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Nutanix consciously uncouples with move into software-only sales

Updated Nutanix has decided the time is right to sell more software, inking deals that will see its hyperconverged software-defined-everything stack sold with servers by HPE and Cisco. The company already has deals with Lenovo and Dell, but both involve selling ready-to-roll appliances. These new deals will see Nutanix sell just …
Simon Sharwood, 04 May 2017

Cisco waves swatter at ten new vulnerabilities

Universal Plug-and-Play remains a gift-that-keeps-on-giving for infosec researchers, with Cisco announcing a critical vulnerability in the software that plagues its CVR100W wireless VPN router. Because the CVR100W doesn't fully range-check UPnP input data, an attacker can crash the device, possibly getting access to a root …

Best be Nimble, best be quick. You're out of a job at HPE – and that's sh*t

We are hearing that Nimble staff, no longer needed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise following its acquisition of the storage biz, are being laid off – up to a hundred of them. HPE bought Nimble for $1.2bn in March, and a fairly obvious way of making synergies in the acquisition playbook is to absorb Nimble's engineering …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2017
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Intel's data center boss Diane Bryant logs off

Intel said that longtime executive Diane Bryant will be stepping down from her role as head of the data center group. Bryant, who has been with Chipzilla for more than 30 years, will be taking a leave of six to eight months to deal with unspecified family matters. She will turn permanent control of the DCG over to Navin Shenoy …
Shaun Nichols, 03 May 2017
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Micron moves up stack to Excelero-powered flash array product

+Comment Micron is building SolidScale, an all-flash, scale-out, NVMe over Fabrics access array using Excelero software aimed at low latency and high-throughput data access needs. It is introducing its SolidScale architecture, with multiple nodes connected using high-speed RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) fabric, for low-latency, …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2017

324 typo-squat domains found impersonating Natwest, HSBC and co

Hackers are abusing the trademarked names of five of the UK's top high street banks. Security researchers at DomainTools have identified 324 "high risk" domains mimicking Barclays, HSBC, Natwest, Lloyds and Standard Chartered. Crooks often use domains masquerading as legitimate brands to run phishing scams that trick …
John Leyden, 03 May 2017

Former RCL director: It was me who cancelled their domain names

Former London biz Retro Computers Ltd’s sales agent Nick Cooper has admitted he is the man who bought two of the company’s domain names and pointed them at sites critical of the company. He is currently being sued by it over an unrelated matter. Yesterday we reported that RCL had lost control of the two domains, zxvega.co.uk …
Gareth Corfield, 03 May 2017
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High-end backup kid Datos IO embraces relational, Hadoop data

Datos IO has extended its on-premises and public cloud data protection to relational databases and Hadoop distributions. Non-relational database protector and migrator Datos IO has updated its RecoverX distributed database backup product to v2.0 and added RDBMS and Hadoop support. The RecoverX product is described as being …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2017
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Desperate VCs are pretty much just throwing cash at Rubrik now

Analysis Cloud data management startup Rubrik has confirmed speculation about new funding with a massive $180m round, but has $61m from the last round in the bank. What gives? The startup is flush with cash after just three years of life: 2014 – founded 2015 – $10m A-round 2015 – $41m B-round 2016 – $61m C-round 2017 – $180m D- …
Chris Mellor, 03 May 2017
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Cloud and DevOps getting you down? Here's how IT teams can join the party

Promo Infrastructure and operations teams are copping criticism from two sources these days: developers want on-premises IT to behave and scale like a public cloud; line of business people expect all software to deliver an any-device, 50-more-users-NOW SaaS experience. The pressure comes because every organisation's customers have …
Simon Sharwood, 03 May 2017

As senior bosses eject and shares crash... is it time to pray for Nutanix?

Analysis Should we be concerned about Nutanix? Two bosses have left, its share price is falling, and it's now worth just a little less than Pure Storage. The shares in the hyper-converged infrastructure appliance slinger ended May 1 at $14.46 apiece. They were hovering around $21 on March 7, and $31 on March 2 just before its latest …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2017

Transatlantic link typo by Sweden's Telia broke Cloudflare in the US

A fat-fingered human accidentally broke a transatlantic internet backbone that knackered Cloudflare's content delivery network in the US. Cloudflare – which props up loads of big names online – said that over the course of about fifteen minutes on Tuesday morning, it suffered a slowdown in traffic, meaning connections to …
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 2017
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Secret FabricXpress sauce gives X-IO the edge for the edge

Fifty microsecond storage access and 12 million IOPS gives X-IO's Axellio server the edge at the edge. Server innovation is now focussed on anywhere but the commodity CPU and memory, giving non-server vendors the opportunity to take on the incumbents, and storage company X-IO is a case in point with its Axellio product. Its …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2017

Infinidat claims it can beat any all-flash array, uses innocent pooches to appear convincing

Ten grand win or lose – Infinidat is spoiling for a fight against all-flash array vendors with its "Faster than All-Flash Challenge". The company is confident its hybrid array is faster than any all-flash array out there, having beaten Pure and EMC arrays in testing. It says its box will beat any all-flash array users care to …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2017
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Core blimey! 10,000 per rack in startup's cloud-in-a-box

+Comment Say hello to hyperdense server and NVMe storage startup Aparna Systems and its Cloud-in-a-Box system. Originally named Turbostor and founded in February 2013, the company has emerged from stealth with the Orca µCloud, a 4U enclosure that converges compute, storage and networking, and offers, Aparna claims, up to 10,000 cores …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2017

Sun sets on eight domain names managed by CentralNic

Owners of domain names at several extensions, including .gb.com, will no longer be able to use their registered sites as of this week, with reseller CentralNic having told customers those domains have been "sunset". The company informed customers that eight domain extensions had been "sunsetted", meaning that new registrations …
Kat Hall, 02 May 2017
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SpaceX spin-out plans to put virtual machines in orbit

Virtualization admins asked to explain what they do for a living may finally have something cooler than server consolidation to tell their kids, thanks to space upstart Vector deciding it's a good idea to create software-defined satellites that lift a hypervisor into orbit. Vector is building small rockets capable of lifting …
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2017
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Billion-dollar skincare biz scrubs IT makeover, spends days in a daze

Rodan + Fields managed to turn skincare and social marketing into a billion-dollar brand over the past 15 years, but for the past week, the high-flying cosmetics seller has been without a website to handle sales. Tipped to the "monumental fail" of the company's new consultant sales portal – it relies on affiliates to sell …
Thomas Claburn, 02 May 2017
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Up Wolf Creek without a signal: outback cable cut disconnects top end TPG, Optus customers

A cut to a Nextgen Networks fibre is cutting off Northern Territory Optus and TPG customers north of Katherine. Since TPG also owns the iiNet and Internode brands, customers of those service providers are also affected. iiNet identifies the start of the outage as yesterday on its status page, 4:19 pm Western Standard Time. At …

Zeiss, ASML hit back at Nikon in chip-printing patent row

Updated ASML and Zeiss have counter-sued Nikon over patents used in the manufacture of microchips. The two companies claim that Nikon, which just days ago accused them of violating its patents on immersion lithography, is itself infringing on patented technology. Both have filed suit in Nikon's home country of Japan. The suits, which …
Shaun Nichols, 01 May 2017
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Big mistake by Big Blue: Storwize initialisation USBs had malware

Big Blue is red-faced after shipping malware-infected initialisation USBs for its Storwize disk racks. The company is therefore strongly suggesting users "Securely destroy the USB flash drive so that it can not be reused." Either that or wipe it, disinfect anything it touched and cross your fingers. Then download the files you …
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Fancy a toothpicked-rollmop from our storage smorgasbord?

Arcserve UDP Archiver We were curious where Arcserve bought FastArchiver from, so we asked and were told: "FastArchiver is the name of the technology and company – they're a private company founded by archiving experts. The technology was custom built as an archiving solution. There was no prior affiliation with any company. so …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2017
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M6 crowned crappiest motorway for 4G signal

The M6 is officially the UK's worst motorway for 4G coverage. Global Wireless Solutions clocked up almost a million data points to find a winner and loser. On average Britain’s linear car parks, er, motorways only maintain an LTE signal 62 per cent of the time. But the M6, originally built for ferrying northerners to Cup …
Team Register, 28 Apr 2017
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Microsoft's Azure cloud feels the pinch in price war with Amazon's AWS

Analysis Sales of Surface, falling 26 per cent year-on-year, wasn't the only wrinkle in Microsoft's third-quarter trading period. Management beat the cloud drum for Wall Street on Thursday, talking across-the-board growth. Azure, Dynamics 365 and Office 365 commercial saw the biggest revenue growth, according to Microsoft – 93 per …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2017
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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

Episode 6 "Ok James, I think it's time we released you into the wild," I say. "What?!" James gasps, no doubt thinking window, brief scream, distant thud, car alarm. "Into the wild," The PFY says. "We can teach you no more. From now on it's all practical experience." "What?" "We've found you a job, faked some credentials and you have …
Simon Travaglia, 28 Apr 2017
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Oh lordy, WD just SCHOOLED Seagate in running a disk drive biz

Analysis WD took advantage of stable disk drive and strong flash markets to crank revenues and profits in its third fiscal 2017 quarter, giving Seagate an object lesson in how to run a storage business. Revenues of $4.6bn were well up on the year before's $2.8bn, 64.3 per cent, bulked by revenues from acquired SanDisk and its flash …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2017
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Amid all the fanfare and cheerleading, Amazon's AWS growth is slowing

Amazon Web Services growth slowed down a bit, but still brought Amazon cash at a record clip in the first three months of 2017. On Thursday, the Jeff-Bezos-led retail and cloud empire talked up another strong quarterly performance in its first financial report of the 2017 fiscal year: Revenues of $35.7bn were up 23 per cent …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Apr 2017
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Scratch the Surface: Slabtop sales slump takes the shine off Microsoft's 2017 so far

Microsoft has reported strong results in its latest quarter, pulling in nearly $5bn in profits and showing good cloud revenue growth. Just don't mention the sagging Surface fondleslab sales. Still, CEO Satya Nadella was in ebullient form on a conference call Thursday with investors and analysts, saying the Windows giant was …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2017

Arcserve gobbles up email biz to sate hunger for message archiving

Arcserve has bought its way into the email archiving game by gobbling up FastArchiver. The now-privately owned Minneapolis-based Arcserve wants to spread its wings beyond basic data protection and recovery software, and mail archiving is a natural choice, apparently. The amount paid for FastArchiver wasn't disclosed in this …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2017
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Intel's Optane in PCs is as good as it will get for years, says analyst

Memory-centric analyst firm TrendFocus reckons Intel's Optane is going to take years to make a difference in the data centre, which means using it in PCs is as good as it will get for the foreseeable future. The good news is that Optane screams in PCs: the firm cites a Gamespot review to assert that a PC with Optane and a 1TB …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2017

Having a monopoly on x86 chips and charging eyewatering prices really does pay off – Intel CEO

Intel today revealed that its first-quarter earnings and sales were more or less as forecast, sending its stock down in after-hours trading. Analysts had anticipated a Q1 2017 earnings-per-share figure of $0.65, non-GAAP, in line with Chipzilla's guidance. The Santa Clara, California-based processor giant reported EPS of $0.66 …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Apr 2017
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Micron looks to SanDisk for new CEO

Micron has hired ex-SanDisk CEO Sanjay Mehrotra as its new president and CEO, replacing the retiring Mark Durcan. Durcan confirmed his coming departure in February this year. Mehrotra was in charge at SanDisk when WD bought it for $19bn in October 2015, and will assume his new roles, with concomitant board membership, at …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2017
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Series of Seagate missteps as revenue generator spins down

Comment Here's a suggestion – Seagate, led by a combined chairman and CEO, has made a catalogue of tactical errors in the face of the NAND tidal wave while rival Western Digital has pivoted sideways to embrace flash. Is Seagate sensibly husbanding its resources because, while flash will store edge and enterprise fast-access data, the …
Chris Mellor, 27 Apr 2017
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Straight outta Shandong cluster noobs set new LINPACK world record

HPC Blog Another world record has fallen. Asian Student Cluster competitors have broken the student LINPACK record with an amazing score of 31.7 TF/s. This barely tops the former record of 31.15 TF/s set at SC16 by the University of Science & Technology of China. The new record holder is Weifang University of Science & Technology, a …
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Intel redesigns flawed Atom CPUs to stave off premature chip death

Intel finally has reworked its flawed Atom C2000 chips, which have been failing at a greater-than-expected rate for about a year and a half. On Wednesday, through an update to its chip errata [PDF], Intel revealed that its Atom C2000 chip family has a new C0 stepping, up from the previous B0, meaning at least some parts of the …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Apr 2017
Fast Cloud

A switch with just 49 ns latency? What strange magic is this?

Australian company Exablaze has released a switch with claimed latency of just 49 nanoseconds. The ExaLINK Fusion FastMux is designed for those who can't wait for data to make it through a box, especially high-frequency traders but also HPC types. The device isn't a switch to rank with the likes of Cisco or Arista, because it …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2017
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Fistful of flaws blow away SolarWinds network appliances

Admins of SolarWinds system management systems can block out a biggish chunk of their diaries to implement a bunch of serious patches. There are five bugs of varying seriousness in the company's Log and Event Manager appliance discovered by KoreLogic and posted to Full Disclosure. Four of the bugs depend on an attacker …
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FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

Debian is shutting down its public File Transfer Protocol (FTP) services, because hardly anybody uses them any more and they're hard to operate and maintain. The project has told world+dog that come November 1st, 2017, ftp://ftp.debian.org and ftp://security.debian.org will cease operations. The reasons are pretty simple: …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Apr 2017
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HPE kills off its entire OpenSDN line, pulls plug on customer demos

Exclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise has quietly axed its OpenSDN suite, effective immediately. Its sales staff have been instructed to shut down customer demos and proof-of-concept installations. IT buyers will be told to try other gear if they want to evaluate and roll out software-defined networking. HPE workers have also been …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2017
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Yeah, keep buying those SSDs, grins Seagate: Your data will be on our disks eventually, muaha

Seagate made a canine evening meal of its third 2017 fiscal quarter – with flattish revenues on the annual compare greeted by a disappointed Wall Street expecting more and marking the shares down 15 per cent. The full year revenue is likely to show an annual decline as well. Chairman and CEO Steve Luczo’s company recorded $2. …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2017
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Western Digital relocates HQ, sheds jobs

Western Digital Corp is moving its HQ from Irvine, Orange County in southern California to San Jose in the north of the state, with job losses in both areas. The Orange County Register (no relation), said that according to the Orange Council Business Council, there were 1,400 WD employees in Irvine and another 200 in Santa Ana …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2017
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Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups

Neatgear has cocked up its cloud management service, losing data stored locally on ReadyNAS devices' shared folders worldwide – and customers have complained to The Register about only being informed four weeks later. This week, the San Jose-based networking business sent an email to customers, seen by The Register, confirming …

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