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ESXi is telling fibs to backup software

Redditor “tottenham12712” has pieced together a scary scenario for VMware users: ESXi might be feeding dud data to backup software. VMware knows it has a problem. Indeed, it has explained in this knowledge base article that when vAdmins expand a vmdk file past 128GB, and Change Block Tracking (CBT) is enabled, the …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Oct 2014
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Big Blue bludgeons its way to top of software-defined storage kingdom

IDC has ranked IBM as the top supplier of Software-Defined Storage Platforms (SDS-P) in its second quarter 2014 Worldwide Storage Software Qview survey. IDC says SDS-P is ”a new functional market added to the total storage software market that covers block, file, object, and/or hyper-converged software offerings that enable the …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2014
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New licence and SAP unit sale knackers Software AG's numbers

Delayed IT projects and offloading the SAP business have dealt Software AG’s business a double blow for its latest quarter. Germany’s other major software maker today reported a second-quarter revenue drop of 18 per cent to €196m ($263.9m) and net income halved to €14.2m ($19.1m). Earnings per share was also almost halved to €0 …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jul 2014
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Secret Senate software stoush: Greens intervene

The ongoing saga of the Australian Senate's vote-counting software has taken an unexpected turn, with the country's Senate passing a motion to require the release of the code. As Vulture South readers will recall, an individual, Michael Cordover, lodged an FOI request for the release of the code after Australia's 2013 election …

Logicalis tap up software developer, buys majority stake

Analysts and vendors are constantly telling channel partners to move sideways into software development and Logicalis has done just that by grabbing a majority stake in German outfit ituma. This hands Logicalis, part of the Datatec stables, the “exclusive” rights to the minnow’s proprietary software-based WiFi platform and some …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2014
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Remember Internet2? It's now a software-defined metacloud

America's Internet2 research network is embracing the cloud, launching an SDN implementation designed to let academics create their own private clouds. The SDN rollout uses the FlowSpace Firewall to slice up segments of connected campuses' 100 Gbps Internet2 connections into discrete slices whose resources are protected from …
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DARPA gamifies open-source software testing

Secret-squirrel military tech bureau DARPA has designed a series of computer games which can help to verify open source software. It is working on the games under the auspices of its Crowd Sourced Formal Verification programme. The idea is to perform the soft of software verification which is generally conducted by technical …
Jasper Hamill, 09 Jun 2014
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Budge up, yet another flash cache software biz wants to squeeze in

Your humble hack must admit he started yawning almost before finishing the first sentence of the announcement: startup CacheBox has built server flash caching software called CacheAdvance, which gets apps running faster. Don't they all? Flash caching software products, I mean. Sure, says CacheBox, but we do it better, much …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2014
Pixar's claw-worshipping Aliens

Pixar frees its production-grade RenderMan software

Pixar Animation Studios has decided to give away RenderMan, its flagship animation software used to create the likes of Toy Story, Wall-E and – less happily – Cars 2. The company decided on the freebie, which will apply only to non-commercial use, after last week releasing a new version of the software said to offer “ an …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Jun 2014

Microsoft gets storage QoS and software-defined storage religion

Microsoft is starting to make a lot of noise about software-defined storage and the need for storage quality of service. The company's Cambridge UK lab has just released Microsoft Research Storage Toolkit, a tool said to enable “effective and accessible research in Software Defined Storage by adding I/O classification functions …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Oct 2014

ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

Almost half of the world's enterprise IT managers openly admit to using pirated software at work – at least a survey from a software industry association says so. A report (PDF) from The Software Alliance claims that during 2013, 43 per cent of all software in the world was installed without a licence, up from 42 per cent in the …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Jun 2014
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SLOW DOWN: Insecure-by-design software on road

If your commute to work today featured an electronic highway sign suggesting you do something odd, the presence of a default password in sign management software called Daktronics Vanguard may be to blame. ICS CERT points out that an early panic that the software possessed a hardwired password can be dismissed. But the …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2014
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Software giant CA Technologies dumps arcserve biz

CA Technologies has sold its arcserve data protection business to Marlin Equity Partners for an undisclosed sum. This is meant to enable CA to focus on its core technologies and get back to growth with software-as-a-service products. The arcserve product is possibly being discontinued because it will cost too much to develop, …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2014
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High-end SAN clan Dot Hill outshone by software biz Veeam

Software-shipping upstart Veeam had results that seemingly far outshone those of old-school hardware OEM supplier Dot Hill. Dot Hill, which supplies disk arrays to its OEM customers, continued its tortoise-like crawl towards growth and profitability with another quarter exhibiting slow progress. Its third fiscal 2014 quarter …
Chris Mellor, 07 Nov 2014

I need data recovery software for my laptop. What do you suggest?

Says Reg reader normanpritchard59 in El Reg Forums: "I use the dell latitude E6420. I need a data recovery solution for it and seem to like Rollback Rx. Acronis True image also looks ok. What do you think? Let's not talk of hardware backup right now.” I suspect that norman has worked out what he wants, but let's share this …
Drew Cullen, 31 May 2014
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Through the Looking Glass: Vulture pecks at software-defined storage

Trying to pin down a definition of software-defined storage (SDS) is like using a dictionary written by Humpty Dumpty, where words change their meaning from day to day. Every storage marketing person on the planet thinks SDS is a good thing and their storage product exemplifies its benefits and minimises its disadvantages. So we …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2014
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IBM leaps aboard the software-defined stuff bandwagon

IBM storage is getting software-defined, with IBM seeing that concept as a way of better integrating its storage hardware and software assets. Big Blue's Storage and Software-defined Systems general manager Jamie Thomas outlined a new storage deal at IBM's Enterprise event in Las Vegas, claiming the "new model will provide …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2014
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Ceph-starter Suse to enter software-defined storage market

Linux vendor Suse has kicked off this year's SuseCon in Orlando, Florida by announcing that it's getting into the software-defined storage business, starting early next year. The company made a new offering, known simply as Suse Storage, available in private beta beginning on Tuesday, with general availability expected for the …
Neil McAllister, 19 Nov 2014
A boat full of Fail

Stock and awe: Top City biz takes £32m hit after software upgrade axed

A leading City firm has halted the roll-out of software that was supposed to streamline its business but became more trouble than it was worth. Specifically, £32m of trouble. Brewin Dolphin, in Smithfield St, London, alleged to investors it encountered “issues” with the "robustness" of a specialist financial application. It …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2014
Software-Defined Storage for Dummies. It's a real book!

IBM releases Software-Defined Storage For Dummies - no joke

IBM has written its own Software Defined Storage for Dummies book (PDF) focusing on – you guessed it – its home-brewed General Parallel File System Elastic Storage.* It defines software-defined storage like this: At its most basic level, software defined storage is enterprise class storage that uses standard hardware with all …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jun 2014
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Red Hat unveils cloudy software bazaar

Red Hat has created a "software marketplace" to help it cut the steps it takes for admins to layer third-party applications on top of its OpenShift platform-as-a-service. The marketplace was announced by Red Hat on Monday as the Linux company kicked off its annual Red Hat Summit in San Francisco. The cloudy marketplace will …
Jack Clark, 14 Apr 2014
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Kids, guess where we're going for Easter? France for a 'software-defined storage experience'

Not only are HP and Red Hat together touting a software-defined storage experience, they're touting an "open software-defined storage experience", which must be better, because, er, it's open. The "experience" can be had at HP's Customer Centre, located in Grenoble, France. Up to three ProLiant SL4540 Gen8 servers, with as many …
Chris Mellor, 17 Apr 2014
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Software gurus: Only developers can defeat mass surveillance

Software developers should not be content with writing code that works, they have a responsibility not to harm their users, say Agile development experts Martin Fowler and Erik Dörnenburg, speaking at the Goto Aarhus conference in Denmark last week. Fowler was among the signatories of the 2001 Agile Manifesto, part of the …
Tim Anderson, 10 Oct 2014

BOFH: SOOO... You want to sell us some antivirus software?

"Yes, but with our antivirus software you can be guaranteed that we will track and locate 98.97 per cent of all known viruses," the caller says. "Tell me, where did you get the 98.97 per cent from?" "What do you mean?" "Well you say 98.97 per cent - not 99 and not something like 96, so you've obviously got a reason for it …
Simon Travaglia, 08 Nov 2014

Appeal to again seek code for Australia's secret election software

Michael Cordover, who last November failed in his attempt to get the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to release its vote-counting software, now hopes to raise the funds to challenge the decision in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Back in November, the AEC decided that there were too many trade secrets embedded in its …
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Licensed to BILL: How much should you cough for software licences?

“Yet another change to a licensing model. You can bet it’s not going to work out any cheaper for me," was the first thought that flickered through my mind during a presentation about GPFS 4.1 at the GPFS UG meeting in London. This started up another train of thought: in this new world of software-defined storage, how should the …
StorageBod, 02 May 2014
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World's biggest software biz SAP not selling as much, er, software

Sales of actual business software at the world’s largest maker of business software fell in its second quarter, but SAP said that the firm had made more money from cloud subscriptions and support services. Overall sales were up 4 per cent. Sales of software at the German biz had fallen seven per cent to €982m ($1.28bn) in the …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jul 2013

Xen says its security policies might be buggier than its software

The Xen project has asked for help to ensure future bugs aren't as disruptive as the XSA-108 flaw that saw major cloud operators reboot an awful lot of servers. XSA-108 emerged in late September and saw the likes of AWS, SoftLayer and Rackspace patch and reboot many servers. Such reboots are just the kind of thing that cloud …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2014

Oracle scores mixed bag in Rimini Street software IP 'theft' ruling

Oracle has been handed a partial victory in its IP violation case against software support provider Rimini Street. A US court hearing Oracle's case has issued a summary judgment saying that in two of the four incidents cited by Oracle, Rimini was in the wrong. Oracle claimed to have identified illegal copies of its software …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Feb 2014

Attackers fling Stuxnet-style RATs at critical control software in EUROPE

Security researchers have uncovered a series of Trojan-based attacks which have infiltrated several targets by infecting industrial control system software from the makers of SCADA and ICS systems. The majority of the victims are located in Europe, though at the time of writing at least one US firm's compromised gear appears to …
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2014

Oracle buys desktop software virtualiser GreenBytes

Oracle is buying desktop software virtualiser GreenBytes, which uses ZFS technology, for an undisclosed sum. GreenBytes VDI software is based on ZFS and includes its own, highly rated deduplication engine and replication. It can run on flash hardware and, originally, GreenBytes sold a VDI flash appliance but got out if hardware …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2014
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Speedy software upstart PernixData showered in gold by expectant VCs

VMware hypervisor-caching software startup PernixData is gorging on cash from VCs as it ramps up development and its go-to-market efforts. PernixData's FVP product transparently virtualises server flash and RAM as an ESXi cache across multiple servers to enable scale-out storage performance and accelerate applications in virtual …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2014
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EMC boots Egnyte from partner list after SHOCK software claims

Top marks for chutzpah. Enterprise storage biz Egnyte is saying its software turns EMC VNX arrays into better file-sharers than EMC's own Syncplicity software does. EMC, meanwhile, says it has not "tested or validated" the product's integration with VNX and has terminated Egnyte from its Tech Connect programme as a result. …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2014
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Australia targets software maintenance costs with Drupal plan

Software maintenance costs Australia's government will today hand down its annual budget, a document that is expected to result in the closure and/or merger of around 70 government agencies as part of an austerity drive designed to reduce government debt. Those left standing after the resulting “machinery of government changes …
Simon Sharwood, 13 May 2014
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Server SAN software upstart Maxta gets Intel's cash inside

Server SAN software startup Maxta has gained $25m in a B-round of funding led by Intel's investment arm and Tenaya Capital just as the software-defined and converged storage trends are taking off. The upstart swallowed $10m in an A-round in October last year. With converged compute/storage hardware-software competitors Nutanix …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2014
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Reg man grills HP Software big cheese

Traditionally HP Software was seen by many of its business partners on the hardware side of the house – and by default some of their customers – as a fragmented portfolio of specialist applications amassed via acquisition. Evidence of this was on display at Global Partner knees-ups in recent years when the auditorium filled up …
Paul Kunert, 18 Aug 2014
WinDev 19 is the boxed software you'll want to take everywhere

French software developers are all beautiful women

Development tools outfit PC Soft has given the world a look at software developers in its native France, and most appear to be beautiful young women wearing not very much. PC Soft makes the WinDev, WebDev and WinDev mobile tools, version 19 of which was released in preview during the middle of April. One of the marketing tools …
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2014
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DRAM! Speedy software upstart PernixData's caching up fast

VMware IO cacher PernixData has upped the quick access ante by caching virtual machine disk IO in DRAM — much faster for data access than flash. The startup’s FVP software runs in the ESXi hypervisor, and it's also added user-defined fault domains and adaptive network compression to its clustering technology. FVP accelerates …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2014
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Advanced Computer Software gulps down Computer Software Holdings

Advanced Computer Software Group has hoovered up accounting software outfit Computer Software Holdings from HgCapital LLP for £110m in an all-cash deal. The healthcare and biz management software and services firm added that the buyout of CSH was the company's biggest acquisition to date. “The business and many of the …
Team Register, 08 Mar 2013

Cisco kicks off security kit/software/cloud combo

Cisco has added threat management to its portfolio, announcing Managed Threat Defense which it says brings realtime security to its customers. Since “cloud everywhere” is the base assumption of practically every new launch, the Borg feels constrained to stipulate that Managed Threat Defense includes an “on-premise” solution, …
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Storage software sales flatlining: Biz bods getting theirs in bundled deals

IDC's storage software beancounters saw a smidgen of growth in the storage software market in the third quarter, with bright spots in data protection and management. The data comes from IDC's Worldwide Storage Software QView, from which IDC releases headline info. If you want any more detail, like data segmentations by vendor, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2013

Microsoft claims victory over second-hand software broker

Discount-Licensing, a broker of recycled software and member of FAST, has coughed a "significant sum" to settle a trademark infringement case that Microsoft took to the British High Court, a legal counsel for the titan has claimed. The Birmingham-based reseller says it trades in Microsoft Open, Select and Enterprise volumes …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2014

Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

Wikipedia’s maximum leader Jimbo Wales has declared a new era at the online encyclopaedia. Rather than the unpaid volunteer community voting on what software it uses, it will have to use what the wealthy WMF Foundation tells it to use. The community responded with what one veteran contributor described as an “unprecedented” …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Sep 2014

Ericsson slurps up unified data centre software shop

Ericsson has bought an 11-year-old data-centre cloud specialist. The telecomms infrastructure player has bought Sentilla, used to manage data-centre “assets” – physical, virtual and private and public clouds. Sentilla claims to use model-driven analysis and intelligent capacity forecasting to deliver a “unified view of data- …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2014

Speaking in Tech: 'Software-defined' anything makes me BARF in my MOUTH

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed is out so it's just Sarah and Greg celebrating Canada Day with special guest (and proud Canadian) Chad Sakac, senior veep for Global Presales Technical Resources at EMC. This week we discuss… Greg, Sarah …
Team Register, 02 Jul 2014

A beheading in EMC's ViPR lair? Software's big cheese to advise CEO

The head of EMC's Advanced Software Division – the man behind the storage giant's ViPR technology – has become an advisor to EMC CEO David Goulden. We'll explain why this is a big deal. Amitabh Srivastava headed EMC's Advanced Software Division (ASD) after coming over from Microsoft in 2011; we wrote about his arrival to run the …
Chris Mellor, 12 Aug 2014

Meet Solaris 11.2, where SDN means 'Software-Defined Net profit'

Larry Ellison’s Oracle bowled out Solaris 11.2 last week – and what does this member of the Unix family give us? Cloud computing, yes, but also a stab at a datacenter-in-a-(large)-box. It's not too far off the database-as-a-box idea Larry's been banging on about since 1998. Oracle’s Solaris 11.2 announcement is larded with the …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Aug 2014

Broker accuses FAST of scaring users off secondhand software

The Federation Against Software Theft is talking up the dangers of buying recycled software, claiming that existing laws are insufficient to protect firms that opt for recycled licences. The trade group initially weighed into the debate last week, ripping up software broker Discount Licensing's (DL) membership after it settled a …
Paul Kunert, 12 Feb 2014
Ruhr University's malware architecture

How to marry malware to software downloads in an undetectable way (Hint: Please use HTTPS)

Be thankful it's only a proof-of-concept of a hack: German researchers have shown that internet software distribution mechanisms can be turned into virus vectors, without modifying the original code. The Ruhr University boffins – Felix Gröbert, Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi and Marcel Winandy – have developed an on-the-fly mechanism for …
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New software ported from Windows to Mac! You'll never guess what. Yes, it's spyware

Miscreants have ported five-year-old spyware XSLCmd to OS X. The Windows version of the malware has been around since 2009, and the Apple Mac edition of XSLCmd shares significant portions of the same code. It can open a reverse shell to its masters, automatically transfer your documents to a remote system, install executables, …
John Leyden, 05 Sep 2014