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And now for a lazy Fri…d'oh! Two VMware patches just landed!?

VMware's just announced two significant bugs that need attention, sooner rather than later. The problems are “a DLL hijacking issue in Windows-based VMware Tools and an HTTP Header injection issue in vCenter Server and ESXi” and are rated Important, a step down from Critical. Whether they ruin your weekend is up to you. The …
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Azure courts DaaS with embiggened GPU-powered instances

Microsoft's taken the wraps of some new, GPU-infused, Azure compute instances that it's aiming at heavy compute users and the emerging desktop-as-a-service market. The NC series of instances is aimed at those who like to add a little GPU grunt to their computing, so puts the Tesla K80 in harness with either six, 12 or 18 Xeon …
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Google racks up its first contributions to Open Compute Project

Google has for the first time shared some of its data centre designs with the OpenCompute Project (OCP). Google joined OCP back in March 2016 and, at the time, talked up its 48v racks and promised a new spec that would allow them to work with OCP servers in its own bit barns … and yours, should you choose to use OCP standards …

Sales staff exodus at PernixData as Nutanix gobbles up caching biz

Analysis Amid mounting evidence that Nutanix has bought PernixData, both companies are still keeping their lips firmly and officially sealed. Pernix insiders and several well-placed industry sources have now confirmed the acquisition privately to The Register. Separately, Dan Edson – senior director of marketing operations, automation …
Chris Mellor, 4 Aug 2016
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Gone Goel: HPE changes storage leadership

Comment It was recently reported that Manish Goel, HPE’s head of storage, had left the company. This seems to be one of a number of changes, including the departure of cloud head Bill Hilf. Although I didn’t meet him directly, Goel presented to the bloggers/influencers at the latest HPE Discover event in Las Vegas. Goel took over …
Chris Evans, 4 Aug 2016
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Ballsup helps Toshiba double tablet SSD capacity

Toshiba has produced a tiny but bigger SSD for tablets and ultrathins by adding TLC 3D NAND to its BG1 SSD card product line, and doubling its capacity. The BG1 was introduced in August 2015 as a 256GB NVMe M.2 product. This product had an edge connector and was inserted into a socket. The actual chip was affixed to the M.2 …
Chris Mellor, 4 Aug 2016
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Cray profits literally go up in smoke after electrical incident

Cray has revealed that its products' Q2 profits have literally gone up in smoke. The company this week announced second quarter revenue of US$100.2m, down from $186.2m in 2015's corresponding quarter. That dip meant the company incurred a loss of $13.1m compared to last year's $5.8m profit. Things aren't going to be much …
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Non-volatile MRAM coming to servers in early 2017

Non-volatile RAM outfit Everspin says it's almost ready to ship non-volatile 256-megabit DDR3 chips and expects they'll soon find a home in your next server or array. 256 megabits is just 32 megabytes, which doesn't sound worthy of a DIMM slot even if, as Everspin claims, its kit can sustain writes 100,000 times faster than is …
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EMC now spruiking PCs and thin clients, not Compellent

The Dell/EMC transaction's yet to formally conclude, but the two companies are already starting to behave as one if the agenda for a forthcoming EMC event is any guide. The Register was yesterday invited to the Australian iteration of of the EMC Forum, the single-day event at which the company talks up its latest and greatest …
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Microsoft boosts PKI, ISO certs to harden Azure cloud

Microsoft has bumped up security for its Azure cloud platform by adding support for X.509 certificates for device-level authentication, and bagging an ISO integrity ticket. Adding X.509 means Microsoft thinks its cloud will be better at handling internet-of-things traffic to the Azure IoT Hub, according to Azure partner …
Team Register, 4 Aug 2016

Seagate inflates 12TB helium drives, floats them to IT bods to test

Backgrounder Seagate is seeing the storage market shift from client server to mobile cloud applications and storage environments. Although responding to this, it is encouraged by the capacity needs of the remaining PC client as well as significant growth in non-PC-client devices and applications. It talks of a new customer base that …
Chris Mellor, 3 Aug 2016

Mid-range storage array buyers' report leaves out .... guess who?

Beancounting firm DCIG has published a midrange storage array buyers' report – with one or two suppliers missing. DCIG states that its Buyers' Guide "weights, scores and ranks more than 100 features of seventeen (17) arrays from ten (10) different storage providers.” Its spiel continues: “These 17 storage arrays are drawn …
Chris Mellor, 3 Aug 2016
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Intel and pals toss coins at party in the cloud, business at the back startup

Startup Velostrata, which provides users with the ability to handle varying workloads on demand in the cloud while keeping data on premises in real time, has added data migration to the cloud, and gained additional funding cash from Xeon God Intel. With its software tech, full VMs can now be migrated to the cloud and yet still …
Chris Mellor, 3 Aug 2016
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VMworld 2016: What happens in Vegas ... could be just a desert trip

Sysadmin Blog VMworld 2016 is just around the corner. While some are giving VMworld a pass in 2016, things are looking up from earlier this year. If you don't mind Vegas in the summer, it might be worth your while. VMworld's return to Vegas marks something of a turning point for VMware. Over the past several years VMware has seemed to be in …
Trevor Pott, 3 Aug 2016

Nutanix bought PernixData to slurp caching firm's IP brains

Comment Although not officially announced, it looks like the acquisition of PernixData by Nutanix is a done deal. Confirmation came from Frank Denneman, Dutch blogger and former tech evangelist for Pernix who has now left the company. So what can we make of this? What benefit is there in taking a caching technology and adding it to …
Chris Evans, 3 Aug 2016
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Upstart big iron storage supplier maintains monolithic momentum

Infinidat has piled up more customer wins as its InfiniBox arrays take more high-end storage array sales from the incumbents. In Infinidat's second 2016 quarter sales grew more than 60 per cent compared to the first 2016 quarter, and 100 per cent compared to the second quarter of 2015. It said one Fortune 500 financial …
Chris Mellor, 3 Aug 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Thousands audition, millions vote.... One wins. It's Podcast Idol

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Greg returns to our weekly tech-cast just as one of the co-hosts has decided it is time to move on. This week we discuss private equity and HPE, Oracle and NetSuite, being “the man” and some tearful goodbyes. The details… (1:00) The bitch is back (6:35) …
Team Register, 3 Aug 2016

Microsoft adds PSTN business Skyping in Australia

Microsoft's added Australia to the footprint of its Skype for Business PSTN conferencing feature. The change is part of Redmond's Skype-moves-to-the-cloud that's had a mixed reception from users, and starts on September 1. From that date, “Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing will be available in Australia via Office 365”, …
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Intel builds cloud orchestrator as if it had the chance to start OpenStack from scratch

Interview According to Arjan van de Ven, one of the things that's pretty common at Intel is looking at a technology and asking “what would we change if we were doing it from scratch?” One result of just such a question is Project Ciao, Intel's open source take on what an cloud orchestrator should look like. Ciao – the Cloud Integrated …
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Juniper Networks grabs silicon photonic developer Aurrion

Juniper Networks is jumping into the silicon photonics business, with the acquisition of fabless designer Aurrion. Founded back in 2008 by Intel/IBM alumnus Dr Alexander Fang, Aurrion has spent the last eight years developing and commercialising indium phosphide-based (InP) transceivers. Integrating InP into silicon …
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Fun fact of the day: Network routers are illegal in Japan

There's no doubt that the internet has caused massive shakeups in laws across the globe, but in Japan the law has an unusual kink: internet routers are technically illegal. Except they're not. Because under a very Japanese rule, the ability of electronic equipment to read a packet header both violates the law and "seems not …
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VMware: We're gonna patent hot-swapping your VMs' host OS

Comment VMware looks set to renew its relevancy with a new patent application. The patent application lists inventors Mukund Gunti, Vishnu Sekhar and Bernhard Poess and assigns the patent to VMware. The short version of the patent is that, if granted, VMware will have effectively patented the ability to hot swap a host server's …
Trevor Pott, 2 Aug 2016
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Outsourcery burned through more than £20 MEEEELLION in cash before it crashed

Defunct cloud infrastructure and apps provider Outsourcery Plc attracted interest from 12 bidders before it was offloaded to GCI Telecom for £4m, in a pre-pack administration handled by EY. The Statement of Affairs filed at Companies House revealed the final weeks of the failed Manchester-based, AIM-listed corporation that …
Paul Kunert, 2 Aug 2016

Diablo backers toss $18m in pot to forge software keys to XPoint DIMM kingdom

Analysis Things are looking up for Diablo Technologies. It has pulled in another $18m in funding and has tier 1 server OEMs qualifying its Memory1 flash-as-memory technology. Also the Netlist lawsuits seem to be going away. Back in January it announced a $19m C‑round of funding, taking total funding to $77.8m. That C‑round was kept …
Chris Mellor, 2 Aug 2016
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HPE loses its cloud and storage heads: No Goel, Vrij packs up, Fink runs

What's going in HPE? It has lost a cloud boss, a storage boss and VP for Americas sales in one day, and set up a new cloud division in a focus-sharpening exercise. Manish Goel, SVP and GM for HPE's storage business has gone. Bill Hilf, SVP and GM of HPE Cloud has gone. Robert Vrij, sales managing director for the Americas has …
Chris Mellor, 2 Aug 2016
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Click your heels, Dorothy ... We're not in gen-7 Panasas any more

HPC scale-out NASer Panasas has done its traditional yearly system upgrade: the ActiveStor (AS) 20 array replaces the AS18, giving users more bangs for their HPC buck. This is the eighth ActiveStor generation, with the gen-six AS16 being introduced in July 2014, and the gen-seven AS18 arriving in July 2015. The AS20 [PDF] …
Chris Mellor, 1 Aug 2016
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Hasta la vista Lustre, so long Spectrum Scale: Everyday HPC is here

Comment Parallel file systems were developed to overcome delays servers experienced when accessing files on disk storage systems. Flash arrays get rid of disk access latencies and so weaken the need for parallel file systems. Spectrum Scale, the renamed GPFS (General Parallel File System) and Lustre are two such parallel file systems …
Chris Mellor, 1 Aug 2016
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IBM’s DeepFlash 150: Got half a million bucks for a fat, fast JBOF* box?

Combine WDC’s SanDisk InfiniFlash with IBM’s Spectrum Scale and you have the DeepFlash 150 array: probably the world’s fastest parallel file system box. WDC’s InfiniFlash IF150 has from 128TB to 512TB of capacity in its 3U enclosure with up to 64 x 8TB MLC flash cards. It has a 12Gbit/s SAS interface. SanDisk claims it can …
Chris Mellor, 1 Aug 2016
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Mirror, mirror on the wall: Is Acronis backup truly the fastest of them all?

Analysis + comment Acronis claims its Backup 12 product is "the fastest data protection technology in the world." An EMC partner senior tech architect says no, it's not, and has figures that he says proves it. Acronis claims in a Scuderia Toro Rosso release that: "According to the latest report released by Network Testing Labs this week, Acronis …
Chris Mellor, 1 Aug 2016
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WD disk revenues spin slower as its flash fireworks go off

WDC beat its own better-than-expected preliminary results estimates with a $3.495bn quarter but swung to a $351m loss with fewer disk units sold. Layoffs are coming. Revenues for the fourth fiscal 2016 quarter, ended July 1, were 9.2 per cent higher than a year ago and 24.8 per cent up on the previous quarter. This quarter …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2016

Happy Sysadmin Day!

To all you systems administrators out there, wherever and whomever you are: Happy Systems Administrators Day! That's right, ladies, gentlemen and emacs users, the yearly holiday of sysadmin day is upon us! This year marks the 17th annual sysadmin day and with any luck 17-fold increase in appreciation to some of the most …
Trevor Pott, 29 Jul 2016
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The bigger they get, the harder we fall: Thinking our way out of cloud crash

Cloud computing is wonderful, until it isn’t. A digital screw comes loose somewhere, and before you know it the whole engine has ground to a halt in a cascading cloud outage – or, as we like to call it, a cloutage. It has happened before, and Bryan Ford was very worried about it in 2012. Then a Yale Researcher, he published a …
Danny Bradbury, 29 Jul 2016

Samsung NAND flashes its hot measurements: 64L 4G 3D 2C by EY

Samsung will have 64-layer 3D NAND in mass production before Western Digital (WD)/Toshiba and is looking into 3D XPoint memory alternatives. With WD/Toshiba announcing that their 64-layer 3D NAND has started production, the timing is exactly right for Sammy to say it will have its own 64-layer 3D NAND in mass production by the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2016

XtremIO soap opera latest: Cofounder Ehud Rokach steps aside

Ehud Rokach, XtremIO's general manager and previously CEO before EMC bought it, is going to take a break from the biz he cofounded. His replacement is Dan Inbar, once CEO at N-trig, which Microsoft acquired, and a SanDisk exec. EMC announced Inbar’s appointment as CEO of XtremIO this week in Israel, where XtremIO is …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2016

Quantum leap: A good quarter for disk backup gear, and yeah tape's OK

Quantum’s first fiscal 2017 quarter – the three months to June 30, 2016 – showed revenue growth as the tape market stabilized and big deals came good. Revenues of $116.3m were five per cent higher than last year’s $110.9m. There was a net loss of $3.8m, better than the $10.8m loss recorded a year ago and the unfortunate $52.4m …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2016
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Startup AirTrunk plans big new data centres in Melbourne, Sydney, Asia

Exclusive A startup data centre builder/operator called AirTrunk has applied to build a substantial data centre on the fringes of Melbourne. AirTrunk outed itself to financial press a couple of weeks ago, claiming it has plans for bit barns in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and Hong Kong, a tenant ready to rent substantial space, perhaps …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2016

Bezos bags bonkers bucks as almighty AWS astounds again

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is on a roll after closing a financial quarter in which its operating income more than doubled. Amazon as a whole posted a solid quarter, with net sales of $30.4bn, up from $23.1bn, and net income of $857m, up from $92m. Much of that was due to the success of the cloud computing business. For the Q2 …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2016
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Sweating Springpath fails to defuse SimpliVity's patent bomb

Hyperconverged software biz Springpath has lost an attempt to have SimpliVity's patent infringement case against it thrown out. If SimpliVity wins its legal fight at trial, Springpath's Data Platform product could be banned from sale, triggering the collapse of its Cisco OEM deal. Cisco's HyperFlex product is based on …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2016
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Seagate: We've doubled flash capacity without density changes

Seagate’s 2TB XM1440 M.2 NVMe flash drive doubled the previous 960GB maximum capacity and we asked Seagate how that was done. Senior Product Marketing Director Ken Smith told us: “The flash density did not change from the initial Nytro XM1440 product introduction, just the number of placements. The initial 1TB Enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2016
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Larry Ellison's Oracle swallows Larry Ellison's part owned Netsuite for $9.3bn

Database titan Larry Ellison’s Oracle is slurping NetSuite - a company he and his family already own a big slice of - for a cool $9.3bn (£7bn) to help him compete better with Salesforce, another firm he part owns. The buy will see Oracle splash $109 per share on the first ever purveyor of software clouds: NetSuite was set up …
Kat Hall, 28 Jul 2016

QLC flash is tricky stuff to make and use, so here's a primer

QLC flash primer Quad-level cell (QLC) flash stores 4 bits per NAND cell and is very tricky stuff to use, far trickier than TLC (3 bits/cell) which is harder to user than 2 bits/cell MLC which, you guessed it, is more difficult to use than 1bit/cell SLC. Why is QLC the hardest of all to use? It is the slowest to read and write …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2016

Hybrid Cloud: The new IT service platform?

So. Hybrid cloud. Let's start with a quick definition, courtesy in this case of TechTarget which describes it as: “a cloud computing environment which uses a mixture of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms”. I like this particular definition as it sums it …
Dave Cartwright, 28 Jul 2016