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BRB going for a storage dump. Ah, much better

TGI (Thank God It’s) Friday and so time to retrieve back burner storage news received in the week and bring it to the fore; Druva says its inSync product is now available on the Google G Suite Marketplace. It says enterprises can deploy Druva inSync directly through the G Suite Marketplace, making it simpler to manage data …
Chris Mellor, 3 Mar 2017

Symbolic IO CEO insists the IRIS i1 is more than a bunch of pretty lights

Interview The TechLive session revealed Symbolic IO's IRIS i1 box, and its tech continues to raise lots of questions. How do the components work? Why have certain design choices been made? How does the IRIS system compare to other servers? We asked the company lots of questions about its technology and CEO and founder Brian Ignomirello …
Chris Mellor, 3 Mar 2017

Revamped IDC Storage Tracker anoints Dell as external storage top dog

The latest IDC Storage Tracker says top dog Dell Technologies has more external storage revenue share than HPE, IBM and NetApp combined. The previous Storage Tracker format separated external enterprise storage (arrays) from total enterprise storage, which includes storage sold with servers, and provided tabulated results for …
Chris Mellor, 3 Mar 2017

Flash bang wallop

Survey We’re running a survey to find out just what kind of impact flash drives and their arrays have had on your business. We’d like to know your experiences with them be they good bad or plain right ugly. In return for your input we’ll provide a free download of the findings and write about what we learnt. The survey will take you …
David Gordon, 3 Mar 2017

Azure Stack to offer never-ending updates, for a bit less than Azure

Microsoft's revealed Technical Preview 3 of Azure Stack, its forthcoming on-premises Azure-in-a-box effort, adding some new features, promising a continuous stream of other additions before final release and hinting at the pricing scheme. On the latter matter, Microsoft says the four hardware companies set to make Azure Stack …

HPE spotted splashing its cash at Hedvig's $21.5m funding party

Secondary storage consolidating software startup Hedvig has gained $21.5m in a VC‑round of funding, with HPE putting in some of the cash. The startup was founded by Avinash Lakshman in 2013, and previous $12.5m A‑round/seed funding and $18m B‑round took place in 2015. Total funding is now $52m. It strikes us that $21.5m is …
Chris Mellor, 3 Mar 2017

Hey Eric, you Schrock! Delphix engineering veep bumped up to CTO

A reliable source tells us that Delphix, the database copy virtualizer, has promoted engineering VP Eric Schrock into its chief technology officer role, finally replacing the somewhat long-ago departed Adam Leventhal. The company hired Chris Cook as CEO in April 2016. No doubt he has had lots to do and has now got around to …
Chris Mellor, 3 Mar 2017

VMware bumps certification exam prices, one by $2700

Updated VMware's bumped up the price of its certification exams, with the price of the MBA-grade VCDX certification more than tripling. The cost of sitting for the VMware Certified Associate has risen from US$120 to $150. A VMware Certified Professional will now cost you $250, up from $225 and the VMware Certified Advanced …
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Why so sad HPE, IBM, Lenovo? Server sales? Let's see... ah. Oh dear

Analysis HPE, IBM and Lenovo each lost their market-share footing in the server box shifting world at the end of 2016, according to Gartner and IDC. Server sales revenues also dropped in the final three months of the year. Gartner says worldwide server revenues declined 1.9 per cent year-over-year in the fourth quarter to $14.84bn, and …
Chris Mellor, 2 Mar 2017
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Dell kills off standalone DSSD D5, scatters remains into other gear

+Comment A year after first shipping the DSSD D5 array, Dell Technologies is axing the standalone product. It will sprinkle the technology into its storage and platforms groups; that will, it is hoped, speed up applications on these systems by exploiting high-speed access to NVMe drives. EMC bought DSSD in May 2014 for a suggested $ …
Chris Mellor, 2 Mar 2017
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Amazon S3-izure cause: Half the web vanished because an AWS bod fat-fingered a command

Amazon has provided the postmortem for Tuesday's AWS S3 meltdown, shedding light on what caused one of its largest cloud facilities to bring a chunk of the web down. In a note today to customers, the tech giant said the storage system was knocked offline by a staffer trying to address a problem with its billing system. …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Mar 2017
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SAP eyes up BT's biz ahead of £550m EE integration

Software biz SAP is eyeing up BT's business following its acquisition of the firm's existing customer EE for £12.5bn last year, with the former state monopoly having already set aside £550m for integration costs. Speaking to The Register at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Stephen Gatien, global head of telecommunications …
Kat Hall, 2 Mar 2017
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Pure: We see a billion dollars in our future. No, not profits, silly!

As Pure’s quarterly results show revenue growth continuing, CEO Scott Dietzen is leading the company out on a highwire towards the billion dollars/year revenue goal, with the FlashBlade sales ramp essential to them not falling off. Revenues grew to $227.9m in its final fiscal 2017 quarter, which finished at the end of January …
Chris Mellor, 2 Mar 2017
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I can DB clearly now the clouds are gone: Oracle 12c on-premises for Linux, SPARC

Oracle DBAs who weren't so eager to trial 12cR2 in the cloud can now check it out on their own premises. Oracle had been piling the pressure on customers to consume its wares as-a-service by initially distributing the updated second release of Oracle Database 12 (12cR2) on a cloud-only basis. Now, arriving on-premises, is the …

GoDaddy DNS has gone diddy

Updated An unspecified technical infrastructure issue has left GoDaddy customers with serious DNS issues this morning. Despite a status page claims that all is green and healthy at registrar and web hosting business GoDaddy, customers have been complaining on Twitter, as well as to The Register, and to GoDaddy itself, that their …

HPE comms CTO: Our unit is growing even if our customers aren't

MWC Interview On the basis of its first quarter results last week, HPE still seems to be in troubled waters. Despite numerous major reorgs to dramatically shrink the biz, revenue still fell 10 per cent in the last three months to $11.4bn (£9.3bn). To that end, chief technology officer for communications and media Jeff Edlund's unit is …
Kat Hall, 2 Mar 2017
Poison pill

Aruba AirWave admin? Get the latest patch

Aruba AirWave systems need patching against multiple bugs in their control interface. Posted to Full Disclosure by SEC Consult, there are two problems with the kit: an XML External Entity Injection attack; and a reflected cross-site scripting (XSS) attack. Both can be exploited remotely. In CVE-2016-8526, the XML parser used …
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Cisco NetFlow kit can be borked with a bad packet

Cisco has disclosed a denial-of-service bug in its NetFlow Generation appliances that remote attackers can attack with a bad packet. NetFlow Generation kit is used to generate, capture and export network flows for billing, service delivery, and security analysis. Cisco's advisory warns there's a bug in input validation in its …
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The day after 'S3izure', does anyone feel like moving to the cloud?

Today might not be the best day to contemplate migrating to the cloud, given that yesterday's epic Amazon Web Services outage. But that hasn't stopped Google and Microsoft from issuing new offers to help you take on-premises workloads into their clouds. Google first: it's done a deal with an outfit called Cloud Endure that …

It's time to out the data hogs in your office

Promo Nobody enjoys slow networks. If your organisation is wasting productive time watching virtual sand pour through virtual hour glasses, you need to get to the bottom of the problem. Enter SolarWinds® Bandwidth Analyzer Pack, a tool that scours your network to figure out who or what is hogging bandwidth and stressing your …
Team Register, 1 Mar 2017
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Controversial opinion alert: Privacy and the public cloud – not just possible, but easy

Like it or not, collaboration and file-sharing services like Dropbox have become embedded in corporate IT. What started as personal technology has increasingly become the alternative to everything from moving files using USB to sharing docs via email or an internal wiki. But we live in an age of hackers and hacking, spies and …
Trevor Pott, 1 Mar 2017
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Google mass logout riddle deepens: OAuth token fumble blamed

The baffling mass logout of Google accounts last week was the result of accidental OAuth token invalidation, a cause Google acknowledged, but only to a subset of those affected. On February 24, an unknown number of people who had been logged into their Google accounts found they had been logged out and had to re-authenticate …

Nimble: Just as well our cloud storage runs in our own cloud, eh, eh?

Explainer Nimble’s Cloud Volumes (NCV) store block data for use by Amazon or Azure compute instances, but the NCVs themselves are not stored in either Amazon’s Elastic Block Store or in the Azure cloud. With remarkable timing – Nimble made these claims just hours before the S3 outages, which had knock-on effects for EBS and other …
Chris Mellor, 1 Mar 2017

Realtime data ingestor DataTorrent gets led Churchward

Former EMCer Guy Churchward has taken the reins at DataTorrent as CEO and president. In December 2016 Churchward resigned as Core Technologies Division president at EMC after its purchase by Dell. He stayed on at EMC, before joining DataTorrent to assist with the transition to its new organisational structure. DataTorrent is …
Chris Mellor, 1 Mar 2017
God of Cloud

AIX-on-Power-as-a-service is a thing? Yup, a cloud just went there

The cloud's great for x86 CPUs, Windows and Linux. Other architectures? Not so much. IBM has a Power-powered cloud, but delivered it almost a year late. We've also spotted the occasional ARM-powered clouds and know of niche hosting companies that will put anything in a cloud-like environment, even anAS/400 tricked out to Tweet …

Quantum takes on GPFS and Lustre in commercial HPC market

Analysis The entertainment and media market has not been typically seen as a part of the high-performance computing (HPC) market, with the associated massively parallel file access and data set management. In the HPC world file access software such as Lustre and GPFS, now renamed Spectrum Scale are often seen. HPC was an academic and …
Chris Mellor, 1 Mar 2017

Tuesday's AWS S3-izure exposes Amazon-sized internet bottleneck

Analysis Amazon’s S3 outage is a gift to Azure and Google, on-premises IT, hybrid cloud supporters and multi-cloud gateways. But it has also exposed inadequate business continuance and disaster recovery provisions by Amazon's business customers. All of them can point the finger at Jeff Bezos and say AWS let users down. And now we know …
Chris Mellor, 1 Mar 2017

vSphere user? You need to care about VMware's telco plans for a bit

VMware has launched the second version of its Network Function Virtualization suite as it hopes to convince telcos to go down the same software-defined route its offered other data centres. And in so doing the company is infusing its core products with telco-grade features it thinks will be widely applicable. Like just about …
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Upstart Datrium has a soft blanket to wrap up your data if security is giving it the shivers

Datrium Blanket Encryption combines always-on deduplication, compression and encryption so that data is secure – or so it claims – whether that data is at a host, in flight across a network, or at rest in persistent storage. When it says "at the host," it means that data is deduplicated and compressed and encrypted in the …
Chris Mellor, 1 Mar 2017
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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

Tuesday's Amazon Web Services mega-outage knocked offline not only websites big and small, by yanking away their backend storage, but also knackered apps and Internet of Things gadgets relying on the technology. In fact, the five-hour breakdown was so bad, Amazon couldn't even update its own AWS status dashboard: its red …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Mar 2017
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Oracle boils Exadata Cloud into an on-premises package

Oracle's added a new piece of hardware to its “Oracle Cloud at Customer” offering, in the form of the new Exadata Cloud Machine that runs Oracle databases on-premises with the very same interface as offered in the Exadata Cloud Service. The Cloud at Customer caper sees Oracle boil down its public cloud experience into hardware …
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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

Amazon Web Services is scrambling to recover from a cockup at its facility in Virginia, US, that is causing its S3 cloud storage to fail. The internet giant has yet to reveal the cause of the breakdown, which is plaguing storage buckets hosted in the US-East-1 region. The malady kicked off around 0944 Pacific Time (1744 UTC) …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Feb 2017

Fiscal '17 was a record year for us, says Workday CEO

It was a record-breaking year for finance and HR cloud purveyor Workday for all the right and the wrong reasons: sales reached a new high aided by Oracle’s disruptive buy of NetSuite, but losses soared too. Revenues for the firm's fiscal 2017 ended 31 January were $1.569bn, up 35 per cent year-on-year, including subscription …
Paul Kunert, 28 Feb 2017

Scality guarantees 100% availability

Object storage house Scality is offering a 100 per cent data availability guarantee. How so? It’s for customers using its RING object storage, now in its sixth and S3-focused generation, and involves the use of its HALO Cloud Monitor, along with customer RING installation checking and individual customer pricing. HALO is a …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2017

Imation to fork out $11m in patent suit

A jury has found that flash-flinger Imation must pay $11m damages to ioengine for patent infringement. The US patent in question is number 8,539,047 (the ’047 Patent entitled Apparatus, method and system for a tunnelling client access point). A company called ioengine, which owns the patent, involving secure USB devices, had …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2017
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Cisco says Smart Install is not a bug, not a vuln, releases blocker anyway

Cisco has reiterated that its Smart Install feature is not a bug and not a vulnerability, and to prove it's not, it's built a tool to help sysadmins block it. Smart Install (SMI) is by necessity insecure: sysadmins used it to give a new switch a minimal setup, so you can ship it to a branch office and, when it's plugged in, it …
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Nimble offers AWS and Azure cloud-wrapper

Nimble Storage claims Azure and AWS clouds aren't ideal for enterprise transaction apps but says it can fix that by wrapping them inside Nimble Cloud Volumes for a $0.10/GB/month starting price. Nimble says it'll provide customers with its Cloud Volumes, which come with six nines (99.9999 per cent) measured storage …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2017

Dell offers crunch-in-a-box set of Edge teeth to Internet of Things things

Dell has developed the Edge Gateway 3000 Series of boxes so IoT customers can do some data analysis at the edge of their IoT network, to make real-time local decisions about the operations of IoT-monitored machinery and reduce bandwidth needs for data transfer to a central site. These embedded systems have been developed from …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2017
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Splitsville: Toshiba prepares to lose its memory

Toshiba confirms its memory business will be separated from the main Toshiba business in preparation for a part or majority stake sale. The memory business, which is part of Toshiba’s Storage and Electronic Devices Solutions Company, includes Toshiba’s SSD operation (development, manufacturing and sales) but not its image …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2017
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You're Donald Trump's sysadmin. You've got data leaks coming out the *ss. What to do

Sysadmin Blog Imagine yourself as Donald Trump's sysadmin. Trump's first month as President of the United States of America has been notable for the number of information leaks that have occurred. Trump has called these leaks criminal and seems intent on rooting out whistleblowers. Some poor sysadmin is going to be told to prevent these leaks …
Trevor Pott, 27 Feb 2017

Nimble gets, well, nimble about hyperconverged infrastructure

Interview After thinking that stand-alone external storage array vendors might need to get into the hyperconverged market, we received a tip that Nimble Storage was thinking that too. So we asked Nimble's CEO, Suresh Vasudevan, a few exploratory questions. Here's the result. El Reg: How does Nimble view the roles of shared external …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2017
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Google trumpets cloudy Skylake silicon nobody else is running

Remember when PC or server-makers would breathlessly announce they'd just become the first, the very first, to get their hands on some new silicon and that doing so made them Terribly Clever? And represented enormous advantage to you, because you could buy that silicon right now instead of waiting, well, weeks for someone else …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Feb 2017

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