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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 …

Salesforce's developer push on receiving end of big cloud reboot

Salesforce is floating one big developer cloud to woo code jockeys. The SaaS-CRM vendor Thursday announced App Cloud, which integrates its existing Force, Heroku Enterprise and Lightning services. The trio will share a common identity, data and network services framework. Also in the mix is Trailhead, something new Salesforce …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Sep 2015
Eagle's head

Storage's boss blogger could be on the way back

Storagebod I intend to start updating here again occasionally as the itches begin to build up, and I feel the need to scratch. There’s a lot going in the industry and there’s a massive amount of confusion about where it’s going at the moment. I’m having interesting conversations with industry figures and many of them are as confused …
StorageBod, 10 Sep 2015

Seagate layoffs SHOCKER: 1,000 heads to be laid under the axe

Disk drive maker Seagate has two per cent of its workforce destined for the exit door. It’s announced a restructuring plan which means 1,050 people are going to have a pink slip shock. Seagate expects to save $113m by doing this. It has seen two quarters of declining revenues and profits. While investors, who have seen …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2015
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Atlantis: The DSSD, data centre disk killer rising from the deep

Interview Atlantis, the VM-accelerating DRAM cacher that’s moved into hyperconverged storage, has its eye on CrossPoint memory – the 3D XPoint stuff 1,000 times faster than NAND – as a way of cementing disk into a data centre coffin. It also aims to use it to pre-empt DSSD. CrossPoint memory was announced by Intel and Micron in July as …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2015

Panzura plants file system atop VMware's vCloud Air

VMware's vCloud Air now has a file system layered on top of it, courtesy of cloud storage and data protection specialist Panzura. This latest cloud service from VMware is an object storage in the cloud service using either parent EMC's ViPR with the ECS object storage product underneath, or Google's cloud. Panzura provides on …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2015

Stuck in Amazon's web tentacles yet? You will be soon

Comment Cloud portability desperately wants to be a thing, but there’s a far greater force pushing against it. It’s called Amazon Web Services (AWS), and chances are you’re already stuck. Oh, sure, you can cling to containers as a way out, as Bloomberg’s Olga Kharif recently wrote. But containers won’t help you. Not when you’ve given …
Matt Asay, 10 Sep 2015

Handing over emails in an Irish server to the FBI will spark a global free-for-all, warns Microsoft

Microsoft has warned a US appeals court that forcing it to hand over emails stored on a server in Ireland would demolish internet user privacy worldwide in a “global free-for-all”. At the heart of the matter is a row over whether the Redmond giant should cough up messages held in an Irish data center – messages belonging to …

Caringo has a Swarm of FileFlies to carry off old files

NetApp and Windows file server users can have old files bled off to Caringo’s object storage vaults with its Filefly for Swarm product. This is a “save money” pitch with old, low-access-rate files removed from expensive primary storage, and fed to a lower-cost commodity hardware-based system running the Caringo Swarm software …
Chris Mellor, 9 Sep 2015

Speaking in Tech: Learn baby, learn, it's a Cisco inferno

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we are recovering from VMworld, but that doesn't mean the news from VMware ended there. In this episode we cover Cisco's plans for VMware, EMC rumours and Google's new logo. This week, we investigate... (1: …
Team Register, 9 Sep 2015

Third time lucky? Plucky upstart Infinidat plonks down monolithic array

Analysis Infinidat is aiming to replace VMAX/DS8000/VSP-type arrays with its Infinibox product, and it’s making good progress, having shipped more than 200PB of installed capacity in two years. An Infinidat briefing at VMworld added more information to what we have written here, here and here, about founder Moshe Yanai’s third attempt …
Chris Mellor, 9 Sep 2015
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Cell-network content crunch needs new cache designs, say boffins

It's increasingly clear to the telecommunications industry that content distribution is going to need to push further out into networks, to try and relieve congestion on the moderately-constrained backhaul that connects cell towers. Content caching at base stations can help, but as an IEEE Fellow from Hong Kong University of …
Microsoft monopoly

Microsoft in SaaS-y cloud data security slurp

Microsoft has acquired cloud security outfit Adallom. Adallom was founded in 2012 and follows the “R&D in Israel, sales in Silicon Valley” template for a range of data security products for clouds. The company's wares bring data loss prevention and reporting to cloud storage services, offering users the chance to see just who' …

Presenting Mangstor's NVMe superfast flash storage pocket rocket

Comment The Register storage desk thinks NVMe fabric linking for storage arrays will be very big, as it's a SAN/NAS latency killer. Startup Mangstor has built an NVMe fabric-accessed array, so we've seen what such a beast looks like. We looked at its MX6300 PCIe flash card recently and thought it was a marvelously fast product. We …
Chris Mellor, 8 Sep 2015
Doctor Nick Riviera

Right, opt out everybody! Hated paused again

The UK government's gaffe-prone scheme has been paused once again, this time to review the opt-out process of the much-hated and delayed program. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked data guardian Fiona Caldicott to provide advice on the wording for patient consent and ‘opt-outs’. The scheme was launched in 2013 …
Kat Hall, 8 Sep 2015

Fujitsu sidesteps data scientists with a move toward tuned machine learning

Comment Simple questions can be difficult to answer when the predictive analysis needles being looked for are buried in a 50-million-record haystack. However, so-called Tuned Machine Learning techniques can be used to automate data scientists' work, and get answers in a couple of hours that used to take a week or more. The questions …
Chris Mellor, 8 Sep 2015

Supermicro's super Nexenta HGST superduper AFA

NexentaStor has come round the all-flash array block a second time with a Supermicro flash server box slotting underneath the SanDisk-powered 512GB InfiniFlash box. The product is based on Supermicro's 2U Ultra SuperServer hardware, fitted with HGST Ultrastar SSDs in 800GB or 1.6TB capacities. The Ultra SuperServer – will the …
Chris Mellor, 8 Sep 2015
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Oracle and low prices? You read it right – and it's rust-free flash, too

Oracle has booted out the disks in its FS1-2 hybrid flash/disk FS1 array to create the all-flash FS1, a 2-tier flash array scaling from 2TB to 912TB of capacity with "the lowest entry price of any all-flash enterprise-class storage solution." Oracle and low prices; who'd a thought it? The original FS1 1s a scale-up dual- …
Chris Mellor, 8 Sep 2015
Man with head in the cloud

Breaking up EMC is a dumb idea, says VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger

Interview “From the EMC board room,” says VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, “you can see the carnage of the minicomputer industry.” “Wang, Digital, Data General. You can see their buildings from EMC's headquarters.” That view, Gelsinger told The Register, means “we know how this whole story played out.” And because he and the EMC board have …
Cat 5 cable

TCP is a wire-centric protocol being forced to cut the cord, painfully

The venerable Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is one of the foundation protocols of the Internet, but it's not so hot at mobile environments, says Juho Snellman of Swiss telco software concern Teclo. The Register took an interest in Teclo's work after spotting this presentation to a SIGCOMM workshop. In an interview with …

DSSD says Violin's right: SSD format is WRONG for flash memory

Analysis The SSD format is wrong for flash memory storage arrays. That is the message from DSSD, EMC’s rack-scale, shared flash array development. The Register has seen pictures of DSSD’s flash modules and these are not disk bay form factor SSDs. Rather, they resemble Violin Memory VIMM – Violin In-Line Memory Modules – instead. Pure …
Chris Mellor, 7 Sep 2015

We asked a maker of PCIe storage switches to prove the tech is more interesting than soggy cardboard

Q&A PCIe switching sounds like a mundane topic, but it’s actually a key part of the revolution that’s blurring the boundaries between servers and storage arrays, with vastly faster data access the result. Vancouver's PMC-Sierra has launched its Switchtec switches, and we asked product marketing manager Ray Jang some questions …
Chris Mellor, 7 Sep 2015
San Andreas fault

Dog walkers, the San Andreas fault ... and the storage industry

Comment Mainstream storage arrays are being harassed by a wolf-pack of sleeker competitors. Looking at storage is like looking at a dog walker on the beach with a hundred howling dogs of all sizes and breeds on the leashes. Some are puppies, some young and sleek, some old and fat. They bark and growl and run in all directions …
Chris Mellor, 7 Sep 2015
Are you being served?

IDC says server-based storage sales are soaring – and Dell's pwning the market

IDC’s latest quarterly storage tracker shows EMC clawing back some lost ground, HP growing, IBM overtaking NetApp – and Dell selling the most storage capacity of all. IDC_storage_tracker_Q2_2015 IDC Storage Tracker, Q2, 2015 The research house tracks vendor and original design manufacturer (ODM) storage market shares based …
Chris Mellor, 7 Sep 2015

Seagate promises to HAMR us all with spinning rust next year

Comment Seagate has revealed fresh data on how it will increase areal density as well as a disk's IO rate from next year onwards. Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, attended an analysts' day at which Seagate said it is learning about potential caching techniques to ameliorate the write performance disadvantage of shingled …
Chris Mellor, 7 Sep 2015
Cisco metapod vs Openstack

Is 'MetaPod': a) a Pokemon; b) servers running OpenStack?

Logowatch We only break out Logowatch for special occasions, and this one surely counts: Cisco has decided that its OpenStack Private Cloud is a tad dull, uses too many words and, worst of all, gave rise to jokes. As of now, The Borg wants users to kindly remember that the correct name for Cisco OpenStack Private Cloud is "Cisco MetaPod …
Hard disk by cc2.0 attribution generic

Files on Seagate wireless disks can be poisoned, purloined – thanks to hidden login has reported Seagate wireless hard drives include “undocumented Telnet services” accessible with a hard-coded password. This allows “unrestricted file download capability to anonymous attackers with wireless access to the device.” And another flaw makes it possible to upload anything into the devices' default file- …
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HP learns to walk and chew virtual gum at the same time

HP's decision to bail out of VMware's EVO:RAIL hyper-converged happiness project wasn't due to any dissatisfaction with the product. Instead, HP decided it could not ask its salesforce and channel to wrap their heads around EVO:RAIL and its own StorVirtual-based hyper-converged products, so chose to go it alone. So said Raghu …

Oracle's bright new Sonoma SPARCs hint at own-tech cloud

Comment Ever since Oracle revealed its new hyperscale Sonoma SPARC chippery, I've been trying to figure out who would buy it and why. And I can think of only one customer: Oracle itself. There's very little enthusiasm around the world for clouds built on anything other than x86. Sure, the occasional ARM server has made inroads here …
2001: A Space Odyssey

Cognitive computing: What can and can’t we do, and should lipreading be banned?

Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the Dartmouth Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference. That conference, which marked the birth of AI research, explored whether machines could simulate any aspect of human intelligence. Since then, Google has developed a self-driving car, computers can type what you speak, and phones …

BOFH: Power corrupts, uninterrupted power corrupts absolutely

Episode 13 "THE POWER'S OUT!" the Boss shouts, blundering into Mission Control like a robotic vacuum in super-random turbo mode. "THE TRANSFORMER DOWN THE ROAD HAS EXPLO... hey, why are your lights still on?" "They're on the UPS. Aaaaaaaaaaaand... wait for it..." I say, after a slight flicker; "... on the generator, too." "Why is your …
Projected PCM

Drifting phases and noise in phase-change memory

Phase change memory cells can, well, change, over time. Once set in their crystalline or amorphous phases the material can drift towards the other state rendering the cell's resistance level less clear and weakening its ability to story a binary one or zero. PCM (Phase-Change Memory) is one of the candidate persistent storage …
Chris Mellor, 4 Sep 2015
Facebook's 6-pack

Equinix edged around Wedge, fell back into proprietary embrace

Global data operator Equinix has sniffed around the white box networking scene, but found traditional suppliers are innovating more quickly and still have an edge. So says chief technology officer Ihab Tarazi as Chief Technology Officer, who this week told The Reg that the company has considered Facebook's Wedge switches. …
1TB now but 128TB in three years time says Toshiba

128TB SSD by 2018? Toshiba promises much, delivers ... a little

IFA 2015 "By 2018, SSD technology including 3D Flash could reach up to 128TB", Toshiba storage product manager Paul Han Lin told The Register today at IFA in Berlin. Toshiba has announced two new SSD drives this week. The Q300 Pro has a capacity from 128GB to 512GB and is aimed at the professional market, with fancy features like QSBC …
Tim Anderson, 3 Sep 2015

Microsoft boosts Azure's VM creds with price cuts and GS

Microsoft has increased the size of its compute-and storage-centric cloud VM instances while cutting prices by up to 27 per cent. The software giant has announced the GS family of VMs, running on Xeon E5 v3 chips with up to 64TB of storage. It surpasses the G-series instances released in January, with a maximum limit of 6. …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Sep 2015

The Infrastructure Time Machine

Live Webcast Register now to watch our live Regcast, where we look at how you can future proof your infrastructure. Watch this video broadcast live at 11:00 BST on 8 September. Handy synopsis for you You kept the lights on. You executed with excellence. Over the last five years, when the IT world changed, you responded. Now get ready for …
David Gordon, 3 Sep 2015
Tintri T80

Tintri T850: Storage array demonstrates stiff upper lip under pressure

Review The Tintri T850 is Tintri's mid-line offering. It is a great example of the current line of Tintri products. Reviewing it has been something of a challenge, though that is the fault of your reviewer, not the storage array. Tintri focuses on intelligent storage that analyses your workloads and predicts what your workloads are …
Trevor Pott, 3 Sep 2015
Cloudy sky

CloudRouter now live

The collaborative open-source CloudRouter project has come out of beta. The production release of the project is announced in this PDF. CloudRouter has two network operating system flavours – CentOS 7.1 with Java 1.8, or Fedora 22. It ships with ONOS 1.2 Cardinal and OpenDaylight Lithium, and supports Docker, CoreOS, Rkt, OSv …

Work has started on VMware's secret security disruptor

Late in 2014, VMware's network virtualisation guru Martin Casado suggested that his next move after getting network virtualisation up and running as a business might be to try a new approach to enterprise security. Casado, who is credited with inventing OpenFlow and led Nicira, the company that morphed into VMware's NSX …

vAdmins facing DUAL vSphere upgrades

VMworld 2015 Brace yourself, vAdmins: the first major update for vSphere 6.0 is coming, probably in late September, and a more major update is in the works. vSphere 6.0 debuted in March 2015 after a lengthy beta process. VMware has this week proclaimed it the most successful vSphere release ever, in terms of take-up rate. But we've been …
Old scrolls at the National Archive

Flash, holograms? Where will your archive end up?

Whether it’s unstructured rich media, traditional business documents and files, or the audiovisual library of a media company, there is more data about than ever before. And more than ever, it has potential value – whether that is to build new content, to improve customer relationships, to answer the demands of regulators, or …
Bryan Betts, 3 Sep 2015