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The Reg from June 27, 1998, retrieved from Archive.org's Wayback Machine

Archive.org 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
The Street View spycar spied in Inverness

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
A picture of a glacier

Will Amazon spin up its OWN disk-based archive in 2014?

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
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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
Borg

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

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
EMC

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

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
CommVault profits

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

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
Peril Sensitive Sunglasses - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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
The Register breaking news

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
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
workman in high vis jacket bent over, super-imposed on cloud background

Drilling into Amazon's tape-killing Glacier cloud archive

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
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 …
The Register breaking news

Google's HTTP Archive merges with Internet Archive

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
The Register breaking news

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
TSM GPFS

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the best TSM backend of all?

A respected EMC blogger and IBM are arguing over who has the best scale-out backend storage repository for Big Blue's TSM backup and archive software: EMC's Isilon or Big Blue's GPFS. IBM says that TSM – Tivoli Storage Manager – products "provide backup, archive, recovery, space management, database and application protection, …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2014
The Register breaking news

Facebook updates data archive tool, upsets privacy warriors

Facebook is dishing up a more comprehensive archive of the data it stores and tracks, after the Irish data protection commission requested that the dominant social network give its users full control of that information. But Facebook's updated tool – which allows users to download different types of data held by the company – …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Apr 2012
SanDisks fifth generation 128Gbit TLC die

HP breaks ranks: Foresees data ARCHIVING on Flash

An unearthed HP presentation session shows HP is envisaging cold data storage, archiving, using flash. Here’s the TB4642 - Enabling the flash transformed data centre - session description extract; What will soon further ramp the adoption of flash are the superior storage densities offered by solid state drives as they expand to …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2014
The Register breaking news

Smooth criminals spared the clink for hacking Sony's Jacko archive

Two hackers were spared jail after admitting breaking into Sony's network and lifting unreleased Michael Jackson songs among 7,900 other files. James Marks, 27, of Daventry, Northants, and James McCormick, 26, of Blackpool, also swiped songs by acts including Elvis, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears as well as …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2013
snowden SXSW

Remaining Snowden docs will be released to avert 'unspecified US war' – ‪Cryptome‬

All the remaining Snowden documents will be released next month, according t‪o‬ whistle-blowing site ‪Cryptome, which said in a tweet that the release of the info by unnamed third parties would be necessary to head off an unnamed "war".‬ ‪Cryptome‬ said it would "aid and abet" the release of "57K to 1.7M" new documents that had …
John Leyden, 30 Jun 2014

Cray flogs 1PB of TASty storage to German übercomputing boffins, leaves them in tiers

The North German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) is buying more than 1PB of tiered Cray storage to hold archived scientific research data. HLRN (Norddeutscher Verbund für Hoch- und Höchstleistungsrechnen) is a joint project of the seven northern German states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2014
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Seagate finally digests EVault – 8 years after swallowing

The EVault website has suddenly sprung a Seagate surprise on us, announcing “EVault is now part of Seagate” and it is “working under the Seagate brand.” What gives? The pop-up window says “Seagate will make a more formal announcement about this exciting development in September.” Seagate_EVault EVault website pop-up EVault’s …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2014

DDN's wonderful Bridge of WOS: Cloud, meet on-premise storage

DataDirect Networks has enabled its object storage system to use both on-premises storage arrays and ones in the cloud as object storage vaults. The Web Object Scaler (WOS) Bridge platform supports both DDN Lustre and GPFS environments. Back-ends to the object serving "head" can be the company's EXAScaler and GRIDScaler arrays, …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2014
WOS7000 Archive Node

DDN unveils Wizard of WOS: Not beardy Steve – object storage, silly

DataDirect Networks has extended its WOS object storage product with a global data protection facility and an archival node, claiming WOS now supports the entire unstructured data lifecycle. The new release is called WOS 360 and it builds on the WOS 3.0 ObjectAssure erasure coding technology to provide Global ObjectAssure. The …
Chris Mellor, 06 Mar 2014
National Archive Entrance

UK.gov tweets now NATIONAL TREASURES! – National Archives

The UK’s National Archives has announced that it will be saving YouTube videos and tweets for posterity, to make social media a part of Blighty’s official history. Youtube Video The Archives will start collecting Twitter posts and YouTube vids from today from UK central government departments and other official social media, …

Android ransomware demands 12x more cash, targets English-speakers

Cybercrooks have further refined a strain of file-infecting ransomware that infects Android smartphones so that it targets English speakers and is more difficult to remove. The newest variant of Android/Simplocker displays the ransom note in English and asks for a higher ransom of $300. The latest version also encrypts a wider …
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2014
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Dell offers archive product, virtualised desktop service

Dell has announced a file and email archiving system and a virtualised desktop offering. It also intends to make up to eight acquisitions in the next twelve months. The Dell Email and File Archive involves file and email servers hooking up to an archive gateway (El Reg's term) using either Symantec or CommVault software, and it …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2011

Global protest calls for canning SOPA-by-stealth treaty's IP bits

Fears about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have surfaced again, with a pair of open letters calling on negotiators to remove provisions applying to intellectual property. The TPP is a treaty being negotiated among Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2014
Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park vows to upload secret World War II code-cracking archives

Bletchley Park, the British wartime code-breaking center that housed computing legends such as Alan Turing and Tommy Flowers, will put its paper archives online after HP provided the scanning hardware to get the job done. "We've been wanting to do this for a while. It was first discussed five years ago, but we have just never …
Iain Thomson, 08 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

Tweet to the archive

Victoria’s Public Records Office (PROV) flew this one mostly under the radar: it’s seeking comment on a policy covering the archiving of public employees’ use of social media. The proposed Social Media Recordkeeping Policy would, however, only cover posts created as part of their business. In this discussion paper, PROV notes …
First World War soldiers, source: IWM

WWI historical project will catalog eight million life stories

The UK's Imperial War Museums has kicked off a massive social networking project that will seek to catalog the lives of more than 8 million people who served or were killed in The Great War. The Lives of the First World War campaign is asking members of the public to contribute time, data, and historical artifacts to help …
Shaun Nichols, 13 May 2014
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How Bitcoin could become a super-sized Wayback Machine

Researchers have proposed a system which could see Bitcoin users earning their trendy tender by replicating vital data sources rather than crunching pointless algorithms. The new system, dubbed Permacoin by a team of University of Maryland and Microsoft researchers, would substitute the current requirement to obtain Bitcoins …
Darren Pauli, 03 Jun 2014

Google kills its successful social network. Yes, we mean Orkut

Google is killing off Orkut, the web giant's original and arguably most successful social network, which remains popular in Brazil and India but never really gained traction in the West. Worse still, the Mountain View company announced the move during the World Cup football tournament – taking place in Brazil. In a carefully …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jun 2014
Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771.

Space, digitisation and storage. Astronomy Legacy Project has it all

Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771. Photographic plate image of the colliding galaxies NGC 6769, 6770, and 6771. These galaxies are located 190 million light years away. The photograph was taken September 21, 1954 using the 74-inch telescope at Radcliffe Observatory. Nestled in a 200 …
Drew Cullen, 26 Oct 2013

Wayback Machine hardware up in FLAMES (but interwebs' DeLorean WAS backed up)

The internet archive charity behind the Wayback Machine has launched an emergency funding drive following a fire which wrecked more half a million dollars worth of equipment. A fire ripped through the Internet Archive’s (IA) San Francisco scanning centre at 3.30 am last night. Although fireman were on the scene in minutes and no …
Jasper Hamill, 07 Nov 2013

How bad WAS the parking situation in Middelfart* in 2013?

The European Commission has flung £6m at a new digital archive for storing public and private sector data generated by European nations. Dubbed E-ARK, which stands for European Archival Records and Knowledge Preservation, the new system will set a "gold standard" for the hoarding of old and new information. E-ARK is a future- …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Feb 2014

Play Elite, Pitfall right now: Web TIME PORTAL opens to vintage games, apps

The Internet Archive has unveiled a new Historical Software Collection that enables visitors to experiment with vintage software from the era of 8-bit computing right within their browser windows. The collection includes such prototypal productivity software as VisiCalc running on an emulated Apple //c and WordStar 2.26 running …
Neil McAllister, 25 Oct 2013
Google Lenoir datacentre with Oracle tape libraries

The year when Google made TAPE cool again...

Tape has pretty much been rescued over the past year by revelations that both Google and Amazon were using tape libraries for data archiving purposes.If these glamorous, bleeding edge online cloud service provider firms used boring old legacy tape then, hey, the stuff must still really be useful. It was a mixed picture though. …
Chris Mellor, 29 Dec 2013
StoreOnce 6500

HP unveils federated backup that won't get your back up ... it hopes

Meg Whitman's mega firm is federating backup appliances to ease the pain of managing multiple silos and claims management overhead is reduced by 75 per cent through no more "physical mapping of backup jobs to individual backup appliances". The news came at HP’s Discover bash in Las Vegas, where it unveiled StoreOnce Federated …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2014
Simpana 10 Content Store

CommVault boosts profits by 25%, bucks storage slump trend

Data backup and archive software supplier CommVault has delivered a object lesson in how to run a business, filing Wall Street-beating revenues and profits for its latest quarter. Its revenues for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 were $141.9m, up 20 per cent annually and 6 per cent more than the previous quarter. Net income …
Chris Mellor, 29 Oct 2013
Twitter for Mac New

Twitter hints at messaging moves

Twitter has issued a couple of big, meaty, hints that it wants in on instant messaging. The avian network already has a messaging service, in the form of “direct messages” that are sent between two parties but don't ever appear in public. Such messages, known as DMs among the Twitterati, aren't very widely used because most apps …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2014
The Register breaking news

LulzSec say they'll release big Murdoch email archive

The hacktivists behind a hack on The Sun's website claim to have extracted an email archive which they plan to release later on Tuesday. News International's systems were hacked on Monday night. As a result, visitors to The Sun's website were redirected towards a fake story on the supposed death of Rupert Murdoch by infamous …
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2011
EMC Vatican Library Video still

Spot the joints: You say backup, I say archiving

If you have ever been asked to recover an old, lost or deleted file, you will know just how hard people find it to tell the difference between backup and archiving. The administrator's workload has grown so much that backup companies have even added user self-service portals to ease it. The problem has accentuated as companies …
Bryan Betts, 27 Jan 2014
big brother is shopping for you

Twitter's got a new UK public policy wonk... 'You are the product' Big Brother Watch bloke!

Twitter has hired a well-known privacy campaigner to head up the UK wing of its public policy team. Big Brother Watch director Nick Pickles is moving over to what some might consider to be the dark side by taking such a job, having been a vocal critic of US tech companies' privacy practices in the past. In February 2012, for …
Team Register, 01 May 2014
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Object Storage suppliers: Bikers? Dentists? Or Biker Dentists?

Do the object storage suppliers need to band together and collectively educate potential customers so that sales rise? Well, do they? The general perception at the Next Generation Object Storage Summit (NGOSS) in Los Angeles, March 4-5, was that people in general did not understand or appreciate what object storage could do and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2014
Murchison Widefield Array telescope installation

Dream job ad appears: Data wrangler for Square Kilometre Array

Australia's Square Kilometre Array boffins – courtesy of Curtin University – have put up the spec for might just be a dream sysadmin job, so long as they're ready, willing and able to cope with what will ultimately be one of the world's biggest data firehoses. As already recorded by The Register, the Square Kilometre Array …
Image from Google's Street Art collection

Put down that sandblaster: Google adds street art to online gallery

Google is adding a street art collection into its Art Project archives. The company said on Tuesday that it will be opening up the Art Project, part of its Cultural Institute site, to a collection of 5,000 pieces of street art. The Street Art collection, currently featured as a special project on the site, will include location …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jun 2014
Google Doodle honoring Honinbo Shusaku

Whoops! Google's D-Day Doodle honors ... Japan

Google has apologized for publishing a Google Doodle honoring a Japanese Go player on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, blaming a technical glitch. "We always intended to highlight a new exhibition of imagery and archive material commemorating D-Day on our homepage," the online ad-slinger said in a statement. "Unfortunately a …
Neil McAllister, 06 Jun 2014