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VMware VSAN: When good enough more than passes muster

Last week I attended SFD9 and the last session of the week was with VMware about VSAN 6.2. This is not a review of the product or an analysis about single features; there are plenty of them already. Instead I’ll talk about what a product like VSAN 6.2 means for the entire SDS/HCI market. 6.2 The new version was launched a few …
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Time to SIP from Cisco's patch pool, to fix a memory leak

Cisco's urging SIP users to patch their software, after discovering a remotely-exploitable denial-of-service vector in a memory leak. The issue was discovered while resolving a customer support issue, the company says. Since the same code is used across multiple systems, sysadmins need to check their vulnerability if they're …
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Cisco dices engineering into four: Security, IoT, cloud and networking

Cisco boss Chuck Robbins has reshuffled his engineering operations as the IT giant continues to remake itself with a focus on software-defined networking and services. Robbins broke the news to employees with a memo on Monday. "Yesterday Cisco announced changes within Engineering designed to better reflect our strategic …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Mar 2016
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Chambers tells India Cisco's got another US$100 million to spend

Cisco and India continue their love-in, with The Borg announcing another US$100 million investment for the country over the next 18 months to two years. Cisco already employs around 10,000 staff in India and in February the company talked up plans to set up a manufacturing base in Pune. As part of the spend, announced last …
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Flash will send hyper-convergence to hyper-speed

If you listen to all-flash array vendors's shiniest, happiest, propaganda, you'll learn that moving from disk to solid state storage will more or less immediately turn your organisation into a white-hot innovator. Flash puts you in with a chance of both becoming the Uber of [insert your industry here] and avoiding an Uber- …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2016
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BIOS upgrades needed for fre.....ezing Cisco switches

If you don't want your Nexus 5600 or Nexus 6001 switches to just … … … freeze, you'll need to replace their BIOSes. So says a new Cisco field notice that explains “might experience hangs or reboots during a storm of non-maskable hardware interrupts (NMIs) to the main CPU.” This one's a Cisco SNAFU: the company admits it is …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2016
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Don't take this the wrong way, Pure Storage – are you the next NetApp?

Comment Back in 1992, NetApp was founded and competed with Auspex in the file storage array market. It overtook Auspex and grew and grew, entering the Fortune 500, becoming a storage platform company and a multi-billion dollar revenue corporation. No other startup has managed that feat since. Could Pure Storage be the first one to …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2016
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Pivot3 bags $54.6m. What'll it do now? Try to take over all-flash hyperconverged world

+Comment Ageing startup Pivot3, fresh from buying all-flash and hybrid array startup Nexgen has taken in a whopping $54.6m of fresh funding. It's a mix of equity and bank financing and takes its total funding, since being founded in 2003, to almost a quarter of a billion dollars – $247.04m by our reckoning – with this latest financing …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2016
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Lenovo pulls back duvet – oh em gee, it's Maxta

China's Lenovo has picked Maxta software to build a hybrid flash/disk hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) for the Chinese market. Maxta and Lenovo have a strategic partnership and have developed the appliance over "many months of joint development and customization to meet the needs of [Chinese] customers." The …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2016
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Optus cable can't connect 500,000: NBN CEO Bill Morrow

nbnTM, the builder of Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), says it now does not expect to make the 500,000 connections it's previously said would be made on the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) network for which it paid Optus AU$800 million. Under questioning from opposition senator Stephen Conroy at a hearing of the Senate …
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Get on the conveyor: Pure Storage wheels out smaller FlashArray//m

Not content with launching a FlashBlade scale-out filer/object all-flash system, Pure Storage has developed a smaller, entry-level FlashArray//m and a separate converged FlashStack Mini system with Cisco and VMware or Microsoft hypervisors based on it. The FlashArray//m20, m50 and m70 constitute Pure's line of three all-flash …
Chris Mellor, 14 Mar 2016
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Four crucial deals to pluck Violin Memory away from the trash can

Analysis During the Violin Memory quarterly results earnings call on Thursday, CEO Kevin DeNuccio talked about his company's strategic review with investment banker Jefferies LLC. The review "included both inbound and outbound inquiries of over 40 companies" that might benefit from using or selling "the technology and value proposition …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2016
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2015 server sales hit all-time record of 9.7m machines

The global server industry is in rude health, clocking up a record 9.7 million shipments in 2015 and hauling US$55.1 billion through the door along the way. That's eight per cent more revenue and 4.9 per cent more shipments than recorded in 2014, according to analyst firm IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker. Cloud is …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Mar 2016

Scale Computing: Our hyper-converged gear will be worth the weight

Hints, hints, hints. Scale Computing – the virtualization upstart in San Francisco, not the buzzword – hinted away at a press presentation today that product news is coming, and so we went on a dot-connecting exercise. We can see a move upmarket and a tiered product including networking. The biz describes itself as a hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2016

Stop whining, America: Your LTE makes Europe look slow

US consumers love to moan about their internet providers, but in reality they enjoy superior LTE speeds to Europe. A vendor’s global survey of mobile broadband performance highlights some intriguing trends - and tips India to leapfrog into the future. For years the US was a poor relation of Europe when it came to mobile. …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2016
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Cisco says CLI becoming interface of last resort

Cisco thinks the command line interface (CLI) should be the interface “of last resort”, according to Dave West, the company's chief technology officer for systems engineering and architectures across Asia. CLIs won't disappear from Cisco products any time soon and West doesn't expect networking pros to stop using them. But he …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2016

WLAN sales closing in on wired Ethernet sales

The global Ethernet switch market has stirred and started tapping messages on the underside of its coffin-lid, according to prognosticator IDC, managing measurable growth in Q4 2015 rather than the of-late-usual shrinkage. At US$6.4 billion, Q4 2015 exhibited an almost-beating heart, with more than 3.2 per cent growth compared …
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Cisco patches a bunch of cable modem vulns

Cisco's joined the “residential broadband gateways with SOHOpeless security” club, announcing not one but three vulnerable systems. At least, in this case, there's some chance that systems will get patched, since the products are predominantly sold through service provider partners. The vulns are as follows: CVE-2016-1325 …
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ODMs feast on server sales bonanza as IT buyers ignore price rises

The march of Far East Original Design Manufacturers into a server industry traditionally dominated by the big brands continued in Q4, official stats revealed today. According to abacus fondler Gartner, global server sales climbed by 8.2 per cent year-on-year to $15.13bn on the back of a 9.2 per cent spike in shipments to 2. …
Paul Kunert, 09 Mar 2016
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Lenovo, Juniper in hyper-converged mashup.... hang on, who's doing storage?

Lenovo and Juniper have set up a strategic alliance to build converged, hyper-converged and hyper-scale data centre infrastructure products for enterprise and web-scale customers. Lenovo contributes x86-based servers and switches. Juniper has a portfolio of routers, switches, network management software, network security …
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2016

Trivial path for DDoS amplification attacks found by infosec bods

Security researchers have discovered a new vector for DDoS amplification attacks – and it's quite literally trivial. Improperly configured services such as DNS or Network Time Protocol (NTP) have been exploited to launch a string of DDoS attacks over the last couple of years. Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have …
John Leyden, 09 Mar 2016
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Cisco plans routers that are servers, or vice-versa, with KVM aboard

Cisco will shortly announce enhancements to its integrated service routers that will make it hard to know if they're a networking appliance or a server. Or a hybrid of both. Cisco already offers the UCS E-series servers, small form factor machines that can plug into devices like the 4000-series integrated service routers. …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Mar 2016

Cisco borgs Synata, services shuttered

If you were a Synata user, you are no more: the company's been Borged by the Borg, and all accounts closed down. The company was set up to develop and commercialise its enterprise search technology, which it says offered a single search point across e-mail (Gmail and Exchange), cloud storage (Dropbox, Google Drive and Box), …
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Telstra strides into enterprise SDN with VPNs, dynamic WANs

Australia's dominant carrier Telstra has sniffed the software-defined winds and decided to label some services as software-defined networking (SDN), with Cisco's help. There's nothing startling about the carrier's initial three services, the first of which is a vanilla virtual private network that can connect physical …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2016
Microsoft is joining the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions member

Microsoft joins Eclipse Foundation. Odd thing for a competitor to do

Microsoft is joining the Eclipse Foundation as a Solutions Member, according to an announcement today at the EclipseCon event in Reston, Virginia. The Eclipse Foundation is the non-profit organisation responsible for the Java-based Eclipse IDE and tools platform. Solutions membership is the second level behind the top-tier …
Tim Anderson, 08 Mar 2016

Persistent memory: Has HPE got there already?

Analysis Meg Whitman dropped a pair of teasers in the latest earnings call, with a new hyperconverged appliance mentioned plus a persistent memory game-changer. What is that? It's an hor d'oeuvre before the XPoint entrée. Persistent memory is a holy grail, the hoped-for love child of DRAM and non-volatility that meshes forgetful …
Chris Mellor, 08 Mar 2016
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Mellanox says 25 Gbps is the Goldilocks speed for flashy data flows

Enterprises are starting to roll 25 Gbps Ethernet into their data centres, and Mellanox is using this week's Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose to plant its flag in the emerging market. The launch represents a chance for Mellanox to catch up in the high speed Ethernet market, having been outpaced in the 10 Gbps …
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US slaps trade ban on ZTE over Iran links

The US government is accusing Chinese vendor ZTE of using a complex scheme of subsidiaries to get around Iranian sanctions, and has therefore slapped export controls on the company. A notice at the Federal Register [PDF] describes documents obtained by the USA. In those documents, ZTE referred to import and export control " …
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HPE has released a Gen 2 hyperconverged... er, thingy. Here's the lowdown

HPE is nothing if not persistent. Having launched a hyperconverged appliance that was half the price of Nutanix last August it’s now going to launch a better one – one that’s 20 per cent lower than Nutanix's cost. Sounds odd, and that’s not the only odd aspect. The new HCIA was described in HPE’s Q1 fiscal year 2016 earnings …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2016
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Broker DP Data Systems calls time on selling grey imports

Manchester-based broker DP Data Systems will no longer trade in “grey” market tech, according to its boss. Of course, this will only be the case once a new home is found for existing inventory already in the warehouse. The company told us it has just “ceased” buying grey market kit, which IT vendors term as any product …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2016
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HPE targets Nutanix, squeezes into hyperconvergence suit

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has Nutanix in its sights, with a hyper-converged server due this month. HPE’s chief executive Meg Whitman has revealed a ProLiant-based virtualisation server is coming, which she claimed would be easier and cheaper to use than Nutanix. HPE is taking on some familiar old names including Cisco, Dell …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Mar 2016
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LCD price fixing settlement helps sweeten Tech Data's bottom line

A $35m settlement from LCD vendors over price fixing coupled with some general belt tightening on operating costs helped Tech Data bank a double digit profit bounce in Q4 of fiscal ’16. The world’s second largest tech distributor reported sales of $7.48bn for the three months ended 31 January, up two per cent year-on-year. In …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2016

Cisco stitches default root creds for switches

Cisco has slung patches at its Nexus 3000 and 3500 switches to shutter a default remotely-accessible administrative account. The critical bug (CVE-2016-1329) grant attackers root access, according to Cisco security wonks. Admins can shut off Telnet as a workaround in place of the patch. "[The vulnerability] could allow an …
Darren Pauli, 03 Mar 2016
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WANdisco boss: 'We're seeing a humongous movement to the cloud'

+Comment WANdisco has active-active replication technology that's been used for disaster recovery and other business continuity-type uses. That's all well and good but not epoch-making or associated with major disruptions ... until now. If what WANdisco CEO and cofounder Dave Richards says is true, the entire on-premises IT …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2016

Cisco CTO: Containers will ride to private cloud's rescue. Oh yes!

Cisco Partner Summit The emergence of containers will spark a renaissance for on-premises data centers, thus luring many businesses away from public cloud services, Cisco CTO Zorawar Biri Singh reckons. Speaking at the Cisco Partner Summit in San Diego, Singh said he believes as much as 30 per cent of public cloud workloads will be going offline …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Mar 2016

Cisco to partners: We're all doing services now – resistance is futile

Cisco Partner Summit This week, Cisco gathered its partners in San Diego to make one thing abundantly clear: it's not just about network boxes any more. The company that made its name helping everyone move data from point A to point B has laid out a new vision for itself and its vendors, which will see Cisco put itself everywhere from security to …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Mar 2016

Cisco's gone soft: Networking giant tries to wean IT bods off boxes

Cisco Partner Summit Cisco is continuing in its efforts to escape the world of the network appliance with a trio of tools aimed at managing virtualized systems and cloud services. The networking giant said that it would be bolstering its application policy infrastructure controller (APIC) platform with a new set of automation tools dubbed APIC-EM …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Mar 2016
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Tech Data signs data centre kit slinger Quanta in big local sales deal

Mega hardware vendors beware: the big gun Taiwanese contract manufacturers are stepping from out of the shadows to build local sales channels for their own branded hyper-scale bit barn gear. Tech Data, the world’s second largest IT distie, has inked a deal with Quanta Cloud Technology to sell servers, storage, network switches …
Paul Kunert, 02 Mar 2016
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Emulex joins Brocade, ATTO and QLogic in 32Gbit/s FC sprintfest

Broadcom’s Emulex unit is pushing out 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel HBAs, the host bus adapters linking servers and storage arrays to Fibre Channel cables. The 32 gig unit's appeal is straightforward enough; it’s twice as fast as 16Gbit/s Fibre Channel (Gen 5) and four times faster than 8Gbit/s FC (Gen 4). Like other 32gig FC …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2016

Speaking in Tech: Down rounds, fleeing techies - how to spot a startup death spiral

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Want to hear a funny wrap-up of everything important that happened in the tech world this week? Enterprise storage and consumer kit gurus Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela are joined by a few of their favourite guests to celebrate four years and 200 episodes as …
Team Register, 02 Mar 2016
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HyperFlex hyper boxes – the channel speaks

Cisco Partner Summit Talking to channel sources about Cisco's HyperFlex HCIA, we understand that the four and eight‑node HyperFlex rigs are based on Cisco's UCS C220/C240 chassis, with fabric interconnects included. Apparently, HyperFlex has been scaled out to 64 nodes in testing. Cisco will be leisurely in releasing HyperFlex with node counts …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2016
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Cisco leans in close, coughs, whispers: If you want 100GE for 40GE prices, I know a person...

Cisco Partner Summit Cisco has announced new Nexus 9000 and 3000 switches with a theme of 25 and 100 gig Ethernet for 10 and 40 gig prices, calling them cloud-scale products. It's also buying cloud app wrangler startup CliQr. Switchzilla has adding the 9200, 9300 and 9500 models to its 9000 family. The latest gear sports a new ASIC delivering 10/ …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2016
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Cisco flexes its HyperFlex hyper-converged muscles

Cisco Partner Summit Let battle be joined; Cisco has re-entered the storage market via the hyper-converged infrastructure appliance door, with its HyperFlex* system able to separately scale performance and capacity. It uses Springpath HALO software, as many thought it would, and places Cisco in direct competition with other HCIA vendors, …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2016
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SimpliVity is Vimply Vedding no Valty tears over Visco's HyperFlex

Cisco Partner Summit Has the Cisco HyperFlex announcement delivered a hammer blow to SimpliVity and its UCS server-based partnership? We talked to a person familiar with SimpliVity and its channel to get their sense of how SimpliVity's hyper-converged product offering compares to Cisco's HyperFlex product with its OEM'd SpringPath software. This …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2016

Cisco, Fortinet cosy up to NATO for infosharing

Fortinet and Cisco have signed data-sharing arrangements with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) to try and improve their respective infosec capabilities. The NATO Communications and Information Agency will be sharing cyber security trend information with the two partners. It will also support bilateral exchange of …
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Huawei, DataCore fire torpedoes into SPC-1 storage box benchmarks

Huawei has broken the 3 million IOPS barrier in the SPC-1 storage performance benchmark. Meanwhile, DataCore has shot past 1.5 million IOPS with staggeringly low latency and $/IOPS numbers. These two suppliers are virtually rewriting the future of SPC-1 performance. The Storage Performance Council's SPC-1 benchmark measures, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2016

90% of SSL VPNs are ‘hopelessly insecure’, say researchers

Nine in 10 SSL VPNs use insecure or outdated encryption, putting corporate data at risk in the process, according to new research. High-Tech Bridge (HTB) conducted large-scale Internet research on live and publicly-accessible SSL VPN servers. The firm passively scanned 10,436 randomly selected publicly available SSL VPN …
John Leyden, 26 Feb 2016
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Online crims delight in watching you squirm, says Mandiant

Criminals behind ransomware attacks are drinking the digital disruption Kool-Aid, changing their attack methods in new and nasty ways to target business according to forensics outfit Mandiant. Ransomware and extortion hacks are on the up, the firm says, along with the quiet compromise of code. It is part of the findings into …
Darren Pauli, 26 Feb 2016

Microsoft's Red Hat Ansible love-in gives birth to DevNetCLOps

As we know, Hell froze over a while ago: Red Hat and Microsoft are now friends. The latest chapter saw Red Hat point its newly acquired Ansible IT automation technologies towards networks, clouds and Windows environments, because who wouldn’t want a slice of the Azure pie now that Microsoft loves Linux? Red Hat’s penchant for …

Euro regulator taps slackademics for neutrality advice

Berec, the EU’s uber telecom regulator, is asking academics sympathetic to pre-emptive regulatory intervention for their expert advice on how member states should write their net neutrality rules. Ofcom has been influential in Europe in exporting its competition-based, empirical policy approach to regulation, and this is …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Feb 2016