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LEDE and OpenWRT kiss and make up

The OpenWRT and LEDE open router projects have merged and promised a major release in the coming months. OpenWRT was, for years, the only serious open source codebase for router firmware, allowing users to overwrite vendor firmware, either for security reasons or to conduct their own low-level development. LEDE was created in …
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Here come the lawyers! Intel slapped with three Meltdown bug lawsuits

Just days after The Register revealed a serious security hole in its CPU designs, Intel is the target of three different class-action lawsuits in America. Complaints filed in US district courts in San Francisco, CA [PDF], Eugene, OR [PDF], and Indianapolis, IN [PDF] accuse the chip kingpin of, among other things, deceptive …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Jan 2018
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Software is eating the world – and Nutanix's hardware revenues

Analysis Nutanix wants be seen as a sexy software business and not a hardware appliance biz stuck with crap commodity hardware margins. So it is changing its business mode to position itself as a software-focused company. Senior Wells Fargo analyst Aaron Rakers said the hyper-converged firm "currently sells hardware and software …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jan 2018

Some simple New Year's resolutions for vendors – lots of love, suffering IT grunts of world xox

With the start of a new year, we're encouraged to set big goals for our personal and professional lives. While the internet is full of the "Top Tech Predictions" for the coming year, one thing is certain: IT professionals will still be at the mercy of product vendors. That's how the relationship works. The big (and small) …
Sonia Cuff, 05 Jan 2018
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The healing hands of customer support get an acronym: Do YOU have 'tallah-toe-big'?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? "I have something to show you," she purrs, reclining suggestively across the sofa. "Come and have a peek." This invitation from Mme D is irresistible. But just as soon as I kick off my slippers, don my welding goggles and settle down beside my wife, she sits up abruptly and exclaims: "Sorry, no, it's not there any more!" Such …
Alistair Dabbs, 05 Jan 2018
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Amazon: Intel Meltdown patch will slow down your AWS EC2 server

Amazon AWS customers have complained of noticeable slowdowns on their cloud server instances – following the deployment of a security patch to counter the Intel processor design flaw dubbed Meltdown. Punters said that, since AWS shored up its infrastructure, and began rolling out its Meltdown-patched Linux in December, they …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Jan 2018
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Azure VMs borked following Meltdown patch, er, meltdown

Microsoft Azure customers are reporting problems with their virtual machines, which are struggling to come back online after being updated with the Meltdown processor patch. The firm told one customer in a direct message on Twitter: "We are currently investigating alerts affecting Virtual Machines in West Europe. You should be …
Kat Hall, 04 Jan 2018
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Data centre mergers and acquisitions hit $20bn in 2017 feeding frenzy

The temperature is rising in the hot aisle for data centre businesses – $20bn was spent on mergers and acquisitions last year. Synergy Research Group data says the 2017 total doubled the figure from the year before, which itself was well up on 2015. There was almost one significant M&A deal closed each week on average in the …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2018
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Samsung topples Intel as semiconductor top dog, but lead 'literally built on sand'

Gartner beancounters say price rises driven by memory shortages propelled Samsung into the lead based on semiconductor vendor revenue, vaulting past Intel and its CPUs. Gartner research VP Andrew Norwood said: "The largest memory supplier, Samsung Electronics, gained the most market share and took the No. 1 position from Intel …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2018
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Cool disk drive actuator pillar, Seagate – how about two of them?

Analysis As we've previously written about here, Seagate has the technology to split a disk drive's read-write heads into two independent sets, an upper and lower half, which increases the drive’s IO performance by having the upper and lower platter sets do IO in parallel. Disk drives with two actuator posts could read and write in …
Chris Mellor, 04 Jan 2018
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Tsinghua Unigroup: We don't need Hynix chip tech, we have our own

Tsinghua Unigroup has denied it is licensing flash IP from SK Hynix as was reported in December, but is developing its own 3D NAND tech. The Yonhap News Agency and Korea Herald said the Chinese outfit's Tsinghua Unisplendour division was looking at using SK Hynix IP to progress beyond the 64GB, 32-layer 3D NAND chip technology …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2018
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Borg, borg, borg: Another one bites the dust as Microsoft assimilates Avere

Avere Systems and its go-faster filer frontend FXT tech is to be gobbled by Microsoft. Avere was founded in 2008 by president and CEO Ron Bianchini and CTO Michael Kazar. It has had five rounds of funding with a total of $97m invested. Bianchini previously sold Spinnaker to NetApp for $300m in 2003. Now Avere has agreed to be …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2018

Who's king of the hyperconverged castle? Dell or Nutanix? It's not as clear-cut as it seems

Analysis When IDC published its third 2017 quarter converged and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) numbers, Dell was in the lead. It had a 30.6 per cent revenue share, at $306.8m. Nutanix was second at $207.4m. But IDC's public release didn't reveal how many XC systems Dell had shipped, and as these are OEM'd from Nutanix then the …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jan 2018
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Cohesity loses its cohesion: Now chief beancounter unglues self from upstart

Cohesity's chief financial officer Seamus Hennessy has resigned after less than four months in post, judging from his LinkedIn profile. This follows news last month that John Loiacono left as veep of worldwide sales engineering after less than six months in the role. Ex-NetApper Loiacono joined Cohesity in June last year as …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jan 2018

EEk! Mobe network's customer services down for more than 24 hours

Mobile network EE has had a poor start to 2018 – their customer service data centre has been down since yesterday. According to the company, their engineers have identified and are working to solve the problem, but have yet to fix it by the time of writing. The server in question deals with the online "MyEE" webpages, customer …
Richard Priday, 02 Jan 2018
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The hounds of storage track converged and hyperconverged beasts

Comment Tech market researcher IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker has found that worldwide converged systems market revenue increased 10.8 per cent year over year to $2.99bn during the third quarter of 2017 (3Q17) – and that the market inhaled a massive 1.96 EB of new storage capacity during the quarter, up 30 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 24 Dec 2017

Storage Christmas cracker: My band is called 1023MB. We haven't had a gig yet

Here's a final collection of storage news before Christmas 2017. Imagine you are having Christmas dinner and you get a bunch of crackers. Pull them and, instead of fortune cookie statements and bad jokes, this list of news items tumbles out. My, how much richer your Christmas dinner would ... we'll go away now. Comtrade …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2017
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Storage startup WekaIO punts latency-slashing parallel file system tech

Analysis Storage startup WekaIO has joined a growing crowd of techies making large performance gains and latency lowering file system tech moves. It has claimed to have developed the highest-performance, lowest-latency file system ever created – which is quite a bold statement – but since this technology area is developing so rapidly, …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2017

Bit price drop + compute-storage closeness = enterprise flash use boom

Analysis Enterprise flash drive use will surge over the next four years due to price falls, capacity rises, NVMe speed and Internet of Things (IoT) edginess, analysts have agreed. Senior bod at Wells Fargo Aaron Rakers has looked at trends and extrapolated them, and factored in flash drive supplier predictions and other research house …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2017

To Puerto Ricans: A Register apology

We would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the residents of Puerto Rico, and especially those who will not have cell phone coverage over Christmas. It is, we are ashamed to admit, entirely our fault. This is a special time of year, and we feel dreadful for robbing more than 500,000 Puerto Ricans of the opportunity …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Dec 2017

ALPHABET TOTALLY LOSES ITS SCHMIDT: Exec chairman Eric quits

Eric Schmidt has quit as executive chairman of Alphabet, Google's post-restructuring parent. Schmidt – who served as Google's adult supervision and CEO from 2001 through 2011 before stepping back to enjoy time as exec chairman of the board and billionaire – will remain a board member. After officially stepping down from the …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Dec 2017
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IT giant CSC screwed its 1,000 sysadmins out of their overtime – jury

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) “willfully” misclassified 1,000 of its system administrators to avoid paying the techies overtime. On Wednesday, a jury in Connecticut, USA, found in favor of staff who had brought 11 claims of labor law violations against the IT services provider. Their class-action lawsuit, launched in …
Kat Hall, 21 Dec 2017
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We have standards, says 3GPP as group starts to lay groundwork for 5G

The first standards for 5G have been agreed, meaning industry can press ahead with next-gen speeds. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the body responsible for setting the standard, unveiled the 5G New Radio Non-Standalone at a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. The introduction of an intermediate standard on the way to …
Kat Hall, 21 Dec 2017
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Back off, legacy intruders: Veeam updates backup offering, adds one tool-to-rule

Veeam has extended its backup product (Veeam Availability Suite or VAS) coverage with update 3 to v9.5. The update brings: Built-in management for Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.1 and Veeam Agent for Linux v2 IBM Spectrum Virtualise integration, extending Veeam storage snapshot integration capabilities to IBM Storwize …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2017

China may stick to its own DRAM memory soon – researchers

Industry researchers have reported that three players in China are currently building flash and memory fabs and appear to be working to make China self-sufficient in NAND and DRAM. A TrendForce report titled "Breakdown Analysis of China's Semiconductor Industry", explains these players are backed by industry and state funds. …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2017

Oh good. Transport for London gives Capita £80m for WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi

Transport for London has inked an £80m deal with outsourcing giant Capita to provide Wide Area Network services in the UK capital. Under the deal, Capita will maintain WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi networks across more than 1,000 TfL sites from August 2018. The deal is for five years, with the option to extend it for another five. TfL …
Kat Hall, 21 Dec 2017
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All the AIs NVMe, says IBM: Claims POWER9s + InfiniBand brainier than COTS

+Comment IBM has claimed its POWER9 gear is better placed to help AIs doing "cognitive" work than your common-or-garden X86 commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) kit after tests in New York earlier this month. Big Blue recently ran a "demo" which it said proved it can leave COTS servers and storage in the dust using (what else?) its own …
Chris Mellor, 21 Dec 2017
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VMware: Sure, you might run our stuff on bare-metal Azure, but we don't have to like it

VMware is making clear it is not on board with Microsoft's plan to offer its software on bare-metal Azure servers. A since-softened blog post from Ajay Patel, VMware's senior VP of product development for cloud services, serves as the virtualization specialist's notice to customers that it would prefer they opt for another …
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This week in 'Bungles in the AWS S3 Privacy Jungles', we present Alteryx – and 123 million households exposed

Yet another misconfigured Amazon-hosted cloud storage bucket has been discovered – this one flashing the personal information of roughly 123 million American households to anyone passing by on the internet. The public-facing database belonged to analytics biz Alteryx, and its bungled security was discovered and reported by …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Dec 2017

Peak NAND? Not yet. Not if you're ogling Micron's moneybags

Memory and flash maker Micron posted great quarterly results following booming demand for its mobile, server and SSD products – a sign of what it is hoping is an enduring market change. The memory and flash maker said revenues in its first fiscal 2018 quarter were $6.83bn, 71 per cent up on a year ago, and 10.8 per cent up on …
Chris Mellor, 20 Dec 2017
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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

On-Call Here is the latest festive instalment of On-Call, the place to be for techies with tales to tell. It might be cold outside but this may just make the blood boil as it goes to show what happens when bean-counters take over the asylum. Meet P, who told El Reg about troubles at a brand spanking new data centre that he managed in …
Paul Kunert, 20 Dec 2017
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Sea-Me-We 3 cable down, again, Oz-Asia traffic slows down

The fragile Sea-Me-We 3 cable that provides one of Australia's primary connections to Asia is out of action and awaiting repair. The break was first announced by Vocus on December 3. At that time, the company's status page said the cut was around 1,126 km from the cable's Singapore landing station (that would put the break in …
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Seagate's lightbulb moment: Make read-write heads operate independently

Seagate is increasing IO performance in disk drives by separating read-write heads into two separate sets which can operate independently and in parallel. The heads are positioned at one end of actuator arms which rotate around a post at their other end to move the heads across the platter surfaces. Thus, with an eight-platter …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2017
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Dump ur mobile provider via txt by 2019: LMFAO cu l8r

Mobile users will be able to divorce their providers by text within a single working day, thanks to new Ofcom rules announced today. In its announcement, the regulator said: "Consumers need to be able to switch providers easily to exercise choice and take advantage of competition in the communications sector." However, it …
Richard Priday, 19 Dec 2017

Storage Wars: Not very long ago, a hop, skip and a jump away...

Storage wars are ongoing across the galaxy and of course every supplier claims the force is with them. Here's the latest news overheard from the wretched hive of scum and villainy otherwise known as the storage industry. Splunk climbs K2 Kaminario is using Splunk Enterprise to provide analytics for its K2 arrays and also …
Chris Mellor, 19 Dec 2017
Raijin supercomputer

Oz's biggest iron slated for 2018 replacement

Australia's National Computational Infrastructure is getting ready to open the wallet and buy AU$70 million worth of new iron. The Raijin supercomputer is currently the NCI's flagship machine, but the ageing metal was commissioned in 2013 and is now near end-of-life. Raijin is currently number 76 on the Top 500 supercomputer …

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