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The container-cloud myth: We're not in Legoland anymore

Everything is being decoupled, disaggregated and deconstructed. Cloud computing is breaking apart our notions of desktop and server, mobile is decoupling the accepted concept of wired technology, and virtualisation is deconstructing our understanding of what a network was supposed to be. Inside this maelstrom of disconnection …
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Canadians taking to spying on their spies

Comment As Canadians settle in for the longest general election campaign since 1867, some uncomfortable incidents that had been ignored by commercial media outlets are gaining new exposure. Allegations that Canadian spooks are spying on protesters have become a hot topic online. The result is that Canada's online civil liberties …
Trevor Pott, 22 Aug 2015

Want security? Next-gen startups show how old practices don't cut it

Sysadmin Blog In case you hadn't noticed, IT security sucks. There is a chronic lack of people trained in IT security, people who will listen to IT security, and even a lack of agreement on how best to go about IT security. Fortunately, a new generation of startups are helping to tackle the issues. No matter how good a sysadmin you think …
Trevor Pott, 22 Aug 2015
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NetApp's glass-house-stone-throwing exercise

Comment Innovation, eh. Don't we all love it? But what is it? This thought was spurred by reading a blog by NetApp's Matt Watts, UK-based director for technology and strategy, in which he criticized Pure Storage for not being innovative. Pure started with a good product ... but from that initial product how much incremental …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2015
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Citrix really needs to get its act together, and soon

Sysadmin Blog In the frenetic run-up to VMworld, it's easy to forget anything else exists in the tech world at all except VMware and its orbiting ecosystem. Cutting through the acquisition rumours and flurry of meaningless minor-version bumps by startups, big things are happening and need consideration. With that in mind, let's talk about …
Trevor Pott, 21 Aug 2015
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Pure Storage's 'disingenuous' financial figures still out there

Comment In a November 2014 blog, Pure Storage CEO Scott Dietzen wrote ... The last few weeks have been particularly chock-full of news and announcements, culminating this week with Gartner releasing its updated Market Share Analysis: SSDs and Solid-State Arrays, Worldwide, 2013 ... Analysts play a crucial role in the market and have …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2015
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Cisco, HP, NetApp, SimpliVity and Springpath

Comment This storage business is as frenetic as a party of hyperactive speed daters, with partnerships hinted, forming, parting, lifelong relationships coming, Tinder-style quickies over in a flash and conspiracies galore as the players sprint between the tables. We recently heard that Cisco is going to top its love affair with …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2015
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Yellow and blue circles, red arrows added to Gartner's Magic Quadrant

Here’s something to delve into; a look at the changes in Gartner’s integrated systems Magic Quadrant between 2014 and 2015. Gartner produced its latest integrated systems magic box of tricks last week and we thought it would be interesting to take the image and plot last year’s positions on it, which is exactly what we have …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2015
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Comparing Avere and Violin – one's overlooked, the other's overcooked

Comment Sitting at my desk early today I thought a couple of thoughts: Avere was getting overlooked while Violin Memory is in danger of getting overcooked – one company almost ignored and the other facing intense scrutiny. Why? Avere’s relative invisibility It's been a glorious spring and summer for storage news and that means that …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2015

XPoint memory ruminations: Expert says it's not PCM

Comment A presentation at the Flash Memory Summit contained speculation about Intel/Micron’s 3D XPoint memory – what it is and how Intel might use it. We’ve tested some of its contents with a knowledgeable industry expert and can cast a little more light, hopefully, on what it is and where it’s going. The Thursday August 13 …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2015

Rise up against Oracle class stupidity and join the infosec strike

Sysadmin blog Information security and privacy are important. Stop being Oracle-class short-termist assholes. Stop waffling, dodging and procrastinating. Get your heads out of your asses and start doing something to improve things for everyone. You. Yes, you there reading this article. I don't care who you are, you have the power to be part …
Trevor Pott, 12 Aug 2015
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Lean machines: Data centre consolidation done right

We've written extensively on the whys and wherefores of moving some or all of your infrastructure into a data centre. But what about when you need to do the opposite and move out of a data centre? Sometimes this will be because you're downsizing, but often it'll be because you need to consolidate two or more data centres into …
Dave Cartwright, 11 Aug 2015
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Sales layoffs at PernixData: Flogging or IPO on the way?

+Comment Things can get tight, tense and twisted at startups getting close to IPO or acquisition, and management can get hyper-focused on the outcome it wants as issues mount. That seems to be happening at PernixData. After news broke of layoffs at the hot clustered hypervisor-caching startup last week, we have learned more of the high …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2015
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Hyper-scaling multi-structured data? Let's count the ways

Comment Hyperscaling storage for unstructured data, file and object silos is conceptually straightforward. You buy yourself commodity hardware and get parallel filesystem software or object software. Hyperscale block storage generally means buying a monster SAN. But what happens if you need to have hyperscale storage across block, file …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2015
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Cloud computing’s refuseniks: How long can they hold out?

Umpty-squillion surveys come out every week, and they generally disagree with each other. Personally I tend to take notice of the ones that tell me that red wine is good for weight loss and long life. I read one recently, though, in which no fewer than 51 per cent of managers said they're not presently investing in cloud …
Dave Cartwright, 10 Aug 2015

Sane people, I BEG you: Stop the software defined moronocalypse

Sysadmin blog A raft of potential vulnerabilities was found in whitebox Software Defined Networking (SDN) equipment. This is the beginning of the saga, not the end. The issues with the Internet of Things promise to be far, far worse. SDN solves a lot of problems and is broadly applicable (once it gets cheap enough). This brings with it a …
Trevor Pott, 7 Aug 2015
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HP snuggles up to OpenStack in cloud embrace

It's hard to understand OpenStack's role in the data centres of the future without understanding HP's approach. HP's cloud strategy is named "Helion" and it includes public, private and hybrid elements. HP bought and has incorporated Eucalyptus into Helion, but the core of its cloud bets are on OpenStack. Helion is vital for …
Trevor Pott, 7 Aug 2015
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Nutanix digs itself into a hole ... and refuses to drop the shovel

Comment Nutanix has dug itself into a hole by trying to occupy the moral high ground with regard to performance testing of hyperconverged systems, saying it's in favour of transparency, yet pulling out of an independent StorageReview test of its product following poor results. About a month ago, Nutanix (Lukas Lundell) and VMware ( …
Chris Mellor, 7 Aug 2015
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EMC II, VMware and the future: Unpicking the house that Joe built

Comment Look guys, the options are pretty limited. If VMware can't leave the EMC Federation and the Federation somehow has to upvalue itself for investors and find shares priced high enough to pay off Elliott Management, then one bit of the Federation has to buy the rest or the Federation has to be acquired/merge with a white knight. …
Chris Mellor, 6 Aug 2015
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EMC and VMware doing the old in-out shows the board is on the job

Comment The finance, storage and virtualisation communities have all been abuzz in recent days, following industry chatter that EMC might buy back the shares in VMware it doesn't already own – or that VMware might buy EMC. Both suggestions have been met with many sharp intakes of breath as pundits contemplate these financial …

Telcos' revenge is coming as SDN brings a way to build smart pipes

Telcos, terrified of being consigned to eternal status as ‘dumb pipes’, keep coming up with crazy ideas for over-the-top (OTT) high-value services. In America, they’re buying entertainment properties. Comcast, easily that nation’s most hated company, purchased NBCUniversal so that they’d have something to transmit over all that …
Mark Pesce, 6 Aug 2015

Hacking Trump: Can we not label web vandalism as 'terrorism', please?

Sysadmin Blog American politics are something of a national sport in Canada. No matter who runs for either side, Canadians throw popcorn at the screen and try to pretend our choices are any better. We debate the relative merits of the boob tube's highest stakes biennial reality TV soap opera. Things can get heated, sometimes, but we enjoy …
Trevor Pott, 3 Aug 2015
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Will flash save the data centre? Don't spread your wings yet, Vultan

Analysis The all-flash data centre: does it exist? Will it ever? Can we really imagine a data centre with no spinning disks and all the executing apps relying on solid-state storage? Such is the vision put forward by Violin Memory in its "Disk is Dead" campaign. But is this the future of the data centre? Violin chief marketeer Amy …
Chris Mellor, 3 Aug 2015

No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad

Comment Targeting one million of anything is no longer cool, according to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. Only one billion will do. It's not surprising, therefore, that Microsoft has set itself a billion-device goal for Windows 10. What is surprising is just how unambitious that goal is, given the computing giant's aspirations. Indeed, …
Matt Asay, 31 Jul 2015
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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

Comment Windows 10 is the last version of Windows that will ever be released. If this really is the last version of Windows desktop operating system ever, though, where will Microsoft make its money? Microsoft, after-all, has built a multi-billion-dollar business on sales of new versions of Windows through retailers and to PC makers, …
Stuart Burns, 31 Jul 2015
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Missing in action: The OpenStackers lost from Gartner's quadrant

The more I look at Gartner's recent Magic Quadrant for x86 server virtualization infrastructure, the more confused I get. The analyst's take on Huawei's relevance to virtualization is particularly puzzling. Not so much because I disagree with Huawei's inclusion, but because many of the organizations left out are even more …
Trevor Pott, 31 Jul 2015
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Think beyond the Beeb: Gov consultation is crucial for free telly

Breaking Fad Do you like your free-to-air TV? It looks like a reasonable chunk of spectrum will be saved for terrestrial broadcasting at the WRC–15 meeting later this year, but the battle for Freeview is far from over. Doctor Who in Listen Listen up: it's time to have your say on the BBC A couple of months back, the BBC Trust gave the …
Nigel Whitfield, 31 Jul 2015

Sysadmin Day 2015: Fun things to do – and prizes to win from El Reg

Sysadmin Blog Friday, July 31 is 2015's Systems Administrator Appreciation Day, better known as Sysadmin Day. It is a day during which sysadmins feel sad that nobody remembers there is a day dedicated to them, and they go on being as unappreciated as every other day of the year. The exception being vendors and other sysadmins; they remember …
Trevor Pott, 29 Jul 2015
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Windows 10: A SYSADMIN speaks his brains – and says MEH

Sysadmin blog It's Windows 10 day. That means it's time for a completely biased and in-no-way-even-remotely-objective assessment of Windows 10. The internet is filled with people trying to act all objective about Microsoft and Windows 10, and explain what it all "means." I'm forgoing all of that this round. This review is not from the …
Trevor Pott, 29 Jul 2015
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Violin Memory thinks it'll boost sales by copying face cream giants

Comment The Grateful Dead concert was only the start to a sustained, brand-led marketing effort by Violin Memory, which aims to rewrite the rules of tech product marketing. Techy speeds and feeds and flashy tactical positioning statements will be subsumed into a disciplined, co-ordinated and orchestrated marketing campaign led by Amy …
Chris Mellor, 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
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Server storage slips on robes, grabs scythe, stalks legacy SANs

Analysis In ten years, legacy enterprise storage-area networks (SANs), network-attached storage (NAS), and direct-attached storage (DAS) revenues will have lost 88 per cent of their present value, according to Wikibon research. Nearly 90 per cent of today's storage revenues will then be split between enterprise server SANs and …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2015
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Facebook's React Native is exciting devs. Or is it, really?

Facebook's React Native framework is hot. The question is, for how long? After all, while Facebook-born React is smoking, it wasn’t very long ago that Google-spawned AngularJS had the web world all a’flutter. Before that, it was Backbone, SproutCore, and a variety of other hot-until-not JavaScript frameworks. On the one hand …
Matt Asay, 17 Jul 2015
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You care about TIN? Why the Open Compute Project is irrelevant

There’s a lot of angst right now over the Open Compute Project, Facebook’s open-source data centre gift to the world. Some, as detailed by El Reg, describe Open Compute testing as “a complete and utter joke.” One that isn’t apparently very funny. At least, not to Cole Crawford, executive director of the Open Compute Project. …
Matt Asay, 16 Jul 2015
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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

Throughout my career I have seen many Windows releases with minimum requirements that were a little bit deceiving. Sure, the machines would boot, but you would sometimes have enough time to brew a fresh pot of coffee before the computer was in a usable state. That usable state excluded any applications you wanted to run on top …
Stuart Burns, 15 Jul 2015
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Gazing at the future: Taking a look at two $20m storage upstarts

Comment Startups Jut and CoreOS are each funded to the tune of twenty million dollars but spend their money differently, inhabiting different geographies in Silicon Valley's mental landscape. Both are based in the valley's new centre of startup gravity, San Francisco, where office rents are going up to – and beyond – $63 per square …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2015
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Hey WD. Are you killing off Arkeia? 'Solutions... contracts... burble'

Is WD killing off its Arkeia backup product? After writing about some WD community forum members who have been told the product is effectively going end-of-life, we were sent a "clear statement from WD." Here it is; see what you think. WD has been developing a full portfolio of network storage solutions for a number of years …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2015
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China's STILL holding up the full WD-HGST integration. Why?

Comment WD's buyout of HGST took place in 2012. MOFCOM, China’s Ministry of Commerce – here concerned with competition – said it was delaying its approval for two years. During that time, HGST and WD had to be run as two separate businesses subject to strict conditions. Those conditions were: Maintenance of HGST at pre-transaction …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015
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OCP supporters hit back over testing claims – but there's dissent in the ranks

Comment Open Compute Project aficionados did not like our story about its allegedly insufficient hardware testing procedures and said so, publicly and loudly. “Terrible journalism” whinged one, adding it was an attack on the entire open source movement. Is this fair? It seems a can of worms has been opened. Cole Crawford, the …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2015
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Why the USS NetApp is a doomed ship

Comment NetApp last month changed chief executives, and in May laid off just over 500 people. Some believe this is the start of great new things and a turnaround for NetApp. I disagree. To put this as bluntly as I can, NetApp is most likely doomed. Getting rid of the CEO won't save it. NetApp's problem is that the culture of: "The …
Trevor Pott, 9 Jul 2015
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I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

Sysadmin blog It took a massive hack attack against the United States government resulting in the theft of up to 14 million 21.5 million records to make me realise why I want to quit working in IT. Over the past year I've significantly drawn down my involvement in day-to-day IT operations, and I'm much happier for it. The US Office of …
Trevor Pott, 9 Jul 2015
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Summer breeze makes IT fine, blowing through sysadmins in my mind

Comment Summer is here and IT bods can rejoice because if users aren’t already on their annual two-week holiday then those remaining – the ones with kids – will be soon once schools break up in mid July. It’s the time of year when the heavy lifting side (physical or virtual) of infrastructure upgrades can be done without pesky users …
Stuart Burns, 9 Jul 2015