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The Clippy of NetApp is an IBM Watson-powered cartoon robot called Elio

NetApp has reinvented Clippy with a Watson-powered chatbot called Elio, and is taking a leaf out of Nimble's book by using automated and predictive/proactive support called Active IQ. Elio is a customer service AI assistant that responds to users' questions. Built with IBM's Watson machine-learning technology, it analyses an …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2017

Hyped about HyperCloud HyperGrid sheds execs

+Comment A raft of sales execs, marketeers, architects and two co-founders have exited HyperGrid, the hyperconverged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) startup formerly known as GridStore, over the past nine months. The one-time seller of Hyper-V-based appliances, which jumped with both feet into tech services – selling an infrastructure …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2017
Kim Jong Un

Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

North Korea's very limited Internet has, for the second time in its brief history, obtained a redundant connection to the outside world. Dyn Research and North Korea specialists 38 North went public with the existence of the new link on October 1. Dyn's Doug Madory and 38 North's Martyn Williams spotted route announcements …

Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

Microsoft has explained how a cascading series of cockups left some of its Northern European Azure customers without access to services for nearly seven hours. On September 29, the sounds of "Sacré bleu!" "Scheisse!" and "What are the bastards up to now?" were, we're guessing, heard from Redmond's Euro clients after key …
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2017
Intel CEO Paul Otellini

Ex-Intel boss Paul Otellini dead at age 66

Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini died on Monday aged 66, the chip maker confirmed this morning. Otellini, who sat in the chief exec chair from 2005 until his retirement in 2013, died peacefully in his sleep, we're told. "We are deeply saddened by Paul’s passing,” CEO Brian Krzanich said. “He was the relentless voice of the …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Oct 2017
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NFS is now on tap in Azure – and NetApp is Microsoft's provider

NetApp is making NFS available as a service in Microsoft's Azure Cloud, enaabling on-premises NFS-using applications to move into Azure. Tad Brockway, Microsoft's general manager for Azure Storage, said: "Customers can now bring their applications to Azure and continue to get the scale, performance, and reliability offered by …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2017
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Call the doctor! WDC's new 14TB spinner has shingled write scheme

WDC has released an Ultrastar 14TB disk drive with host application software managing its shingled writing scheme. It is the world's first 14TB disk drive, and is helium-filled, as usual at these greater-than-10TB capacities. The disk uses shingled media recording (SMR) with partially overlapping write tracks to increase the …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2017
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Big iron storage supplier Infinidat blags more o' that sweet VC cash

Analysis Moshe Yanai's Infinidat has gained $95m in third-round funding and wants us to know that it's not a debt-fuelled Silicon Valley extravaganza of a startup like others that have crashed and burned or gone through bought-at-a-discount acquisitions. Infinidat was founded in 2010, took in $80m around 2012, $150m in 2015 and has …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2017
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Actifio launches v8 of Sky Platform, extends dedupe to cloud crowd

Data-as-a-service firm Actifio has bumped its virtual data pipeline, Sky Platform, to v8.0, extending its coverage to a crowd of public clouds. The virtual data pipeline takes a master copy of primary data, and springs out virtual copies on request for test and development purposes, analytics, protection and other use cases …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2017

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Self-processing flash drives, we'll need more capacity

Interview Will object storage using SSDs with embedded servers become a realistic storage/processing technology? The idea of building disk drive-based devices as a cluster of self-processing storage nodes has been associated with Seagate and its Kinetic drives, and OpenIO and its nano nodes. Recently Huawei revealed it's developing NVMe …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2017

Nailing a cloud project without killing Bob boils down to not being a tool

Don't be like Bob. You remember Bob, right? Tasked with building the company's cloud. Sinking in a quicksand of managerial buzzword bingo and ever-changing requirements, burdened by a lack of resources. Bob was under pressure, which produced tension at home, and Bob quit the job resulting in the company's cloud project …
Lone Wolf, 03 Oct 2017
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Hierarchical Storage Management is back. And this time it's cloudy

Data management software vendor Komprise has added extra cold cloud tiers to its data lifecycle manager, which moves data to slower access storage tiers without affecting its accessibility. The company has also introduced analytics to its metadata library, data confinement and ONTAP 9 support. Komprise's software moves data …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2017
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Oracle CEO Mark Hurd reads 'mean tweets' about his 2025 vision

OpenWorld 2017 Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd appears incapable of shrugging off criticism of his predictions for the state of cloud computing in the year 2025. During Monday's Oracle OpenWorld keynote, he decided to hit back at his critics with something a little more adversarial than expected. In a moment reminiscent of celebrities reading less- …
Rebecca Hill, 03 Oct 2017

NetApp scraps first day of Insight conf talks at Mandalay Bay after terrorist guns down 59

NetApp's Insight conference has been delayed a day after its venue, the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, was used by a terrorist to shoot and kill at least 59 people and hurt more than 527. Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the hotel onto a country music festival packed with thousands of people below on Sunday …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2017

Mainframes are hip now! Compuware fires its dev environment into cloud

In an attempt to entice new blood to those dinosaur systems of record known as mainframes, Detroit software firm Compuware has moved its development environment to the cloud. The company's flagship mainframe Agile/DevOps product Topaz is now available on Amazon Web Services. As Compuware and competitors such as IBM and Micro …
Andrew Silver, 02 Oct 2017
Classic pick 'n' mix, jellybeans, worms, etc

Grab a sweetie shovel and prep your insulin for our storage pick 'n mix

Storage roundup You're getting plenty of hardware sugar (NVMe) and remote software spice (the public cloud), with lots of tasty goodies in between in this week's storage roundup. We have news from 18 vendors: Acronis, AIC, Avere, BlueData, Cloudian, Crossbar, Datrium, Iguazio, Panasas, Pavilion Data Systems, Qubole, Rozo, Rubrik, Synology, …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2017

Linode cloud users in Europe hit as Frankfurt DC falls to its knees

Problems at Linode's data centre in Germany have led to connectivity issues with its cloud services over the weekend, and we understand the vendor is currently trying to solve a packet loss problem. At 14:14 UTC yesterday, the New Jersey-headquartered cloud provider said on its status page that it had become "aware of …
Andrew Silver, 02 Oct 2017
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SanDisk man tipped off his family to Fusion-io fusion, bagged $220k in share snatch – says SEC

An ex-SanDisk manager and his family have been accused in the US of insider trading after profiting from the biz's acquisition of Fusion-io. America's financial watchdog the SEC alleged [PDF] that, while working for SanDisk, Anand Jayapalan tipped off three members of his family to the deal to make a quick profit on Fusion-io …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Oct 2017

'Hyper' kids ate all the sales growth again, say converged systems beancounters

IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker shows a flight to the top vendors, away from HPE, Hitachi and the Others' category, with the hyperconverged sector being the only growth area. Worldwide converged systems vendor revenues increased 6.2 per cent year over year to $3.15bn, and those overall stats break …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2017
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WTH is my domain? OpenSRS and Hover DOWN and OUT

Updated The domain name server "OpenSRS" crashed and burned during the dead of night following a network failure, taking down scores of customers' portals with it. Normal service has yet to resume. OpenSRS is owned by the operating service Tucows, and according to builtwith.com, there are about 690,000 active websites using it. …
Man and robot...

BOFH: Come on, PFY, let's pick a Boss

Episode 12 "I don't think your reviews are overly helpful," the Director sulks. "What do you mean? We read the resumes, attended the interviews; we asked some questions!" "I'm referring to your comments on the candidates." "Which ones?" I ask. "All of them!" It's appointments time again and we're looking for a new Boss after the last …
Simon Travaglia, 29 Sep 2017
Microsoft Azure on show at Ignite in Orlando

From slow batches to fast files, how Microsoft is luring folks into Azure

Ignite What’s new for Azure at Microsoft Ignite? The key point is not so much the list of new features, but the direction the company is taking with its cloud platform, which is to make it pervasive even for customers working mainly on premises. Azure Security Center began as a dashboard for monitoring the security of Azure virtual …
Tim Anderson, 29 Sep 2017
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Nested virtualization comes to Google's cloud

In late August 2017 The Reg's virtualization desk learned that Google was working hard to make KVM better at nested virtualization. And now we know why, as the advertising giant's cloud has just revealed a nested virtualization beta. The new offering means that you can run a virtual machine inside the virtual machines you rent …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Sep 2017

'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

Updated In its effort to attract a more diverse workforce, Amazon is sending mixed messages. An email shared online earlier today was sent by an Amazon Web Services recruiter to a woman encouraging her to apply for a software engineering position. The message kicked off with the subject line: "Diversity HIRE :: JOB :: Software …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Sep 2017
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Scale slaps hybrid cloud in hyperconverged kit

Scale Computing has replicated its HC3 hyperconverged platform in Google's cloud and provided app and data interchange between the on-premises and public cloud worlds in its very own data fabric. The company sells its HC3 clusters of hyperconverged systems. They host apps in KVM virtual machines running under the HyperCore OS …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2017

Cloudera serves up 'secret sauce' for unified data management

Cloudera has become the latest company to offer up a set of tools to unify data management, with its SDX framework, which it describes as the platform's "secret sauce". Businesses are increasingly looking to ensure portability of data across a range of environments and flexibility in the ways they use that data. The demand is …
Rebecca Hill, 28 Sep 2017
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Apple and SK Hynix agree Toshiba terms: Bain to grab chip arm

+Comment Big flash chip buyer Apple and Korean flash fabber SK Hynix have agreed terms and committed to their Bain-led consortium's buy of Toshiba's flash chip interests. This leaves rival bidder WDC out in the cold, facing partnership with competitor SK Hynix and rival Seagate in its flash foundries and dealing with a multi-party …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2017
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Business hunches are so 1977. Proper data's a lot more grown-up

Sponsored In business, should you trust your gut, or go by the numbers? Business mythology and Hollywood favour the gut. Both cite stories about maverick geniuses that ignored everyone’s advice and won big. Sure, it happens, but maybe not as much as you’d think. We’re affected by survivorship bias, concentrating on those that got it …
Robin Birtstone, 28 Sep 2017

Tintri wheels out T1000 ROBO flash array to terminate disk ones

Skynet's T-1000 is an advanced cyborg assassin prototype with a liquid molecular brain inside a mimetic poly-alloy body. Tintri's T1000 is a storage array for small and medium-sized businesses. Ho hum. Let's talk about the latter. Low-end flash arrays are busting out all over the place, witness X-IO's ISE 900. The T1000 is …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2017
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Amadeus booking software outages smack airports across world

Final update A network failure affecting the Amadeus online booking platform is continuing to delay check-ins for passengers around the world, although the firm won't disclose the cause. Multiple airlines using the Amadeus reservation system told The Register that passenger check-in and/or airline booking systems went offline around 10.30 …
Andrew Silver, 28 Sep 2017

HPE confirms Belfast-based 3PAR engineering office to close

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is to shutter its 3PAR engineering office in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but the firm emphasised the move does not mean it is shifting focus from 3PAR to Nimble storage. The Belfast 3PAR team came into being in 2007 when HP set up a Global Centre of Software Engineering Excellence at Forsythe House, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2017

'Alternative network provider' CityFibre boosts sales 36%

UK broadband pusher CityFibre has posted a sales increase of 36 per cent for its half-year results, but has also reported delays to a number of its public sector contracts. Sales rose to £9m for the six months to June 2017, while gross profit increased to £7.9m from £5.7m. It connected another 745 customer premises to its …
Kat Hall, 28 Sep 2017
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Dell EMC, Veeam eagerly clamber onto Microsoft's Azure Stack: I love it more. No, I love it more

Orlando's Microsoft Ignite conference saw Dell EMC and Veeam worshipping at the cloudy on-premises Azure Stack shrine with protection support offerings and more. Dell EMC already supports Microsoft's Azure Stack with Dell servers and networking and EMC storage running Microsoft's public cloud in an on-premises incarnation. …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2017
Schematic of entangled photons

Boffins sling around entangled photons at telco wavelengths

One of the hurdles facing photon-based quantum systems using entangled photons is that it's hard to create them at the 1550 nm wavelengths used in telecommunications systems. Entanglements are the basis for all sorts of hot-boffin stuff: quantum information processing, repeaters, photon-based key exchange, and fully quantum …

Power meltdown 'fries' SourceForge, knocks site's servers titsup

Exclusive A crippling data center power failure knackered SourceForge's equipment yesterday and earlier today, knocking the site offline. The code repository for free and open-source software projects crashed yesterday morning (around 0645 Pacific Time) after unspecified "issues" hit its hosting provider's power distribution unit, …
Andrew Silver, 27 Sep 2017
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Don’t let lack of All Flash Array experience hold you back

Research There are many reasons why someone might not be using an All-Flash Array. It might be that you can’t get the budget, say, or that you think it has been over-hyped. Maybe you are sceptical about whether your application set would benefit from it, or if it would fit into your operations seamlessly. Whatever the reason, recent …
Bryan Betts, 27 Sep 2017

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