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Thought you were safe from the Fortinet SSH backdoor? Think again

Fortinet has admitted that many more of its networking boxes have the SSH backdoor that was found hardcoded into FortiOS – with FortiSwitch, FortiAnalyzer and FortiCache all vulnerable. Last week, a Python script emerged that could allow anyone to get administrator-level access to some of Fortinet's firewall devices using …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2016
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dotCloud dotGone: Ex-Docker PaaS passes away amid bankruptcy

Platform-as-a-service upstart dotCloud will shut down next month after its parent Cloud Control filed for bankruptcy. Just a few hours ago, an email was sent to dotCloud users warning them that the service will end on February 29, along with a link to instructions on how to migrate their data. For those wondering if the …
Chris Williams, 22 Jan 2016
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Sight for sore eyes: Dropbox lands on Win 10 with iris recognition

Microsoft Windows 10 users are about to get more done with Dropbox on their PCs, notebooks and tablets. The file sync-and-sharing service is using Win10’s universal app architecture to run its new application across devices of all shapes and sizes. The software's features include: Drag‘n'drop files from Windows Explorer into …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2016
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From DNA to Twitter: Data's digital journey to commodity

Big Data and All That In attempting any technological history, one of the traditional difficulties is to know where to begin. This difficulty follows from a flawed assumption that there is a story that is linear and began in one place at one time. The real world is not like that. Technology is more like a river that has its origins in any number of …
John Watkinson, 22 Jan 2016

BOFH: I want no memory of this pointless conversation. Alcohol please

Episode 1 "Why does it always have to be so difficult with you guys?" the new Boss asks. "What do you mean?" the PFY says. "Difficult. Why is it that whenever we have some suggestion and take it to you, you spend all your time thinking of reasons why you can't do it – or why we shouldn't do it – or something like that. Why can't you …
Simon Travaglia, 22 Jan 2016
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All of the MADSness: Maxta actually does it and goes full LUN-free

Maxta Application-Defined Storage (MADS) can optimise storage in its pool for multiple and concurrent applications like VDI, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and Oracle Database. The company provides MaxDeploy hyper-converged infrastructure appliances, which integrate compute, storage, networking and hypervisor …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jan 2016
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Move vSphere VMs to XenServer? Citrix thinks someone wants it

Would anyone move VMs from VMware to Citrix? XenServer's made it easier with a w technical preview of XenServer, probably for version 7.0. This is the second such release since version 6.5 gave the world so much joy last January. In line with Citrix's plan to make XenServer a terrific environment for its own wares, and mostly …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jan 2016
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The network: Your next big storage problem

Comment A few days ago I had an interesting chat with Andy Warfield at Coho Data and the topic of the network/storage relationship came up several times. (Quick disclaimer: I'm currently doing some work for Coho). In a couple of my latest articles (here and here), I talked about why many large IT organizations prefer PODs to other …
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Google and Red Hat hook up for OpenShift container cuddles

The Chocolate Factory and Red Hat have announced a partnership to run the Linux firm's OpenShift Dedicated container platform on the Google Cloud Platform in the next few months. "We've made Google Compute Engine (GCE) a certified environment for Red Hat offerings, and have worked closely to unlock the power of containers …
Iain Thomson, 21 Jan 2016
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Public cloud storage spend to double in two years – reliable sources

Research house 451 reckons public cloud storage spend will double in two years, with on-premises storage spend falling 17 per cent. Its Voice of the Enterprise: Storage study sees most organizations increasing their storage spend while also switching more of it to the public cloud, with Amazon and Microsoft (Azure) being the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2016
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IBM, Ustream-BM, we can't believe Ustream is now owned by IBM

IBM has acquired internet telly station Ustream in hopes of boosting its cloud lineup. Big Blue said that the video-streaming service would be added to its cloud lineup and, when combined with its other analytics and developer tools, it will give IBM customers a way to develop and use streaming video in their own applications …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jan 2016
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Eight budget-friendly 1TB SSD data packers for real people

It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of a 2.5in 1TB class SSD roundup would have been laughable mainly because the very idea of a 1TB drive aimed at the consumer market would have been considered a flight of fancy. Until recently large capacity SSDs were the domain of the corporate and enterprise sectors with the accompanying …
Simon Crisp, 21 Jan 2016
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OpenStack abandons AWS challenge dreams, makes eyes at telcos

OpenStack, once seen as the open alternative to Amazon’s AWS, is positioning itself as virtualized telecoms middleware. The open-source project has rolled out a white paper championing Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) with backing from the big dogs of telecoms. The report calls on developers to get involved with and help …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2016
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Containers! Containers! Containers! And RHEL 7.2. Employ as you wish

Review Red Hat closed 2015 with an update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) that bumps the venerable distro to version 7.2. That might sound innocuous but don't let the minor version number fool you, with huge leaps in software versions, a newfound love of all things cloud container and systemd updates under the hood, this is one of …

Docker bags unikernel gurus – now you can be just like Linus Torvalds

Analysis Linux container biz Docker has bought Unikernel Systems, a startup in Cambridge, UK, that's doing interesting things with roll-your-own operating systems. Rather than build an application on top of an OS, with the unikernel approach, you build your own tiny operating system customized for your application. It's quite a coup …
Chris Williams, 21 Jan 2016
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Arista adds Docker support to EOS

Arista has launched an upgrade to its network operating system, adding a million-route-plus database to act as a network state repository. NetDB is an extension to SysDB that originally powered the EOS (Extensible Operating System). As well as more than a million route table entries, it can support 100,000 tunnel entries for “ …
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France's CEA wires up 6 PB of disks ahead of HPC upgrades

France's Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), is bulking up its high-performance computing (HPC) storage and I/O, and has anointed Seagate as the lucky vendor. The rollout, in which Seagate elbowed out DataDirect Networks, started with six petabytes of hard drives attached to a ClusterStor L300, with 200GB …
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While you pretended to work, Cloud operators fixed two Xen bugs

While lots of the world was easing in to a new year of work in the week of January 4th, big cloud concerns running customer-facing Xen rigs were probably patching two new bugs in the hypervisor. The Xen Project's policy is to let big cloud operators and others on a pre-disclosure list know about bugs two weeks before the rest …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2016
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Citrix names former Microsoft exec Kirill Tatarinov prez and CEO

Citrix has appointed former Microsoft exec Kirill Tatarinov President and chief executive officer. Tatarinov spent over eight years as President, Executive Vice President, Corporate Vice President Microsoft Business Solutions Division, overseeing Microsoft's Dynamics CRM and ERP businesses. His LinkedIn profile also records …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2016
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Cisco patch day fixes CGI script blunder, hard-coded credentials

If you've got a Cisco Unified Computing System or a Firepower 9000 Series appliance, get busy patching. The Borg says it slipped up and let a CGI script make unprotected calls to shell commands. By fooling around with the URL, an attacker would be able to send arbitrary commands to the affected kit. All versions of UCS …
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Alibaba says 'open sesame' to AI, 1,000 new jobs in $1bn cash splash

Alibaba's cloud arm is planning a new billion-dollar partnership with Nvidia to expand its deep learning and big data systems over the next three years. The plan, announced on Tuesday at a press conference in Shanghai, will see AliCloud use Nvidia's silicon to run the new services, and will be offering them from data centers …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jan 2016
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CommVault creeps into Nutanix’s hallowed Acropolis citadel

CommVault has added Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor support to its existing vSphere and Hyper-V support on Nutanix's products. Nutanix makes a family of HCIAs. These are hyper-converged infrastructure appliances, combining compute, storage and networking hardware and software in a single product. It builds its own products and …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2016
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Spare a reserved cloud instance, gov? Microsoft's $1bn, 70k charity sales pitch

Microsoft is donating $1bn worth of its cloud services over three years to charities and non profits. The software giant used the annual Davos World Economic Forum media ego fest to unveil plans to recruit 70,000 to Microsoft cloud services in the next three years. Others promoted themselves at Davos in different ways. …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jan 2016
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PWC devours cloud consultancy Outbox Group

PwC is the latest big consultancy to grab a piece of the cloud action by hoovering up integrator Outbox Group, a European firm that specialises in CRM, marketing automation and IT maintenance. After maintaining a watching vigil, the big consultancies are starting to fork out cold hard cash for cloud services outfits - late …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2016

IBM storage revenues are very reliable. Four years of steady decline and counting

Analysis For IBM, storage value is moving to software, with object storage and flash growing while legacy disk and tape products see revenue falls. In Big Blue’s fourth 2016 quarter overall revenues dropped nine per cent but storage hardware revenues fared worse, dropping 11.1 per cent, with no end in sight. This continues a trend …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2016
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Dell drops next network OS on the waiting world

Dell's taken another arrow from its software-defined network (SDN) quiver and drawn a new bead on Cisco, with the launch of Dell Networking Operating System 10. Leading the release is a split in the network architecture, to get rid of the platform-specific Linux tweaks needed so the operating system can talk to the silicon. …

Speaking in Tech: 'Software will become more integrated into the IBM story'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Sarah is out while Ed returns to talk passwords, drones, Google and Diane Greene. Our special guest this week is Jesse Proudman, founder of BlueBox, now an IBM company. And here are the details ... (1:00) …
Team Register, 20 Jan 2016
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Symantec's getting $1bn less for Veritas thanks to ‘uncertainties’

The Carlyle Group and Symantec have agreed to cut Veritas’s top line purchase price by $600m, as "uncertainties" related to the transaction have come to the fore. Back in August the Carlyle Group agreed to buy Veritas, Symantec's storage business, for $8.0bn, with Symantec expecting to receive $6.3bn in net cash. That price …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2016
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Bridgeworks reveals VMware-like tech for TCP/IP cable virty'ing

Feature Bridgeworks has found way to improve wide area TCP/IP transmission of large, streamed files that compensates for packet loss, radically improving the performance of NetApp SnapMirror and SnapVault which are hobbled by packet loss. It’s been working on the technology to virtualise a TCP/IP connection for several years. Here’s …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2016
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RAM, bam, thank you Ma'am! Samsung fires up fastest-ever memory

Samsung says it has started making a new and faster form of DRAM. The Korean colossus says the wheels are turning and pistons pumping at plants churning out High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) DRAM. HBM2 was only signed off as a standard on January 12th, when electronics industry standards group JEDEC (founded as the Joint Electron …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2016

Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

Last week we brought you news of a server decommissioned after eighteen years and ten months of continuous operation. Readers have since suggested to us that the machine was a mere infant. “Randy” wrote to tell us he's familiar with a site where over 150 Digital Equipment Corporation Adec400xP Application Servers have been …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2016
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Riverbed slurps German SD-WAN expert Ocedo

Riverbed has announced its first acquisition since 2013: German-based software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) outfit Ocedo. Ocedo's software suite includes hybrid WAN, various provisioning tools, a connectivity solution designed for AWS users, and a cloudy firewall. Its pitch is that SD-WANs offer better performance than …
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Cisco patches borked web box proxy hole

Cisco has patched a vulnerability in its Web Security Appliance that allows unauthenticated remote attackers to bypass security controls. The bug (CVE-2016-1296) allows attackers to use proxies when such traffic should be restricted. Affected users of versions 8.5.3-055, 9.1.0-000, and 9.5.0-235 should apply the released fix …
Team Register, 20 Jan 2016

IBM still on a (downward) roll with 15th consecutive quarterly revenue drop

IBM continues to take a beating as it struggles to transition its business to a focus on cloud and analytics products. The fourth quarter of 2015 brought the following returns: Revenue was $22.1 billion, down 9 per cent from the previous year's quarter. Net income was $4.5bn on the quarter, down 19 per cent. Earnings per …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jan 2016
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NASA rockets datasets into Amazon’s cloud with Avere

NASA’s Ames Research Centre is moving many files into Amazon’s S3 cloud using Avere’s gateway tech. Ames wants to consolidate legacy storage and move many of its datasets to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud to save cash. It knows a teensy-weensy bit about IT, running NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Division’s Pleiades …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2016
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HDS brings out all-flash A series array

Hitachi Data Systems is taking its marketing attack direct to XtremIO and Pure Storage with a brand new, entry-level, all-flash array storage line, the HFS A series, separate from its existing VSP and HUS arrays. The HFS (Hitachi Flash Storage) product comes in three models: A220, A250 and A270, each with dual active:active …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2016
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Big reader? Toshiba tweaks endurance, wrings out low-write SSD

Toshiba has fashioned a fifth enterprise SSD variant by cutting the entry-level PX04’s endurance in half, and fitting it for another read-intensive market niche. The PX04SRB has an endurance of one full drive write per day (1 DWPD) for five years and was positioned back in August as a read-intensive enterprise SSD, compared …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2016
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Onyx to erect 'for sale' sign outside corp HQ, say sources

Data centre and hosting slinger Onyx will erect a "for sale" sign outside its Stockton-on-Tees HQ in 2016, and the expectation from multiple sources is this will happen sooner rather than later. The private equity-backed business is working with adviser Deloitte to run the sale but as yet no Information Memorandum has been …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jan 2016

Hey, Intel and Micron: XPoint is phase-change memory, right? Or is it? Yes. No. Yes

Comment So, is XPoint memory phase-change memory ... or not? An IM Flash Technologies co-CEO just gave a strong signal it might be phase-change, but doubt remains as Intel and Micron have kept their secret process ingredient hidden. IMFT is the Intel/Micron joint venture to manufacture flash chips in Lehi, Utah. Guy Blalock and Keyvan …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2016
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Mangstor busts out smash chart for flash pocket rocket

Comment Mangstor and its NVMe fabric-accessed array has been mentioned a couple of times in The Register, with claims that is pretty much the fastest external array available in terms of data access speed. NVMe is the standardised PCIe flash drive block access protocol over a PCIe connection inside a server. The NVMe over fabric ( …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2016

Amazon cloud increasingly powered by hot air

Amazon Web Services' aspiration to power its clouds with not much more than hot air are closer to fruition, after the company flicked the switch on its first wind farm. The 150 megawatt facility on Fowler Ridge in Benton County, Indiana starting pumping out electrons on the first of January when it made over “1.1 million …
Team Register, 18 Jan 2016
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Super-computers aren't super-secure

America's National Science Foundation is slinging US$5 million to help improve the security of scientific high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure. The money will be spent by the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (CTSC), run by the universities of Illinois and Wisconsin-Madison, and the Pittsburgh …