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Lenovo grabs spotlight, hunts for sales uplift after server build shift

Lenovo claimed it has yet to feel the commercial benefit of putting local server assembly into the hands of a contract manufacturer in Europe because the market has “tanked” - the cloud saw to that, an exec has said. The Chinese firm shifted rack and tower production to Flextronics in Hungary from May and will move over more …
Paul Kunert, 7 Oct 2016

'Pay once' FalconStor storage model causes scratching of heads

FalconStor has announced something that seems … well, odd; a “Pay Once” pricing model. The software-defined storage product supplier says it aims to disrupt global storage industry pricing practices which involve customers paying for the storage of their second, third, or more copies of data. Well, er, yes, you store the data …
Chris Mellor, 7 Oct 2016

Cohesity cuddles up to Cisco. But riddle me this: Is it hyper-converged?

+Comment Secondary storage silo converger Cohesity is joining Cisco’s Solution Partner Program to flog its software on Cisco hardware. There is a reference architecture specifying how Cohesity software can run on UCS C240-M4 servers, and a Cohesity entry in Cisco’s on-line marketplace catalogue. A canned Cohesity quote paints the …
Chris Mellor, 7 Oct 2016

Samsung's profits may not be as explosive as its products, says firm

Samsung Electronics has told investors to expect a modest increase in its operating profits between July and September this year, despite the costly recall of its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Profits for Q3 2016 are expected to have grown by more than 5.5 per cent to between 48tn and 50tn Korean won (£5.7bn), although actual …
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BOFH: The Idiot-ware Project and the Meaningless Acronym

Episode 13 "So I just need a bit of help with the O.I.A.A.P." the new Boss blurts, bowling into Mission Control with a folder tucked under his arm. ... "The Overarching Information And Architecture Project," the Boss says, too green to know whether our blank expressions are genuine or whether we're being obstructive. "You know you're …

Breaking compression, one year at a time

Sysadmin Blog Computers physically last a lot longer than vendors would like. The idea of the three-year refresh cycle is considered sacred amongst a certain crowd, but when pressed most will admit that refreshes of that nature are exceptionally rare. While we can keep equipment running for a decade or beyond, there are hidden issues in doing …
Trevor Pott, 7 Oct 2016
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Building iRODS to take load off scientists' back

Panasas and Western Digital are combining high-speed data access and low-cost, bulk data storage for life sciences researchers through a partnership and integration exercise centred on the open-source data management software iRODS. The use of the systems is described here. This is how it works: Lab equipment generates data …
Chris Mellor, 7 Oct 2016
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OpenStack Newton debuts, runs anything at almost any scale

OpenStack Newton debuts, claims to run anything at almost any scale Containers? VMs? Bare metal? Huge scale? Small scale? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes The fourteenth release of OpenStack, “Newton”, is upon us. This time around the OpenStack Foundation is pointing out that the platform can run and manage just about anything. Or to …
USA-shaped cloud

OVH decides to Fauquier the cloud in America

French cloud concern OVH has planted its flag in the United States, choosing Fauquier County, Virginia, as its headquarters and the site of its first data centre in the nation. OVH's site links straight to Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe's announcement of the deal in which he says the US$47 million project will bring 54 jobs …

Never explain, never apologize: Microsoft silent on email server grief

A tweak to Microsoft's cloud service has blocked a good number of people from accessing their messages. Specifically, the baffling and unannounced change affects users with connected accounts: these are email accounts hosted on third-party servers (such as a company's private server or an ISP's mail …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Oct 2016

Secure cloud doesn’t always mean your stuff in it is secure too

IPExpo “Picking a secure cloud partner is not as trivial as it may seem. Don't assume that because the cloud is secure, your business within the cloud is secure,” Unisys’ chief trust officer Tom Patterson said today. Alongside Patterson and giving a joint keynote speech about lowering costs and risks in the cloud this morning was AWS …

Commvault and pals should score when tape-ditching stampede arrives - analyst

Commvault’s data protection and management software has been enhanced and is going to support HyperFlex, Cisco’s hyper-converged infrastructure appliance built with OEM’d Springpath software. CommVault Data Platform product news includes: Expanded capabilities for Amazon Web Services (AWS) beyond virtual machines to include …
Chris Mellor, 6 Oct 2016
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Internet of Things will turn up the compute heat for data centres

IPExpo The Internet of Things will put more demand upon mid-range and co-lo data centres, according to the marketing manager of data centre kit firm Minkels. Speaking at London’s IPExpo conference this morning, Minkels’ Niek van der Pas explained how, in his view, the explosion of IoT device usage will push more and more workloads …
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Trust the cloud, we’re getting the hang of securing it, says Unisys security chief

IPExpo Everyone’s starting to believe in public cloud but security remains an uphill battle, Unisys’ chief trust officer Tom Patterson told The Register this morning. “There are no four walls any more,” he said, sipping a cappuccino in London’s ExCel conference centre and referring to the traditional security model where threats were …

The shoemaker, the array refresh and the VMworld smackdown

Case study If the shoe fits then wear it; it’s the motto you'd expect a footwear retailer to do business by. Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW), a 400-outlet US shoe chain, applied that advice when its main storage array, a VMAX we are told, failed to deliver data fast enough and began costing too much. It bought an InfiniBox instead and the …
Chris Mellor, 6 Oct 2016 cloud logo

Brainier Salesforce CRM might find customers to be slow learners CEO Marc Benioff took to the stage in San Francisco yesterday, using his Dreamforce 2016 keynote address to tout the benefits of his company's Einstein campaign. Announced last month by the SaaS giant, Einstein is the result of a years-long string of acquisitions and research efforts that will see various AI …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Oct 2016

CMO go through revolving doors at Cloudian and Scality

Cloudian has appointed a new chief marketing officer - Jon Toor. Paul Turner, who was Cloudian’s CMO and recently became chief product officer, is moving on. Cloudian announced Toor’s CMO role today. Co-founder and CEO Michael Tso’s canned quote roundly declared: “Jon brings immense storage industry expertise, technology chops …
Chris Mellor, 6 Oct 2016
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Private equity ownership produces an improved Arcserve, apparently

Private equity-owned backup and DR house Arcserve has got itself a second generation UDP 8000 appliance sitting above the existing UDP 7000 series with more performance and capacity. Arcserve claims it is the most cost-effective and easily deployable purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) in the data protection industry. CEO …
Chris Mellor, 6 Oct 2016

AWS has a lousy hybrid cloud story. VMware may fix that soon

VMware and Amazon Web Services are reportedly about to stage a public display of affection. Fortune reckons the two have been having intimate chats about the same kind of relationship Virtzilla has with IBM. That cloudy tryst sees IBM offer VMware's service-provider-grade-vSphere-as-a-service, the better to help VMware users …
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NAS vendor Synology taking on Microsoft, Dell, Slack and AWS

Taiwanese network-attached storage (NAS) vendor Synology is about to pick fights with several far larger competitors. The company offered its first English-language preview of two new rack-mount NAS devices. One, the FlashStation FS3017 is a 24-drive, all-flash NAS with a pair of 10GbE/40GbE ports and claimed 200,000 IOPS when …

Google un-clogs Landsat and Sentinel-2 imagery downloads

Geo-geeks rejoice (and, if you're in a country that has such things, pray for your download allowance): Google is now hosting Landsat and Sentinel-2 data on its public cloud. The NASA-US Geological Survey Landsat data stretches back to 1982, with images ranging from 15 to 60 metres per pixel; data collected from the European …

Cisco hugs sysadmins with a bunch more patches

Cisco's ongoing fix-all-the-things effort has emitted its regular weekly round of patches – and some, like in the NX-OS operating system that powers a bunch of its switches, deserve your attention. There are critical fixes for the NX-OS that powers Nexus switches, and a virtualisation bug in the Nexus 7000 and 7700 switches. …

Infinidat's big iron array gets data scrunching, no-footprint iSCSI

Big iron array vendor Infinidat has made its third major software release, adding compression, baked-in iSCSI support and enhanced array analytics. The company’s architecture has 3 controller nodes, which each can see all the drives, and eschews an all-flash design, relying instead on up 1.2TB - 3.2TB of DRAM caching, 24TB to …
Chris Mellor, 5 Oct 2016

Micron scrambling up wall of revenues pit

Micron has reversed its downward trend and pulled off a fourth fiscal 2016 quarter with increased revenues and decreased losses. The mainly DRAM and flash foundry company reported revenues of $3.22bn, up 11 per cent on the preceding quarter but 11 per cent down on the year; there is still a ways to go. The net loss was $170m, …
Chris Mellor, 5 Oct 2016
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Zeta Systems: NVMe over Fabrics speed is real... and here's why

Analysis How does local NVMe drive access compare to accessing the same drive over an NVMe over Fabrics link? Zeta Storage Systems has compared the two access methods and found... not a lot of difference at all. Zeta’s Lee Chisnall, its CNO (Chief Nobody Officer – think storage product management and marketing) says: “I think that is …
Chris Mellor, 5 Oct 2016

Edinburgh University to flog its supercomputer for £0.0369 per core hour

The University of Edinburgh's supercomputer, Cirrus, is now being rented to businesses for their mega-performance computing needs. Cirrus is housed at the University's Advanced Computing Facility at Easter Bush, which also hosts the UK's national supercomputing service, ARCHER, although it doesn't really compare to ARCHER's …
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It's time for Microsoft to revisit dated defaults

Sysadmin blog What works for 100 users frequently doesn't work for 10,000. The same is true in reverse, however, there are far fewer vendors worrying about tailoring software designed for the enterprise to the needs of the SMB. True mass market software needs to walk the tightrope between both worlds, and very little of it succeeds. Let's …
Trevor Pott, 5 Oct 2016

'Too big to fail' cloud giants like AWS threaten civilization as we know it

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 The world’s largest cloud players are in danger of becoming too big to fail, the boss of Canalys warned today. This is a problem because the list of potential trip hazards for the likes of Azure, AWS and Google is growing ever longer – and at least one of them is going to stumble and fall, taking customers' off-premises …
Joe Fay, 4 Oct 2016

Scale scales: HCI maverick heads upstack with apps

Hyper-converger Scale Computing is adding business applications to its offerings with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and business analytics available to its small and medium business customers. Workspot is supplying the VDI software, which it says is straightforward to use. Jason Collier, a co-founder at Scale Computing …
Chris Mellor, 4 Oct 2016
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HPE is mulling 'tuck-in' buys of cloud firms, gros fromage says

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is sat on pile of cash that will be used to fund “tuck-in” buyouts, with cloud services a potential hunting ground, the company’s number two has told The Register. Antonio Neri, also exec veep and GM for the Enterprise Group, said the major structural work that has seen the PC and print units spun …
Paul Kunert, 4 Oct 2016

Dell EMC 'backs' Huawei open-source management disrupter

LinuxCon Berlin Huawei today announced OpenSDS, an open-source project to replace vendor-specific storage controllers with the weight of enterprise and external storage number-one Dell EMC behind it. It’s understood OpenSDS was presented to Linux Foundation reps on a recent visit to China. The idea is that vendors’ products would plug into …
Gavin Clarke, 4 Oct 2016
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End user computing in the digital era

Roundtable On the afternoon of Oct 12, in central London, we’ll be gathering a select group of senior IT leaders together to discuss the changing nature of end user computing. We'll kick off by exploring the digital workplace of the future and the likely shift from devices to users and infrastructure. We’ll touch on the realities of …
David Gordon, 4 Oct 2016

Software-defined traditional arrays could be left stranded by HCI

Comment A rising tide lifts all boats and the Nutanix IPO signals that all the hyper-converged infrastructure product boats are going to get a lift. Where does that leave software-defined storage (SDS) – stranded on a mudbank? If your business is providing cheap storage arrays through having customers run your array, controlling …
Chris Mellor, 4 Oct 2016
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Cloud will NOT eat the tech industry, Michael Dell declares

Canalys Channels Forum 2016 Michael Dell shrugged off the threat from the public cloud this morning, suggesting that many users will eventually realise running a server on Amazon is a lot more expensive than actually owning one. The Dell Technologies chairman, speaking on stage at the opening of the Canalys Channels Forum EMEA, said the current hype …
Joe Fay, 4 Oct 2016

Kaleao's KMAX ARM-based server has legs. How fast can it run?

Kaleao is a startup developing ARM-based servers and hyper-converged appliances under a KMAX brand. Its marketing-speak says it has a “true convergence” approach, it involves “physicalization” and there is a “microvisor” – oh dear, what does this mean? The KMAX product comes in server and appliance forms. The servers use 64- …
Chris Mellor, 4 Oct 2016
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HPE, Samsung take clouds to carriers

HPE and Samsung are getting together to give carriers a shove towards a more cloudy future. The two companies have announced a tie-up with a focus on network function virtualisation (NFV) and virtual network functions (VNF). The two are part of a whole, but subtly different: NFV refers to taking carrier-grade applications ( …
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In the name of love, don't scalp your U2 aka Dreamfest tickets, warns Salesforce

For the second time in three weeks, delegates are flooding into San Francisco for a big conference – last month it was Oracle OpenWorld and now the Salesforce Dreamforce conference kicks off on Tuesday. Dreamforce sold out early this year, with the $1,799 tickets getting snapped up more quickly than expected. As with anything …
Iain Thomson, 3 Oct 2016

Microsoft Azure sets up shop in France

Microsoft is to open "multiple" data centres in France next year as part of its $3bn (£2.6bn) cloudy investment in Europe. Chief exec Satya Nadella said the Windows giant has more than doubled its cloud capacity in Europe in the past year. Last month Microsoft opened shop in Blighty with three data centre locations in London, …
Kat Hall, 3 Oct 2016
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NetApp, storage class memory and hyper-convergence

Architecting IT blog There have been rumours that NetApp plans to move into the hyper-convergence market, followed up by The Reg's Chris Mellor here. If they are indeed true, the intention shouldn’t be a surprise in some respects. As the storage market fragments, the incumbents have to adapt to the needs of customers, and hyper-converged systems …
Chris Evans, 3 Oct 2016
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Nutanix, yesssss: Fist-pumping breaks out everywhere storage IPO wannabes are found

Comment There’ll be a spring in the executive offices of Cohesity, Rubrik, Tegile and other storage startups this morning; senior managers will have checked Nutanix’s share price and have that rosy glow that comes when your prospects have suddenly brightened. Hyper-converged market leader Nutanix IPO’d on Friday and, so far, it has …
Chris Mellor, 3 Oct 2016
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Tiery-eyed NetApp previews on-prem storage and cloud tie-up

NetApp has previewed a FabricPool technology which combines on-premises and AWS cloud storage into a single repository. This is part of NetApp's overall Data fabric strategy of converging and integrating on-premises storage with the public cloud. Joe Caradonna, senior technical director at NetApp, presented Fabric Pool at …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2016

BOFH: There are no wrong answers, just wrong questions. Mmm, really wrong ones

Episode 12 "Look, all we want you to do is take this simple test which will tell us your personality type and the things you respond to," the Boss burbles. "Angry, and Free Beer!" the PFY chips, strolling into the conversation. "Oh good, I was hoping to catch you," the Boss says, turning to the PFY after a fruitless 10 minutes trying …
Simon Travaglia, 30 Sep 2016