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Veeam: You know what's not a disaster? Our software mega-update

The backup and disaster recovery firm Veeam has announced an updated Availability Suit, and the Veeam Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud. It's a bundle of VAS, VAL, VAM, VAO, VAC and VCC, as you will see. VAS - Veeam Availability Suite for virtualised servers* VAL - Veeam Agent for Linux for public clouds and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

Syncsort inhales Cogito, ergo Big Data and Big Iron can be friends

Big iron, big data and cloudy tools biz Syncsort has bought UK software biz Cogito to help it bring IBM mainframe database data into Big Data analytics, and to make the mainframes run better. Syncsort was originally a mainframe data sorting company, but it now focuses on Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) capabilities for Hadoop and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Simplivity delivers storage quadruplets: Meet all-flashery and better DR

SimpliVity has announced an all-flash hyper-converged system and upped its single system VDI count from 2,000 to 4,000. It has also introduced RapidDR virtualised workload recovery and app-aware SQL Server backups. The CN-5400-F forms the high-end of SimpliVity's otherwise hybrid flash/disk product range: CN-1400 - 3-6TB …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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DCIG mid-market array guide: Why we left those companies out

Analysis Conversations with DCIG have revealed why seemingly obvious companies and their products were left out of a mid-range storage array buyers' report. DCIG analyst Ken Clipperton told us about the inclusion/exclusion criteria DCIG used when compiling its report. The initial criteria for selecting suppliers and products were: …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

The TPC-C/SPC-1 storage benchmarks are screwed. You know what we need?

Comment The storage benchmarking world is broken because there are no realistic and pratical storage benchmarks with realistic workloads customers can apply to systems. So says storage analyst Howard Marks, and he aims to fix this mess with the help of a consortium of industry players. He says the world of storage …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

Ovation claps together private cloud storage service with HGST, Versity basis

An Ovation Data Services private storage cloud for media and entertainment and oil and gas industries is based on HGST's Active Archive System and Versity Storage Manager. We wrote about the Versity Storage Manager system in June, saying it was an archiving package with an S3 interface to a backend store. This store could be a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

Cisco's upsell plan: tell you your old kit is not as secure as its new kit

Cisco is having its super-colossal global sales conference this week and some of the 20,000 staff are letting some details of future Borg strategies slip onto social media. Chris Dedicoat, the Borg's EVP for worldwide sales, snuck out this hint that Cisco's sales force will soon be saying that your current kit may be very good …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Aug 2016

Fujitsu: Why we chose 64-bit ARM over SPARC for our exascale super

Hot Chips Fujitsu chose 64-bit ARM CPU cores for its upcoming exascale supercomputer for two reasons: Linux and the ability to customize its own processors. It was a bit of a surprise when the Japanese IT giant picked ARMv8-A over SPARC64 and x86 for its Post-K beast, which will be used by Japanese boffins to carry out climate-change …
Chris Williams, 23 Aug 2016
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Maxta goes Freemium and enlarges VP count with new hires

Determined to stand clear of the noise in the hyper-converged market and forge itself a distinctive identity, Maxta has announced a freemium business model for its MxSP hyper-converged software. It has also extended its exec count with two VP hires and an internal promotion, envisaging surging growth. Herb Schneider, VP …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016
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Actifio adds replication tool to its data copy Swiss army knife

Actifio has added replication to its copy data management software, calling it StreamSnap. StreamSnap is provided as part of Actifio's Copy Data Virtualization platform, which takes a copy of master data and can then generate virtualized copies for test and dev, protection, etc, thus saving the storage space needed for …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016
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Backup biz Arcserve: Private equity... there's nothing like it

Private equity ownership has given anodyne old backup biz Arcserve a huge energising kick in the behind. Over the past year, Arcserve says it has seen a 61 per cent increase in UDP (Unified Data Protection) product sales, a 41 per cent increase in general overall new sales. Of this 47 per cent was in EMEA and 22 per cent in …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016

Little ARMs pump 2,048-bit muscles in training for Fujitsu's Post-K exascale mega-brain

Hot Chips ARM is bolting an extra data-crunching engine onto its 64-bit processor architecture to get it ready for Fujitsu's Post-K exascale supercomputer. Specifically, ARM is adding a Scalable Vector Extension (SVE) to its ARMv8-A core architecture. SVE can handle vectors from 128 to 2,048 bits in length. This technology is not an …
Chris Williams, 22 Aug 2016
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OpenFlow controller design killing SDN, say network boffins

OpenFlow's architecture is inefficient, and caps performance while sucking unnecessary power. That's the conclusion of a bunch of Comp. Sci boffins from researchers at Australian brain box Data61 and Sydney University, who assessed four major OpenFlow controllers – NOX, Maestro, Floodlight and Beacon. Their paper is at Arxiv …
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Plexistor unveils storage-stack-perplexing PMoF tech

Plexistor has unveiled specs on its Persistent Memory over Fabric (PMoF), which it says gives app servers access to disaggregated persistent memory in fabric-connected PM Bricks. Plexistor’s software-defined memory combines DRAM and flash in one memory address space to deliver a higher “memory” capacity with persistent storage …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2016
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Nvidia welcomes Intel into AI era: Fancy a benchmark deathmatch?

HPC blog Nvidia just fired the first salvo in what promises to be a classic and long-lived benchmark death match vs Intel. In a webpage titled "Correcting Intel's Deep Learning Benchmark Mistakes," Nvidia claimed that Intel was using outdated GPU benchmark results and non-current hardware comparisons to show off its new Knights Landing …

Nutanix scoops Cisco. Everyone's really happy ... but Cisco is strangely quiet about it

Nutanix has independently validated Cisco UCS C-Series servers to run its hyper-converged Enterprise Cloud Platform software. The hyper-converged product market leader says its software is now available on the platforms of three of the four leading x86 server vendors, meaning Dell and Lenovo, which we knew about in June. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2016
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Amazon now renting cloudy desktops for $0.22 an hour

Amazon Web Services' “Workspaces” desktop-as-a-service offering can now be paid for by the hour. Workspaces are a cut of Windows Server 2008 with a Windows 7 skin and are consumed with a custom client application. Until today, the service was sold by the month for a fixed price that included storage. That's now called the “ …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2016

Google adds SQL Server to its cloudy database collection

Google's cloud has grown more database options. The big move for those in the former camp is the addition of Microsoft's SQL Server to Google Compute Engine, a decision the company says was made because “Our top enterprise customers emphasize the importance of continuity for their mission-critical applications.” It's not hard …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2016

Qualcomm piqs 'Centriq' as specifiq honorifiq for slicq ARM server chip

Qualcomm will today announce it has picked the name Centriq for its forthcoming family of 64-bit ARMv8-compatible server processors. The chip designer, headquartered in San Diego, California, applied for "Centriq" and "Qualcomm Centriq" as US trademarks on July 27 this year. In its application paperwork, Qualcomm said it will …
Chris Williams, 18 Aug 2016

Cisco axes up to 5,500 workers in scramble to remain relevant

Cisco will lay off up to 5,500 staff, or seven per cent of its worldwide workforce, from this month – the start of its 2017 financial year. That's someway off earlier rumors of 9,000 to 14,000 redundancies, which would be about a fifth of the networking Borg's global headcount. For what it's worth, Cisco usually trims its …
Chris Williams, 17 Aug 2016
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Intel teases geeks with 2017 AI hyper-chip: Xeon Phi Knights Mill

IDF16 Intel is working on a powerful Xeon Phi processor for servers and workstations that is "optimized" for artificial-intelligence software – and it's codenamed Knights Mill. Chipzilla's data center group boss Diane Bryant flashed up this slide during this morning's Intel Developer Forum keynote in San Francisco: The chip is …
Chris Williams, 17 Aug 2016

Light at the end of Intel's Silicon Photonics: 100Gbps network tech finally shipping, sorta

IDF16 Intel is beginning volume shipments of its fabled Silicon Photonics networking technology, which uses light through thin glass fibers to replace copper wires. This tech can shuttle up to 100Gbps over 2km or more of cable that's just a few millimeters thick, creating a high-speed nervous-system for clusters and data centers. As …
Chris Williams, 17 Aug 2016

Hyper-converged top-of-the-pops list is out: Guess who hasn't crushed it?

Surprise, surprise: EMC is not top of the hyper-converged charts … yet. Forrester’s Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI) Wave report for 2016’s third quarter looks at the top dozen HCI suppliers and rates them into four categories – leaders, strong performers, contenders and challengers. A square sectioned into four quarter- …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Intel joins ARMs race – even Chipzilla needs to Make All The Things

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Greg Ferro of Packet Pushers co-hosts the podcast this week with Greg and Ed to discuss Intel, the death of private clouds, IoT and OpenStack. Our special guest this week is Eric Wright… not the rapper, the dude from VMTurbo…er… Turbonomic also known as DiscoPosse. The …
Team Register, 17 Aug 2016

Pivot3 tries to butter up sysadmins with policy-driven protection

Ageing startup Pivot3 has added policy-driven data protection to its hyper-converged systems. The firm said the move is part of the Quality of Service (QoS) function. It has extended its QoS functions to include this data protection, plus application integration, scheduling and performance enhancements. Customers can define …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2016
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Nasuni adds sync 'n' share to its cloud file gateway

Nasuni has added file sync and share to its cloud storage gateway. Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) capabilities are now included in its Nasuni File Services (NFS) offering. Users of iOS, Android, OS X and Windows fixed and mobile devices can sync and share with Nasuni's file services courtesy of apps on their devices. …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2016
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Chip giants pelt embedded AI platforms with wads of cash

Analysis Artificial intelligence and machine learning engines are underpinning many emerging applications and services, from making sense of big data for enterprises, to supporting hyper-personalized consumer content, or virtual reality gaming. The current challenge is to move AI from the supercomputer to the mobile device, supporting …
Wireless Watch, 17 Aug 2016
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Xeon Phight! Phight! Phight! Nvidia says Intel cheated benchmarks

Nvidia has fired its latest salvo in the ongoing “benchmark wars”, accusing Intel of fudging Knights Landing (Xeon Phi) comparisons to GPUs. The particular claims that Chipzilla made during ISC 16 in June related to deep learning performance claims, specifically that Xeon Phi ran a deep learning benchmark 2.3 times faster in …
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Linux Foundation becomes a PNDA-hugger

The Linux Foundation has added the Platform for Network Data Analytics – aka PNDA – to its stable of officially supported projects. PNDA aggregates data from multiple sources on a network, be they-real time performance indicators or static sources like logs, then works with Apache Spark to do the usual Big Data thing of …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Aug 2016
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Rubrik's extra funding as Firefly extended data management flies out of the coop

Bucking any notion of down rounds and funding droughts, Rubrik has completed a massive $61 million C-round – taking total funding to over $112m – and released its Firefly Cloud Data Management platform. The data management company was founded in January 2014 and took in a $10m A-round, plus a $41m B-round in 2015. With the …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016
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Coho Data: You know what's BDaaS? Getting rid of noisy multi-tenant neighbours

Coho Data has added concurrent Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) to its block and file access on the DataStream array system, along with multi-tenancy quality of service. Its scale-out DataStream MicroArrays are servers with all-NVMe flash and hybrid flash and disk storage, which can run storage-related applications such …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016
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Intel's Optane XPoint DIMMs pushed back – source

In the week of Intel's Developer Forum we have heard its Optane XPoint SSDs and DIMMs may be delayed. We are hearing that the first version of XPoint chips can only be used for SSDs. A second, more developed version is needed to make XPoint for DIMMs. That means XPoint DIMMs may not appear until 2018, which would give …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016

WD: Resistance is not futile

Analysis WD, with its acquired SanDisk operation, is squaring up to Intel and Micron’s XPoint with ReRAM - Resistive RAM technology. Back in October last year, the then independent SanDisk joined forces with HPE to fight XPoint. The two signed an agreement to develop Storage-Class Memory (SCM*), a non-volatile storage medium with DRAM- …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016

Asia’s top cloud security conference lands in London

PROMO Working in cyber-security? Come and join the experts at CLOUDSEC 2016 in London on September 6 and explore the key security issues du jour. CLOUDSEC is one of the largest internet security conferences held across Asia Pacific and Europe. These events are vendor-neutral and features presentations by industry experts who will …
David Gordon, 16 Aug 2016
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Excelero gets in a right non-volatile mesh over SSD-server connection

Analysis Excelero is working on its new NVMesh software to connect shared NVMe SSD storage with accessing servers and their applications. The aim is to deliver a centralised, petabyte-scale, block storage pool with local, directly-connected NVMe SSD access speeds, using commodity server, storage and networking hardware. The company …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016
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VMware shipped public key with its Photon OS-for-containers

VMware has revealed an embarrassing mistake: the virtual machines it made available for its Photon OS container runtime included a default public ssh key. “A public ssh key used in the Photon OS build environment was inadvertently left in the original Photon OS 1.0 OVAs,” says VMware's emailed advisory. “This issue would have …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2016
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Microsoft bins Azure RemoteApp, says go with Citrix instead

Citrix has had a big win in the cloud: Microsoft has decided to discontinue its own application publishing service in favour of a forthcoming Citrix product called “XenApp express.” Microsoft's app publishing product is called Azure RemoteApp and is essentially a cloudified version of its RemoteApp code that exposes Windows …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2016

Apple allowed to put up bit barn in the Fields of Athenry

Apple has been granted permission to build a 220kVA data centre in County Galway, Ireland by the council, after the company faced objections over energy consumption and environmental disturbances. Plans to spend €850m (£658m) on the 24,550m2 data centre were submitted in 2015, but were delayed after locals voiced concerns …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Aug 2016
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HPE StoreVirtual gets low-cost ARM-powered variant

HPE has lowered prices for its SMB storage array customers by building an ARM-powered StoreVirtual array, eschewing X86 CPUs, and by bundling some previously optional components into an MSA 2042 product version. The StoreVirtual 3200, which has a starting price of just over $6,000, has two active:active controllers with …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2016
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Amazon balances AWS application loads

Amazon has injected AWS with application-level load balancing, giving devs greater control over container-based apps and services. The giant has announced Application Load Balancing for AWS, a Layer 7 service that goes deeper than the existing Elastic Load Balancing (ELB), which is Layer 4. It is also cheaper than ELB – which …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Aug 2016
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Cisco-backed iOT comms aspirant LoRa ships IoT dev kit

Three companies backing the LoRa Alliance have joined together to push things along with an Internet of Things development kit. LoRaWAN is one of a bunch of low-power wireless communications proposals for IoT, in particular targeting the battery-powered sensor applications. The LoRa Alliance members, silicon developer Semtech …
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Pivot3 positions itself for possible IPO

Is an IPO being planned? Hyper-converged system supplier Pivot3 says it had record growth in the first half of 2016, with a 103 per cent revenue increase and more than 400 new customers, and has hired a new CFO. Bill Stover has been appointed Pivot3's finance head. Mike Dansby was the prior CFO, serving from June 2014 to July …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2016