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The last post: Building your own mail server, part 1

Feature Email is one of those internet services that, like it or not, we all have to use. Yet the underlying protocols have been around since before the invention of spam (the electronic sort, of course), and have little in the way of protection. Internet email is far from perfect, but unless you stay in a walled garden, it's all we …
Nigel Whitfield, 12 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, 09 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, 08 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 …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Sep 2015

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". …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Aug 2015
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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, 06 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
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Police, firefighters, ambulances, hospitals: 20 per cent still rely on Win Server 2003

Exclusive One in every five public-sector health and emergency services organisations in the UK will still be running Windows Server 2003 after Microsoft ends extended support today. A Reg investigation of 33 hospitals, ambulance trusts, police and fire and rescue services found that many are still running Windows Server 2003 on a lot …
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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

On-Call Reg readers are awesome and none more so than JT Smith, who sent us an epic tale of the time he was called out to solve a backup problem. It started with a chap called “Hubswitch”, who was in charge of technology at a remote site that JT oversaw. Hubswitch earned his name because he kept using the word to describe any piece …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Jul 2015

OPM data breach: Looking at you, China! National Intelligence head stares out Beijing

James Clapper, Director of the US' National Intelligence body, has suggested Beijing is behind the successful attacks on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which resulted in the theft of millions of federal employees' (including intelligence workers) highly sensitive biographies. Clapper, who reports directly to the …
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Verizon outage borks phones, TVs, internet for hapless East Coast folk

Update All of US carrier Verizon's services have been struck down by an outage across Delaware, New Jersey, and New York since 5:27am EDT. Down Detector has recorded a spike in complaints since this morning, and its own commentards have tracked the outage by offering their experiences and referencing them with their area codes. …
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First Microsoft, now IBM: Box deals are coming thick and fast

IBM and Box are hopping into bed together, a move intended to satisfy their respective desires for cloud and scale. The companies intend to integrate their technology, including IBM content management, Watson analytics and IBM Verse and Connections social collaboration tools. The deal is the second big announcement for Box in …
Kat Hall, 24 Jun 2015
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Login creds for US agencies found scrawled on the web's toilet walls

A threat intelligence report into the availability of login credentials for US government agencies has identified 47 agencies across 89 unique domains may be compromised. The findings resulted from an analysis of open source intelligence (OSint) from 17 paste sites, carried out between 4 November 2013 and 4 November 2014. The …
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Virgin Media starts its broadband-of-the-gaps fibre rollout

Virgin Media has started work connecting customers to the fibre broadband infill it announced in February. The £3bn programme significantly larger than anything planned by BT and represents a growing trend among companies to provide higher speed broadband than available with the UK incumbent. Virgin offers a 152Mbps service, …
Simon Rockman, 22 Jun 2015
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Phone-home service Lebara launches prepaid TV offering

Low-cost mobile virtual network operator Lebara is following the non-virtual operators in a step towards quad-play with a TV offering — and for the moment at least skipping broadband and fixed. As with the existing phone service, Lebara Play will be prepaid, with customers topping up their allocation at a local corner shop. …
Simon Rockman, 22 Jun 2015
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Failing to zap bogus reviews about your biz is illegal, snarls regulator

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority is cracking down on companies publishing fake reviews or taking cash for unmarked promotional content. The CMA said it has opened an investigation using its "consumer enforcement powers" into a number of companies over non-disclosure of paid endorsements. The regulator said it is …
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2015
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Post Office launches mobe service for aged greybeards

The Post Office has launched its own mobile phone service. The organisation plays hard on the value for money that its new pre-pay tariffs offer, but in practice the market is so competitive it’s hard to make that stand up. While the headline prices are cheaper, many rivals – notably Tesco Mobile – offer top-up bonuses, which …
Simon Rockman, 22 Jun 2015
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US National Vulnerability Database contained ... yup, an XSS vuln

The US National Vulnerability Database was itself left vulnerable to cross-site scripting last week. The NVD serves as a definitive source of information on CVE security flaws. The XSS vulnerability meant that a skilled hacker could present surfers with content from arbitrary third-party sites as if it came from the NVD itself …
John Leyden, 18 Jun 2015
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Facebook Moments app NOT COMING to a mobile device near EU soon

Mark Zuckerberg may have bigged up Facebook's latest app release on Monday, but one thing was missing from the vomit-inducing, fluffy coverage around Moments: it won't be coming to Europe any time soon. The reason? Facial recognition technology is a key element of the app. So – given that Moments would be about as useful as a …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jun 2015

Go fac' yourselves: US privacy bods walk out of visage recog talks

Talks to establish a code of conduct for the commercial use of facial recognition technology in the US have collapsed, following the withdrawal of privacy advocates who claimed industry representatives weren't cooperating. The talks, which began in February 2014, were organised by the National Telecommunication and Information …
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Confusion reigns as Bundestag malware clean-up staggers on

A malware infestation at the Bundestag is proving harder to clean up than first predicted, with several unconfirmed local reports going as far as suggesting that techies might have to rebuild the entire network from scratch. As previously reported, a state-sponsored attack is suspected for the widespread infection of systems …
John Leyden, 12 Jun 2015
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BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

BlackBerry is pondering kitting out its next smartphone with Google's Android operating system, according to reports. In a major strategic turn the firm is considering running the Chocolate Factory's operating system on its next mobe, reports Reuters. Citing multiple source, the newswire said the move is part of BlackBerry's …
Kat Hall, 12 Jun 2015
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Data Dynamics chap lifts curtain on anti-fluster cluster thruster tool

Comment There's no need to get in a fluster over clusters. Data Dynamics reckons it has a better tool to migrate NetApp's non-clustered array users to the joys of clusterdom; having separate NetApp arrays function and be managed as one. The move to clustered Data ONTAP (CDOT) from the original ONTAP operating system — 7mode — has …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jun 2015

Kaspersky Lab reveals Duqu 2.0 attack ON ITSELF during Iran nuke talks

Kaspersky Lab has unearthed an attack on its corporate network which hit high profile victims in several Western, Middle East and Asian nations, including covert surveillance attempts during the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks. The Duqu 2.0 malware platform associated with the attacks was exploiting up to three zero-day …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2015
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Unable to log on to online games? Blame cheap-rate DDoSers

Running botnets-for-hire to mount DDoS attacks has become cheaper and easier than ever, according to a new research. Imperva Incapsula reckons botnet-for-hire services might be acquired for for as little $19.99 per month, via underground forums and payable in Bitcoins. Short, single-vector attacks associated with botnet-for- …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2015
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'Draconian' French Charteur des Snoopeurs gets senate approval

Yesterday (June 9), the Projet de Loi Relatif au Renseignement – the bill described as France's own Patriot Act – was passed by the country's upper chamber. The fast-tracked law will give French intelligence services lots of new snooping superpowers, with little or no judicial oversight. Civil liberties organisations have …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Jun 2015

Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

Updated The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) site crashed yesterday under the strain of users flocking to receive an online code to replace their paper driving licence counterparts. One user, Dave Compton, told us he was still experiencing problems this morning. He said: "I retrieved the sharing code required for my hire car …
Kat Hall, 09 Jun 2015

Engaged to be worried – Verify borks married tax allowance applications

Recipients of UK.gov's flagship marriage tax allowances have been left unable to identify themselves online, the latest stumbling block in the government's new gaffe-prone identity assurance system Verify. According to the Daily Mail, many applicants were left confused and unable to identify themselves. Labour MP Margaret …
Kat Hall, 08 Jun 2015

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