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Man the lifeboats! Datos IO develops tech to recover next-gen DBMS

Datos IO is a new database recovery startup which claims it's reinventing recovery for next-generation databases. It's new, being co-founded in June 2014 by CEO Tarun Thakur – who has Data Domain, Veritas and IBM Research on his CV – and Dr Prasenjit Sarkar, previously a master inventor in IBM Research. Of the 23 employees, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Sep 2015

'Intrusion' at makes for red faces at Red Hat

Red Hat software has revealed “an intrusion on the sites of both the Ceph community project ( and Inktank (” that resulted in signed code being accessed. The company says and, both hosted “outside of Red Hat infrastructure”, were accessed by someone Red Hat doesn't …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2015
Lenticular Cloud

Cloud casts deep shadows over disk backup market

Abacus-wielder IDC has run its eye over the “purpose-built backup appliance” (PBBA) market and proved, if it were necessary to do so again, that by golly things are changing quickly in the storage caper. EMC dominates the market for such PBBAs, taking in US$469.9m in 2015's second quarter to claim 60.1 per cent of the market …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2015
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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

Sitting down? Nothing in your mouth? Microsoft has developed its own Linux distribution. And Azure runs it to do networking. Redmond's revealed that it's built something called Azure Cloud Switch (ACS), describing it as “a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux” and “our foray into …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2015
VMware nutella

Another week, another vSphere update

VMware's updated vSphere again, this time with a refresh for version 5.5. Virtzilla last week announced the first update to vSphere 6.0 and expects that release will be the catalyst for users of vSphere 5.5 to upgrade. But as CEO Pat Gelsinger told us at VMworld 2015, vSphere's so good that VMware customers aren't in a hurry …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2015
Grain silos

Storage silo unification from file sharer ownCloud

Interview We came across what seemed like just another file sync and sharer, and sighed. Yet checking ownCloud's product out showed there was a lot more to it than that, which made us curious. So we asked Markus Rex, its CEO and co-founder, some questions to find out more. His answers certainly filled in the background and scope of …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2015

Mangstor gets a nice chunk of go-to-market B-round money

NVMe flash card and fabric flash array startup Mangstor has gained $10.2m in B-round funding to build out its market-facing infrastructure worldwide, and head towards a 2016 IPO. The company has MX6300 NVMe PCIe flash cards, using its own firmware/hardware controller technology, and NX6320 flash arrays using these cards and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2015
John von Neumann and the IAS computer

Long-memoried boffins re-invent 1950s ferroelectric tech

A new memory technology which harks back to the 1950s is to be launched by the Ferroelectric Memory Company (FMC), a commercial venture being spun out of the Technical University of Dresden’s nano and micro-laboratory (NaMLab). NaMLab specialises in dielectric materials for semiconductor devices and focuses on the application …
Simon Rockman, 17 Sep 2015

EMC releases yet ANOTHER rack-scale server SAN

EMC's ScaleIO Node is a super-scalable server SAN that presents EMC and its users with interesting product positioning decisions compared to EVO: SDDC (EVO: RACK that was), VxRack, VMAX, VNX, VSAN, and VSPEX Blue. Joe Tucci's company, which wants to reduce internal product competition, says its ScaleIO Node scale-out server …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2015
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Microsoft puts arm round Salesforce, pair skip gaily into the cloud

Microsoft and Salesforce are extending their strategic partnership with a further integration of their software and CRM clouds. Salesforce is to be pushed together with Microsoft’s Skype for Business, OneNote, Delve and Windows 10, the companies said late on Wednesday. Skype for Business and OneNote are being integrated with …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Sep 2015

Avere's SwiftStack S3 hack tack

Avere can fix object storage's slow access problem, and is using Amazon's S3 to have its FXT box speed up SwiftStack. Object storage is not renowned for high performance access, not being on a par with filers and SANs. Avere's traditional schtick is to speed up filer data access. IO is supercharged with multiple levels of …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2015

AWS cuts cloud storage price to UNDER a cent per gig a month

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has lowered prices again, this time dropping the fee for its archival Glacier storage below a cent per gigabyte per month to $0.007 per gig per month. The price cut is only applicable in some of AWS' regions, for now, but at that price, and with Glacier's deliberately slow restore times, who cares …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Sep 2015

Synology systematically soups up filer software

Synology has radically improved DSM, the operating system of its NAS (filer) products for smaller businesses and home users, boosting virtualisation, performance, protection, and package features, and even adding Apple Watch support. V6.0 gets 64-bit support, meaning enhanced performance. Future DiskStations and RackStations …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2015
Mark Hurd and Safra Catz

Oracle: Over here, look over here! At the cloud! No, not at our glum licensing numbers

Enterprise IT giant Oracle is once again pointing to a growing cloud business to gloss over lackluster financial numbers in other parts of its business. Big Red on Wednesday said that its $8.4bn in first-quarter [PDF] revenues (ending August 31) were down 2 per cent over the same period in 2014, when it logged $8.5bn. Earnings …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2015

Nexenta catches micro-services bug, slings its Edge into containers

Nexenta is supporting containerised servers by having its NexentaEdge product nodes run as microservices along with application microservices on any scale-out Linux server cluster. NexentaEdge is scale-out block and object storage. Containers are a more efficient form of server virtualisation, having thinner "wrappers" than …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2015

Tencent targets Alibaba, seeds data cloud with £1 BEELLLION

Chinese megacorp Tencent is to pump $1.57bn (£1bn) into cloud computing tech over the next five years, in a bid to catch up with rival Alibaba. The money will go into infrastructure, operations, hiring talent and marketing its services, Dowson Tong, senior executive veep of Tencent, said at an industry forum on Tuesday, CNBC …
Kat Hall, 16 Sep 2015
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PernixData offers dollops of free software … you’ll upgrade later, ya will, ya will

PernixData, the distributed ESXi hypervisor cacher, has announced three new developments: FVP 3, a FVP free option, and a VM management tool called Architect to optimise storage IO. FVP 3.0 provides vSphere 6.0 support, an HTML5-based user interface, and adds Pernix Plus, anonymised data collection from customers’ systems to …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2015

Speaking in Tech: Oracle – now all your instances are belong to us

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Sarah's away, so Ed and Greg cover Chicago cloud taxes, Oracle taxes and HP axes. Special guests Garrett Rysko and Luke Pendergrass talk about their Kickstarter campaign, Kaia. This week, we check out... (1:00) …
Team Register, 16 Sep 2015

NATS climbs into the cloud to fight legacy software snafus

The National Air Traffic Service is shifting its software onto a bespoke cloud infrastructure, which it hopes will help reduce delays the next time it's hit by a systems outage similar to the one it suffered last year. The body is spending tens of millions of pounds on its "aviation cloud", it says will improve "resilience and …
Kat Hall, 16 Sep 2015
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Wi-Gig signals are bouncing off the walls, can't settle on the sofa

“Millimetre-wave” wireless technologies (such as un 802.11ad) are seen by vendors as a key part of future in-home connectivity, but there's a lot of work to be done to actually make it work. That's the conclusion of a group of University of Buffalo boffins, who ran a series of tests on 60 GHz wireless systems to see how they …
Fritz Pfleumer with his magnetic tape recorder

LTO issues mighty seventh-generation 15TB tape format

LTO, the world’s most popular tape format, has a 15TB generation-7 Ultrium specification available for drive and media manufacturers. Linear Tape Open (LTO) represents a trio of technology provider companies: HP, IBM and Quantum. It works with them and tape suppliers like Fujifilm to develop tape media and drive specifications …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2015
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Arista joins data centre 25/50/100 Gbps switch battle

Arista Networks has joined the race to get 25 Gbps Ethernet kit into hyperscale data centres. The company, a member of the cabal that last year kicked off the 25/50/100 Gbps effort along with Google, Microsoft, Broadcom, and Mellanox, has now lifted the cloth from a range of switches in leaf and spine form factors. Using the …
Cloudian Samurai

Cloudian's Samurai S3-clad object storage warriors

Japan-based object storage startup Cloudian has marched into the scale-up and scale-out storage space in a big way with Samurai – its internal name for NFS/S3-accessed HyperStore software running on seriously chunky hardware building blocks. HyperStore is a distributed object storage technology, with an on-premises element as …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2015

Mining for insight in the economy of things? Check your toolkit

The Internet of Things (IoT) has given us watches that talk to our phones, phones that talk to our cars, and robot spies that talk to Amazon. But can it revolutionise industries with lots of unstructured information that hasn’t yet been collected? The IoT concept is a bit like soap in the bath. You think you’ve got a grip on …
Danny Bradbury, 15 Sep 2015

Workforce DECIMATION: QLogic fires up its pink slip printer

Prepare for pink slips. Following lousy results and the CEO leaving, server and storage biz QLogic has announced a restructuring program – with sacked bodies seemingly being the only feature. Available here, the brief SEC filing states: On 2 September, 2015, QLogic Corporation (the “Company”) approved a restructuring plan …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2015

Brocade's renamed Vyatta: Return of the SDN Controller

Telecommunications operators and service providers will probably be the first takers of Brocade's next iteration of OpenDaylight, but the company reckons the technology is mature enough to start getting a foothold into the enterprise market. That's the opinion of Ben Hickey, the company's business director of software …

Hazelcast and C24 waste no time, emit Hypercast after conjoining

Hazelcast has birthed Hypercast, the combined solution that "resolves the compromise between balancing query speed or data capacity", after conjoining with C24 Technologies. Hazelcast is an in-memory software supplier using a grid of servers, while C24 provides integration objects for financial services messages usimg SWIFT, …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2015

VMware VSAN … and the great missed opportunity

Comment One of the most interesting announcements at VMworld was VSAN 6.1. The product is quickly maturing and new features are being added version after version (so here's what’s new). Even though some of the features could easily be disputable – like the 2-node cluster for ROBO, with its workarounds to make it work – VSAN is …
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IPv6 is great, says Facebook. For us. And for you a bit, too

Facebook has wandered down to Speakers' Corner and climbed onto a fruit-crate to spruik the benefits of the decades-old, much-needed and still-relatively-unused IPv6 protocol. With IPv4 addresses just-about-depleted worldwide, Facebook has penned a blog post telling websites to roll out the protocol, if they haven't already. …
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Intel, Nokia, Ericsson square off against Chinese IoT threat

US and European vendors have linked arms in an effort to set low-bandwidth mobile communications standards. Intel, Ericsson and Nokia have thrown their weight behind a standard proposal called Narrow-Band LTE (NB-LTE) to support the comms requirements of Internet of Things devices. If adopted – there's a vote on narrowband …

DSSD hires ex-Violin player as hardware engineering veep

EMC’s flash racking developer DSSD has hired an ex-Violin Memory guy to be its veep of hardware engineering, EMC has now confirmed to The Register. The all-flash array startup has now hired Kevin Rowett, who was SVP of engineering and an advisor to Violin Memory from the beginning of 2010 to October 2013. He joined DSSD this …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2015

Disney's light-bulb moment: build TCP into LEDs for IoT comms

Since lights are everywhere, and LED lamps are The Way of The FutureTM, it makes sense that they be used for communications. Now, boffins working for Disney Research have taken LED-based comms a step further, adding a Linux TCP/IP network stack to a consumer lamp. Their work, published here, pushes visible light communication …
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OpenWrt gets update in face of FCC's anti-flashing push

The open router Linux disto OpenWrt, 15.05 “Chaos Calmer”, has hit the intertubes. One highlight of the release is an update to Version 3.18 of the Linux kernel, and security has been upgraded with ed25519 package signing support, and support for jails and hardened builds. However, the big news – at least according to the …
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NEW BAN sees Australia HIDE value of networking kit imports

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has quietly stopped revealing the value of communications and networking products imported to Australia. The nation's new such requests appear in August's Confidential Commodities List, released last week, adds an entry for “Machines for the reception, conversion and transmission or …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2015

Pro tip: Servers belong in dry server rooms, not wet cloakrooms

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our regular look at the things your fellow readers find when they're asked to go out and fix things. This week we hear about the time that “Stuart” was handed an unusual assignment: his boss asked him to visit his employer's solicitor. “They felt they had been ripped off by their IT contractor,” …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2015

Apple fanbois cry (bless) as site motionless during iPhone 6S pre-order wrest

Apple suffered website woes overnight – just as its iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus were meant to be available for fanbois to pre-order online. The multinational's site was spewing out unfriendly error messages, instead of the sunny, life-affirming sort of stuff that we've all come to love from Cupertino chief Tim Cook. Friday …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Sep 2015

A BOFH friendly cloud service? Shurely shome mistake...

Live webcast Register now to watch our live Regcast, where we look at control and management in the cloud - and see what a BOFH-friendly cloud service would look like. Watch this video broadcast live at 11:00 BST on October 6. Handy synopsis for you No matter how open minded you are about new delivery models, there’s a bit of the BOFH in …

Modernise and prosper: It's time to imbibe server orchestration

Server farm deployment used to be a simple enough process. Sometimes it was manual, sometimes it was automated. The odd shell script here or there, or some basic file manipulation was the order of the day along with PXE and other automation tools. It was workable at best. As virtualisation technology matured, so did the …
Stuart Burns, 11 Sep 2015
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Citrix reveals 'USB redirection to cloud' plans to vaporise desktop peripherals

Citrix is working on something it calls “ USB redirection to cloud” that will allow input devices on local devices to work on virtual desktops. Over the last year, everyone in the remote/virtual/as-a-service desktop business has been talking up their ability to virtualise the graphics-heavy apps that some users wield. It's …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2015

vSphere Update 1 dribbles out in multiple downloads

VMware's released the various bits of software that together add up to the first update to vSphere 6.0 that we foreshadowed last week. ESXi 6.0 Update 1 adds stretched clusters and authentication for stretched clusters. The vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO) have also arrived and give vAdmins the chance to “create software …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2015

Apple drinks Putin’s Kool-Vodka, shoves Russians' iCloud data into Russia – report

Apple has agreed to store Russians' iCloud accounts in a data center in Russia, it is reported. The Cupertino giant was under pressure to comply with a law passed in December by the Vladimir Putin-led government that demanded Russian citizens' personal data be held within the nation's borders. If the iPhone maker had refused …
Chris Williams, 11 Sep 2015
64KB of memory in eight 64Kb chips on the PCjr logic board

Are you in the 1%? The 1% of sysadmins who need specialized flash?

Opinion Last week at Tech Field Day during VMworld, I met Violin Memory. A company that has been a pioneer in flash storage, but now struggles because, I believe, it has lost some of its credibility due to the lack of a decent feature set. I'm thinking of data services, integration with hypervisors and OSs, and so on. They are …