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Top supercomputing biz boss cuffed amid allegations of fraud

The CEO of Pezy Computing, known for developing one of the world's fastest supercomputers, has been arrested on suspicion of fraud. Motoaki Saito was collared in Tokyo on Tuesday along with the company's project development manager Daisuke Suzuki by a special investigative unit in Japan digging into a Japanese government …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Dec 2017
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Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit

Home security company Y-Cam has enraged its users after pulling its free lifetime cloud storage for its internet-connected cameras. Customers were told they had 14 days' notice to download any footage they required before the free service was deactivated. Y-Cam will now offer one year of free seven-day rolling cloud storage …
Richard Priday, 06 Dec 2017
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Microsoft adds nothing to new Semi-Annual Windows Server preview

Microsoft's released something odd: a new tech preview of Windows Server's semi-annual release channel with no new features but a few known issues with the potential to mess things up. The first-listed known issue warns that “Dynamic disks fail I/O with STATUS_INVALID_DEVICE_REQUEST, resulting in failures to mount or format a …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2017
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Google pushed update that broke managed Chromebooks' Wi-Fi

A Google slip-up left educators scratching their heads after schools' Chromebooks developed mass wireless network SSID amnesia. The issue came to light in four rather cross Reddit threads (here, here, here and here). What happened was an apparent update slip-up resulting in devices forgetting Wi-Fi settings managed through …
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nbn™ chair Ziggy Switkowski says HFC remediation mess is business as usual

nbn™ chairman Ziggy Switkowski last night told a Senate Estimates hearing that problems with the hybrid fibre-coax (HFC) network it bought from Telstra first emerged in July. In November, nbn™, the company building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), put the HFC rollout on hold. nbn™ has stated that it …

EE drops packets but retains UK network champ's title

EE’s dominance as the best-performing UK mobile network has one or two surprising short comings in the No.1’s performance. Real-world data suggests Vodafone has the best network for 4G packet loss and EE the worst. We rarely see measurements for packet loss, jitter or latency on mobile networks and these come from Tutela, a …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Dec 2017

VMware UK boss quits 'suddenly' – sources

VMware’s UK boss has insisted it was his decision to quit Virtzilla to pursue pastures new and spend more time with his young family. David Phull left VMware on Friday, but sources claimed he had meetings still booked in his diary and that his exit seemed abrupt, with no permanent replacement lined up. A spokeswoman at the …
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2017
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Storage and network prodder Virtual Instruments climbs up stack to apps

Virtual Instruments has said it is getting more application-centric with its v5.4 release of VirtualWisdom, its infrastructure performance monitoring and analytics platform, which builds on its Xangati acquisition. The theory is sound, with the basic real-time monitoring of IT infrastructure components being connected to the …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2017
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Call of Duty: Hierachical storage management biz runs its last campaign

Hierarchical Storage Management and HPC archiving firm Campaign Storage has closed down. It was started up by Nathan Thompson, founder and CEO of archive gateway system and tape library company SpectraLogic and and Peter Braam. Braam was its CEO and the Lustre file system creator. The idea was to provides tools for massive …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2017

AMD scores EPYC gig powering new Azure instances

AMD's return to the server market has won it a place in a top tier cloud: the company today revealed that it has won Microsoft's business for the next generation of Azure's L-series instances. The chip-maker told The Register its 32-core, 2.2GHz EPYC 7551 will power a new “Lv2” Azure instance type. Azure's L-series instances …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2017

♫ Storage falling, all around me... Snowflake, Komprise... Paragon ♬

Ho ho ho, blockheads. Winterfest is almost upon us, but you know what is more exciting than four weeks of soulless consumerism? That's right, storage! So here's another roundup of the latest industry titbits. We do spoil you so. IBM It takes a while for AIX and System i to get the newest kit but it has arrived. Big Blue has a …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2017
Samsung's new 512GB eUFS V-NAND storage

Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage

Samsung has doubled the size of its largest Universal Flash Storage (eUFS) product to 512 gigabytes and started mass production of the chips. Samsung pitched previous generations of this kit at cars, which are expected to soon need to record a lot of sensor data, a VM or three to power various systems, some content for the …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2017
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China reboots internet conference with keynote from Cook

China's efforts to reboot an annual internet conference have received a big boost with a keynote from Apple CEO Tim Cook and the attendance of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The World Internet Conference held in historic Wuzhen, just outside Beijing, was started in 2014 as a way for China to exert greater influence over internet …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Dec 2017
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Sprint calls out Charter with chat-patent sueball

Stop us if you've heard this one; two telecoms heavyweights are headed to court over allegations of patent infringement. This time, it's Sprint and Charter who are bringing out the lawyers over allegations that Charter's phone service infringes on more than a dozen voice over internet protocol (VoIP) patents Sprint was issued …
Shaun Nichols, 04 Dec 2017
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Building reliability into storage infrastructure

SPONSORED Flash Storage II Ask a layperson what the most important storage characteristics are, and they might say raw capacity, or speed, or perhaps power consumption. Ask an enterprise storage specialist and they will say, yes, all the above but most of all, reliability. As businesses have come to rely on the ability to access and …
David Gordon, 04 Dec 2017

US credit repair biz damages own security: 111GB of personal info exposed in S3 blunder

The National Credit Federation, a US credit repair biz, left 111GB of thousands of folks' highly sensitive personal details exposed to the public internet, according to security researchers. In yet another AWS S3 configuration cockup, Americans' names, addresses, dates of birth, photos of driver licenses and social security …
Iain Thomson, 02 Dec 2017
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Big Mike is going to make HPE's life a living Dell: Server sales surge

Dell is set to overtake HPE and become the number-one server vendor in terms of revenue and unit shipment numbers, according to IDC. Meanwhile, Lenovo's server shipments are under severe pressure. IDC's third-quarter Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker has two tables and a chart showing what's going on. Here's the server vendor …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2017
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Battle-weary Tosh, WDC mull peace treaty to end war over flash chip fab

Toshiba and Western Digital may be about to settle their long-running legal dispute over Tosh's sale of its interest in a flash fab joint venture, held by the two, to a Bain-led consortium that includes WDC competitors. Tosh wanted to sell its interest after near-catastrophic losses were discovered in its Westinghouse US nuke …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2017

Oh, Nutanix, if you carry on like this you might actually creep into profit

Nutanix has had a quarter to shout about with 46 per cent annual revenue growth and a reducing loss trend hinting at a profitable fourth quarter. Its first fiscal 2018 quarter had revenues of $275.6m; they were $188.6m a year ago* and $226.2m in the preceding quarter. The GAAP net loss was $61.5m, which sounds bad but better …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2017
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Delphix sends database virtualization sailing up the Amazon

Delphix is integrating Amazon's Relational Database Service (RDS) into its database virtualizing platform. The company started out provisioning virtual copies for test and dev and so forth. It then evolved into a supplier of personal virtualized data environments, covering on-premises and public cloud environments. RDS …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2017
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Ofcom proposes ways to stop BT undercutting broadband rivals

Ofcom wants to slap new measures on BT to prevent it from undercutting rivals investing in super and ultrafast broadband. The UK communications regulator today proposed a clause in its draft plans to address BT's "significant market power" aimed at preventing the former state monopoly from targeted discounting of its wholesale …
Kat Hall, 01 Dec 2017
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Toshiba soups up XG5-P NVMe SSD with 2TB and chunky read/write boost

Toshiba has doubled the capacity of its M.2 form factor XG5 flash drive to 2TB with an XG5-P (premium) model. The XG5, announced last May, comes in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB versions, using 64-layer, TLC (3bits/cell) 3D NAND like the XG5-P. There is an SLC (1bit/cell) cache in the XG5 and the same is true for the premium model, …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2017

Datrium tries to tempt Amazon cloud backup folk: Psst, buddy... you want HCI?

Hyperconverged system startup Datrium has spun out a DVX cloud instance for AWS. DVX is Datrium's on-premises hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) system, with storage controller software in server nodes and a shared DVX storage array. This is different from most HCI systems, which have local storage in each HCI server node. …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2017

Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

Analysis Russia is intending to set up its "own internet" according to a number of Russian news sources citing a document signed by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month. At a meeting at the end of the October, the Russian Security Council ordered its telecoms ministry to look at a "system of backup DNS root name servers, …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Dec 2017
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Citrix cracks Windows Store's monopoly on Windows 10 S apps

Citrix has released a version of its Receiver app for Windows 10 S, and in so doing made Microsoft's lightweight cut of Windows for schools a bit more interesting. Microsoft offered the world Windows 10 S in May 2017 and recommended it to schools on the basis that it can only install apps from the Windows Store. That plan was …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Dec 2017
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Oracle rival chides UK councils for pricey database indulgence

County and district councils in the UK – Blighty's municipal governments – risk software bills they can't afford if they use Oracle databases, competing vendor TmaxSoft argues. That turns out to be almost all of them. TmaxSoft, which makes a relational database called Tibero, contends that in an era of austerity, the public …
Thomas Claburn, 01 Dec 2017
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WDC to move all its stuff to RISC-V processors, build some kind of super data-wrangling stack

Analysis Western Digital has grandly announced its will use the open-source RISC-V processor architecture in all future products and "intends to lead the industry transition toward open, purpose-built compute architectures to meet the increasingly diverse application needs of a data-centric world." Western Digital, aka WDC, CTO Martin …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2017
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Will you be on Cloud9? AWS emits cloudy code editor it nabbed last year

AWS re:Invent Amid its torrent of product announcements tied to its re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services on Thursday introduced AWS Cloud9, a browser-based code editor with AWS integration. Without the AWS prefix, Cloud9 can be had as open source software and on Google Cloud Platform. AWS acquired the company Cloud9 in July, 2016 and …
Thomas Claburn, 01 Dec 2017
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VMware crushes another quarter, with help from $100m DXC deal

VMware's again exceeded expectations, with its third quarter results revealing revenue of US$1.98bn, $20m more than expected, and earnings per share seven cents ahead at $1.34. Analysts on the company's earnings call gushed over the results for the three months ended 3 November, which represented an eleven per cent increase …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Dec 2017
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Core blimey: Dell dunks hyperconverged server lines in Skylake

Analysis Dell is increasing the performance of its hyperconverged product lines by adding 14G PowerEdge servers amid triple-digit VxRail revenue growth. Is this just a short-term spurt or something deeper? Dell's VxRail and XC Series appliances will use the latest Xeon Scalable Processor CPUs. The XC Series is also being given new NVMe …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2017

A day will come when Azure Active Directory 'classic' portal is killed. But it is not this day

Updated For reasons unknown, Microsoft has decided at the last minute not to pull the plug on the old Azure Active Directory portal just yet. The "classic" portal will now retire January 8, instead of today. The new Azure admin console was first previewed September 2016, and when released in May Microsoft boasted "over 750k admins …
Andrew Silver, 30 Nov 2017

Nokia 'not currently' talking about nor arranging Juniper buy

Nokia Networks has denied a rumour that it's planning to make an offer for Juniper Networks. The possibility that the European vendor might slurp the Gin Palace was floated by unnamed sources who spoke to CNBC. Those sources said Nokia would offer US$16 billion. Since that's well over Juniper's current market capitalisation …
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HPE inks object storage reseller deal in EMEA – with Cloudian

+Comment Not content with having one object storage partner, Scality, HPE has linked arms with a second – Cloudian. HPE has signed a reseller agreement with Cloudian – and will resell Cloudian HyperStore software in the EMEA region through its Pointnext services business. The Cloudian software runs on HPE's ProLiant and Apollo server …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2017

Max Schrems launches privacy NGO, wins €60k within first 24 hours

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems is crowdfunding a nonprofit that will bring consumer privacy cases to court in a bid to enforce European data protection laws. The non-governmental organisation, called NOYB, for None of Your Business, was launched yesterday and has already raised almost €60,000. Schrems – famed for …
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017
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Can't wait for 5G? Don't then, Gigabit LTE will be around for ages

While 5G suffers the usual, protracted birth pangs, unfashionable Gigabit LTE is going to be how your mobile bits are delivered for ages. CCS Insight notes that 43 operators have either deployed Gigabit LTE already or are in trials to do so. T-Mobile says it has deployed the three key technologies needed for Gigabit LTE – 4x4 …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2017

FlashBlade runner Pure charges NetApp's legacy filer fortress

Analysis Pure Storage had a great growth quarter and sees itself taking on NetApp filers with its unstructured data FlashBlade product. The company reported $278m in FY 2018 third-quarter revenues, which was a 41 per cent year-over-year increase and beat the midpoint of Pure's estimated revenue range for the quarter of $271m. It was 23 …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2017

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