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Blackout Saturday: Oracle website DIES after mammoth US shopping binge

Oracle's website tumbled from the interwebs in the last hour but the cause of the outage remains unclear. The tech giant was yet to respond to The Register's request for comment at time of writing. A static message on the Redwood City, California-based company's site reads: This site is experiencing technical difficulty. We …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Nov 2014

AWS CloudFront wobbles at worst possible time

Don't start your Black Friday online shopping spree just yet: Amazon Web Services' CloudFront content delivery network has wobbled over the last few hours and the perennially-loss-making retailer, and customers of its cloud computing services, have reportedly been hard to access. Amazon's status page said “We are currently …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Nov 2014
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Turnbull should spare us all airline-magazine-grade cloud hype

Australia's Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday labelled those who oppose use of the public cloud “box-huggers” and suggested such behaviour is bad because it ties organisations to an outmoded and expensive way of doing IT. “There is more resistance to cloud in government that anywhere else,” he said, and blamed …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Nov 2014

Cloud unicorns are extinct so DiData cloud mess was YOUR fault

Last July, Dimension Data's Australian cloud went down for over 24 hours. Now the company says its assessment of the incident found those who suffered the most had themselves to blame, to a degree. Speaking today at the launch of the company's new government cloud, cloud general manager David Hanrahan said those impacted by the …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2014
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DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS

An estimated 86 per cent of WordPress websites harbour a dangerous cross-site scripting (XSS) hole in the popular comment system plugin, in what researcher Jouko Pynnonen calls the most serious flaw in five years. The bug could provide a pathway for attacking visitors' machines. The WP-Statistics plugin lets attackers inject …
Darren Pauli, 24 Nov 2014
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Turnbull: Box-huggers are holding back cloud

Dimension Data has announced it will soon offer a government-only cloud hosted in Australia's capital city, Canberra. The new facility will be another node of the firm's currently-14-strong network of Managed Cloud Platforms (MCPs), but won't be open to the general public. Instead, it's been tweaked to handle Australian …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2014

Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!

Yahoo! has apologised to customers, some of whom have been unable to access their email accounts since Thursday, after an underwater fibre cable was mistakenly severed. The Purple Palace blamed an unnamed outfit for the major mishap. It said in a status update on its website: We are aware that Yahoo Mail is slow or …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Nov 2014
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HP, Symantec PAIR UP to fight off disaster cloud rivals

HP and Symantec are partnering to develop a cloud-based Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering using Symantec software and HP's Helion cloud. This DRaaS software will run on HP's Helion OpenStack-based cloud environment with HP providing the end-to-end service based on underlying disaster recovery facilities, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2014
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CERN IT boss: What we do is not really that special

When the head of infrastructure services at CERN tells you that he has come to the conclusion that there’s nothing intrinsically “special” about the systems at the multi-billion atom-smasher, you naturally want to check you’ve heard correctly. After all, when we sat down with Tim Bell at the OpenStack Summit in Paris recently, …
Joe Fay, 20 Nov 2014
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You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES

Doing business in the cloud is more secure than owning your own data centre, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has claimed. Speaking at the Cyber Security Summit 2014 in London, he said: “Doing things in the cloud is more secure than doing [it] ourselves. It is comforting to know where your data centres are - although in …
Kat Hall, 20 Nov 2014

Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP

The post via Tor (right) and what Aussies saw. The post via Tor (right) and what Aussies saw. © The Register A global balls-up of Redmond's Azure's caused by an infinite loop bug might have crept by those dwelling in the antipodes thanks to a seemingly fat-fingered admin who geo-blocked the region from reading the news. The …
Darren Pauli, 20 Nov 2014
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Data-center upstart grabs Wozniak, jumps into virtual storage fight

A fresh startup called Primary Data reckons it will reinvent "file virtualization" for software-defined data centers – and thus take on EMC's ViPR and Quantum's StorNext. Primary Data, cofounded by David Flynn, made the boast as Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak announced he has left Fusion-io to join Flynn at Primary Data as chief …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2014

Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

Two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Amazon and other international corporations have found ways* around the latter, but no one can avoid the former. In the age of Facebook and Google accounts, and with the existence of services such as iTunes where people invest considerable sums in entirely virtual goods, the …
Stuart Burns, 19 Nov 2014
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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

Microsoft suffered a major outage on its cloud service Azure overnight. It went titsup just before 1am UK time, and services are only now slowly returning to normal. Microsoft confessed that multiple regions were affected by the "service interruption". Customers around the world using Azure storage, virtual machines, a number …
Team Register, 19 Nov 2014

Speaking in Tech: Go on, call us LEGACY! We solved your little startup problems 15 YEARS ago

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week, Speaking in Tech regulars Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela have fled for Dell World, which leaves Greg Knieriemen running the show. Greg is holed up in Paris with special guests Mark Twomey, aka Storagezilla, technical director at EMC, and Francois Zimmerman, HDS chief …
Team Register, 19 Nov 2014
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Microsoft adds video offering to Office 365. Oh NOES, you'll need Adobe Flash

Microsoft has added a video portal to Office 365, enabling users to upload and share videos. The service will be in preview soon, and available to all customers with the right kind of subscription in early 2015. So what is the point, when YouTube does this so well? The idea is to manage internal videos with permissions based on …
Tim Anderson, 19 Nov 2014
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HDS: Storage? Pah! We're working on a SMART CITY OPERATING SYSTEM

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is working on two projects that will scale its compute and storage technologies to serve Internet of Things deployments in smart cities. Speaking yesterday at the company's innovation forum in Singapore, Asia-Pac CTO Adrian De Luca mentioned the company's recently announced decision to build an EVO: …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Nov 2014

DRaaS-tic action: Trust the cloud to save your data from disaster

In modern computing, disaster recovery can be thought of in the same way as insurance: nobody really wants to pay for it, the options are complicated and seemingly designed to swindle you, but it is irrational (and often illegal) to operate without it. All the big IT players are getting into disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS …
Trevor Pott, 19 Nov 2014
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The Big Data wrangling CIO you've probably never heard of: But his kit probably knows YOU

Shop Direct is a £1.7bn group that owns some of the best-known brands in retail - firms that pioneered what the cutting edge of shopping. Among the names it holds are Kays and Littlewoods, household brands that actually first pushed the idea of shopping without leaving your home to the UK using paper catalogues, home delivery …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2014
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VMware testing servers-by-the-minute cloud

Journalists who cover cloud have a recurring nightmare: leaving the “l” out of “public cloud” and copping a caning in the comments for their somewhat Freudian slip. But one vendor that operates a cloud that isn't entirely public is VMware: Virtzilla's vCloud Air has hitherto been sold as a by-the-month affair. The company has, …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Nov 2014

How to keep everything fluffy in your hybrid cloud world

Cloud computing is a big deal these days. Old farts like me can debate ad nauseam whether cloud is just a new word for what we use to call managed or hosted services and whether it is barking to call an on-premise virtualised infrastructure a private cloud. The fact remains that whatever you call it there is a vast amount of it …
Dave Cartwright, 17 Nov 2014

Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY

Facebook has warned marketing types who use the free-content ad network to tout brands through so-called "promotional Page posts" that they will soon be extirpated. The Mark Zuckerberg-run company put admen on notice yesterday in a blog post that made it clear that Facebook will only allow brands to promote their own gear if …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Nov 2014

EXPOSED: Amazon's cloudy Docker-friendly EC2 Container Service

Analysis Amazon stoked the fires of Linux container fever on Thursday with the introduction of its new EC2 Container Service for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. But what's the real benefit of ECS and how does it work? There's no need to ask who ECS's intended audience is. At the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week, …
Neil McAllister, 15 Nov 2014
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Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

Apple, Microsoft, HP and other cloud giants are begging Europe for help to stop US feds seizing customers’ data from servers on the Continent. A policy paper [PDF] published on Friday by DigitalEurope – which represents the above goliaths – urged the European Commission to wade into an ongoing legal fight between Uncle Sam and …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Nov 2014
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NetApp to put Amazon’s cloud ONTAP for thirsty customers

NetApp is continuing its strategy of trying to get ONTAP more integrated with Amazon's storage cloud by having it manage data in Cumulo Amazonius, and back up data to said cloud with the recently acquired SteelStore product. Cloud ONTAP is the latest ONTAP iteration, and is a software-only storage appliance built on the NetApp …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2014
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Cold? Cuddle these HOT GERMAN RACKS, yours for only 12,000 euro – we swear there's an IT angle

A startup in Germany reckons it's found a, how can we put this, courageous way to merge cloud computing with staying warm at home this winter. Rather than throw another log on the fire, you can install one of its toasty server cabinets in your basement. Assuming you have a spare ten grand and a 50Mbps pipe to the internet. …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2014
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Amazon, Docker hop in bed: What happens in Vegas WON'T stay in Vegas

Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels today revealed a Container Service for AWS's EC2 cloud. Speaking at the web bazaar's Reinvent conference in Las Vegas, Vogels was joined on stage by Ben Golub, CEO of Docker – which is supported by the new container service. “Developers are largely stuck in the dark ages,” said Golub, arguing that …
Tim Anderson, 13 Nov 2014
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The Lambda that ROARED: Amazon unveils event-driven AWS compute service

Amazon upped the ante for application development on Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Thursday, with the launch of a new service that lets developers write event-driven code without having to manage any infrastructure. Dubbed AWS Lambda, the new offering allows developers to compose applications by writing functions that are …
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2014

Amazon cloud apps LIVE! Bezos' boys spin up 'lifecycle management' services

Amazon thinks it knows a thing or two about deploying applications in the cloud, and to prove it, it's rolling out a collection of new tools to help developers improve the build and deployment lifecycles of their cloudy apps. The first of the three tools unveiled on Wednesday at the AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas is …
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2014
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Alcatel-Lucent buries EDGE routers in x86 server fleet

Alcatel-Lucent is the latest firm to announce that it's turning its entire routing code base into a virtual router to run on x86 server platforms. The VSR (Virtualized Service Router) is described by the company as a “suite of software applications” based on the company's non-stop routing code, and the company's planning a …
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Amazon: DROP DATABASE Oracle; INSERT our new fast cheap MySQL clone

Amazon fired a volley at Oracle and other relational database vendors on Wednesday, with the launch of a new, cloud-hosted database service that it says can deliver better performance than on-premises installations at a fraction of the cost. Amazon Web Services senior VP Andy Jassy unveiled the new service, dubbed Amazon Aurora …
Neil McAllister, 12 Nov 2014

Who will save Europe's privacy from the NSA? Oh God ... it's Google

A Google lawyer says Europeans spied on by the NSA should get the same rights as Americans – such as the right to sue the US government for privacy invasions. David Drummond, chief legal officer for the information-harvesting monster (Google), published a blog post on Wednesday titled "It’s time to extend the US Privacy Act to …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Nov 2014

Rackspace joins Microsoft's Windows Azure Pack partner army

Cloud-flinger Rackspace has joined Microsoft’s new army of cloud service providers. Rackspace is now running Microsoft’s Cloud Platform at all of its US data centres. That platform is a marketing wrapper that contains Hyper-V, System Center and Windows Server with the more recent Azure Pack to spin up and run VM-based clouds. …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Nov 2014
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Amazon bags control of .book and .pay domains – but NOT .cloud

Bookseller-turned-bazaar Amazon has beaten off competition from eight other companies, including Google and publisher Bowker, to win the right to sell domains ending in .book. It's not known how much Amazon paid since the gTLD was bought at private auction, although it is believed to have been between $5m and $10m – Amazon just …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Nov 2014
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Loss of Wales PSN gig? No worries, says Logicalis UK boss

Services-based reseller Logicalis is looking to fill the void left by losing the Wales Public Sector Network (PSN) gig to BT with more bite-sized projects. Well, that's the plan at least. The Slough-based firm is to be ousted by the Brit telco monopoly on a contract that could be worth up to £420m over the next seven years, …
Paul Kunert, 11 Nov 2014

Red Hat goes nuclear in Linux container wars with Atomic Host beta

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host 7 has entered beta, giving Red Hat customers a lean, lightweight OS host for container-oriented cloudy IT. The enterprise Linux giant first announced "Project Atomic" at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco in April, with the goal of paring down Shadowman's enterprise Linux OS to give it a …
Neil McAllister, 11 Nov 2014
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Yahoo!-backed Hadoop biz Hortonworks flings itself at the stock market

Big data analytics firm Hortonworks filed paperwork with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday announcing its intent to go public, making it the first of the Hadoop startups to float an initial public offering. The filing didn't say how many shares Hortonworks plans to offer or at what price, but it estimated the …
Neil McAllister, 10 Nov 2014
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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

The worldview of elastic compute, or mine at least, has historically had very little Microsoft involved in it. Recently however, I have attended several job interviews and one question that has invariably been asked is: “We are planning on moving from Windows to Linux. Have you done it before?” This situation usually arrives …
Stuart Burns, 10 Nov 2014

Zuck on The Social Network: Nobody wants to watch my REAL life for 2 hrs straight

Mark Zuckerberg has once again trashed David Fincher's candid portrayal of the Facebook co-founder's life in his 2010 film The Social Network. The 30-year-old, free content ad network boydroid accused the filmmakers of embellishing his time at Harvard University, when quizzed about the movie during the company's first, heavily …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Nov 2014
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Avere: Cloud storage needs caching too. Why? Because latency...

Comment Avere has a software-only cloud storage gateway that runs in Amazon's compute cloud (ECC) and feeds its compute instances faster with data from storage clouds or on-premises storage arrays. At first glance, this seems decidedly odd. Why would you need a cloud storage gateway, a thing that relies on data caching locally to avoid …
Chris Mellor, 7 Nov 2014

Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

Somewhat out the blue, Amazon is flogging a new gadget called Echo – which is a cross between ice maiden Siri and wireless speaker system Sonos, and will save you having to using your fingers ever again. The Echo is a voice-activated 9-inch-high cylinder that connects to your Wi-Fi and will answer spoken questions, play music, …
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TECH BUBBLE? No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley investor

Web Summit Top tech investor and entrepreneur Peter Thiel has said there’s no bubble in tech, despite the billion-dollar valuations floating around for firms that haven’t seen a penny in profits. “I don’t really think that there’s a bubble ... Bubbles only happen when the public is involved, they’re a psychosocial event,” Thiel told the …