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Looking to nab Nvidia's GeForce chips? You need cash and patience

Tech companies are suffering setbacks from the shortage of Nvidia’s GPUs, with the GeForce series being hit the hardest. Following his keynote speech at his biz's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose this week, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang explained to journalists that it was down to intense Ethereum mining. Vendors working at …
Katyanna Quach, 30 Mar 2018
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SpaceX has a good day: Successful launch and FCC satellite approval

SpaceX successfully launched 10 satellites into space Friday, completing its sixth launch this year. The launch from pad 4E at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California came on the same day as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the company's plan to set up its own broadband network in space, making it a …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Mar 2018
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Shaking up the Nad Men: Microsoft splits up into 'cloud' and 'edge'

Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has announced a business reorganization at Redmond to go along with his executive shake-up. In a now-public e-mail to staff on Thursday, Nadella outlined how Microsoft will operate with two major divisions - one focusing on end-users with 'experiences and devices' and another that will handle the ' …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Mar 2018
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Brit cloud slinger iomart goes TITSUP, knackers Virgin Trains, Parentpay

Updated Brit cloud provider Iomart is having an outage-ridden day - but its service-outage-hit customers are arguably having a far worse one. Reports first began to surface on Twitter at 12:26 this afternoon with users of Iomart subsidary Melbourne IT noting some problems. @MelbourneHost @iomart Problems?? — Nutty About Hosting (@ …
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BT to slash landline rentals by 37%... for the broadbandless

BT monthly landline costs are to be trimmed by £7 from this weekend but only for customers who don't buy fixed-line broadband from any provider – in other words, hardly anyone. In October '17, regulator Ofcom revealed BT had agreed to reduce monthly bills following an investigation into rising landline prices. From Easter …
Kat Hall, 29 Mar 2018
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SUSE bakes a Raspberry Pi-powered GNU/Linux Enterprise Server

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 (SLES) has been released for the diminutive Raspberry Pi computer. SLES is aimed at enterprise users of the open-source operating system, restricting itself to a major version update every three or four years, with more minor service packs hitting every 18 months or so. Longer term support …
Richard Speed, 29 Mar 2018

SYN-SYN-ACK - Your networking news roundup has arrived!

Network admins: unpatched MikroTik routers are being scanned by a botnet again. Netlab360 is one of the organisations to identify increasing scans on Port 8291, and says it's associated with a new Hajime malware attack. MikroTik acknowledged the attack on Twitter: It has come to our attention that a a mass scan for open …
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Wow, machine learning, what a snoozefest... less so if you strap a bunch of GPUs to your storage

Analysis Machine learning stresses storage because training the models means millions if not billions of files have to be fed to the training system with its GPUs in as quick a time as possible. Suppliers are devising converged, hyperconverged and composable systems to sidestep chokepoints and make it simpler to get ML customers up and …
Chris Mellor, 28 Mar 2018
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Yes, Emergency Service Network will be late and cost more - UK perm sec

The UK Home Office’s Emergency Services Network that is intended to replace the country's national radio infrastructure with a 4G network is running overtime and budget, politicians were told today. Amber Rudd, Home Office chief was questioned alongside Permanent secretary Philip Rutnam, on the progress of department's largest …
Kat Hall, 28 Mar 2018
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Up the stack with you: Microsoft's Denali project flashes skinny SSD controllers

Analysis Microsoft has lifted the lid on Project Denali, its quest to bring flash drive cost down a peg by extracting costly extra software from SSDs and running it in the host server to gain cost and performance efficiencies. It and co-developer CNEX Labs presented details about the project, along with its SONIC open switch networking …
Chris Mellor, 28 Mar 2018
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10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it

The government has finally published plans for how everyone in the UK will have a legal right to 10Mbps speeds by 2020 after rejecting a voluntary offer by BT. Under the plans, industry will have to fork out for the universal service obligation (USO), rather than having a publicly funded scheme as previously proposed. Ofcom …
Kat Hall, 28 Mar 2018

Cisco separates switching and routing software from hardware

Cisco has taken a long, hard look at the biggest bullet in its kit, and bitten down: the company has announced it will separate its router and switch software from the hardware that hosts it. The “kill-your-darlings” decision is in response to demand from hyperscale Web outfits and service providers, rising sales of white-box …
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Linux Foundation lays out welcome mat for AT&T network OS

AT&T has let its in-house-developed network operating system escape into the open source world via the Linux Foundation, with a code release due in the second half of this year. The existence of what was internally called dNOS emerged last year as part of the company's plan to replace 100,000 routers with white boxes. Ma Bell …
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If you've got $1m+ to blow on AI, meet Pure, Nvidia's AIRI fairy: A hyperconverged beast

Pure Storage and Nvidia have produced a converged machine-learning system to train AI models using millions of data points. It’s called AIRI – AI-Ready Infrastructure – and combines a Pure FlashBlade all-flash array with four Nvidia DGX-1 GPU-accelerated boxes and a pair of 100GbitE switches from Arista. The system has been …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2018
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Adobe: New Unified Customer Profile will personalise ads as never before

Adobe Summit "We've emerged beyond just the company that’s known for Photoshop," claimed Adobe's Cody Crnkovich, head of platform, partners and strategy, today as he introduced AI and profiling features designed to enable marketers to deliver more creepy personalised advertising and comms. He has a point. The Adobe Experience Cloud, an …
Tim Anderson, 27 Mar 2018
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Manchester Arena attack: National Mutual Aid Telephony system failed

Vodafone has come in for criticism for the "catastrophic failure" of its National Mutual Aid Telephony system (NMAT) in today's review of the deadly suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena last year. Twenty-two people were killed and over 100 injured in the attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the northwest England indoor …
Richard Speed, 27 Mar 2018
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Parents blame brats' slipping school grades on crap internet speeds

Without the distraction of pissing around online, you'd think kids might stand a better chance of doing their homework. But it seems some parents blame their darlings' performance at school on crap broadband speeds. One in seven think sub-par internet speeds are negatively impacting their child's education, according to a …
Kat Hall, 27 Mar 2018
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You bet your DRaaS: Infinidat squeezes out new backup, array and cloud compute products

A flurry of array related activity came out of Infinidat today. Well, it is a Tuesday so why the hell not. The big iron vendor told us it is squeezing out a higher capacity model, it is releasing a faster restore backup target array and a "data centre black box" billed as a zero data loss disaster recovery system, and enabling …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2018
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SAP Anywhere is gonna be absolutely nowhere: We're 'sunsetting' this service, biz tells punters

Exclusive Updated SAP has begun the process of shutting down its cloud-based SAP Anywhere suite for small businesses. The German enterprise giant is sending out notices to customers informing them it has decided to end the service. Organizations are being offered refunds on the remaining terms of their subscription contract, provided they agree …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Mar 2018
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FCC boss to block 'national security risk' companies (cough, Huawei, ZTE) from US's $8.5bn broadband pot

Federal Communications Commission boss Ajit Pai wants to cut some overseas companies out of the market for lucrative US government broadband contracts if they are deemed a threat to the Land of the Free™. On Monday, the FCC chairman announced the restrictions on its $8.5bn Universal Service Fund, which is earmarked for …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Mar 2018
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What a mesh: BT Whole Home Wi-Fi users moan over update

Three weeks after a firmware update to BT’s home mesh networking solution, customers are still complaining that they have to constantly reboot their devices, with some being unable to connect at all. One Reg reader who alerted us to the issue said the patch had "borked [their] Whole Home Wi-Fi mesh solution". BT’s customer …
Richard Speed, 26 Mar 2018
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A platterful of storage nuggets to spin your disks and fry your bits

Roundup In a week where we realised that spinning rust has plenty of life left despite the arrival of 100TB SSDs, here are all the minor developments that the Vulture storage desk found interesting but not enough to wax lyrical about. Let's go. VxRail gets a disk failure prophet ProphetStor Data Services was started in 2012 to …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2018
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NAND chips are going to stay too pricey for flash to slit disk's throat...

Analysis Flash chip bits cost eight times more than spinning rust and SSDs aren't going to get cheap enough to kill off disk entirely. The cost/TB of flash storage has been dropping for several years as chip capacity has increased through making smaller cells then layering cells with 3D NAND. It means you can get more chips from a NAND …
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2018
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DRAM, we've shifted a lot of kit, mumbles profit-munching chip firm Micron

Micron's latest quarter revenues were up 58 per cent year on year, its CEO told an earnings call full of analysts eager to nibble at the chip-fryer's plate. The semiconductor firm reported $7.35bn revenues for the second fiscal 2018 quarter, up 58 per cent compared to $4.65bn a year ago and $6.8bn in the preceding quarter, up …
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2018
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Fake news is fake data, 'which makes it our problem', info-slurpers told

Data-hungry organisations have been advised to get a better grip on the data they control and work on building trust. In a week when analytic technologies have had more press than ever, many of the discussions at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit, which ran in London from 19-22 March, focused on dealing with the data …
Rebecca Hill, 23 Mar 2018
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BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....

Episode 5 "We put a fair amount of time into ideation sessions in an attempt to leverage your company's commercial value against the prevailing market perception," the suit says. ... "Just, ah, back that up a little there – you put a fair amount of time into what now?" the PFY asks. "Ideation sessions." "What's Ideation?" the PFY …
Simon Travaglia, 23 Mar 2018
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US Congress quietly slips cloud-spying powers into page 2,201 of spending mega-bill

Updated For months now, US Congress has mulled new laws to strengthen Feds' powers to access American citizens' private messages and files stored on computers overseas. Now, rather than actually debate and refine such legislation, lawmakers have decided to tack it onto the massive 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill [PDF] and seek to pass it …
Iain Thomson, 23 Mar 2018
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Dodo, Commander, iPrimus are very sorry about 100/40 NBN plans

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's push-back against internet service providers making over overly-optimistic download speed claims on the national broadband network has seen Dodo, iPrimus and Commander agree to refund their customers. The ACCC's announcement says more than 5,000 customers will get refund/ …
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Prez Trump's $60bn China tariff plan to hit tech, communications, aerospace industries

US President Donald Trump's planned tariffs on goods imported into America from China could hit the tech industry – and ergo, you the customer – particularly hard. The tariffs, announced in a memorandum on Thursday by the Tweeter-in-Chief on Thursday and fleshed out by the office of the US government's trade representative ( …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Mar 2018
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Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood

IBM for the past five years has been pushing older employees out of the company and replacing them with younger staffers in the US or moving the jobs overseas, it is claimed. Reg readers may have had a sneaking suspicion this was the case. As we exclusively reported last year, about a third of Big Blue workers, some 130,000 …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Mar 2018
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WekaIO pulls some Matrix kung fu on SPEC file system benchmark

Startup type WekaIO has apparently walked all over IBM's Spectrum Scale parallel file system with a doubled SPEC SFS2014 benchmark score for its Matrix software running on Supermicro servers. The benchmark tests the performance of filers and we're looking at the number of software builds completed in a run and the overall …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2018

Colt, Verizon show off inter-carrier SDN

One thing that's always been promised in telco-land, but rarely delivered, is genuine automation between carrier networks. At the end of last week, Verizon and Colt claimed to crack it with an inter-carrier software-defined-networking (SDN) demo. Verizon's put a lot of effort into software-defined networking development over …
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Everybody loves Microsoft's open switch software, SONiC

Roundup This week's networking news roundup isn't only “what happened at the Open Compute Project summit?” – there's also news from F5, Palo Alto Networks, and Dell EMC. Microsoft coordinated a bunch of announcements at the Open Compute Project summit this week, centred around its SONiC open switch software platform. Microsoft and …
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VMware’s end-user compute kit buffed with 2018’s tick-box options

VMware’s given its end-user computing portfolio a few tweaks, the most interesting of which might just be a licencing change. Virtzilla’s making the most noise about Workspace ONE Intelligence, but quietly admits that the new product’s pretty presentation of information and application and device security is really just …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Mar 2018
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Seagate's HAMR to drop in 2020: Multi-actuator disk drives on the way

In 2020 Seagate will introduce its first multi-actuator disk drives using Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) tech with 20TB capacities. This was revealed at the Open Compute Project summit, which took place yesterday and today at the San Jose Convention Center. Wells Fargo analyst Aaron Rakers was there and distributed …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2018

Three's a cloud: Toshiba picks its NVMe over Fabrics storage node

Surprise, surprise – flash chip and SSD manufacturer Toshiba has announced NVMe fabric-access flash array software. What's its game? An NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) array has a bunch of NVMe flash drives inside it which are accessed by applications running in servers. These apps think they are accessing local, NVMe-accessed, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Mar 2018

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