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Broadcom builds better backbone for WiFi

Broadcom is getting ready for the arrival of 802.11ac Wave 2 in 2016, announcing a pair of chipsets for its OEMs. The two new chips in its StrataXGS range bring 2.5 Gbps Ethernet over Cat 5e cable, so as companies roll out Wave 2 access points, they don't have to pull new Ethernet cables. The BCM56160, targeting 24 and 48 …

VMware warns of info leaks flowing from Apache-Adobe mess

VMware has warned users of its vCenter, vCloud Director and Horizon products that they need to patch a flaw in Flex BlazeDS. The flaw, CVE-2015-3269, means Apache Flex BlazeDS “allows remote attackers to read arbitrary files via an AMF message containing an XML external entity declaration in conjunction with an entity …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Nov 2015
Google's custom cloud server configurator

Custom virtual machines come to Google's Compute Engine

Google's just done something interesting with its cloud by adding a configurator that lets you roll your own servers. The Alphabet subsidiary reckons that other clouds repeat some of IT's past sins by making you buy more server than you need. By offering an online configurator that lets you determine a server's core count and …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Nov 2015
Archer cracks the ISIS mainframe's password

Speaking in Tech: Anonymous’s ‘total war’ on ISIS – how effective can it be?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Eddie and Greg (with Sarah taking a well-earned rest) talk Netflix, net neutrality, Anonymous, Open Source and more. Our special guest this week is Justin Warren of PivotNine. And here are the details: (1: …
Team Register, 18 Nov 2015

Telecity's engineers to spend SECOND night fixing web hub power outage

Updated Telecity engineers will tonight make a second attempt to fix broken power systems at its critical Sovereign House internet facility. They will be working 24 hours after their first efforts failed and resulted in a second power outage. The internet service giant had planned to repair and fully fix the power supply in the early …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Nov 2015

EMC enables data movement from the white fluffy stuff

Cumulo Hopkintus is forming new product shapes as cloud winds strengthen in the data centre. There’s no bending with these gales, and EMC is having to go with the flow, enabling data movement off its arrays and into the public cloud. But it’s also providing better data protection in the cloud than Amazon, Google or their like …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2015
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Behold, the fantasy of infinite cloud compute elasticity

Comment Cloud computing has elements of a fool’s paradise. We’re told it’s elastic, infinitely elastic even, with thousands of virtual servers spun up in minutes. But there's just one problem ... this is palpable nonsense, short-term excess capacity being mopped up by early entrants to a large resource. Virtual servers are not magic. …
Chris Mellor, 18 Nov 2015
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Dell and EMC customers happy about prospect of Dell/EMC merger

Dell and EMC customers like the idea of a Dell/EMC merger and largely plan to spend more with the combined companies, according to analyst outfit the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). The firm surveyed “202 senior IT decision makers at organizations that currently purchase from Dell and/or EMC Federation companies”. Of that …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2015

Nano-NAS market dives into the cloud

Small networked storage systems are in trouble: kit-tallyer IDC says sales declined in Q3 2015 and now sit at under 334,000 a quarter. That's our conclusion from the firm's latest Worldwide Personal and Entry-Level Storage Tracker, released Monday and suggesting sales of 16,680,000 units for the quarter. The tracker defines …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2015

CloudFlare CEO blasts Anonymous claims of ISIS terrorist support

Matthew Prince, CloudFlare's cofounder and CEO, has hit back at Anonymous, which claimed his firm backs ISIS by keeping terror websites up and running. CloudFlare is a content-distribution network: it acts like a huge sponge, soaking up deluges of internet traffic that would otherwise overwhelm small to medium-sized websites, …
Iain Thomson, 18 Nov 2015
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Cray hoists Docker containers into supercomputers

SC15 Everyone loves Docker, including Cray, which today announced the addition of container-based virtualization to its official software stack. The supercomputer builder is rolling the technology first to Cray XC customers and in 2016 to Cray S400, CrayXE and Cray XK systems. The inclusion will aid wider productivity, chief …
Drew Cullen, 18 Nov 2015

Pure gives its flash boxes some 3D TLC

Pure Storage wants to be its flash array customers’ best friend forever with announcements lowering flash storage cost and improving its availability. The Silicon Valley biz is now supporting 3D TLC flash, the three-bits-per-cell stuff that has an endurance long enough for enterprise use. Other flash array suppliers using this …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft chief Satya drops an S bomb in Windows 10, cloud talk

Microsoft claims it really does care about privacy and securing the cloud and Windows 10, promising to build cybersecurity teams and investing in the area. A new Cyber Defense Operations Center will bring together security response experts from across the technology giant in a new “state-of-the-art” facility. The unit will be …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2015

DDN's cache wolves come howling out of the creek

WolfCreek, Data Direct Network’s burst buffer caching system, has arrived in the shape of the IME14K product – apparently ready to leap burning buildings, solve climate change, and make a $5m HPC cluster perform like a $100m one. The idea here is that high-performance computing (HPC) is dealing with ever-bigger data sets, and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2015

Avere adds Azure to triple-headed cloud beast

Microsoft's Azure has joined AWS and Google as a virtual filer accelerator host for Avere’s vFXT filter caching software. Avere makes its FXT, a hardware and software multi-tier caching appliance, which accelerates on-premises filers, such as those from Isilon and NetApp. It can also be an on-premises front-end for files held …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2015

Telecity London data centre outage borks VoIP, websites, AWS...

Update 2 Telecity has suffered a major outage at one of its London data centres this afternoon, which knocked out a whole host of VoIP firms' services, made Amazon wobble and borked its Direct Connect service. A source told The Register that the outage, which happened at around 2pm, knocked out four floors at Telecity's Sovereign House …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Nov 2015

Seagate serves up three layer ClusterStor sandwich

Seagate has three new ClusterStor HPC arrays: the A200, G200 and L300. The A200 is a cold data archive array. The G200 is loaded with IBM’s Spectrum Scale parallel file system software, GPFS that was, while the L300 is an equivalent array running Lustre parallel file system software. The existing ClusterStor range includes …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2015

Fujitsu: We started the cloud party, honest

Fujitsu Forum 2015 Fujitsu has outlined a timetable for its hybrid IT digital platform after inking a deal to acquire French-based fluffy white services outfit UShareSoft. Some components of the digital business platform MetaArc are already available, including an Internet of Things, big data, mobility solutions and app dev. Head of Fujitsu’s …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2015

FCA paves way for cloud computing in UK financial services

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has paved the way for banks, insurers and other financial services companies to take advantage of cloud computing services, so long as "appropriate safeguards" are in place, said one commentator. In proposed new guidance on cloud and other IT outsourcing (PDF), the regulator said there is …
OUT-LAW.COM, 17 Nov 2015
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VMware open sources its Photon container control freak

VMware's pursuit of the container caper has taken another turn, with the open-sourcing of its Photon Controller. Back at VMworld in August, Virtzilla announced “Photon Platform”, a containerisation effort comprising a stripped back Linux called “Photon OS”, a lightweight version of the ESX hypervisor called “Photon Machine” …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2015
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Netflix and skill: Web vid giant open sources Spinnaker cloud tool

Netflix has released Spinnaker, an open-source tool for testing and rolling out software updates in the cloud. The Apache 2.0-licensed code provides continuous delivery of applications, including managing and monitoring their deployment. Netflix said Spinnaker will replace its Asgard project. The streaming video giant said …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2015

Supercomputers get their own software stack – dev tools, libraries etc

SC15 Supercomputers are going to get their own common software stack, courtesy of a new group of elite computer users. The OpenHPC Collaborative Project was launched just before this week's Supercomputer Conference 2015 in Austin, Texas, and features among its members the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the Center for Research in …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Nov 2015
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Intel's Omni-Path InfiniBand-killer debuts at sizzling 100 Gb/sec

SC15 Intel's putative InfiniBand-killer Omni-Path has been revealed as the centrepiece of the enhanced Scalable System Framework (SSF) announced at the Supercomputer 15 conference (SC15) in Texas. First announced at the pitch for the American government's HPC “Coral concept”, under which the industry is asked to deliver a 180 …
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Intel Xeon chip ban? Pfeh. China triples top 500 supercomputer tally

SC15 The number of Chinese supercomputers among the world's top 500 most powerful number-crunching machines has tripled to 109. The leap, measured between July and November this year, comes amid a ban on high-end Intel processors leaving the US for the Asian superpower's supercomputer builders. As a result of that export embargo, …
Chris Williams, 16 Nov 2015
Jureca supercomputer

JURECA! Germany flips big red switch on 2.2 petaflop supercomputer

Germany has officially powered up its new 2.2 petaflop JURECA supercomputer. Based at the Forschungszentrum Jülich research facility, the JURECA (pronounced "Eureka" and short for Juelich Research on Exascale Cluster Architectures) system runs on Intel's 12-core Xeon E5-2680 Haswell CPUs, employing a total of 1,900 nodes (each …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Nov 2015

How to wrap your brain around HP Enterprise's reheated StoreOnce kit

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has refreshed its deduplicating backup-to-disk products with new hardware and software. On the same day HPE announced flash-oriented StoreServ arrays, the biz revved its StoreOnce product line as well. The old product line started with a software-only virtual storage appliance (VSA) with up to 50TB …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2015

X-Gene 3 in 2016 – no, not a superhero movie. It's a 16nm FinFET 64-bit ARM chip for servers

In-brief Applied Micro has vowed to unleash upon the world the X-Gene 3, a 64-bit ARM-compatible server processor made using FinFET gates. The 32-core ARMv8-compatible chips will be manufactured by TSMC using a 16nm process, can be clocked up to 3GHz, and will feature eight DDR4-2667 memory channels and 42 PCIe 3 lanes, if all goes to …
Chris Williams, 16 Nov 2015

IBM bets POWER8 processor farm on hardware acceleration

SC15 For 50 years, Moore’s Law held good. The axiom, formulated by Intel founder Gordon Moore in 1965, stated that overall processor power would double every year. In 1975 this was revised to every two years. But in July this year, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed in an earnings call that in the wake of the introduction of 14nm …
Drew Cullen, 16 Nov 2015

Next-gen killer hurricane hunter to be armed with Nvidia graphics chips

SC15 Uncle Sam's weather forecasters are going to use graphics processors to hopefully better predict the course of catastrophic storms. The US government's NOAA agency will build a new computer system boosted by 760 Nvidia Pascal GPUs, according to Ian Buck, the chip company's veep of accelerated computing and CUDA inventor. When …
Chris Williams, 16 Nov 2015
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Surprise! No wonder Oracle doesn't 'see' IBM or SAP in the cloud

At Oracle’s recent OpenWorld conference, Larry Ellison asserted: “We never, ever see IBM” or SAP in the cloud. Perhaps because, according to a senior Oracle insider, Oracle still isn’t doing much in the cloud. How much is “not much?” As InfoWorld reported in an interview with this unnamed source, in 90 per cent of Oracle’s …
Matt Asay, 16 Nov 2015

Hurricane Meg unleashes storm of HPE storage updates

After its SPC-2 benchmark-beating all-flash 3PAR array result, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has unleashed a storage hurricane of news announcements, with a VMAX and XIV assault and 3D NAND SSDs included, as it goes all out to expand its 3PAR on-premises array territory. It is saying a StoreServ 20850 delivers 13 per cent better …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2015

EU orders Equinix to dump colos in Amsterdam, London and Frankfurt

Equinix will be forced to offload data centres in Amsterdam, London and Frankfurt as the price of EU approval of its takeover of Telecity. The European Commission has given a conditional green light to the £2.3bn deal, which Equinix first announced bid back in May, aiming to add 39 European data centres to its 100-strong US …
Joe Fay, 16 Nov 2015

Brace yourselves. Huawei’s launching an HCIA product

Comment Huawei has a hyperconverged infrastructure Appliance (HCIA) product; its FusionCube product line. This is comprised of its own server, storage, and networking system components, plus virtualisation and management software. The company said one of these can be deployed in 11 minutes after being unpacked and powered up. A rack …
Chris Mellor, 16 Nov 2015
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It's Gartner Magic Graph of Wonder time! And Google won't be happy

Focus your eyes on this little MQ beauty from Garner’s gnomic gnosticians who have tracked, analysed and rated enterprise information archive suppliers' products and technology. GartnerMQ_IA_2015 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for information archiving. Whoo-hoo, Commvault is a challenger and not a leader. In fact there are …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2015

Seagate forms federal biz unit to latch onto the gov cash faucet

Seagate has formed a Federal business unit to help shift its acquired Xyratex ClusterStor HPC arrays to Fed buyers. Seagate Government Solutions (SGS) will focus on the federal government’s big data, high performance computing (HPC), and security needs. It’s presided over by Deb Oliver, formerly with Lockheed Martin and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2015
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Big Blue's big iron daddy Gene Amdahl dies aged 92

Obit IBM's mainframe systems' trailblazer, Gene Amdahl, has died at the age of 92. His wife Marian said he had passed away on Tuesday, after suffering from pneumonia. Amdahl was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease five years ago, she said. Amdahl was born in Flandreau, South Dakota in 1922. He joined IBM in 1952, immediately after …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Nov 2015

BOFH: We're miracle workers. But you want us to fix THAT in 10 minutes?

Episode 16 "What do you mean 'why's it not working'," the PFY asks. "I mean WHY ISN'T IT WORKING? What's happened?" the Boss snaps, expecting an excuse that will be both technical and understandable to someone with his level of tertiary education. "Nothing's happened, it's all the same as usual," the PFY responds, suspecting – as we all …
Simon Travaglia, 13 Nov 2015

Has the next generation of monolithic storage arrived?

Comment Infindat’s product is called Infinibox. It’s a monolithic storage system, or could even be called next generation monolithic, and competes against EMC VMAX, HDS VSP or 3PAR 10K. It’s not all-flash. It’s hybrid, with lots of RAM and flash at the front-end and big 7200 RPM disks at the back-end, bringing a total usable capacity …

The ETERNUS dance: Fujitsu extends backup and archive box range

Fujitsu has updated two of its backup and archiving appliance products; the ETERNUS CS200c and CS800. Both of these use OEM'd software and provide deduped backup to disk. They have been given a hardware refresh with faster CPUs, which speeds dedupe. The CS200c S2 all-in-one backup and archiving product embeds Commvault …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2015

Sound waves could power the future's magnetic HDDs

Our need to store data is growing at an astonishing rate. An estimated 2.7 zettabytes (2.721) of data are currently held worldwide, equivalent to several trillion bytes for every one of the seven billion people on Earth. Accessing this data quickly and reliably is essential for us to do useful things with it – the problem is, …
Tom Hayward, 13 Nov 2015
Sony's Z2 tablet is thin

Thin Client Devices Revisited

Survey Results With conversations around end user computing dominated by highly desirable mobile technology, it’s easy to overlook the potential of thin client hardware. Deployed in the right way to the right types of user, however, far from being the compromise option, thin client devices can enhance the user’s overall experience. While the …
Dale Vile, 13 Nov 2015

Hypervisor headaches: Hosts hosed by x86 exception bugs

Various hypervisors and operating systems are scrambling to patch around an x86 bug that lets an admin-level guest crash the underlying CPU, causing a denial-of-service to anyone else on the same machine. The issue, described here, is that with some x86 CPUs, an attacker with kernel-mode code execution privileges on a guest …