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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
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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
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VMware sells Digital Fuel cost control code five years after buying it

VMware has sold vRealize Business Enterprise and IT benchmarking solutions, the financial management bits of its vRealize management suite, just four years after buying it. Back in 2011 VMware was bullish on what was then a company called Digital Fuel. The press release announcing the deal VMware's then veep and general …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2016
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HP Inc dumps Salesforce, adopts Microsoft's cloudy CRM

Microsoft's customer relationship management cloud is well-regarded, but most of the noise in the field is made by and about Salesforce and Oracle. But Redmond now has bragging rights over both, as it's revealed HP Inc has signed up for its Dynamics service for “CRM solution for our direct selling, partners and service”. …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2016
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'Jet blast' noise KOs ING bank's spinning rust servers

Sound waves equal to a jet fighter taking off, generated by fire fighting equipment during testing, has been blamed for taking down ING's banking operations. Card and ATM transactions, internet banking and ING’s website were all felled in Romania for 10 hours on Saturday by the freak occurrence, according to Vice's Motherboard …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Sep 2016
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Just not cricket: Microsoft's big data Googly called No Ball

Microsoft's attempt to re-write one of cricket's oddest rules has been rejected by its statistical guardian. This story starts with India's mania for cricket and especially one-day and Twenty20 cricket*. When matches in those abbreviated forms of the game are interrupted by weather, a formula called “The Duckworth Lewis Method …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2016
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Cisco's head of enterprise networking bails

Cisco's senior veep for Enterprise Products and Solutions has left the company. Robert Soderbery posted news of his departure on LinkedIn, where he attributed his move to a seven year itch. “Seven has always been the magic number in my career,” he wrote, as “after 7 years, new callings beckon, new adventures to be sought. …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2016
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Microsoft baits backup blimps with Azure upgrade

Backup and disaster recovery are brilliant applications for cloud and Microsoft now reckons it has made Azure an enterprise-grade contender, at least for workloads and data already in Azure. Redmond's revealed that Azure Backup's had an upgrade that delivers the following: Ability to view all backup policies in a Recovery …
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Dell considers Franken-products once it gets around to consolidation

A running gag in the the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley points out that every other technology company has “making the world a better place” as its mission statement. Add Dell to that list: the leaders of the company's Asia-Pacific limb yesterday used more or less that mantra as to explain the company's next moves. In a conference …
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IBM lifts lid, unleashes Linux-based x86 killer on unsuspecting world

HPC Blog IBM is mounting its strongest challenge yet to x86 hegemony with the unveiling of its spanking new Linux based S822LC system. What makes this system different is that it’s based on a new processor/motherboard configuration, complete with a sporty NVIDIA NVLink connector. According to my research, close to half of you HPC users …
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Oz universities plan big iron to look for gravitational waves

A new supercomputer is one of the goodies that Australia's Swinburne University will get in a newly-launched gravitational wave research project. The university's professor Matthew Bailes is leading an AU$31.3 million initiative called OzGRav, and is drawing together local researchers who already have experience in …
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US Dept of Energy flings cash at exascale simulators

America's Department of Energy (DoE) has announced US$39.8 million in funding for the first round of grants in its Exascale Computing Project. The winners include 15 applications covering 22 projects with 45 research and academic participants. This round of funding covers modelling and simulation applications “with a focus on …
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Microsoft takes shot at Amazon as it wraps up UK cloud data centres

Microsoft has opened the doors on UK data centre facilities for local customers with a chip at Amazon. The giant’s Azure and Office 365 services are being hosted as options at locations in London, Cardiff and Durham. Dynamics CRM Online will be available from the UK data centres in the first half of next year. Until now, UK …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Sep 2016

SSP to PERMANENTLY shutter mega-outage bit barn

Insurance tech biz SSP Worldwide has decided to “permanently decommission” one of its data centres, following a huge outage that lasted for ten days. A power blackout hit SSP’s Solihull Data Centre on 26 August, which fried its HPE Storage Area Network. SSP was working with the US vendor to resurrect its systems when the work …
Kat Hall, 7 Sep 2016
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Fujitsu's billion-dollar ARM supercomputer delayed by up to 2 years

Fujitsu's monster ARM-powered supercomputer, the Post-K, will miss its 2020 deadline. The $910m project has stalled because its engineers need more time to design, test and perfect the machine's processors, we can confirm. Fujitsu was hired by Japan's boffinry nerve-center RIKEN to produce a roughly 1,000 peta-FLOPS …
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Hardcore core-to-core comms core-alled into hardware

Intel and boffins at the North Carolina State University have cooked up a framework that coordinates core-to-core communications in hardware rather than software. This work is important because to keep processing power scaling up, you want the overhead of multi-core computing processes to stay down. The CAF – core-to-core …
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BA check-in system checks out: Staff flung back to cruel '90s world of paper

British Airways has blamed “computer" problems for its inability to check in passengers worldwide. The airline apologised after people took to Twitter to complain of delays and misery. One tweeter in San Francisco scanned a letter from BA staff blaming “computer system” problems and saying staff were falling back on manual …
Gavin Clarke, 6 Sep 2016
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VMware's Virtual SAN to gain data-at-rest encryption

VMware's kicked off a new round of beta testing for its virtual storage area network (VSAN). Duncan Epping, Virtzilla's chief technologist for Storage & Availability, has blogged that VMware is “in particular looking for feedback on the following 3 features”: Software data-at-rest encryption Nested Fault Domains (FDs) for …
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Tech-for-insurers biz out of action for 10 days now. Hope they had, er...

Hapless insurance tech biz SSP Worldwide is now on its tenth day of a services outage, which has had a huge impact its broker customers. The company was hit by a power blackout on 26 August that fried its HP Storage Area Network. Halfway through the process of a restoration six days later, the business was struck with further …
Kat Hall, 5 Sep 2016

Of supermarkets, Volkswagen and the future of Dell-EMC

Analysis September 7 sees Dell Technologies absorb EMC and its VMware holding. Storage-watchers are seeing lots of overlap between the Dell and EMC storage products and wondering if there is going to be a product cull. So far there are no signs of this and it could be useful to ask if Dell + EMC is going to be a traditional few- …
Chris Mellor, 5 Sep 2016

Sysadmins: Poor capacity planning is not our fault

Our latest reader survey was a little different to usual. Normally we research new stuff like the latest hot technologies and ideas. On this occasion, though, we looked at a discipline that's been around for decades – capacity planning. The aim was actually to investigate how well existing processes, techniques and tools in …
Dale Vile, 5 Sep 2016
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Wikibon sticking to server SAN takeover idea

The August 2016 Wikibon report "Server SAN Readies for Enterprise and Cloud Domination" repeats the message of its Server SAN Research Project 2014 report, saying that "storage is moving inexorably from traditional storage arrays to Server SAN in a server rack." The report summary says the world-wide Server SAN market added $1 …
Chris Mellor, 5 Sep 2016
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Beautiful, efficient, data-sucking Smart Cities: Why do you give us the creeps?

Huawei Connect “Smart Cities” have been heavily promoted by tech giants like IBM, and the idea excites the pulse of fad-chasing technocrats and wonks. Huawei has also heavily promoted the vision, and the commercial logic to do so is sound. It is clearly hoping to shift its high end network management gear into a market where the customers …
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Behold this golden era of storage startups. It's coming to an end

Comment We are living in one of the most fascinating storage times with a great and rewarding war of storage access latency, but the major gains have already been won – and the scope for future advances is narrowing. A previous storage revolution concerned space reclamation with deduplication, compression and thin provisioning …
Chris Mellor, 2 Sep 2016
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Ditch tape and fly into the public cloud with us, beams bullish Actifio

Comment Actifio can store its virtualised copy data in the public cloud, calling its facility OnVault and saying it replaces tape and dedplicated disk data graveyards. Its press release thunders away, saying that the term "vault" comes from the practice of locking away tape media literally in a physical vault for compliance …
Chris Mellor, 2 Sep 2016
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What do microservices do to data stores? Netflix is built on them and had no idea!

Microservices are the new black for developers, but even one of their world's biggest and most prominent users – Netflix – has said they're a bugger to manage. “As Netflix runs thousands of microservices, we are not always aware of the traffic that bundled microservices may generate on our backend systems,” write the company's …

Baa NooBaa black sheep, have you any storage?

NooBaa sounds like a lamb in a child's fairy story or one of those wacky new-style web properties offering on-demand hair dressing, garden tool sharing or a cocktail recipe exchange. In fact, it's a scale-out object storage startup offering what it calls frictionless storage for unstructured data. The company came out of …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2016