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Top CompSci boffins name the architectures we'll need in 2030

The International Symposium on Computing Architecture has revealed the five architectural challenges it thinks computer science needs to solve to meet the demands of the year 2030. Their recommendations, distilled from the Architecture 2030 Workshop at June's ISCA in Korea and available here, draws on the contributions of …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2016
How the Veeam Linux backup agent does its funky thang

Riddle me this: What's green and freezes cloudy penguins?

Veeam has given the world a Linux Backup Agent. It's a backup tool so you know what it does, namely give you the ability to create copies of files, volumes or whole computers and put them in a safe place where you can get your hands on them should things go awry. The agent integrates with Veeam Backup & Replication, so you …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2016
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Fancy an AWS region in your own data centre? Stratoscale can do it

Israeli outfit Stratoscale has updated its Symphony suite so it can effectively become an on-premises Amazon Web Services (AWS) region. Symphony is a software overlay that does the “turn your pile of x86 into a cloud” thing and Stratoscale isn't averse to describing the results as “hyperconverged” to cover all the buzzword …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2016
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NEC mentions it has a high-end dedupe disk backup box, stretches, yawns for 40 seconds

Analysis NEC has the biggest, baddest scale-out deduping backup-to-disk array on the planet and we virtually never hear about it. NEC is not a top-six purpose-built backup supplier, according to IDC, being neither a unit ship or revenue leader. Yet there are 1,100 customers and 1,800 installations, around three exabytes under …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2016

Cloudy file-sharing cash rains onto Nasuni

Cloud storage gateway and enterprise file services startup Nasuni has had a funding round to grow its business further expansion in Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies, meaning expansion outside North America. The startup says it has doubled the amount of customer data under its management to 12PB in the last 12 months. …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2016
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Symantec sets legal wolves upon Zscaler

Having had its patent infringement lawsuits against Veeam seen off by the US courts, Symantec has now filed an IP infringement lawsuit against cloud-based security outfit ZScaler. Symantec claims Zscaler infringes seven of its more than 2,000 US patents – numbers 6,279,113; 7,203,959; 7,246,227; 7,392,543; 7,735,116; 8,181,036 …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2016
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Major outage at broadband biz 186k

Broadband-pusher 186k – as well as ISPs it supplies including Fast.co.uk and Firenet – is advising customers to seek other providers as it is unable to "continue to supply" its current service, in a notice sent to customers today seen by The Register. One reader got in touch to report the outage happened at 9:30am this morning …
Kat Hall, 13 Dec 2016
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No strings attached: Violin cuts CEO’s salary

Violin Memory has cut its CEO’s base salary from from $750,000 to $150,000 a year – although it's just for three months. The information is contained in an SEC 8K filing (PDF), which states: Effective December 1, 2016, Violin Memory, Inc. (the “Company”) and Kevin A. DeNuccio, the Company’s President, Chief Executive Officer …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2016

It's a ratchet: Old storage guard face incoming tech squeeze

Analysis Squeezed between the giant pressures of hyper-convergence, the public cloud, object storage and software-defined/cheap commodity hardware, the old guard storage suppliers face shrinkage into shadows of their former dominant selves. Ten years ago and before that Dell, EMC, HDS, HPE, IBM and NetApp represented the bulk of on- …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2016
Amazon Web Services

AWS launches managed-services-as-a-service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced it's getting in to the managed services business. The cloud colossus has operated a substantial consulting practice for some time, the better to help cloud migrants clamber aboard. But until now it's left the mucky bits of managing a cloud – patch management, backup, monitoring, …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2016

HPE 3PAR storage SNAFU takes Australian Tax Office offline

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has confirmed its more than two-day outage which has still downed customer-facing sites and systems was caused by the failure of new HPE 3Par storage units. Sources close to the blunder told Vulture South the ATO's disaster recovery plan may have failed, with petabytes of data at risk after …
Darren Pauli, 13 Dec 2016

VMware starts beta for Cloud Foundation on vCloud Air

VMware's quietly started asking for beta testers for its Cloud Foundation running on its own cloud, vCloud Air. Virtzilla's cloud is a boutique service these days: the company downgraded its ambitions to become a world-girdling cloud operator in its FY 2015 earnings call . The company's alternative plan was to partner with …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2016
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Monitor Nutanix from System Center? What strange magic is this?

Comtrade Software has introduced management packs for Nutanix that allow owners of the hyperconverged kit to manage it with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). We last covered Comtrade when Citrix liked its SCOM management packs so much that it decided to acquire them. Comtrade clearly felt it was onto something …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2016
Skull and Crossbones in the cloud

Cisco to kill its Intercloud public cloud on March 31, 2017

Cisco will turn off its Intercloud Services (CIS) public cloud next year, The Register understands. We have sighted a message from veep for Cloud Platform and Services Kip Compton, which CCs a number of Cisco marketing and communications people, announcing the service's termination. Compton says: “Today we are taking an …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Dec 2016
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BT's hiring! 500 more customer service folk to answer your angry calls

Former UK state monopoly BT - whose broadband division Openreach has been repeatedly been criticised for its poor customer service - is to hire 500 call centre staff in a bid to tackle complaints. The new roles are in addition to the previously announced target of 1,000 UK and Ireland customer service jobs by the end of March …
Kat Hall, 12 Dec 2016
Nantero NRAM chip

Someone just chucked another $21 million at carbon nanotube memory techies

Nantero’s 16-year march to carbon nanotube memory products just got another slug of cash to help it on its way, over $21m, to be specific. NRAM (non-volatile RAM) is a DRAM replacement and not a DRAM-flash gap-filler, like, for example, Intel and Micron’s 3D XPoint. The firm was founded in 2000 and its technology involves a …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2016
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Let's talk about NVMe, let's talk to Dell EMC: Let's talk about $1bn baby DSSD

Interview The most high profile NVMe-using array is Dell EMC's all-flash, 10 million IOPS D5, the much anticipated product of its billion-dollar acquisition of DSSD. We asked Mike Shapiro, VP Software for DSSD, questions about how DSSD views NVMe as part of our NVMe interview series. His answers are below. During the process, news hit …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2016

IBM has an on-prem cloud it thinks can go big in Asia

IBM has found a new way to spread its Bluemix cloud around the world: have partners blaze a trail with its on-premises cloud. "Bluemix Local" is that on-prem cloud and is a collection of software that, when thrown at a pool of x86 that conforms to a reference architecture, turns out a cloud with most of the features of Bluemix …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2016

VMware releases 'not cool, but very useful' integrated containers

VMware has released its long-touted vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC), the company's way of making vSphere a fine place to run containers. Plenty of pundits have suggested that containers stand a good chance of killing virtual machines, citing the former as lighter, faster and better-suited to building the kind of apps that …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2016
The Incredible Shrinking Man

Shrinkage!? But it's sooo big! More data won't leave storage biz proud

Analysis The enterprise storage market is in a period of data growth according to IDC-forcasted zettabyte heaven, right? Er, no, because it's it entered a recessionary period, with negative growth. Says IDC. Total factory revenue of $8.8bn was reported for the quarter, down 3.2 per cent down on the year while the number of …
Chris Mellor, 9 Dec 2016
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DSSD President quits Dell EMC

The Register's storage desk has learned that DSSD President Bill Moore has left Dell EMC. EMC acquired DSSD in 2014, when the prey company had revealed its intentions to build rack-scale flash storage rigs, but was still in stealth mode. Moore co-founded the company, along with Jeff Bonwick who remains a VP and CTO at Dell …
Chris Mellor, 9 Dec 2016
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My name's Jeff B and I'm here to say: Canada's getting an AWS region around the way

If you're looking for somewhere to run your computing instances outside the Land of the FreeTM, then Amazon Web Services has an option for the Americas with its first Canada cloud computing region. Amazon claims the region has a minimum 9ms network latency to Toronto and New York, 14ms to Ottawa, and 60ms to Vancouver. The …
Iain Thomson, 8 Dec 2016

Reg readers vent their frustrations with AFA vendors

As part of a recent survey we asked Register readers to give us some thoughts on a hot area in the storage world but with a slightly provocative edge, namely: “What frustrates you the most about how storage vendors sell their products, and are there any specific irritations in relation to all-flash in particular?” You clearly …
Tony Lock, 8 Dec 2016
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Huawei says its NVMe arrays with NVMe drives will be out in 2017

Interview Huawei is a believer in the use of NVMe drives and fabric. Yet it thinks that shared array controller software and hardware will need upgrading to take full advantage of NVMe drives. It does not believe customers are ready to adopt NVMe over fabric-accessed arrays because of problem areas such as routability for ROCE. We asked …
Chris Mellor, 8 Dec 2016
WDC new products Dec 2016

WDC loads its belt-fed drive cannon, blasts out disks 'n' cards galore

Western Digital Corp wowed analysts with exec spiel and five – or was it six? – product announcements. We have helium gas-filled drives, a 3D TLC NAND microSD card, two SSDs and a promised furiously fast flash platform array overflowing with IOPS. We'll start with the rotating rust and an Ultrastar He12, 12TB helium-filled …
Chris Mellor, 8 Dec 2016

Brits think broadband more important than mobes, cars or savings

Broadband is more essential than owning a mobile phone, running a car or having savings, according to a survey by consumer watchdog organisation Which? Of 2,000 folk, 90 per cent said broadband was essential, while 74 per cent named mobile phones as a necessity, and 68 per cent said running a car was a key requirement. More …
Kat Hall, 8 Dec 2016
Snake oil salesman

So. A new tech upstart wants 'feedback'. Um, maybe it actually does

Sysadmin Blog I have met the enemy, and he is me. I stand astride a line. On one side I am an "IT decision-maker", on the other an "evangelist" for some startups I truly believe in. This year, I have learned a lot more about how the data centre sausage is truly made. As the recipient of the unending stream of sales phone calls, surveys and …
Trevor Pott, 8 Dec 2016
Vulnerability

AMD virty encryption not quite there, claim boffins

Updated A couple of German boffins have taken a good look at AMD's Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV), and don't like what they see. As AMD's Brijesh Singh explained to the Linux driver project mailing list in April, SEV extends the AMD-V architecture when multiple VMs are running under a hypervisor: “SEV hardware tags all code and …
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Xen 4.8 debuts, gives ARM servers vendors a reason to hope

A new version of the Xen Project's hypervisor has emerged blinking into the light. The Project reckons the best bit of version 4.8 is support for live patching of ARMv8-A CPUs, noting that such silicon is likely to appear in servers. And server users, of course, love anything that avoids operational disruptions. So Xen has …
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How DDN benefits from Japan quake anxiety

Case study Yahoo! Japan has teamed up with DDN Storage and IBM Japan to help it avoid the country's relatively high electricity costs – and run a disaster-recovery backup site on another continent for an earthquake rocks the nation. Yahoo! Japan uses OpenStack Swift storage in a Japan-based data center. DDN reckons there's 50PB of …
Chris Mellor, 8 Dec 2016

Work ends on Open Virtualisation Format

Work has ended on the Open Virtualisation Format (OVF), the Distributed Management Task Force's (DMTF's) packaging format for virtual machines. Version 2.0 of the standard landed in early 2013 and back in June 2016 The Register's virtualisation desk spotted plans to develop version 3.0 with a target delivery date of late 2016 …

What can we use to hit Intel between the eyes, thinks Qualcomm – a 10nm ARM server chip

Qualcomm says it has started shipping to customers samples of the Centriq 2400, its 10nm 64-bit ARMv8-A general-purpose server-grade system-on-chip. The mobile chip designer, based in San Diego, California, has recruited engineers from AMD, Intel and Broadcom, as well as tapped its internal pool of techies, to work on the …
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So, who is the cluster bomb? Student results sliced, diced, analysed

HPC Blog It's time to close the books on another highly successful SC Student Cluster Competition. This year was special in a number of ways. First, it was the event's 10th anniversary. At 14 teams, it was also the largest SC competition ever – a far cry from the original five. SC16 was also noteworthy in terms of the performance …
Migrating birds in the cloud

Cloud Velox sends advance parties to make the cloud feel like home

The vendor formerly know as CloudVelocity, since contracted to CloudVelox, has emitted code to lift and shift networks from your bit barn to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The thinking here is that when you migrate an application to the cloud it's best if the network it's set up to use comes along for the ride, because otherwise …
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Two top EMCers bail from Dell EMC

Two of EMC's most senior product line executives have resigned, deciding that Michael Dell's Dell Technologies and the David Goulden-run Dell EMC business unit is not their ideal future workplace. The two are Core Technologies Division President Guy Churchward and Emerging Technologies Division President CJ Desai. Churchward …
Chris Mellor, 7 Dec 2016

Brocade ships switches but makes most noise about DevOps

There's a few shiny boxes in the announcement, but Broadcom-bound Brocade hopes punters will find its automation software and DevOps story even more sparkly than its new kit. Alongside three additions to its SLX switch line – the 9140, 9240, and 9540 – the company's announced an automation suite called the Brocade Workflow …
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Big Switch takes big bet it can beat off big denial of service attacks

Big Switch Networks is taking aim at the kinds of IoT-based attacks that have rocked the Internet this year. Headlining its BigSecure Architecture release today is a service chaining solution the company's chief product officer Prashant Gandhi told Vulture South can scale up to deflect a terabit-scale attack in about ten …

Broadcom quietly dismantles its 'Vulcan' ARM server chip project

Broadcom is shutting down efforts to develop its own server-class 64-bit ARM system-on-chip, multiple sources within the semiconductor industry have told The Register. It appears the secretive project, codenamed Vulcan, did not survive Broadcom's acquisition by Avago and is gradually being wound down. Engineering resources …
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Erasure coding startup springs forth from Silicon Fjord

Analysis Memoscale is a 6-person Norwegian startup, based in Trondheim, that has developed its own erasure coding (EC) technology. It says it's more efficient than classic erasure coding because it needs fewer hardware resources to run and enables higher storage capacity utilization. All six staff members founded the company in 2015, …
Chris Mellor, 6 Dec 2016

Verizon flogs off 29 data centers, pockets $3.6bn

Verizon has finalized a deal to hand over control of 29 data centers in the US and Latin America to Equinix, in a deal that will net the telco $3.6bn. The sell-off includes 24 customer-facing locations and is expected to close in 2017. After the hand-off, Verizon customers will be able to continue their managed hosting and …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Dec 2016

Veritas lays off a third of its sales staff – merry Christmas, everyone!

Veritas has axed 30 percent of its sales staff in the US and Europe, The Register has learned. The data security biz was spun out of Symantec and entered private ownership just after the turn of the year. The company is based in Mountain View, California, and employs about 7,000 people. We asked Veritas about this festival …
Chris Mellor, 6 Dec 2016
Right Shears cutting wire mesh

We grill another storage startup that's meshing about with NVMe

Interview Storage startup Excelero is supportive of NVMe drives and of NVMe over fabrics-style networking. It has a unique way of using NVMe drives to create a virtual SAN accessed by RDMA. An upcoming NASA Ames case study will describe how its NVMesh technology works in more detail. We asked Excelero CTO Yaniv Romem some questions to …
Chris Mellor, 6 Dec 2016