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Desperate Microsoft PAYS Win Server 2003 laggards to jump ship

Exclusive Microsoft is paying customers to dump Windows Server 2003, The Register has learned. The software giant is so desperate for the thousands who missed its July 14 extended support cut-off date to get off the legacy server operating system, it’s decided to start eating the costs. Microsoft is giving away Windows Server 2012 …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jul 2015
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Xen reports new guest-host escape, this time through CD-ROMs

The Xen Project has reported another guest/host escape bug, its third for the year including the VENOM vuln and the XSA-135 SNAFU. The new vuln glories in the name XSA-138, aka CVE-2015-5154 and means “An HVM guest which has access to an emulated IDE CDROM device (e.g. with a device with "devtype=cdrom", or the "cdrom" …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2015
NASA's Wi-Fi reflection chip

Wi-Fi 'reflector' hooks you up at 0.1 per cent of current power budget

By using absorption and reflection to indicate data states, NASA reckons it's created a Wi-Fi device for the wearable market that uses just 0.1 per cent of the power of ordinary transceivers. Working with Frank Chang at Caltech UCLA, the JPL boffin Adrian Tang is keen on ways to let devices with relatively low communications …
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Debian Project holds Sparc port's hand, switches off life support

Following years of waning popularity, the Debian GNU/Linux Project has dropped support for the Sparc architecture, effective immediately. "As Sparc isn't exactly the most alive architecture anymore," Debian maintainer Joerg Jaspert wrote in a mailing list post last week, "not in [Debian 8.x] jessie and unlikely to be in [ …
Neil McAllister, 27 Jul 2015
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UK.gov: Are we talking about Big Data enough? Should we plug it more?

The UK government's Science and Technology Committee has today opened an inquiry tasked with "examining the opportunities and risks of big data." The inquiry will look at whether the government is doing enough to promote the tech to Blighty's entrepreneurs, as well as issues around data protection and privacy. Nicola …
Kat Hall, 27 Jul 2015
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Plexistor's latest box sounds a lot like flash memory as virtual DRAM

Comment It's all about speed; the faster apps run the better, which means they can access and process data faster. In that vein, Plexistor, born in Israel's tech startup hot-house, claims it can turn commodity servers into data munchers running at incandescent speed. We’re talking more than seven million 4KB write IOPS at 1.7 …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2015
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Violin Memory thinks it'll boost sales by copying face cream giants

Comment The Grateful Dead concert was only the start to a sustained, brand-led marketing effort by Violin Memory, which aims to rewrite the rules of tech product marketing. Techy speeds and feeds and flashy tactical positioning statements will be subsumed into a disciplined, co-ordinated and orchestrated marketing campaign led by Amy …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2015

AT&T: Sorry vendors, SDN is eating your lunch

In news that will chill purveyors of big networking iron, AT&T last week told its earnings call it reckons its software-defined network (SDN) rollout will cut its capital expenditure. While reports last week focussed on the company's revenue (US$33 billion for the second quarter), margins (36.3 per cent), and operating income …
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Software-defined what? Look at our glorious ASICs says Cisco

Cisco's taking up arms against a sea of white-box vendors, touting US$150 million worth of silicon in the form of an ASIC. What's interesting, however, is that the pitch – in this blog post – isn't about what's coming this year or next. The slab of silicon, which the Borg is calling the “Unified Access Dataplane” (UADP), …
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Oracle storage analytics break Oracle storage appliances

An Oracle employee has warned that the analytics features of its ZFS storage appliances can result in “unresponsive” systems. The post linked to above opens with Oracle staffer Matt Barnson stating “I've received a number of questions about analytics and the problems they cause for the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.” There's …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jul 2015
The Hindenburg disaster

How to waste two years and lose $415m: Cisco's now-dead Whiptail deal

Exclusive + analysis Cisco has confirmed that the Invicta all-flash array line is no more, telling The Register: "As part of product lifecycle management, we withdraw technology from the marketplace when necessary to focus our efforts on what is critical for the future of our customers' business as well as our own." The networking goliath added: …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jul 2015

Sneaky students parade their bulging racks for Big Iron cluster daddies

HPC blog This year’s crop of student clusterers brought perhaps the most diverse set of equipment ever to grace a cluster competition in the modern era. We have servers with high node counts, low node counts, some with only CPUs, some with more GPUs than CPUs, and even a cluster that uses ARM CPUs. The chart above supplies all the …
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IBM slurps database-as-a-service outfit Compose

IBM has acquired Californian database-as-a-service concern Compose, formerly known as MongoHQ, for an undisclosed sum. Compose offers MongoDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL and other databases at scale, in the cloud, as a service, for developers. IBM's revealed Compose's services will added to its Bluemix suite as Big Blue …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2015
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Google gives away 100 PETABYTES of storage to irritate AWS

Google has flicked the switch to take its “Nearline” archival cloud storage service live, and tossed in an offer of 100 petabytes of free storage to set the snowball rolling. Nearline is Google's competitor for Amazon Web Service's Glacier. Unlike Glacier, which is thought to rely on Blu-Ray, Nearline uses disk and flash*. …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2015
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Telstra eats its own VMware-flavoured hybrid cloud dog food

Telstra's not only hosting the Australian incarnation of VMware's vCloud Air public cloud, it's also using it. So says no less a figure than VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, who in the company's quarterly earnings call on Tuesday said “Telstra, will be leveraging VMware software defined datacenter architecture to deliver …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2015

Embarrassed Amazon admits to actually MAKING MONEY as cloud biz blooms

Wall Street got a nasty Q2 shock today from Amazon, which announced an unexpected profit driven largely by its cloudy AWS business. Total net sales for the three months ending on June 30 were $23.19bn, a 19.9 per cent year-on-year gain that ran right past financial analysts' estimates. But the real surprise was that the …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2015
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Plummeting SanDisk snaps awake, pulls hard on the control stick

After a terrible first quarter of the year, SanDisk revenues continued to fall in its second quarter, which has just ended. However, profits went up sharply, giving hope that a turnaround at the wannabe enterprise flash storage supplier is under way. SanDisk_Q2_2015 SanDisk financials ... Click image to increase its size …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2015
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The green salamander is OUT: Cisco gives up on Invicta flash arrays

That’s that then: it was a $415m mistake. We have heard from several sources that Cisco has laid off virtually the entire Invicta all-flash array engineering and development team. If true, Cisco – still led by John Chambers – has admitted the 2013 Whiptail acquisition was a complete cock-up. Timing-wise, this has happened at …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2015
Tools

Tin eraser to storage glue: Virtualisation's past, present and future

Virtualisation was once seen as little more than a hardware reduction method. It was fundamentally viewed as a tool, albeit an extremely clever and complex one, for reducing the amount of tin in a data hall. What felt like game-changers when they were first introduced – remarkable technical achievements like snapshots, live …
Tom Baines, 23 Jul 2015
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EMC's turbulent trifecta temporarily ties Tucci to top table

Comment Succession, transformation and a customer buying pattern sea-change are simultaneously embroiling EMC’s top management and board in a perfect storm, according to CEO Joe Tucci in the quarterly results earnings call. Six months after Joe Tucci’s last – and deferred – retirement date from running the EMC Federation, where he is …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2015
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You can do more with backup than just cloning your data

As we all know, the world of backup is changing, and not just in obvious ways such as the move to disk and cloud-based backup, the adoption of deduplication, the need to copy, back up and restore virtual machines, and so on. First, flash memory and the wider availability of snapshots and replication means that other elements …
Bryan Betts, 23 Jul 2015
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Object storage adoption: Why, when, where… and, importantly, but

Comment In one of my recent posts, I wrote about private object storage not being for everyone, especially if you don’t have the size to make it viable. On the other hand, we are all piling up boatloads of data and users need to access it from many different locations, applications and devices at anytime. Object storage …
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Cisco exits set-top box biz, sheds US$1.8bn of revenue

Cisco's Connected Devices Division, a purveyor of set top boxen for service providers, is off to Europe having been acquired for €550 million / US$600 million by Technicolor. The French company, formerly Thomson (as most of its customer premises equipment/set-top boxes are branded), will take on the division first created by …

Cloudy VMs leak ID details that could allow attacks, says researcher

Research published by a US masters student reaches the somewhat unsettling conclusion that current cloud technologies don't separate virtual machines (VMs) as well as they could. By spying on shared resources at a low level, the research suggests, an attacker's VM can retrieve data written by another (like crypto keys), and …
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Storage unicorns and their hyped-up horns

Comment A venture-capitalist-tracking website has revealed a list of unicorns, which are startups valued at a billion dollars or more. Eight storage companies are in the list; does this mean a glorious outcome for them? The CB Insights’ list contained these familiar names: Dropbox at $10bn (£6.4bn), and hence a “decacorn” Cloudera …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2015
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Open Container Project renames, says standard is just weeks away

One month after launching an industry-wide consortium aimed at creating a common runtime and image format for application containers, Docker and the Linux Foundation say the effort is making rapid progress. One big(ish) change is in the name. The group launched in June as the Open Container Project. Henceforth it will be known …
Neil McAllister, 22 Jul 2015
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ATTOboy, says Nexenta as it lets you HA-ve a FibreBridge or two

NexentaStor MetroHA provides high-availability at city-wide distances for NexentaStor shared storage arrays, making it viable for high-availability needs. NexentaStor's open source storage software involves controllers (heads) linking to the storage enclosures by ATTO FibreBridge 6500 rackmount controllers by 8Gbit/s Fibre …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2015

Storage slump? Dunno what you're talking about, beams EMC

EMC basically saw off most signs of a storage slump with a two per cent revenue rise in its second quarter 2015, although with revenue being reduced after paying $75m in a VMware pricing settlement with the US government. Revenues of $5.98bn generated profits of $487m, 17 per cent down on profits a year ago, but still well …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2015

Catch 'em while you can! Presenting Druva's virtual open door detector

Think checking doors and windows every night so as to stop burglars scrambling through to rob you. Well, now your personal data can be handled in the same way, with Druva's end-point protection services identifying risky exposure to sensitive information loss by scanning backed-up data and alerting compliance teams. Its inSync …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2015
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VMware sprawls across the data centre to post 'solid' Q2 results

VMware has posted what CEO Pat Gelsinger described as “solid” second quarter results that exceeded analysts expectations on earnings-per-share and fell over the line on the revenue growth front. The former metric was 93 cents a share, two cents higher than expected. The latter was $1.6bn, a four per cent improvement that …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2015
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Cisco re-orgs marketing to hide the brand, EMPTY YOUR WALLET

Given a relatively flat few years, it's probably no surprise that Cisco has told the warm bodies in its marketing departments to become cold-blooded revenue-making machines. Along the way, get ready for The Borg to try to out-Google Google in its data collection. In a blog post, head of digital transformation and analytics …

Australian carriers try to head off government telco security bill

Australian attorney-general George Brandis' plans to turn his department into a national telco chief security officer are to be carpet-bombed by a coalition of industry groups opposing the proposed laws. In a submission leaked to the ABC and The Australian Financial Review and since sighted by The Register, a bunch of industry …
Orchestration

Linux Foundation wrangles app container wranglers into new org

The Linux Foundation has announced the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), a new collaborative project aimed at making it easier for businesses to build and deploy containerized cloud applications oriented around microservices. "This new organization aims to advance the state-of-the-art for building cloud native …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jul 2015
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Staff at stumbling server storage supplier QLogic brace for big layoffs

QLogic, swaying in the doorway with a tatty photocopy of its lousy prelim results in hand, has warned staff they will be axed to cut costs. A couple of weeks ago, the server-storage connectivity card vendor signaled poor first fiscal 2016 quarter results were coming: sales will be up to $19m lower than the most optimistic …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2015
Layout of IBM's four superconducting quantum bit device. Using a square lattice, IBM is able to detect both types of quantum errors for the first time. This is the best configuration to add more qubits to scale to larger systems. (Credit: IBM Research)

Big Blue bafflement: Anyone in IBM Storage know which way is up?

Comment IBM's storage hardware revenues continued their long-term dive, judging by the corp's latest financial results. It's getting hard to know what to say about this. IBM is supposed to be one of the best-managed corporations in the world and yet, for twenty quarters in a row, its quarterly storage revenues have declined on the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2015
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TITSUP: Apple Music, App Stores, iCloud, iTunes, Radio, iBooks

Updated Apple's web stores, music-streaming jukeboxes, and cloud services have been struggling to stay online for the past three hours. As of 0959 PT (1659 UTC), Apple's status page is still reporting partial outages for the iOS and OS X App Stores and Apple TV, as well as the iTunes services, Apple Music, and Radio. The systems fell …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2015
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Adobe names ex Microsoft and Oracle bod as cloudy pipe CTO

If you need some cloud plumbing, who you gonna call? Well, for Adobe, it's seemingly Abhay Parasnis. The US multinational software developer has picked Parasnis – a former Microsoft and Oracle exec who claims responsibility for critical infrastructure and activities floating those giants' public clouds – as its chief …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jul 2015
Containers

Kubernetes claque bursts into SPONTANEOUS APPLAUSE for v1.0

There's tumultous applause for the Kubernetes open-sauce app container system today - though it should be borne in mind that much of this is from those who've put substantial investments in time and/or money towards developing it. Version 1.0 of Kubernetes will be formally unveiled at OSCON in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, and …
Neil McAllister, 21 Jul 2015
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VC cash, growing market propels SimpliVity into hyperconverged orbit

Comment SimpliVity's hyperconverged system sales grew almost 250 per cent in the first half of 2015 – pretty impressive for sure, but how’s it doing compared with everyone else in this hot storage sector? Wikibon's Server SAN 2012-2026 research report includes hyperconverged system vendors, and below we picked out a chart showing …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2015
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Oi, supercomputer folk. This is where the brains of the future come from

HPC blog Purdue University has participated in more Student Cluster Competitions than any other institutions - nine of 'em in less than 10 years. They must be getting something out of it, right? To answer that question, plus many others, we talked to Dr Gerry McCartney, who is the VP of IT at Purdue. He is also a professor of IT, along …

Bureau of Meteorology picks Cray-zy fast 1.6 petaflop supercomputer

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM's) plan to buy what will be, at least for a while, Australia's biggest iron has taken a big step forward, with Cray named as the lucky vendor. The BoM's tender originally went out in 2013, and in 2014 the federal government allocated around AU$50m to the project. Another $27m will …
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Caringo insists its software is more than a Swarm in a tea cup

Object storage startup Caringo has upgraded its Swarm software to handle partial disk failures gracefully and play nice with large object deletions, node retirement, and upgrade. Swarm is Caringo's re-branded and developed CAStor object storage software and came out as Swarm v7 in May last year. Caringo said it was going to …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2015