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Apple vs. Samsung goes back to court, again, to re-assess the value of a rounded corner

A US appeal court has opened the next round of the long-running Apple versus Samsung patent case, this time to recalculate the damages Sammy owes Cupertino. Apple won US$399 million in damages when courts agreed that various patents were infringed by Samsung, including rounded corners on the case, and the gridded home page …
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Quantum: Well, would you look at that. We've made some money!

Quantum has surprised itself with preliminary quarterly revenue numbers well ahead of plan. Back in October, its second fiscal 2017 quarter saw an uptick in both revenues and profits after a whole slew of quarters showing downturns and even losses, as declining tape revenues obliterated gains from multi-tiered, single …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2017
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D-Wave goes public with open-source quantum-classical hybrid software

Want to fool around with some quantum-ish computing? D-Wave has open sourced a software tool that prepares optimisation problems to run on its hardware. You can think of the software, qbsolv, as a D-Wave-specific compiler: in the white paper it's posted along with the tool at GitHub, the company's Michael Booth, Steven …
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A deduping backup target startup going public – who'd a thought it?

Exagrid, whch produces deduping disk backup target arrays, announced record revenue for the fourth 2016 quarter; its 12th,consecutive cash-positive quarter. It grew double digits over the previous quarter and same quarter of the prior year as well as for the full year of 2016 over 2015. The company wants to increase the …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2017
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Qualcomm/NXP, Nvidia and Intel: The race to define the car platform

CES 2017 So the stakes are high, and many companies are already playing hard. There were important announcements from two of the most established chip suppliers in the auto sector, NXP and Nvidia – the former particularly closely watched because it will soon be part of Qualcomm. Its launches reminded the industry how strategic an …
Wireless Watch, 12 Jan 2017

Now for a really cool micro-drum solo: Boffins chill gizmo below quantum limit

Physicists working at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a way to theoretically cool an object to absolute zero. This groundbreaking technique, detailed in Nature today, has been used to chill a vibrating aluminium membrane to 360 microKelvin, a temperature below the “quantum limit.” …
Katyanna Quach, 12 Jan 2017
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2016 – the year 3D XPoint came down to earth from Planet Hype

Storage Review in 2016 Storage in 2016 saw its on-premises SAN/filer array heartland assaulted by the public cloud on the one hand, and hyper-converged and software-defined storage on the other. The now-classic dual-controller disk array went hybrid to keep storing primary data, but all-flash arrays are taking on that role and so the hybrids went …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2017

NIST requests ideas for crypto that can survive quantum computers

The United States' National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a “Notice and request for nominations for candidate post-quantum algorithms.” The Institute (NIST) has cottoned on to the fact that “If large-scale quantum computers are ever built, they will be able to break many of the public-key cryptosystems …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Dec 2016

Turns out there's a market for marijuana... plants' video surveillance

Analysis Pot plant surveillance cameras in a Colorado marijuana farm feeding Quantum’s StorNext multi-tiered and scale-out, file virtualisation and data services software with video footage show the substantial market changes to which Quantum is having to adapt. CEO Jon Gacek told a visiting press crew in December: “I feel like the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2016
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Back up a minute. So you're saying they're buying fewer appliances?

Glory days... not really. IDC sees the purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) market shrinking in the third 2016 quarter, by almost 8 per cent on an annual basis, to $737.5mn. This is the market dominated by Dell EMC’s Data Domain products. And it seems to be affected, like storage arrays, by an enterprise buying slowdown. The …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2016
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Startup grind is over: Now Primary Data must compete with storage giants

Analysis Startups arrive with fanfares of new tech and product surprise and then face the long grind to grow their business to newsworthy market status while adding bells and whistles to the basic product. Getting the first product out of the door is a validation of all the technology trend analysis and development struggle involved in …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2016

Top CompSci boffins name the architectures we'll need in 2030

The International Symposium on Computing Architecture has revealed the five architectural challenges it thinks computer science needs to solve to meet the demands of the year 2030. Their recommendations, distilled from the Architecture 2030 Workshop at June's ISCA in Korea and available here, draws on the contributions of …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2016
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Pure Storage is betting its FlashArray farm on NVMe

+Comment At a high level, Pure believes NVMe is poised to unlock the next generation of performance and density gains, and any modern all-flash array needs to be ready to take advantage. It plans to enable NVMe with tier 1 resiliency and enterprise data services for everyone, refusing to see it as expensive, exotic, high-performance …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016

Really weird quantum phenomenon spied lurking near neutron star

Pic A neutron star may have led astronomers to find signs of a strange quantum phenomenon in vacuum space that was predicted more than eighty years ago. In quantum electrodynamics (QED), space isn’t really empty. Virtual particle and antiparticle pairs continually pop up and disappear. In the presence of very strong magnetic …
Katyanna Quach, 01 Dec 2016
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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

Einstein was incorrect about the speed of light being a fixed constant in our universe, a new theory suggests. A team of physicists are backing an idea that the speed of light is not constant and have made a prediction that can be tested. The speed of light is exactly 299,792,458 metres per second, and is a value that is …
Katyanna Quach, 25 Nov 2016
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A closer look at HPE's 'The Machine'

Analysis HPE is undertaking the single most determined and ambitious architectural redesign of a server’s architecture in recent history in the shape of The Machine. We'll try to provide what Army types call a sitrep about The Machine, HPE's "completely different" system: its aims, its technology and its situation. Think of this as a …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2016
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Samsung fires $70m at quantum televisions

Samsung's beefing up one of the divisions that hasn't been burned by its Galaxy Note 7 disaster, acquiring a US company that specialises in quantum dots for displays. Under its previous name Color IQ, the takeover target QD Vision was already licensing technology to TV makers like Philips, LG, Sony, and TCL Group in China. “ …

EMC crying two SAN breakup tears

Analysis Dell EMC is working on fixing the increasing split between primary storage data on flash and capacity data storage on object arrays by logically combining them underneath a 2 TIERS software abstraction layer. The starting point is that SAN disk or hybrid flash/disk arrays are diverging into separate arrays under the pressures …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2016

Physicists have built the world's fastest quantum simulator

The world’s fastest quantum simulator models an interaction between a many-body system of more than 40 atoms within one billionth of a second, according to research published on Wednesday. Replicating a many-body system experimentally is a lively area of research, as it gives scientists a way to study quantum mechanical …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Nov 2016

Quantum traffic jam of atoms could unlock origin of dark energy, physicists claim

It may be possible to crack the mystery of why the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate, if gravity can be measured through a “quantum traffic jam” of ultracold atoms. A paper published in Physical Review Letters [paywalled] proposes a hypothetical experiment that could provide scientists with a new way of measuring …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Nov 2016
Noah's Ark

Arkivum's new CEO gets £3m cash boost to play with – now what?

Interview Arkivum has gained £3m funding after appointing a new CEO. The firm is in the AaaS business, archiving as a service. When Guy Yaniv became CEO in June, the previous grand fromage, Jim Cook, became Chief Customer Officer. But he left in October and is now a Project Lead at Genomics England. We asked Arkivum some questions, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2016
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This week's biggest shock: The race to 200Gbps has been won

Comment As we reported today, Mellanox announced today it has broken through the 200Gb/sec barrier. We're told it will ship an end-to-end 200Gb/s interconnect solution in the first half of 2017. Mellanox will refresh its Quantum smart switches, ConnectX 6 adapters, along with the cables that connect the two together. What does this …

Mellanox: We're gonna make InfiniBand great again – 200Gbps great

InfiniBand will go from 100Gbps to 200Gbps next year – and The Register spoke to Mellanox's marketing veep Gilad Shainer to find out what to expect. What's coming from Mellanox is a bottom-to-top offering for the 200Gbps HDR InfiniBand spec, Shainer said, covering switches, chips, NICs and suitable cabling. The upcoming …
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Gartner's soothsayers whisk Huawei, Quantum and Infinidat to front of stage

The quick and dirty CIO array supplier shortlist, otherwise known as Gartner's Magic Quadrant for general-purpose disk arrays, has Huawei, Quantum and Infinidat all making big progress since last year. The leaders' box (see chart below) is crowded, with eight vendors jostling for space. The top three are Dell EMC, HDS and HPE …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2016
CERN's particle decelerator

CERN also has a particle decelerator – and it’s trying to break physics

Sorry, new physics fans, CERN has once again failed to break the old physics, this time using a particle decelerator that chilled helium atoms close to absolute zero. The organisation is checking the mass of the proton's antimatter twin, the antiproton, using a specialised spectrograph. The measurement is an important test …

IBM stirs Lenovo Optane into its Bluemix cloud

Analysis Lenovo x86 servers fitted with Intel Optane SSDs will be available by the end of the year. According to this blog they will be used in IBM's public cloud, Bluemix, for customers to check out Optane performance, being made available free of charge on so-called innovator testbeds, and installed in IBM's Bluemix data centres. …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2016
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Scality developing way to stream objects to tape and the cloud

Scality is developing a software-defined storage controller (SDS) to archive objects off to the public cloud or tape using the S3 protocol. The idea is to use policies to select objects that are streamed off to an S3-accessed target from an on-premises Scality RING storage system. Metadata about the streamed objects would be …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2016

Dark matter? More like diet matter: Super-light axions may solve universe's mass riddle

Boffins have calculated the mass of axions, which are a promising candidate for the mysterious dark matter loitering in our universe. Axions are up to ten billion times lighter than an electron, according to new supercomputer simulations of the early universe. With these figures in mind, scientists can now fine tune their …
Katyanna Quach, 03 Nov 2016

Quantum heaves sigh of relief as red ink washes away

Made it! Quantum is back in profit after five loss-making quarters. It made $3.8m profit on revenues of $134.7m in its second fiscal 2017 quarter; they were $117m a year ago, with a net loss of $11.2m, and $116.3m in the previous quarter, which saw a $3.8m loss. Finally all that hard work in building up StorNext revenues …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016
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TB per carat? Data diamonds!

The idea comes from a Science Advances paper publicised in the New York Times. The abstract says: "Negatively charged nitrogen vacancy (NV-) center in diamond is the focus of widespread attention for applications ranging from quantum information processing to nanoscale metrology. One intriguing possibility is the long-term …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016

Rise of the photon clones: New method could lead to 'impenetrable' comms

Physicists have produced "near-perfect" clones of quantum information that can be used to send and retrieve information securely over long distances through quantum cryptography. Research into using quantum mechanics for cryptography reasons is a bustling area. More countries are beginning to invest in technology that could …
Katyanna Quach, 26 Oct 2016

NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

Comment As production and usage of data keeps growing globally, it’s worth remembering that the US government wants access to your information and will use warrants, decryption or hacking to get to it. That’s not news and the US government has many tools in its box. Many had already heard of the Uniting and Strengthening America by …
Frank Jennings, 20 Oct 2016

How do you make a qubit 10 times as stable? Dress it up for work

Dressing qubits in an electromagnetic field can make them 10 times more stable and able to perform more calculations over time in future quantum computers, according to new research in Nature Nanotechnology. Qubits - or quantum bits - hold information in quantum computers just like bits do in conventional computers. Instead of …
Katyanna Quach, 18 Oct 2016
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LogMeIn collapses its 'Cubby' Dropbox clone into LogMeIn Pro

LogMeIn is mostly-closing “Cubby”, it's little-known Dropbox clone. In an email sent to users, the company says it “plans to retire Cubby from its current line of products.” Cubby is a vanilla sync 'n' share product with the usual come-for-the-free-capacity, please-please-please-cough-up-for-more-storage business plan. That …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2016
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SHA3-256 is quantum-proof, should last BEELLIONS of years, say boffins

While it's reasonable to assume that a world with real quantum computers will ruin traditional asymmetric encryption, perhaps surprisingly hash functions might survive. That's the conclusion of a group of boffins led by Matthew Amy of Canada's University of Waterloo, in a paper at the International Association of Cryptologic …
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HPE tops in tape. Yes, tape is still a thing

IDC says HPE is the big cheese in the tape systems market, getting more revenue from streaming ribbons of rust devices than anybody else. The research firm's Worldwide Quarterly Tape Tracker for the first half of 2016 says HPE is the tape device primary canine because it's number 1 in : stand-alone tape drives with 5X the …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2016
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Something strange stirs in the storage backwater swamps, long ribbons of rust that never forget

At one end of the storage spectrum is fast and flashy SSD storage and at the other – still – is tape; streaming ribbons of rust that are cheaper and more reliable than disk, and still selling for on-premises and off-site archive data storage. Long-time tape library and drive supplier Quantum has brushed up its library offering …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2016
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Boffins eschew silicon to build tiniest-ever transistor, just 1nm long

Boffins from the United States Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and beyond say they've cracked a new way to make very, very, small transistors. As explained in their Science paper MoS2 transistors with 1-nanometer gate lengths, the authors explain silicon is a lovely substance with …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Oct 2016
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Quantum predictions up

Quantum is having a blow-out second fiscal 2017 quarter, and upping its expected revenue from to $132m - $134m from the previous $118m - $122m range. That would be up 13-15 per cent year-over-year, with over 50 per cent growth in scale-out storage, meaning the StorNext products. At the end of its first FY 2017 quarter Quantum …
Chris Mellor, 07 Oct 2016
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Hyperledger chain gang man explains Penguins' blockchain play

LinuxCon, Berlin Jim Zemlin raises an eyebrow when I say Hyperledger is rather outside Linux Foundation's usual domain, being a bit, er, consumery. “It’s totally enterprise,” the Foundation's executive director tells me. “It’s infrastructure.” Just like Linux, he reckons. Hyperledger is the layer above the operating system, above Linux. Linux …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Oct 2016
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Drop, no, wait, deploy Anchore: Security code plunges into containers

Schrödinger's cat, as described in a famous thought experiment formulated to explain the indeterminacy of quantum states, sits in a steel box, at once alive and dead. It's conceit that depends on the opacity of the box. Such blindness is anathema in the information technology industry, where compliance rules demand knowing …
Thomas Claburn, 05 Oct 2016
Chilling the Delft silicon qubit

Intel-backed boffins demo long-lived silicon qubit

Bit by bit, the world gets closer to creating the quantum equivalent of a storage gate – a silicon-based qubit that can last long enough for general-purpose computing. If you want to use the superposition – the quantum property in which a gate can exist as 0 and 1 at the same time – for computation, it needs a usable “ …

British trio win Nobel prize for physics

A trio of British scientists working in US universities have been awarded this year's Nobel prize for physics. The prize will be shared by David Thouless (82), Duncan Haldane (65) and Michael Kosterlitz (76) for their work on exotic states of matter. The men will share the 8 million Swedish kronor (£720,000) prize. Thouless …
Kat Hall, 04 Oct 2016

HyperGrid's CMO loss is Nexsan's CMO gain

Victoria Grey has left her CMO position at hyper-converged vendor HyperGrid to take on a chief marketing officer role at traditional storage array vendor Nexsan. Nexsan is Imation’s storage array product set with added file sync and share capabilities. Grey’s Twitter profile declares she is “Acting CMO for Nexsan.” She was …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2016
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Tiery-eyed NetApp previews on-prem storage and cloud tie-up

NetApp has previewed a FabricPool technology which combines on-premises and AWS cloud storage into a single repository. This is part of NetApp's overall Data fabric strategy of converging and integrating on-premises storage with the public cloud. Joe Caradonna, senior technical director at NetApp, presented Fabric Pool at …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2016
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D-Wave doubles qubit count

Quantum computer company D-Wave systems has announced a new processor using 2000 qubits, double its previous qubit count. The company says it's also added new features to the machine so that it can: Tune the rate of annealing of individual qubits to enhance application performance; Sample the state of the quantum computer …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Sep 2016
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Quantum comms succeed over metro-scale fibre networks

Two groups both reported successfully teleporting state information across metro-scale fibre networks. A Chinese team is claiming a teleportation over a 30 km fibre in Haifei (the entanglement travelled nearly 16 km), while the University of Calgary used that city's fibre network to carry entanglement 6.2 km (preprint here). …
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The Rector reckoning – DataDirect loses CMO

HPC and enterprise high-performance storage company DataDirect Networks has lost Molly Rector, its chief marketing officer, who has moved to take up a VP marketing role at Quantum. Robert Triendl has been promoted to DataDirect's SVP global sales, marketing and field services from a position as SVP for HPC strategy. He tells …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2016
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It's here! Defence Secretary launches £800m MoD tech creche

Defence secretary Michael Fallon confirmed the launch of the Ministry of Defence's £800m innovation fund this morning at a speech in a Spitalfields back alley. Announced back in July, the tech creche will concentrate on getting the UK's technology industries to start putting their inventions and ideas forward to “Defence”, …
Gareth Corfield, 16 Sep 2016
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Chinese space lab lifts today

China plans to launch its Tiangong-2 space lab today, at 14:00 UTC. The lab is 10.4 meters in length and 3.35 meters in maximum diameter. Two astronauts at a time can use the lab, for up to 30 days, before returning to terra firma. China has plans for robotic resupply missions using its Tianzhou-1 craft. The lab has a …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2016