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Cisco re-commits to VCE with a very public display of affection

Dell EMC CEO Michael Dell and Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins have indulged in a very public display of affection for each other, at least so far as the two companies' collaboration in the VCE converged infrastructure company is concerned. The Robbins-and-Dell-the-man video is full of scripted corp-speak, but the message is clear: …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Sep 2016
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Larry Ellison today said really nice things about rival Amazon's cloud

OpenWorld Oracle’s founder and CTO Larry Ellison took to the stage for his second OpenWorld keynote today, and spent the bulk of his presentation pointing out flaws in his chief cloud rival Amazon. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has three database products running on its cloud (Redshift, Aurora and DynamoDB), and in terms of features they …
Iain Thomson, 21 Sep 2016
Raining money

A-dough-be: Photoshop flinger pumps profits 50 per cent

Adobe is crediting the success of its cloud and digital media groups in reporting record quarterly revenues. The Creative Cloud maker says that its Q3 2016 period (ended September 2) saw a number of units reach new highs: Revenues of $1.46bn were up 20 per cent over the year-ago quarter. Net income of $270m was a 55 per …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Sep 2016
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IDC: Those servers numbers just keep on tumbling

The latest server sales figures for Europe, Middle East and Africa show the continued march of no name server makers as enterprises and big data centres increasingly buy hardware directly from ODMs fron the Far East. IDC numbers showed revenues down 3.7 per cent to $3bn despite a modest 0.8 per cent increase in the number of …
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2016
Building IoT London

Building IoT call for papers: What have YOU done with the internet of things?

Reg Events There are just a few weeks until the call for papers for Building IoT London closes, and we really want to hear your real world stories of what the things on the internet are doing to your business. We’ve got a cracking lineup of IoT luminaries to help us sort through the proposals, bringing expertise in the user end of the …
Joe Fay, 20 Sep 2016
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UK.gov's Digital Catapult wheels out Central London IoT network

The government-backed Digital Catapult wheeze has launched an “Internet of Things network” across London to titivate the lives of the eight million poor souls trapped within the M25. We are told that 50 LoRaWAN base stations will be deployed to “overcome issues including infrastructure provision, traffic and transport services …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Sep 2016
Downtime, outage

Electrical box fault blamed for GS2 data centre outage

A power outage at "Europe’s largest purpose-built data centre”, Global Switch 2 – which knocked one customer offline for two days – has been blamed on a high voltage fault. All customers lost access to services based in the GS2 data centre on Saturday 10 September, according to an interim incident report issued by hosting …
Kat Hall, 20 Sep 2016
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Avere builds on-premises object store all smothered in NAS

NAS accelerator and cloud storage gateway shop Avere has got itself its very own on-premises NAS system wrapped around an object storage core with a passage to the public cloud. Up until now, Avere has focussed on accelerating data access to on-premises filers and, latterly, cloud or object stores. Now it is providing its own …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2016
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Quantum comms succeed over metro-scale fibre networks

Two groups both reported successfully teleporting state information across metro-scale fibre networks. A Chinese team is claiming a teleportation over a 30 km fibre in Haifei (the entanglement travelled nearly 16 km), while the University of Calgary used that city's fibre network to carry entanglement 6.2 km (preprint here). …
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Microsoft hints at Cloud Platform System and Azure Pack integration with Azure Stack

Microsoft's offered a hint that its previous on-premises Azure efforts, Windows Azure Pack (WAP) and the Cloud Platform System (CPS), will integrate with its forthcoming Azure Stack cloud-in-a-hyperconverged-box offering. WAP is Microsoft's software-defined hybrid cloud and bundles Windows Server, System Center and more into a …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2016
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Ghost of Windows NT haunts EMC's VNX, Celerra and Avamar

EMC has patched a six-year-old Windows bug that's popped up in its VNX and Celerra storage kit. Its NTLM implementation – yes, that really does stand for “NT LAN Manager”, protocols last much longer than products – is at risk because the authentication nonce comes from a weak random number generator. Microsoft fixed its …
Desktop as a service

Teradici's releases desktop-as-a-service-ware, as used by AWS and VMware

Teradici has taken the code powering desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) offerings from VMware and Amazon Web Services and turned it in products you, yes you, can run. The “Cloud Access Software” and “Cloud Access Platform” let users run up DaaS rigs. The first product migrates apps to the cloud. The second tool delivers them from the …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2016
Mark Hurd OpenWorld

Lack of Hurd mentality at Oracle OpenWorld: Co-CEO's cloud claims fall flat live on stage

OpenWorld Once again, Oracle's co-CEO Mark Hurd was in a prognosticative mood during his OpenWorld keynote, but the crowd of attendees wasn't buying it. As he did last year, Hurd made some predictions as to where the industry was going on cloud computing by the year 2025, including that two companies would control 80 per cent of the …
Iain Thomson, 19 Sep 2016
Stock traders

Nutanix's $209m, $13-a-share IPO revealed in homework to watchdog

Hyperconverged upstart Nutanix has submitted more details about its forthcoming IPO to the US financial watchdog, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The San Jose-based biz will seek to raise up to $209,300,000 in the offering by selling 14,000,000 shares of Class A voting stock at a starting price of $11 to $13. An …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Sep 2016
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The Rector reckoning – DataDirect loses CMO

HPC and enterprise high-performance storage company DataDirect Networks has lost Molly Rector, its chief marketing officer, who has moved to take up a VP marketing role at Quantum. Robert Triendl has been promoted to DataDirect's SVP global sales, marketing and field services from a position as SVP for HPC strategy. He tells …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2016
Oracle's cloud plan

Spoiler alert: What Oracle is going to announce today

OpenWorld It's that time of the year again. Oracle's OpenWorld is in San Francisco. Supremo Larry Ellison has given his Sunday keynote. Here's a summary of what the database giant is going to reveal today in easily digestible chunks. And, yeah, warning: everything is now cloud. Anything you'd call an application or a software service is …
Chris Williams, 19 Sep 2016
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Data-updater CTERA handed $25m: Overheated sector could get NASty

Cloud storage startup CTERA has gained $25m in a funding round, following on from a similar one in 2014, and taking its total funding to almost $70m. It was founded eight years ago and has developed a cloud storage gateway and NAS appliance with sync and share and end-point protection capabilities, which it calls an enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2016

EMC: King of storage needs to shore up defences

IDC’s latest storage tracker says the enterprise storage market was flat in the 12 months since 2015’s second quarter, but HPE now ties with EMC for first place, with IBM and NetApp in equal fourth place after Dell. EMC (18.1 per cent) lost -5.5 per cent points of revenue share in the year, HPE (17.6 per cent) gained 8.8 per …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2016
IPv4 address stagnation

IPv4 apocalypse means we just can't measure the internet any more

IPv4 address exhaustion is making it harder to measure the size of the Internet, even as IPv6 deployment accelerates. While IPv6 activity doubled in 2015 (to 400 million addresses by year-end), the vast majority of users are still on IPv4 addresses, mostly via dynamic assignment or behind carrier-grade Network Address …
Oracle Chair Larry Ellison on stage at OpenWorld 2016

Oracle takes aim at AWS with cheap, fast public and hybrid cloud

Larry Ellison kicked off Oracle's OpenWorld event in San Francisco on Sunday with news of a second-generation infrastructure-as-a-service offering. The IT giant's supremo claimed the IaaS out-performs Amazon Web Services (AWS), undercuts it on price and will also be sold as on-premises kit tied to a subscription. Ellison told …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Sep 2016
NSA

Cisco plugs another 'Shadow Brokers' hole

Cisco's post-Shadow Brokers security review has uncovered an IKEv1 vulnerability that can leak memory contents of its (deprecated) PIX firewalls and various IOS environments. Don't delay the patch, because the investigation found the bug was exploited in “some Cisco customers”. It attributes the bug to “insufficient condition …

Salesforce Einstein: Enterprise AI breakthrough, or CRM Clippy?

Salesforce has unveiled Einstein, a deep learning platform it hopes will form the foundation of all of its future SaaS offerings. Touting years of development and hundreds of millions of dollars in both in-house development and acquisitions, Einstein will be baked into pretty much every major product Salesforce offers. …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2016
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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

Episode 11 So I'm in the office by myself while the PFY is out doing... something... I guess... when one of our atypical difficult users comes in. "Just one question," he starts, interrupting the thought I started when he walked in on potential loopholes in the gun laws. "My browser has an icon which is red." "What's the icon?" I ask …
Simon Travaglia, 16 Sep 2016

Google: There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and IPv6

CloudFlare Internet Summit As internet engineer jokes go, Google's Ilya Grigorik came up with a good one. On stage to answer the question "what can we expect from the internet in 2020?", he offered: As far as I can tell, by 2020, we will have flying cars, singularity... and IPv6. It's an amusing but pointed stab at the fundamental internet protocol …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Sep 2016
The ScaleIO Ready Node

First Dell EMC product is a VSAN-in-a-can, aka 'ScaleIO Ready node'

EMC and Dell only became Dell EMC last week, but they've already managed to squeeze out a product. ScaleIO Ready Node switch No new bezel, but ScaleIO gets some space on the On/Off switch. Or did it? The new offspring is the ScaleIO Ready Node, 13th-generation PowerEdge servers optimised to run the former EMC's ScaleIO …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2016
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VMware flings vCenter Server away from Windows, if you want

VMware has released vSphere 6.0 Update 2m, with the main feature being a vCenter Server for Windows to vCenter Server Appliance migration tool. vCenter is VMware's key management application and comes in two flavours. vCenter Server for Windows runs on Microsoft's famous operating systems and lets you manage VMs. VMware has …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2016
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Cloud pause slows server revenues amid price war rumours

Server sales are continuing to rise, but that's not translating into bulging bank accounts. So says abacus-wielding analyst firm IDC in its new Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker covering April to June 2016. “Overall server market growth has recently slowed in part due to a pause in hyperscale datacenter expansion and is …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2016
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Oracle's feeling pretty SaaS-tisfied with itself

Oracle has seen its revenues return to growth as the enterprise computing giant continues its migration away from on-premises systems. The database kingpin once again talked up the growth in its SaaS and PaaS businesses, while hardware and on-premises software continued to decline. This as Oracle is just days away from its …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2016
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Evernote dumps its own bit barn, boards Google's cloud

Smiles a-plenty down Google way today, after web scrapbook Evernote declared it was tired of running its own bit barns and decided to adopt the G-Cloud. Evernote says it's just turned eight and “has owned, configured, and maintained its own servers and networks” since day one. Doing so gave it “the ability to build the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2016

Shocker: Clouds and SD-WANs aren't network nirvana

Riverbed’s given some of its flagship products a software-defined tweak. The company's schtick – applications just need to be able to get data where it needs to go, fast – remains unchanged. Like the rest of the networking industry, Riverbed realises that hard-wired networks are no longer tolerable and that businesses want the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2016

Gmail suffers worldwide wobbly Wednesday

Google has spent most of its day on Wednesday working to address ongoing problems around the world with its Gmail service. The Google Apps status page shows that since 0816 PT (1516 UTC) on Wednesday 14 September it has been dealing with issues that have been intermittently causing some users so be unable to use the webmail …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Sep 2016

HPE: Come on in, cool cloud kids, we won't compete with you – unlike *cough* Dell

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is seeking a love-in with service providers that deliver cloudy stuff to customers. The IT giant reckons that unlike its arch rivals, there’ll be no competitive friction to turn things sour. For the first time at HPE’s Global Partner knees-up – taking place in Boston, Massachusetts – cloud providers …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2016
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Dell overtakes HPE in server shipments as worldwide sales shrink

Worldwide server revenue is down 0.8 per cent while shipments are up by two per cent, according to Gartner, and Dell has pipped HPE to the top spot for shipments. The second quarter of 2016 saw very regionalised trends in server revenues and shipments. Everywhere except for Asia/Pacific and North America is in decline, though …
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Speaking in Tech: Testing data center fire snuffer and... and pow! I just s$%t my pants

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week on our tech-cast, Ed and Greg are joined by Podcast Idol Gabe Chapman to discuss HP snagging Samsung printers, Dell layoffs and big bangs. Our special guest this week is Mike Dvorkin, Distinguished Engineer at Cisco - Co-founder and Chief Scientist for Insieme …
Team Register, 14 Sep 2016
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Aruba OS8 lands, with APIs so non-NetAdmins can do NetAdmin jobs

First they came for the DBAs. Then they came for the storage admins. Now the software-defined networking (SDN) shock troops are coming for network administrators. Aruba's leading this charge with its new OS8, which is being billed as a “Mobile First Platform” that lets anyone capable of writing to an API wrestle a campus WLAN …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2016
Swiss army knife in cloud

Hyper-converged hyper-contender ZeroStack starts connecting clouds

HyperConverged HyperContender ZeroStack has started connecting public clouds to its on-premises kit. ZeroStack promises the usual “Our beautiful GUI and cunning plumbing means that if you turn on our boxes and go make a cup of coffee there's be VMs running before the cappuccino foam falls” experience. The likes of VMware, VCE …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2016
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VMware Workstation's installer loads danger-junk, so patch it ASAP

Late last week VMware delayed the release of Workstation 12.5 because of a bug it felt needed squashing before the code went live. It turns out the desktop hypervisor doesn't have one: it has three. And all nasty. Two derive from a dud installer. The first means “some DLL files [are] loaded by the application improperly.” “ …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2016

Are storage vendors turning over a new leaf?

Reader survey Storage vendors suck; at least that's what many of you have told us over the years through various surveys and comments on articles. Sometimes gripes have been concerned with the technology they provide, but most of the time your complaints relate to sales behaviour and commercial practices. Specific beefs include: Dressing …
Dale Vile, 13 Sep 2016

Nvidia: Eight bits ought to be enough for anybody ... doing AI

Analysis Nvidia has designed a couple of new Tesla processors for AI applications – the P4 and the P40 – and is talking up their 8-bit math performance. The 16nm FinFET GPUs use Nv's Pascal architecture and follow on from the P100 launched in June. The P4 fits on a half-height, half-length PCIe card for scale-out servers, while the …
Chris Williams, 13 Sep 2016
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Is hyperconvergence about to take over the enterprise data centre?

The glamour news in data centres for the past couple of years has been all about all-flash arrays, with converged systems providing a growing backdrop. The flash arrays provided hot performance while converged systems (CI) led by Dell EMC's CPSD (Converged Platforms & Solutions Division – formerly VCE) and Cisco/NetApp's …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2016
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Bug in Microsoft's StorSimple arrays can kill backups

Microsoft's warned users of its StorSimple network-attached storage devices to update them ASAP, because they might not be finishing backups. You had one job, Microsoft … one job. Now owners of the devices have an urgent and tricky job, because Microsoft says “The update is a disruptive update (requires reboot of the appliance …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2016

VMware eases Windows Mobile 10's turn-your-phone-into-a-PC pain

Bleeding-edge early adopters of Windows Mobile 10 have some more balm for their Continuum pains. Microsoft's Continuum lets you connect monitors, keyboards and mice to Windows Mobile phones to convert them into PCs. It fits in with Microsoft's universal app concept: software should just work wherever you're using Windows 10, …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Sep 2016