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Flash Gordon

It pays to fake it: Test your flash SAN with a good simulation

It is pretty obvious that storage systems vary. You could reply, with some justification: “No shit, Sherlock!” What is less obvious and more useful to know, however, is how and why they vary and how the variation – not just between all-disk, hybrid and all-flash arrays but even between different arrays of the same class – can …
Bryan Betts, 21 May 2015
Qualcomm

AllJoyn your whitegoods, says Qualcomm

Qualcomm is giving its AllJoyn protocol another shove with new Internet of Stuff silicon targeting the home appliance market. As well as integrating the Allseen Alliance AllJoyne framework, the company's QCA401x and QCA4531 chips put WiFi together with a microcontroller and various interfaces. The aim, the company says, is to …
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HTTP/2 is now utterly officially official

HTTP/2 was signed off back in February, but the spec took its final step towards becoming a standard on Thursday US time with the publication of rfc7540. RFCs - request for comments - are counterintuitively named because as the Internet Engineering Task Force explains, “Once an RFC is published, it is never revised. If the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2015
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Amazon, eBay and Oracle in dirty power SHAME

Greenpeace has released a report naming the tech companies who make the best (and worst) use of renewable energy. The 2015 Clicking Green report (PDF) named which companies were relying heavily on renewable resources and which were powering their datacenters with coal and other non-renewable materials. The report grades …
Shaun Nichols, 13 May 2015
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CTERA's cloudy gateway gets sync 'n' share bolted on

Life in the cloud storage gateway jungle gets tougher and tougher as cloud file sync 'n' sharers invade the storage gateway space. CTERA is taking on the file sync'ers directly. It's combined its cloud storage gateway with file sync 'n' share for business users in central, branch and remote offices, covering access from desktops …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2015
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Nutanix announces beta of Community Edition software

As foreshadowed by The Reg's virtualisation desk, Nutanix has announced a “community edition” of the software it uses to power its hyperconverged servers-and-storage-in-a-box rigs. The software will see the light of day at the company's user conference on June 8th, where it will merge as a “full-featured, limited-scale version …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2015
IBM Headquarters, Armonk, NY

Big Blue embiggens little iron to match the march of the Xeon

IBM wants to win the spec-war with Chipzilla: in response to a growing number of x86 vendors pitching four-socket Haswell-EX-based mobos, Big Blue has announced the Power E850. This four-socket system is a shot back at announcements already made by HP, Dell, Oracle, Fujitsu and NEC, with World+Dog presumably queuing up to follow …
Team Register, 12 May 2015
Russia

All-Russian 'Elbrus' PCs and servers go on sale

Russia's Moscow Center of SPARC Technologies has started taking orders for PCs and servers using locally-developed “Elbrus 4c” CPUs. It's unclear if the new products have been ordered by the Kremlin, which last year responded to the many Snowden revelations by declaring it would create its own ARM chippery to stop the NSA …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2015
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Microsoft points PowerShell at Penguinistas

In yet another sign that Microsoft is a very different animal these days, the company has released PowerShell DSC (desired state configuration) for Linux. PowerShell DSC is a server configuration tool that has hitherto driven Windows Server boxen. But Microsoft's now decided it has a “commitment to common management of …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2015

Cisco plugs remote code execution flaw in UCS Central control freak

Cisco has patched a remote code execution bug that could give attackers root privileges on its Unified Computing System (UCS) Central software used by more than 30,00 organisations. The UCS data centre server platform joins hardware, virtualisation, networking and software into one system. Versions 1.2 and below are affected. …
Darren Pauli, 8 May 2015
AMD CEO Lisa Su speaking at the firm's 2015 financial analyst day

Rip up your AMD obits: Gaming, VR, embedded chips to lift biz out of the red by 2016, allegedly

Struggling chipmaker AMD hosted an all-day meeting in New York City on Wednesday to reassure financial analysts that its product portfolio is strong and it plans to return to growth this year. During the meeting – AMD's first in three years – CEO Lisa Su said she plans to return the company to profitability in the second half of …

Intel's latest Haswell Xeon E7 v3 CPUs land in Apollo and ProLiant

HP wants to stick its elbows back into the hyperscale market, announcing a bunch of upcoming servers using the latest Intel silicon. The company is marching in time with Chipzilla's rollout of the Haswell-EX Xeon E7 v3 processors for machines with more than four sockets. The processors are getting rolled into a family of scale- …
Team Register, 6 May 2015
Lego Godzilla

Intel raises memory deflector shields in Xeon E7 processor refresh

Intel has given its Xeon E7 processor family its annual refresh, this time emphasising analytics at scale. The new E7-8800/4800 v3 chips use the Haswell micro-architecture, meaning all Chipzilla's Xeons have made the jump. Intel's been a bit cagey, and did not share the list of E7 v3 models as we were going to press, but we're …
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Low price, big power: Virtual Private Server picks for power nerds

Running your own virtual private server (VPS) was once limited to either profitable side projects or those with money to burn. The relatively high monthly costs (often $40-$60 per month) made it too expensive for personal projects that didn't generate income and more serious endeavors often used dedicated hardware, leaving VPS …

VCE to use Quanta servers for new 'VxRacks'

EMC World 2015 VCE will today announce the “VxRack”, a rack-scale converged infrastructure product that will use Quanta servers. The company will reveal three VxRacks during the EMC World opening keynote. Model 1032 will be a choose-your-own hypervisor affair, with KVM, vSphere or bare metal options, plus EMC's ScaleIO to wrangle storage. EMC' …
Red rocket toy

Kubernetes gobbles rkt for instant-on containers – no Docker required

CoreOS Fest Cloudy Linux startup CoreOS kicked off its inaugural CoreOS Fest event in San Francisco on Monday with word that its homegrown rkt (pronounced "rocket") container runtime software will be integrated into the Google-derived Kubernetes container orchestration software. What that means is that Kubernetes will be able to fire up …
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Wordpress munching contagion turns Linux servers into spam bots

The Mumblehard malware is turning Linux and BSD server into spam-spewing zombies. Security researchers at ESET have logged over 8,500 unique IP addresses during a seven-month research period looking into the junk-mail-linked malware menace. Mumblehard is made up of two different components. The first component is a generic …
John Leyden, 1 May 2015
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VCE now competing with VMware

VCE, the converged infrastructure lovechild of Cisco, EMC and VMware, is starting to get into interesting competitive tangles. The company's founding proposition was that it sells stacks-in-a-box comprised entirely of kit from Cisco and EMC, plus VMware software. Cisco's since reduced itself to a silent partner in the company, …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2015
Ostrich

Gambling with your data: Betfair fixes HUGE account reset email vuln

Betfair has left consumers wide-eyed with worry after gaping holes in its its account recovery system were discovered by users. The alarm was raised with Betfair after people found that the account reset procedure for users with less than £100 in their account was simply to provide data such as the account name and holder's date …
Applied Micro's X-Gene server-on-a-chip

PayPal adopts ARM servers, gets mightily dense

Those hoping ARM-powered servers can give Intel and AMD some stiff competition in the data centre have some good news today, after Applied Micro revealed that PayPal “has deployed and validated” the company's ARM-architected X-Gene server-on-a-chip. Applied Micro CEO and president Paramesh Gopi said, during the company's Q4 …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Apr 2015

The Government Digital Service: The Happiest Place on Earth

Special Report Last year, the UK's Cabinet Office asked an external management consultancy to examine staff morale and high turnover at the Government Digital Service. After interviewing more than 100 civil servants, its scathing confidential analysis described an organisation beset by low morale and run by a “cabal” management of old friends …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2015
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SendGrid infosec chief eats humble pie, admits email service hacked

Marketing email distribution service SendGrid is asking customers to switch passwords after admitting it got hacked. The move follows the realisation that a previously reported hack is a bigger deal than previously imagined. The initial alert was triggered after the SendGrid account of Bitcoin exchange Coinbase was compromised …
John Leyden, 28 Apr 2015
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GDS monopoly leaves UK.gov at risk of IT cock-ups, warns report

The Government Digital Service's (GDS) current monopoly position on providing Whitehall IT places it at high risk of repeating the same costly IT disasters of the past. "With a monopoly position and a client base compelled to turn to GDS for advice, there is a risk that they could become an inefficient organisation removed from …
Kat Hall, 22 Apr 2015
Una chooses the special offer

Android mobe biz OnePlus goes to the dogs - or maybe cats

The cat-video school of marketing has been used to promote OnePlus dropping its need for an invitation to buy one of its smartphones. The cat is called Una - except it isn’t a cat, it’s a dog. Perhaps it’s been watching too many O2 adverts*. When OnePlus launched the OnePlus One it put into place a system of invitations. If you …
Simon Rockman, 21 Apr 2015
Gavel

Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

A Hamburg court today ruled the use of ad blocking is legal following a case brought against Adblock Plus by a group of German publishers. The defendant in the four-month trial was Eyeo GmbH, the company that owns Adblock Plus. The lawsuit claimed the company should not be allowed to block ads on websites owned by the …
Kat Hall, 21 Apr 2015
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AssangeTM ♥s dictator Kim Jong-un say Sony Pictures' lawyers

Sony Pictures Entertainment's legal representatives appear to again have written to media, entreating them not to write about the documents pinched from the company's servers last year. The letter, a purported copy of which can be found here (PDF) makes the argument that WikiLeaks' decision to publish the documents “rewards a …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Apr 2015

Want to give your data centre a makeover? Spend half a day learning how

Promo Are you happy with your data centre? Let’s face it, wouldn’t you like to redo it and get it right this time? Or perhaps you’d just be interested in slashing your management costs? Microsoft wants to help you modernise whatever you have underpinning your company and so invites you to one of its Transform the Data Centre Immersion …
Team Register, 20 Apr 2015
Ice cores stored in a snow trough at the Bruce Plateau camp. Credit: Ellen Mosley-Thompson, OSU

The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons

I started my commercial data centre experience in London in the late 1990s. Even back then, most of the service providers were parroting the same mantra: “Your power provision is limited, and we'll charge you through the nose for anything over the basic consumption figure you've signed up to.” The logic most of them gave was the …
Dave Cartwright, 20 Apr 2015

‘Right to be forgotten’ prompts more French privacy concerns

French data protection authority CNIL received 260 complaints last year related to the so-called 'right to be forgotten' ruling. Presenting its annual report on Thursday, the organisation revealed that it had received nearly 135,000 calls from the public in 2014, a rise of 7 per cent on the previous year. The 11,000-odd …
Jennifer Baker, 17 Apr 2015

Remember SeaMicro? Red-ink-soaked AMD dumps it overboard

Tattered AMD says it's done with its SeaMicro server division, following a grim quarter that saw the ailing chipmaker weather losses beyond the expectations of even the gloomiest of Wall Street analysts. In guidance issued alongside AMD's earnings report for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, CFO Devinder Kumar said the …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2015

Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

The SANS Institute has warned Windows IIS web server admins to get patching as miscreants are now exploiting a flaw in the software to crash websites. The security bug (CVE-2015-1635) allows attackers to knock web servers offline by sending a simple HTTP request. Microsoft fixed this denial-of-service vulnerability on Tuesday …
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2015
Werner Vogels

Amazon CTO destealths to throw light on AWS data centre design

Ask Amazon about its AWS data centres and you’ll get get this response: Amazon doesn’t talk about its data centres. Until its chief technology officer pitches in, that is. Werner Vogels closed London’s AWS Summit Wednesday by cracking open a little the black curtain that hides Amazon’s data centres from the world during a …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2015
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Oracle grunts, grimaces, pushes out 98-flaw security patch batch

Oracle has patched nearly 100 security flaws in Java, Fusion Middleware, Database, MySQL and other products. For Java SE, the update fixes 14 CVE-listed bugs. All of the flaws are remotely exploitable without authentication to compromise a victim's computer, and three were given risk assessment scores of 10 out of 10. (Psst ... …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2015
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DDN unveils filer boxes for all occasions at NAB 2015

DDN has launched two new filers: the MEDIAScaler for media workflows and a refreshed GRIDScaler for HPC-style workloads. Both were launched at NAB 2015, the National Association of Broadcasting Show in Las Vegas, where user attendees will typically work with large sets of often multi-component video files and need fast access to …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2015

It's 2015 and a RICH TEXT FILE or a HTTP request can own your Windows machine

Microsoft has delivered its latest monthly batch of security updates to address flaws in Windows, Office and Internet Explorer. Redmond's latest Patch Tuesday payload includes 11 bulletins, four of which are rated critical as they allow attackers to execute malicious code on victims' computers from across the internet. The full …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Apr 2015

What just went down on Intel for three months? Er, PC and mobile chips

Intel announced its earnings based on its new financial reporting structure for the first time on Tuesday, but despite having lumped its ailing Mobile & Communications unit in with its PC Client business, there was no hiding that the three months ended on March 28 were a tough quarter for Chipzilla. Total revenue for the first …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015
Need for Speed: The Run

Need speed? Then PCIe it is – server power without the politics

How many PCI Express (PCIe) lanes does your computer have? How many of those are directly provided by the CPU? With only a few exceptions, nobody except high-end gamers and the High Performance Computing (HPC) crowd care. Regular punters (maybe) care about how many PCIe slots they have. So why is it that gamers and HPC types get …
Trevor Pott, 14 Apr 2015
Ransom note saying "Pay Up" in blackmail type

Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

Blundering cops in Maine, US, have enriched malware masterminds by paying up to decrypt files held hostage by ransomware. Four city police departments and a sheriff's office in Lincoln County share a common computer network run by Burgess Computer, which hosts the plods' administrative files. Then one day the entire system was …
Iain Thomson, 13 Apr 2015

Backdoor bot brains snatched after cops, white hats raid servers

Microsoft and Interpol have teamed up to derail a malware infection that compromised more than 770,000 Windows PCs worldwide. Simda is a “pay-per-install” software nasty: fraudsters pay miscreants some sum of money for every 1,000 or so machines they compromise. The hackers effectively earn cash by selling access to the infected …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2015
Apple Watch lineup

Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

An estimated one million consumers have flashed the plastic to pre-order an Apple Watch, leaving the fruity firm without stock to meet additional demand for months. According to Slice Intelligence, roughly one million fanbois in the US have pre-ordered one or more of the smartwatches. Or The Watch That Watches You Back, as they' …

'Chinese hackers' were sniffing SE Asian drawers for YEARS

Security researchers have exposed a decade-long cyber-spying campaign that targeted south-east Asia and India since 2004. The so-called APT 30 hackers are likely to be agents of the Chinese government, according to network security company FireEye. APT 30's primary goal appears to be the theft of sensitive information for …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2015
Zombie experience

Videogame publishers to fans: Oi, freetard! STOP RESURRECTING our dead titles online

Google-sponsored "digital rights" group the Electronic Frontier Foundation has urged the US Copyright Office to allow players to be exempt from DMCA takedowns when they modify and then upload abandoned games online. However, videogame lobby group the Entertainment Software Association has dismissed the EFF's campaign in a 72- …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2015