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Your boss asks you to run the 'cloud project': Ever-changing wish lists, packs of 'ideas'... and 1 deadline

Sure, the future is cloud. But it’s not that simple. The days where you could "just swipe a credit card and go" never existed – not at enterprise scale. Legacy applications and data need to be lifted and shifted, new services instantiated, virtual infrastructures architected, networks bolstered, and security scrutinised, adapted …
Lonewolf, 12 Sep 2017
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VMware pushes NSX deeper into containers, security

VMware's released a new version of NSX-T, the version of its NSX network virtualization tool that runs in multiple environments. NSX-T's roots lie in NSX-MH, the early version of NSX VMware created not long after acquiring software-defined networking pioneer Nicira. Before VMware acquired Nicira, it made sense for the company …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2017
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Rubrik to hit enterprise with double whammy

Analysis Rubrik CEO Bipul Sinha says there are two ways of looking at backup and recovery: loosely they are hardware or storage-centric and software-centric. The hardware-centric view was centred on Data Domain. Its arrays were connected directly to data sources, such as databases, and took a data dump from them, deduplicating it and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2017
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Esoptra pimps pluglets for thin file contents provisioning

Esoptra has invented a thin content provisioned virtualized filer sitting in front of object storage. The Esoptra software product and company have been created by co-founders CEO Paul Carpentier and CTO Jan Van Riel. The two originally defined and developed the principles of object storage at FilePool, EMC (Centera) and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2017
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Rackspace sucks up Datapipe, swallows 29 data centres

Private equity-backed Rackspace is planning to use some of its owner’s cash to hoover up managed services, hosting and colo outfit Datapipe. The buy, which is expected to close in fourth quarter 2017 and is subject to pending regulatory approvals, will swell Rackspace’s data centre footprint by 29 server farms and give it …
Andrew Silver, 11 Sep 2017

Geepers, Huawei: New AI-tastic G series servers to hold up 'intelligent cloud'

Huawei has added two G-series boxen with GPU acceleration to its server portfolio, with a focus on AI-type work and video analytics, saying they are going to be used to build a cloud hardware platform. This company's server portfolio includes RH series modular rack servers, X series high-density servers, E series blade servers …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2017
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UK Home Office finds £20m to throw at Oracle cloudy ERP

The Home Office has tossed a paltry £20m of taxpayers' cash at Accenture and Oracle implementation outfit Certus Solutions to deploy a cloudy ERP system that hopefully works overhauls the way back-office services are provided. The aim of two-year contract, tendered on the UK.gov’s G-Cloud supplier framework, is to update …
Paul Kunert, 11 Sep 2017
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What's a storage burrito, you ask? Why all the newsy tidbits chopped, cooked and wrapped up

+Comment Good morning, storage fans. Last week we were buzz-bombed with a barrage of storage updates, but we kept quite a few aside to wrap up into something easily digestible. It's a bit more substantial than the blob-dropping treat you might grab at the food truck, though, so get a napkin, plate, and some cutlery, find a quiet room and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2017
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Kubernetes envy? That's (ahem) virtual insanity for VMware

For all of the breathless hype that containers and cloud native get, the strange-but-true story is that enterprises still need to run servers and for that vSphere is arguably the best possible option. VMware probably understands this in its inner sanctum but, well... Kubernetes envy. Not surprisingly, then, VMware at its …
Matt Asay, 11 Sep 2017
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Gov claws back £645m in BT broadband from subsidy

The government has clawed back £645m from BT under its state-subsidised superfast broadband contracts tendered in 2012. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS) has estimated 900,000 additional UK homes and businesses could gain access to speeds of 24Mbps thanks to the cash windfall. But this seems …
Kat Hall, 11 Sep 2017
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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

Google is killing its “Drive” sync 'n' share file locker in two ways. For users of Google's G Suite customers, death will come in the form of a new desktop application called “Drive File Stream” that does pretty much everything Drive does now, but which Google says “allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2017

Looking forward to Solaris 11.next this year? Whomp-whomp. Check again in 2018

Oracle's latest roadmap for its SPARC and Solaris platforms shows that at least one major milestone has been delayed. The database tax giant just published online a new version [PDF, Reg mirror] of its product roadmap that shows Solaris 11.next pushed back from its late 2017 release date – announced in its January roadmap [PDF …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Sep 2017
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Look! We have direct fibre connection too, wails Google Cloud

In a bid to attract large enterprise clientele shackled to Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure, Google Cloud has announced a direct connection offering. On Thursday, Google added a private fibre network customers can use to interface directly from a co-location facility to its cloud services, eliminating any reliance on a …
Andrew Silver, 08 Sep 2017

When one size doesn't fit all in cloud security

Sponsored You want to move from an on-premises Office suite to Office 365 in the cloud. It'll save you money in the short term and free you from providing local infrastructure. That's nice. But whoa – not so fast there. Securing cloud-based productivity systems like Office 365 takes a little forethought. Security is front-of-mind for …
Robin Birtstone, 08 Sep 2017

Arista describes Cisco's IP defence in antitrust case as 'insane'

Arista Networks has called its long-running patent dispute with Cisco "breathtakingly broad, unprecedented and insane" in a hearing regarding an antitrust suit against Switchzilla. In the latest exchange between the companies in court this week, Arista's counsel Matthew Douglas Powers said Cisco's patents only apply to …
Kat Hall, 08 Sep 2017

Huawei claims shooting mission-critical apps to its cloud will be a cinch

Huawei is delivering an enterprise storage service in its public cloud to which enterprises can transfer mission-critical apps from on-premises without changing their applications or processes at all. It argues that existing public cloud storage services are bare bones in style and don't provide enterprise-class storage …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2017
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Huawei's storage hardware future: Fancy some cosy NVMe over Fabrics this winter?

Analysis Will NVMe over Fabrics nuke the storage array into a JBOF winter or will array technology extend itself into new combinations of compute controllers, media and network links? Huawei has both technology strands in development with a high density 1U JBOF and a 4U x 16-blade Barreleye system. The hardware demonstration systems …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2017
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IBM's global load balancer and reverse DNS degraded by domain transfer mess

IBM's cloudy global load balancer and reverse DNS services have been impacted by a DNS mess inflicted on Big Blue by a domain name registrar. In an email to customers, IBM says that on September 6th “During a bulk transfer of domain names between two domain registrar services, two domains (global-datacenter.com and global- …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Sep 2017
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Pack up, go home to your family: Google Drive is flipping out

Updated Many users are experiencing disruption with Google Drive cloud storage and file backup today. According to Down Detector, more than 7,000 users have reported issues including the app not loading, inability to access files and broken synching. It's not the first time Drive has gone wonky. The last major outage back in January …
Andrew Silver, 07 Sep 2017
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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

Scottish pensioners are up in arms that Virgin Media has had the audacity to build a huge cabinet outside their homes in East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, which is reported to be blocking their light. The OAPs have been fighting Virgin Media since the 5ft boxes were installed in their street in January, according to the Daily …
Kat Hall, 07 Sep 2017

Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

A former Oracle sales rep seeking to resolve a pay dispute has asked a California court to force the company to participate in arbitration over all wage claims against the database giant. Marcella Johnson, in her US district court filing [PDF] on Wednesday, claims Oracle "systematically denied her and other sales …
Thomas Claburn, 07 Sep 2017

TalkTalk plans to bail on mobile in major shake-up for beleaguered biz

Beleaguered UK comms provider TalkTalk is set to go against the received "wisdom" of having multiple services to flog as it plans to pull out of the mobile market entirely. The move is a fairly significant change of tack given that not so long ago it had targeted four million mobile customers. TalkTalk now has just 913,000 SIM …
Kat Hall, 06 Sep 2017
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Tintri havin' it large with all-flash EC6000 boxen

Tintri has refreshed its all-flash arrays with a four-model EC6000 series. EC stands for, we understand, Enterprise Cloud, and the new line goes faster and stores more data than previous hardware, as well as inheriting all the Tintri OS and services updates since the T5000s were launched back in August 2015. That means …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2017
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File software-flinger Elastifile stretches funding further to $65m

Elastifile, an Israeli startup developing a distributed file system for hybrid clouds, has picked up $16m in a funding round led by Western Digital Capital. The other contributors are also heavyweights – Battery Ventures, CE Ventures, Cisco Investments, Dell Technologies, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Total funding is said …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2017

Huawei's many-headed beast of a cloud wants a serious bite of the action

Analysis More details have emerged about Huawei's public cloud. It is like a hydra, a creature with many heads. The company will build a global cloud network based on its own public clouds and those it has built with partners. Outside China Huawei is partnering with companies such as Deutsche Telecom, Orange and Telefónica. They will …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2017
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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

BT customers in the UK have been targeted by scammers in India – with one person reporting they were defrauded for thousands of pounds this week. The issue appears to have been going on for more than a year. Some customers said the fraudsters knew their personal details. One reader got in touch to report that his father-in- …
Kat Hall, 06 Sep 2017
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Huawei developing NMVe over IP SSD

Analysis Huawei is developing an NVMe over IP SSD with an on-drive object storage scheme meaning radically faster object storage and a re-evaluation of what object storage's very purpose. At the Huawei Connect 2017 event in Shanghai, Guangbin Meng, Storage Product Line President for Huawei, told El Reg Huawei is developing an …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2017

Free of software boat anchor and chain around its neck, HPE sees profits inch upward

HPE is showing signs that its turnaround is picking up, as the enterprise IT giant raised its revenues – and on Tuesday talked up a future without its software business. For the three months to July 31, HPE's third quarter of the 2017 fiscal year is as follows: Revenues of $8.2bn were up 3 per cent from Q3 2016. This was …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Sep 2017
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Australia-to-Asia traffic slows as typhoons cut submarine cables

Typhoons have broken four submarine cables in the crowded Asian sea-lanes, with a knock-on impact for Australian ISPs iiNet and Internode. The four damaged cables are ASE (Asia Submarine-Cable Express), TGA-Intra Asia (TGA-IA), Asia-American Gateway (AAG) and SEA-ME-WE3 (SMW3). SMW3 connects Perth to Singapore; ASE and TGA-IA …
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Three challenges UK watchdog to a duel over mobile spectrum rules

Brit mobile operator Three has formally filed its legal challenge to cap the forthcoming spectrum auction at 37 per cent, prompting fears that extra 4G airwave capacity and the rollout of 5G could be delayed. Given the amount of noise Three has made in recent months about its intention to fight Ofcom in court, the filing comes …
Kat Hall, 05 Sep 2017

Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

Toshiba stand staff at the Huawei Connect conference 2017 in Shanghai said a 14TB helium-filled disk drive would arrive "very soon". They confirmed that meant before the end of the year. Such a capacity would leapfrog Seagate's 12TB helium-filled drive. Currently Toshiba's largest disk drive, the MN series NAS drive, holds …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2017
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VMware wants security industry to shrink so its ambitions fit into market

VMWORLD 2017 VMware's entered the enterprise security market and called for it to become more concentrated. The somewhat arrogant analysis comes from the top-down: CEO Pat Gelsinger's opening day keynote featured a slide full of logos most often deployed when vendors show off all of their most recognisable customers. VMware put a twist on …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2017
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Solaris update plan is real, but future looks cloudy by design

Oracle looks like it's going to suggest Solaris users move to its SPARC-powered cloud. Ever since Oracle quietly announced it would not deliver any more point-zero upgrades to its Solaris operating system and instead move to continuous delivery, The Register has wondered exactly what Big Red plans to deliver, and when. Our …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2017
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Networking vendors are good for free lunches, hopeless for networks

Fire your network administrators, hire developers instead, and stop expecting networking equipment vendors to provide anything more valuable than free lunches. That's the advice from games-maker Electronic Arts director of technical engagement Peyton Koran, who delivered a talk titled “The Impacts of Cloud Computing and Open …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2017
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Can your complex distributed systems take the weight?

Promo There’s not much that can go wrong with the back of an envelope. Not so with modern systems: they become increasingly complicated as they take on more tasks, often spanning multiple technologies, groups and different organisations - and are liable to fail in unexpected and spectacular ways. If you are a web ops professional, a …
Nicole Segre, 04 Sep 2017
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Detox from your weekend kebabs with a healthy storage golubtsy

Comment Did you overdo it with the bacon and buttered toast at the weekend? Never mind, who among us can resist cooked cabbage leaves wrapped round nutritious meaty storage fillings? Get your knife, fork, spoon and napkin ready and load up your plate with what we have in store. Rubrik NBA basketball champ Kevin Durant has joined …
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2017

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