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'Tesco Bank's major vulnerability is its ownership by Tesco,' claims ex-employee

A former techie at the UK's Tesco Bank reckons the recent high-profile breach may be down to security shortcomings at the bank's parent supermarket. Earlier this month Tesco Bank admitted that an estimated £2.5m had been stolen from 9,000 customer accounts in the biggest cyber-heist of its kind to affect a UK bank. The …
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2016
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HPE core servers and storage under pressure

Analysis HPE's latest results show a company emerging slimmer and fitter through diet (cost-cutting) and exercise (spin-merger deals) but facing tougher markets in servers and storage – the new normal, as CEO Meg Whitman says. A look at the numbers and the earnings call from the servers and storage points of view shows a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2016

SpectraLogic SLACSS off to speed HPC archiving

SpectraLogic is cementing its BlackPearl gateway deeper into the Lustre and Ceph user communities with two new integrations. BlackPearl is a SpectraLogic system; it calls it a deep storage gateway, that front-ends disk and tape archiving to target back-end repositories, accepting and retrieving data through its HTTP command …
Chris Mellor, 15 Nov 2016

Your weekends may be safe, admins – IT giants tout 'zero outage' tech

Tech's big names have jumped into bed together to create an industry standard that's supposed to make products less prone to failure in the cloudy era. Founding members include HPE, Cisco, Brocade, HDS, Dell EMC, Fortinet, Juniper, NetApp, SAP, SUSE and integrator T-Systems. The plan is to work on a Zero Outage framework …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2016

Universal hijack hole turns DIY Wix blogs into botnets

Millions of do-it-yourself websites built with the Wix web maker were at risk of hijack thanks to a brief zero day DOM-based cross-site scripting vulnerability. Wix boasts some 87 million users, among them two million paying subscribers. Contrast Security researcher Matt Austin (@mattaustin) dug up the flaw he rates as severe …
Darren Pauli, 03 Nov 2016
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Hammer hopes to nail software-defined future for Commvault

Commvault has software-defined storage and business process automation in its future, as it announces a $600,000 net loss on revenues of $156.3m in its latest quarter. The firm is hoping this sets it up for a sustained turnaround. This was the second quarter in its fiscal 2017, and it ended on September 30. The revenues were …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2016
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Acronis: Yep, we're using blockchain for backup now

Acronis's Storage software product for businesses and service providers uses blockchain technology to prove data has not been altered. Acronis, known for its backup software, uses the Storage product in its own cloud infrastructure, which has 12 data centres around the globe, protecting over 50PB of hot and cold data for more …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016
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Sysadmin flees asbestos scare with disk drive, blank pay cheques, angry builders in pursuit

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our Friday frolic through readers' memories of jobs gone bad. This week, meet “John” who once worked for a construction company that printed its payroll checks every Thursday afternoon. “If the cheques were not ready early on Friday morning, the superintendents were more than willing to give the …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2016
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AMD is a rounding error on Intel's spreadsheet and that sucks for us all

On Tuesday, Intel said it expects to bank in the final quarter of the year $15.7bn in sales, plus or minus $500m. That's a billion-dollar swing. Two days later, on Thursday, AMD proudly revealed that its entire revenue for the three months to September 24 was $1.3bn. Just over a billion dollars. AMD is little more than …
Chris Williams, 21 Oct 2016
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10x faster servers? Pop a CAPI in your dome

HPC Blog How does 10x faster server performance sound to you? Not in five or six years, but in late 2017? Ground breaking things are afoot in the server world. IBM’s new OpenCAPI mechanism, and the accompanying organization, promises to make this vision reality. So what the hell is this new version of CAPI and who cares if it’s open? …

Edinburgh University to flog its supercomputer for £0.0369 per core hour

The University of Edinburgh's supercomputer, Cirrus, is now being rented to businesses for their mega-performance computing needs. Cirrus is housed at the University's Advanced Computing Facility at Easter Bush, which also hosts the UK's national supercomputing service, ARCHER, although it doesn't really compare to ARCHER's …

The perimeterless, ever-shifting enterprise: What would a real, red-blooded IT team do?

If you work in a manufacturing, plant measuring productivity is simple: you measure the number of widgets produced in a given time frame. A person in this environment must not be the one holding up the production line. Nothing more, nothing less. But what does productivity mean for less tangible "knowledge work" occupations such …
Trevor Pott, 19 Sep 2016
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Microsoft: Our AI speech recognition mangles your words the least

Microsoft researchers working on AI computer speech recognition have reached a word error rate of 6.3 per cent, claiming to be the lowest in the industry. Hot on the heels of Google DeepMind announcing a “breakthrough” in AI speech recognition, Microsoft was quick to respond by saying it, too, has reached a “milestone” while …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Sep 2016
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Dear sysadmin: This is how you stay relevant

Sysadmin blog Who are the sysadmins of tomorrow? Are they today's sysadmins, evolved? Or are they something new – a different breed of administrator that looks at the world differently, lacking the biases of those who built their careers hugging servers? Anything that touches even tangentially on hot-button fear topics like job security is …
Trevor Pott, 15 Sep 2016
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Is hyperconvergence about to take over the enterprise data centre?

The glamour news in data centres for the past couple of years has been all about all-flash arrays, with converged systems providing a growing backdrop. The flash arrays provided hot performance while converged systems (CI) led by Dell EMC's CPSD (Converged Platforms & Solutions Division – formerly VCE) and Cisco/NetApp's …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2016
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Top smut site stops Flashing, adopts HTML5

Security sentient smut site Pornhub has decommissioned Flash and will swap to HTML5 in a bid to modernise and protect its estimated 60 million daily visitors. The site is famed for among other things offering a bug bounty to researchers who disclose security holes in the site upping payments and hiring staff to better compete …
Team Register, 09 Sep 2016

Nutanix scoops Cisco. Everyone's really happy ... but Cisco is strangely quiet about it

Nutanix has independently validated Cisco UCS C-Series servers to run its hyper-converged Enterprise Cloud Platform software. The hyper-converged product market leader says its software is now available on the platforms of three of the four leading x86 server vendors, meaning Dell and Lenovo, which we knew about in June. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2016
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Chip giants pelt embedded AI platforms with wads of cash

Analysis Artificial intelligence and machine learning engines are underpinning many emerging applications and services, from making sense of big data for enterprises, to supporting hyper-personalized consumer content, or virtual reality gaming. The current challenge is to move AI from the supercomputer to the mobile device, supporting …
Wireless Watch, 17 Aug 2016
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Rubrik's extra funding as Firefly extended data management flies out of the coop

Bucking any notion of down rounds and funding droughts, Rubrik has completed a massive $61 million C-round – taking total funding to over $112m – and released its Firefly Cloud Data Management platform. The data management company was founded in January 2014 and took in a $10m A-round, plus a $41m B-round in 2015. With the …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016

Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

Hands On Samsung unveiled the world’s best Android phone yesterday and I doubt if it will be bettered by anyone this year. But Samsung didn't name a price, nor assure us that the Note 7 will actually be available in the UK. (Its predecessor the Note 5 wasn’t and isn’t a UK product, we got the Edge 6+ instead, which doesn’t have all the …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Aug 2016

Google's Android Pay hits Australia

Android Pay has launched in Australia, with ANZ Bank being the first of the Big Four able to use the phone-only facility. The technology allows mobile payments to be made directly from mobile phones in what payment security types say is a boon to anti-fraud initiatives. It is live for Australia's ANZ Bank, Macquarie, MyState …
Darren Pauli, 14 Jul 2016
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Facebook offers end-to-end encrypted chat – if you find the right setting

Facebook is rolling out end-to-end encryption for its messaging service to bring it in line with competitors, including its own WhatsApp. But as ever with Facebook, there's a catch: you'll have to actively select the encrypted version each time, and the service will be limited to a single device. You also won't be able to use …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Jul 2016
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You've got petabytes of unused storage, says Formation. Er, do we?

Formation Data Systems says there is stranded storage capacity in virtual server environments., The firm says it can locate this in servers and storage across a data centre, pool it, and provision it as a flexible shared storage pool, giving extra storage capacity with no extra hardware purchase. How much? Oh, terabytes or …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2016
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Sparkling new Spark distribution spurs MapR to reduce MapReduce

And on the sixth day (of June) MapR announced its new streaming distribution would use Spark and not MapReduce – though this will complement rather than replace its Hadoop distro. Although San Jose-based MapR tips its hat to MapReduce by name, the increasing obsolescence of Google's 2004 framework – and the public enthusiasm …
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Datera offers Amazon EBS-alike for private and public clouds

The latest storage startup to shed its stealth cloak is Datera, which says it has an Amazon EBS-like storage software offering for DevOps users' private or public clouds. Datera's Elastic Data Fabric (EDF) is software with a RESTful interface – it has an API-first strategy – and provides dynamic policy-based scale-out, block- …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2016
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You keep using that word – NVMe. Does it mean what I think it means?

Tech explainer NVMe fabric technology is a form of block-access storage networking that gets rid of network latency delays, magically making external flash arrays as fast as internal, directly-attached, NVMe flash drives. How does it manage this trick? EMC DSSD VP for software engineering, Mike Shapiro, defines NVMe fabrics as: "the new NVM …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2016
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Wanna be a DevOps expert? You’ll have to be a Red Hat expert first…

Red Hat has thrown out a slew of new qualifications it promises will show your DevOps chops – at least when it comes to its technologies and those of a few chosen partners. The open source vendor has launched no less than five courses and exams covering: Developing Containerized Applications, OpenShift Enterprise …
Joe Fay, 06 Apr 2016

HPE adds power-fail-protected NVDIMM tech to servers

HPE's ProLiant Gen9 servers now support Persistent Memory, non-volatile memory, enabling customers to expand in-memory app usage and get faster analytics and database processing by avoiding disk and SSD IO. HPE says it will provide up to two-times-faster SQL Server database logging performance and up to four-times-faster SQL …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2016
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Don't take this the wrong way, Pure Storage – are you the next NetApp?

Comment Back in 1992, NetApp was founded and competed with Auspex in the file storage array market. It overtook Auspex and grew and grew, entering the Fortune 500, becoming a storage platform company and a multi-billion dollar revenue corporation. No other startup has managed that feat since. Could Pure Storage be the first one to …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2016

HPE's CloudLine gains some weight – blows up from 72TB to 640TB

Nonupled? Yes, nonupled: HPE has nonupled* the capacity of its Foxconn-made CloudLine server products with a 640TB CL5200, which has nine times greater capacity** than the 72TB CL2200. HPE is also updating its Altoline switches for service providers and has a Helion private cloud reference architecture for OpenStack Swift. …
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2016
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Got enough Fibre in your diet? QLogic hustles 32gig HBA hitter

QLogic has a 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel host bus adapter, the QL2700. The company announced a set of faster Ethernet NICs last week, now it's the turn of the Fibre Channel side of its business. Gen 6 or 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel is twice as fast as current 16Gbit/s Gen 5 and the FIbre Channel industry, meaning Brocade, Broadcom’s …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2016
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Crowd-funded OpenShot 2.0 delivers graphic Linux package

Review It's been nearly two and a half years since the OpenShot video editor released an update. The long-awaited OpenShot 2.0 was beginning to feel like vaporware until a Kickstarter campaign raised more than $45,000 and promised a cross-platform release. The Kickstarter backers got their first look at OpenShot 2.0 beta at the end …

Apache Foundation rushes out Arrow as 'Top-Level Project'

The Apache Software Foundation has today announced Apache Arrow, its new project which aims to provide a cross-system data layer for columnar in-memory analytics. While Apache projects normally go through incubation periods, Arrow has been immediately announced as a Top-Level Project, and its code – seeded from the Apache …
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Scale-out storage: Proprietary? Commodity? Or both?

There is no doubting that scale-out storage is now thoroughly achievable. Indeed, scale-out is pretty much the norm for object storage, plus it is now the primary option when it comes to huge volumes of file-based NAS, where scale-out means a highly-scalable file system that supports clustering. It is growing in popularity for …
Bryan Betts, 11 Feb 2016

New AI chip from MIT gives Skynet a tenfold speed boost

A team from MIT has demonstrated a new type of deep-learning chip that dramatically speeds up the ability of neural networks to process and identify data. In a presentation at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, the researchers showed off Eyeriss, a chip designed specifically for deep learning. …
Iain Thomson, 04 Feb 2016
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Cloudian's better at Amazon S3 than anyone else, apparently

Comment Object storage startup Cloudian says it's the most S3-compliant of all object-storage vendors, and this really, really, really matters. We had our ears bent by Cloudian's sales VP, Jon Ash, about this, after asking why on Earth it mattered. First of all, it needs pointing out that there is no industry standard for Amazon S3, …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2016

Billion-dollar blood-test unicorn biz Theranos 'putting lives at risk'

Controversial blood-testing upstart Theranos has been told to take immediate action at one of its testing facilities – or lose its certification. A letter [PDF] sent from federal health inspectors the company said the company's California testing facility presented "immediate jeopardy to patient safety". Its hematology lab, …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Jan 2016
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Arista slaps Cisco with countersuit in network hardware row

Arista Networks has countersued Cisco, accusing the network giant of unfair competition practices. On Monday, Arista submitted paperwork with the US Northern California District Court alleging that Cisco unfairly stifles competition by wielding copyright claims against rivals and coercing customers to only use Cisco hardware …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2016
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Sainsbury's Bank web pages stuck on crappy 20th century crypto

Update Sainsbury's Bank website still relies on insecure cryptography protocols that more security conscious organisations have abandoned as obsolete. The UK supermarket-owned bank’s "secure" site rates an “F” in tests using the industry standard Qualys’ SSL Labs service – chiefly because of the support for protocols security experts …
John Leyden, 25 Jan 2016
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At last – Feds crack down on crummy encryption … starting with your dentist

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has struck a $250,000 settlement package in its case accusing a medical software developer of lying about its data encryption capabilities. The makers of Dentrix G5, an office and records tool for dentists, had been accused of lying to customers about the encryption capabilities of the …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Jan 2016
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Amazon, Azure and Google in race to the bottom ... of cloud storage pricing

Storage 2016 A period of quiet, rest and reflection is what the storage industry needs after a frankly hectic and very eventful 2015. It won't get it. The opposing forces of simplicity and complexity, access speed versus capacity, server versus array, on premises versus cloud, and tuned hardware and software versus software-defined are …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2016
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2015: The year storage was rocked to its foundations

Storage year in review, part 1 The storage market in 2015 went through strategic foundation-shaking turmoil as the external shared disk array storage playbook was torn to shreds. It was a bewildering year, with rampaging and revolutionary activity at all levels of the industry. It’s best looked at from the ground up, starting with the technology vision, …
Wireless Watch, 25 Dec 2015
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Here at last: That big data benchmark from TPC

After steady pre-release publicity, the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) has released new Big Data and virtualisation benchmarks. The TPC is a non-profit corporation founded to define transaction processing and database benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable TPC performance data to the industry. It …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2015
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Car parking mobile apps are vulnerable to hacking, say infosec folk

Mobile parking apps are often insecure, according to an investigation by security researchers at NCC Group. Firms running paid-for parking schemes across the UK are introducing mobile applications as an alternative to paying with coins and/or card at the parking meter. Parking vendors generally cater for customers using Apple …
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2015

We're not in ordinary servers anymore: EMC readies open sorcery spells

EMC is weaving more Open Source strands into its activities with RackHD, the CoprHD open-source ViPR project, and REX-Ray. It wants IT shops with open source-based system application developers to be able to use EMC hardware. RackHD is designed to manage and orchestrate server and network hardware resources at hyper-scale, and …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2015
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Goodbye, Hello Barbie: Wireless toy dogged by POODLE SSL hole

Updated Mattel's Hello Barbie doll, the Wi-Fi-equipped playmate that talks to its owner and reports back on the conversations to mummy and daddy, has more security problems than first thought – this time on the software side. Last week security researcher Matt Jakubowski found that it was relatively easy to purloin wireless network …
Iain Thomson, 04 Dec 2015

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Azure sitting in a tree, p-a-r-t-n-e-r-i-n-g

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is buddying up to Microsoft on public cloud, chief executive Meg Whitman has confirmed. On a conference call with financial analysts, the exec said Microsoft Azure will become the "preferred public cloud partner" and in turn HPE will be the primary supplier of infrastructure and services for Redmond' …
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2015
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Sales, share price sink for HP Inc – but it's relative glee for HPE

It was an inauspicious start to life as a standalone entity for HP Inc - the breakaway computer and printing business - as it forecast lower than expected profits, based on depressed market demand. The organisation, which undocked from the HP mothership at the start of this month, as did Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), …
Paul Kunert, 25 Nov 2015
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We pick storage brains: Has object storage endgame started?

Interview IBM buying Cleversafe could mark the start of the endgame for independent object storage suppliers. We talked to Philippe Nicolas, who was Scality’s Director of Product Strategy until earlier this year and is now a storage industry advisor. We asked him questions about the state of the object market and its suppliers. His …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2015
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Want to defend your network? Profile the person attacking it

Sysadmin blog If you want to hack someone's network then learn your target. This starts with recon. What does your target run? What information can you find out about them? Remote scanning will tell you lots about a target system ... unless their sysadmins are good and have changed all the banners to throw you off. So you learn about the …
Trevor Pott, 23 Nov 2015