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NEC chasing global deal for app-specific Oracle DB appliance bundles

The Australian limb of NEC has cooked up an application-specific bundle based on Oracle database appliances and hopes to expand the concept and take it global. NEC Australia's calling its efforts the “OneBox Appliances”. Inside you'll find an Oracle database appliance and Oracle apps. First appliance off the rank is one …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2015
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Not quite Facebook but need scale? Dell has a DSS server for you

Dell has launched four specialised DSS servers. In August Dell said it had found a new niche between ordinary scale data centres and the hyperscalers like Facebook, eBay, Amazon and their hyper-ilk. This not-quite-hyperscale customer base would be sold to by a new DSS organisation with its own special server-based products. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2015

Temperature of Hell drops a few degrees – Microsoft emits SSH-for-Windows source code

Microsoft has published early source code for its OpenSSH-for-Windows port for developers to pick apart and improve. In a blog post on Monday, Steve Lee – the PowerShell team's principal software engineer manager – said Redmond has finished early work on a Windows port of OpenSSH 7.1, built in a joint-effort with remote-access …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Oct 2015
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Some like it hot ... very hot: How to use heat to your advantage in your data center

Analysis Heat has traditionally been the sysadmin's enemy. We may have turned technology to our advantage and chipped away at heat's wasteful nature over the years, but our old foe has remained. From turning data centers into walk-in fridges, and hot/cold aisle separation to cold aisle containment and positive pressure, we've tried …
Tom Baines, 19 Oct 2015
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EMC customers show distinct lack of Dell delight – research

EMC customers are far from delighted regarding the proposed Dell takeover, according to the 451 research house. Its research report found 43 per cent of EMC-only customers typically see Dell as a PC supplier, and 42 per cent thought it was out of tune with their enterprise IT concerns. Amongst the EMC-only customers, some 13 …
Chris Mellor, 16 Oct 2015
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Dell buying EMC: Is this the end times, or the road to salvation?

Sysadmin Blog: Dell bought EMC. The internet promptly lost its mind. Make no mistake, the Dell-EMC merger is a pretty big deal. Everyone has news, thoughts and analysis on the subject. While I feel The Register's coverage has been pretty neutral so far, the internet at large has posted rather a lot of doom and gloom. The most common phrase …
Trevor Pott, 16 Oct 2015
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Dell-EMC merger could leave Lenovo out in the cold – analysts

+Comment Head PC seller and x86 server shifter Lenovo has a storage reselling deal with EMC which could well be toast with Dell’s takeover of EMC, according to analysts. Lenovo’s storage product lines include: PX2-300D and PX4-400D NVR video surveillance arrays, basically RAID-protected filers with Atom-powered processors and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Oct 2015
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US taxman slammed: Half of the IRS's servers still run doomed Windows Server 2003

Half of America's Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) servers are running Windows Server 2003, despite extended support for it ending in July. That's according to a report by the Treasury Inspector General that took a look at the IRS' $139m upgrade program. The report is distinctly unimpressed and notes that the IRS "did not …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Oct 2015

Speaking in Tech: Laugh it up, Dell/EMC cloud guys... while you can

Podcast It's another episode of our weekly techcast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week it's a full house to talk about Dell and EMC, but there was also news from AWS re:Invent, Safe Harbor and Apple. Our special guests this week are Stu Miniman, senior analyst at Wikibon and Brian Gracely, Wikibon …
Team Register, 14 Oct 2015

Double blow for AMD as CPU brainiac jumps ship to rival Nvidia

AMD guru Phil Rogers has joined rival Nvidia. His move comes after AMD's top microprocessor architect Jim Keller quit in September, and another 500 staff at the company are facing the chop. Rogers left AMD this month to become Nvidia's compute server architect in Austin, Texas. He was with graphics chip biz ATI from October …
Chris Williams, 14 Oct 2015

Salesforce slaps down $100m fund for cloudy European upstarts

Profitless software-as-a-service pusher Salesforce has opened a $100m (£66m) investment fund for European startups under its Salesforce Ventures vehicle. It said the fund is intended to "fuel cloud innovation" in the region. The investment vehicle has been going since 2009 but its 150 investments have mainly been US companies …
Kat Hall, 13 Oct 2015
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EMC+Dell: Firm made a $2bn bed-hopping proposal

EMC-Dell deal Not content with its $67bn (£44bn) offer from Dell, EMC has said it will pay the firm a $2bn (£1.5bn) "break fee" if it receives a "superior offer" before the deal is officially "consummated." On Tuesday the company said, in a statement uploaded to the Securities and Exchange Commission's website, that its agreement to be …
Kat Hall, 13 Oct 2015
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What next for the DellEMC behemoth as sales slowdown looms?

Comment Michael Dell gets EMC in the bag, short of any go-shop competition, and the dust is settling ... revealing massive product overlaps and potential winners and losers amongst them. Front and centre must be Dell’s two SAN arrays, the SC (Compellent) and PS (EqualLogic) products, facing EMC's popular VNX unified file and block …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2015
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VMware sees BILLION-DOLLAR upside in Dell buy

EMC/Dell deal VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger has welcomed Dell's purchase of EMC, saying it should add a billion dollars a year to Virtzilla's bottom line “over the next several years”. Speaking on a conference call staged by EMC, Gelsinger said he “could not be more excited about todays announcement” which he rated “very positive”. Which of …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2015

Dell buys out EMC in mega-super-duper $67 BEEELLLION deal

EMC/Dell deal Dell has confirmed it is buying storage giant and virtualisation player EMC in a deal valued at $67bn, as we reported earlier today. Privately-owned Dell is scooping up the publicly listed EMC in the industry’s biggest ever tech buyout. The buyout breaks the record established by the $25bn Hewlett-Packard-Compaq deal in 2001 …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Oct 2015
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Google uses humans as Matrix-style ‘data batteries’ – Open Xchange CEO

OX Summit 2015 If any Americans are in doubt about what European technology business thinks of Silicon Valley’s data-slurping giants, it wouldn’t take them long to find out from a gathering in Berlin of European companies who look after personal data. The audience applauded wildly (and it was the only applause of a sober keynote) when Rafael …

Smartmobe brain maker Qualcomm teases 64-bit ARM server chip secrets

Qualcomm, the maker of processors for Nexus smartphones and other mobes and tablets, has revealed early specifications for its upcoming server chips. The California company is best known for designing the brains in handheld devices, networking kit, and other embedded gear. Now, in the past few minutes, it's unveiled a pre- …
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Fiorina: I rushed out HP servers to power NSA snooping. Mwahahaha!

US presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has boasted that HP sold the NSA servers that allowed the agency to build a system for mass surveillance. Servers originally earmarked for retail customers were shipped to the NSA instead, to power a warrantless surveillance programme codenamed “Stellar Wind”, approved by then-president …
John Leyden, 29 Sep 2015
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Elephant-sized Infinidat array gets calf that starts small, grows BIG

Moshe Yanai's Infinidat high-end enterprise array is getting added file support, better disaster recovery and an entry-level system. The InfiniBox F2000 entry-level box is an 18U rack enclosure with 250TB of usable capacity with 3TB disk drives or 330TB with 4TB drives. The original and ongoing InfiniBox F6000 offers up to 2PB …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2015
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It's alive! Farmer hides neglected, dust-clogged server between walls

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our regular look at the messes readers find themselves confronting when asked to go to help out their clients. This week, reader Matt brings us a tale from the time “I was working in a tiny system-integrator firm that has some big clients.” One of those clients was a substantial farm and food …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Sep 2015
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EMC releases yet ANOTHER rack-scale server SAN

EMC's ScaleIO Node is a super-scalable server SAN that presents EMC and its users with interesting product positioning decisions compared to EVO: SDDC (EVO: RACK that was), VxRack, VMAX, VNX, VSAN, and VSPEX Blue. Joe Tucci's company, which wants to reduce internal product competition, says its ScaleIO Node scale-out server …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2015

Pro tip: Servers belong in dry server rooms, not wet cloakrooms

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our regular look at the things your fellow readers find when they're asked to go out and fix things. This week we hear about the time that “Stuart” was handed an unusual assignment: his boss asked him to visit his employer's solicitor. “They felt they had been ripped off by their IT contractor,” …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2015
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Third time lucky? Plucky upstart Infinidat plonks down monolithic array

Analysis Infinidat is aiming to replace VMAX/DS8000/VSP-type arrays with its Infinibox product, and it’s making good progress, having shipped more than 200PB of installed capacity in two years. An Infinidat briefing at VMworld added more information to what we have written here, here and here, about founder Moshe Yanai’s third attempt …
Chris Mellor, 9 Sep 2015
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Oracle and low prices? You read it right – and it's rust-free flash, too

Oracle has booted out the disks in its FS1-2 hybrid flash/disk FS1 array to create the all-flash FS1, a 2-tier flash array scaling from 2TB to 912TB of capacity with "the lowest entry price of any all-flash enterprise-class storage solution." Oracle and low prices; who'd a thought it? The original FS1 1s a scale-up dual- …
Chris Mellor, 8 Sep 2015

Oracle's bright new Sonoma SPARCs hint at own-tech cloud

Comment Ever since Oracle revealed its new hyperscale Sonoma SPARC chippery, I've been trying to figure out who would buy it and why. And I can think of only one customer: Oracle itself. There's very little enthusiasm around the world for clouds built on anything other than x86. Sure, the occasional ARM server has made inroads here …

Blueprints revealed: Oracle crams Sparc M7 and InfiniBand into cheaper 'Sonoma' chips

Hot Chips 2015 Oracle revealed on Monday the details of its new bargain-basement Sparc processor code-named Sonoma. The blueprints were shown at this year's Hot Chips semiconductor conference in Cupertino, California – and we've got a copy of the slides. Sonoma is billed as a "low-cost Sparc processor for enterprise workloads," that you're …
Chris Williams, 24 Aug 2015
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Dude, you're getting a few thousand custom Dells!

Dell has launched a new business line of custom servers to companies with unique needs and those that don't quite want the server volume of "hyperscale" data centers. The Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS) unit will specifically target companies in web tech, telecoms, hosting, oil and gas, and research spaces. "Today, there' …
Neil McAllister, 24 Aug 2015

Lenovo exec: Yes we can get IBM's server biz out of the crapper

Interview Lenovo Europe president Eric Cador is banking on a major overhaul of its enterprise supply chain – among other things – to help the x86 business it acquired from IBM “recover” lost ground. In the UK alone, IBM’s revenue share slumped to $31m by Q4 ’14 from $61m in the prior year’s quarter, caused by the uncertainty surrounding …
Paul Kunert, 24 Aug 2015
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Windows Server 2016 Preview 3 brings containers at last

The third technical preview of Windows Server 2016 is here, and with it, Microsoft takes another step forward into the much-hyped world of cloud native computing. Most importantly, this build gives us our first look at Windows Server Containers, which were conspicuously absent from the previous build that shipped in May. …
Neil McAllister, 19 Aug 2015

Big Switch Networks glues together physical and virtual networks

Big Switch Networks has announced its next major revision, with a focus on unifying the physical network and the virtual network. Speaking to El Reg ahead of the release, CMO Gregg Holzrichter says the next revision is designed to bring virtual networking into line with virtualisation and containers at the server level. …
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Mainframe big boy Big Blue tries to drum up new biz via Linux

Big Blue is attempting to drum up new mainframe business with the launch of its LinuxOne machine. IBM has teamed up with Ubuntu outift Canonical to build two versions of a mainframe running Ubuntu Linux. The new mainframe comes in an "Emperor" version – which runs on the IBM z13 – and the smaller "Rockhopper", designed for “ …
Kat Hall, 17 Aug 2015
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Gartner square-slicers name Cisco and Nutanix integrated boxen bosses

Gartner this week popped out its new Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems and the news is good for Nutanix, Cisco and HP. Gartner's square-slicers now consider three classes of integrated rigs, namely: Integrated stack system (ISS) — Server, storage and network hardware integrated with application software to provide …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Aug 2015
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Germans in ‘brains off, just follow orders' hospital data centre gaff

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, our regular reader-contributed weekender in which we recount tales of the weird and wonderful things you've been asked to do at anti-social times in decidedly out-of-the-way places. This week, reader Michael tells us that "a couple of years back I was working for a large German university hospital". …
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We can give servers more memory, claims Diablo. Well, sort of

Diablo Technologies has launched its Memory1 flash substitute for DRAM, which, it claims, gives servers more "memory", enabling one server do the work of ten, saving on power, cooling and rack space, and threatening to slash server sales. Its Memory1 products are all-flash DDR4 DIMMs developed from its existing MCS (Memory …
Chris Mellor, 6 Aug 2015
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Crazy Canucks heat their lab with muahaha-capable server

Review Playing with cool technology is not why either of us chose systems administration as a career. Nor was it something we expected as part of our employment. That said, it is impossible to deny the attraction cool technology has. It is fitting, then, that on systems administrator day we get the chance to publish a review on the …
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HP goes off VMware's EVO:RAIL, stops selling sole appliance

Hewlett Packard has stopped selling its ConvergedSystem 200-HC, the hyperconverged rig based on VMware's EVO:RAIL system architecture. VMware launched EVO:RAIL at VMworld 2014, pitching its combination of compute, storage, core VMware server virtualisation products and a simplified GUI as ideal for smaller businesses or branch …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2015
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Desperate Microsoft PAYS Win Server 2003 laggards to jump ship

Exclusive Microsoft is paying customers to dump Windows Server 2003, The Register has learned. The software giant is so desperate for the thousands who missed its July 14 extended support cut-off date to get off the legacy server operating system, it’s decided to start eating the costs. Microsoft is giving away Windows Server 2012 …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jul 2015
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Debian Project holds Sparc port's hand, switches off life support

Following years of waning popularity, the Debian GNU/Linux Project has dropped support for the Sparc architecture, effective immediately. "As Sparc isn't exactly the most alive architecture anymore," Debian maintainer Joerg Jaspert wrote in a mailing list post last week, "not in [Debian 8.x] jessie and unlikely to be in [ …
Neil McAllister, 27 Jul 2015
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IT in Iran: Servers sold on the grey market, and the rule of FOSS

The eXpat Files Usually for the eXpat Files we talk to folk who have moved to another country. But this week, Vulture Weekend has varied things a little to chat to 28 year-old Roozbeh Shafiee from Tehran, Iran. As readers doubtless know, Iran restricts internet access and hasn't always been keen on freedom of assembly. It's also the subject …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2015

Sneaky students parade their bulging racks for Big Iron cluster daddies

HPC blog This year’s crop of student clusterers brought perhaps the most diverse set of equipment ever to grace a cluster competition in the modern era. We have servers with high node counts, low node counts, some with only CPUs, some with more GPUs than CPUs, and even a cluster that uses ARM CPUs. The chart above supplies all the …
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The green salamander is OUT: Cisco gives up on Invicta flash arrays

That’s that then: it was a $415m mistake. We have heard from several sources that Cisco has laid off virtually the entire Invicta all-flash array engineering and development team. If true, Cisco – still led by John Chambers – has admitted the 2013 Whiptail acquisition was a complete cock-up. Timing-wise, this has happened at …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2015
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Oracle bins virtual compute appliance, reveals identical private cloud appliance

Oracle has decided that nobody wants to buy a virtualisation appliance, but reckons you're all ready to stampede in the direction of a private cloud appliance. Big Red's marketers have therefore enriched some printers by changing the name of the “Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance” (VCA) to the “Oracle Private Cloud Appliance” ( …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2015