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This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices

Microsoft has introduced a new subscription model for Office 365 and this time it's literally personal: the new “Office 365 Personal” makes the productivity suite available for just two devices – one PC or Mac and one tablet – for $US69.99 a year. That's a small discount on the $83.88 it would cost to pay the $6.99-a-month …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Apr 2014
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Red Hat bets on 'Project Atomic' for its container-loaded server future

Red Hat has put its Linux operating system on a diet to create a scrappy technology that will take on traditional virtualization approaches such as those backed by VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix. "Project Atomic" was announced by Red Hat at its eponymous Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday, marking another step in Red Hat's dance …
Jack Clark, 15 Apr 2014
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Microsoft's Nadella: SQL Server 2014 means we're all about data

Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella made his third trip in as many weeks to San Francisco to announce the third piece in the puzzle that's Microsoft's future strategy: it's all going to be about data, he said. Nadella It's all about the data "The era of ambient intelligence has begun, and we are delivering a platform that …
Iain Thomson, 15 Apr 2014
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VMware fires up vCloud Disaster Recovery service

The main thing VMware has that its cloud rivals lack is a widely deployed, fundamental bit of data-center technology – its ESX hypervisor – and the virtualization company is beginning to play on this advantage with new products. The first of an expected salvo of services that use its ESX hypervisor came on Tuesday when the …
Jack Clark, 15 Apr 2014
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Thanks, Amazon – we'll take it from here: SAP muscles in on cloud subscriptions

SAP is putting its entire business applications suite online and selling the lot through subscription. The on-premise giant last week announced SAP Business Suite via the SAP Hana Enterprise Cloud service. Underpinning the service is Hana, SAP’s in-memory database technology. Subscriptions are a huge deal for SAP. The world's …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2014
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Got to get something started with Azure VMs? Microsoft's Planky shows you the way

Promo Steve Plank, or "Planky" as even his mother allegedly calls him, is the Windows Azure evangelist for Microsoft UK and on 23 April he is taking to the interwebs to conduct his evangelizing online. Join Planky in a one-hour webcast starting at 9:30 BST and let him guide you through the step-by-step process for spinning up Windows …
David Gordon, 15 Apr 2014
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A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

Google is providing an explicit explanation of how it automatically and routinely runs software to snoop on messages flooding in and out of a user's Gmail account – so as to better target them with ads. The company made it clear that anyone with a Google account using any number of its services – such as search or YouTube – can …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Apr 2014

VMware 5.5: Plenty that's new and exciting... but what about the obvious stuff?

For a number of years I sat on the periphery of server virtualisation. After all, I ran my company's network and telecoms team, and if I had a server issue I'd wander five yards to the servers and storage team and ask them nicely to fix their world. Bung in the CD and click Next, Next, Next (click to enlarge) With the …
Dave Cartwright, 15 Apr 2014

Big Blue's GPFS: The tech's fantastic. Shame about the product

Storagebod IBM is a great technology company: so many of the technologies we take for granted can be traced to back to Big Blue. And many of today’s implementations still are poorer than the original implementations. And yet the firm is not the dominant force it once was; an organisational behemoth, riven with politics and fiefdoms doesn’t …
StorageBod, 15 Apr 2014
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Dell tanks up with hot Fluid Cache, drives databases twice as fast

Dell has extended its Compellent array's automated data tiering to place hot data in connected server's PCIe flash caches, nearly doubling database access speed, increasing user counts 6 X and lowering per user costs by 70 per cent. The news of the Fluid Cache for SAN product came at Dell's Enterprise Forum in Frankfurt. Marius …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2014

Google Cloud Platform builds Ivy Bridge to new Asian region

Google has created a new “Asia” region and two new zones – “asia-east1-a” and “asia-east1-b” - for its cloudy Compute Engine service. The new region uses Ivy Bridge CPUs, which means it is built on more modern Intel kit and should offer superior performance compared to Google's Sandy-Bridge-using US and Europe regions. Google's …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2014

VMware reveals 27-patch Heartbleed fix plan

VMware has confirmed that 27 of its products need patches for the Heartbleed bug. The bad news is that Virtzilla says it “expects to have updated products and patches for all affected products … by April 19th.” The 19th is Saturday. Easter Saturday. The previous day is Good Friday, a public holiday in the UK, Canada, Australia …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Apr 2014
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Bored with trading oil and gold? Why not flog some CLOUD servers?

If you thought cloud computing was complicated now, just wait until next year, when pin-striped traders will buy and sell contracts in the stuff. At least, that's the plan of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which announced on Monday that it had signed a "definitive agreement" to build a commodity exchange dedicated to the …
Jack Clark, 14 Apr 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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Violin Memory fiddles with board, adds new director – music to Clinton Group's ears?

Violin Memory has announced a new board director and expanded the board from seven to eight seats to do so. The Clinton Group, the activist investor that's been yelling at Violin to sell itself, is now on-board and on-message. The new director is Vic Mahadevan, the ex-NetApp chief strategy officer. The canned quotes are full of …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2014
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Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure

A recent report based on views gathered from resellers reveals Cisco reps are enthusiastically selling Invicta all-flash arrays as both stand-alone and UCS converged arrays against EMC's XtremIO and Pure Storage. William Blair's Data Networking and Storage Tracker findings are based on "in-depth interviews with 41 US and …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2014

Live in London: Roll up for the AWS Enterprise Summit 2014

Promo On Tuesday 29 April, Amazon Web Services will be at London’s ExCel Centre, where it will host the 2014 Enterprise Summit. The free one-day event conference is aimed senior technical leaders working at enterprise organisations who are playing in the cloud or want to play in the cloud. AWS has assembled a heavyweight line-up of …
David Gordon, 14 Apr 2014

Micron plumps STACKED SILICON BEAUTY with SerDes

Chip-making chappies Micron are going to use Avago SerDes technology for their Hybrid Memory Cube, indicating the firm's on track with the 3D cube's development. The Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) has layers of memory cells stacked vertically, with conducting tunnels running between the individual layers called TSVs - “through silicon …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2014

You'd better get out before the sync 'n' share bubble POPS

Virtualisation guru Chad Sakac hit on something interesting in one of his recent blog posts: he wrote of how a product becomes a feature: in this case "sync 'n' share" functionality. We’ve seen products become features before: remember when deduplication has moved from being a product to becoming a feature of most storage arrays …
StorageBod, 14 Apr 2014
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Brit boffins use TARDIS to re-route data flows through time and space

A gaggle of boffins from University College London have proposed a method to cut data carriage costs for internet service providers (ISPs) and have given their idea the name TARDIS, for “Traffic Assignment and Retiming Dynamics with Inherent Stability”. Described in this paper, the six authors explain that customers of consumer- …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Apr 2014

Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment

File sharing service Dropbox has taken to the internet to defend its ill-timed appointment of Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors. The storage company wrote in a blog post that "there's nothing more important to us than keeping your stuff safe and secure" on Friday after being subjected to a full-throated outcry over its …
Jack Clark, 11 Apr 2014
SQL Server 2014

Violin array comes with new SQL sauce

Violin Memory's Steve Willson gave part of the game away on March 24, with a TechNet UK blog post: Violin's new array runs SQL 2014 in memory. Willson wrote: SQL 2014's new in-memory computing takes several leaps forward in performance and control. Application designers can now control what data is permanently staged in memory …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014
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Puff on a hybrid – next thing you know, you're hooked on a public cloud

Blocks and Files I had a flash of inspiration today. Hybrid public-private cloud systems are becoming a gateway drug to pure public clouds. Why is this an arguable view? Let’s look to the ideas discussed within The Big Switch, written by Nicholas Carr. In his seminal book, Carr argues that a public IT utility provider will provide CPU cycles and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014
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Budge up VMware, array upstart Tintri's ramming in Red Hat Linux KVM

Hybrid flash-disk array startup Tintri is adding Red Hat-flavoured virtualisation to its storage gear – which already supports VMware-powered virtual machines. Tintri will demonstrate support for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization using Linux's Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) at the Red Hat Summit 2014, which will be held in …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014
Easter Egg

Violin plays storage world like a fiddle, 140 characters at a time

Violin Memory's flash array fightback starts with a present from the Easter bunny: a whole new array. Violin, you will recall, lost CEO Don Basile after its IPO was followed by deepening losses and falling share prices. Incoming CEO Kevin DeNuccio has stabilised the ship, refocussed engineering and recruited new executives, one …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2014
Apple's solar array in Maiden, North Carolina

So you invent a wireless network using LEDs, what do you do next? Add solar panels. Boom

Ingenious Scottish boffins have invented a solar-panel-powered version of their data networking kit that uses light to shift bits wirelessly. The team, based at the University of Edinburgh, first called its technology D-Light, short for data light, and its existence was revealed exclusively by your humble correspondent during a …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Apr 2014
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Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances

Amazon has released a new class of virtualized, rentable servers that make more RAM available than systems from rivals like Google and Microsoft. The "R3" memory-optimized servers became available on Thursday following their announcement at the Amazon Web Services summit in late March. "R3 instances are recommended for …
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2014
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Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon's brutal scale in annual letter

Analysis Amazon's mercurial chief executive Jeff Bezos is equal parts John D Rockefeller and Henry Ford, judging by his annual letter to shareholders. In the letter, which was published on Thursday, Bezos took investors "on a tour that samples a small subset of [Amazon's] various initiatives". What this makes clear is that Amazon is …
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2014
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Spy-happy Condoleezza Rice joins Dropbox board as privacy adviser

Dropbox has been hit with a firestorm of criticism after announcing that Iraq war architect Condoleezza Rice has joined its board. The cloud-based file-sharing service said it was "honored to be adding someone as brilliant and accomplished as Dr. Rice to our team". However, the internet has lit up with anger over the decision, …
Jasper Hamill, 10 Apr 2014
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Cloud storage gateway firm: Selling to end users? Meh. We'll leave it to CSPs, et CTERA

A briefing from folks at cloud storage gateway upstart CTERA revealed there was more to the firm than Reg storage desk had thought. CTERA was founded by Liran Eshel and Zohar Kaufman after experience running a company in the SMB network security area and producing appliances. Eshel is CTERA’s CEO and Kaufmann its VP for research …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2014

Death of data retention directive: What it means for OTHER data laws

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on Tuesday declared the Data Retention Directive (DRD) invalid. It has said that the DRD "entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that interference being …
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Apr 2014
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G-Tech intros glossy HHD box: Because media 4Kers need external storage too

NAB G-Technology goes for 4K workstation external storage at NAB with glossy curvy and black hard drive boxes plus a portable SSD to round out its product set. Digital media workstation users are the new elite and 4K workflows are the driver for higher capacity and higher-speed storage to feed the cylindrical cool for workstation …
Chris Mellor, 10 Apr 2014
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Microsoft builds teleporter weapon to send VMware into Azure

Microsoft has fired another shot in its campaign to win over VMware users, in the form of an updated Virtual Machine Converter that can move virtual machines from ESXi to Hyper-V. It's no secret Microsoft covets VMware users: in recent times it has created a certification helping VMware users to grok Hyper-V. Redmond also uses …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014
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Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS

The Australian State of Queensland does not observe daylight saving and an old joke about the state says that air travellers entering the region have in the past been advised to “turn your watch back one hour and 50 years.” How then, to consider the State's decision to head for the cloud with a 149,000-seat deal for Microsoft's …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014
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AWS could 'consider' ARM CPUs, RISC-as-a-service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) chief technology officer Werner Vogels believes the cloudy colossus could, in the future consider using ARM CPUs, or even offering RISC-as-a-service to help those on legacy platforms enjoy cloud elasticity. Speaking to The Register in Sydney yesterday, Vogels said he feels “there is absolutely room for …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014
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Dell punts big fat switch into OpenStack clouds

Dell has tagged software-defined networking (SDN) and big data centre switching in its latest switch/controller release. The late-March launch of a high-capacity switch and a fabric controller are, according to networking sales director Vijay Valayatham, part of a “grander vision about scale-out fabrics and lease-buy …
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Linode raises Hourly Billing flag against Digital Ocean pirates

Linux server hosting provider Linode has introduced hourly billing after being buffeted by fierce competition in the hosting and cloud markets. The venerable hosting company announced on Wednesday that customers can now rent servers from it in hourly increments. Previously they were sold on a monthly basis. This means …
Jack Clark, 9 Apr 2014
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Microsoft's Azure cloud LASHED by BT's private cables

Microsoft's Azure cloud is being hooked into BT's private fibre cables giving security-focused organizations another way to access Microsoft's technology. Redmond announced the addition of BT to its "Azure ExpressRoute" service on Wednesday against a background of worry as panicked internet companies, including Azure-rival …
Jack Clark, 9 Apr 2014

Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?

Dropbox has decided that file storage is boring and is now describing itself as a "Home For Life". This branding bonanza was announced at a press-packed event in San Francisco on Wednesday as the online storage company released several enhancements to its eponymous product. These include a photo application named "Carousel", …
Jack Clark, 9 Apr 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Red Hat, Cisco sitting in a tree, m-e-r-g-i-n-g?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's El Reg's tech news podcast with hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole crew is together with special guest Aaron Delp of SolidFire. This week we discuss… Eddie's roller coaster (0:55) Cloudcast and the Krispy Kreme Challenge (2:00) …
Team Register, 9 Apr 2014
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VMware gets Wanova Citrix with new Horizon Suite

VMware today announced the updated Horizon Suite 6, its great white hope end-user computing suite, and now offers the ability to deliver apps and manage virtual desktops from the same tool. Many of the new features in the suite appear to be derived from Wanova, the desktop management company it acquired in 2012. Wanova's better …

Cray flogs 1PB of TASty storage to German übercomputing boffins, leaves them in tiers

The North German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) is buying more than 1PB of tiered Cray storage to hold archived scientific research data. HLRN (Norddeutscher Verbund für Hoch- und Höchstleistungsrechnen) is a joint project of the seven northern German states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, …
Chris Mellor, 9 Apr 2014