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VMware's super-secret MARVIN: It's software-defined war on future IT

Sysadmin blog The virtualisation community is all atwitter with speculation about VMware's MARVIN. MARVIN, for those who don't know, is supposedly VMware's hardware'n'software answer to hyper-converged competitors like Nutanix. Everyone has an opinion, and everyone has a theory – but VMware itself is carefully keeping schtum. I have some …
Trevor Pott, 3 Jul 2014

Simplivity drops sweet OmniCubes into channel's cup

Simplivity, the startup selling its hyper-converged server, storage and networking OmniCube, is expanding its global channel program with three membership tiers. Launched in 2013 (story here), the company's OmniCube product is called a v3.0 convergence system and Simplivity claims hundreds of customers around the globe and m0re …
Chris Mellor, 2 Jul 2014
VMware VSAN Concept

Listen bud – crud FUD flood is dud, says Dell: 'We do support VSAN'

Blocks and Files We've been in receipt of allegations that Dell is not committed to VSAN, which Dell roundly and strongly denies, saying it's competitor FUD. The allegations included such things as: Dell is shipping ancient LSI firmware that has a queue depth of 25 instead of 600. Performance is poor with a 30ms latency before you hit 400 (yes …
Chris Mellor, 2 Jul 2014

Running Cisco's VoIP manager? Four words you don't want to hear: 'Backdoor SSH root key'

Cisco has warned Unified Communications installations can be remotely hijacked by miscreants, thanks to a hardwired SSH private key. In an advisory, the networking giant said unauthenticated attackers can log into its Unified Communications Domain Manager (Unified CDM) software as a root-level user by exploiting a default SSH …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Jul 2014
Hitachi VSP All-flash array SPC-1 ranking

What makes a tier-1 enterprise flash array a superior beast?

Enterprise tier-1 storage arrays are a breed apart, focusing on providing fast access to vast amounts of data without either losing data or limiting access to it. This is in contrast to the broad mass of storage arrays, which have dual controllers and thus limit the amount of data they can store and the number of concurrent …
Chris Mellor, 2 Jul 2014

Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job

Amazon is taking a former employee responsible for managing its cloud partners to court over an alleged breach of contract after he joined Google. The e-tailer claims former AWS strategic partnerships manager Zoltan Szabadi joined Google too soon after leaving. The company alleges that by doing so, Szabadi broke the non-compete …
Gavin Clarke, 2 Jul 2014

Speaking in Tech: 'Software-defined' anything makes me BARF in my MOUTH

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed is out so it's just Sarah and Greg celebrating Canada Day with special guest (and proud Canadian) Chad Sakac, senior veep for Global Presales Technical Resources at EMC. This week we discuss… Greg, Sarah …
Team Register, 2 Jul 2014
Microsoft chair John Thompson

Noticed a sudden explosion of analytics firms? So has Microsoft's chairman

One of a series of interviews by Willem ter Harmsel with tech leaders. I recently had the opportunity to speak with John Thompson, newly appointed chairman of the board at Microsoft. After a long career at IBM where he held various executive positions, Thompson became CEO at Symantec, which he helped build into a $6bn company …
Hyper ISE with SSD and HDD

Seagate's bought a disk drive array firm. Déjà vu? You betcha

Seagate has tried making a go of the disk drive array business before, and failed. Now it has bought a disk array supplier for the second time. What's different, and could X-IO's technology have a role to play? In 2000 X-IO, then a five-year old startup known as Xiotech and offering virtualising SAN storage arrays, was bought by …
Chris Mellor, 2 Jul 2014
Cisco's UCS customer count over time

Cisco doesn't make hyper-converged gear, but if it did, it'd probably look like this

Blocks and Files Cisco is big in converged systems but nowhere in hyper-converged ones. What we mean by that is that Cisco is big in converged systems, such as VCE's Vblocks and the Cisco-NetApp FlexPods, but it doesn't have systems in the Nutanix and Simplivity class, which are more integrated than the Vblock and Flexpod systems. Now that Dell …
Chris Mellor, 2 Jul 2014
vSphere 5.1 Installer

Who wants to strap on a helmet and crash test vSphere?

VMware has issued an invitation to join a “private beta community” to test future versions of vSphere. The company says participants “can expect to download, install, and test vSphere Beta software in your environment” and then to explain “how you use vSphere in real-world conditions and with real-world test cases”. Those who …

Microsoft, Google et al form club to push 25/50 Gbps Ethernet

A new consortium of vendors is firing up to give 25 Gbps and 50 Gbps Ethernet a push, in an effort to get the kind of performance demanded in cloud data centres. While lab demonstrations have shown that Ethernet will one day be able to reach 400 Gbps, you need standards to turn speed into systems, and that's what Microsoft, …
IBM personal computer money shot

Remember the turbo button on PCs? New AWS instance has one for CPU burst

Amazon Web Services has unveiled a cheaper EC2 instance type that's geared for running small workloads at low cost. Crucially, it can temporarily ramp up compute performance when it's really needed. The cloud giant reckons its new T2 instances provide affordable options for users running less-demanding applications, such as low- …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Jul 2014
X-IO Emergency VDI response

X-IO offers emergency RACK IMPLANT treatment for moaning hosted VDI users

Does your VDI performance suck? X-IO is hoping you'll call the VDI doctor and bag yourself a treatment in as little as 72 hours. The company claims its response can be implenented in as little as 72 hours after diagnosis, which itself is up to 24 hours after the customer's call. If your Citrix or VMware VDI performance is a …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jul 2014
3-rotor WWII Enigma

Microsoft thumbs nose at NSA, hardens crypto for Outlook, OneDrive

Microsoft has flipped the switch to activate stronger encryption on its OneDrive and Outlook.com cloud services as part of a broader effort to make it harder for the NSA and other spying agencies to snoop on its customers' data. Specifically, Outlook.com now supports TLS encryption on all connections to its servers, both …
Crossbar RRAM

New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key

Flash is at a crossroads. It cannot keep shrinking dies because, beyond a certain point, NAND cells produce too many errors, are slower to respond and have a shortened working life. Yet a University of Michigan professor's research may hold the key to the future of flash storage technology. Flash foundry suppliers are working on …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jul 2014
Disco

WANdisco plunges into the Hadoop foam party, shakes its replication booty

WANdisco is bringing continuous wide-area availability to Hadoop big data users. The joint UK and US-based WANdisco (Wide Area Network DIStributed COmputing) sells software producing active-active data centres at WAN distances, which it says is suited to the Hadoop Big Data world. Its technology uses patented algorithms invented …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jul 2014
Scality Use Cases

Los Alamos National Laboratory likes it, puts Scality's RING on it

Scality has upgrade its RING object storage software to v4.3. RING software distributes object storage across multiple server nodes and uses erasure coding to ensure its integrity. Scality claims v4.3 "improves overall performance across a broad range of applications and workloads and enhances enterprise file operations by as …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jul 2014
China's Tianahe-1A Supercomputer

China's world-beating Tianhe-2 super has brawn, not brains

China has put a lot of iron into its 2.5 billion yuan (roughly $US400 million) world-beating home-grown supercomputer, but concerns are now emerging that too much attention on the hardware has come at the expense of giving the system usable software. The latest TOP500 report reconfirmed the position of China's 3-million-core, …
DDN CEO and co-founder Alex Bouzari

Alex Bouzari on his big data storage firm: First, we got rid of the VCs

DataDirect Networks is quite unusual for a storage firm. First, it operates at supercomputer and HPC levels and is neither VC-backed nor a public company, making its internal strategies a matter for its execs alone. In this respect, it’s not as predictable or understandable as either a VC-backed startup or a post-IPO business. …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2014
H. K. Desai

QLogic exec chairman HK Desai dies aged 68

Storage firm QLogic has lost its guiding light. The company's chairman, HK Desai, died after suffering a "sudden cardiac arrest" on 10 June. CEO and president Prasad Rampalli, who became CEO just six months ago, said: "HK dedicated most of his working life to building QLogic into the company it is today. His positive spirit, …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2014
Silent Brick

Rare HPC beauties unveiled: Quivering racks, Lustre clusters and the tiers of a Cray

ISC Leipzig The International Supercomputer Show in Leipzig, Germany, was full of fascinating things at the high-end grunt front of the computing business. Here's what attracted this roving hack's eye. Bull has started a world-wide reseller agreement with Seagate’s Xyratex ClusterStor business for supercomputer storage. The ClusterStor …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2014
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IBM promises mainframes on tap as SoftLayer lands on London

Retro computing fans will be thrilled to hear IBM is working on floating mainframe platforms onto the cloud even as its pours cash into the rollout of its SoftLayer offering which will hit London this week. SoftLayer, with its existing 13-strong data centre network, was borged by IBM last June, as Big Blue looked to accelerate …
Joe Fay, 30 Jun 2014

Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good

Facebook has hit back at its critics after the social network instructed researchers to meddle with its users' "news feeds" in order to manipulate their emotions. The free-content ad network sparked anger when it emerged its data scientist Adam Kramer gave a green light to trick-cyclists to filter out positive and negative posts …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Jun 2014

Distributed Linux OS wizards CoreOS release first commercial product

A company with a mad plan to right the wrongs perpetrated on the world by traditional operating systems has released its first commercial product after taking in $8m in venture capital funding. CoreOS made the commercial version of its CoreOS open source operating system available for sale on Monday, before relaxing on a cushion …
Jack Clark, 30 Jun 2014

Aereo presses pause on 'tiny antenna' TV-streaming service

TV-streaming biz Aereo suspended its services over the weekend, after the Supreme Court ruled last week that its operations breached US broadcasters’ copyrights, but the firm has vowed to fight on. In a letter to users on its website, Aereo chief and founder Chet Kanojia said that the firm was just “pausing services temporarily …
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Cloudera, MapR, IBM, and Intel bet on Spark as the new heart of Hadoop

Cloudera has rallied four major companies behind a scheme to tie two open source projects together for the benefit of the Hadoop community. The partnership between Cloudera, IBM, Intel, DataBricks, and MapR to port Apache Hive onto Apache Spark is due to be announced this week at the Spark Summit in San Francisco. El Reg heard …
Jack Clark, 30 Jun 2014

VMware's desktop push heads for casualty ward, in a good way

VMware's march towards your palm, your lap and your desk has advanced again. Virtzilla recently released Horizon 6 , its much-ballyhooed end-user computing suite. Announced in April, the code is now generally available. VMware thinks it has something entirely new in Horizon 6. While the company knows it will be compared to …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jun 2014

Power BI: Office 365 just got more intelligent

Review If a picture tells 1,000 words, then an interactive bubble chart indexed by year based on a data model with a hierarchy of sub-categories ought to speak volumes. Microsoft’s business intelligence product Power BI is the latest addition to Office 365, its online office suite designed to integrate with desktop versions of Office …
Danny Bradbury, 29 Jun 2014

Permabit squeezes its Albireo dedupe fruit, offers juice to vendors

Permabit is still aiming to strike OEM gold from its dedupe technology and has added compression to its Albireo deduper, aiming to help disk array vendors compete better against the all-flash and hybrid array startups. The idea is to enable disk array vendors to offer reduction of primary data, generally unavailable currently, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2014
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Seagate's LSI flash biz buyout: Good potential, but only if followed up

Comment Will Seagate's buyout of LSI's old flash card business, which it snapped up from Avago and Xyratex, flourish or wither away inside the Californian conglomerate? Upfront, these are smart buys by Seagate, extending its target markets. Xyratex ClusterStor arrays can use its 6TB drives and their follow-on products, and the HDD …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2014
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Skyera, Seagate: We'll feed backup hunger with 3-way flash layer cake

You know that thing about disk-based backup and restore being so much faster than tape? Turns out disk is too slow and you need flash. Yes really – at least according to Skyera and Seagate. The two storage vendors have cobbled together, sorry, integrated, a three-way system to beat the backup (and restore) blues. It involves …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2014
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Windows Server 2003 end of life: Plan your WS2012 migration now

Webcast Extended support for Windows Server 2003 ends on 14 July 2015, so you need to plan your migration now. The Reg has worked with Microsoft, Intel and HP to create a Regcast to guide you through the steps to help you make the best migration decisions for your business. No registration is required. Migrating to the latest version of …
David Gordon, 27 Jun 2014

BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

Episode 6 "...And I can't seem to import all of the data I need," the user explains. "And you're importing into Excel from what... a CSV file?" the PFY asks. "Yes." "And the import fails?" "I just stops. It says something about resources." "So perhaps you should get rid of some of the data in the spreadsheet?" "It's an almost empty …
Simon Travaglia, 27 Jun 2014
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DON'T BOTHER migrating legacy apps to the cloud, says CTO

The president of the Open Data Centre Alliance has given sage advice to CIOs contemplating how they migrate their legacy platforms into the cloud: forget it and just dump your old code. But Correy Voo, whose day job is as infrastructure CTO at UBS, added this was likely a temporary dilemma as the coming wave of tech bosses, who’ …
Joe Fay, 27 Jun 2014
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Facebook dumps AWS, moves Instagram's images to own bit barns

Facebook has migrated Instagram's colossal collection of images out of Amazon Web Services and into its own bit barns. News of the move comes in this interview with Facebook infrastructure engineer and Open Compute Foundation program development chap Charlie Manese conducted by Australian hyperscale compute appliance startup …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2014

Microsoft Intune hears the call for device management

Review As Microsoft continues its corporate redefinition as a subscription-driven cloud slinger we should bear in mind that this path includes more than simply Office 365 or Azure. Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) is slated to become an important new buzzword as it wraps up Windows Intune, Azure Active Directory Premium ( …
Trevor Pott, 26 Jun 2014
NASA art depicting the 'hot Jupiter' HD189733b in orbit round its parent orange dwarf

What's hot and what's not in storage this week: Your byte-sized guide

Cloud, flash and convergence are surely three of the hottest topics in storage right now. The storage sphere is facing a torrent of news announcements and here are some of the latest ones in bite size: FlexPod passes $3bn in sales since 2010, which was when Cisco and NetApp agreed and devised this converged system architecture …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2014

UK.gov: Forget Google and those other chaps... Use THIS open Internet of Stuff specification

The Internet of Things is all a question of semantics, according to a government-backed consortium that includes mega tech players like BT, IBM and ARM. IBM's master inventor (yes, that's a real job) Andy Stanford-Clark demonstrates IoT streetlight illumination IoT is a "hype term" that within 10 years will simply be referred …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jun 2014
Dell EqualLogic blade array in the M1000e chassis

Dell mashes up EqualLogic and Compellent: Eat up kids, it's Dell Storage

Comment With the worldwide availability of the SC4020 branded as Dell Storage, the company signals the coming together of its separate EqualLogic and Compellent networked storage array lines into a single brand and product technology. Simultaneously, Dell is OEM'ing to technologies for server-attached storage. We understand that other …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2014
Google walks

Google adds 'data protection' WARNING to Euro search results

Google has begun notifying European Union-based netizens that its search results have to respect the 28-member-state bloc's 19-year-old data protection law. The ad giant has plastered the warning on its search engine across the EU from today. But, anyone living in those countries who navigate to Google.com will find that the " …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jun 2014
Toshiba NAND wafer

REVEALED: Fusion-io shopped itself to 11 firms... 10 declined

+Analysis Fusion-io shopped itself to 11 companies and only got one offer. A Schedule 14D-9 SEC filing about the $1.1bn SanDisk acquisition of Fusion-io reveals that: SanDisk and Fusion-io first discussed a possible commercial arrangement in Summer 2013. Fusion-io talked to other potential partners as well. SanDisk expressed acquisition …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2014