Articles about Archive

There's no Wayback in Russia: Putin blocks, home to the popular Wayback Machine, is again blocked in Russia, according to a site that monitors IP addresses banned in that country. The Internet Archive's address,, turns up in the latest dump by Antizapret on GitHub. The anti-censorship Antizapret maintains a list (currently beyond 12,000 …

HGST's Active Archive System and the 'currency of the new economy'

What better thing for a disk drive company to do than announce a drive array to archive data and increase demand for its spinning disks? HGST has gone and done just that with its Active Archive System array, built using acquired Amplidata object storage tech. Object storage technology views files as objects, with the content …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2015

Shingled drives get SpectraLogic archive down to 9 cents/GB

Spectra Verde DPE is a Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR)-based NAS disk platform for high-density bulk storage at costs as low as 9 cents/GB raw. Shingled drives have sets of overlapping write tracks with side-by-side narrower read tracks to increase density. The downside is that a whole set of write tracks have to be …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2015
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Flash, holograms? Where will your archive end up?

Whether it’s unstructured rich media, traditional business documents and files, or the audiovisual library of a media company, there is more data about than ever before. And more than ever, it has potential value – whether that is to build new content, to improve customer relationships, to answer the demands of regulators, or …
Bryan Betts, 03 Sep 2015
The Reg from June 27, 1998, retrieved from's Wayback Machine web trove hits FOUR HUNDRED BEEEELLION pages

The Internet Archive's "Wayback Machine" has announced that it has indexed four hundred billion web pages. The trove dates back to late 1996 and comprises at least fourteen petabytes, a figure we base on a 2012 declaration the archive hit 10 petabytes and a later post explaining that a fund-raising drive for another four …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2014
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You must remember: An archive isn't a thing, it's a strategy

The biggest asset your organisation has is its data. And since IT is a world of compromises and paradoxes, the thing you have to work hardest to manage is...your organisation's data. The task of data management is a big one. First you have to purchase or rent somewhere to put it – buy storage or run up a cloud repository. Then …
Dave Cartwright, 02 Aug 2015

Brighten your November morning: 900 in-browser arcade classics added to the Internet Archive

For all the conflict between console gamers and their PC brethren, kids today have never had it so good. In our day we had to gather in darkened shops to play video games housed in wooden cabinets that mercilessly gobbled quarters. This archaic form of gaming is almost lost to humanity, but survives thanks to a few retro stores …
Iain Thomson, 04 Nov 2014
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Google adds a sense of history to Street View with archive footage

Google is adding historical images to its Street View image library so that users can step backwards and forwards through time and track development from when the Chocolate Factory cameras cars last rolled by. "If you’ve ever dreamt of being a time traveler like Doc Brown, now’s your chance," wrote Vinay Shet, Google Street View …
Iain Thomson, 23 Apr 2014
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Will Amazon spin up its OWN disk-based archive in 2014?

Blocks and Files Amazon's Glacier archive is beginning to look too slow in its data retrieval compared to disk-based services from suppliers like EVault with its LTS2 service and pretty instant retrieval. What could the Bezos behemoth do about it if LTS2 captures customers who would otherwise have chosen Glacier? Glacier costs $0.01/GB/month, …
Chris Mellor, 23 Dec 2013

As 'cheap as tape': HGST’s disk array gets Commvault OK

HGST’s Active Archive array now has Commvault certification as a backup target that offers instant access to data archives at a price point that rivals tape. It wants channel partners to resell it. The Active Archive System array is a disk array using helium-filled drives, storing 4.7PB of data in a rack for starters - it …
Chris Mellor, 01 Oct 2015

Archive biz Crossroads lobs sueball at Cisco, NetApp and Quantum

Crossroads Systems Inc, a data archive solutions biz, is suing Cisco, NetApp and Quantum for allegedly using its patented technology in their storage products. The Crossroads lawsuit alleges infringement of U.S. Patents 6,425,035 and 7,934,04, part of Crossroads' '972 Patent Family. Crossroads wants monetary damages and an …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014

CommVault cooks up sueball-dodging data-sifting cloudy archive shifter

CommVault is now able to auto-select subsets of data to be archived in Glacier, Azure or Rackspace clouds after adding Reference Copy to its Simpana software suite. The idea is to automate the selection of data to be archived instead of keeping everything just in case, and to avoid user selection of data. The product should …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013

HDS inks deal with Symantec: Plans to borg archive tech for DO-IT-ALL product set

Hitachi Data Services has extended a deal with Symantec to OEM its NetBackup and Enterprise Vault software so it can supply a single storage array, server, data protection and archiving software product set. Symantec's Brett Simon, VP for global system integrators and partners, said: “This agreement extends our partnership, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2014

EMC jazzes up its archive offerings

EMC's released a spring boost for its Data Domain backup deduping package as well as updating its SourceOne file and email archiver. Data Domain stores deduplicated backups and archived files. SourceOne software discovers and indexes file and mail content and archives it to a storage setup, such as a Data Domain system. Data …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2013
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Internet Archive serves up 1.4 million BitTorrent downloads

The Internet Archive, a non-profit online library dedicated to the permanent preservation of information in digital form, has made nearly a petabyte of materials available via the controversial BitTorrent peer-to-peer file sharing protocol. For the project's launch on Tuesday, founder Brewster Kahle announced that the Internet …
Neil McAllister, 08 Aug 2012

Hacker mag 2600 laughs off Getty Images inkspots copyright claim

Venerable hacker publication 2600 is fighting off what looks like an early candidate for the most egregious copyright infringement accusation of 2015. On a 2012 cover, 2600 used an ink-splatter effect. A group naming itself the Trunk Archive – ultimately owned by Getty Images – is now playing the pay-up game because it's got …

Smuggle mischievous JavaScript into WinRAR archives? Sure, why not

The popular WinRAR compression software can be abused to produce self-extracting archives that execute smuggled-in JavaScript code when decompressed. A proof-of-concept exploit to pull off the trick has been published, and its creator reckons it works on all versions of WinRAR. It's not quite the end of the world, though: …
Darren Pauli, 30 Sep 2015

EVault takes on Amazon with faster-than-Glacier cloud archive

Seagate's EVault cloud backup sub has launched a Glacier cloud archive competitor, priced at $15 per TB per month with instant data access and data preserved intact for decades. It will use Seagate Kinetic drives in the future. Amazon started the cloud archive ball rolling big time with its Glacier service costing $0.01/GB/month …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2013

Quantum tries to attract HOT TV stars ... by adding object storage to archive

Quantum is introducing a 2-tier archive inside its StorNext data management product for TV biz types. The new gear has disk-based object storage front-ending a tape library, providing both nearline and long-term archive stores with automated movement between them. Details are sparse, but it will demo the object storage product …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2013
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You can now play thousands of classic DOS games on Twitter. Goodbye, productivity

The Internet Archive is sharing 2,600 blast-from-the-past DOS games playable in web browsers via Twitter in what is possibly an anarchist plot to strangle global productivity. This means you can tweet links to the games on, and play them within Twitter. Welcome to the future. The archive's online vault includes …
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CommVault: Data-sifting cloudy archive shifter ... and now revenues lifter

CommVault's revenues are growing nicely, and so are its profits, but the rate of growth has slowed somewhat. The company supplies the popular Simpana backup, archive and data management software product. For its third quarter, which finished on 31 December, revenues amounted to $153.3m, a rise of 23 per cent from a year ago and …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2014
The Register breaking news

Blighty laid bare as historic aerial snaps archive goes online

Today sees the launch of Britain From Above - a seriously impressive archive of 16,000 aerial views of Blighty taken between 1919 to 1953. The images were acquired for the nation in 2007 when aerial photography outfit Aerofilms fell on hard times, and following "a painstaking process of conservation and cataloguing", can now be …
Lester Haines, 25 Jun 2012
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Drilling into Amazon's tape-killing Glacier cloud archive

Blocks and Files Amazon Glacier is a series of cloud vaults holding customer archive data that isn't based on tape libraries. Instead it appears to use object storage and is set to be the largest object storage implementation in history in a very short time. Amazon Web Services team member James Hamilton blogged about the new product, writing: " …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2012

Ashley Madison hacked potential competitor, leaked emails suggest

Ashley Madison ran a hack attack against a potential competitor three years ago, according to leaked emails. Hackers from the self-styled Impact Team leaked the email archive of Avid Life Media president and CEO Noel Biderman last week, days after separately releasing user database files and other material from the adultery- …
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2015

Music curation site This Is My Jam to be marmaladed next month

To the wailing of music geeks and the gnashing of audiophiles' teeth, music curation site This Is My Jam (TIMJ) has announced it will be shutting down in September. Launched in 2011, TIMJ hosted a song-suggesting community in which roughly 200,000 users carefully curated music they believed others ought to listen to. More …
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Is the answer to life, the universe and everything hidden in Adams' newly uncovered archive?

We all know that the, er, "bad guys are Vogons". Douglas Adams explained as much in his cracking 1979 sci-fi novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. But what if there are new baddies to be unearthed and nerdish gags to marvel at – well, nerdishly – from the words of the great man himself? Wait no longer: a new biography – …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 May 2014

IBM gobbles storage upstart Cleversafe

IBM is buying object storage startup Cleversafe for an undisclosed amount of cash or shares. Why? Big Blue says the deal will enable it to "support clients' drive to next-generation mobile, social and analytics applications." It will integrate the Cleversafe dsNet software portfolio into its Cloud business unit with on-premise …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2015
The Register breaking news

Einstein online archive expands

As a commemoration of the 133rd birthday of Albert Einstein, the online archives of his work are being expanded to contain more than 80,000 documents. According to Caltech, which conducts the Einstein Papers Project, the site will ultimately hold all the documents held jointly by Caltech and the Einstein Archives at Hebrew …

Twitter boots out classic DOS games, world productivity surges

The Internet Archive is still sharing 2,600 blast-from-the-past DOS games, and these are still playable in web browsers - but no longer so via Twitter. We reported on what was almost definitely an anarchist plot to strangle global productivity at the time, but it seems Dick Costolo has terrified his workers into removing the …

Quantum makes the leap into money-saving archiving

Quantum has added another layer to the onion that is its StorNext file management and archiving product set. It now has Arkivo software selecting primary storage files on a policy basis. It sends them for archiving either to a DXi deduped backup target, with an archiving partition, or to a new device, an Artico near-line NAS …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2015
The Register breaking news

Google's HTTP Archive merges with Internet Archive

Velocity The HTTP Archive – a fledgling effort to record the performance of sites across the interwebs – has merged with the Internet Archive, whose Wayback Machine has long kept a similar record of internet content. Google's Steve Souders – who founded the HTTP Archive and will continue to run it – announced the merger this morning at …
Cade Metz, 15 Jun 2011

We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

The BBC has decided that the EU's controversial “right to be forgotten” diktat won't succeed in making its news stories vanish from Google. To get around Google's Euro memory hole, which has resulted in the Chocolate Factory getting 270,000 requests to drop search search links, the UK national broadcaster has decided to list any …
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Hacking Team's snoopware 'spied on anti-communist activists in Vietnam'

Security researchers are linking malware sent to anti-communist activists in Vietnam to controversial commercial spyware firm Hacking Team. The assault dating from 2012-13 appears to use Hacking Team's MSN+Skype tabs, according to preliminary analysis by MalwareMustDie. ‪"‬It seems their govt bought such solution as toolset …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2015

Quantum adds cloud tier to StorNext

Quantum has added cloud storage to its StorNext file virtualisation package, embedding it in the workflow process as just another tier. StorNext presents a single namespace file storage resource to its users, be the files on primary disk, secondary (Lattus object) disk, or tape (archive). The idea is that StorNext is embedded in …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2015
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Australia considers national digital archive

Australia's Legal Deposit requirement, which compels publishers to send copies of all books to the National Library, may be extended to digital works. The potential extension of the Legal Deposit is discussed in a new Consultation Paper issued by the Federal Attorney General's Department. The current scheme is a decidedly pre- …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2012

How to hijack MILLIONS of Samsung mobes with man-in-the-middle diddle

Samsung smartphones can be hijacked, infected with malware, and remotely controlled by malicious Wi-Fi hotspots in cafes, hotels, and so on, security researchers claim. According to the bods at NowSecure, millions of handsets have a remote-code execution vulnerability that is a software design flaw. One workaround is to avoid …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2015

HGST shimmy shimmy shingles its way to a 10TB spinning rust drive

HGST has cracked the 10TB barrier with a shingled helium drive for active disk archives. Think of it loosely as a shingled He8. Like the He8, the Ultrastar Archive Ha10 is a helium-filled drive in which platters spin with less friction and vibration than in an air-filled drive. The same physical drive enclosure can hold more …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2015

Sony sees the cold light of optical archives, buys ex-Facebooker's upstart

Sony is buying ex-FaceBook open compute project exec Frank Frankovsky’s optical storage startup to boost its optical archive prospects. Frankovsky’s idea was to use racks of enhanced-capacity optical storage disks for archiving cold data. The system would have better throughput than existing optical storage systems. He started …
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2015
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Debian Project holds Sparc port's hand, switches off life support

Following years of waning popularity, the Debian GNU/Linux Project has dropped support for the Sparc architecture, effective immediately. "As Sparc isn't exactly the most alive architecture anymore," Debian maintainer Joerg Jaspert wrote in a mailing list post last week, "not in [Debian 8.x] jessie and unlikely to be in [ …
Neil McAllister, 27 Jul 2015

Spectra reveals shiny necklace of BlackPearl partners

SpectraLogic's BlackPearl disk/object gateway-to-tape archives need front-end apps amended or developed to send data, prompting a raft of partnerships announced at NAB in Las Vegas. The company says BlackPearl-enabled apps using its DS3 (S3-based) API have direct access to its archive of media content stored as objects. These …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2015
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IBM’s 700TB security threat database enters the cloud. Look to the heavens, hackers

IBM is putting its massive threat database up into the cloud for researchers, IT administrators, and anyone else to access in the hope of fundamentally changing how security companies defend against attackers. "Information sharing is something that has been discussed in legislation, within the industry, and between companies but …
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2015

AGD: silence about metadata retention plans is about security

The Attorney-General's Department has told The Register national security considerations lie behind it discouraging telcos and ISPs discussing their data retention plans. Last week, The Register reported that the department was telling the sector if companies discussed their data retention implementation plans with other …

Teenage backup biz Code42 gets cash bonanza

End-point backer-upper, file-sharer and security monitor Code42 has just raised a huge chunk of cash to grow its business into the big time. Code42 was founded back in the stone age, 2001, making the company a relatively aged 14. In 2013, it took in its first funding, a substantial $52m in A-round. This was 12 years after it …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2015

Dyre times ahead: Zeus-style trojan slurps your banking login creds

UK users of Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Lloyds Bank and Santander are being targeted by cybercrooks slinging the Dyre banking trojan. Around 19,000 malicious emails have been sent in three days from spam servers worldwide, inviting users to download an archive containing a malicious .exe file posing as personal …
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2015

Russian regulator bans PornHub for its ‘illegal pornography’

Russia's telecommunications "supervisor" Roskomnadzor has banished Canadian smut-floggers PornHub from the nation's networks. The decision to block 11 pornographic websites was made following a district court ruling in Krylovskogo, in the Crimea-bordering Krasnodar region, according to a Roskomnadzor press release. Among the …

Larry Ellison: Oracle's going to WAR against Amazon cloud prices

Oracle technology chief Larry Ellison is embarking on a journey Microsoft couldn’t complete: beating Amazon’s cloud services on price. Oracle’s former CEO is reported to have kicked off a price war by committing his database firm to undercutting AWS on storage. “We are prepared to compete with on price,” Ellison said …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Jun 2015

Does your storage look like it's held together by elastic tape? Oh, you're using IBM kit, too, huh?

Comment Elastic Storage, IBM's rebranded GPFS, is a parallel filesystem offering high-speed access to shedloads of data. That's a long way from accessing data in a tape archive. Yet Elastic Storage can do this too: build and access a tape archive. It's done by hooking up Elastic Storage and the Linear Tape File System (LTFS). We wrote …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2015
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WikiLeaks reveals searchable trove of Sony Pictures documents

Wikileaks has decided Sony Pictures is worthy of its attention by releasing 30,000 documents it says were lifted from the company's servers during the infamous 2014 attack. Wikileaks' justification for publishing the new trove is that Sony “is a member of the [Motion Picture Association of America] MPAA and a strong lobbyist on …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Apr 2015
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Tape thrives at the margin as shipped capacity breaks record

Shipped tape capacity passed 6.6 exabytes in the third 2014 quarter, a record. An HP backup, recovery and archive product manager, Simon Watkins, revealed this in a blog. As a man with lots of tape libraries in his set of products, you’d expect him to be pleased. The data came from the Santa Clara Consulting Group. Watkins …
Chris Mellor, 02 Apr 2015

Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

Updated Another load of internal files swiped by hackers from Ashley Madison have been leaked online – and they apparently feature the CEO's emails and the website's source code. The 18.5GB leak includes, it is claimed, archives of internal company emails, including one folder labeled Noel Biderman – the chief exec of Avid Life Media …
Iain Thomson, 20 Aug 2015