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Six-starved storage bods rush to support vSphere and VVOLs

VMware’s storage interface dominance over hardware and software storage suppliers has never been more evident than in the rush by storage firms to support its v6.0 vSphere and Virtual SAN products announced yesterday. Virtual SAN v6 adds features that storage array and software suppliers are keen to support such as: All-flash …
Chris Mellor, 3 Feb 2015

Extra detailed Big Iron coverage, LIVE TODAY at The Platform

The Platform is a new publication which goes live today in partnership with The Register. It will offer in-depth coverage of high-end computing at large enterprises, supercomputing centers, hyperscale data centers, and public clouds. Some companies are building their own platforms for internal use, while others are building …
Team Register, 3 Feb 2015
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Rumours of on-premises software's demise greatly exaggerated

Microsoft has let it be known that it will create another version of SharePoint, and release a version of it for on-premises operations. “We know that the move to cloud doesn’t happen all at once,” Microsoft writes , adding “While we’ve seen growing demand for SharePoint Online, we recognize that our customers have a range of …

Tintri smooching VMware’s VVOLs, vIO and vROPs

Tintri loves its hybrid arrays working with VMware and is enthusiastically supporing VMware’s latest vSphere version 6 announcements. In this vSphere 6 love-fest Tintri’s VMstore hybrid arrays; Support vSphere v6.0 Support the VVOL (Virtual Volumes) APIs Integrate with the vROPs management tool suite Supports VMware …
Chris Mellor, 3 Feb 2015
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The joy of six: VMware ecstatic after finally emitting new vSphere

As expected, VMware has released vSphere 6, and as anticipated the company has also released its OpenStack distribution. But it also surprised with a new version of VSAN and the release of Project Fargo. Virtzilla's also given itself a new mantra - OneCloud - to describe its ambition to manage on-premises infrastructure, what …
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Flash chips for flash cars: SanDisk dives under your bonnet

SanDisk has made its flash products car-friendly, devising SD cards and embedded flash drives (EFD) that auto-makers can stuff into their infotainment systems. The iNAND embedded flash drives store up to 64GB of data, not much by data centre standards, and the little beggars should cope with rough driving conditions better than …
Chris Mellor, 2 Feb 2015

Flashy Pure opens kimono for VMware's vCenter

Convergence rules. Pure Storage is making its arrays better citizens in the VMware world by better integrating its admin services with vCenter. Forget Purity, so to speak. VMware vCenter admins can drive Pure Storage replication, snapshots and provisioning though Site Recovery Manager and a Pure plug-in. Pure Storage’s …
Chris Mellor, 2 Feb 2015
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Cisco simplifies software licences, by selling them under THREE programs

Cisco reckons it's unravelled the secret to the popularity of open source networking software projects: licence management in the world of proprietary kit is a pain in the neck. To deal with that, The Borg has decided to try out a revised licensing model on the world, under the banner Cisco ONE. Cisco's picked off a couple of …

AWS Go-ing Google's way

The Go language, familiar to those working in the wonderful world of Docker, is inching its way into the Amazon Web Services environment. In what'll be seen as a big win for the language, AWS is working on adding Go to its existing suite of SDKs – Java, C#, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, PHP and Objective C. Created by Google …
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Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

Facebook updated its privacy policy on Friday – a day traditionally chosen by politicians and football managers who are keen to bury bad news. While the planned tweakage was widely reported in November, the change came into effect on 30 January with little in the way of reaction from users [sorry, people] on the free-content ad …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Feb 2015
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STUDENT RACK WARS: Science and HPC – all the kids are doing it these days

HPC blog It’s well past the time to discuss and analyse what happened at the exciting seventh annual Student Cluster Competition, which took place at SC14 in New Orleans late last year. Just after SC14 closed, I took a long trip to South Africa to cover its CHPC cluster competition – the intra-country bout that has spawned its ISC’13 and …
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Google Now now SLURPS data from third party apps so YOU don't have to

Google has inked deals with 40 third party app makers, allowing the ad giant to rifle through data from the likes of Lyft and Airbnb to serve up "relevant information" to its Android users. The firm said in a blog post on Friday that it would begin slurping the data from inside a number of apps for its Google Now service – a …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jan 2015
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Sorry, admins: Microsoft says NO new Windows Server until 2016

While it's looking like the final version of Windows 10 for client PCs could ship before the end of the year, it seems data center admins needn't hold their breaths. Microsoft confirmed on Friday that the next version of Windows Server won't arrive until 2016. "As we continue to advance the development of these products, we plan …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jan 2015

Emulex ends seven-quarter run of losses

+Comment After seven straight quarters of losses, Emulex has made a $4.3m profit in its second financial 2015 quarter – but that performance might not be repeated next quarter. The profit was better by far than the $4m loss a year ago and the $700k loss in the previous quarter. Revenues were $111.1m, above guidance but still 9.7 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2015
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Oracle is BETTER at cloud than everyone else so NER, shouts Hurd (no Katz)

Oracle’s co-CEO Mark Hurd is banging the drum for the database giant’s success in cloud computing. In a TV interview Hurd is reported to have come out fighting. “Make no mistake about it, we are laser-focused on taking share, we are focused on growing,” Hurd is reported to have said. “We are focused on driving the company …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jan 2015

HP: We're gonna book $1bn worth of Server 2003 sales THIS WEEK

A Windows Server 2003 customer migration blitzkrieg is underway at HP's as it tries to generate $1bn of x86-related sales this week, squeezing a month’s worth of customer deals into just seven days. Microsoft shutters extended support for the operating system on 14 July, issuing no further patches or bug fixes after that date, …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jan 2015
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EMC grows new 'Enterprise Content Division'

Another attempted reboot for Documentum EMC's Documentum business has limped along for years now, but now has a spring in its step after rebranding and acquiring a new leader. Evidence of the change emerged from the former Information Intelligence Group's (IIG's) gabfest in San Francisco this week, where attendees were …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2015
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Quantum adds cloud tier to StorNext

Quantum has added cloud storage to its StorNext file virtualisation package, embedding it in the workflow process as just another tier. StorNext presents a single namespace file storage resource to its users, be the files on primary disk, secondary (Lattus object) disk, or tape (archive). The idea is that StorNext is embedded in …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jan 2015
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Amazon, flush with cash, says it will let you peek inside AWS' pants

Amazon left smiles on investors' faces on Thursday following a fourth-quarter earnings report that trounced analysts' estimates. While Wall Street was expecting to see earnings of $0.17 per diluted share, the actual figure came in at $0.45 per share – which, while not as good as the $0.51 per share that Amazon earned in the …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jan 2015
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YOU COMPLETE ME: Google and VMware in cloudy embrace

Google and VMware have forged a cloudy alliance that will see several of the former's services made available through the latter's vCloud Air service. Google Cloud Storage; the BigQuery analytics and big data service; Cloud Datastore; and Cloud DNS will all be “tightly integrated” into vCloud Air. The announcement about the …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2015
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Big Switch pitches third fabric iteration in six months

Big Switch Networks is sticking to its start-up sprint, announcing the third iteration of its virtual networking environment since it initial release in July 2014. The challenge for the company will one day be the same as it is for every once-was-a-startup company: it's far easier to build the momentum that grabs the market …

Cisco says GHOST is more Casper than Sleepy Hollow

Cisco has put forward at least a partial response to 2015's first branded bug, GHOST, saying that in The Borg's world, the glibc vulnerability is probably of relatively low severity. That would, at least, explain why it's not being hunted with quite the urgency of something like Heartbleed in 2014: right now, Cisco's advisory …
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Who's afraid of a virtual switch? Not big bad Brocade

The burgeoning market for bare-metal Ethernet switches isn't bothering Brocade, according to A/NZ senior director Gary Denman. Speaking to the media over a brace of start-of-year announcements, Denman said the bare-metal market, championed by Web giants like Facebook, remains a niche model. While Brocade is aware that companies …
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Amazon's new WorkMail for enterprise: Another Fire dud – or a Kindle?

Amazon Web Services is touting a cloud-hosted email system to the world of big business. The web giant hopes to invade the enterprise email sector with a web-based service called WorkMail, and gobble up companies running Microsoft Exchange. AWS said the off-premises, cloud-based software will provide email and shared calendars …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2015
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Veritas is home. Symantec’s storage split-off adopts old name

Bisecting Symantec has decided after much deliberation the Veritas brand - the one it torched years ago - will be the monicker for the Information Management business when it splits from the mothership. Security biz Symantec paid $13.5bn for Veritas at the end of 2004, thinking that storage plus security would make a powerful …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2015

Spinning rust into gold: WD profit grows ... though sales dip

+Comment Western Digital sold 61 million drives in its latest quarter, 2.1 million less than a year ago, but made $30m more profit, and it out-shipped and out-earned rival Seagate – CEO Steve Milligan's men must have ear-to-ear grins on their faces. The company’s revenues, including its WD and HGST operations, for Q2 in its fiscal 2015 ( …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2015
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Cluster-grappling kids clash: Battle of the Big Iron in the Big Easy

HPC Blog Two hundred years after the first Battle of New Orleans*, we saw the third, and perhaps most important, tussle the city has ever seen. I am, of course, referring to the SC14 Student Cluster Competition (here's a quick guide on how the youngsters' HPC battles work). This is the seventh time that university students have battled …
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NexGen polishes guns, prepares to face hybrid array legions

Analysis Hybrid array startup NexGen is starting out afresh having been spun out of SanDisk, and now faces the full competitive force of hybrid competition from both mainstream array vendors and the up-and-coming trio of Nimble, Tegile and Tintri. What are its chances? NexGen was an iSCSI-based hybrid flash/disk array startup which used …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2015
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X-IO fights global hybrid warming, keeps ISE age going

X-IO has overhauled its hybrid ISE array line with third generation technology and given it a top-end ISE 780 model with boosted performance. ISE (Integrated Storage Elements) are sealed 3U rack enclosures containing SSDs and Seagate disk drives with clever Seagate diagnostic software enabling drive failures that would cause …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2015
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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

Forty-five disk drives, ten parity drives, and 33 spare disks: that's the optimum array size to protect data for four years with no service visits, according to a study published at Arxiv. The problem the study addresses is that the world's rush towards hyperscale data centres puts an awful lot of disks in one place, and the …
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VMware cracks US$6bn for the year, says SaaS will slow growth

VMware today used its Q4 2014 earnings call to warn its revenue growth will slow because it's doing so well in the cloud. The overall picture is rosy for VMware, which announced a US$1,703 million quarter and $6.03 billion dollar year, up 15 per cent and 16 per cent respectively on the corresponding periods from 2013. Other …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2015
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NetApp embiggens E-Series flashbox: Gee, a benchmark... thanks

NetApp has doubled the speed and capacity of its all-flash E-Series arrays, and won an SPC-1 benchmark record in the process. The new EF560 is an E-Series all-flash array that builds on the existing 25-month-old EF550 to raise its sustained IOPS number from the 400,000 or so at EF550 launch time in November 2013 to past 650,000 …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2015

Want to win Microsoft's cloudy love? Just spend $500

Channel partners that want to cosy up to Microsoft at this year’s Worldwide Partner Conference have got the option to be an extra special pet – cough $500 and they could be within spitting distance of the event… literally. The cloud-and-mobile-first fest is happening in Orlando from 12 to 16 July and costs $1,795 per pass, but …
Paul Kunert, 27 Jan 2015
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The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems?

Oracle-Sun anniversary One Sun swallow doesn’t make a hardware summer, and while it certainly hasn’t for Oracle, it is far from being in a hardware winter for the firm. Oracle's gulp of Sun Microsystems on 27 January 2010 – five years ago today – has resulted in a generally flagging Sun hardware product business and the growing Engineered System …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2015
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Facebook, Instagram, Tinder TITSUP*: HOW did anyone even find out?

Updated It appears Facebook and its snap-slinging subsidiary Instagram have fallen off the web. Hook-up-finder Tinder is also reportedly having problems. As of 22.45 Pacific Time on Monday, (06.45 UTC Tuesday) the websites and apps are apparently still suffering a widespread outage, which kicked off about 40 minutes ago. Facebook …
Chris Williams, 27 Jan 2015
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IBM details PowerPC microserver aimed at square kilometre array

IBM has revealed more about a PowerPC microserver it says will help to crunch data gathered by the square kilometre array (SKA), the colossal radio telescope to be built across South Africa and Australia. Once operational, the SKA is expected to generate around an exabyte – a million terabytes - of data each day. Even sorting …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jan 2015
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VDI is heading for a minor DAAS-aster

Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) services are getting good enough, fast enough, that organisations need to consider them as an alternative to desktop virtualisation (VDI). So says analyst tribe Gartner in a new emission, Is DaaS Ready for the Enterprise?, in which it answers in the affirmative, certainly for low-end applications, but …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jan 2015

Seagate belches, chomps down another greenback burger

Seagate’s second quarter revenues for 2015 rose 4.8 per cent over the year to $3.7bn while profits more than doubled to $933m, up from $428m a year ago. Last quarter’s revenues were higher, at $3.8bn, yet profits were $381m. This meant they made up just 10.1 per cent of its revenues compared to 25.2 per cent profit in the latest …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015

Analyse THIS: Facebook alumni upstart Interana inhales MORE cash

+Comment Why the hurry? Interana, an analytics startup co-founded by ex-Facebook engineers just got a 250 per cent rise in funding, $20m, less than four months after its initial $8.2m A-round. Index Ventures led this round, in which new investors AME Cloud Ventures, Harris Barton and Mike Olson, chief strategy officer at Cloudera, …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015
Parliament in the clouds

Ex-G-Cloud bigwig Chant weighs in on GDS' framework rebrand

Former G-Cloud head Chris Chant has entered the growing row over the status of the framework under the UK's Government Digital Service (GDS), criticising its decision to ditch a brand "that has won hearts and minds". Last week, the GDS moved the @G_Cloud_UK Twitter handle to the Digital Marketplace platform @GOVUKdigimkt, in …
Kat Hall, 26 Jan 2015
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EMC: Kerr-ching! $430m XtremIO gulp's paying off... Hello, $1bn a year

EMC president Chad Sakac says the XtremIO will be the fastest product in EMC’s history to reach a billion dollar run-rate. A new release is coming to keep the momentum up. XtremIO was bought by EMC for $430m in May 2012, at which point it did not have a shipping product. The first product was announced a year later, May, 2013. …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015

Right, we've bagged IBM’s X86 server biz... now what? – Lenovo

Now that Lenovo has IBM’s X86 server business, it’s able to freely participate in partnerships with storage suppliers. Does it view storage as a market into which it can expand? Although not a storage vendor in the mainstream array sense Lenovo does have a number of storage product lines: PX2-300D and PX4-400D NVR video …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jan 2015