Summit Google and Rackspace are working together on blueprints for servers that use IBM’s Power9 processors. The designs will be shared publicly via the Open Compute Project, it is hoped. The pair are due to announce their collaboration this week. The hardware will fit the 48V Open Compute racks Google is designing with Facebook. We’ …
Chris Williams, 06 Apr 2016
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AWS to crack $10bn annual sales this year says Jeff Bezos

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has penned a new letter to shareholders in which he points out that Amazon Web Services is bigger, and growing faster, than its parent company did at the same age. “This year, Amazon became the fastest company ever to reach $100 billion in annual sales,” Bezos writes. “Also this year, Amazon Web …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2016

Twitter spends $10m on rights to cover Thursday-night NFL games

Twitter has paid a reported $10m for the streaming rights to ten NFL games later this year, surprising many and leaving some scratching their head. The one-million-dollars-a-game deal allows the social media company to rebroadcast the stream from network giants CBS and NBC who have paid $450m for the rights to broadcast the …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Apr 2016

EU pushes probe up Google's ad alley

The European Union (EU) is pushing forward with its probe into Google/Alphabet's dominance of the online ad market, with the commissioner in charge suggesting formal charges are on the way. Margrethe Vestager spoke to The Wall Street Journal the day before getting on a plane to visit the US, and said her team was "advancing" …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Apr 2016
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Champagne weekend for Blue Origin with third launch

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin has released video of its third successful flight on April 2. Alongside Elon Musk's SpaceX, Blue Origin is one of the drivers behind more reusable rockets, and the Saturday test didn't disappoint: its New Shepherd rocket launched and made a successful vertical landing near Van Horn in Texas. Previous …
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Microsoft smells Musk, splashes on 'Mune' space program

Microsoft has filed a preliminary trademark application for “Mune,” spearheading an Amazon and SpaceX-like private space program. The trademark is described as: “Liquid propellant-fired projectile technology for orbital location of modular data distribution components. Trademark applications are much less detailed than patent …
Team Register, 01 Apr 2016
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Microsoft announces Azure Functions, encrypted cloud storage

BUILD 2016 Day two of Microsoft's Build conference was focused on Azure, the company's cloud platform, with new features announced and preview features moving to general availability. Top of the list is Azure Functions, a new service which lets you write code that runs in response to various triggers, such as an HTTP request, a file …
Tim Anderson, 01 Apr 2016