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IBM's Spectrum Scale gets see-through cloud tiering

IBM's Spectrum Scale parallel file system offering is going to support direct integration of Cleversafe, SoftLayer cloud, and Amazon S3 object storage. Cleversafe, SoftLayer and S3 become target stores for Spectrum Scale data in the same way, IBM says, as any local disk store. It's at pains to stress that this is not a gateway …
Chris Mellor, 2 Feb 2016
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See that fist punching through the clouds? That's Veeam's, that is

You've got to have sympathy for Veeam's competitors. Ratmir Timashev's storage upstart pulled off another slam dunk quarter to close 2015. As Barracuda looks for a sale, Seagate sells off EVault, and Veritas flails helplessly, Veeam rockets on, telling everybody it has: A 22 per cent increase in total bookings revenue to $ …
Chris Mellor, 2 Feb 2016
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IBM blesses Catalogic's ECX copy data management

Catalogic has finally managed to get IBM on board its in-place ECX copy data management train. Big Blue and Little C are saying that the following IBM arrays are supported with ECX: Storwize hybrid arrays SAN Volume Controller FlashSystem V9000 SoftLayer – with ECX helping to reduce wasteful and redundant data storage in …
Chris Mellor, 2 Feb 2016
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Cloudian's better at Amazon S3 than anyone else, apparently

Comment Object storage startup Cloudian says it's the most S3-compliant of all object-storage vendors, and this really, really, really matters. We had our ears bent by Cloudian's sales VP, Jon Ash, about this, after asking why on Earth it mattered. First of all, it needs pointing out that there is no industry standard for Amazon S3, …
Chris Mellor, 2 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, 2 Feb 2016
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Backers fling cash at Gridstore for Hyper-V hyper-converged development

Gridstore, the Hyper-V-focused hyper-converged appliance startup, has snagged a $19m funding C-round. It also has a new chairman of the board and director plus three execs to help it push ahead. The funding comes after an $11m B-round in 2013 and comes from Atlantic Bridge Capital along with current investors: Acero Capital, …
Chris Mellor, 2 Feb 2016

Lawyers cast fishing nets in class-action Seagate seas

Hear that siren? It's an ambulance chaser. Seagate is facing a class-action lawsuit from lawyers representing one pissed-off Barracuda disk drive user – and they want more people to join in. Acting on behalf of one Christopher A. Nelson of South Dakota, the lawyers say the drives failed more often than they should have been …
Chris Mellor, 2 Feb 2016
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Syncer and (flash) shipper feeling chipper: We're going great guns

Private equity-owned file sync 'n' sharer Syncplicity and flash array shipper Kaminario both say they are doing well. Syncplicity was sold off by EMC to Skyview Capital last June, and focuses on enterprises and their mobile device users, paying attention to security needs. CEO Jonathan Huberman says Syncplicity's new bookings …
Chris Mellor, 2 Feb 2016
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Exascale project wants machine with TEN MEEELLION ARMS

Europe's ExaNeSt project is looking behind the couch for ten million ARM processors, to support its exascale supercomputing project. As well as a bucket of processing, what it's calling its “straw-man prototype” will use liquid cooling, Flash memory in the processor fabric, and will use “innovative, fast interconnects” to …

Google adds lots of cloudy flash, no sign of saviour

Google's a laggard in infrastructure-as-a-service: Amazon Web Services moved first and set agendas, then along came Microsoft with an unusually strong version 1.0 product that's just kept growing and adding features. IBM bought SoftLayer and is building cloud products at speed. The Alphabet subsidiary’s now third or fourth in …
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NASA preps silicon-photonic modem for space laser internet test

NASA's preparing the next step of its lasers-in-space optical communications strategy, announcing the development of a silicon photonic modem for space applications. The agency's engineering team is getting ready to build the modem, which integrates electrical and optical signalling and processing on a single chip. The news …
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We've just stepped out of our time machine, and we can reveal ... EMC's new kit for early 2016

Analysis EMC has new storage products coming in both external shared array form and in its converged and hyper-converged systems lines of products, using new VSAN capabilities. These will be announced over the next two quarters and will change the shape of EMC's product lines. We think we now have an overall view of what the mainstream …
Chris Mellor, 1 Feb 2016

How Symantec scuppered Veritas sell-off six ways to Sunday

A champagne bottle's crack, a splash, and cheers rang out as the good ship Veritas was launched on the banks of Symantec's river – sent off to steam the data storage seas own with a new owner: the Carlyle Group. It's had an inauspicious launch: Symantec had to cut the price tag for Veritas by $800m due to "uncertainties" and a …
Chris Mellor, 1 Feb 2016
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Oracle hires cloud 'success' pushers, denies EMEA customers are floating away

Oracle is expanding its platform-as-a-service cloud team in Europe, but denied it is a move to revive renewals. The database giant confirmed it is hiring 150 people across EMEA to join the firm’s Customer "Success" programme under Carmen Romero. Oracle told The Register the move is in response to growing customer demand and …
Gavin Clarke, 1 Feb 2016
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Here's to Hu: QLogic beats expectations as it waits for new CEO

Storage connectivity card and ASIC supplier QLogic had a much better third quarter than expected as interim CEO, also chief financial officer, Jean Hu delivered higher revenues and a profits recovery. The revenue number was $122.7m, 18.6 per cent more than the previous quarter, and higher than the guidance issued for the …
Chris Mellor, 1 Feb 2016
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EU agency warns of cyber risks from using big data tools

Businesses that use software and systems to collect, analyse and use data are increasingly vulnerable to cyber risks, according to a new report. The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) urged companies to embrace "the security-by-default principle" to better safeguard data and systems against privacy and …
OUT-LAW.COM, 1 Feb 2016
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Micron's Xpoint excavations: More murmurings about PCM

Comment Once Intel Micron Flash Technologies (IM Flash) co-CEO Guy Blalock revealed that XPoint memory uses chalcogenide glass as its storage medium, people have been wondering if XPoint really is, contrary to Intel and Micron denials, phase-change memory (PCM). With PCM the state, or phase, of the chalcogenide material changes from …
Chris Mellor, 1 Feb 2016
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'VxRail' looks like EMC's next-gen hyper-converged appliance

EMC and VMware are making more noise about a hyper-converged launch this month. The Register's virtualisation desk is willing to go out on a limb and say that among the announcements will be a hardware product called VxRail. Here's our logic. EMC used its annual results call to reveal it has new hyper-converged kit on the way …

Seagate’s triple whammy: Disk numbers, costs, and flash

Peak disk has passed and Seagate has a triple problem set: disk build numbers; costs and pricing; and what to do about flash. Revenues for Seagate’s second fiscal 2016 quarter, ended Jan 1, were $2.98bn, down 19.4 per cent on $3.7bn a year ago. Net income was $165m, representing an 82.3 per cent fall on Q215's $933m. …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2016
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Give me POWER! Under resourced, overloaded - a moving story

This Damn War I was the senior systems administrator (in fact I was the only IT person, but not the IT "manager" as that would entail a whole new level of paperwork for the client) and had been tasked with moving our central office to an office one kilometre away. As a joint venture, we were moving into the majority owner's existing office …
OnG IT guy, 29 Jan 2016
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Intel and Micron's XPoint: Is it PCM? We think it is

Does 3D XPoint memory use phase change memory (PCM) technology or not? After IMTF co-chair Guy Blalock said XPoint uses a chalcogenide material, like Phase-Change Memory (PCM), your storage correspondent sent a mail to Intel and Micron saying: “According to my understanding phase-change memory is a non-volatile, chalcogenide …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2016
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The Quantum of solace: Well, at least the scale-out storage revenues were up

Quantum unsurprisingly saw declining revenues in its third quarter, hit by general storage market weakness and tape pricing falls which offset scale-out storage revenue increases. Revenues shrank 10 per cent annually to $128m in its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended Dec 31, 2015. They rose 9.4 per cent on the sequential compare …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2016
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What’s new in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016?

Microsoft is busy reshaping Windows server for the cloud era, and the Hyper-V hypervisor is changing accordingly. The first release of Hyper-V was with Windows Server 2008. It was a solid and reliable product from the beginning, but with limited features compared to its competition, especially VMware. The technology is …
Tim Anderson, 29 Jan 2016
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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

When Simon Sharwood revealed that an Aussie operator has just retired a server that been running flawlesssly since 1997, we figured it would prompt a slew of one-upmanship comments, and we were right. What we weren’t quite prepared for were the diversions that one aging server prompted into the nature of time, space travel, …
Joe Fay, 29 Jan 2016

Redcentric slurps bit barn biz City Lifeline for £4.8m

IT managed services provider Redcentric has snapped up East London-based bit barn operator City Lifeline for £4.8m. The data centre biz, nestled in the heart of the capital's Tech City alongside the likes of cornflake 'restaurant' Serial Killer, adds 28,0002 ft of space and 600 racks to Redcentric's portoflio. "This is a low …
Kat Hall, 29 Jan 2016
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BOFH: In-depth IT training needs a single-malt distillery

Episode 2 There's a bit of a scramble on. Bastard Junket Watch, a website entirely devoted to plausible-sounding technical events, has sent up the email equivalent of an emergency flare. An event company which knows very little about IT (and cares even less) is hosting a five-day "Service Delivery for Technical Professionals" course …
Simon Travaglia, 29 Jan 2016
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WD notebook drive shipments plummet

WD revenues and profits are declining as it finds disks and SSDs a hard sell in what its CEO calls “an increasingly challenging global economic environment”. Revenues for the second fiscal 2016 quarter, ended Jan 1, were $3.3bn, which is 2.94 per cent lower than the $3.4bn recorded for its first quarter and a decline of 15 per …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2016
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Oracle kicks Amazon after Glacier download bill shock

Last week, a chap named Mario Karpinnen took to Medium with a tale of how downloading 60GB of data from Amazon Web Services' archive-grade Glacier service cost him a whopping US$158. Karpinnen went into the fine print of Glacier pricing and found that the service takes your peak download rate, multiplies the number of …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2016
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New Xen maintenance release ends active version 4.4 development

Can it really be time to update Xen again? Yes it can, because the Xen Project has announced a new maintenance release, version 4.4.4, that ticks off a list of 70 fixes and improvements, plus another five qemu quirks. Xen's had a rough time of it lately, with several severe bugs demanding attention. A few security-related …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2016
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Backblaze big data restore. Get this: it involves disk drives

Cloud backup provider Backblaze has a nifty new take on large data restores, involving disk drives. Customers can order a flash drive or disk drive restore, meaning their data’s sent to them on a flash drive or external disk drive. This was a useful alternative where a web restore of data may take a while or be expensive if …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2016
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Reg readers speak out on Thin Client technology

Survey Results Managing PC estates is a time-consuming, expensive and thankless task. Better provisioning and management tools can obviously help, but implementing one or more of the various forms of desktop virtualisation available nowadays may also be beneficial. The virtualisation option, and particularly the use of hardware-based thin …
Dale Vile, 28 Jan 2016

Puppet master investors tug on Citrix as 'wind turns'

Puppet master-cum activist investor Elliot Management appears to be pulling virtualisation vendor Citrix's strings in the right direction… for shareholders if not for some staff. Elliott Management upped its stake in Citrix last summer and made it known it wasn’t happy about the state of the business or share price, and …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jan 2016
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Hell, high water, and ice: Facebook's Dublin data center choices

Facebook is to spend US$218m (£153m / €200m) on its second data center in Europe. Mark Zuckerberg's firm has promised an "innovative, environmentally friendly data center." It is easy to view the construction of this particular Facebook's answer to the expiration of Safe Harbor last year, to throw up a repository within the …
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How to be certain about your data in an uncertain future

If it wasn’t for users, managers, or compliance execs, IT would be an easy place with goalposts that stayed put. The real world is far less predictable. The rules of play may change. So how do you design data strategies to cope? Data regulations are a good example. The EU’s Safe Harbour legislation made the rules clear when it …
Danny Bradbury, 28 Jan 2016
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EMC Federation to reveal new hyper-hyper converged appliances

EMC, VMware and VCE will soon announce a new range of hyper-converged appliances that EMC II CEO David Goulden says are game-changers. “For the last several months EMC and VMware partnered very closely to develop a new next-generation hyper-converged appliance family that uniquely leverages technology from EMC, VMware and VCE …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2016
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All-flash hope-dash: The future is hybrid

Comment In the future we will have an all-flash hybrid concept. This can’t be considered a prediction; it’s just a fact. If you look around, a large number of vendors are craving Intel’s 3D Xpoint memory and this will be the next tier 0 (or cache) for many newly designed storage arrays. 3D XPoint in short 3D XPoint is a new class of …
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Juniper turns around in 2015, worried about 2016

Juniper Networks has managed to disappoint Wall Street with revenue growth, a turnaround from loss to profit and earnings per share better than analyst forecasts. The problem? It doesn't like next year's outlook. Its Q4 2015 revenue of US$1,319.6 million was 20 per cent better than Q4 2014 and six per cent ahead of Q3, with a …

This EMC is bereft of expansion, it is formerly increasing ... it is ex-growth

Analysis EMC is now an ex-growth stock. It pulled out its traditional hard-selling fourth quarter, but it achieved 0.7 per cent less than the year-ago quarter. Full-year results, published on Wednesday, were ahead in the annual compare by just 1 per cent. It's been a hard year for the world's number one storage supplier. Fourth …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2016
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Microsoft: We think your Office files should see other people

Users of Microsoft Office now have more choice where they keep and work on their documents, and with whom they co-create them. "Since 2013, we’ve offered real-time co-authoring with Office Online documents stored in Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint Online," said Microsoft's Office VP Kirk Koenigsbauer in a blog post. "Today …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jan 2016

Glum Commvault vaults out of the well it's been stuck in for months

All the hard work over the past few quarters at Commvault has paid off with a return to profits and increased revenues. In its third fiscal 2016 quarter, ended Dec 31, 2015, its revenues of $155.7m were up 11 per cent sequentially, 2 per cent year-over-year, and 6 per cent on a year-over-year constant currency basis. GAAP net …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2016

This gun says you ain’t leaving until my PC is fixed

On-call ABDUCTION 151228046, 2700 block of S. Grove Street. At approximately 11:00 a.m. on December 28, a male subject refused to let a computer technician leave the residence until his computer was fixed. The suspect allegedly had a gun in his possession and threatened to kill the victim. Joseph Nestor Mondello, 50, of Arlington VA was …
Drew Cullen, 27 Jan 2016
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Plexistor rolls out storage-defined memory for the masses

Storage startup Plexistor has a persistent memory software product that enables applications to use storage memory and get 3-digit performance increases, using DRAM, flash and XPoint memory. The software-defined memory (SDM) architecture can use DRAM, flash and XPoint memory and is intended as a solution for applications that …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2016