Articles about Compression

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Dev using Libarchive? Patch and push

The popular Libarchive open source compression library needs an update to cover a code execution vulnerability. The issue was notified to the maintainers in February by Rock Stevens, and has been disclosed now that version 3.2.0 has carried out the patch. As the Carnegie-Mellon CERT advisory notes, a crafted zipfile can be …
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IBM's FlashSystem looks flashy enough, but peek under the hood...

Storage Architect This week IBM announced three new flash products, two of which are based on existing technology. Mainframe/Power customers got the all-flash DS8888, with the A9000 and A9000R models covering the rest of the market. What’s interesting about these latter two products is that they are based on Spectrum Accelerate, otherwise …
Chris Evans, 03 May 2016
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EMC makes a LEAP forward with Virtustream and more

EMC World The first day of EMC World in Las Vegas caused announcement overload, with the Unity array top of the list, closely followed by a Virtustream storage cloud and more. The Virtustream Storage Cloud (VSC) is for enterprises and service providers to store data in the cloud, mission-critical data, says EMC. The data can come from …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2016
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EMC re-engineers its VNX flashy boxen, puts Unity on the label

EMC's mid-range VNX/VNXe arrays have been re-engineered to make better use of flash, producing the Unity array with a starting price of less than $10,000. It is firmly in the active:active, dual-controller mode and comes in all-flash, hybrid flash/disk, and software-only (VSA) configurations. The array is positioned as an SME …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2016

Getting shafted the Silicon Valley way

Recap If there was one standout moment from the latest episode of tech satire Silicon Valley it would have to be when our eponymous hero finds out he is being shafted by his new CEO while in the background a thoroughbred horse is literally shafted by a white stallion. Subtle? No. Hilarious? Yes. And so our favorite valley TV show …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 May 2016

Cavium snubs MIPS, picks 64-bit ARM for next-gen network SoCs

Cavium – the brains behind the chips in big-brand networking products – has plumped for the ARM architecture over MIPS in its next-generation network processors. It's a sign that more and more serious networking gear is likely to be ARM powered rather than MIPS in future. The Octeon-TX family of system-on-chips, announced …
Chris Williams, 02 May 2016
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Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

Two state senators in Michigan, US, have proposed a set of laws that promise life imprisonment for anyone fiddling with a car's software. Security researchers are crying foul because the rules as they stand effectively outlaw not just hacker hijackers but also legitimate tinkering with engine and dashboard electronics. The …
Iain Thomson, 30 Apr 2016
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No objections to object stores: Everyone's going smaller and faster

A couple of weeks ago I published an article about high performance object storage. Reactions have been quite diverse. Some think that object stores can only be huge and slow and then others who think quite the opposite. In fact, they can also be fast and small. In the last year I’ve had a lot of interesting conversations with …
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IBM bungs deduplication in FlashSystem arrays

IBM launched three new all-flash array products, including an all-flash DS8888 monolithic array. It says the three products each have a minimum latency of 250 microseconds, and use IBM's proprietary format flash drives, called MicroLatency modules. Big Blue says the MicroLatency technology transfers data within the flash …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016

Neo4j bolts on binary protocol to up its graph database game

Neo Technology has released Neo4j 3.0, which it declared comes with a "completely redesigned architecture." 3.0 comes with a new binary protocol dubbed Bolt, intended for speedier graph access, though the architectural redesign is centred on a new data store, where dynamic pointer compression is intended to expand Neo4j’s …

Silicon Valley, season 3: CEO Richard learns humility, tech style

Recap While everyone was getting excited about a sexy witch turning into a distinctly unsexy witch over on Game of Thrones, the true nerds tuned in last night to catch the season 3 opener of Silicon Valley – Mike Judge's caustic and hilarious satire on our favorite den of disruption. It did not disappoint. It's been nearly a year …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Apr 2016
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All that is white and fluffy isn't always cloud: Hybrid infrastructure

The hybrid infrastructure. People have been banging on about them for a few years now – not least the vendors who want to sell you kit that will let you spread your infrastructure between on-premises, private data centres and the cloud. Now that much of hype about the cloud has started to die down (that doesn't mean it's gone …
Dave Cartwright, 20 Apr 2016
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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

The proposed bill put forward by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to force US companies to build backdoors into their encryption systems has quickly run into trouble. Less than 24 hours after the draft Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016 was released, more than 43,000 signatures have been added to …
Iain Thomson, 14 Apr 2016

Micron, VMware, Supermicro, Nexenta doodle array designs

Micron has devised a set of all-flash purpose-built, scale-out product designs in collaboration with VMware, Supermicro and Nexenta. Micron Accelerated Solution for VMware Virtual SAN Ready Nodes Micron Accelerated Ceph Storage Solution Micron Accelerated NexentaEdge Solution Micron, Supermicro and VMware have designed …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2016
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Seagate's Kinetic drives: They're moving... but in what direction?

Comment It was just 18 months ago that we were all writing about the release of new object-based hard disk drives from Seagate: Kinetic. The idea was that the drives didn’t use traditional storage protocols like SAS and SATA, but instead stored objects written and retrieved over Ethernet. Effectively, each drive is a large key-value …
Chris Evans, 11 Apr 2016
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Quick as a flash: A quick look at IBM FlashSystem

The Storage Architect IBM completed the acquisition of TMS (Texas Memory Systems) in October 2012. The company (TMS) has a long history of developing memory-based storage products, based initially on DRAM and later SLC and eMLC technology. I looked at the ramsan range years ago as a potential customer and my abiding memory is the relative cost of the …
Chris Evans, 08 Apr 2016
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Infinidat adds predictive analytics to Infinibox OS. But what's it mean?

Comment Infinidat says that its upcoming OS release will provide advanced performance analytics with across-the-board instrumentation, and enhanced quality of service (QoS) facilities. Infinidat, founded by Moshe Yanai of Symmetrix and XIV fame, provides probably the most reliable and available monolithic primary data storage array in …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2016
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Power9: Google gives Intel a chip-flip migraine, IBM tries to lures big biz

OpenPower Summit IBM's Power9 processor, due to arrive in the second half of next year, will have 24 cores, double that of today's Power8 chips, it emerged today. Meanwhile, Google has gone public with its Power work – confirming it has ported many of its big-name web services to the architecture, and that rebuilding its stack for non-Intel …
Chris Williams, 07 Apr 2016

Spies rejoice! Gmail, Facebook Messenger BREACHed once again

Black Hat Asia Research pair Dimitris Karakostas and Dionysis Zindros have upgraded their attack (codenamed BREACH) that pierces the web's most common ciphers, and released a framework to help well-heeled hackers and state-sponsored spies spy on the likes of Facebook and Gmail. At Black Hat Asia, the pair demonstrated once again how secure …
Darren Pauli, 04 Apr 2016

Flaw found in Lhasa makes for compression confession depression

Cisco's Talos team has found a vulnerability in the Lhasa LZH/LHA decompression tool and library, and it's a nasty one because it means the decompression process gives attackers the chance to put whatever code they want on your machine. The problem is an integer underflow. “The software verifies that header values are not too …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Apr 2016
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Nexenta wins Lenovo as server partner

Lenovo and Nexenta are developing combined System X X86 server/DAS/NexentaStor software offerings, joint go-to-market strategies, and Lenovo service and support. Lenovo is the third-largest server shipper worldwide. Nexenta’s NexentaStor offers open source storage software offering file and block access scalable out to …
Chris Mellor, 30 Mar 2016
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Hadoop rebels unleash spec to battle the Cloudera/MapR empire

ODPi, the group formerly known as the Open Data Platform initiative and set up last year as an attempt to standardise Hadoop applications, has published its first runtime specification. Backed by Hortonworks but kicked into the corner by heavyweights MapR and Cloudera, ODPi was set up last year to try and make sure …

Get ready to patch Git servers, clients – nasty-looking bugs surface

Updated A chap who found two serious security bugs in Git servers and clients has urged people to patch their software. The flaws are present in Git including the 2.x, 1.9 and 1.7 branches, meaning the vulnerabilities have been lurking in the open-source version control tool for years. It is possible these two programming blunders …
Chris Williams, 16 Mar 2016

Here's what an Intel Broadwell Xeon with a built-in FPGA looks like

Pic At the OCP Summit last week in San Jose, California, Intel quickly mentioned it will later this year ship Xeon processors with built-in FPGAs. Chipzilla will also release open-source software libraries allowing people to program these customizable gate arrays to take workloads off the CPUs and perform them in hardware. Intel …
Chris Williams, 14 Mar 2016

Nutanix: Yo, we heard you liked convergence, so we converged files in your hyper-converge kit

Nutanix is unifying files and blocks with its Acropolis hyper-converged appliance: it's added the native Acropolis file services (AFS) to the virtual-machine-running Acropolis hypervisor software. Acropolis nodes form a cluster, and the VM services sit atop a distributed file system in which functions like compression, erasure …
Chris Mellor, 14 Mar 2016
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Webby DevOps? We're not in Kansas any more, Dorothy

Software applications and their development, management, orchestration, administration, maintenance and general wellbeing have moved to the web. Okay don’t write in just yet, those are just the opening credits. Obviously then, we have started to apply web-centric technologies to these applications in order to push them towards …
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VMware VSAN to gain Nimble-style analytics and cloud-native APIs

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then VMware has just told the world that Nimble Storage is a really great company. Virtzilla has signalled an intention to give its VSAN software-defined storage code the backing of an analytics service that Nimble Storage has had since day dot. Nimble's secret sauce is called “ …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2016

Newbie startup Tarmin shines up trendy secondary storage grid

Backgrounder Startup Tarmin has developed an object storage system with a data management system layered on top to provide single and all-embracing access to an enterprise's secondary data. The software is called GridBank and it stores data and derived matadata either in an on-premises grid of systems (X86 servers + DAS) and/or in the …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2016

Flash storage: Has the hype become reality?

Comment Is the flash storage business a hype-filled wonderland or is flash-based technology making real inroads into IT? Flash arrays provide much faster access to data, because of SSD’s lower latency compared to disk drives but they are more expensive to buy. This can be justified by looking at potentially lower total cost of …
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2016

Oracle gives apps a ticket to ride on Sparc M7's SQL warp drives

Oracle will today release, in its words, "a free and open API and developer kit" for the hardware-accelerated SQL-crunching engines in its Sparc M7 processors. You can register to grab the goodies, here. "We're opening up the interfaces to enable programmers using C/C++, Java and Python to effectively use these accelerators," …
Chris Williams, 08 Mar 2016

The beached whale of storage thrashes on the all flash array shoreline

Storagebod This should be an interesting year for the industry with the mergers, takeovers and companies simply thrashing around trying to reinvent themselves. The recent announcements from companies large and small around all flash arrays has temporarily pricked me awake. Hopefully, at some point soon, the All Flash Array Announcement …
StorageBod, 02 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
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Two flashy VMAX bridesmaids bare ankles at EMC's DSSD groom

+Comment EMC has two new all-flash VMAX products as a result of re-engineering aspects of the VMAX design to lower latency. The company now has four all-flash array product families; XtremIO for relatively standard all-flash workloads; the DSSD D5 for extreme high-performance; VMAX for high performance and huge capacity inside the VMAX …
Chris Mellor, 29 Feb 2016
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EMC’s DSSD all-flash array hits the streets, boasting 10m IOPS

+Comment EMC has launched its all-flash, rack-scale DSSD D5 array* offering 10 million IOPS and 144TB in 5U of rack space. Other headline numbers for what EMC calls its rack-scale flash array are 100 microsecond latency and 100GB/sec bandwidth. Consider the D5 product as being suited for “emerging next-generation applications based on …
Chris Mellor, 29 Feb 2016
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Dell stares EMC in the eye, doesn't blink, turns up data protection dial

Dell has added new deduping appliances and updated its Rapid Recovery (AppAssure) and NetVault (Quest) backup software, showing no signs of portfolio retrenchment in the face of the oncoming EMC merger. In a multi-product release Dell announced: Rapid Recovery (rebranded AppAssure) ZeroImpact recovery of systems, …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2016
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Nimble whips out fat boxen: We're here for the all-flash array market

Nimble has fixed a great hole in its product line with a quartet of all-flash array products, reaching up to 2PB of effective capacity (assuming 5:1 data reduction) and 350,000 read IOPS, beating competition from Pure, EMC and NetApp/SolidFire. These arrays offer more performance, with 0.2ms latency, than Nimble’s CS hybrid ( …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2016
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What would happen if Earth fell into a black hole?

Black holes have long been a source of much excitement and intrigue. And interest regarding black holes will surely grow now that gravitational waves have been discovered. Many of the questions I am asked regard how “true” science fiction concerning black holes might be, and whether worm holes, such as those featured in …
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Another storage upstart pops up: Say hello to OSNEXUS

Comment OSNEXUS is a six-year-old startup making software-defined storage in the shape of QuantaStor, which is based on a grid of up to 32 nodes virtualised into a platform for ZFS, Ceph and Gluster and providing scale-out block, file and object pools of storage. The company was founded in 2010 by CEO Steven Umbehocker and has no …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2016
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VMware adds dedupe tool to VSAN penknife: You don't need no steenkin' array

VMware has updated VSAN, its virtual SAN software, to version 6.2, adding data protection stuff to catch up with Nutanix and Simplivity hyper-converged infrastructure appliances. VSAN combines the direct-attached storage in vSphere server nodes to create an aggregated and shared storage resource called a virtual SAN, doing …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2016
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Three storage upstarts hit back at doom, gloom 'n' layoffs news

Amidst the six-way storage startup staff lay-off gloom, another three companies* are going the other way. Exagrid, owncloud and Simplivity are showing the storage market still has a thirst for great products. Wake up competitors, and smell the coffee. Actifio, Atlantis, Coho Data, DataGravity, Panasas and Tegile have all laid …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2016
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SwiftStack's multi-modal 'we're so much better than you' FUD play

Comment If you want a Swift-compliant object storage system, then SwiftStack is the best you you can get. So says, er, Swiftstack itself. The Swift-compliant object storage startup told The Register this when it briefed us on how its open source software was different from, and better than, competing object storage products. …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2016
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ioSafe releases x86 server for the 'we don't have a geek with a screwdriver' crowd

Review ioSafe, which you may remember from a delightful prior experiment in which I set one of its storage units on fire has launched a new product. This delightful new device, the BDR 515, is based on a dual core Intel i5 platform with 16GB of RAM and runs a full version of Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. BDR in this case can be …
Trevor Pott, 03 Feb 2016
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IBM's Spectrum Scale gets see-through cloud tiering

IBM's Spectrum Scale parallel file system offering is going to support direct integration of Cleversafe, SoftLayer cloud, and Amazon S3 object storage. Cleversafe, SoftLayer and S3 become target stores for Spectrum Scale data in the same way, IBM says, as any local disk store. It's at pains to stress that this is not a gateway …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2016
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We've just stepped out of our time machine, and we can reveal ... EMC's new kit for early 2016

Analysis EMC has new storage products coming in both external shared array form and in its converged and hyper-converged systems lines of products, using new VSAN capabilities. These will be announced over the next two quarters and will change the shape of EMC's product lines. We think we now have an overall view of what the mainstream …
Chris Mellor, 01 Feb 2016

Ex-VMware CEO Di Greene drops mystery storage system box, dares you to open it

Diane Greene's storage startup Datrium is making its initial DVX product available, saying it is the first server-powered storage system which is not a hyper-converged appliance or virtual SAN. What does that mean? The big problem with dual-controller storage arrays is that their performance goes down as the number of hosts …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2016
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From DNA to Twitter: Data's digital journey to commodity

Big Data and All That In attempting any technological history, one of the traditional difficulties is to know where to begin. This difficulty follows from a flawed assumption that there is a story that is linear and began in one place at one time. The real world is not like that. Technology is more like a river that has its origins in any number of …
John Watkinson, 22 Jan 2016
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All of the MADSness: Maxta actually does it and goes full LUN-free

Maxta Application-Defined Storage (MADS) can optimise storage in its pool for multiple and concurrent applications like VDI, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and Oracle Database. The company provides MaxDeploy hyper-converged infrastructure appliances, which integrate compute, storage, networking and hypervisor …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2016
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Bridgeworks reveals VMware-like tech for TCP/IP cable virty'ing

Feature Bridgeworks has found way to improve wide area TCP/IP transmission of large, streamed files that compensates for packet loss, radically improving the performance of NetApp SnapMirror and SnapVault which are hobbled by packet loss. It’s been working on the technology to virtualise a TCP/IP connection for several years. Here’s …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2016
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HDS brings out all-flash A series array

Hitachi Data Systems is taking its marketing attack direct to XtremIO and Pure Storage with a brand new, entry-level, all-flash array storage line, the HFS A series, separate from its existing VSP and HUS arrays. The HFS (Hitachi Flash Storage) product comes in three models: A220, A250 and A270, each with dual active:active …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2016
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Boffins baffled by record-smashing supernova that shouldn't exist

Supernovae are nothing new in the universe, but scientists have spotted the largest yet seen, some 200 times as bright as anything recorded previously. The explosion – dubbed ASASSN-15lh after the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae telescopes in Chile that first found the big bang in June last year – was 570 billion times …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jan 2016