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NetApp shrinky-dinks ONTAP 9: Will support 4:1 data reduction

NetApp has re-engineered Data ONTAP, its main, FAS array operating system, to make better use of flash storage, and operate across software-only and cloud deployments to form what NetApp calls a data fabric. The upgrade from Data ONTAP v8 is called ONTAP 9, and NetApp says it is a simpler system to operate, claiming it can be …
Chris Mellor, 27 May 2016
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Xen says new patch is 'simple and crude' and warns against using it

The Xen project has revealed a new bug, XSA-180, but warns its patch for the problem is itself problematic. The bug means that “When the libxl toolstack launches qemu for HVM guests, it pipes the output of stderr to a file in /var/log/xen.” “This output is not rate-limited in any way. The guest can easily cause qemu to print …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2016
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Flying filers and Game of Thrones: Jon Snow? No, latency is dead

Cache me if you can Special effects for season 6 of Game of Thrones were created by Spanish video special effects (VFX) house El Ranchito, which explains how it solved its classic scaling problem below. El Ranchito, which was founded in 2010 in Barcelona, has an office in Madrid. It has done work on movies including The Homesman and it also did …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2016
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Join El Reg's Chris Mellor at FLASH FORWARD on 14 June

Promo The traditional hard disk array market is declining but the flash storage market is recording huge growth, with All Flash Arrays (AFAs) sales growing over 75 per cent annually and hybrid flash systems seven per cent year-on-year, according to IDC. This shift is affecting buying decisions in all kinds of businesses with the full …
David Gordon, 20 May 2016
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Being an IT trainer is like performing the bullet-catching trick

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I’m on stage with a gun pointing at my heart. There is the sound of nervous shuffling as those sitting in the stalls squirm in their seats. Then silence: the audience quickly falls still and holds it breath. The man armed with the musket is raising the muzzle to take better aim before slowly squeezing the trigger… He pauses. “ …
Alistair Dabbs, 20 May 2016
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CONFIRMED: Google bakes custom data centre chips

Google's long-rumoured efforts to build its own silicon have come to fruition. The Alphabet subsidiary today revealed it has baked a custom ASIC it calls a “Tensor Processing Unit” (TPU) and has been using them for a year for the machine learning applications that fuel many of its services. “TPU is tailored to machine …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2016
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CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

The CIA says that it accidentally deleted a report at the heart of a Senate investigation into the agency's use of torture. A report from Yahoo! news claims that the agency's Inspector General managed to delete both the uploaded copy of the Senate's torture report and a disk that contained the office's backup of the report, …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2016
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OpenStack's no science project, but does 'need to be glued together'

Interview A year on from when Gartner asserted that OpenStack was a “science project”, The Register talked to the National Computing Infrastructure's Andrew Howard to see where one of Australia's biggest OpenStack deployments is at. With 30 Petabytes of spinning rust in a 900 square metre data centre, participation in NECTAR, and …
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Microsoft shifts Windows 7 and 8.1 fixes to 'rollup' bundles

Microsoft says it will simplify the update process for older versions of Windows by switching to once-a-month "rollup" bundles. Redmond says that all PCs running Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1, and servers running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2012 will begin getting the monthly updates. " …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2016
Precog Minority Report

Tintri debuts storage precog that knows what you'll need in 6 months

Tintri has made a triple-play for its future with enlarged flash capacity, the addition of scale-out and predictive analytics so customers never need get surprised by space running out. The three existing T5000 all-flash arrays now use Samsung 3D V-NAND SSDs, the ones with TLC (3bits/cell) flash, and their raw capacity has …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2016
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EMC Unity or VNX3? You tell me

Opinion The big announcement at the recent EMC World was VNX3 – or EMC Unity as we now have to call it. The EMC marketing Reality Distortion Field is in full effect, with the company at pains to claim that Unity is a brand new product “designed from the ground up”, although your correspondent believes it appears to be significantly …
Chris Evans, 17 May 2016

Apple bans benign iOS spyware detection, security info app

Apple has punted hacker Stefan Esser's app designed to highlight the security posture and running processes on iOS devices. The app System and Security Info shows detailed data on the state of security including possible anomalies like injected libraries and the state of code-signing and AppStore binary encryption, and a …
Darren Pauli, 16 May 2016
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Super-slow RAID rebuilds: Gone in a flash?

Analysis RAID rebuilds are too slow with 4, 6 and 8 and 10TB drives. So erasure coding is coming in to shorten the failed disk data rebuild time and also use less capacity overhead. What happens when SSDs are used instead of disk drives? Will RAID be more or less acceptable than with disk drives? Intuitively we expect a flash array to …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2016
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Seagate ready for the HAMR blow: First drives out in 2017

Seagate is reducing its manufacturing capacity while still focusing on high-capacity disk drives for cloud and hyper-scale storage of unstructured data. This means it needs higher capacity drives, requiring new read-write head technology. It is a high-technology, nano-scale, clean room manufacturing process, and drive read- …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2016
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Exagrid gets Nimble

Nimble and Exagrid are partnering for data protection. Bill Andrews, Exagrid's CEO, said resellers are getting requests from customers for a product threesome: Nimble for primary storage, Veeam for backup software, and ExaGrid for longer-term backup and archive of Nimble snapshots. A Nimble-Exagrid partnership is a response to …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2016
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Zerto climbs K2

Kaminario K2 all-flash arrays can use Zerto replication. The Zerto software copies their data to local or remote target systems for disaster recovery. The destination systems can be other suppliers all-flash, hybrid or disk arrays. Zerto's Virtual Replication software runs at the hypervisor level and replicates virtual …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2016
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Compression tool 7-Zip pwned, pain flows to top security, software tools

Some of the world's biggest security and software vendors will be rushing to patch holes in implementations of the popular 7-zip compression tool to stop attackers gaining full control of customer machines. Cisco security researcher Marcin Noga found and reported the holes to the maintainers of the open source 7-Zip platform …
Darren Pauli, 12 May 2016
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The Quantum of Solace: You've still got tape. Don't forget that

Quantum’s latest results show that scale-out storage is still not growing fast enough to outweigh declining tape storage revenues – and Quantum is still a shrinking business. Let’s do the annual numbers to show the big picture first. Revenues for the full fiscal 2016 year, ended 31 March, were $475.9m, down 14 per cent year- …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2016
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Label your cables: A cautionary tale from the server room

This damn war Friends of friends can be a pain in the nuts when you're in IT: you find yourself invited to someone's house “for a beer” and then somehow end up kneeling in a dark, dusty under-stair cupboard trying to coax a six-year-old router back into life. The only thing potentially more daunting is former employees of suppliers of …
Dave Cartwright, 11 May 2016
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China says yes to SanDisk

China’s MOFCOM trade regulator has said it’s OK for Western Digital to buy SanDisk. WD wants to buy SanDisk and its flash foundry chips-to-SSDs business for around $16bn. The MOFCOM approval completes the worldwide regulatory body approvals process and the deal is expected to close on May 12. WD and SanDisk shareholders have …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2016
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Scale Computing goes flashy mutant with its nodes

Hyper-converged system startup Scale Computing has added hybrid flash-disk nodes to its existing all-disk nodes, boosting performance. The existing HC1000, HC2100 and HC4100 nodes continue to be available. They are 1U boxes with a minimum three node cluster size, expandable to eight nodes and targeted at the SMB market. …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2016

Sic transit Mercury Monday

Mercury will transit the Sun today between 11:12 GMT (7:12 AM EDT, 12:12 BST) and 18:42 GMT (2:42 PM EDT; 19:42 BST), with NASA TV offering a live feed from its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The space agency has full details on its coverage of the event here. The European Space Agency (ESA) will also be catching the action …
Lester Haines, 09 May 2016
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Icy Hydra outshines its dirty neighbour Charon

NASA's latest data release from its New Horizons probe has confirmed the reason that Pluto's moon Hydra is covered by ice. The agency says its analysis of the highly-reflective Hydra shows “the unmistakable signature of crystalline water ice: a broad absorption from 1.50 to 1.60 microns and a narrower water-ice spectral …

'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the damn Windows 10 installer'

At the end of April, Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware interrupted a live TV weather broadcast to urge meteorologist Metinka Slater to upgrade her computer. A week later, while playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive to 130,000 spectators on Twitch.tv, Erik Flom was blasted out of his match by the Windows 10 installer. This was …
Chris Williams, 06 May 2016
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Lost little X-IO lays off ~75 staff in Colorado as it shutters factory

X-IO sent a formal letter on April 29 to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, saying it intended to close its Colorado Springs manufacturing operation, and warning that up to 107 people could lose their jobs. In the event 70-80 employees were laid off, with some 50 employees remaining. Potential job rescue, IP …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2016

Jobs in Ireland may be vulnerable at post merger Dell Technologies

When Dell completes its acquisition of EMC and its subsidiary VMware, the combined Dell Technologies will become one of the largest technology employers in Ireland. But with role duplication almost inevitably raising the spectre of job losses as the firms integrate, the elimination of product overlaps will also have a job …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2016
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Violin aids hearing firm

Germany's biggest hearing aid company has bought a Violin 7300 flash array. It replaces a NetApp array and support's Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP system, mail archive, testing systems and thousands of virtual machines across Europe. Kind Hearing has more than 500 retail stores in Germany and 100 in the rest of Europe. In-store …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2016
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VxRackery dominates EMC World day 2

EMC World's second day saw hyper-converged rackery put front and centre, with a stronger DSSD offering, Neutrino* nodes coming to the VxRack 1000 as well as a DSSD variant, and a hybrid cloud VXrack offering. We'll check out the Neutrino rack stuff first. The VCE VxRack 1000 is a hyper-converged, servers+storage+networking+ …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2016
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The 4 stages of All-Flash storage: Denial, anger, bargaining... and integration

Last week saw yet more stories and announcements on all-flash storage. IBM released new FlashSystem products based on XIV and an all-flash version of their mainframe/enterprise platform, the DS8888. I had another briefing from Violin (although that didn’t reveal anything new) and rumours started to swirl that X-IO Technologies …
Chris Evans, 04 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
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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

Storage Architect A recent Register article reminded me that hard drive vendors are introducing warranty limits on their products for the amount of data that can be written to them in any one year. SSDs have always had this restriction; does the same now apply to HDDs? Solid state drives (SSDs) have always had this restriction because we know …
Chris Evans, 03 May 2016
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If you work on Seagate's performance drives, time to find another job

+Comment As expected, Seagate's revenues totaled $2.6bn in the three months to April 1, the third quarter [PDF] in its fiscal 2016, down 21 per cent year-on-year. And as anticipated, it made a $21m loss – its first loss in many many quarters and way down from the year-ago's $291m profit. On Friday, as the results for Q3 were published …
Chris Mellor, 30 Apr 2016
Connected Data Transporters

Nexsan in transports over added sync and share

Nexsan has added acquired Connected Data’s Transporter file sync’ and share technology to its NST file storage array, called the combined product UNITY. Nexsan is the renamed Imation, and it acquired Connected Data and its Transporter product in October last year. Transporter provides private cloud file synchronisation and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2016
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WD’s revenue wheels have fallen off. Profits are sinking, too

WD is experiencing global disk drive cooling as the slowing PC jetstream and flash El Nino jointly disrupt the HDD environment. But that's enough in the meteorological metaphor line. WD revenues fell 21 per cent year-on-year to $2.8bn in WD’s third fiscal 2016 quarter, which closed April 1. The quarter-on-quarter compare …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2016

Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

On-Call If it's Friday it must be time for On-Call, our regular reader-written romp through fun times at work. This week, reader “Oswald” shared the story of the time he worked “for the IT company that looked after a well known football club.” Oswald's a Brit, so when he says “football” he means soccer. The club was his employer's …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2016
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Quad-core coffee table trumped by dual-Mac garden furniture

Last week we brought you the story of the Mac Pro put out to pasture as a coffee table and asked readers to share similar stories. Which of course you did, you lovely people. A fellow reader named Mark pointed us in the direction of the works of German designer Klaus Geiger, who will sell you one of the benches below if you …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2016

X-IO adds archive storage tier: ISE and iglu get cold storage

Nexsan, the renamed Imation, has signed an OEM agreement with X-IO Technologies whereby X-IO will add Nexsan’s E60 storage array to its product portfolio as a capacity disk tier. The E60VT is a 480TB to 1.44PB array with 60 disk drives in a 4U unit. It can combine flash and disk drives, and features power-down operation, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2016
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X-IO spinning off Axellio line into new biz

Exclusive X-IO Technologies is spinning off its Axellio flash array tech into a separate company as it prepares to stop investing in a market share bun fight with the existing ISE and iglu products. The company has sold in excess of 8,000 ISE flash and flash/disk arrays, and iglu storage data services products, to more than 1,500 …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2016
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Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south

+Comment A sea change is looming in the disk drive industry as drive spindle motor maker Nidec reduces its total disk drive demand number. Nidec is a Japanese company and has the largest market share of any such manufacturer. It foresees demand for about 400 million units in 2016, down 13 per cent from its previous October 2015 …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2016
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Amazon tips spinning rust into its Elastic Block Store offering

Cloud king Amazon has added two disk-drive-based storage options to its EBS (Elastic Block Store). There is a Throughput-Optimised HDD (st1) volume and a Cost HDD (sc1) volume. The sc1 volume is for low access workloads, coldish data, with a price of $0.025/GB/month while the st1 volume is for frequent data access to Big Data …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2016
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Secret UN report finds WIPO chief 'broke procurement rules'

The secret UN report into the behaviour of WIPO boss Francis Gurry has found him guilty of “conduct... inconsistent with the standards expected of a staff member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.” The chair of WIPO's General Assembly Colombian ambassador Gabriel Duque is still refusing to release the full report …
John Oates, 25 Apr 2016
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Flexi-Plexistor's software-defined memory roadmap

Comment Startup Plexistor's SDM software is said to run any application at near-memory speed by using caching and tiering. It has a file system that covers DRAM, NVDIMM-N (byte-addressable flash DIMMs fully mapped to memory space and accessed at cache-line granularity), NVDIMM-F (block-addressable flash DIMM on memory bus), forthcoming …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2016
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What the world needs now is... not disk drives

Analysis Flash goes the PC and notebook disk drive. Dramatic and persistent disk drive sales declines heralds changes at WD and Seagate as their disk drive job engine slows down. With PC sales falling and notebook/tablet flash use climbing the outlook for disk drive manufacturers on the desktop, sofa and kitchen table is looking bleak …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2016
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Dell looking at higher debt mountain to buy EMC

Dell is facing its EMC acquisition debt mountain growing yet higher because the Wall St bond market will need higher interest payments to fund the deal. That could highlight product overlap costs to ex-money man David Goulden who will run the new Enterprise Systems Group, covering its servers, storage, networking, converged …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2016
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Ceph previews next long-term stable release with v 10.2.0 Jewel

Software-defined object storage project Ceph has issued a new release its makers say is a “major release” that “will be the foundation for the next long-term stable release.” Ceph aims to provide storage that has no single point of failure, by spreading data across a cluster. The open-source project is of course free and …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2016

Bypass the Windows AppLocker bouncer with a tweet-size command

Video If you're relying on Microsoft's AppLocker to lock down your office or school Windows PCs, then you should check this out. A security researcher says he's found a way to potentially bypass the operating system's software whitelist and launch arbitrary scripts. AppLocker lets IT admins managing large networks of machines define …
Chris Williams, 22 Apr 2016

Azure Australia turns on physical data import/export service

Microsoft's flicked the switch on its Azure physical data import service for Australia and Japan. The arrival of the service means that those using Azure's Australia East, Australia Southeast and Japan West locations can now ship 3.5 inch SATA drives to Microsoft, which will upload the contents to Azure storage. Redmond's …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2016
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EMC results: It'll all come out in the post-Dell deal wash

+Comment EMC saw many pockets of growth in its first fiscal 2016 quarter’s results but overall revenues declined because core legacy product revenues fell, as did RSA and the enterprise content business. These declines more than offset the impressive growth rates of newer products. In the EMC earnings call, CEO and chairman Joe Tucci …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016
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Amazon gets new courier

Commvault now supports Amazon’s Snowball service. Amazon Snowball is the quaintly named US geo service (global availability - end-2016) where you send up to 80TB of data on a hard drive to Amazon and so enjoy courier-net (UPS, FedEx, etc) bandwidth which is vastly more cost-effective than some network pipes. You can request …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016
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Storage with the speed of memory? XPoint, XPoint, that's our plan

Analysis Since the virtual dawn of computing, storage – where data puts its feet up when it's at home – has been massively slower than memory, where data puts on its trainers and goes for a quick run. That massive access speed gap has been getting narrower and narrower with each storage technology advance: paper tape, magnetic tape, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2016