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NetApp slims down latest controller, beefs up channel efforts

NetApp has announced a slimmed down top-end array, cutting the controller box size in half. It is a 6U-sized version of the AFF8080 EX, NetApp's most powerful AFF8000 system. The 8000 series product line previously started with the 3U AFF8020, passed through the 6U 8040 and 8060, and peaked with the 12U (2 enclosures) AFF8080 …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2015

Diskicide – the death of disk

How might disk death in the data center come about? These are the notes used at a Tech Unplugged event in Amsterdam on September 24, and they present a scenario in which data center disks could stop spinning. Is it a sensible scenario? Read on. I try and connect the dots in the industry, the dots being the myriad individual …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2015
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Look out, Silicon Valley – Don Basile is back to kick ass and chew gum

Ex-Violin Memory CEO Don Basile has emerged as an investor in Cumulus Logic. It’s great to have one of the most colorful people in storage back on the scene. Cumulus Logic is building a cloud-based multi-tenant real-time analytics platform. It is a stealthy startup founded in 2014 by Iqlas Ottamalika, its CEO, who was a …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2015

Did you bet the farm on Amazon's cloud? Time to wean yourself off

Comment Oracle is making hay over last weekend's mega six-hour Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud outage. "You get what you pay for," tweeted Oracle's Phil Dunn, with the caveat that all views are his and don't necessarily reflect those of Oracle. But you get the point. Yes, Amazon's been left with egg on its face and rivals will be …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Sep 2015

We want flying space cars and robo-butlers, and Pure Storage wants $450m in IPO cash

Flashy all-flash-array startup Pure Storage wants $450m in cash from its looming stock market debut. This would value the company at $3.1bn, giving its venture-capital backers a return of up to 6.6x on $470m in total funding. In an amended S1 filing with US financial watchdog the SEC, Pure Storage has priced its IPO shares …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2015
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What's in the water coolers at Falconstor? Now it's being paired with Kaminario's K2 box

Kaminario, with its capacity-rising, price-dropping K2 3D TLC flash array, is evaluating using Falconstor-sourced migration software. Together with other deals, this looks like FalconStor-Lazarus is coming back to life. Version 5.5 of Kaminario’s K2 array, as well as adding Samsung 3D flash chips, also added native snapshot- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2015

Thin client devices revisited

Study Deploying, maintaining and supporting desktop PCs isn’t cheap, and also represents an ongoing headache for IT. On paper the answer is obvious – at least for some types of user – simply give them a thin client device instead and run their desktop virtually on the server. Given the way in which desktop virtualisation software …
Dale Vile, 25 Sep 2015

BOFH: I'm not doing this for the benefit of your health, you know

Episode 15 "Is he still there?" I ask the PFY, maintaining direct eye contact with him so that I can truthfully claim that I didn't see the Health and Safety guy hanging around the hallway to Mission Control like a bad smell. There's a new push in the company to make the place safer and unfortunately the push concerned doesn't involve …
Simon Travaglia, 25 Sep 2015

Controversial: The future is data integrity, not confidentiality

The key to the digital future is about data integrity, not data confidentiality. So says Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia, who flew into San Francisco Thursday morning to address an internet summit hosted by CloudFlare. "I have AB blood," he said by way of example. "I don't particularly care that people know that. …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Sep 2015
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MemSQL makes it easier to hook up to Apache Spark

Apache Spark may be the fastest data processing engine around for big data, but unless you are conversant in Scala or Java, this cluster computing framework can be a pain to set up and manage. So here is some help from MemSQL, the in-memory database start-up: a way of letting organisations use Spark without writing code, the …
Drew Cullen, 24 Sep 2015
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Let’s hear it for data scientists! Making our lives more and more frictionless

There’s a lot of hype around data scientists. You can blame big data and the cloud. Data scientists are lauded, hunted and positively desired by those wanting to squeeze the most from their information. In accordance with such demand come large salaries – the average is $123,000 in the US. Like the Yanks of WWII, data …
Stuart Burns, 24 Sep 2015

Radian inflicts shingles on poor, unsuspecting Flash drives

Radian Memory, startup pusher of faster SSD software, claims its SSD-managing software can work with host-managed shingled disk drive software to make an SSD-SMR disk combination quite exciting. We'll see. Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) disk drives gave higher capacity than normal drives by overapping wide write tracks, …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2015
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What would BOFH-friendly cloud service look like?

Webcast Register now to watch our live webcast, that looks at what you are saying about where and how cloud is being used, where it is going, and some of the imperatives that fall out of that? Is a BOFH-friendly cloud service really possible? Watch this video broadcast live at 11:00 BST on October 6. Handy synopsis for you No matter …
David Gordon, 24 Sep 2015
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Will the Iris (Hatzenbichler-Durchschlag) flower at FalconStor?

Storage software supplier FalconStor has hired itself an EMEA marketing director to help get its FreeStor messages out there. Iris Hatzenbichler-Durchschlag comes from heading up DataCore's EMEA marketing organisation and contributed to developing DataCore from a startup to a leading software-defined storage company, with …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2015

ONOS moves out of lab with Drake release

ONOS is pitching high availability and scale-out capabilities in the latest iteration of its SDN operating system. The Drake release, available for download now, comes at a time where ONOS participants are letting the architecture escape from laboratories and into their live networks, according to ONOS Labs' Ram Appalaraju. …

Grounded: Can big data do for agri-business what it's not doing for retail?

Like fusion energy, big data has consistently promised amazing results – always at some indeterminate point in the future. We know grocers track every purchase, index them against our loyalty cards (translation: database index keys), and develop rich models of consumer behaviour that have, despite all of the millions of …
Mark Pesce, 24 Sep 2015

Privacy, net neutrality, security, encryption ... Europe tells Obama, US Congress to back off

A letter sent to the US Congress by over 50 members of the European Parliament has hit back at claims of "digital protectionism" emanating from the United States. Sent on Wednesday, the letter [PDF] takes issue with criticisms from President Obama and Congress over how the EU is devising new laws for the digital era. "We are …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Sep 2015

Revealed: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline

Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and other big names were crippled or thrown offline for millions of people when Amazon suffered what's now revealed to be a cascade of cock-ups. On Sunday, Amazon Web Services (AWS), which powers a good chunk of the internet, broke down and cut off websites from people eager to stream TV, or hookup with …
Chris Williams, 23 Sep 2015
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More email misery and pillory for Hillary as FBI starts quizzery

The FBI has managed to recover "deleted" emails from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private server, which she used for official business while presiding over the State Department. Bloomberg has reported that a person "familiar with the investigation" has said the Feds have recovered "personal and work-related emails …
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Nine of the world’s fastest GPU supercomputers

When it comes to groundbreaking innovations in supercomputing over the last decade, there are few shifts that made bigger waves than the introduction of heterogeneous computing. Coupling high-performance host processors with a graphic-processing boost has helped several top-ranked supercomputers achieve performance and energy …
Team Register, 23 Sep 2015

Thanks for the memory: XPoint put under the analyst microscope

Semiconductor market researcher Jim Handy of Objective Analysis has produced an 80-page report looking into what XPoint memory is, how it could be used and what its prospects are. XPoint memory was unveiled by Micron and Intel in July to general amazement. The pair claimed it was 1,000 times faster than NAND, ten times denser …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2015
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If you absolutely must do a ‘private cloud’ thing, here's how

I dislike the term “private cloud". As far as I'm concerned, there's really no difference between what I'd call a “traditional” homespun virtualised infrastructure and what they call “private cloud” these days. As Gartner puts it, private cloud is: “A form of cloud computing that is used by only one organisation, or that …
Dave Cartwright, 23 Sep 2015
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SimpliVity saddles up the lawyers, sues rival Springpath

Hyper-converged startup SimpliVity is suing hyper-converged startup Springpath for allegedly wrongfully using its patented technology. Both vendors supply hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) systems. SimpliVity sells packaged hardware and software, including an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) of its …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2015

Speaking in Tech: Where would you hide an SEC probe?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week it's a full Speaking in Tech cast as we rigorously investigate AWS outages, probe cars and castigate bad executives. This week, we check out... (1:00) Sarah’s big game show moment (3:00) Lenovo Yoga Tablet …
Team Register, 23 Sep 2015

Policing the data hinterlands beyond the corporate firewall

Comment For Code42, the answer to the universe and everything is getting more interesting as it moves from protecting business users’ PCs and notebooks to providing data access security and monitoring tools. The US backup company has undergone recent C-level management changes, including making Joe Payne its CEO in July, and its focus …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2015
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OOPS: Red-faced IDC reissues backup market data

IDC has copped to misplacing the beads on its abacus in the backup appliance market statistics it released last week. Last week's release bespoke a deeply troubled Purpose-Built Backup Appliance (PBBA) segment that slumped in the quarter to US$726.1 million. That represented a market that was off by a stunning 8 per cent in a …

SolidFire not a shiny object chaser

Comment The best situation for an all-flash array is to be built from commodity flash components and be at a WAN arms-length from servers; that’s SolidFire CEO Dave Wright’s view. SolidFire’s SF9605, SF4805, and SF2405 arrays run the Elements OS, now in its 8th major release. The systems have a clusterable, scale-out design, …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2015

Backblaze beats Bezos: Backup biz boasts bettering AWS bit bucket

Backblaze, the disk reliability statistics-publishing cloud data-centre operator, says it has the world’s lowest-cost cloud storage, beating Amazon and others, with its B2 Cloud Storage offering. The company is known for its personal and business software that enables Windows and Mac users to back up their files to a Backblaze …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2015

India's daft draft anti-encryption law torn up after world+dog points out its stupidity

India will rethink its hardline proposals to clampdown on encryption. Minister of Communications and Information Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters on Tuesday that a draft law to regulate cryptography would be withdrawn and rewritten. The climbdown comes amid public outcry and widespread criticism of the would-be-disastrous …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Sep 2015

What the Zeus? Nexenta beats VSAN, Nutanix and SimpliVity

Comment IT biz Northern Backup has replaced Hitachi, Dell and HP SAN arrays with Nexenta storage, which it chose ahead of VMware VSA, Nutanix and SimpliVity alternatives because Nexenta storage was both cheaper and faster. Calgary-based Northern Backup was started up in 2004 and offers offsite back-up, managed hosting and support …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2015

Only paying for Microsoft software that you use? It's coming

Microsoft is starting to take customers’ software usage rates very seriously in the cloudy era. It has to, otherwise punters may well endure the upheaval of taking their business elsewhere. Previously, Microsoft sold a licence that covered multiple products over multiple years and didn’t track consumption levels. But with …
Paul Kunert, 22 Sep 2015

Samsung sneaks out its TRIM, SMART SSD model – using 3D Magic

A new, thinner and faster SSD from Samsung, using the M.2 form factor, is hitting the retail market next month. Sammy has taken its 850 PRO SSD with its 2.5-inch form factor and SATA interface and implemented the same 3D V-NAND 32-layer MLC flash in a smaller PCIe M.2 2280 form factor, and given it an NVMe driver. The result …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2015
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Storage unicorn nonet graces list of $1bn+ tech startups

It’s got to be a bubble, don’t you think? How is it sustainable that we have 145 startups, each valued at over a billion dollars? Nine of them are storage startups, by the way. TechCrunch has compiled a table of 145 startup unicorns – companies valued at more than a billion dollars. Uber tops the list at $51bn, with total …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2015

Huawei, whoa: New beau to grow Dorado dough

Huawei is using FalconStor's FreeStor software to enhance the appeal of its Dorado all-flash arrays in China. FalconStor, which is expanding its presence in the Middle Kingdom, is presenting at Huawei's Cloud Congress 2015, the largest IT conference in China. The two are also showing off Huawei's OceanStor Dorado2100 G2 and …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2015
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Michigan sues HP after 'botched' $49m upgrade leaves US state in 1960s mainframe hell

Michigan is suing HP after the state government grew tired of waiting for the tech biz to fulfill an IT contract signed a decade ago. Hewlett Packard had agreed to replace the US state's aging computer systems that power so much of the local government. The tech firm signed a $49m contract back in 2005 to replace Michigan's …
Iain Thomson, 22 Sep 2015

Shattered Skype slowly staggers to its feet after 15-HOUR outage outrage

Microsoft's Skype is slowly righting itself after spending most of the day offline. The video-and-voice call service fell over at about 0800 UTC (0100 PT), and was useless across the UK, the US, Europe, India, Japan, Australia, and elsewhere – pretty much worldwide, it seems. Now, some 15 hours later, it appears Skype is on …
Chris Williams, 22 Sep 2015
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VMware SMASH! Bad ESXi 6.0 bork-bug getting 'aggressive' fix

VMware has found, and is trying hard to fix, a nasty bug in ESXi 6.0. Issue 2124669, causes “ESXi 6.0 host network connectivity' to be “lost randomly.” Once the connectivity is lost, “ESXi enters into a non-responding state and becomes unmanageable until reboot.” Forget about re-connecting to networks until you reboot, but …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2015

Parrish has vanished: NetApp chief marketeer leaves the parish

In comes a new chief technology officer; out goes a chief marketing officer: it looks like the Kurian effect is starting to show at NetApp. The storage biz's chief marketing bod Julie Parrish has left the company, just a short while before its big Las Vegas-based Insight event. In a statement, NetApp said: "Based on a mutual …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2015

NetApp gets a new CTO – after saying it wouldn't get a new CTO

NetApp has recruited an ex-Symantec CTO to be its new CTO, replacing the retired Jay Kidd. Mark Bregman was CTO and an EVP at Symantec from July 2005 to August 2011, and held the same titles at Veritas from September 2004 to July 2005, being Veritas EVP Product Operations from February 2002 to September 2004. He was with IBM …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2015
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Dialog Semiconductor gobbles Atmel for $4.6bn, with 'synergies' on the way

UK-based chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor is to acquire US chip firm Atmel for $4.6bn (£3bn) in a cash and stocks deal. The acquisition will create a company with a combined value (annual revenues) of $2.5bn, or £1.6bn. In 2014, Dialog posted sales of $1.15bn (£740m), up 28 per cent on 2013; while Atmel's full-year results …
Kat Hall, 21 Sep 2015

Are Seagate and NetApp in denial or in de hot seat?

Comment Seagate and NetApp are telling analysts that news of their doom is somewhat premature, if not downright rubbish. They are not going to be toast, but some startups are heading that way. The scuttlebutt says performance disk drives are being replaced by flash (SSDs) and NetApp is being killed by all-flash array and hybrid array …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2015

Elephant-sized Infinidat array gets calf that starts small, grows BIG

Moshe Yanai's Infinidat high-end enterprise array is getting added file support, better disaster recovery and an entry-level system. The InfiniBox F2000 entry-level box is an 18U rack enclosure with 250TB of usable capacity with 3TB disk drives or 330TB with 4TB drives. The original and ongoing InfiniBox F6000 offers up to 2PB …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2015