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HP: We're still running the ARM race with Moonshot servers

Moonshot servers running ARM chips are still very much in Hewlett-Packard’s future, despite challengers dropping out of the data-centre race. That’s according to HP’s vice president of product management and marketing for Moonshot, Susan Blocher, who spoke to The Register on Tuesday. “Moonshot is very much committed to ARM and …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2014
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QLogic grabs Broadcom Ethernet assets

QLogic has signed a deal with Broadcom to buy some Ethernet assets and license its Fibre Channel IP. The converged network controller maker is spending $147m in cash to buy: some 10/40/100Gbit Ethernet controller-related assets and non-exclusive licences to certain intellectual property relating primarily to Broadcom’s …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014

Whopping 10TB disks spin out of HGST – plus 3.2TB flash slabs

HGST today launched a full frontal assault on the market with a shedload of disk and flash announcements – including a 10TB hard drive. The background scene set is the notion that the rate of data growth is doubling every two years and the spread of internet connectivity to non-IT devices (aka Internet of Things) will fuel …
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2014

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
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Hey, big spender. Are you as secure as a whitebox vendor?

Security flaws are a great source of inter-company marketing FUD, but it is how a company responds to them that determines how trustworthy they are. Can you bet your business – or your personal data – on a company that simply brushes flaws under a rug? Where does the vendor's responsibility end and that of the customer begin? As …
Trevor Pott, 01 Aug 2014
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Controlling Application Access

Key Points The pressure is growing on the corporate network and the systems it supports. When asked about their network and application access infrastructure in a recent research study, the 404 respondents who participated highlighted a range of escalating pressures. Organisations of all sizes are seeing greater demands as a …
Dale Vile, 06 Jun 2014
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Acronis co-founder slips into driving seat after CEO picks up P45

Backup and recovery specialists Acronis's latest CEO, Alex Pinchev, has left the firm and has been replaced by one of its founders. Pinchev became Acronis's CEO with much fanfare in November 2011, replacing Jason Donahue. Pinchev, an ex-Red Hat sales leader, was described as a visionary CEO, and became an Acronis board member in …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2013
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It's not the data you have, it's what you do with it

Companies may “miss out on gaining business advantage because of failure to optimise stored data”, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Computacenter in June 2013. About 60 per cent of companies find it hard to analyse the information stored on their systems. While they may be able to cope with the volume and velocity of …
Eira Hayward, 02 Sep 2013

Facebook reveals 700TB of tiered RAM and flash power Graph Search

Facebook has revealed a little more detail about how it built Graph Search, the feature it took live a couple of weeks back to enable better searching of the billion posts it now collects each day. The reveal came in a blog post, as is the fashion at this time, that explains building better search across posts is hard because …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Oct 2013
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Quizzed Quantum veep quashes hardware quit rumours

Is big data and big storage biz Quantum finally moving away from its hardware business to the cloud? This question was raised by a statement from Henrik Rosendahl, Quantum's Cloud Solutions SVP: Quantum is transitioning its business from being a predominantly hardware-based, on-premise data protection provider to turning into a …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2013

Blighty's new top supercomputer bagged by software boffins

The UK government is buying an IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer and iDataplex [PDF] servers, with DDN storage, to use in its Daresbury laboratory. The lab is used for developing software for next-generation supercomputers, presumably the exascale thingies needed for chewing through Really Big Data. The funding and authorisation …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2012
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Dell fending off EMC's maintenance push

Customers who bought EMC kit from Dell before the pair dissolved their relationship are not flooding back to the storage specialist for their support needs, according to Steve Schuckenbrock, President of Dell's services operation. Speaking at the launch of a new solutions centre in Sydney, Australia, Schuckenbrock said Dell is …
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2012
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Take a deep breath: This is THE year of 'end-user computing'

What exactly is end-user computing (EUC)? There are so many different definitions that even vendors can’t agree on a single version of the truth. These range from VDI technology to file sharing across multiple devices to platforms that let you access cloud-based apps. What is clear is that just like cloud computing, …
Tim Ayling, 29 Apr 2013
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Big Data and analytics: Reg survey crunches the numbers

Every IT professional understands that relational databases play an important role in most organisations. Indeed, the previous article in this series highlighted that such repositories are used to hold business critical data in many organisations. Such “traditional platforms” are not only widely deployed, they are also well …
Tony Lock, 07 Nov 2012
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Kent county council stages developer compo

Kent county council has launched a competition for local IT experts to develop new solutions for delivering public services. It is offering £1,000 to each winner for the best innovations based on two ideas: using virtual tokens in a reward scheme for those helping others to get advice and support to take better care of …
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It's time to rethink storage management

In these cash-strapped times spending you way out of a data boom isn't as easy as it was so last week we packed our studio with 3 storage experts to talk through the alternatives. Jon Collins from Inter Orbis hosted the gig and he was joined by Tony Lock from Freeform Dynamics and Ian Shave from IBM. They look at the challenge …
Phil Mitchell, 07 Nov 2011
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Cisco and NetApp fatten up Flexpod, chuck it at cloud biz

Cisco and NetApp are drawing closer together with their FlexPod converged system effort, an attempt to grab branch office, data centre and public cloud infrastructure business. Cisco has servers and networking, which is not enough, and NetApp has storage, which is not enough either - because IT people need servers, storage and …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jan 2013
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The boom and bust challenge of storage management

Today at 11:00 GMT we're broadcasting live from our St Paul's studio with a program, and some experts, that look at the challenges of storage management. You can join us for free from the comfort of your desk – just make sure you bring your questions along because we've got a top drawer set of presenters for you. Jon Collins …
Phil Mitchell, 03 Nov 2011
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The storage boom and bust cycle

Tomorrow at 11:00 GMT we'll be broadcasting live from our St Paul's studio with a program, and some experts, that look at the challenge of improving storage management without just throwing money at it. You can join us for free from the comfort of your desk – just make sure you bring your questions along because we've got a top …
Phil Mitchell, 02 Nov 2011
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Drive chip biz warns of flash-disk hybrid boom

Marvell, the main supplier of disk drive controller system chips, says most disk drive vendors will have hybrid flash-disk products in a few months. Marvell ships SoCs (system-on-chip) to the hard disk drive (HDD) vendors and reckons it has about 60 per cent of the market. It also ships SoCs for solid-state drives – such as its …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2011
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EMC takes on Box, SugarSync and other sync 'n' sharers

EMC is buying Syncplicity for its file-sharing and synchronisation technology and thus taking on Box, SugarSync, and other enterprise Dropbox look-alikes. Business and public sector organisations need their users to be able to share files securely in a world of proliferating user devices and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) for the …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2012
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DotGovLabs opens to public

A development hub set up to find innovative digital solutions to public service problems has been made open to the public. DotGovLabs, run by the Cabinet Office's "skunkworks" team, can now be accessed by anyone, as opposed to by invite only. The project involves crowdsourcing ideas from innovators from outside government to …
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The data boom and bust cycle

More data more often than not means more disks. It was ever thus - but in these cash-strapped times, just buying more kit is no longer an option. But is it really that easy to stop the growth/spend cycle and make what you’ve already got work harder? Could you solve everything by throwing a bit of elastic cloud storage into the …
Phil Mitchell, 01 Nov 2011
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Keeping score in the public sector

A recent Reg Reader survey looked at how public sector organisations are managing to address the complex challenges of information management in an age when everyone expects to have instant access to information while simultaneously insisting on stringent security being enforced. The results are unlikely to be much of a …
Tony Lock, 05 Mar 2012

Big Blue prototypes software for big, big data

IBM has prototyped a software architecture for the huge data demands of astronomy projects such as the SKA (square kilometer array). One of the many problems created by a project as large as the SKA is that wherever it’s built – we’ll know next year if the South Africa bid or the Australia / New Zealand bid wins – it’s going to …
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The trials and tribulations of data centre networking

For much of the last decade data centre networking, along with networking in general, has become accepted as part of the glue that is invisible to business users. End users now take for granted that networking ‘works’, but with new services placing greater stress on data centre networks, what do organisations think about the …
Tony Lock, 03 Nov 2011
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Gov websites' value not at all clear despite trimming

The government has failed to routinely measure the benefits of its main portals - the Government Gateway, Directgov and Business.gov - which together have cost £90.3m over the past three years, says the National Audit Office (NAO). In its report titled Digital Britain One: Shared infrastructure and services for government online …
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OCZ conquers Everest, flashes 3-bit NAND at world

OCZ is showing the first mainstream computer flash drive using 3-bit NAND at CES 2012. Flash comes in single-level cell (SLC) form, the fastest, longest-lived and most expensive, and also a 2-bit multi-level cell (MLC) variant which is slower, has a shorter working life but is less expensive than SLC. TLC is an extension of this …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2012
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Intel touts early access to new tech

Intel's services division, Intel Solution Services (ISS), has launched One Generation Ahead, an initiative developed to provide businesses with access to future technologies and the company's "business expertise". The goal: to help firms roll out new technology more quickly and maximise ROI while they're about it. According to …
Tony Smith, 11 Jun 2003
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Microsoft pumps cash into IBM bete noire

Microsoft has pumped an undisclosed sum into TurboHercules, a French outfit that seeks to undercut IBM's mainframe business. The cash infusion, which happened last week, comes hot on the heels of Microsoft's orchestration of a $450m purchase of 882 patents from Novell as part of Attachmate's acquisition of that software maker. …
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Nokia reorganizes for second time in six months

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has announced his second reorganization in six months, indicating the intense pressure he is under to get the firm's smartphone strategy right. The new structure, effective from July 1, is heavily focused on tight integration between software and hardware, especially at the high end but also in …
Wireless Watch, 12 May 2010
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The True Cost of Desktop Support

Desktop support is something every organisation does using a variety of tools, people and processes, using both trained and qualified staff through to the unsanctioned, and often badly informed “I know someone who can help” approach. In many organisations, it is noticeable how many end users base their entire perception of IT …
Tony Lock, 20 Oct 2010
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Using systems management tools in IT security

Every IT professional recognises the importance of securing the IT systems that are now at the heart of many business processes. This recognition goes beyond simple deployment of security technologies. As Register readers have told us, drivers such as compliance with regulatory pressures, minimising financial risks, securing …
Tony Lock, 11 May 2010
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Sorting out the jigsaw that is business mobility?

Most businesses tend to find themselves arriving at a point where they have accumulated a bunch of mobile stuff. Some of it has been brought into the business in a premeditated fashion, while other bits have crept in, in response to personal or group pressure. We can argue that there is nothing necessarily wrong with this, it is …
Josie Sephton, 25 Jun 2010
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Asset management And Service Management

When it comes to providing users with access to the tools and information they require to perform their daily tasks, the notion of service provisioning is usually to be found close to the heart of IT operations. A wide range of new solutions are now available to ‘help’ IT deliver services to users but is the job getting any …
Tony Lock, 07 Apr 2010

Trend Micro overhauls EMEA channel programme

Trend Micro has shaken up its EMEA channel programme in the hope of simplifying the business and forging better partner relationships in that region. The security software firm, which today announced strong Q1 results, said the newly created Affinity Partner Program should offer increased value for its partners. It aims to …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Apr 2007
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Drobos flying off the shelves

Nobody told Geoff Barrall's Data Robotics there was a recession. Sales have just doubled year-on-year in its second quarter, the company says. Privately held Data Robotics makes Drobo, a 4- or 8-slot external storage device with RAID-like protection, user-installable hard drives, and a virtualised block storage pool. It's also …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2009
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UK.gov folds over Ordnance Survey map data

The government has released some Ordnance Survey mapping data for free re-use to British citizens today, in response to public consultation that got underway in December last year. It said it would make a handful of OS datasets freely available for use by the likes of developers wanting to mash up data for UK websites. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Apr 2010
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The Open Cloud Manifesto in full

This is the text of the Open Cloud Manifesto - it came from someone who disagrees with its sentiments. Maybe there are shades of the Aperi process here with companies feeling they are being bulldozed into signing something they haven't had a hand in developing? On the other hand, expecting Microsoft to join in with a bunch of …
Chris Mellor, 29 Mar 2009
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Controversial ad serving firm Adzilla pulls out of the US

Controversial behavioural advertising firm Adzilla has reportedly quit the US market. The move follows the resignation of chief exec Toby Gabriner. Gabriner told the New York Times that a stronger than expected backlash against the privacy implications of its Phorm-like technology derailed the firm's business plans. "It’s not …
John Leyden, 14 Oct 2008
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Supermicro preps dual Itanium 2 mobos

Supermicro is tipping its toes into the Itanium 2 market, with some dual processor mobos for the OEM market. They'll be out in volume in the summer, presumably to coincide with Madison. The mobo maker OEM market around Itanium is not exactly active, and Supermicro's entry does not suggest to us that this will change real soon. …
Drew Cullen, 27 Feb 2003
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Dell crunches numbers on Perot deal

In an effort to get Wall Street excited about the company again, Dell has committed to extract $4bn in costs from its operations between 2009 and 2011. That gets a bit tricky if Dell keeps acquiring companies, and it had to keep acquiring if it's gonna dig itself out of it commodity hardware corner, a place where a slick and …
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Google touts real-time RSS transplant

Google is trumpeting a new messaging protocol it insists on calling PubSubHubbub. Brett Slatkin - a software engineer on Google’s App Engine team - demonstrated the protocol this week at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York. It aims to turn RSS and Atom into real-time content delivery mechanisms - and maybe even revamp Google search. …
Matthew Graven, 20 Nov 2009
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Microsoft and Novell: Bambi meets Godzilla?

Microsoft and Novell have recently announced a set of agreements to build, market, and support a series of new solutions to make their products work better together. Microsoft will now recommend SUSE Linux Enterprise for customers who want Windows and Linux together. The two companies are going to create a joint research …
Joyce Becknell, 29 Nov 2006
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EC to overhaul consumer law to boost e-commerce

The European Commission will overhaul European contract law to make internet selling easier, more reliable and more efficient. The commission has opened consultation on proposed changes that will affect eight EU Directives. Recognising that e-commerce is hampered by a mass of conflicting national laws, the commission has …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 Feb 2007
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Overland gets fresh financing

Overland Storage, which was in danger of running out of cash by the end of the month, has agreed a $9m accounts receivable financing deal. Overland supplies NEO and ARCvault tape libraries, REO disk backup and virtual tape libraries, and ULTAMUS protected drive arrays. It is recovering after drastic mis-steps by previous …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2008
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SOA - dead or alive?

Service oriented architectures, or SOAs, have been positioned as the great leap forwards in how IT will finally come to be the major facilitator to the business. However, uptake around the world remains mixed, and the levels of understanding that Quocirca finds in organisations as to what constitutes an SOA remains relatively …
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SAP hones mid-market message

It is a few years now since SAP first aimed its sights at the mid-market, writes Fran Howarth of Bloor Research. At first, this was really just an attempt to extend its reach into the subsidiary organisations and sales offices of its major corporate clients - and SAP made no bones about that. However, competitive pressures have …
IT-Analysis, 09 Dec 2003
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IBM CICS legacy at the heart of SOA

As I mentioned in a recent article IBM is to make a series of software announcements that will bring z/series to the heart of SOA (service oriented architecture). The first announcement included CICS Transaction Server V3.1 and CICS Transaction Gateway V6.0. They include several significant enhancements that show that IBM …
Peter Abrahams, 07 Dec 2004
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Qinetiq rolls out 'third party' SDK for killer robot lines

Killer robots are a bit like iPhones - tons of hype, but not that many units actually sold. Many people reckon that this is because these amazing, potentially multifunction devices' potential is not fully exploited. And that, of course, is because of the lack of a robust developer community. Armed, yet human-controlled At last …
Lewis Page, 11 Jun 2008