Articles about Hardware

Keep an eye on your lunch, integrated systems. Hyper-convergers are hungry

The hyper-converged integrated systems (HCIS) market is set to engulf the integrated systems market by 2019, according to Gartner. HCIS are racing ahead of integrated systems. They are predicted to grow by 79 per cent this year, and will reach almost $5bn in sales, taking up 24 per cent of the market by 2019, the analyst …
Katyanna Quach, 05 May 2016
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Daisy-chained research spells malware worm hell for power plants and other utilities

BlackHat Asia A world-first proof-of-concept worm - if unleashed - could spell disaster for the world’s critical infrastructure, including power utilities by making attacks exponentially more difficult to detect and stop. It is a stand-alone attack but The Register has confirmed a realistic stealthy end-to-end attack scenario can be …
Darren Pauli, 05 May 2016
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Nasuni co-founder departs, old job split into three

Rob Mason, the founder, CTO and EVP for engineering at Nasuni, has left the company he started up with CEO Andres Rodriguez. Nasuni is a cloud storage gateway supplier and was founded in 2008. It has had a total of $53m in funding: $8m in 2009; $15m in 2010; $20m in 2012; and $10m in 2014. Nasuni's business grows as …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2016

BT Sport takes Elemental step of software encoding

Analysis BT has been as bold over distribution technology as the content itself for its sport channels, but then it had to be given Sky’s entrenched position in sports rights in the UK. BT Sport succeeded in at least ruffling Sky’s feathers and arguably making serious inroads firstly by biting into the English Premier League pie and …
Faultline, 05 May 2016
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VMware hikes NSX price, adds cheaper versions

VMware has taken the scissors to its NSX product's feature list to offer versions that won't set back customers quite as much as the full product, at the same time hiking the price of the top version of the product. Pitched at companies that want to create software defined data centres, NSX slips networking and security into …
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Cisco: Whoops, hackers can commandeer your TelePresence boxes with an evil HTTP poke

Cisco has released three security patches to address flaws in its TelePresence, FirePower and Adaptive Security Appliance lines. The May bundle includes one patch classified by Cisco as "critical" and two more labeled "high" risks. In total, the updates remedy three CVE-listed security vulnerabilities: For TelePresence …
Shaun Nichols, 04 May 2016

Arrow ECS top dog parades $200m (run rate) cloudy biz

Cloud computing is on track to be a $200m plus annual business for Arrow ECS, the enterprise IT distie's big boss has claimed. The reliably boring firm - in a good way if you are an investor - notched up its umpteenth straight quarter of expanding sales, jumping nine per cent to $1.8bn for Q1 of fiscal ’17 ended 2 April. …
Paul Kunert, 04 May 2016
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SpaceX blast-off delay

The next SpaceX launch and landing attempt has been postponed until Friday after bad weather stopped the countdown clock. The Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the JCSAT-14 telecommunications satellite, was due to head space-wards on Thursday with turbulent winds scrubbed those plans. The new launch date is May 6 at 2221 PT (0521 UTC …
Iain Thomson, 04 May 2016
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Old fashioned engineering: HPC cluster kids would like to thank their fans. No really

HPC Blog Excitement reigned at the Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge Cluster Competition as Zhejiang University set a new student LINPACK record with 12.03 Tflop/s. With this result, they eclipsed the previous record of 10.78 Tflop/s set by Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI) at last year’s ISC15 competition. Here's a historical …
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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

Waking up to a phone call in the wee small hours of the morning is almost never good. It’s usually a wrong number, a drunk ex wanting to talk, or the news that someone has died. When NASA's Kepler space telescope mission manager Charlie Sobeck was woken by ringing at 0125 on April 8, it was close to the latter. The Kepler …
Iain Thomson, 04 May 2016
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Google ready van hailing

Google and Chrysler-Fiat have sealed a deal [PDF] to turn 100 minivans into self-driving vehicles. The two companies said that the partnership will see the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans equipped with the cameras and sensors for the Google self-driving car platform. The 100 vans will be used alongside Google's current crop …
Shaun Nichols, 04 May 2016
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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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Some HPC kids just can't help piling on the weight

HPC Blog We've saved the biggest for last in our round-up of the ASC16 Student Cluster Competition competitors. All of the teams below are driving clusters with more than nine nodes, most with several GPU accelerators. They're definitely power hungry beasts, which will require the teams to apply heavy throttling in order to stay under …
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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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Student cluster warriors build out 'roomy sedan' clusters

HPC Blog Four teams in the ASC16 Asian Student Cluster Competition decided to stake out the middle ground in the competition with clusters that aren't too small and aren't too big. Is their "just right" approach going to get them into the winners' circle at ASC16? Let's meet the teams and see what they're packing... Dalian University …
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Dell to change name to 'Dell Technologies'

Michael Dell has written to his staff to tell them that Dell will soon become known as “Dell Technologies”. Except for the bit of Dell that sells PCs, which will be called “Dell”, and the bit that sells to the enterprise, which will be called “Dell EMC”. Confused? Here's how Dell the man said it in his letter: “Dell …
Simon Sharwood, 03 May 2016
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ExoMars delay until 2020

The European Space Agency and Russia's equivalent Roscosmos have delayed their second ExoMars mission until 2020 after production problems. The first ExoMars mission blasted off on March 14 and (despite a small problem along the way) is en route to Mars, carrying an atmosphere-monitoring satellite and a lander. The second …
Iain Thomson, 03 May 2016

Samsung tightens smart home kit security after curious bods prod apps

Samsung has said there's nothing for owners of its SmartThings home security gear to worry about – after researchers showed numerous ways to commandeer devices and disable locks. The three researchers from the University of Michigan, who were partially sponsored by Microsoft, have demonstrated that with the help of malicious …
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2016
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3-in-4 Android phones, slabs, gizmos menaced by fresh hijack flaws

Google has today issued a bundle of 40 security patches for its Android operating system. A dozen of the fixes correct critical vulnerabilities in versions 4.4.4 of the operating system and above. About 74 per cent of in-use Android devices run Android 4.4.4 or higher. These critical bugs can be potentially exploited by …
Iain Thomson, 02 May 2016
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Nvidia, Samsung pump brakes in car-crash GPU patent rip-off race

Samsung and Nvidia say they have agreed to a settlement that will end all patent litigation between the pair. Just hours before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) was set to rule on the duo's chip design infringement squabbles, the two companies have suddenly agreed to a deal that will dismiss their complaints before …
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 2016
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Restaurant booked, flowers ordered ... Microsoft has a hot date for SQL Server 2016

Microsoft has announced that SQL Server 2016 for Windows will go into general availability on June 1 and is positioning it against Oracle on cost, security, and speed. The database management suite will come in three flavors – Enterprise, Standard, and Express – as well as a Developer SKU. Customers with a Microsoft Software …
Iain Thomson, 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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It's 2016 and now your internet-connected bathroom scales can be hacked

Owners of Fitbit's Aria internet-connected smart scales are being advised to install a firmware patch following the discovery of critical security flaws. Tavis Ormandy of Google's Project Zero was credited with finding the vulnerabilities in the Wi-Fi cyber-scales. While Fitbit isn't providing specific details on the nature of …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Apr 2016
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Japan's Hitomi space 'scope bricked, declared lost after software bug

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has declared the ASTRO-H space telescope, renamed Hitomi after its launch, has been lost in space after a series of errors. JAXA lost contact with the $286m x-ray 'scope last month. On Thursday the agency admitted the instrument is dead, saying that it appears the solar panels had …
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2016
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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

Interview At Xamarin's Evolve conference in San Francisco, I sat down with Miguel de Icaza, the initiator of both the GNOME desktop for Linux and the Mono open source version of Microsoft's .NET Framework. Miguel de Icaza co-founded Xamarin with Nat Friedman, who became CEO. Xamarin, which provides tools for developing mobile …
Tim Anderson, 29 Apr 2016
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There's never been a better time to be a product reseller... if you like pain

Tough times are here again for the on-premise infrastructure providers with Insight Enterprises the latest to report top line slippage. The global reseller filed sales of $1.17bn for calendar Q1, down four per cent year-on-year, as declines in European and Asia Pacific ops wiped out the slight progress made in North America. …
Paul Kunert, 29 Apr 2016

E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

The Royal College of Physicians has issued a report strongly critical of “public health” scolds, such as GPs and EU officials, who want the use of e-cigarettes of restricted. These anti-vaping crusaders are costing lives, the venerable institution warns, as encouraging e-cigarettes is the most effective tobacco control …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2016

First rocket finally departs Russia's Vostochny cosmodrome

Russian president Vladimir Putin was on hand earlier today to witness the first launch from Russia's new Vostochny cosmodrome, as a Soyuz lifter carried three satellites* heavenwards. The rocket departed the launchpad at 05:01 Moscow time (02:01 GMT), following a 24-hour knock-back due to a technical glitch. Two views of …
Lester Haines, 28 Apr 2016
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There's more to life than Windows

When you run a corporate IT infrastructure, the chances are you run Active Directory underpinning a predominantly Windows-based array of servers, desktops and laptops. And that's fine: it probably serves 90 per cent of the kit you have and is a secure, easy-to-use way of authenticating user logins. But it's very unusual to …
Dave Cartwright, 28 Apr 2016

Unisys releases its ClearPath MCP OS for VMs or x86

Unisys has announced that its ClearPath MCP “operating environment” can now be run without having to also buy Unisys hardware. The company also plans to do the same for its OS 2200 product. ClearPath MCP is the heir to the mainframe hardware and operating systems Unisys inherited from Burroughs. The OS had run on x86 for years …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2016
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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

The Internet of Things edges toward a practical reality

There are countless problems with making the so-called "internet of things" (IoT) a pragmatic reality: hardware, software and standards to name the big three. But this week at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, at least two of them have started to find solutions. During one of its exec's main keynotes, Samsung …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2016

Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

Samsung is developing a small black box device that will plug into your car under the dashboard and instantly turn it into a smart, connected car. Speaking at its annual Developer Conference in San Francisco, the director of the company's Connected Car program, Val Zinchenko, showcased a rectangular black box roughly three …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2016
Lots of 3D printing and clever tech

German prof scores €2.4m EU grant to crack software on your bicycle

A computer science professor has landed a €2.4m EU research grant to crack open embedded software on... e-bikes. Holger Hermanns, of the University of Saarland, Germany, will investigate embedded software in batteries used in e-bikes, increasingly popular among City types. Hermanns chose e-bike batteries for “safety reasons …
Katyanna Quach, 27 Apr 2016
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SwiftStack adds load balancing and goes further up the Amazon

SwiftStack is adding load-balancing to its open source object storage, deepening its S3 integration and adding native file access support. The latest version of SwiftStack, v4.0, has four new capabilities and three future ones coming: It has load-balancing across its nodes which, SwiftStack claims, reduces a need for …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2016
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AT&T credits DirecTV gobble for $41bn quarter

AT&T says its recent purchase of satellite provider DirecTV helped drive a 24 per cent jump in revenues. The US telco giant said that the $49bn merger was already beginning to pay dividends with its 2016 Q1 [PDF] period. "We're seeing good momentum with our initial integrated wireless, video and broadband offers," said AT&T …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Apr 2016
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Shares down?! But, but, but ... Apple just made $50bn – that's the way the Cookie grumbles

Apple has confirmed analysts' fears of a drab quarter, reporting its first year-over-year sales decline in more than a decade. Its share price is down 8.2 per cent to $95.76 in after-hours trading – dipping below the magic hundred-buck mark. The Mac maker said that in the three months to March 31 – the second quarter of its …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2016
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What do you call an old, unpatched and easily hacked PC? An ATM

Almost any cash machine in the world could be illegally accessed and jackpotted1 with or without the help of malware. Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab reached this conclusion after investigating real attacks on ATMs and assessments of the machines carried out for several international banks. The susceptibility of ATMs in …
John Leyden, 26 Apr 2016

Google can't hold back this malware running riot in its Play store

Security researchers have discovered a strain of Android malware that keeps finding its way onto Google Play – despite the store supposedly being scrubbed clean of infiltrated apps. The software nasty – Android.Spy.277.origin – is hidden in more than 100 applications on Google Play. Sketchy programs harboring the malware …
John Leyden, 26 Apr 2016

LG: Stop focusing on Apple and Samsung. There's us. And our G5. Look at it. Look at it

Review Every year LG threatens to steal the flagship crown, but the press pauses briefly only on the device before returning to speculating about Samsung and Apple. LG’s flagships have featured ground-breaking screens (Quad HD), unusual banana shaped glass and consistently good imaging. But still no breakthrough. No wonder LG got fed …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 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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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

Sysadmin blog Enterprises are slow to adopt new IT. Or is it small businesses that are slow to adopt new IT? Wait, the mid-market is traditionally underserved and overly reliant on appliances so clearly they have to be the laggards! All of this is true, and none of this is true. It just depends on your point of view. Adoption of new IT …
Trevor Pott, 26 Apr 2016
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Fancy £200m? Tell HMRC you'll help them sort their IT out

HMRC has put £200m up for grabs by one lucky desktop services supplier as the government body attempts a major – and potentially risky – overhaul of its IT. The taxman is looking for end user devices, application performance monitoring and virtual desktop services. The contract will include overseeing mobile devices, such as …
Kat Hall, 26 Apr 2016
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Sweaty students prep their hot HPC clusters for Wuhun tussle

HPC blog The Asian Student Supercomputer Competition (ASC) is the closest thing to true stock car racing that you’ll find on the Student Cluster Competition international circuit. At the ASC, you drive nodes that are supplied by major sponsor Inspur, with only limited configurability. Each of the teams below are using nearly identical …
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F-35's dodgy software in the spotlight again

America's toothless Tiger Moth, the F‑35, has copped another backhander from US government auditors: the US Government Accountability Office reckons its logistics software isn't ready for battlefield deployment. The GAO also warns that the US$16.7bn Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) could, instead, swallow anything …
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Qualcomm in USB-C row

Qualcomm has dismissed concerns that its Quick Charge USB chargers could damage hardware. The US chip designer has issued a response to concerns voiced in November by Google's Benson Leung that the chargers would not be compatible with USB-C, and would potentially be dangerous. Qualcomm told The Register: Qualcomm Quick …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2016
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Time to quadruple our cloud gateway capacity, CTERA etc etc

CTERA has upped the capacity of its storage appliance fourfold, stripped off the hardware to provide a bare-bones virtual edition, and re-engineered its central software to be more cloud-centric. CTERA launched its cloud storage gateway and NAS (network attached server) product in 2009, with the cloud part being back-end …
Chris Mellor, 25 Apr 2016

175 teams, 4 continents, $36,000: It's the Amazing HPC Cluster Race

HPC Blog The largest student cluster competition in the known world kicked off last Monday in Wuhan, China. Sixteen teams representing universities from China, South America, the US, and Europe are participating in the fifth annual Asian Student Supercomputer Challenge. The competition just gets bigger and bigger. This year, it started …
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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

Before I dive into what's new in Ubuntu 16.04, it's worth pausing to reflect on what's missing: Scopes online search, now off by default. That means no more potentially socially awkward search results when all you really wanted was to open Brasero (speaking of which, Brasero is gone too). Scopes, introduced four years ago, …
Google's car puts it in the pink

If Android’s wings are clipped, other Google platforms may gain

If Google's Android wings are clipped in the mobile market by European Union judgments, other elements of its portfolio may gain heavier strategic weight as it pushes to create a dominant platform that looks well beyond PCs and mobile devices, and into every object which will have a web connection in future. Like Facebook, the …
Wireless Watch, 25 Apr 2016