Articles about Legacy

Beep, beep – it's our 2016 buzzword detector. We see you, 'complexity'

Sysadmin blog A new marketing push by legacy tech vendors that I expect will be particularly beloved by old school storage vendors is afoot: prepare for the "complexity" onslaught. The answer to lower total cost of ownership (TCO) claims made by the likes of public cloud or hyperconvergence vendors is going to be money funneled into endless …
Trevor Pott, 03 Mar 2016

SSL's DROWN not as bad as Heartbleed, still a security ship wreck

Security experts are split on how easy it is for hackers to exploit the high-profile DROWN vulnerability on insecure systems. One-third of all HTTPS websites are potentially vulnerable to the DROWN attack, which was disclosed on Tuesday. DROWN (which stands for Decrypting RSA with Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption) is a serious …
John Leyden, 02 Mar 2016
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SMBs? Are you big enough to have a serious backup strategy?

One of the TLAs* we come across all the time in IT is CIA. It's not, in this context, a shady American intelligence force: as far as we're concerned it stands for Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability – the three strands you need to consider as part of your security and data management policies and processes. Most …
Dave Cartwright, 02 Mar 2016

HTTPS DROWN flaw: Security bods' hearts sink as tatty protocols wash away web crypto

The discovery of a HTTPS encryption vulnerability, dubbed DROWN, again proves that supporting tired old protocols weakens modern crypto systems. DROWN (aka Decrypting RSA with Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption) is a serious design flaw that affects HTTPS websites and other network services that rely on SSL and TLS – which are …
John Leyden, 01 Mar 2016
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Cisco flexes its HyperFlex hyper-converged muscles

Cisco Partner Summit Let battle be joined; Cisco has re-entered the storage market via the hyper-converged infrastructure appliance door, with its HyperFlex* system able to separately scale performance and capacity. It uses Springpath HALO software, as many thought it would, and places Cisco in direct competition with other HCIA vendors, …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2016
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Irate IT distributors chase Amazon over unpaid bills

Exclusive Amazon has a bad rep among some Brits for avoiding taxes but it seems the company isn’t winning any fans among its supplier base locally either. Multiple tech distributors and vendors have told us they are fighting tooth and nail with the retail giant to get paid for historic deliveries it has disputed, potentially amounting …
Paul Kunert, 01 Mar 2016
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Mathletics promises security upgrades after parents' security gripes

Mathletics, an e-learning platform for mathematics that is used by millions of school kids across the English speaking world, has admitted a coding error that meant kids’ login details were transmitted in the clear. Developers Australia-based 3P Learning said that the security snafu was down to a coding error, which it has …
John Leyden, 29 Feb 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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NFV players push their wares to mobile operators at MWC

MWC16 Among the new phones, chargers, VR headsets and big-booth-photo-shoots* that dominated the Mobile World Congress media agenda this week, there's also been a slew of network function virtualisation (NFV) announcements. Cisco's hopped on board, announcing an NFV solution built out of Cisco UCS Servers, Nexus switches, and a " …

Add 'Bimodal IT' to your buzzword bingo card: Faster... more stable... faster. But stable

Comment Thanks to Gartner, we have a new buzzword: bimodal IT. It’s nothing special actually, just a new way to describe common sense, and the fact that the world – the IT world in this case – is not black or white. In practice, in modern IT organisations it is better to find a way to integrate different environments instead of trying …
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Nasuni sees cloud killing on-premises storage

Cloud storage gateway supplier Nasuni is growing fast as more and more file storage passes through its gateway. 2015 was a solid year for the firm, and, according to Nasuni itself, these were some of its highlights: A record number of new customers in 2015 drove 70 per cent growth in capacity subscription revenue over 2014 …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2016
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Huntsville, Alabama, has NASA, US Missile Command ... and now gigabit Google Fiber

Add Huntsville, Alabama, to the ranks of cities with the Google Fiber broadband service. The city announced on Monday that Google will lease part of a new municipal broadband network it is building. No timeline has been given for when the high-speed service will launch. The ISP will be part of the larger Huntsville Utilities …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Feb 2016
Big wheels, big performance

Software, not wetware, now the cause of lousy Volvo drivers

Volvo has issued a recall for cars that have buggy software. The code flaw means that engines in about 59,000 2016-model series 60 and 70 cars sometimes stop, for no apparent reason. The engines then restart. Volvo's not said anything about the circumstances that trigger the stop-start problem, so we don't know if it can …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Feb 2016
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HP Inc Elite X3: Windows 10 phablet for enterprise-y types

MWC16 HP Inc has unveiled a big bet re-entry into the handheld device market, banking on enterprise’s attachment to the Windows ecosystem to blur the memory of its previous forays and retreats into the space. The vendor will unveil its Elite x3 phablet at MWC, a six inch-high, 7.8mm thick phablet, along with a desktop dock to …
Paul Kunert, 21 Feb 2016

Arista cats hiss at Cisco, crack open the cream after bumper sales

Arista Networks has topped analyst expectations by posting a 40 per cent revenue jump in its latest quarterly returns. The networking company said the fourth quarter results put the cap on a "spectacular" 2015 that saw revenues spike even in the midst of an ongoing legal struggle against Cisco. "I have been pleased with the …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Feb 2016

Public enemies: Azure, Amazon, Google, Oracle, OpenStack, SoftLayer will murder private IT

Analysis On-premises IT is facing decimation by six public cloud enemies: Amazon, Azure, Google, OpenStack, Oracle and SoftLayer, who are on course to have the majority of customers' IT spend by 2018. An Internet retailer, started up as an online book store, and a website search facility have kickstarted an IT phenomenon which could …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2016

Spark man Zaharia on 2.0 and why it's 'not that important' to upstage MapReduce

Interview Spark is the open source cluster computing system started in 2009 by Matei Zaharia, when he was but an 'umble PhD candidate at Berkeley's AMPlab. Some people hope it will become the logical successor to MapReduce. Donated to the Apache Software Foundation in 2013, Spark has been backed by IBM. Proponents of Spark say it is …
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Depressed? Desperate for a ciggie? Blame the Neanderthals

It's now well established that ancient humans interbred with their Neanderthal cousins and their DNA intermingled with ours, but a new genetic analysis has shown that shagging around has had consequences. The research, undertaken by Vanderbilt University using its database of over 28,000 DNA samples, showed that Neanderthal …
Iain Thomson, 12 Feb 2016
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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

Analysis A 15-year experiment using some of the most advanced technology known to Man has picked up the first detection of a gravitational wave, the first direct measurement of black holes, and the first direct evidence of binary black holes. It has also opened up an entirely new field of astronomy. The signal was picked up on …
Iain Thomson, 11 Feb 2016
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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
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Open APIs for UK banking: It's happening, people

On Tuesday, an industry-led group published a new framework for supporting the use of open APIs in the banking sector. The UK Treasury is keen for banks to open up access to the data they hold on customers to other businesses to encourage innovation and boost competition in the sector. It tasked an industry-led Open Banking …
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Feb 2016
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Australian astroboffins reveal hundreds of hidden galaxies

Data collected by Australia's Parkes radio telescope from as far back as 1997 has led astronomers to declare they've discovered hundreds of galaxies hidden from telescopes by the Milky Way. The result is exciting for astro-boffins, because the mass of the 300 newly-spotted galaxies, plus new and better information about 500 …
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Nokia kicks off pre-MWC race with tech show-and-tell

And then there were four: the Big Five mobile network vendors are reduced to a quartet, though Cisco will be hoping that its new alliance with Ericsson will admit it to the inner circle, while Samsung and NEC remain hopeful of harnessing virtualisation to improve their radio access network (RAN) business. But the fight is …
Wireless Watch, 09 Feb 2016

Imation flogs off IronKey to Kingston

Imation has unravelled one of ex-CEO Mark Lucas's recovery strategy acquisitions and sold the IronKey business to Kingston. It's also received a non-compliance listing notice from the New York Stock Exchange; its valuation not being high enough. Lucas bought IronKey and its secure flash drive hardware as part of a …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2016
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Big hybrid iron swinger Infinidat bigs up its own growth

Infinidat, Moshe Yanai’s attempt to re-invent monolithic arrays in hybrid array, super-reliable form, had a good final 2015 quarter and wants everyone to know it's growing while competitors are lagging. To put this in context, in the third quarter of 2015 Infinidat had 61 per cent quarter-over-quarter growth and a 255 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2016

Go and whistle, IDC. The storage world's going to hell in a handbasket

Comment Data volumes are growing like crazy and yet there's a case to be made that 2016 is going to be a tough old year for storage, and could be an annus horribilis* and not an IDC prediction-fuelled glory year. Really? Yes, really. Try this argument on for size. South America is in a dreadful economic state. Brazil is over-spent …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2016
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RSA awards 7-year infrastructure overhaul deal to Wipro

RSA, one of Britain's oldest insurance firms, has awarded a seven-year IT infrastructure transformation deal to software company Wipro. Wipro will assume responsibility for RSA’s data centres, cloud, and end-user services, plus a multi-lingual service desk in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. The value of the deal was not …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Feb 2016
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Druva shows us its DRaaS and it's full of BADness

Druva is adding Disaster Recovery (DR) functionality to Phoenix, its converged cloud-based data protection system for enterprises. Phoenix provides backup and archival of both physical and virtual server environments direct to the (AWS) cloud. It can now provide backup, archive and DR all at once. A differential backup is …
Chris Mellor, 04 Feb 2016
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Big daddy HDS shows off fruits of Big Data slurpee Pentaho

A refreshed HSP 400 series, HDS’ scale-out analytics appliance, has native integration with the Pentaho Enterprise Platform. HDS slurped up Pentaho in February 2015 to acquire big data integration and predictive analysis technology. The software amalgamates multi-source data from, for example, Hadoop (Cloudera, Hortonworks and …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2016

'Hopelessly insecure’ Motorola CCTV cameras belatedly patched

Security researchers have successfully hacked the Motorola Focus 73 outdoor security camera, using exploits that allowed them to gain access to the associated home network’s Wi-Fi password as a result.   White hats at Context Information Security were able to obtain full control of the camera’s pan-tilt-zoom controls as well …
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2016
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See that fist punching through the clouds? That's Veeam's, that is

You've got to have sympathy for Veeam's competitors. Ratmir Timashev's storage upstart pulled off another slam dunk quarter to close 2015. As Barracuda looks for a sale, Seagate sells off EVault, and Veritas flails helplessly, Veeam rockets on, telling everybody it has: A 22 per cent increase in total bookings revenue to $ …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2016
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IBM buys two digital ad agencies in a week

One for the record: IBM is buying an online creative ad agency – the second in a week – for an undisclosed sum. This one is a 300-strong company Aperto, which is headquartered in Berlin and counts Airbus, Volkswagen and Siemens among its customers. The company will become part of IBM’s IX – as in "interactive experience" – …
Drew Cullen, 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
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What’s new in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016?

Microsoft is busy reshaping Windows server for the cloud era, and the Hyper-V hypervisor is changing accordingly. The first release of Hyper-V was with Windows Server 2008. It was a solid and reliable product from the beginning, but with limited features compared to its competition, especially VMware. The technology is …
Tim Anderson, 29 Jan 2016
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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

When Simon Sharwood revealed that an Aussie operator has just retired a server that been running flawlesssly since 1997, we figured it would prompt a slew of one-upmanship comments, and we were right. What we weren’t quite prepared for were the diversions that one aging server prompted into the nature of time, space travel, …
Joe Fay, 29 Jan 2016
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Reg readers speak out on Thin Client technology

Survey Results Managing PC estates is a time-consuming, expensive and thankless task. Better provisioning and management tools can obviously help, but implementing one or more of the various forms of desktop virtualisation available nowadays may also be beneficial. The virtualisation option, and particularly the use of hardware-based thin …
Dale Vile, 28 Jan 2016
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There's no guidance for Scottish police use of UK facial recog database

An audit into Police Scotland has raised the alarm over the country's lack of independent oversight on police access to the facial recognition capabilities of the UK Police National Database. The 51-page audit (PDF), which was published yesterday, also noted that although the existing statutory guidance on the facial images …

This EMC is bereft of expansion, it is formerly increasing ... it is ex-growth

Analysis EMC is now an ex-growth stock. It pulled out its traditional hard-selling fourth quarter, but it achieved 0.7 per cent less than the year-ago quarter. Full-year results, published on Wednesday, were ahead in the annual compare by just 1 per cent. It's been a hard year for the world's number one storage supplier. Fourth …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2016
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Apparently we have to give customers the warm fuzzies ... How the heck do we do that?

Analysis “The customer is king” is up there with some of the most overused corporate mantras. But it has now been translated into a new buzzword – Customer Experience, or CX – and a whole industry is evolving on the back of it. The purveyors of enterprise software, cloud services and digital devices would have you believe you can …
Rachel Willcox, 27 Jan 2016
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Whew! How to tell if a DevOps biz is peddling a load of manure

Comment If you are a data centre provider with a new DevOps division that is actually just two blokes sat in a call centre who kind of know what DevOps is, then you're probably not doing DevOps. Also, if your DevOps toolset doesn’t include quantifiable tasks metrics and call stack analysis technology, then that's probably not DevOps, …

UK councils continue to run into the arms of Capita

IT service providers BT, IBM and Mouchel all took a double-digit hit on their share of the local government market over the last year as councils continue to run into the arms of Capita, according to research. Once again Capita reigned supreme as the primary supplier to councils, increasing its deals by 22 per cent to £658m, …
Kat Hall, 27 Jan 2016
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The only way is down for NetApp, HPE and IBM storage – study

In its inaugural Voice of the Enterprise: Storage Study, 451 Research forecasts public cloud storage spend to double in two years – with NetApp, HPE and IBM falling down the supplier rankings as Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure bulldoze their way in. We have seen a copy of the report: 451 asked its enterprise research base “ …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2016

Thought you were safe from the Fortinet SSH backdoor? Think again

Fortinet has admitted that many more of its networking boxes have the SSH backdoor that was found hardcoded into FortiOS – with FortiSwitch, FortiAnalyzer and FortiCache all vulnerable. Last week, a Python script emerged that could allow anyone to get administrator-level access to some of Fortinet's firewall devices using …
Iain Thomson, 23 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

IBM storage revenues are very reliable. Four years of steady decline and counting

Analysis For IBM, storage value is moving to software, with object storage and flash growing while legacy disk and tape products see revenue falls. In Big Blue’s fourth 2016 quarter overall revenues dropped nine per cent but storage hardware revenues fared worse, dropping 11.1 per cent, with no end in sight. This continues a trend …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2016

Hot Potato exploit mashes old vulns into Windows System 'sploit

Shmoocon Foxglove Security bod Stephen Breen has strung together dusty unpatched Windows vulnerabilities to gain local system-level access on Windows versions up to 8.1. The unholy zero-day concoction, reported to Microsoft in September and still unpatched, is a reliable way of p0wning Windows for attackers that have managed to pop …
Darren Pauli, 20 Jan 2016

Let's get GDS to build a public blockchain, UK.gov's top boffin says

The British government's Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Mark Walport, has done a Dilbert and declared that the UK needs a blockchain. In an 88-page report (PDF) published today, Sir Mark explained how a distributed ledger could transform governance in the United Kingdom, and even suggested that the Government Digital Service …
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NASA rockets datasets into Amazon’s cloud with Avere

NASA’s Ames Research Centre is moving many files into Amazon’s S3 cloud using Avere’s gateway tech. Ames wants to consolidate legacy storage and move many of its datasets to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud to save cash. It knows a teensy-weensy bit about IT, running NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Division’s Pleiades …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2016
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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

In a stunning example of consensus-building, Microsoft has somehow persuaded the big names of silicon that it would be better for all concerned if they quietly euthanize Windows 7 and 8.1. Accordingly, Redmond, Intel, Qualcomm and AMD have occupied the same room without injury long enough to promise that future products like …
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IDC's abacus fiddlers say a third of all IT spend goes on cloud

IDC abacus acrobats have worked out that a third of IT infrastructure spend is going to the cloud, up from just under a quarter a year ago. In IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker it’s revealed that $7.6 Bn was spent on cloud IT infrastructure in the third 2015 quarter. IT infrastructure spend …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2016