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Another day, another VDI appliance: ScaleIO intros Nytro-driven kit

VDI is becoming a vendor obsession. Just days after Fusion-io's ioVDI product we have an another VDI appliance using EMC's ScaleIO technology with LSI flash, Supermicro servers and Mellanox networking which they claim can boot 1,000 virtual desktops in 12 minutes at a price per desktop of an entry-level business PC. EMC bought …
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2014
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Home lab operators: Ditch your servers ... now!

At last year's Melbourne VMware user group (VMUG) conference, VMware's Mike Laverick opined that IT pros need a home lab these days, because bosses have stopped shelling out for training. Plenty of you agreed with that proposition. Some even showed us their very own home labs. Most used old servers, an arrangement that this …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Feb 2014
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Flash fettler Fusion-io on VDI: Veni, vidi ... not sure about the last bit

Server flash fettler Fusion-io is the latest supplier to try to crack the make-VDI-popular nut with its ioVDI software, which combines server-side flash with shared storage. The ioVDI software is typical, in one sense, of many VDI-accelerating products, using server-side flash caching to speed the system's responsiveness. Fusion …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014

Mystical VM-accelerating beast emerges from Atlantis

Atlantis, maker of server-accelerating RAM-based VDI data storage, have a general VMware virtual machine-accelerating USX product, with server RAM as the primary storage tier and radical virtualised server acceleration as the result. The pitch is that, by dedicating some of your virtualised server memory to be the storage tier …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014
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VMware hooks Desktone into vCenter

VMware has revealed a little of what it plans to to with desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) outfit Desktone, which it acquired last October. At its Partner Exchange conference in San Francisco, Virtzilla let it be known that Desktone is now to be known as “VMware Horizon DaaS Platform” (VHDP) and represents “a complete software stack …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2014
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Rebuilding my home PC for Linux and Windows: What works best?

Readers' corner We return from our regular trawl of El Reg Forums with this nugget from Bronek Kozicki, who is rebuilding his home PC "for serious use". He wants your advice on which combo of Linux distro and virtual machine would work best. The time is slowly approaching for me to rebuild my home PC, Bronek writes. Since I've been using Linux …
Drew Cullen, 8 Feb 2014
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Hands up if you have one good reason to port enterprise apps to ARM

ARM servers look tantalising. Various CPU vendors offer multi-core silicon at a price that makes Intel go weak at the knees. Those CPUs also slurp so little power that by the time a senior manager reads about them in an in-flight magazine you'll be asked why you're not using them yet. Throw in the fact that Dell and AMD have …
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Virtual insanity: Half a dozen startups throw six tricks in the mix

Six news tidbits from startups caught the Vulture's eye as it flew over the storage jungle this week. This includes announcements ranging from product tweaks and results to upgrades and price cuts. Veeam, the virtual server backup startup on growth hormone, announced another great quarter .... its 24th consecutive quarter in …
Chris Mellor, 6 Feb 2014

PEX vex: Partners uninvited from the VMware party – report

+Comment VMware has reportedly asked at least two vendors – including Nutanix and Veeam – to "limit" their "presence" on the exhibition floor of the virtualisation juggernaut's Partner Exchange conference next week, prompting consternation in the storage community. The story, broken by CRN, has caused a Twitter frenzy and much chatter in …
Chris Mellor, 6 Feb 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella - IS HE ONE OF US?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another week of El Reg's jam-packed, info-smacked podcast, with your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, their special guest is Ben Kepes, well known tech evangelist, investor, business adviser and Kiwi. Once again, the gang discusses the most …
Team Register, 6 Feb 2014

The job-eating predator VMware users fear is ... VMware

“What's the best way to get promoted?” VMware engineering architect Scott Lowe asked the Melbourne VMware user group (VMUG) conference this week. “Make yourself replaceable,” came the answer from the floor, earning a big tick from Lowe. Lowe asked the question in a presentation titled “Preparing for the software-defined data …
Implementing SDN - difficult choices

Hipster SDN firewalls can gentrify hypervisor slums

As the software-defined-networking (SDN) bandwagon gathers pace, the notion that all your networking appliances can be replaced with virtual appliances is being bandied about a lot. Gartner chap Joerg Fritsch has just posed an interesting question to those pushing that line: “whether a computing node with a hyper-visor installed …

NetApp and Microsoft: We're 'close' to virtual ONTAP on Azure

NetApp and Microsoft are close to delivering a working version of the former's storage operating system Data ONTAP as a virtual machine capable of running under Hyper-V, and therefore on Windows Azure. Once some final issues are addressed, The Reg understands it will be possible to run a virtual NetApp array on Azure and maybe …

OpenDaylight beams down a little Hydrogen

The Linux foundation's hat-in-the-SDN-ring, the OpenDaylight project, has pushed its first major build out the door: Hydrogen, a combo software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV) platform. With code now hitting the ground, OpenDaylight has also gone some way towards one of its original aims: to be …
Implementing SDN - difficult choices

NetApp lets virtual swingers swap hypervisor with no guilt

NetApp is starting to make a bit of noise about Project Shift, a tool that makes it possible to take a virtual machine running under one hypervisor and shift it to another. Project Shift can pull off that trick because a tool to convert VMware's VMDK virtual disk format to Microsoft's VHDX virtual disk format is a part of Data …

DARPA hands IBM £3.4m to develop SELF DESTRUCTING CHIPS

The American miltary's mad boffin department DARPA has commissioned IBM to design microchips that can simply "vanish" after being used. After the embarrassment of special forces troops leaving behind a “stealth” helicopter during the US operation to kill Osama Bin Laden, America has a strong interest in making sure its tech …
Jasper Hamill, 5 Feb 2014
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Ceph puts on its Red Hat and dances in the open source sun

Inktank has made its all-singing, all-dancing software-defined storage Ceph product play nicer with Red Hat. Ceph is a massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system. Ceph Enterprise combines Ceph for object and block storage “with a graphical manager, enhanced integration tools, and support services,” …
Chris Mellor, 4 Feb 2014
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Dell disputes 15k layoff figure: Only a few staffers accepted 'voluntary separations'

Dell has denied it is laying off north of 15,000 people, and told The Register today that our sources' numbers are "inaccurate". Here is Dell Round Rock spokesman David Frink’s email to us in full: Your story this morning reporting that Dell is laying off 15,000 employees this week/imminently is wildly inaccurate. I can confirm …
Chris Mellor, 3 Feb 2014
Bloodbath!

Private pain: Dell layoff bloodbath to hit over 15,000 staffers – insiders

Updated Two sources have told us Dell is starting the expected huge layoff programme this week, claiming numbers will be north of 15,000.* The company is returning to private ownership to restructure its operations in the wake of a falling PC market, a commoditisation of the server market and a perceived need to better serve enterprises …
Chris Mellor, 3 Feb 2014
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Speaking in Tech: We hope your VDI job doesn't suck so bad you want to quit every day

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise In this week's podcast, the whole Speaking in Tech gang are here to talk you through the past seven days in enterprise IT: Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela drill into lighter side of technology, from Daft Punk to Big Blue punting its x86 server biz to Lenovo. …
Team Register, 30 Jan 2014
Oracle's next-gen Big Data Appliance

Oracle releases 'lite' virtual Big Data appliance

Oracle has released tool that should make it easier for developers to code applications for its Big Data Appliance. Big Data Lite, as the tool is called, bundles Oracle Linux, Cloudera software, Hadoop and plenty of Oracle's cloud connectors, just about replicating the environment available on Big Red's Big Data Appliance. The …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2014
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Management tools lead VMware through $5bn annual revenue barrier

VMware has cracked the $US5bn barrier for the first time on the back of 17 per cent year-on-year revenue growth it says it can repeat again during 2014. The company also reported Q4 revenue of $1.48bn, up 15 per cent from 2012's fourth quarter. Virtzilla's current hero is its management and automation software. Just about …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2014

Aer Lingus opts for Tegile arrays, snubs EMC in shock move

Aer Lingus, the Irish airline with a name that sounds like ... (don't even go there - Ed.), has equipped itself with Tegile hybrid arrays instead of upgrading its existing EMC kit. The airline will use Tegile's Zebi HA2800 arrays to store data for SQL databases, data warehousing and VDI deployment because it was unable to scale …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2014
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OK, Wyse guy: So how do YOU think 'boosting' legacy tech is a winner?

Analysis Nexenta, the provider of hardware-independent software-defined storage with a ZFS disk-based stack, has gained 5,000-plus customers by enabling them to get EMC/NetApp-class storage functionality at much lower prices by not paying the mainstream vendors' lock-in hardware tax. It's a good game, as far as it goes, but the world is …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014
A bigger splash - Hockney painring

SPLASSHH! Tech giant IBM DIVE-BOMBS into all-flash array pool

Analysis Splash! IBM has launched its first in-house all-flash array, one of the fruits of its billion-dollar flash storage investment. The FlashSystem 840 is an impressive box but what do IBM's mainstream and startup competitors, each with their own all-flash arrays, think of it? We asked them - and we also asked IBM what it thought of …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014
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OK company, they've cleared. Storage firms: Reload and fire at will

Roundup This week has been a barrage of storage news: everything from biz results boasts, big firms swallowing upstarts and new deals to product releases and annexation of new territories by a newbie... Now that the dust has settled, let's have a look around and re-assess the landscape. Quantum announced a new DXi4701 deduplicating …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2014

Alternative Networks swallows Control Circle for £39.4m

AIM-listed biz comms provider Alternative Networks has dug deep for the second time this month and found £39.4m worth of loose change to buy managed hosting and cloudy player Control Circle. This equates to nearly 22 times the £1.8m EBITDA that Control Circle made in the year to 30 September 2013, according to Companies House. …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2014

Speaking in Tech: Is this a mascot convention? Oh ... my God

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Our regular podcast, this week recorded live in San Jose, California, is back with your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch – Sarah Vela is away. Before getting down to the technology news of the day, Greg reveals he just checked into a hotel that he thought was holding a …
Team Register, 23 Jan 2014
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VMware blows $1.5bn gobbling AirWatch to boost mobe wrangling

Like any organisation bound by its listed status to enhance shareholder value, VMware always needs to be on the hunt for new sources of revenue. For several years now that's meant a pursuit of end-user devices, be they mobile machines or desktop computers, in the hope that end-user computing might become VMware's “Office” to …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jan 2014

Docker loads up $15m to push containerization into bit barns

Containerization expert Docker has slurped $15m in filthy valley lucre to help it push its tech further into data centers under the leadership of a new, experienced chief executive. The funding will give the company the money needed to grow its engineering team while also ploughing more money into sales and support, says new …
Jack Clark, 22 Jan 2014
Dragon

No one's likely to get rich selling disks in '14... but it won't stop 'em trying

Storagebod As we ended 2013, we saw both winners and losers in the world of flash, for example: Violin Memory crashing as it struggled to increase sales and reduce burn; yet Pure Storage seem to be on a stellar rise - and hiring like maniacs, I hear. A UK launch is imminent and its is going to be an interesting one to watch. All-flash …
StorageBod, 21 Jan 2014
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FreeBSD 10.0 lands, targets VMs and laptops

The tenth version of the open source operating system FreeBSD has emerged. In true community style the software has emerged before the software's plan called for its announcement to be made public. Alphas of the new release have been available for about six months now and the final release seems not to diverge much form those …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2014

Switch VMs from NetApp to us and we'll give you extra storage, says Tintri

Flashy upstart Tintri says its customers can run servers with more VMs using its storage instead of NetApp - and it's putting its money where its mouth is. The startup claims VMware-using customers can "cut their storage capacity and rackspace requirements by 50per cent or more" by moving from NetApp FAS storage arrays to its …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2014

Speaking in Tech: Cloud storage FAIL (as airline loses suitcase)

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Another week in tech, and another banter-packed installment of El Reg's one-and-only podcast. Join your your hosts, Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela for a wrap-up of the week in tech and some insights from special guest Mark Thiele, executive veep of data centre …
Team Register, 15 Jan 2014
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HDS and Verizon pair up to take on Rackspace, Amazon in the clouds

Verizon’s public cloud, which we've already heard is to use Oracle's Database, is going to offer a storage service based on HDS’s Content Platform. The two suppliers have announced an agreement to develop a software-defined storage solution using HCP and HCP Anywhere. Verizon is huge, with, for example, 100 million retail …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2014
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Explained: How LSI and Oracle cooked up magical flash-embiggening sauce

Oracle and LSI have magicked up a way for LSI’s Nytro server flash cards to hold more data than they’re seemingly physically capable of holding and called it Dynamic Logical Capacity (DLC). How does it work? We thought it might be a paging mechanism – but we were dead wrong. The card compresses the data it is sent and can reach …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2014
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Could Joe Tucci's parting shot at EMC be to SELL OFF VMware?

A sharp-eyed industry analyst has spotted that cloudy virtualisation biz VMware's SEC filings mention the words “spin-off”. What's going on here? Aaron Rakers, the MD of analyst house Stifel Nicolaus, picked up the following sentence in VMware’s November 2013 SEC Form 10-Q filing: …that for as long as EMC or its successor-in- …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2014

Forget selfies. 'Server SAN' is storage world's 2014 TWERKNADO

The Wikibon consultancy says a developing Server SAN form of storage needs to be tracked by IT people. The authors bring together the concepts of virtual SANs and converged server/storage hardware and software systems with a server SAN being a collection of servers whose direct-attached storage (DAS) is virtualised by software …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2014
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Barracuda announces BaaS - Backup as a Service - range of boxen

Barracuda Networks has announced BaaS - Backup-as-a-Service - which is based upon its 190 and 390 series backup appliances. The backup appliance range has seven models: 190; 390; 490; 690; 890; 990; and 1090. These vary by, amongst other things, their usable internal capacity. The 190 has 500GB and the 390 1TB. At the top of the …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2014
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So you want to build the next Google. Who ya gonna call? Er, Big Blue?

Analysis IBM has announced a new version of its Platform Resource Scheduler (PRS), which lines up jobs and resources in mammoth OpenStack Havana environments. In doing so, Big Blue hopes to give enterprises a shot at achieving the same levels of efficiency as Google's highly tuned servers. Though the tech competes against VMware's …
Jack Clark, 9 Jan 2014
Don Basile

What is Violin Memory's sacked CEO still doing on their board?

Comment Don Basile, the terminated CEO of Violin Memory, still sits on Violin's board of directors. Unlike Dixon Doll who resigned from his COO position and vacated the board as well, Basile has decided not to resign from the board. A Violin statement said: "Violin can confirm that Don Basile is still on the board.” According to …
Chris Mellor, 9 Jan 2014
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Citrix soothes frustrated Mac fanbois with Windows VDI tech

Citrix has started the new year with a product to help admins manage Windows desktops on errant Macs, tightening competition between the virtualization company and Parallels and VMware. The "DesktopPlayer" product was announced by Citrix on Thursday and sees the company allow admins to deliver policy-laden Windows images to …
Jack Clark, 9 Jan 2014