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Dirty carbon nanotubes offer telcos chance at secure quantum comms

Single-photon emitters aren't a new thing in physics labs, but they usually require liquid-helium-chilled freezers. America's Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL) reckons it's cracked a difficult double: a telecom-frequency single photon emitter that works at room temperature. This has potential because the two key …
Money down the drain

Creditors urge Toshiba to consider bankruptcy – reports

Some Toshiba creditors are thinking the unthinkable, saying the company should seriously consider declaring itself bankrupt. The reason is that Toshiba now has more obligations than cash, and is worth less than it should be, threatening its ability to survive as a going concern. Toshiba has estimated its liabilities are …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2017
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NAND that's that... Flash chip industry worth twice disk drive biz

Analysis The flash industry is worth more than twice the disk drive industry in terms of product ship revenues. Trends suggest a shrinking disk drive industry will squeeze the three drive manufacturers, leaving Seagate with no escape. Storage sector analyst Aaron Rakers has run supplier numbers through his spreadsheets and reckons the …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2017
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Toshiba agrees to give WD 2-week heads-up about flash memory biz flog-off

Western Digital, which has dropped a preliminary injunction request, and Toshiba have agreed that Tosh will give WD at least 14 days' advance notice before closing any sale or transfer of its flash foundry joint venture interests, which won’t take place for many months. Western Digital (WD) and Toshiba are in dispute over …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2017
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Brace yourselves, Virgin Media prices are going up AGAIN, people

Cable giant Virgin is once again hiking up the price of its broadband and phone bundles in the UK, according to a list of new pricing arrangements seen by The Register. Under the "player TV bundle" new customers can sign up to a package which includes broadband and 13 TV channels at a discount of £5.50 per per month or £32 for …
Kat Hall, 31 Jul 2017

Australia's .au internet registry chair quits amid no-confidence vote

Analysis The chair of Australia's .au internet registry has resigned just days before a vote of no confidence in his leadership. Stuart Benjamin announced on Friday that he had "taken the very difficult decision" to quit because he had "reached the view that there is no possible positive outcome for the organization from the vote …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Jul 2017
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Yeehaw! And welcome to another rootin'-tootin' storage pony wrangling

We've added a fair few thoroughbreds to this week's storage corral. Let's send in a wrangler and see what we've got. Aspera IBM business Aspera has issued a white paper on its FASP high speed transport direct-to-cloud storage FASP (Fast And Secure Protocol) provides high-performance secure WAN transport of files, directories …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2017
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Disaster-proofers merge: Axcient enclosed by eFolder

DRaaS supplier Axcient is merging with eFolder, and eFolder will be the combined business’s name. The eFolder business was started up as a value-added reseller (VAR) in Atlanta, GA, in 2002, providing IT services with a cloud backup product. That was accompanied by others offering backup and disaster recovery (BDR), business …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2017

Flash, aaaaaah! Western Digital waggles sales in nemesis Seagate's face

Western Digital earned the revenues it said it would in its final fiscal 2017 quarter and gave an object lesson to Seagate in how to run a storage drive business. WD revenues were $4.8bn for its latest quarter, compared to Seagate's $2.4bn, a difference of 100 per cent. That's what buying into the flash chip and SSD business …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2017
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Sysadmin Day 2017: Still time to get the beers in

It's that time of year again, dear readers: it's Sysadmin Day 2017. Today is that one day a year where employers and coworkers are expected to give a token acknowledgement of the trials and tribulations of their overworked IT staffs and usually fail to do so. We here at The Register, however, have not forgotten you. Today's …
Trevor Pott, 28 Jul 2017

Box labelled best collaborator ... of content – Gartner mages

Box has topped Gartner's magic quadrant as the analyst wizards cast their judgemental eyes over the content collaboration market. Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) has grown up into the content collaboration market and Gartner has given it a kiss of recognition with its very own magic quadrant, continuing its EFSS magic …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2017

BOFH: Oh go on. Strap me to your Hell Desk, PFY

Episode 10 "So what do you think?" the Boss asks. "You've had more experience than me at this." "Hypochondria?" I say "Yes, I suppose you're right." "There's nothing hypochondriac about repetitive strain injuries!" the Boss snaps. "You mean OOS," the PFY counters. "And of course there is. Have you ever noticed how over-represented …
Simon Travaglia, 28 Jul 2017
Cloud and rockets

vSphere scales up, if you're willing to ditch a switch or server

VMware's popped out the first update to vSphere 6.5 and it's unusually interesting for this sort of minor release. Scale is the headline-grabber. You can now run 50,000 VMs in a powered-on vSphere Domain, up from 30,000. That Domain can now register 70,000 VMs, up from 50,000. To wrangle all those VMs, you can now run 15 …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2017

After we ran our article about the fate of .sk, the nation of Slovakia flew into a rage. And now, here's part two...

Analysis A campaign to convince the Slovakian government to halt the sale of the .sk registry has nothing to do with money or politics, it is claimed. Earlier this month, we reported on a string of articles, speeches and open letters that alleged the country's top-level domain was effectively stolen in 1999 – and that the goal of this …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Jul 2017
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Seagate offloads ClusterStor data-nomming plaything on Cray

The incredible shrinking Seagate business is selling its ClusterStor HPC array product line to Cray. Little did we know that when we described Seagate's disk arrays business (ClusterStor and Dot Hill) as a "plaything" earlier this week, Seagate would agree, at least as far as ClusterStor is concerned, and is selling the …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2017
Broken link in chain

Cisco bugs leave network automation vulnerable to attack

A slip in certificate handling is one of three bugs in Cisco's Autonomic Networking software. As its name implies, Autonomic Networking is about reducing the load on network administrators by offering self-management for suitable switches and routers under suitable versions of the IOS operating system. And then, as they say, …
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Meg Whitman OUT at HP ...Inc

Meg Whitman has cut her last ties with HP Inc by stepping down as chairwoman of the company's board of directors. Whitman, who will still be the CEO of the split-off Hewlett Packard Enterprise, said that effective immediately she would be leaving her role and handing control of the board over to Chip Bergh. Prior to the 2015 …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jul 2017
Intel's Stratix 10 ARM-base FPGA

Cloud-stitching startup pitches NVMe FPGAs for SSDs

Fast NVMe over Fabric access to flash arrays needs direct access to the target drives, bypassing the X86 array controller, for the lowest latency. FPGAs are being developed to do this. Startup Attala Systems is working in this area, and says it has a new vision for reinventing private and public cloud infrastructure. It has …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2017
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Lenovo sticks Toshiba NVMe SSDs in ThinkSystem server brainpan

Toshiba SSDs are being used to speed Lenovo ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile servers. The PX04P SSD is an NVMe-attached SSD in AIC or 2.5-inch form factor with capacities from 800GB to 3.84TB. It uses 2bits/cell (MLC) flash and delivers up to 660,000/185,000 random read/write IOPS and 3.1/2.5 GiB/sec sequential read/write bandwidth …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2017
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No time for nap, update your QNAP: RAIDed NAS data corruption bug squashed

QNAP has put out a critical NAS firmware fix notice after prolonged pushing by a small business tech IT pro guy in Australia. If you use QNAP NAS in a RAID 5 or 6 configuration, you should update the firmware immediately. Wayne Small runs the SBSFaq website which is focused on the concerns of small and medium business IT …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2017
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Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name

The mere mention of Virgin Media's chief exec Tom Mockridge is enough to trigger the profanity filter in the UK cableco's customer forum, El Reg has discovered. Typing in the name "Mockridge" prompts the response: "You used a bad word: Mockridge. Please clean up the language and try again." Even referring to the head honcho' …
Kat Hall, 26 Jul 2017
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Currys PC World rapped after Knowhow Cloud ad ruled to be 'misleading'

Currys PC World has been ordered not to "exaggerate the capability" of its Knowhow Cloud backup after an aggrieved UK buyer found out the hard way that he had to restore each individual file one by one. The misleading advert on currys.co.uk was banned by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority after it ruled that "the …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Jul 2017
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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

O2 has admitted to deliberately throttling its network as a "temporary measure" to combat the demand of Brits using free data roaming abroad. The issue was first pointed out by a punter in the UK mobile network's support forum, who noted that within a month of the EU abolishing roaming charges on June 15, he was unable to use …
Kat Hall, 26 Jul 2017
Bomb on PC screen

IBM killing off its first go at cloud object storage for Spark – 30 months after launch

We all know cloud is evolving fast, but IBM's just given us the downside of that speed: a service it switched on in February 2015 will be switched off in August 2017. That service is the first iteration of Bluemix's Swift-based Object Storage for Spark as a Service users. IBM's now on version 3 of the service and that's where …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2017

The drinks are on Juniper: Revenue and profits up in Q2 2017

Juniper Networks has turned in a solid second quarter, reporting growth in revenue and profitability. Today the company reported revenue of US$1.3bn (all figures here are GAAP), and net income of $179.8m, better than Q2 2016 by a more-than-handy 28 percent. Switching was the company's engine room for Q2, piling on 32 per cent …
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Luczo's so-so luck: Seagate switches CEOs, sales fall, 600 jobs cut

Seagate revenues fell 9.1 per cent in the three months to June 30, aka the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2017 year. It has also changed its CEO, and announced a headcount cut for good measure. With the revenue dip and a miss on earnings – $0.65 per share vs the hoped-for $0.98 – the share price tumbled, at time of writing, by …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017

Commvault shifts slowly uphill as it gears into hyperconverged drive

Commvault grew revenues by 9 per cent year-on-year in its fiscal first 2018 quarter, ended June 30, 2017. There was a typical seasonal effect with the prior, fourth fiscal 2027 quarter, being higher. The bald revenue and net income numbers, with change percentages where appropriate, are: Commvault Quarterly Results Q1 …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017
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Data analytics startup Iguazio reaps $33m in second funding round

Data analytics startup Iguazio has raised $33m in a B-round. That takes total funding for the three-year-old Israeli firm to $48m. Strategic investors included Verizon Ventures, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, CME Ventures and Dell Technologies Capital, plus existing investors Pitango Ventures, Magma Venture Partners and …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017

Quad goals: Western Digital clambers aboard the 4bits/cell wagon

In the flash numbers game Western Digital's 3D, 64-layer NAND is being armed with 4bits/cell (quad-level cell, QLC) and bit-cost scaling (BiCS3) technology. WD's announcement follows joint-venture partner and legal war opponent Toshiba's QLC reveal in June. QLC flash chips have a third more cells and double the data density …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017

Maps to the storage stars: Who'll make it big in next 10 years?

Opinion Which suppliers will be the major storage players in the next 10 years on the same scale as Dell, HPE, IBM and NetApp are today? And how will they fit into the storage landscape? This analysis is a personal opinion and isn't based on an exhaustive review of market dynamics, supplier strategy and results and myriad CIO …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017
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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

Open Source Insider Just in case you didn't believe Firefox was on a trajectory that should have it crash and burn into extinction in the next couple of years, former chief technology officer Andreas Gal has usage stats that confirm it. To use Gal's words: "Firefox market share is falling off a cliff." The same could be said of Firefox itself. …
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Symbolic IO CEO cuffed by cops, vanishes from his storage startup

Symbolic IO CEO and founder Brian Ignomirello was arrested last week on outstanding warrants and for allegedly violating a restraining order, it is reported. According to the Asbury Park Press, Ignomirello was cuffed last Tuesday at his six-bedroom mansion that he shared with his girlfriend and their two children in Colts Neck …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2017
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Alphabet takes Euro antitrust fine in stride, spooks investors with rising Google ad costs

Google parent company Alphabet says that its revenues in the past three months have grown by 21 per cent – while the European Commission's $2.7bn fine took a big bite out of its net income. The Mountain View ads giant pointed out that its non-ad businesses, including Google Cloud, also performed well in its second quarter of …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2017

UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

A report by MP Grant Shapps into the state of broadband in Blighty has been criticised for doing more harm than good, as the research appears to conflate superfast broadband (24 Mbps) with 10Mbps broadband – the Universal Service Obligation goal. The Register has seen a copy of the report, due to be published this week, which …
Kat Hall, 24 Jul 2017

Gone daddy gone: GoDaddy offloads its cloud businesses

GoDaddy is killing its clouds. The company announced an OpenStack-powered public cloud in March 2016. Now it has emailed customers to let them know their servers won't be there after December 31st, 2017, while support of the Bitnami app provisioning service expires on November 15th. Early last week, GoDaddy announced it had …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2017
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Boffin supercharges FPGAs with timing signal tweak

A Swedish researcher has discovered a new way to optimise FPGA performance, with as much as a five-fold boost on offer. However, it's been a long and painful process for researcher Carl Ingemarsson to get to publication, including having his work plagiarised three years ago. The problem for then-undergrad Ingemarsson, of from …
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Pull on yer wellies and let's wade through the week's storage news

A mudslide of storage news has mired Vulture Central and we're up to our waists in it. Alas, this seems to be becoming a weekly occurrence. We waded through it, sorted it out, tidied it up, and mopped the floors. Datrium Fancy primary array startup Datrium has added support for Red Hat Virtualization to its DVX platform and …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2017
Pinky and the Brain

What is this – some kind of flashy, 3-bit consumer SSD? Eh, Seagate?

Seagate has a new line of Nytro consumer SSDs coming using 3-bits/cell flash. These 2.5-inch form factor consumer SSDs are typically positioned as PC/notebook disk drive upgrade products, providing a data access, app load and boot time performance boost for such disk-bound products. A 256GB Nytro 141 appears to be available …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2017
Exam hall full of desks

Microsoft finally allows hosted desktops on multi-tenant hardware

Microsoft's dispensed with a licensing oddity that saw it prohibit hosted virtual desktops running on multi-tenanted hardware. Redmond's allowed virtual Windows desktops hosted in the cloud or by service providers for ages, but only if they run on dedicated hardware for each client. The effect of that policy has been service …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2017
Bluetooth Mesh

Bluetooth makes a mesh of itself with new spec

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released the spec for Bluetooth Mesh, a many-to-many extension of the technology. Readers are doubtless familiar with Bluetooth's point-to-point connectivity features that enable you to do things like pair a wireless keyboard with a computer. Bluetooth's second application is …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2017

They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!

In its final quarter of its fiscal 2017, Microsoft more than doubled its profits, saw massive cloud growth, and managed to get a rebate from US taxpayers at the same time. For the three months to June 30, Microsoft's net income rose 109 per cent and earnings per share 112 per cent. All of its divisions, with the exception of …
Iain Thomson, 21 Jul 2017
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White boxer is a white racker: Supermicro touts Rack Scale Design

Building servers, switches and storage are a good racket for ODM Supermicro but building Vblock-like rack scale systems is an even better one. It has launched a complete Rack Scale Design system using its server and storage building blocks in standard racks, with multiple rack PODs. Supermicro first talked about its RSD ideas …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017

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