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Stung by Azure and AWS cost shock? Penny-pinchers love them some OpenStack

The cost and expense of AWS and Azure is helping drive cloud hopefuls to OpenStack, the organisation has said. Jonathan Bryce, OpenStack executive director, told El Reg ahead of this week's conference in Barcelona: "The number-one business driver for open-source cloud is cost." According to Bryce, organisations are using …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Oct 2016
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Gartner's seers pass judgement on storage industry leaders

Gartner has published a distributed file systems and object storage magic quadrant with the top three suppliers being Dell EMC, followed by IBM and Scality. The research consultancy defines distributed file systems and object storage as "software and hardware solutions that offer object and/or scale-out file technology to …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016
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No matter who becomes US president, America's tech giants are going to be quids in

Last night's US presidential debate may have been fierce, but no matter who wins the election next month, technology firms are going to make out like bandits. For years now US firms, and particularly the technology sector, have been hoarding cash overseas to avoid paying the 35 per cent tax rate that would apply if they …
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2016
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EMC Dell deal: They're loved up and living together, but whose house rules?

Comment Dell and EMC are culturally separated by their different approaches to product development, to servers in Dell and storage in EMC. In the combined house, what will be the effect? Dell's forte, or at least the chief of them, is a superbly executed supply chain, box-development and shifting at a level no one has bettered - well …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016

Cisco is still making hay while the SAN shines

Cisco is updating its storage networking gear to hopefully improve data protection, increase bandwidth and simplify end-to-end storage management. Away from the storage industry hype around hyper-converged infrastructure, NVMe over fabrics and persistent memory, the legacy SAN area still has room for incremental improvements. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016
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Cisco patches NetBIOS vuln

It's 2016, and Cisco's ASA software can be owned by a malicious NetBIOS packet. A remote attacker can watch for the NetBIOS probes sent out by ASA's identity firewall feature, send back a crafted packet in response, and either crash the system or execute arbitrary code. Appliances in the ASA 5500 series are affected, along …
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SimpliVity sheds staff, rattles tin for another $100m from investors

+Comment Hyper-converged infrastructure appliance vendor SimpliVity is working with Morgan Stanley to get more private funding and to launch an IPO possibly in 2017. It has also laid people off. SimpliVity has been making cuts while looking for $100m in extra cash, a source familiar with the matter has told The Register. We have seen …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2016

Swisscom claims world's first broadband service

Swisscom reckons it's become the first carrier in the world to announce a service. The telco hasn't said how long the rollout will take, nor how many households are within its preferred maximum copper run of 200 metres, but its CTO Heinz Herren told an audience at Broadband World Forum (BWF) the build has commenced. …

Cisco swallows Worklife to Spark-up collab suite

Cisco's Spark collaboration platform – billed as the communications service that “does it all” – didn't do quite enough, it seems: Switchzilla has acquired the “meeting productivity” application Worklife. Cisco says the app's makers, Heroik Labs, will be folded into its Cloud Collaboration Technology business unit, reporting …

Lenovo be Nimble, Lenovo be quick, inks deal to take on Dell EMC kit

Lenovo, which has huge ambitions in the storage market, has sealed a partnership deal with Nimble and will be selling Nimble's all-flash array and using its predictive analytics. Nimble Storage was one of the original trio of hybrid storage array vendors that emerged a few years ago - the others being Tegile and Tintri. It …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2016

ShadowBrokers put US$6m price tag on new hoard of NSA hacks

A group thought linked to a Russian hacking outfit has moved to cash in on its cache of likely NSA exploit tooling, by offering it in exchange for 10,000 Bitcoins. The group known as "ShadowBrokers" wrote that they will release a password to a public encrypted cache of alleged NSA tools and exploits. It is the second cache …
Darren Pauli, 17 Oct 2016

Pushy Pure, cheerful Cisco fortify FlashStack

Pushy Pure Storage is expanding its FlashStack collaboration with Cisco. FlashStack is a converged system reference design, FlexPod style, involving Pure flash arrays and Cisco server and networking gear. For example, the FlashStack Mini bundles the FlashArray//m10 with the Cisco UCS Mini compute and fabric interconnect …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2016
Nuclear War

Why OpenCAPI is a declaration of interconnect fabric war

+Comment An OpenCAPI consortium has sprung into life, promising a new, open specification that can increase data center server performance up to 10x through the use of a new CPU-memory-IO adapter interconnect scheme – and it doesn't include Intel in its membership. The Open Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface represents, the …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2016
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Cisco's cloud whisperer CTO Zorawar Biri Singh blows free

Cloud whisperer-turned-venture capital influencer Zorawar Biri Singh has floated free of Cisco Systems. The roving entrepreneur who turns corporate heads was brought in as Cisco's chief technology officer for platforms in July 2015. Singh was member of incoming chief executive Chuck Robbins’ new team and arrived as the former …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2016
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HP Inc to blast more humans from employment cannon

HP Inc - not wanting to be entirely out done by the other half of the business that it split from - is to toss up to another 4,000 workers onto the employment bonfire, and the ailing PC and printer market is to blame. Confirmation of the “approved restructuring plan” was outlined last night in an SEC filing, it will be …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016

Cisco president: One 'hiccup' and 'boom' – AWS is 'gone'

Cisco is the latest member of the technology old guard to take a pop at Amazon Web Services, claiming that the public cloud giant’s financials mean “one hiccup” and it could go bust. AWS-bashing is almost becoming an annual feature at Canalys Channels Forum; in 2014 the analyst estimated AWS was losing billions of dollars; and …
Paul Kunert, 14 Oct 2016

Junos OS CLI has a bad bug. So good luck applying its new patches

Juniper user? Feeling smug because you didn't have to race to download the latest Cisco patch round? Sorry: Juniper has just emitted eight vulnerability patches of its own. Let's start with this advisory, since it's rated critical. The Junos Space network management system has a crop of vulnerabilities, some of which are …

Telnet, SSH prod of death smashes Cisco broadband boxes offline

Cisco has issued six software updates to address security vulnerabilities in its networking products, ranging from denial of service conditions to authentication bypasses. The most serious of the flaws is the authentication bypass hole in the Cisco Meeting Server. Cisco warns that, due to improper handling of XMPP messaging, a …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Oct 2016
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Bureau of Statistics hides trade data about monitors. Yes, monitors!

The Australian Bureau of Statistics' Confidential Commodities List has gain turned up something odd, this time in the form of restrictions on reporting of trade in “Colour video monitors (excl. cathode-ray tube monitors), whether or not incorporating radio-broadcast receivers”. As we've reported previously, the Confidential …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2016
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Cisco UK channel and sales bigwig Roberts splits

Cisco exec Richard Roberts has split from the organisation after a decade in various senior positions, but told us it was his decision to exit and that he was not caught up in the recent wave of company redundancies. Roberts, who was UK and Ireland managing director for partner and commercial sales before he left this month, …
Paul Kunert, 12 Oct 2016
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First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

Review Microsoft has released Windows Server 2016, complete with container support and a brand new Nano Server edition. What is the essence of Windows Server 2016? First, a quick look at the context. Server 2016 follows the same pattern as previous releases, in that it follows a new release of the Windows desktop operating system, in …
Tim Anderson, 12 Oct 2016
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Speaking in Tech: 'Healthy friction' among vendors at Cloud Foundry

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Tech podcasters At Large Ed Saipetch and Greg Knieriemen are back with Podcast Idol candidate James Honey of SolarWinds. His special guest is Laz Vekiarides, CTO and co-founder of ClearSky Data. The nerds put Dell, Cisco, VMware and AWS into the podcast blender this week to …
Team Register, 12 Oct 2016
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HPE, IBM, ARM, Samsung and pals in plot to weave 'memory fabric'

A group of suppliers have got together as a consortium to develop Gen-Z - a scalable, high-performance bus or interconnect fabric linking computers and memory. The Gen-Z consortium is an open, non-proprietary, transparent industry standards body. It says it believes open standards provide a level playing field to promote …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2016
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Cisco president: We've lost to AWS et al on the public cloud

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 Cisco may have conceded defeat to Amazon in the mass market for public cloud consumption, but there are a raft of niche areas that are ripe for the plucking, starting with, er, footwear. The vendor's European, Middle East, Africa and Russia president Edwin Paalvast told an audience of resellers and distributors at the Canalys …
Paul Kunert, 11 Oct 2016

Everspin's Friday IPO goes pop: Moderate amount of champagne all 'round

Everspin has spun out its IPO; it offered 5 million shares at an estimated $8 a pop to rake in an estimated $40m, with shares starting trading on Friday October 7, opening at $9.10 and currently trading at $8.02. Not a disaster then. The magneto-resistive RAM startup has pulled in total funding of $80.3m since it was founded …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2016
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Leap second scheduled for New Year's Eve 2016

The Time Lords at the Earth Orientation Center of the International Earth Rotation Service have again decided the world needs an extra second and have picked New Year's Eve as the best moment for the extra sliver of time. As the Center's notice states, at 23h 59m 59s on December the 31st you'll need to hold off your …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2016

Crypto needs more transparency, researchers warn

Researchers with at the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA) and the University of Pennsylvania have called for security standards-setters to publish the seeds for the prime numbers on which their standards rely. The boffins also demonstrated again that 1,024-bit primes can no longer be …

Cohesity cuddles up to Cisco. But riddle me this: Is it hyper-converged?

+Comment Secondary storage silo converger Cohesity is joining Cisco’s Solution Partner Program to flog its software on Cisco hardware. There is a reference architecture specifying how Cohesity software can run on UCS C240-M4 servers, and a Cohesity entry in Cisco’s on-line marketplace catalogue. A canned Cohesity quote paints the …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2016
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FT journo roasts channel leaders for spouting bullshit

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 The great and the good of the channel were chastised and chided at Channels Forum this week, as Financial Times management columnist Lucy Kellaway called on them to lay off the bullshit and waffle for the sake of humanity. FT associate editor Kellaway told the closing session at the Canalys Channels Forum that the tide of …
Joe Fay, 07 Oct 2016
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Cisco exec: Is our networking gear exciting? Yeah, like 'sewage'

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 Cisco’s head of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia has joked that selling enterprise networking is about as exciting as raw effluence, or at least it was until Apple sprinkled, er, magic dust on its tech plumbing. The firms linked arms last autumn to work on tighter tech integration, largely around wireless, security and …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2016

Commvault and pals should score when tape-ditching stampede arrives - analyst

Commvault’s data protection and management software has been enhanced and is going to support HyperFlex, Cisco’s hyper-converged infrastructure appliance built with OEM’d Springpath software. CommVault Data Platform product news includes: Expanded capabilities for Amazon Web Services (AWS) beyond virtual machines to include …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2016

World spent US$7.7bn on cloud in Q2, and that was during a lull

World spent US$7.7b on cloud in Q2, and that was during a soon-to-end lull in construction of hyperscale data centres. So says market-watcher IDC, which in its new Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker says sales of servers, switches and storage destined for use in public and private clouds grew by 14.5 per cent …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Oct 2016

Cisco hugs sysadmins with a bunch more patches

Cisco's ongoing fix-all-the-things effort has emitted its regular weekly round of patches – and some, like in the NX-OS operating system that powers a bunch of its switches, deserve your attention. There are critical fixes for the NX-OS that powers Nexus switches, and a virtualisation bug in the Nexus 7000 and 7700 switches. …

BlackBerry: You can't just roll up and make one

Interview BlackBerry says it won’t license its brand and security hardened Android “to any Tom Dick and Harry” as it tries to maintain the value of its brand. The BlackBerry senior VP for sales for its Mobility division Alex Thurber - stopping to talk to El Reg as he sailed through London on his honeymoon - also told us BlackBerry had …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Oct 2016

Will 5G give Samsung a chance at global Radio Access Network glory?

Analysis Will 5G bring Samsung the network infrastructure success which has largely eluded it outside of its home country? Samsung was part of a group of network equipment vendors – also including NEC and Motorola – which missed out on the W-CDMA 3G market, except in a few niches. All these companies had plans to seize share back from …
Wireless Watch, 05 Oct 2016
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Let's not meet up with JPEG 2000 – researchers find security hole in image codec

Researchers are warning about a newly discovered security vulnerability in a popular open-source JPEG 2000 parser that could let corrupted image files trigger remote code execution. Cisco-owned security firm Talos warns that by embedding a malformed image file into a web page, PDF file, or email message, an attacker could gain …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Oct 2016

Scale scales: HCI maverick heads upstack with apps

Hyper-converger Scale Computing is adding business applications to its offerings with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and business analytics available to its small and medium business customers. Workspot is supplying the VDI software, which it says is straightforward to use. Jason Collier, a co-founder at Scale Computing …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2016

Roll over Beethoven: HPE Synergy compositions oughta get Meg singing for joy

Comment HPE's Synergy is, it thinks, the next great advance in servers and is far more capable than hyper-converged infrastructure systems, being able to provision bare metal as well as servers for virtual workloads as well as containerised ones. Getting a grip on this beast is tricky. Is it a form of dynamically reconfigurable …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2016
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NetApp, storage class memory and hyper-convergence

Architecting IT blog There have been rumours that NetApp plans to move into the hyper-convergence market, followed up by The Reg's Chris Mellor here. If they are indeed true, the intention shouldn’t be a surprise in some respects. As the storage market fragments, the incumbents have to adapt to the needs of customers, and hyper-converged systems …
Chris Evans, 03 Oct 2016

Apple puts on its grey suit: Firm, 40, keen to meet corporate types

Apple and consulting firm Deloitte are teaming up to help organisations with their business transformation efforts through the use of Apple devices. The move is just the latest sign that Cupertino is feeling the need to get more serious about the business market than in the past. We wonder why... Apple’s latest foray into the …
Dan Robinson, 29 Sep 2016
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Dell-EMC's dual server supply problem... is not a problem, it reckons

+Comment You might have thought it did not compute, Dell having its own in-house server operation for its acquired EMC kit to use while EMC’s VCE operation uses Cisco server-powered Vblocks in its converged systems. But no, having a dual server supply is fine. In a blog post, Chad Sakac, president of the Converged Platforms and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016
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When two tribes go to war: Docker Swarm on the left, easier-to-install Kubernetes on the right

Analysis Container orchestration software Kubernetes reached version 1.4 this week, an act of "user empathy" as described by Google developer advocate Kelsey Hightower, because ease of use has been something of an afterthought. "Over the past few releases we've been working hard on easing the complexity of getting a well-maintained, …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Sep 2016
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Crusty Cat 5e/6 cables just magically sped up to 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps

The IEEE has approved the specification covering 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps Ethernet, 802.3bz. In particular, the approval signifies that the work item still incomplete at the end of 2015, the interface between the Media Access Control (MAC) and the physical (PHY) layers has been completed. Last December, NBase-T Alliance leader …

Cisco squeezes out massive patch dump

Cisco's issued 18 patch notices. Let's start with the OpenSSL fix, because it affects the largest number of devices. This implements both OpenSSL's September 22 patches, and the September 26 patch that patched bugs introduced in the first patch. Switchzilla's routing operating systems are going to present sysadmins with the …

Colour us shocked: Dell EMC rules converged systems like a boss

Dell EMC rules the converged systems roost in IDC’s latest storage tracker converged systems revenues in the second 2016 quarter. The market amounted to $2.9bn and grew 12.1 per cent year-on-year (y/y). IDC’s beancounters cut converged systems into four categories: Integrated Systems - pre-integrated, vendor-certified combos …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016
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Speaking in Tech: DevOps handbook is a romance novel

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week, Amy Lewis stalks the show again as she and Greg Knieriemen discuss Allo, Cisco love, Twitter suitors and a dive into DevOps. Our Podcast Idol this week is Josh Attwell of NetApp with special guest Gene Kim, author of “The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, …
Team Register, 28 Sep 2016
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Surprise! Leading 4-socket server vendor isn’t Dell or HPE

Gartner gave the 4-socket server market lead to a surprising vendor in its recent worldwide server market report*. Huawei is telling everyone it's the 4-socket server number 1: “Huawei scored a year-on-year (2015 Q2 and 2016 Q2) growth rate of 150.17 per cent with its x86 4-socket server shipment volume, which ranked first in …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016
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Wow, still using disk and PCIe storage? You look like a flash-on victim, darling – it isn't 2014

Comment For generations of PowerEdge, ProLiant, UCS and other x86 servers, the future has been fairly simple: more powerful multi-core processors, more memory, more PCIe bandwidth and shrink the space and electricity needs. For example, a Gen8 ProLiant DL3603 server had 1 or 2 Xeon E5-2400/2400 v2, with 2/4/6/8/10 cores, and 12 x DDR3 …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016

City of Moscow to ditch 600k Exchange and Outlook licences

The city of Moscow has announced it's going to start ditching Microsoft, following a call by president Vladimir Putin for Russia to be more self-reliant, and is starting with an untried-at-scale e-mail system. The phase-out will start by replacing Microsoft Exchange servers and Outlook clients, on 6,000 of the city's computers …

Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law?

The host of the first presidential debate on Monday night, Hofstra University in New York, may have broken the law and could be in line for a huge fine. Reporters at the event were appalled to find that among the heavily marked-up items they were offered – $150 to rent a lamp, anyone? – was a $200 charge for a "secure wireless …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Sep 2016