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Mobile, cloud, social? Data? Nadella strings sexy words together

Comment "We're keeping Xbox and we're going to make cuts." There, in under 10 words, is the substance of what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took 3,300 words to say in a message to investors, staff and the media last week. If you are a Microsoft salesman keen to answer key questions from customers such as: "What will you be doing …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jul 2014
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Microsoft's new 'Adam' AI trounces Google ... and beats HUMANS

The battle for neural-network dominance has heated up as Microsoft has developed a cutting-edge image-recognition system that has trounced a system from Google. The company revealed "Project Adam" on Monday and claimed that the system is fifty times faster and roughly twice as accurate as Google's own DistBelief system. In one …
Jack Clark, 15 Jul 2014
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China clears Lenovo's slurp of IBM server biz

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has finally approved Lenovo’s $2.3bn deal to buy Big Blue’s server biz, according to Reuters. The country’s anti-monopoly bureau has taken its time over the decision and the US authorities have yet to rule on the acquisition, but Lenovo has said it expects the deal to close this year. Chief exec …
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IBM promises mainframes on tap as SoftLayer lands on London

Retro computing fans will be thrilled to hear IBM is working on floating mainframe platforms onto the cloud even as its pours cash into the rollout of its SoftLayer offering which will hit London this week. SoftLayer, with its existing 13-strong data centre network, was borged by IBM last June, as Big Blue looked to accelerate …
Joe Fay, 30 Jun 2014

Aereo presses pause on 'tiny antenna' TV-streaming service

TV-streaming biz Aereo suspended its services over the weekend, after the Supreme Court ruled last week that its operations breached US broadcasters’ copyrights, but the firm has vowed to fight on. In a letter to users on its website, Aereo chief and founder Chet Kanojia said that the firm was just “pausing services temporarily …
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Windows Server 2003 end of life: Plan your WS2012 migration now

Webcast Extended support for Windows Server 2003 ends on 14 July 2015, so you need to plan your migration now. The Reg has worked with Microsoft, Intel and HP to create a Regcast to guide you through the steps to help you make the best migration decisions for your business. No registration is required. Migrating to the latest version of …
David Gordon, 27 Jun 2014

Unisys makes a tilt at converged infrastructure and containerisation

Unisys is the latest iron-monger to make a run at converged infrastructure, or something that looks an awful lot like it. The company walked away from proprietary silicon nigh-on a decade ago, concentrating on x86-powered “ClearPath” big iron instead. Last year, the company unveiled the first of a new range of servers named “ …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jun 2014

Hello?! Converged data centre peeps? Dell likes US too, says VMware

On the day that Nutanix and Dell announced their new relationship, VMware chose to remind world+dog that Dell likes it too by releasing a new list of VSAN Ready Nodes, the disk-packed servers signed off as suitable to run its virtual storage area network. The new list (PDF) of VSAN Ready Nodes is notable for a few reasons. One …
Darren Pauli, 25 Jun 2014
Bus jam

MIT boffins build 36 core processor with data-traffic smarts

Researchers at MIT say they have successfully built a 36-core processor that uses an internal networking system to get maximum data throughput from all the processing cores. MIT's new multicore, multi-bus, chip MIT's new multicore, multi-bus chip The design, unveiled at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture, …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2014
Russia

Russian gov to dump x86, bake own 64-bit ARM chips - reports

Russian news outlet Kommersant has reported that the nation's government wants to ditch Intel and AMD processors in favour of a locally-developed ARM effort. The outlet's report suggests three state-owned Russian companies are banding together to develop to be called “Baikal” that will use ARM's 64-bit kernel Cortex A-57 as its …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2014
The guts of a Unitrends hardware appliance

32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT!

Thousands of Supermicro baseboard management controllers (BMCs) continue to spit administrator passwords in cleartext after a patch described as unsuitable was not applied by admins. Accessing the machines could be dead simple for the tech savvy; vulnerable boxes would pop during a net or Shodan scan for port 49152. Any of the …
Darren Pauli, 20 Jun 2014

Unisys cozies closer to Intel, 'sunsets' proprietary processor

Unisys is hastening the retirement of its proprietary – and geriatric – mainframe processor, beginning with 12 new ClearPath systems based on Intel Xeon processors. "Continuing the ongoing evolution of the ClearPath family to an open architecture based on Intel x86 processors," the company said in a statement, "the new models …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jun 2014
The new Dell SC4020 array

Oh THOSE products, says Dell. Sure we'll sell them if you ask

Dell has unveiled new storage appliances and a server it probably won't try to sell to you. If that state of affairs seems odd, consider that the new re-privatised concern has a global business making kit for original equipment manufacturers. The resulting products end up in all manner of places where vendors need kit backed by …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jun 2014
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Hey, VMware. You've got competition – from a Belgian upstart

Belgian startup incubator CloudFounders has an open source project to provide an networked object storage backend to VMware or KVM virtual machines using a VSAN-like Open vStorage Router (OSR). OSR is a VMware VM, or runs on bare metal in a KVM server, and it scales out by having OSR run on additional virtualised servers linked …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2014

Watch this: A webinar about System Center Orchestrator

Video Youtube Video In this training session QA's Paul Gregory explores System Center Orchestrator - which he describes as "Microsoft's best-kept secret". SCOrch allows heterogeneous automation across your infrastructure and business process, without coding. The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's …
David Gordon, 12 Jun 2014
Verizon

Verizon: Only a CROWD of storage tech firms can hold up our hefty cloud

While Verizon has adopted Amplidata’s Himalaya object technology for its Cloud Storage service, it told The Register that this does not mean it has given up on HDS’s Content Platform (HCP) – which is also object-based. We suggested this might be the case yesterday, but Kevin King, Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ corporate comms …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2014
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Intel pleads for €1bn EU fine to be overturned, is DENIED

Remember when Intel gave rebates to PC makers who bought its chips? The world’s largest computer chip maker has now lost its attempt to overturn the ancient €1bn fine from the European Union over its anticompetitive war with rival AMD. The record €1.06bn fine was handed down by the European Commission’s antitrust division …
Everest

US telco titan Verizon floats storage clouds over Himalaya

It looks like Verizon is parking its storage atop the cloudy peaks of Amplidata’s Himalaya object storage architecture. Amplidata, an object storage startup, says: “With Himalaya, users can easily store and manage zettabytes of data and trillions of stored objects, all under one global namespace using Intel-based commercial off …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2014

Cheap, backwards-compatible PCIe 4.0 on track for 2015 2016

PCI-SIG Development of the fourth generation of PCI Express – unsurprisingly dubbed PCIe 4.0 – is moving along nicely, but don't expect the final specification to be completed until at least late 2015 or more likely early-to-mid 2016. That's the bad news. The good news is that moving up to the new 16 gigatransfers-per-second standard – …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Jun 2014
VMware Monster VM

VMware to offer converged compute and storage hardware

Update VMware looks like it is about to start selling hardware. The idea seems outrageous given the company has spent the last year talking up software-defined data centres, and the last decade suggesting that any application or physical appliance can and should be bundled up into a virtual machine running on an utterly anodyne server …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2014

Google reaches into own silicon brain to slash electricity bill

Google has worked out how to save as much as 20 percent of its data-center electricity bill by reaching deep into the guts of its infrastructure and fiddling with the feverish silicon brains of its chips. In a paper to be presented next week at the ISCA 2014 computer architecture conference entitled "Towards Energy …
Jack Clark, 5 Jun 2014
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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

Snowden Anniversary One year after The Guardian opened up the trove of top secret American and British documents leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) sysadmin Edward J Snowden, the world of data security and personal information safety has been turned on its head. Everything about the safety of the internet as a common communication …
Protonet win

German server lockbox scores MEELLION dollar seed-smashing record

Cheers and laughter could be heard late last night through the walls of a small Hamburg office as staff celebrated an unlikely win; their punt to build a NSA-subverting server that encrypts everything a small business might do in the office had made bank with a record-breaking $US1 million in crowdfunding sourced in 89 mins. The …
Darren Pauli, 5 Jun 2014
Nervous girl bites nails

Will IBM System x sink without trace before Lenovo can grab the helm?

It's squeaky bottom time for Lenovo execs waiting to get their hands on IBM's System X division, as Big Blue's sales train continues to head south, making sporadic station stops at Double Digit Declines-ville and Commodity Central. IBM's server biz continued to fall from grace in the first calendar quarter of 2014, with Gartner …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2014
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Watch this: A webinar about VMWare's PowerCLI

Video Youtube Video You may have heard of Powershell. Now meet Vmware's Add-on to it, PowerCli. PowerCli allows you to script changes and reporting of your vSphere environment. Watch this training session from QA and find out what you are missing. The Register is broadcasting a bunch of online sessions recorded at QA's Tech Week in …
David Gordon, 28 May 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Did our podcast lift Red Hat shares? Stranger things have happened

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole crew is together again to wreck more tech – and after last week's episode apparently inflated Red Hat's share price by 40 cents, we wonder what, er, earthquakes are about to hit today. From scotch …
Team Register, 28 May 2014
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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

Sysadmin blog In response to a previous article, a number of readers have submitted their views on essential systems administration tools. A few responses stand out from the rest. Michael Wilkinson rightly rebukes me for not including hardware tools in the discussion, with the BOFH's signature cattleprod being first to mind. Malle-herbert …
Trevor Pott, 28 May 2014
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Watch this! RHEL 7 - The new release preview

Vid Youtube Video RHEL 7 is shaping up to have the biggest incremental change ever... From file systems, boot loader to daemon control and desktop manager - administrators will have their hands full when making the transition. In this 90 min webinar, an unnamed QA trainer will take you through Content: Roadmap; Boot with GRUB2; …
David Gordon, 28 May 2014
Angry Birds

Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Dear Mr Dabbs. Thank you for your business. Please see invoice enclosed. This doesn’t bode well: I am not the sort of person who is able to make private purchases on account. As much as I’d love to swan into a shop, point at various things and drawl “Send them over, will you, darlings?” as I saunter off into a waiting limo, …
Alistair Dabbs, 23 May 2014
Kaminario K-Blocks

Kaminario shovels RAM, shiny new processors onto K2's peaks

Kaminario has updated its K2 all-flash array with new processors, more RAM, higher capacity SSDs and data reduction technology, claiming K2 is more efficient, scalable and cost-effective than either EMC's XtremIO or Pure Storage's FA-400 all-flash arrays. The fourth generation K2 product topped the SPC-1 random IO and SPC-2 …
Chris Mellor, 20 May 2014

Convergence as a new new thing

Feature Nearly 20 years ago I was technical editor of a weekly networking and telecoms newspaper. In those days the big word was “convergence” – at that time in the context of telephony and data coming together into a single network infrastructure and protocol set. Here we are in 2014, and that word is once again being bandied about – …
Dave Cartwright, 15 May 2014
Canonical Orange Box

Canonical teams up with Tranquil PC to deliver Ubuntu cluster-in-a-box

OpenStack Summit Canonical is getting into the hardware business – albeit in a very limited way – to help customers who aren't ready to build out their own clusters start experimenting with private clouds based on Ubuntu and OpenStack. Announced at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, the Orange Box is a turnkey mobile cluster …
Neil McAllister, 14 May 2014
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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

Readers' corner El Reg reader h4rm0ny wants your advice. Here goes. I've been using Bash for well over a decade. (About fifteen years?). I'm reasonable with it. I'm now teaching myself Powershell and whilst some of it I like, the default environment is terrible. I'm not talking about the language itself, but the fact that to use Powershell I …
Drew Cullen, 10 May 2014

Everything you always wanted to know about VDI but were afraid to ask (no, it's not an STD)

Feature So you know your way around a data center just fine, but you've been told to roll out VDI – aka that highly riveting technology, virtual desktop infrastructure. This is your first time juggling virtualization on this scale. What do you need to worry about? How will you test and benchmark it? Our sysadmin blogger Trevor Pott …
Trevor Pott, 28 Apr 2014
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Watch out! KILLER HP firmware update bricks ProLiant server mobos

HP has warned customers that one of its firmware updates can accidentally brick the network hardware in 100 ProLiant Server models. The Service Pack for ProLiant 2014.02.0 can potentially murder HP Broadcom-based network adapters in G2 to G7-series machines. A server relying on a dead NIC is not much use at all – and may well …
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2014
IBM's Power8 processor

IBM rides nightmarish hardware landscape on OpenPOWER Consortium raft

IBM is going to ride out the storm rippling through the hardware industry by donating one of its crown jewels to a consortium of partner companies with the hope it can make a bit of cash off the ensuing sales. At a press conference in San Francisco on Wednesday Big Blue - along with partners from Google, Nvidia, Mellanox, Tyan, …
Jack Clark, 23 Apr 2014

EMC feels burn of declining demand for enterprise storage

EMC's share price dipped today after it revealed that fiscal Q1 profits crashed by close to a third on the back of rising operational costs and falling sales of enterprise kit. The world's largest maker of storage equipment reported sales of $5.48bn for the three months ended 31 March, with products down 3.3 per cent to $3.08bn …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2014
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Violin, Microsoft slip Windows, SQL Server, apps, flash into box

Violin Memory has turned its converged server-storage 6000-series flash array into an engine for SQL Server which is capable of putting data directly into an app server's memory – thanks to a little help from Microsoft. The 6000-series all-flash array runs Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 on two integral blade servers. It connects …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2014

Microsoft to spend $1.1bn to build Iowa data center

Microsoft has been given the go-ahead to build a $1.1bn data center just outside the capital of Iowa, Des Moines – in southeast West Des Moines, to be exact – which when taken together with its existing data center there will raise the company's investment in the area to a hair below $2bn. Redmond wrangled a fine passel of …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Apr 2014

AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014

AMD's 64-bit ARM-based server chips, code-named "Seattle", will come to market late this year – but don't expect to see them wrapped up in any SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems at launch. "We've reached a significant milestone in our ambidextrous strategy," said AMD CEO Rory Read, using the company's term for its two-fisted x86 …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed

It's 1996 and Mission:Impossible has just arrived on the cinema screens. RAM is $10 per megabyte and falling. Against this backdrop, Microsoft has quietly commenced its own seemingly impossible mission, a complete re-write of a little known database which will be released two years into the future, and will be known as SQL …
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Granite becomes Steel: Riverbed rebrands its ROBO gear

Granite is an unchanging rock. The ROBO product of that name, however, has just been rebranded by Riverbed as SteelFusion, nominally tying it into Riverbed's Steelhead WAN optimiser products. The Granite product was pitched at removing servers from remote and branch offices and replacing them with a fast pipe to a central office …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014