Articles about Components

Symbolic IO reveals tech bound to give server old guard the willies

Analysis Symbolic IO has rewritten the server hardware and operating system rule book with its its computationally defined storage (CDS) and says apps like database queries run 60 times or more faster on its system. If these claims are real then server suppliers like Cisco, Dell, HPE and others are in for a mighty market shock as one …
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2017
Tosh_Q300s

Tosh doubles 64-layer 3D flash chip capacity with a bit of TLC

Toshiba has introduced its first 64-layer 3D NAND device that doubles the capacity of its 256Gb product to 512Gb using a TLC (3bits/cell) design. That means a die holds 64GB. Sample shipping started this month and mass production is slated for the second half of the year. Both enterprise and consumer SSD products are expected …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2017

From drugs to galaxy hunting, AI is elbowing its way into boffins' labs

Feature Powerful artificially intelligent algorithms and models are all the rage. They're knocking it out of the park in language translation and image recognition, but autonomous cars and chatbots? Not so much. One area machine learning could do surprisingly well in is science research. As AI advances, its potential is being seized …
Katyanna Quach, 23 Feb 2017
Paul Berg, at the Open Source Leadership Summit

Meet the chap open-sourcing US govt code – Paul, an ex-Microsoft anti-piracy engineer

Interview In the months ahead, Idaho National Laboratory aims to open-source software for analyzing the quality of cow manure. "It runs a whole bunch of scenarios and numbers and determines what is the most profitable use of the manure that comes out of cows," explained Paul Berg, senior research and development software licensing …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Feb 2017
tiger_slurp_648

ARM embraces Brit and Swedish upstarts in Softbank NB-IoT push

Japanese-owned chipmaker ARM has bought Swedish firm Mistbase and Brit biz NextG-Com – staking its flag firmly on the NB-IoT narrowband communications standard. The move "will save the industry years of development effort and improve access for developers by reducing the time it takes to get products approved by standards …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Feb 2017
John_Gower_world_Vox_Clamantis

NetApp confirms: SolidFire hyperconverged appliance is coming

+Comment NetApp met its revenue predictions for its third fiscal 2017 quarter and talked openly about a coming SolidFire-based hyperconverged product suited for scalable hybrid cloud and mixed workload enterprise deployments. NetApp's revenues were $1.4bn, an increase of 5 per cent sequentially and 1 per cent year-over-year, pretty …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2017

ASLR-security-busting JavaScript hack demo'd by university boffins

Researchers in Europe have developed a way to exploit a common computer processor feature to bypass a crucial security defense provided by modern operating systems. By abusing the way today's CPUs manage system memory, an attacker can discover where software components, such as libraries and RAM-mapped files, are located in …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2017
Graphene photo via Shutterstock

GRAPHENE: £120m down, UK.gov finds it's still a long way from commercial potential

Graphene, the material with many extraordinary properties, has swallowed around £120m in UK government funds, but development and commercialisation is proving tortuously slow and increasingly dogged with disappointment. So concerned are MPs with the lack of progress that late last year they conducted a series of hearings via …
Marcus Gibson, 14 Feb 2017
Oracle logo, image by GongTo via Shutterstock

Oracle teases 'easy-to-absorb' platform updates, wants 'all' your infrastructure biz

Oracle's popped out a short explanation for the sketchy SPARC/Solaris roadmap it slipped out in January. That roadmap mentioned “SPARC next” and “SPARC next+” without offering much detail other than a promise of faster speeds and bandwidth, more cache and updates to “software in silicon”. Now John Fowler, Oracle's executive …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2017

Talking to Tintri's Alexa speechbot might not actually be all that crazy

Interview Tintri's Alexa speechbot is no piece of eye-candy gimmickry. CTO and founder Dr Kieran Harty says it will enable users to do more with less hassle as system management gets automated. We quizzed Harty on the how-and-why of its development. What is the overall background case for implementing an Alexa interface for Tintri array …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2017
Magic act, image via Shutterstock

Welcome to my world of The Unexplained – yes, you're welcome to it

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I'm getting funny dreams again. Either that or I have stepped into one of Arthur C Clarke's episodes of Mysterious World of The Unexplained albeit without the Sri Lankan foliage and Eric Morecambe glasses. Inexplicable things have been occurring around me this week. In other circumstances, this might be fun. With the grim …
Alistair Dabbs, 10 Feb 2017
Image by Dr Flash http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-182053p1.html

Dell's XtremIO has a new reseller in Japan – its all-flash rival Fujitsu

Check this baby out. Fujitsu_XtremIO_webpage What's that we can just about make out at the bottom? Computer, enhance! Fujitsu_XtremIO_webpage_close_up Well, well, well. Fujitsu is reselling Dell XtremIO all-flash arrays in Japan. And alongside its ETERNUS all-flash arrays as well. The Fujitsu Japan XtremIO webpages …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2017
malware_security_648

Life after antivirus: Reinventing endpoint security

Promo Security professionals still talk about “antivirus defences,” but in the space of a handful of years what is meant by this term has undergone a dramatic shift. On the surface, things look much as they have always done. Businesses still run what used to be called “AV protection,” reinvented some time ago as the all-purpose “ …
John E Dunn, 09 Feb 2017

Cisco polishes HALO, flashes enlarged HyperFlex

Cisco has announced two all-flash HyperFlex systems with an up to sixfold performance improvement. HyperFlex is Cisco's hyper-converged* infrastructure appliance (HCIA) offering, based on OEM'd Springpath HALO software, with Cisco's UCS server and Nexus networking components. These are, were, hybrid flash and disk systems. …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2017
AMD underwater

AMD's daring new money-making strategy: Sue everyone! Mwahaha

Advanced Micro Devices has accused a handful of companies of infringing patents it holds on graphics processor technology. The beleaguered designer of CPUs and GPUs claims that LG, Vizio, MediaTek and Sigma Designs have ripped off three rather generic-looking patents it has owned since it acquired ATI in 2006. AMD wants the …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2017
Qumulo_HW_4U_Box

Pimp my racks: Scale-out filer startup Qumulo bangs up its boxen, er, '4U'

Whacking up high-end capacity by 71 per cent takes scale-out filer startup Qumulo into 3PB per rack territory, in its bid to win enterprise business. Qumulo has taken its top-end QC260 box, exchanged nine of its SSDs for ten disk drives, and so upped raw capacity to 360TB. The box is a 4U enclosure and, in QC260 form, it has …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2017
Silicon Valley

Supermicro boasts of secret super server Silicon Valley win

Supermicro says it has shipped 30,000-plus servers into a "Fortune 100" company’s Silicon Valley data centre. The company said its customer had deployed that number of disaggregated MicroBlade systems at "one of the world’s" highest density and energy efficient data centres. The data centre has a Power Use Effectiveness (PUE) …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2017

Hobbled by partners Dell and NetApp, where does Cisco go from here?

Analysis While HPE and Dell are concentrating on being better on-premises data centre suppliers in a hybrid cloud world, IBM on becoming a cognitive computing software supplier, and both Oracle and Microsoft on a move towards cloud, what is Cisco’s gameplan? Can the networking tiger from Tasman Drive evade evolutionary pressures …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2017

Wow, what an incredible 12 months: 2017's data center year in review

Comment The data center market is hot, especially now that we are getting a raft of funky new stuff, from promising non-Intel chips and system architectures to power and cooling optimizations. Since we're all thinking several quarters ahead anyway, we're practically in 2018. So from that point of view, we may as well look back at 2017 …
Shahin Khan, 06 Feb 2017
Image by robodread http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-529180p1.html

Popular hacker warkit Metasploit now hacks hardware and cars

Popular offensive hacking toolkit Metasploit now works on hardware, including cars, after a major update to the 13-year old platform. The free-or-paid modular hacking machine now sports plenty of CVE-specific exploitation components that security professionals have long-used for penetration tests and research. An update to …
Darren Pauli, 03 Feb 2017
Intel Skylake die

Supermicro sockets it to Skylake rivals

Comment Supermicro will have more Skylake CPU server motherboard products out faster than competitors because its engineering smarts better equip it for Skylake fastening complexities. Skylake is Intel's sixth-generation Core processor, built on a 14nm process, and succeeds the Broadwell micro-architecture. Intel says it will be …
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2017
Chris Morris in Brass Eye. Channel 4

AMD's had a horrible 2016: Never mind, it lost slightly less than half a billion this time

Industry execs are paid to put on a brave face when outlining company financials, and AMD’s CEO Lisa Su kept up her end of the bargain last night when the broken business reported a net loss of $497m for 2016. This was progress of sorts: in the prior year ailing AMD filed losses of $660m. Despite the latest numbers, the stock …
Paul Kunert, 01 Feb 2017
Tesla_Roadster

Between you and NVMe: NetApp dishes on drives and fabric access

Interview El Reg has asked a large number of storage array vendors about their views of NVMe solid state drives and NVMe over Fabrics access to such drives. The combination promises to effectively kill array network access latency issues and make array access equivalent to reading and writing data from a locally attached flash drive. So …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jan 2017
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

See you around, Larry: AWS is our new Oracle, says Microsoft's Nadella

Analysis Amazon's cloud service AWS has replaced Oracle and VMware as Microsoft's chief rivals, the Windows giant's CEO Satya Nadella has said. In a conference call with analysts to discuss its Q2 2017 financials, Microsoft executives said their margins were fat enough to fend off AWS and other cloud competitors. Nadella said: "Even …
QEMU Christmas Logo

Google Cloud kicked QEMU to the kerb to harden KVM

Google has revealed how it hardened the open source KVM hypervisor to run in its cloud. Removing the QEMU hardware emulation tool looks to be a big part of its efforts. Google Cloud's technical lead manager Andy Honig and senior product manager Nelly Porter write that the company decided it needed to develop its own …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2017

Secret HPE letter tells sales team and partners to keep selling Arista 'confidently'

HPE has gone the full Rick Astley with Arista, telling its sales team and partners customers it will never give it up, let it down, run around or desert it. In a hoped-to-be-secret letter to “HPE Sales and Channel Partners” sighted by The Register, and signed by HPE's chief of enterprise group sales Peter Ryan and veep/GM for …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2017

ENTA founder Tsai gets banhammer as company director for 13 years

Thirteen is certainly unlucky for Jason Tsai, one-time owner of distie Changtel Solutions UK – formerly ENTA Technologies (ETL) – as that's the number of years he's been barred from being a company director. The “disqualification” was due to Tsai’s participation in a VAT carousel – also commonly known as missing trader intra- …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2017
People fight in cartoon cloud. photo by Shutterstock

So you want to roll your own cloud

Sysadmin Blog I have set myself a mission to create a cloud this year. Not a lab test version of something or other, but a real and usable cloud that I can sell to my clients. It's not built yet, but I intend to document my journey towards that end. The first question I get when discussing this project is always "why do you want to build a …
Trevor Pott, 27 Jan 2017
robot smart home assistant illustration

Huawei could rescue Amazon's Alexa from the smart home

Analysis Huawei’s upcoming launch of a smartphone incorporating Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant will mark a new phase in one of the most important battles for the modern internet experience. Voice-activated assistants - which use powerful AI engines to deliver detailed, context-aware and personalized answers to users’ questions – are …
Wireless Watch, 26 Jan 2017

Modular dud drags LG to first loss in six years

You’re an investor in LG: do you want the bad news or the even worse news? The bad news is that the under-par performance of LG’s mobile business caused the giant chaebol to post its first loss in six years. The worse news? Executives, to reverse LG’s fortunes, are betting on er, Android smartwatches and um, a Chevy electric …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jan 2017
Close up of elephant family, including cute calf. Photo by Shutterstock

Cutting Hewlett-Packard Labs down to size

Comment When Martin Fink resigned from his positions at HPE in August 2016, the announcement said: "Martin Fink, our chief technology officer and head of Hewlett-Packard Labs, will be retiring from HPE at the end of the year, after more than 30 years with the company." He was retiring, we were told, but he was just 51. In Fink's time …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2017
Skin printing

Gimme some skin: Boffins perfect 3D bioprinter that emits slabs of human flesh

Vid 3D printing for most users is limited to polymer printing, or in some cases metal – but now a team from Spain has built hardware that can print actual human skin. The scientists, from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research, and the Hospital General Universitario …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jan 2017
Image by Ryger https://www.shutterstock.com/g/RYGER

Human bot hybrid finds LinkedIn email, phone number-filching holes

LinkedIn has shuttered five dangerous privacy holes that could have allowed users' phone numbers, email addresses and resumes to be downloaded, plus the deletion of all connection requests. The flaws, since patched, were found by the first human-bot hacking hybrid, the brainchild of Bangalore security boffin Rahul Sasi. Sasi …
Darren Pauli, 25 Jan 2017

How Lexmark's patent fight to crush an ink reseller will affect us all

If printer maker Lexmark International prevails against ink cartridge reseller Impression Products, tech giants and other American companies will gain the ability to control products through patent claims after they have been sold. The Federal Circuit Court in Washington, DC, last year supported this idea by siding with …
Thomas Claburn, 24 Jan 2017

Trumping free trade: Say 'King of Bankruptcy' Ross does end up in charge of US commerce

Storage Blockhead Say hello to Wilbur Ross, "King of Bankruptcy" and the likely next US Secretary of State for Commerce – the man charged with implementing President Trump's promise to bring home the jobs stolen by cheap labour countries using free trade policies. Suppose he has his minions look over the storage industry, what will they see? …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2017

Go dark with the flow: Lavabit lives again

It's taken longer than first expected, but the first fruits of Lavabit founder Ladar Levison's Dark Mail Technical Alliance have landed with the relaunch of the encrypted mail service he closed in 2013. After shuttering Lavabit, Levison joined hands with Silent Circle to form the DMTA and promised Lavabit would flow again in …
Fox licks his chops. Photo by Shutterstock

Sigfox veep: Our gear will be less pricey than kit for NB-IoT customers

French Internet of Things connectivity folk Sigfox are still hoping for a 2018 IPO – but it is not an "end in itself", a company rep told The Register. "We favour a startup approach," said Thomas Nicholls, Sigfox's exec veep of comms. "It should happen at the right time, when the market is ready." Last year Sigfox quietly let …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Jan 2017

El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

Analysis “Alexa, are you the best chatbot in town?” “Sorry, I don’t I understand the question I heard,” she replies. Alexa doesn’t know. Nobody does. For a while, Apple had the lead with Siri: the virtual assistant first appeared in October 2011 on the iPhone 4S. Fast-forward five and a bit years and now every major tech player has one …
Katyanna Quach, 18 Jan 2017
gushing fire hydrant, photo via Shutterstock

Li-ion tamers: Boffins build battery with built-in fire extinguisher

Researchers at Stanford University say they have developed a method for building fire-extinguishing materials into standard lithium-ion batteries. The nine researchers behind the paper to be published in the journal Science Advances say that by packing flame-retardant triphenyl phosphate (TPP) into the battery pack behind a …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jan 2017

911 app is a joke, says security researcher Randy Westergren

The Rave Panic Button app, designed to allow businesses to summon emergency services, allows miscreants to easily 'swat' targets by making false reports of emergencies says security researcher Randy Westergren. The app, which has a small install base of up to 10,000 users, has shuttered the holes Westergren identified. The …
Darren Pauli, 17 Jan 2017
Image by Ensuper http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-585532p1.html

Dovecot mailserver graded 'nearly impenetrable'

POP and IMAP mailserver suite Dovecot has passed an extensive audit by hackers, who were able to find only three minor vulnerabilities. Dovecot is especially popular with service providers, so the news that four Cure53 researchers have given it a "thoroughly all-encompassing" audit and found the software to have "excellent …
Darren Pauli, 17 Jan 2017
Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 in the Compute Module IO Board V3

Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has baked two new Pi. The new “Compute Module 3” and “Compute Module 3 Lite” are re-shaped versions of the Raspberry Pi 3 and are intended to give developers of embedded devices a way to use the RPi as the basis for their designs, without having to accommodate the rather bulky Raspberry Pi design …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jan 2017
1980 olympics weight-lifting champs. By RIA Novosti archive, image #484445 / Dmitryi Donskoy / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

Microsoft says its Windows 10 Anniversary Update squashes more exploit delivery chains than ever. The August updates brought in a series of operating system security improvements including boosts to Windows Defender and use of AppContainer, designed to raise the difficulty of having zero day exploits execute on patched systems …
Darren Pauli, 16 Jan 2017
Google, photo by lightpoet via Shutterstock

Google reveals its servers all contain custom security silicon

Google has published a Infrastructure Security Design Overview that explains how it secures the cloud it uses for its own operations and for public cloud services. Revealed last Friday, the document outlines six layers of security and reveals some interesting factoids about the Alphabet subsidiary's operations, none more so …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2017
Runner photo via Shutterstock

Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

The Linux Mint project dropped a last-minute gift during the Christmas period – Mint 18.1. Mint 18.1 builds on the same Ubuntu LTS release base as Mint 18.0, the result being a smooth upgrade path for 18.0 users and the relative stability of Ubuntu's latest LTS effort, 16.04. In keeping with Ubuntu's LTS releases, Mint isn't …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jan 2017
Silhouette of spy discerning password from code uses a command on graphic user interface

Digital video recorder installers master password list 'leaked' – claims

Xiongmai, the vendor behind many Mirai-vulnerable DVRs, has earned the consternation of security watchers once again. The vendor's 2017 list of superuser passwords for certain DVRs – designed only for CCTV installers to access customer installations – appears to have leaked online. "If the creds are what we think they are, …
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2017

This'll be the next thing Trump crows about: Apple assembling servers on American soil

Apple boss Tim Cook and US president-elect Donald Trump aren’t exactly best buds. However, the iPhone maker could soon land the honor of a congratulatory tweet from the jumped-up telly celeb – after it revealed it is expanding its manufacturing in America. Two years ago, Apple announced it would build a $2bn data center in …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jan 2017

A tale of two conferences: AWS storms ahead, HPE seems to flounder

The Storage Architect As we enter 2017, many people look back at 2016 and attempt to predict what might happen with technology during the coming year. The past isn't always a good reflector of the future (hence the disclaimers on many UK financial institutions' advertising). However, it does do some good to look at where we've …
Chris Evans, 10 Jan 2017

How Apple exploded Europe's crony capitalism

iPhone at 10 Apple's iPhone wasn't just a shiny new thing that was irritatingly and madly overhyped. Before long, it shattered a benevolent kind of crony capitalism in which Europeans took great pride, but that was short-serving the public. And it needed an outsider to do this. Ten years ago, Europe could be excused for feeling a little …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Jan 2017
Crazy inventor, image via Shutterstock

Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

iPhone at 10 Apple didn’t invent the smartphone. The iPhone wasn’t as good as many of the other phones the likes of Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Motorola were selling to the mobile networks. The real breakthrough was that Apple circumvented the buying process. There has always been a battle between the mobile phone networks and the handset …
Simon Rockman, 09 Jan 2017