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Non-profit or charity? Win a data centre makeover from Nutanix

Promo Nutanix, possibly the world’s biggest startup, is offering $500,000 in data centre infrastructure to a non-profit or charity. Anyone can nominate their favourite worthy cause for a Web-scale Wish. But get a move on as nominations close this week! A non-profit organisation chosen by the IT community will receive a 48-hour web- …
David Gordon, 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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Astro-boffins start opening universe simulation data

The Illustris Project, a universe-scale simulation created in 2013 at MIT and unveiled in May 2014, is now offering its first data products as downloads for researchers. The large-scale cosmological simulation of galaxy formation, as it describes itself, has half a petabyte containing 12 billion resolution points and in a full …
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Extreme adds switches and partners

Extreme Networks has launched a quartet of switches and a management appliance, in what it says is an expansion of its software defined network (SDN) strategy. Back in June, the company launched its OpenStack SDN platform. That launch wrapped a bunch of API toolkits together with NetSight management and Purview optimisation …

Smartphone chip champ Qualcomm says it's ARMed for server wars

Mobile chip heavyweight Qualcomm has confirmed that it plans to make a run at the server market, although details remain scant. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf revealed that the firm is working on chips for the data center during a meeting with financial analysts in New York City on Wednesday, without giving away any specific …
Neil McAllister, 19 Nov 2014
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IVEC's Magnus crashes Top 50

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is all smiles after the SC14 announcement that its upgraded Magnus iron has landed in the world's top fifty supercomputers. The 35,712-core Haswell-based Cray XC40 cracked 1,097 teraflops on the Linpack benchmark, which put it at position 41 on the list. At the end of September, the machine's …
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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

Seagate connects Hadoop and Lustre in an open sourcery ceremony

Seagate has written a Hadoop connector for Lustre, meaning Hadoop-using systems can now fetch data from a Lustre parallel file system array, as part of a small contribution by the US data storage company to an open source world. The Hadoop on Linux Connector (HoLC) means that data stored on a Lustre system doesn’t need copying …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2014
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All-singing-all-dancing hyperconverged Maxta gets Cisco's blessing

Maxta has announced the launch of its MxSP, the first Cisco-certified hyper-converged system to run on UCS C-Series servers and support metro-distance clusters. But how can a storage software company supply a hyperconverged server/storage/networking/software system when all it does is create the storage software component? …
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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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

Last Friday, Apple, Oracle, IBM, HP and other cloud bigwigs (represented by DigitalEurope) begged the EU for help in preventing the US seizing emails stored by Microsoft in Ireland. Now Ireland itself has done the same. On Tuesday night, the Irish authorities formally requested that the European Commission examine whether EU …
Jennifer Baker, 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
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It'll all end in tiers: HP tosses small biz another 3PAR-flavored bone

HP is adding some 3PAR-class storage services to its MSA entry-level arrays: automated data tiering, virtualisation and thin provisioning, and more, all via a firmware update. This continues a steady upgrading of MSA functionality. The MSA 2040 model is getting: Archive tiering that shunts cold data from fast SAS drives to …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2014
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EMC CEO Joe Tucci tries to win hearts and minds from VC backers

Analysis EMC is going to ask its shareholders whom they support: CEO Joe Tucci or hedge fund exec Paul Singer? At a Wells Fargo investment conference last week, Tucci outlined his thinking about EMC’s recent history, its future and an appeal to shareholders. Paul Singer’s Elliott Management is the activist investor trying to persuade …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2014
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Seagate and SGI buddy up to flog HPC bigness to big business

Seagate has signed up SGI to resell its ClusterStor supercomputing and big data arrays. SGI will now resell the ClusterStor 1500, 6000, and 9000 products and the Secure Data Appliance (SDA) with its Kerberos network authentication protocol to enable symmetric-key cryptography. SGI competitor Cray OEMs ClusterStor arrays in its …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2014
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SAN gang at Nimble jump in Fibre Channel pool, but how big will the splash be?

Becoming a little nimbler in the SAN market, Nimble Storage is adding Fibre Channel support to its CS-series hybrid flash/disk arrays. Up until now these products have supported block data access over iSCSI only. Adding Fibre Channel will, the company believes, triple its addressable market. The product range was refreshed in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2014
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HPC bods boogie to 68 new Top500 hits at New Orleans show

SC14 The SC14 supercomputer show at New Orleans saw Intel getting its Xeon, Phi and Lustre hooks into many suppliers, IBM pushing its POWER credentials and ARM punching in there too. There was nothing dramatic, exascale computing not yet having been reached, but a lot of incremental improvements. The November 2014 Top500 list has 68 …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2014
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Multi-petabyte open sorcery: Spell-binding storage

Mixing petabytes of data and open-source storage used to be the realm of cash-strapped academic boffins who didn’t mind mucking in with software wizardry. The need to analyse millions, billions even, of records of business events stored as unstructured information in multi-petabyte class arrays makes ordinary storage seem like …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2014
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NASA launches new climate model at SC14

After 75 days running on the 43,000-core, 1.21 petaflop Discover supercomputer cluster at the Goddard Centre for Climate Simulation, producing 4 PB of data, NASA has put together a global model showing how atmospheric carbon dioxide – CO2 – gets distributed in air currents around the world. Youtube Video The model is based on …
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Nvidia doubles Tesla grunt at SC14

Nvidia's SC14 eye-catcher is the next increment in its HPC GPU accelerator, the Tesla K80. The successor to the Tesla K40, the K80 is pitched as double-your-everything: twice the performance and twice the memory bandwidth. Unsurprisingly, the company reckons its target will be data analytics and scientific computing applications …

The optic NERVE of it: Intel declares WAR on InfiniBand

It's no surprise when Intel announces a new processor architecture – that's its main game, after all. However, along with the Knight's Bridge chips released at SC'14, the company seems to have declared war on the HPC mainstream, announcing an optical comms architecture designed to compete with InfiniBand. The Omni-Path …

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
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EMC daddy Tucci: YES, there has been too much internal 'friction'

EMC uber-CEO Joe Tucci has admitted that it has been a mistake to allow too much competition inside the federation, which must be music to activist shareholders' ears. The admission came at the Wells Fargo Tech, Media and Telecom Conference in New York last week. Wells Fargo EMC Tucci was asked: "Can you... talk about how you …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2014
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HPC bod SGI racks UV brains, reaches 30 MEEELLION IOPS

How does 30 million IOPS from a 32-socket server grab you? We've learnt SGI has taken its UV 300H server, used in its "UV for SAP HANA" product, and boosted its performance with 64 Intel DC P3700 SSDs, which use the NVMe interface. The team working on this includes SGI's acquired Starboard Storage engineers. Starboard was …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2014
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NetApp cyclists part from storage firm... go to Bora Bora

NetApp's sponsorship of the European Endura professional cycle racing team is no longer, er, on tap. The team formerly known as Team NetApp Endura will rebrand after gaining a new sponsor in the form of Germany's BORA, which makes cooker surfaces and cooker extractors. Team NetApp Endura was formed for the 2013 season, …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2014
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Cray heaves out even mightier, Lustre-ous Sonexion 2000

Cray has updated its scale-out, parallel access, Lustre-using Sonexion array with what it calls the "2000" product - providing 50 per cent more capacity and performance than the previous 1600 product in the same footprint. The 2000 delivers in excess of 45GB/sec bandwidth to a Linux cluster using Cray Cluster Connect, and has …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2014

LSI driver bug is breaking VSANs, endangering data

VMware says its VSAN virtual storage array is selling well, earning hardware-makers' attention and making plain the wisdom of the software-defined data centre. It may well be, but VSAN is also having some teething problems. Back in July, VMware was forced to change its recommended VSAN system configurationsbecause VSANs were …
Darren Pauli, 17 Nov 2014

Cisco targets India with new investment

In a move interpreted as an endorsement of the new Indian government headed by reformer, and digital service delivery believer, Narendra Modi, Cisco wants to turn around its fortunes in India, and is reportedly putting US$1.7 billion on the table as part of its strategy. The Economic Times reports the commitment, which The Borg …

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
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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

Episode 12 Keeping up with the changing face of IT is a pain in the arse at times. Half the time I'm looking at some bleeding edge technology wondering what the hell it does, who would want it and whether it's worth the effort. All too often the answers are "No idea", "no one" and "no". Still, it grates a bit when a consultant is called …
Simon Travaglia, 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

ANOTHER red-ink-spattered quarter for Overland Storage

Comment Data manager Overland is still making losses (bigger ones more recently) with profitability like a mirage forever receding into the distance, despite having acquired Tandberg Data as a way of cutting its operating expenses and expanding its markets. Revenues for its 2015 first fiscal quarter were $22.9m, double the $10.6m …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2014

Exit the dragon: US govt blows $325m on China-beating 300PFLOPS monster computer

Vid The US government has chosen IBM and Nvidia chips to build the world's fastest supercomputer – a 300 petaFLOPS beast that would trounce today's most powerful super: China's Tianhe-2. The Department of Energy has commissioned two supercomputers, it was revealed on Friday: one is a system codenamed "Summit", which will be …
Chris Williams, 14 Nov 2014
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Make sure big data doesn't land you in big trouble

Size isn't everything. Big data may be about storing terabytes or petabytes of information but it is also about complexity, and complexity often brings security challenges. Are you ready to handle them? Right now, someone in a marketing or finance role somewhere in your organisation is probably putting together a big data …
Danny Bradbury, 14 Nov 2014