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CipherCloud lands in Oz

US encryption vendor CipherCloud, setup by ArcSight founding VP of engineering Pravin Kothari, is going live with an Australian office to provide professional services to local customers and give sales a kick along. The company positions itself as allowing companies to resolve the most common concern of moving to cloud computing …
VMware's monster VM

VMware fires up vCloud Disaster Recovery service

The main thing VMware has that its cloud rivals lack is a widely deployed, fundamental bit of data-center technology – its ESX hypervisor – and the virtualization company is beginning to play on this advantage with new products. The first of an expected salvo of services that use its ESX hypervisor came on Tuesday when the …
Jack Clark, 15 Apr 2014

Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters

Virgin Media has apologised for a blunder that resulted in some of its customers being bombarded with a deluge of emails. The broadband biz emailed Brits who use its virgin.net email service, which is provided by Google, to warn them of some changes: from the end of April, Virgin Broadband customers won't be able to log into …

Intel loves the 'internet of things' – if the 'things' have Quarks and Atoms in them, anyway

Still licking its wounds from the beating it took in the mobile market, Intel is bound and determined to not get mugged when the next computing big boy comes tromping into town – the Internet of Things, or "IoT" to the digiscenti – and has introduced two chip lines and one interoperability effort to shore up its defenses. "I'll …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Oct 2013
Roadrunner and Wile E Coyote

Avere SPEC benchmark shows cloud's just as fast as on-premise

Bezos' boys will be pleased while data centre storage admins become fearful; Avere has run a file access benchmark showing file access to Amazon S3 in the cloud is the same as WAN file access to a ZFS data store - and Cleversafe object storage. It claims that it is the first and only vendor to provide low-latency, scalable NAS …
Chris Mellor, 07 Apr 2014
NASA art depicting the 'hot Jupiter' HD189733b in orbit round its parent orange dwarf

What's hot and what's not in storage this week: Your byte-sized guide

Cloud, flash and convergence are surely three of the hottest topics in storage right now. The storage sphere is facing a torrent of news announcements and here are some of the latest ones in bite size: FlexPod passes $3bn in sales since 2010, which was when Cisco and NetApp agreed and devised this converged system architecture …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2014

Apple's iWatch to appear in 2014, will RULE your home – new claim

A US analyst who spoke to Asian suppliers about the health of Apple's supply chain has heard that Cupertino's long-rumored iWatch won't be primarily an extension of your smartphone or tablet, unlike Samsung's big-as-your-head Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Instead the time-piece will be a "multi-purpose gateway" into controlling things …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Oct 2013
The Register breaking news

Amazon cloud gobbles Microsoft data

Admins of data centers virtualized using Hyper-V can now mirror data up into the AWS cloud, making Bezos & Co.'s big yellow repository a more tempting proposition for Microsoft shops. This new feature means that Amazon's "Storage Gateway" technology can now speak to Windows-virtualized systems as well as ones based on VMware's …
Jack Clark, 12 Apr 2013
Software-Defined Storage for Dummies. It's a real book!

IBM releases Software-Defined Storage For Dummies - no joke

IBM has written its own Software Defined Storage for Dummies book (PDF) focusing on – you guessed it – its home-brewed General Parallel File System Elastic Storage.* It defines software-defined storage like this: At its most basic level, software defined storage is enterprise class storage that uses standard hardware with all …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2014

Big money in Big Data: SGI debuts petabyte-juggling archiving tool

The tidal wave that is unstructured file-based data is lumbering towards data centres. SGI is hoping the Big Data trend means that file access storage will become a hot property. Meanwhile, customers love the idea of all file locations being stored in a single virtual silo, instead of multiple different silos with differing …
Chris Mellor, 23 Apr 2013
Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia gobble: Microsoft can't get free of red-tape bondage 'til April

Here's an eyebrow-raiser: Microsoft's general counsel and executive veep for legal and corporate affairs Brad Smith has roused himself late on Sunday evening to blog about the company's acquisition of Nokia. In a statement posted at 11:10 PM on Sunday night, Smith said "we expect to close next month, in April 2014." Why did …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Mar 2014
Gateway DS50

Gateway DS50 Core i3 desktop PC

The main reason for wanting a compact PC is lack of room on or under a desk. The Gateway DS50 is not SFF in the Asus EeePC terms, but in the sense of something roughly half the volume of a midi-tower. It still has room for a full-height DVD rewriter, a 3.5in hard drive inside the case, an internal power supply and a 95mm cooler …
Simon Williams, 29 Jun 2010
WRapping

What are you, APPLE? Storage upstart patents filesystem wrapper tech

Cloud storage upstart Nasuni has been granted a patent for its UniFS file system, which layers a filesystem onto a public cloud storage provider’s object storage systems. Nasuni (NAS-unified) offers primary storage in the public cloud through its filers, NF-series cloud storage gateway systems. One aspect of this is that the …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2013

In Australia, protesting against Brendan Eich will be a CRIME

Come to Australia, Brendan Eich: our freedom-of-speech government wants to protect you against the pesky business of community outrage. The outcry that led to Eich's resignation today as CEO of Mozilla over his past support for an anti-gay-marriage bill in California is something that's exercising the mind of the Australian …
heartbroken

'Heartbleed-based BYOD hack' pwns insurance giant Aviva's iPhones

Mobile device management systems at insurance giant Aviva UK were last month hit by an attack – purportedly based on the Heartbleed exploit, although the firm denies this – that appeared to allow the perpetrator to royally screw with workers' iPhones. The insurance giant has played down the breach but El Reg's mole on the inside …
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2014
'Blue marble' image of Africa and the Middle East

Virtual Africa is the logical target for IP address colonists

Regrettable incidents like Microsoft's address reassignment are a reminder that IPv4 address exhaustion is becoming so acute it's impacting real operations. In Microsoft's case, as El Reg reported last week, Redmond occasionally cashes in the jar full of unloved IP addresses it brought back from abroad to find some it can use …
Hurrican Dean, as seem from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Bring us your baffled Backup Exec biz bods, beg Axcient, Zetta

Axcient and Zetta have seized the moment and are offering migration services to Backup Exec Cloud users facing being left out in the unprotected cold by Symantec's withdrawal from the Backup Exec Cloud offering. Symantec has announced it is shuttering its Backup Exec Cloud service, leaving users to make alternative arrangements …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2013
Shenzhen downtown

Intel's Shenzhen cash-splash signals mobile push

Intel reaffirmed its commitment to China at IDF on Wednesday by announcing a new Shenzhen-based innovation centre and a $100 million fund both designed to promote and accelerate the development of Intel-based devices in the country. Chipzilla chose symbolically to host this year’s developer forum in the global manufacturing hub …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Apr 2014
VMAX3

EMC gobbles cloud upstart TwinStrata

EMC is buying startup TwinStrata and its cloud storage gateway technology, CloudArray. And the storage giant intends to provide public cloud access as an embedded data service for VMAX3 users. EMC's Information Infrastructure division – its core storage biz – has also announced new products for its flash, high-end enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2014

Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

Scammers are asking truth-seeking conspiracy theorists to ignore the inherent irony and give up some of their private data in order to find out the "truth" about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. Scams circulating on Facebook and Twitter purport to offer video reports of the plane being found, some of which …
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2014
Frederik Pohl

Science fiction titan Frederik Pohl dies, aged 93

Science fiction Grand Master Frederik Pohl has died, aged 93. Pohl was one of last survivors of Science Fiction's “golden age” of the late 1930s and early 1940s, a time when he contributed to and edited pulp fiction magazines. He was also an important figure in the emergence of fandom, founding the “Futurians”. A contemporary …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Sep 2013

Flash, cloud boom flings storage startups into piles of money

Nasuni, Nimbus, TwinStrata and Whiptail have all announced flying starts to 2013, suggesting it's going to be a quite a year for both cloud storage and flash array technology. Cloud storage gateway supplier Nasuni said its 2012 business performance featured: 200 per cent growth in bookings Quadruped the size of the enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2013

Damn you, world! WHY can't I have an object store on my desktop?

Another year, another conference season sees me stuck on this side of the pond watching the press releases from afar, promising myself that I’ll watch the keynotes online - or "on demand" as people have it these days. I never find the time and have to catch up with the 140 character synopses that regularly appear on Twitter. I …
StorageBod, 09 Apr 2013
The Register breaking news

Boffins develop 'Hidden gateway to Hogwarts girls' loos'

Attention-seeking boffins in China claim to have created a "tunable electromagnetic gateway" which "can realize functionalities that were thought to be possible only in science fictions". Sadly they seem not to be aware of the difference between science fiction and the enormous, derivative, fist-eatingly turgid Billy Bunter/Meg' …
Lewis Page, 13 Aug 2009

FalconStor preens its feathers as turnaround gathers speed

Virtualisation outfit FalconStor is starting to move on the product front again, and is combining its VTL (Virtual tape library) and FDS dedupe product into a single offering, claiming 50 per cent cost-savings. The FDS (File-interface Deduplication System) offers post-processing and/or concurrent block-level deduplication with a …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014

StoreOnce and StoreAll get ProLiant push

HP has pumped up the power of its StoreOnce deduping backup to disk array and StoreAll store-everything-as-objects array with Gen 8 ProLiant servers. The StoreOnce 6500 slots in to the StoreOnce range, above the 4500, 4700 and 4900 Series (and VSA of course). It replaces the previous top-end B6200 system. HP’s information pages …
Chris Mellor, 10 Dec 2013
Paying for something online

PayPal pays pals $800m for Braintree

PayPal, the dough-handling arm of online tat bazaar eBay, is buying rival payments portal Braintree for $800m in cash. Braintree, founded in the US in 2007, specialises in mobile transactions and has nearly 200 employees working out of offices in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Braintree's CEO William Ready said today that …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2013
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NetApp unveils ONTAP cluster-shuffler: Do it with any vendor, in public or private

NetApp is hoping to turn cloud agnostics into ONTAP believers with its new "seamless cloud data management" product, Clustered Data ONTAP. The new "universal data platform" works across any type of cloud infrastructure with "seamless data portability and management across all clouds – public, private and hybrid." The Sunnyvale …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2013
Gateway logo

Gateway Inc fails to block rival's Gateway brand

Gateway Inc cannot stop Fujitsu-Siemens' registration of the words ACTIVY Media Gateway, the European Court of First Instance ruled yesterday. The tech companies' marks will not confuse consumers, the court ruled. Computer maker Gateway Inc owns numerous trademarks incorporating the word "Gateway" and objected to its rival's …
OUT-LAW.COM, 29 Nov 2007
The Register breaking news

Vodafone's Access Gateway denies access

Vodafone's femtocell deployment, termed the Access Gateway, has been plagued with issues prompting users to think fondly of the days when they had no coverage at all. The Access Gateway is a 3G cell which plugs into the punter's broadband connection and provides 3G coverage for voice and data. At least, it does when it's working …
Bill Ray, 11 Sep 2009

Freecom Data Tank Gateway WLAN 2TB router and NAS box

This chunky bit of kit is is Wi-Fi router, USB print server and 2TB NAS (Network Attached Storage) device. It costs a stonking £680. But is it any good? Can't see the video? Download Flash Player from Adobe.com
Wil Harris, 06 Feb 2008
Pringles Can antenna

Telstra asks users to be its next backhaul network

With a single announcement, Telstra has accidentally skewered the argument that fixed networks are obsolete: the carrier plans to rollout a $AUD100 million cities-and-towns WiFi offload network, which will shift traffic from smartphones and tablets off the 4G network and onto the nearest bit of copper oxide* it can find. Telstra …
Samsung KE55S9C OLED 3D HD TV

Samsung sees RDK as route to DOMINATION of US set top market

For as long as Faultline has commented on this industry, the set-top market in the US has been dominated by the cable TV industry – which in turn has been dominated first by Motorola and secondly by Cisco. Things have changed somewhat over the years, in that Pace has led a challenge from the UK and in direct to home satellite, …
Faultline, 18 Dec 2013
Roughly 150kg of gold

CA follows the Riverbed, hopes to find cloudy Amazon mainframe gold

In a smart bit of niche identification and gap-filling, stuffy old CA Technologies is getting mainframe backup data to Amazon's cloud by going through Riverbed. With such a nifty move anybody would think CA has new management. Guess what? It has, with new CEO Michael Gregoire spurring the company on to do better. Start out with …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2013

NHS slammed for MAJOR data blunders as scale of patient info sell-off is revealed

The NHS struck four "data-sharing" deals with three re-insurance companies that allowed them access to patient information under agreements that don't expire until 2015 and 2016. That's among the shocking findings of a review of data released by the NHS Information Centre - the predecessor to the Health and Social Care …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jun 2014

HDS gives EMC and NetApp a good benchmark kicking

HDS folks are full of glee after beating EMC and NetApp in the SPEC filer benchmark. The company ran 2- and 4-node all-flash HUS VM configurations in the SPECsfs2008 NFS benchmark. The scores were: HDS all-flash HUS VM 4 x HNAS 4100 node - 607,647 Ops/sec and 0.89 msecs overall response time (ORT) HDS all-flash HUS VM 2 x HNAS …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2013
Everest

US telco titan Verizon floats storage clouds over Himalaya

It looks like Verizon is parking its storage atop the cloudy peaks of Amplidata’s Himalaya object storage architecture. Amplidata, an object storage startup, says: “With Himalaya, users can easily store and manage zettabytes of data and trillions of stored objects, all under one global namespace using Intel-based commercial off …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2014
Atlantis USX and VSAN

Atlantis hopes to sink fangs into EMC's ViPR with boosting product

VDI startup Atlantis has moved on and now reckons its ILIO USX product plus VSAN can take on EMC's all-singing, all-dancing software-defined ViPR storage abstraction layer. A slide from an Atlantis presentation deck (see below) shows the ILIO USX product providing a software abstraction layer with separate control and data …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2014

Acer to launch Gateway-branded netbook this year

Acer will finally launch its Gateway branded desktops and notebooks next week, and plans to launch servers and netbooks under the revived badge by the end of the year. The Taiwanese vendor announced in February that it was reviving the Gateway brand it acquired back in 2007, and said it would ship machines aimed at SMEs and …
Joe Fay, 15 May 2009
Spam

SPAM supposedly spotted leaving the fridge

It's still silly season, it seems. Tell the world that a bunch of small business broadband routers have been compromised and recruited into botnets, and the world yawns. Add in a television or a multi-media centre, and there's a faint flicker of interest – perhaps a raised eyebrow, but not much more. Add in the word “ …
Brocade FME

Cloud storage rains on '800lb Fibre Channel gorilla' Brocade

Brocade results show its business flatlining with steady-ish revenues and profits, and growth dependent on a recovering market but no technology rabbits to pull out of its hat and drive growth higher. Fourth quarter fiscal 2013 revenues were a chunky $559m, 3 per cent down on the same quarter last year, with profits of $64m, 19 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

Facebook signs on for Malaysia cable

Facebook has emerged as an investor in the Asia Pacific Gateway submarine cable project, being built to link eight countries in the region. The investment by The Social NetworkTM emerged in a stock exchange announcement by Malaysian ISP, Time dotCom, which has become the latest investor in the under-construction cable system. …
The Register breaking news

A10 ships new iron, OS

A10 Networks has announced new gateway devices and a revision to its ACOS operating system. The three new chunks of metal are the 6430 / 6430S (same unit, with and without SSL support) and the half-the-power, half-the-price 5430S. A10's director of product marketing Paul Nicholson introduced El Reg to yet another measure of …

NBN Co tells iiNet: Use Broadcom chips in VDSL routers

iiNet, Australia's third-largest internet service provider in terms of subscriber numbers, has been told by NBNCo that it should consider only Broadcom chipsets for its future VDSL modems. Simon Watt, head of iiNet's labs, told The Register the advice was not prescriptive, but given the lead time required to develop customer …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2014
channel

Gateway denies talks with Acer

Tawain's Acer is not in talks to acquire Gateway, the California-based computer maker said yesterday. Shares in Gateway surged by up to eight per cent over the past few days as analysts speculated over comments made by Acer's chief executive, JT Wang, who said the company was looking at a possible PC industry acquisition. …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Mar 2007
Pacman

Gateway up on Acer bid talk

Gateway's shares have lifted eight per cent over the past few days as word spreads of a possible takeover bid from Taiwan's Acer. ThinkEquity analysts spoke of strong indications Gateway is to be targeted after JT Wang, chairman and chief executive of Acer, said last week the company was "hoping to make an acquisition this year …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Mar 2007

Comcast expands public Wi-Fi net using customers' modems

Comcast, the US's largest broadband provider, has announced plans to expand its public Wi-Fi network by turning millions of customers' cable modems into open wireless hotspots, as well as providing new wireless home automation capabilities. As Comcast explained in a blog post on Monday, the newest version of its Xfinity Wireless …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jun 2013
Vodafone Access Gateway

Vodafone Access Gateway 3G

The fuss surrounding femtocells is hard to avoid, analyst Berg Insight reckons 70 million of the things will be in use by 2014, but Vodafone's Access Gateway is the first femto product to hit the UK. It’s essentially an access point base station for mobiles, so if you want Vodafone coverage where there is none, then it's hard to …
Bill Ray, 05 Oct 2009
The Register breaking news

Google abruptly shuts down search-by-SMS portal

Without warning, Google has shut down the gateway that allowed mobile users to access its search engine via SMS text, effectively cutting off from the service customers who lack data plans. The Chocolate Factory launched its SMS search feature in 2004 and has maintained it ever since, providing abridged query results such as …
Neil McAllister, 14 May 2013
For Sale sign detail

Emulex cloud storage gateway revealed

An EMC technical consultant blogger - Dave Graham - has revealed details of an Emulex SAN fabric cloud gateway concept. The ES3 conceptual device is a SAN fabric-resident entity that represents itself as virtual SAS or Fibre Channel disks to accessing host servers, and is just another volume I/O target in the SAN. However, …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2009