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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
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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

Death of data retention directive: What it means for OTHER data laws

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on Tuesday declared the Data Retention Directive (DRD) invalid. It has said that the DRD "entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that interference being …
OUT-LAW.COM, 10 Apr 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Red Hat, Cisco sitting in a tree, m-e-r-g-i-n-g?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's El Reg's tech news podcast with hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole crew is together with special guest Aaron Delp of SolidFire. This week we discuss… Eddie's roller coaster (0:55) Cloudcast and the Krispy Kreme Challenge (2:00) …
Team Register, 9 Apr 2014

Cray flogs 1PB of TASty storage to German übercomputing boffins, leaves them in tiers

The North German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) is buying more than 1PB of tiered Cray storage to hold archived scientific research data. HLRN (Norddeutscher Verbund für Hoch- und Höchstleistungsrechnen) is a joint project of the seven northern German states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, …
Chris Mellor, 9 Apr 2014
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How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

IBM announced the System 360 in 1964 and started selling its family of modern mainframes 12 months later. But how do you outsell a problem like IBM? The S/360 cost IBM $5bn to develop, overshooting its estimated budget in 1962 by more than $4bn. Yet IBM need not have worried. Such was rate of sales for the S/360 family that …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Apr 2014
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Azure Australia data centre undergoing final testing

One of the two data centres Microsoft Australia will use to house antipodean Azure is undergoing final testing, The Reg understands. One recent visitor to a data centre in the Sydney suburb of North Ryde where Azure will operate has told The Reg certain areas of the facility are off-limits, because Microsoft doesn't want …

The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

Cobol is the language most associated with mainframes, especially the IBM System 360 whose 50th anniversary is being celebrated or at least commemorated this week. But when COBOL was first spawned in the mid-1950s, it wasn’t intended for programmers. It was aimed instead at “accountants and business managers” – basically a Stone …

Open-sourcer Nexenta fires up V4 storage OS

Open source storage software supplier Nexenta has revved its NexentaStor OS to version 4.0, making it more enterprise-worthy by delivering more scalability, performance and reliability. But this is not the Edge unified file, block and object storage product discussed in January. The software-defined storage supplier clearly …
Chris Mellor, 8 Apr 2014

European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

A European Union directive that required ISPs to retain data for two years has been deemed "invalid", Brussels' highest court ruled today. The measure "entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Apr 2014
An original member of the System/360 family announced in 1964, the Model 50 was the most powerful unit in the medium price range.

Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

IBM's System 360 mainframe, celebrating its 50th anniversary on Monday, was more than a just another computer. The S/360 changed IBM just as it changed computing and the technology industry. The digital computers that were to become known as mainframes were already being sold by companies during the 1950s and 1960s - so the S/ …
Gavin Clarke, 7 Apr 2014
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Facebook’s Open Compute papa leaves 'Friends' behind to set up optical storage firm

Facebook Open Compute guru Frank Frankovsky is leaving to found an optical storage startup focusing on cold data. Frankovsky is the man who turned Facebook into a commodity barebones box buyer of servers, which he and his team designed and made available to everybody through the Open Compute Project. The project was announced in …
Chris Mellor, 26 Mar 2014
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Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 early code: First look

In-memory database engine, improved integration with Windows Azure, and new indexing technology for high performance data warehousing applications - there's plenty to like in SQL Server 2014, released to manufacturers on Tuesday. But while Microsoft has been busy and done some heavy lifting, the code that will become generally …
Tim Anderson, 18 Mar 2014
Nathan Corum, David de Rothschild and Jo Royle

Prepare your data centre to face the future

When you are trying to persuade your company to spend a pile of cash on a new installation, you can be certain it will want to be sure the installation can support the business for the coming years. Given that the average technology crystal ball is cloudy at best, how do you evolve your data centre while protecting against a …
Dave Cartwright, 18 Mar 2014

Delphix: Hey now, we're the database hostess with the Postgres

Database virtualization startup Delphix has added support for Postgres as the company hopes to broaden the appeal of its snapshot-on-steroids software. The company released version 4 of its technology on Tuesday with ambitions to become the main tool enterprises use to provision, manage, snapshot and administer multiple …
Jack Clark, 12 Mar 2014
Toshiba OCZ Z-Drive 4500

Toshiba baby OCZ flings open coat, bares PCIe flasher to world

New Toshiba subsidiary OCZ has a new PCIe flash card, the Z-Drive 4500, complete with solid enterprise credentials - and none of the Ryan Petersen era hype. That era produced the Z-Drive R5 with a notional 3 million IOPS and 12TB of capacity. That product has disappeared from the OCZ roster and we now have the new Z-Drive 4500 …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2014

Hey IBM – Lenovo here. Sort your server factory strike out, will you?

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has shrugged its shoulders at a strike in a server factory in China, saying that it's up to IBM to sort out the dispute before its server business transfers to Lenovo later this year. Yet Lenovo has said that it will keep the same salaries and benefits in place for Big Blue employees moving across. More …
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Toshiba: Our 2.5-incher does the same job as a 3.5-incher

Toshiba sees life in fast 2.5-inch drives yet, and has followed close on HGST's heels by announcing a 600GB model spinning at 15,000rpm. There are also 300GB and 450GB capacity points in this 24 x7 operation enterprise drive product set. The two drives are pretty similar. Toshiba's AL13SXB has a 15mm z-height, meaning we …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2014
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Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

10 years of Facebook Facebook's hardware development lab is either a paradise, a business opportunity, or a hell, depending on your viewpoint. If you're a hardware nerd who loves fiddling with data centre gear, ripping out extraneous fluff, and generally cutting the cost of your infrastructure, then the lab is a wonderful place where your dreams are …
Jack Clark, 5 Mar 2014
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Data Centre World: It's hard work cooling off those hot racks

Show report At the Excel Centre in London last week, co-location of a different sort was in evidence with Cloud Expo Europe and Data Centre World sharing floorspace under the same roof. It was the first time that the two events had run simultaneously and, at first glance, co-habitation seemed to make a lot of sense. Yet wandering around …
Bob Dormon, 4 Mar 2014
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Tough times in the server market, even though more iron moved in '13

The market dynamics were all wrong for folk building and supplying server boxes in 2013 - in the year that shipments reached a record nine million milestone, factory revenues tumbled. IDC is the second beancountery in as many days to publish less than flattering stats, with unit sales rising 3.2 per cent on calendar '12 but the …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2014

Dell gambles solid server sales for NetSuite's riches

The world’s number two-server maker is gambling its core business on cloud sales and services in a deal with NetSuite. Dell has become a global reseller of the latter’s hosted enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suite and will also implement NetSuite for customers. The deal will see sales people from the recently …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Feb 2014

NO WONDER Big Blue dropped it: IBM server biz BOMBED in Q4

There's little wonder that IBM execs were so quick to snap up Lenovo's $2.3bn offer for the sickly volume server biz. Factory revenues and shipments apparently crashed during Big Blue's last full quarter behind the wheel. Ending a thoroughly unpleasant 2013 for Big Blue server peeps, Gartner calendar Q4 numbers show revenues …
Paul Kunert, 26 Feb 2014
Intel Xeon E7 server chip

Software needs meaty cores, not thin, stringy ARMs, says Intel

Intel has offered another reason it doesn't think ARM processors pose an enormous threat to its high-end chip business: software isn't written to run across multiple CPUs. That's the opinion Gordon Graylish, Chipzilla's general manager for enterprise solution sales, shared with The Reg yesterday at the Australian launch of the …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Feb 2014

Toshiba new HG6 range REVEALS slimmest SSD module you can buy

Toshiba has refreshed its HG5d 2.5-inch SSD with the sixth generation HG6 range, expanding its form factors to include the thinnest SSD module available – at just 2.3mm. Toshiba next-generation high-performance client solid state HG6 series in multiple form factors... The HG6 range, which has received THNSN and THNSF product …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2014

How Facebook flipped the data centre hardware market

10 years of Facebook The rise of Facebook helped to ruin the data centre hardware market, caused IBM to sell its x86 business to Lenovo, spurred HP to embark on an ambitious "Moonshot" server, and encouraged Dell to go private. With the recent acquisition of WhatsApp, it's also adding momentum to the drive of OTT mobile messaging, which is …
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2014
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EVault hints it might snuggle up with daddy Seagate's Kinetic drives

Data backup biz EVault is implying it could start using parent Seagate’s Kinetic, Ethernet-addressed disk drives in its cloud archival service. The company is joining the Entertainment Storage Alliance and Amar Kapadia, its senior director of Open Cloud Strategy, will present on “recent advances in enterprise storage” at a 26 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2014
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Server vendors lovingly dress Intel's latest Xeon in memory jewels

Intel has released its top-end Xeon processor, the Xeon E7 v2 series, and with it the world's server makers have hurried a set of gleaming chassis out the door. As with any server launch, the processor here is the star – and with the Xeon E7 v2 going up to 15 cores and allowing access to up to 6TB of memory, it's set to be a red …
Jack Clark, 19 Feb 2014

Intel's new Xeon: Easy to switch between dual memory modes? Uh, no

Analysis Intel's new Xeon E7 v2 server chips are capable of two different memory modes, but don't expect to switch between them willy-nilly or to have two VMs running on the same box using different modes. As we noted in our deep dive into the innards of Chipzilla's new top-of-the-line x86 server processors, the Xeon E7 v2 series …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Feb 2014
HP ProLiant DL580 Gen8 server 'DIMM book'

HP busts out new ProLiant rack mount based on Intel's new top o' line server chippery

HP has released a new member of its "scale-up" line of rack-mount servers, the ProLiant DL580 Gen8, powered by Intel's new Xeon E7 v2 server chips, and said that "enhancements" for the ProLiant DL560 and BL660c Gen8 scale-up x86 servers will be revealed next month. HP ProLiant DL580 Generation 8 (Gen8) rack-mounted 'scale-up' …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Feb 2014

Better late than never: Monster 15-core Xeon chips let loose by Intel

Intel's long-reigning top dog in the x86 server market, the Xeon E7 "Westmere-EX" of April 2011, can finally enjoy a well-deserved retirement: its "Ivy Bridge–EX" replacement, prosaically named the Xeon E7 v2 series, has finally arrived. Intel's 15-core 'Ivy Bridge–EX' Xeon E7 v2 die Count the compute cores on this Xeon E7 v2 …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Feb 2014
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FAS flash biz boxen refresher: New boxes fit WHERE exactly?

More FAS info has percolated out through the walls of NetApp's community and we can have a stab at positioning the coming FAS8000s against the existing range - and there's a surprise. FAS Range with FAS8000 Flash is VST (Virtual Storage Tier) flash. Click chart to embiggen it and save your eyes. See our rough positioning …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2014

NetApp shows off tech specs of FAS array BIZ BEAST

NetApp's coming FAS8000 is a mid-range array designed for scale-out clustering, with the latter becoming as important if not more important to the firm than having bigger-than-FAS6000 boxes in its product range. Ahead of its launch we managed to get a look at the product's datasheet. It sets the scene by saying: "Traditional …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2014

Flappy Bird becomes massively multiplayer PHOENIX

This week's technology topic everyone knows something about, Flappy Bird, has risen like a Phoenix in a new, massively multiplayer version. Flapmmo.com has resurrected the game and also included multiplayer features that let you see not only your own Flappy Bird but also dozens of other players' efforts to navigate a badly-drawn …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2014
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PayPal 'n' Google's FIDO drops 'simpler, stronger' secure login spec

The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance has marked its first anniversary with the publication of specifications for technology it hopes will simplify authentication and reduce password headaches. FIDO, which is backed by industry heavyweights such as PayPal, Google and Mastercard, is working hard to address the problems that …
John Leyden, 12 Feb 2014
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SME storage challengers emerge one feature at a time

Sysadmin Blog The storage market is in the middle of an evolution. To what, nobody knows, but a whole lot of people expect to get very rich between now and when we've got it all figured out. The only market that matters to most companies is the enterprise, because that's where the big margins are. One sales junket, lots of terabytes sold. …
Trevor Pott, 12 Feb 2014