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It's a Hull of a thing: Kcom takes a break from 8-year sales slide

Telecoms provider Kcom stemmed its declining revenue for the first time in eight years, reporting growth of 0.4 per cent to £349.2m for the full year 2015/16. However, operating profit fell to £6.3m from £50.9m mainly due to increased investments, compared with the previous year. That was mainly due to its fibre roll-out in …
Kat Hall, 27 May 2016

Citrix dodges death, returns with bigger XenServer and NetScaler

Citrix has unified its networking products and made big additions to its virtualisation stack. Last things first: XenServer is now in version 7, which means it gains support for Intel's Iris Pro graphics technology. In theory that makes XenServer a better platform for graphics-intensive desktop virtualisation (VDI) chores. …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2016
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Hacker finds flaw in teleconference tool used by US Army, NASA and CERN

Sydney security tester Jamieson O'Reilly has reported a since-patched vulnerability in video platform Vidyo – used by the likes of the US Army, NASA and CERN – that could see videos leaked and systems compromised. O'Reilly, director of intelligence for consultancy Content Protection, says he picked up the bug during a client …
Darren Pauli, 19 May 2016
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One (storage) protocol to rule them all?

Storage Architect One of the questions posed to the “ask me anything” storage panel at this week’s TECHunplugged event was whether we will ever see a single storage protocol develop. This is an interesting idea and with the move to object storage, seems to have some merit. However, as always with technology, the answer “it depends” seems the …
Chris Evans, 17 May 2016
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Sick of storage vendors? Me too. Let's build the darn stuff ourselves

StorageBod Any half-way competent storage administrator or systems administrator should be able to build a storage array themselves these days. It’s never really been easier and building yourself a dual-head filer that does block and network-attached storage should be a doddle for anyone with a bit of knowledge, a bit of time and some …
StorageBod, 16 May 2016
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Scale Computing goes flashy mutant with its nodes

Hyper-converged system startup Scale Computing has added hybrid flash-disk nodes to its existing all-disk nodes, boosting performance. The existing HC1000, HC2100 and HC4100 nodes continue to be available. They are 1U boxes with a minimum three node cluster size, expandable to eight nodes and targeted at the SMB market. …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2016
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Whip out your blades: All-flash Isilon scale-out bruiser coming

EMC has an all-flash, bladed Isilon Nitro project to boost its scale-out file performance to 250,000 IOPS per node and 400+ nodes. Currently Isilon, with its OneFS operating system, supports up to 144 nodes using an InfiniBand internal cluster connection scheme. Cluster capacity can scale from 18TB to over 30PB. There are four …
Chris Mellor, 06 May 2016
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Sage cheerfully pours £10m over Salesforce partner Fairsail

Payroll and accounting software firm Sage Software is taking a stake in Salesforce-HR platform partner Fairsail. Star-struck Sage, which has also announced interim financial results with growth in its own cloud service, will take a £10m minority stake in Fairsail and a board seat. Sage is leading the funding round. Fairsail …
Gavin Clarke, 05 May 2016
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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

Chomp! Barracuda gets its bite back after turning a profit again

The sum of $83.7m exceeded Barracuda’s revenue estimates for its fourth fiscal 2016 quarter, ended Feb 29, 2016. It was a 16 per cent rise year-on-year and a 4.5 per cent rise quarter-on-quarter. There was a $3.2m net profit, pleasing after five straight loss-making quarters. The full year revenue number was $320.2m, 15.4 per …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016
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Mobile antivirus sales offset declining search revenues for AVG

The scourge of Android malware is helping to bolster the bottom line of security software firm AVG but the firm still ended up recording a slight decrease in profits. For the first quarter ending 31 March 2016, AVG posted revenues of $107.9m, compared to $102.8m in Q1 2015, a rise of five per cent. Sales from AVG’s emerging …
John Leyden, 28 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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Blighty's SMB tech ranks bitterly divided on Brexit

Britain’s membership of the EU has small tech firms divided. A survey of owner-managed businesses by accountant Moore Stephens found 60 per cent of SME owners would vote to stay in the EU with less than one-in-five (17 per cent) supporting Brexit. Mark Lamb, a partner at the firm, said: “Owner-managed businesses are concerned …
Marcus Gibson, 27 Apr 2016
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Gwyneth Paltrow and Richard Branson will lead Sage's 'sexy accounting' shtick

Sage Software is following in the footsteps of Microsoft and Salesforce by rolling out big names to vent hot air at its events. The British company, which had revenues of £194m last year, employs 13,000 people and is known for its mid-market accounting software, has signed Virgin empire supremo Sir Richard Branson to anchor …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Apr 2016

Plotting 'mass damage' in Australia? SMBs' crappy login hygiene really helps – hacker

Bsides Sydney hacker Edward Farrell says scores of small and medium businesses in Australia and some Fortune 500 companies are open to attack through running ancient Windows operating systems and unauthenticated servers. The director of Mercury Information Security Services ran tests from the position of an attacker who would plan …
Darren Pauli, 12 Apr 2016

Bug hype haters gonna hate hate hate: Badlock flaw more like Sadlock

The Badlock flaw in Windows and Samba file servers has been revealed after weeks of hype and anticipation. It is not as critical as feared, but it's still an annoyance. Fixes and mitigations are available today. In late March, we were alerted to what was described as a "crucial security bug" in Windows and Unix-flavored SMB …
Chris Williams, 12 Apr 2016

Patch out for 'ridiculous' Trend Micro command execution vuln

A bug in its software meant that Trend Micro accidentally left a remote debugging server running on customer machines. The flaw, discovered by Google’s Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy, opened the door to command execution of vulnerable systems (running either Trend Micro Maximum Security, Trend Micro Premium Security or …
John Leyden, 31 Mar 2016
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Clear April 12: Windows, Samba to splat curious 'crucial' Badlock bug

April 12 – save the date if you're a Windows or Samba file server administrator. Stefan Metzmacher, a Samba core developer, has discovered what sounds like a pretty bad security bug, and he says it will be patched on that day next month. The vulnerability already has everything it needs to make a big splash: a name, Badlock; …
Chris Williams, 22 Mar 2016
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DDN's GRIDScaler gets bigger scale-up and scale-out muscles

DDN has updated its scale-out/up filer GS12K array to the GS14K, saying it's the industry's fastest and most flexible scale-out filer. GS stands for GRIDScaler and it is a scale-up/scale-out storage system for HPC workloads which uses GPFS (General Parallel File System), now called Spectrum Scale by IBM. A companion EXAScaler …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2016
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You always hear about storage's big dogs. How about the little firms?

Storagebod Last week, I was at A3 Communications’ Technology Live marketing event. It’s a smaller event where a group of journalists, bloggers and analysts are briefed by three or four companies. Good fun, a chance for awkward questions to be asked and generally good-humoured banter. It is a chance for some of the smaller and lesser …
StorageBod, 22 Mar 2016
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Good-on-paper FlashBlade: We've seen the hardware, we've touched the blades

Backstory It's not vapourware, this scale-up Ethernet cluster-in-a-box that Pure calls FlashBlade, but it's sure not hurrying to market. Announced yesterday, March 14, it's expected to be generally available by the fourth quarter, although we understand Pure engineers could take until the end of the year to finally clear it for GA. The …
Chris Mellor, 15 Mar 2016
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Whatever happened to Green IT?

Call it green computing or sustainable IT, ten years ago it was all the rage. The IT press was filled with articles about it. Today, it’s hard to find a headline that mentions it. What happened? Green IT gained real traction in 2007-2008, as companies vied for position as the most sustainable on the block, often with massive …
Danny Bradbury, 15 Mar 2016

Nutanix: Yo, we heard you liked convergence, so we converged files in your hyper-converge kit

Nutanix is unifying files and blocks with its Acropolis hyper-converged appliance: it's added the native Acropolis file services (AFS) to the virtual-machine-running Acropolis hypervisor software. Acropolis nodes form a cluster, and the VM services sit atop a distributed file system in which functions like compression, erasure …
Chris Mellor, 14 Mar 2016
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HPE targets flashy and flash-adjacent types with trio of arrays

HPE, involved in frenetic storage activities, has launched three new arrays: a hybrid StoreServ, and single and multi-node StoreOnce deduplicating backup to disk systems. There’s also a Get Thinner Guarantee program for wannabe storage capacity dieters. The 3PAR 20840 converged flash array is basically the all-flash 20850 …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2016

Scale Computing: Our hyper-converged gear will be worth the weight

Hints, hints, hints. Scale Computing – the virtualization upstart in San Francisco, not the buzzword – hinted away at a press presentation today that product news is coming, and so we went on a dot-connecting exercise. We can see a move upmarket and a tiered product including networking. The biz describes itself as a hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2016
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WANdisco boss: 'We're seeing a humongous movement to the cloud'

+Comment WANdisco has active-active replication technology that's been used for disaster recovery and other business continuity-type uses. That's all well and good but not epoch-making or associated with major disruptions ... until now. If what WANdisco CEO and cofounder Dave Richards says is true, the entire on-premises IT …
Chris Mellor, 03 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
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Two sales directors wave goodbye to Dell

Dell has embarked on a search for two new shiny-suited sales directors amid a senior-level revamp of its UK channel ops. Steve Holmes, UK commercial channel sales director, is leaving the firm after two decades. Ed Owen, regional sales director for managed service providers and resellers, has already cut and run. Under the …
Paul Kunert, 15 Feb 2016
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Another storage upstart pops up: Say hello to OSNEXUS

Comment OSNEXUS is a six-year-old startup making software-defined storage in the shape of QuantaStor, which is based on a grid of up to 32 nodes virtualised into a platform for ZFS, Ceph and Gluster and providing scale-out block, file and object pools of storage. The company was founded in 2010 by CEO Steven Umbehocker and has no …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2016
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Tier me up, tier me down: Cohesity adds cloud spill trays to on-premises array

Converged secondary storage startup Cohesity has added public cloud tiering, encryption and replication to its clustered storage arrays. The company wants its hyper-converged C2000 hardware and OASIS software to be a single storage platform for all of an organisation’s secondary data. V2.0 of OASIS adds: Hardware-accelerated …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2016
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Is tech monitoring software still worth talking about?

Sysadmin Blog It's 2016, and the number one complaint I hear from sysadmins is still about monitoring software. The complaints have evolved with time, and every organization seems to have its own challenges. Despite this, monitoring software seems to be one of the most universal frustrations in modern IT. In the small business world, simply …
Trevor Pott, 10 Feb 2016
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SwiftStack's multi-modal 'we're so much better than you' FUD play

Comment If you want a Swift-compliant object storage system, then SwiftStack is the best you you can get. So says, er, Swiftstack itself. The Swift-compliant object storage startup told The Register this when it briefed us on how its open source software was different from, and better than, competing object storage products. …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2016
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Misco locks-in, loads-up sales director Remmington

Misco has hired former Insight and Invicta IT exec Gary Remmington as UK sales director, El Chan can reveal. The man recently left Slough-based reseller Invicta IT along with senior account handlers Wade van Essen - who is also joining the Misco sales floor - and Ben Cook. Tony Brooker, UK boss at Misco, confirmed Remmington …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2016
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Embattled Barracuda Networks looks for buyer – report

Barracuda Networks, with its back against the wall after a string of poor quarters and collapsing stock price, is reportedly looking for a buyer. According to Bloomberg, Barracuda engaged with Morgan Stanley to look for a buyer some months ago. The company provides data protection and security products for small and medium …
Chris Mellor, 02 Feb 2016
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HP takes utility computing to the kids... well the teachers

HP Inc has launched a PC-as-a-service plan to schools and unis that it promised will cost less than most students spend on their behind-the-bike-shed ciggies. This was among a raft of devices, software, services and programmes the PC and printing house bared today at the BETT technology education trade show in London. Neil …
Paul Kunert, 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
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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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Seagate floats out 10TB HDD filled with lifting gas

Seagate has caught up with WDC’s HGST unit and built a 7-platter, 10TB disk drive filled with helium gas. Western Digital Corporation (WDC) introduced its own 10TB Ultrastar He10 drive in December last year. This was a standard PMR tech drive, unlike the Ultrastar Archive Ha10 announced in June 2015, which used shingled …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2016
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Unify leashes direct sales reps as it cozies up to channel types

Unify – formerly Siemens Enterprise Comms – is prepping "Rules of Engagement" to govern the behaviour of its direct sales reps as it relies more on channel types to make a living. The Siemens and Gores Group-owned firm, currently being offloaded to Atos in a sale process expected to close this quarter, has hired ex-Avaya exec …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jan 2016

Barracuda Networks: I see revenues rise, but cloud's a blight...

Barracuda's revenue streams are up slightly, both annually and sequentially, and the storage and cloud-connected security company's net loss also shrank sequentially as William "BJ" Jenkins's team got to grips with the business. Revenues for its 2015 third quarter were $80.1m, 13.8 per cent more than the year-ago $70.4m, and …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2016
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Carbonite goes on exec hiring spree despite deepening losses

SMB backer-upper Carbonite has gone on an exec hiring spree. The company offers on-premises and cloud backup and is looking for a big boost in growth. Carbonite has hired: Christopher Doggett as SVP for global sales, coming from Kaspersky Norman Guadagno as SVP for marketing, hired from digital marketing agency Wire Stone …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2016
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Hyper-converged infrastructure? Pop open some 'Azure in a can'

HPE and Microsoft have teamed up to give everyone else a right good kicking. The product of the now is the "HPE Hyper Converged 250 for Microsoft CPS Standard”. This is a very long name and so I propose instead that we shall think of it as "Azure in a can 250". Sticking to the Azure-in-a-can theme, HPE's new gizmo does exactly …
Trevor Pott, 06 Jan 2016
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Storage in 2016: Could abandonware claims come to the fore?

Storagebod blog Predictions are a mug’s game ... the trick is to keep them as non-specific as possible and not name names ... so here are mine! What is the future for storage in the enterprise? Well, 2016 is going to pan out to be an interesting year. There are company integrations and mergers to complete with more to come so I hear, and …
StorageBod, 01 Jan 2016
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Solving the data silo problem using a crawl-walk-run strategy

Analysis + Comment DataSphere is Primary Data's product and it provides a storage abstraction layer presenting a single interface to multiple individual storage silos. Primary Data told us more about it at a Silicon Valley IT Press Tour event in early December. CEO Lance Smith said the company's technology virtualised data, not storage, and …
Chris Mellor, 31 Dec 2015
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'MySQL of object storage' Minio: Any user, any dev, any scale... really?

One of the most interesting meetings I had this week (during an IT press tour of Silicon Valley) was with Minio. I also heard from the founder of the company, AB Periasamy, who has some really interesting ideas, and outlined his vision of “object storage for everyone”. Object storage for the rest of us Minio is working on …
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The gear I use in my test lab: A look at three Trident+ switches

Sysadmin blog Buying new infrastructure does matter. Even small business need a basic set of features and equipment that meets industry standards, not just some proprietary vendor ones. But most businesses simply don't need the bleeding edge. Let's look at an upcoming switch replacement as an example. This customer is going to need to move …
Trevor Pott, 07 Dec 2015
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And the reasons for buying new IT gear are as follows ...

Sysadmin blog Working with small businesses is a master's degree in the real lifespan of IT infrastructure. Companies with real budgets replace everything regularly; refresh cycles are two or three years apart, rarely five. The same doesn't necessarily apply to SMBs, and there are very real lessons to be learned. Perhaps the most important …
Trevor Pott, 04 Dec 2015
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Exablox co-founder Tad Hunt flies the coop

Tad Hunt, the chief technology officer and co-founder of startup Exablox, which makes OneBlox, a clustered SMB storage array presenting a NAS interface on top of an object storage foundation, has left the company. Exablox received a $7m investment in May from Toshiba America Electronic Components which took total funding to $ …
Chris Mellor, 03 Dec 2015

NetApp, now much more object storage than you’d think

Comment NetApp, the company usually known for its FAS appliances, is putting a lot of effort into making its object storage platform, StorageGRID, more competitive. And it’s coming around to what I’ve been saying for a long time now: end users need “Flash & Trash” or, put more professionally, a two-tier storage strategy. Previously, I …

Systemax offloads North America problem child to PCM for $14m

Ailing tech supplier Systemax looks to have dealt with the corporation’s problem child – it is selling “certain assets” of the North American Technology Group (NATG) to PCM for $14m and will shutter the rest. The once mighty reseller has reported steep losses and falling sales this year; it has already closed 31 retail stores …
Paul Kunert, 19 Nov 2015