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OCP supporters hit back over testing claims – but there's dissent in the ranks

Comment Open Compute Project aficionados did not like our story about its allegedly insufficient hardware testing procedures and said so, publicly and loudly. “Terrible journalism” whinged one, adding it was an attack on the entire open source movement. Is this fair? It seems a can of worms has been opened. Cole Crawford, the …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015
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Microsoft tries to paint VMware azure with disaster recovery detour

Microsoft has just taken a swipe at VMware's young cloud business. VMware markets that effort, vCloud Air, as the perfect cloud for VMware users, because it just looks like an extension of vSphere. Spinning up servers in the cloud, or shunting workloads around between servers, works just like doing those chores in your own bit …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2015
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AWS opens gate to fondleslabs-as-a-service farm

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has opened a farm in which it hopes developer's will loose their code to graze on lush fields of myriad devices. Enough with the rural metaphor: the “Device Farm” is a smartphones-and-tablets-as-a-service offering. The idea is that developers today have to run emulators galore, or buy an awful lot of …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2015
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Number 5 is alive! VirtualBox the fifth debuts

After a swift beta process, Oracle's VirtualBox desktop hypervisor has reached its fifth edition. VirtualBox's fourth iteration emerged in 2010, so in April Oracle decided it was due for some proper attention. That decision resulted in four betas and three release candidates emerging in short order, before Thursday saw the new …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2015
Panasas

Petabyte punting Panasas pushes punchier performance product

Panasas has added performance heft to its scale-out ActiveStor HPC arrays and is going after the media and entertainment market, as its rendering and post-process work needs HPC-style storage. Panasas_ActiveStor_18_detail ActiveStor 18 rack The latest ActiveStor 18 (AS18) array is the successor to the AS16, which was …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015
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Host privilege escalation vuln bites VMware in the desktop

VMware's security SNAFU email list has delivered news of a new issue in VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client. The missive says “VMware Workstation, Player and Horizon View Client for Windows do not set a discretionary access control list (DACL) for one of their processes. This may allow a local attacker to …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jul 2015
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Clever cluster-wrangling proto-boffins told to set their LAMMPS on PyFR

HPC Blog As the kickoff for the ISC’15 student cluster-building competition approaches, it’s a good time to take a look at what the undergrads will actually be doing. But first, let’s talk a little bit about the format of this specific competition, in which students are challenged to build and benchmark HPC systems from scratch against …
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Gartner, Gartner, on the wall? Who is the fairest IT backup biz of all?

Gartner geeks have issued another rapturous rectangle, otiose oblong, or even a queer quartet of spell-binding squares to do with enterprise backup software and integrated appliances. Yes, it's magic quadrant time again. There are four clear leaders: EMC, CommVault, IBM, and Symantec, with not a lot to separate them. In the …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jul 2015
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Wow, another NSA leak: Network security code appears on GitHub

The NSA today revealed it has uploaded source code to GitHub to help IT admins lock down their networks of Linux machines. The open-source software is called the System Integrity Management Platform (SIMP). It is designed to make sure networks comply with US Department of Defense security standards, but the spy agency says it …
Iain Thomson, 9 Jul 2015
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Microsoft emits Office 2016 for Apple Macs (you'll need Office 365)

Microsoft has released Office 2016 for Mac, which will include new versions of Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, and PowerPoint for Apple computers. To get the suite right now, you'll need an Office 365 subscription. The Windows goliath is touting the applications' revamped high-resolution user interface, which is designed to …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jul 2015
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Why the USS NetApp is a doomed ship

Comment NetApp last month changed chief executives, and in May laid off just over 500 people. Some believe this is the start of great new things and a turnaround for NetApp. I disagree. To put this as bluntly as I can, NetApp is most likely doomed. Getting rid of the CEO won't save it. NetApp's problem is that the culture of: "The …
Trevor Pott, 9 Jul 2015
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I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

Sysadmin blog It took a massive hack attack against the United States government resulting in the theft of up to 14 million 21.5 million records to make me realise why I want to quit working in IT. Over the past year I've significantly drawn down my involvement in day-to-day IT operations, and I'm much happier for it. The US Office of …
Trevor Pott, 9 Jul 2015
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Samsung's latest 2TB SSDs have big hats, but where's the cattle?

Comment Samsung’s 2TB SSDs have long warranties, but not much capacity for total lifetime data written. While being the largest consumer SSDs to date and having 5-year (EVO) and 7-year (PRO) warranties, the drives don’t actually have impressive numbers with regard to the total TB written over the life of the drives. The 2TB 850 EVO …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jul 2015

Oracle and Xamarin flutter eyelashes at suits with native app deal

Oracle is tapping into the power of native apps and cloud delivery under a development deal with mobile app firm Xamarin. The pair unveiled the Xamarin SDK for Oracle Mobile Cloud Service on Thursday, to build apps for iOS, Android and Windows. Xamarin’s tools let you build native apps for the different mobile flavours using …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Jul 2015
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Summer breeze makes IT fine, blowing through sysadmins in my mind

Comment Summer is here and IT bods can rejoice because if users aren’t already on their annual two-week holiday then those remaining – the ones with kids – will be soon once schools break up in mid July. It’s the time of year when the heavy lifting side (physical or virtual) of infrastructure upgrades can be done without pesky users …
Stuart Burns, 9 Jul 2015
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All-flash is a synonym for a tough market

Comment Last week NetApp launched a new line of all-flash arrays (AFAs) called AFF. It’s based on a specialised version of ONTAP, which has added particular optimizations to read/write data paths. It’s not the notorious FlashRay yet, but it’s not that bad and it has something to say... especially if you are already a NetApp customer. …
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Mirantis climbs aboard converged infrastructure bandwagon

OpenStack vendor Mirantis has decided that the converged infrastructure caper looks like a decent idea, so has cooked up its own set of tightly-coupled, pre-configured boxen. Dubbed “Unlocked Appliances”, the rigs will look familiar to anyone who's contemplated kit from Nutanix, SimpliVity, VCE, a NetApp/Cisco Flexpod the IBM/ …
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It's 2015 and VMware tools break VMs if you open two browser tabs

VMware has revealed a couple of nasty bugs in its vRealize Automation products. One causes hard disks to disappear. Detailed here, the flaw impacts vRealize Automation 6.x and means “hard disks are removed unexpectedly when reconfiguring a virtual machine that has RDM disks.” That's obviously a bad idea seeing as hard disks …

IETF doc proposes fix to stop descent into data centre 'address hell'

Address tables in data centres can fill up really quickly, so researchers from Huawei and Marvell have offered up a proposal to make them smaller. The purely-experimental RFC 7586 suggests that all hosts – including VMs – in an access domain be addressed through a proxy. The problem the RFC looks at is how to get data from …

Office 365 prices 'to rise by up to 13 per cent'

+Comment Microsoft looks to have increased the price it will charge for Office 365 in the Euro-zone, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Australia, and Canada. Nicole Sheridan, who works and blogs for Irish distributor MicroWarehouse, has posted a Microsoft missive on the price rises. She also quotes from a Microsoft communiqué that says the …
The dns entry for Facebook says it's face:b00c

Facebook casts a hex with self-referential IPv6

Poll IPv6 addresses aren't really supposed to spell out domain names, but Facebook has adopted an IPv6 addy that includes the characters "faceb00c." A quick DNS lookup of facebook.com confirms this: the domain resolves to 2a03:2880:2130:cf05:face:b00c::1. Faceb00c. Get it? At The Reg's London office, we can’t agree on what we …
Simon Rockman, 8 Jul 2015
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Router cockup grounds United Airlines flights WORLDWIDE

A single dodgy router managed to crash the entire United Airlines computer network, leading to the cancellation of flights across the globe. See that long line, that's @united in Boise. see any other lines at other airlines? Nope, don't fly #UnitedAirlines pic.twitter.com/PnWRcGtPJM — Jeralyn Novak (@AgCommunicator) July 8, …
Iain Thomson, 8 Jul 2015
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Latest in long line of wannabes steps up to helm X-IO

Analysis X-IO has just replaced its ninth CEO with its tenth, exec chairman Bill Miller. Having ten CEOs at one firm in 14 years suggests something deep and intractable in the problems-to-be-solved area. Here’s the firm’s CEO record: 1 – Co-founder Phil Soran from July 1995. He went on to co-found Compellent and sell it to Dell 2 – …
Chris Mellor, 8 Jul 2015

Dot-com da-bomb Verisign fires off an OpenDNS rival

Operator of the dot-com registry Verisign has launched a rival to popular online security service OpenDNS, called DNS Firewall. Announcing the service in a blog post, Verisign's Michael Kaczmarek said that protecting a company from cyberattacks was "becoming increasingly difficult and expensive," and pointed out that hackers …
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Cain says Veritas is in fine fettle as able Symantec preps for split

Data storage biz Veritas has announced five product releases and updates, and set out its product strategy as an independent operation during and after its separation from Symantec. Symantec EVP and chief product officer Matt Cain divided the products destined for Veritas into foundational and next-generation categories, with …
Chris Mellor, 8 Jul 2015
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Speaking in Tech: It's cold outside, so NASA starts a fire in Spaaace

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed is in Thailand while Sarah and Greg talk cloud taxes (whacking a nine per cent charge on the value chain), hacking the hackers (you'd think their p4ssw0rds would be better), hitching a ride with Google ( …
Team Register, 8 Jul 2015

Cisco plays Victor Kiam to MaintenanceNet's Remington

Long-time Cisco US supplier MaintenanceNet has been assimilated, to help The Borg digitise its business processes. The acqui-hire's US$139 million price tag includes both cash and “retention incentives”, Cisco's Debbie Dunham says in the post announcing the transaction. Dunham, senior veep for Global Customer Success, writes …
What Facebook's Fort Worth DC will look like

Facebook vows to blow EVEN HARDER

It seems Facebook's experience with wind power has been good enough for the personalised ads giant to come back for more. The company's west region director of data centre operations Ken Patchett announced that Facebook's next data centre will land in Fort Worth, Texas, and will mimic its Iowa bit-barn by using 100 per cent …
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Open Compute Project testing is a 'complete and total joke'

Comment Facebook's Open Compute Project testing is sub-standard and doesn't follow well-established industry procedures, according to The Register's sources. The Open Compute Project (OCP) was formed in 2011 and involves the Facebook-initiated design of bare-bones computer equipment that can supposedly be built, installed and operated …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jul 2015

EMC sells Syncplicity sync'n'share biz to Skyview Capital. Told ya!

EMC has divested its Syncplicity Dropbox clone enterprise file sync and share, which has been scooped up by private investment outfit Skyview Capital - confirming the rumours El Reg brought to you earlier today. EMC acquired Syncplicity in 2012, quickly binding it to the Atmos and Isilon products and imbuing it with enterprise …
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Sync 'n' sod it: EMC might be shaping up to sell Syncplicity

EMC is set to sell is Syncplicity file sync'n'share business to a private equity firm, according to a Bloomberg report. Skyview Capital LLC is the aforementioned PE biz, and it says about itself: “We specialise in acquiring and unlocking unrealised potential within market-leading businesses across a variety of sectors.” …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jul 2015
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TACC wrangles IBM GPFS on to DSSD for HPC LOLs

A data-intensive supercomputer in Texas is using more than half a petabyte of DSSD flash storage, along with IBM’s Spectrum Scale (GPFS) parallel file system, to provide massively fast random access to gazillions of small files. The Wrangler system is being built because traditional HPC systems are poor at dealing with small …
Chris Mellor, 7 Jul 2015
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Smart Meter biz case still there, insists tragically optimistic UK govt

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has denied the total cost of Smart Meters has now outstripped the projected savings, making the hated scheme even more pointless. The department had previously said the scheme would save £17bn. However, a report by the Major Projects Authority has pegged the total lifetime casts as £ …
Kat Hall, 7 Jul 2015
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Linux on the desktop is so hot there's now a fight over it

Citrix has made good on its April promise to deliver virtual Linux desktops, today announcing it's ready to roll out penguin-powered pretend PCs. The company snuck the penguin-powered desktops into Feature Pack 2 for XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6. For now, Citrix says says you can choose from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 …
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Cisco slings simoleons at software-defined networking biz 6Wind

As the John Chambers and Chuck Robbins worldwide roadshow grinds on, Cisco has dipped another tentative toe in the dangerous waters of bare metal switching, with an investment in Parisian software vendor 6Wind. 6Wind's key offering, the 6WINDGate packet processing software, is pitched at the bare metal market. The company name …
Samsung 2TB SSD

Samsung stuffs 2 TERABYTES into flash drive for ordinary folk

Samsung has brought out a pair of mighty 2TB solid-state drive (SSD) internal drives aimed at the consumer market. The South Korean electronics giant said its 850 SSD PRO and EVO hard drives pack 2TB of capacity in a 2.5in hard-drive enclosure. Each drive contains 128 32-layer 128Gbit Samsung 3D V-NAND chips as well as four …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Jul 2015
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EMC splashed a BILLION dollars buying just one flashy upstart

Top mergers and acquisitions lawyer Michael Ringler helped EMC splash a cool billion dollars buying a rack-scale flash array upstart, The Register can reveal. It was in May 2014 that EMC swooped down and bought the stealthy DSSD rack-scale flash array startup. DSSD was founded around 2010 by two top Sun engineers involved …
Chris Mellor, 6 Jul 2015
SG_Guards

Catalogic brings rank and file into line with copy data cleanup tool

Undisciplined file copy creation spreads like a weed across data centres. You can deal with the problem in two ways. Firstly, dump all your secondary data into a fresh storage silo that makes virtual copies for everyone that needs them. Or you can use a tool to check out your existing infrastructure, identify the copy dross, …
Chris Mellor, 6 Jul 2015
Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD

Kingston offers up its fastest SATA SSD: HyperX Savage 240GB

Review Kingston’s latest SATA-based addition to its HyperX range of SSDs is the Savage, an SSD which boasts some pretty impressive performance and endurance figures. Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB SSD The beast within: Kingston's HyperX Savage According to the official sequential figures for the drive, it is the company’s fastest …
Simon Crisp, 6 Jul 2015

Hyperconverged systems behind the buzzwords

Sign up RIGHT NOW to watch The Register’s latest Regcast, which will give you the tools to decode why hyperconverged systems should matter to you. Watch this live, on July 17 at 11:00 BST – if you can't make it, just sign up and we will email you when the on-demand recording is available. Handy synopsis for you Bad news: …
David Gordon, 6 Jul 2015
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SolidFire pulls off gloves for unholy storage ding-dong. Ding-ding!

Punchy all-flash array startup SolidFire has taken the gloves off in its competition with EMC, NetApp and Pure Storage by releasing competitive architectural comparisons singling out weaknesses in their products. You can get comparison docs vs NetApp all-flash FAS, EMC’s XtremIO and Pure Storage’s FlashArray by filling in …
Chris Mellor, 6 Jul 2015

Cloud provider goes TITSUP? Will someone think of the data!

You’ve entrusted your data to a cloud. This has allowed you to sell off (or scrap) your legacy hardware. You’ve got some new, up-to-date software applications. Maybe you have also outsourced all or part of your IT team. You no longer have to manage and maintain the bulk of your hardware, software and data. You are now enjoying …