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BIG DATA wizards: LEARN from CERN, not the F500

Big data has a problem: it is being abused. One of the biggest misconceptions is that big data is about archiving everything forever, buying the biggest, cheapest storage pool, and building a giant proverbial barn of hay in order to try to find needles. Vendor marketing has abused this. Consider marketing that advises that you …
John Nicholson, 23 Mar 2015
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Distribution of cream among EMC executive fat cats revealed

Fancy finding out how much EMC fat cats earn? Read on. Total compensation – meaning share options, salary and bonuses – for the top execs at EMC Information Infrastructure (EMC II) in 2014 looked like this: Joe Tucci (EMC Chairman & CEO) – $11,203,318 David Goulden (EMC II CEO) – $10,531,257 Howard Elias (President & COO …
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2015

Docker: Networking's new twist on micro services

We know that data centres operate with a high proportion of abstraction technologies. This should come as no surprise – the cloud services they house are in and of themselves physically “abstracted” (or, perhaps, even “conceptualised”) chunks of computing and storage power. We also know that Docker, as an open-source application …

Qumulo: What the scale-out NAS market has been waiting for

StorageBod One of the things I have been lamenting for some time with many vendors is that there's been a lack of truly credible alternatives to EMC’s Isilon product in the scale-out NAS space. There are some technologies out there that could compete, but they just seem to fall/fail at the last hurdle. There are also technologies packaged …
StorageBod, 20 Mar 2015
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The storage is alive? Flash lives longer than expected – report

StorageBod The Tech Report has been running an ‘SSD Endurance Experiment’ utilising consumer SSDs to see how long they last and what their "real world" endurance really is. It seem that pretty much all of the drives are very good and last longer than their manufacturers state. It's a fairly unusual state of affairs – something in IT that …
StorageBod, 19 Mar 2015
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What else has Kaminario got under its kimono?

Comment Last week I attended Storage Field Day 7. One of the companies I met at the event was Kaminario, producer of an all-flash array (AFA). This start-up has a potentially good product, with its own pros and cons, but the question here is: Is “good” still enough to have a serious chance of success in this market segment? A few words …
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A day may come when flash memory is USELESS. But today is not that day

The era of flash memory is anticipated to run out of road in the 2020s and newer technologies involving resistance and electron spin are poised to take over, delivering higher capacities, greater speed and DRAM-style addressability. Some people ask if one of these new technologies could actually unify dynamic memory (RAM) and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Mar 2015
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MOVE IT! 10 top tips for shifting your data centre

The scenario's a hauntingly familiar one. You're the IT person who's just been told by the boss: “We're moving the kit to <insert name of whatever data centre he's signed up with in a panic>, now get on and do it.” I've done more than my fair share of migrations from on-premise systems to data centres – and more often than not …
Dave Cartwright, 18 Mar 2015
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CERN turns to Seagate’s Kinetic system and says ‘it’s storage time’

Comment CERN, with its extremely high-tech, bleeding-edge Big Data wizardry, is waved around like a trophy by IT suppliers these days. Now Seagate has stepped up onto the CERN stage, wanting to get its Kinetic disk drives used to store Large Hadron Collider (LHC) data. Seagate has gone and signed a three-year deal with CERN to scoop …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015
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Storage biz gets down with da kidz, announces new update on Reddit

Comment A NetBackup update is coming from Veritas, according to a Reddit forum. Veritas hosted an AMA (ask me anything) discussion on 13 March which has been posted to Reddit. According to the postings, NetBackup 7.7 will feature more capabilities in these following areas: Cloud storage, with Google Cloud Storage Nearline mentioned …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015
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EMC pulls on its DSSD boxing gloves and crooks a finger at Oracle

Comment What we're learning about EMC’s DSSD all-flash array project suggests it’s going to be the weapon of choice for the company in its war against Oracle's Engineered Systems. DSSD could well be the new VMAX – a truly enterprise-class reliable all-flash array, but not one with XtremIO and VMAX-class data services. XtremIO is meant …
Chris Mellor, 16 Mar 2015
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Let's talk about the (real) price of flash and spinning disks

Comment Lately I have been writing a lot about the role of flash memory and disk drives in the future of storage infrastructure (here and here are a couple of examples). And it's clear flash will be used for primary workloads, and object storage and disks for the rest. The reality is that flash memory is quickly becoming already a no- …
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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

Comment The internet is gradually gaining a whole lot of new top-level domain names, from the useful (.app, .dev) to the more whimsical (.ninja, .lol), thanks to ICANN's dot-word gold rush. Most of these dot-words are available to world + dog to register fresh domains, such as theregister.science. However, some owners are keeping their …
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On-prem storage peeps. Come here. It's time for real talk. About Google

Comment Veritas, Symantec’s renamed and soon to be spun off storage biz, announced it’s supporting Google’s nearline cloud storage. Its Veritas NetBackup 7.7, now in beta with general availability planned for the summer, can back up data to Google Cloud Storage Nearline. Here’s Veritas supporting cloud disks as an archival target …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2015

$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

Comment What's the point of Apple's $17,000 Christometer then? Apart from, you know, vulgar money? There's been a certain amount of quiet coughing and choking among the fanbois over the new Apple Watch Edition's Christometer's tag of $17,000 at the top end. That's a whole heap of Benjamins for a wrist computer, most especially as the …
Tim Worstall, 12 Mar 2015
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Devs don't care about cloud-specific coding, right? Er, not so

Software application developers don’t care about the back-end guts and architectures that serve their programs much, right? While the notion that programmers are indeed some cerebral bunch of innovators only focused on functionality, the wider sentiment here is starting to change. Of course, developers think about the data …
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Diablo fingered in offensive ASCII art trial doc shock

Editing an image of redacted document included in the Netlist-Diablo trial appears to show a raised middle finger ASCII graphic. Michael Takefman is a chief architect for Diablo Technologies. In one redacted court document extract we have seen, a blacked-out graphic reveals a text representation of a middle-finger gesture when …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2015
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PernixData chap: We are to storage as Alfred Nobel was to dynamite

Interview PernixData chief technologist Frank Denneman thinks distributed fault-tolerant memory technology (DFTM) is ushering in an era of nanosecond-scale storage access latencies that could fundamentally change applications and the way they access data. Application process run speeds could be reduced to a tenth of their present levels …
Chris Mellor, 10 Mar 2015

Nothing says 'Taliban' quite like net neutrality, eh, EU Digi Commish?

Comment Gaffe-prone Gunther is at it again. This time the EU Digi-Commissioner Gunther H-dot Oettinger has described the enforcement of "uniform" net neutrality as "Taliban-like". Unsurprisingly digital rights activists have not been pleased at being compared with a fundamentalist organisation judged by the UN to be responsible for the …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Mar 2015
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Don't be afraid, cloudy storage folk, just admit you’re a bit bi-modal

Storagebod We’ve been talking about cloud in one form or another for many years now, and this current iteration of utility computing that has come to be known as 'cloud' might actually be something. And yet, for all of the talk and all of the noise, traditional IT does seem to just rumble on, quietly working away in the background. Some …
StorageBod, 9 Mar 2015
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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

Comment A Supreme Court decision handed down on Wednesday has given carte blanche to police forces to retain personal data they have collected for virtually any purpose and hold it as long as they like – even when the people targeted are not violent and have committed no crime. The case, R (on the application of Catt) (AP) (Respondent) …
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Another day, another load of benchmarketing, this time from HDS

Storagebod I had hoped we’d moved beyond the SPC-1 benchmarketing but it appears not. If you read HDS veep Hu Yoshida’s blog, apparently the VSP G1000 is "the clear leader in storage performance against the leading all flash storage arrays." Yet when you look at the list of AFAs Hu uses for that comparison, there are so many missing that …
StorageBod, 5 Mar 2015

CloudExpo makes me thirsty. Barman, a pint of storagebeer for my friend

Storagebod It’s late notice for the CloudExpo crowd, but it has been suggested that we need another #storagebeers event and a pretty good opportunity has presented itself. The cloud conference takes place next week (11 and 12 March) at the ExHel Centre. So for those of you interested, we have decided that on the evening of 11 March we will …
StorageBod, 5 Mar 2015
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SanDisk flash array launch signals imminent AFA battle

Comment With SanDisk joining the ranks of all-flash array vendors, that makes 15 AFA suppliers I know of: far, far too many for industry stability. There are: Cisco with Invicta currently in hibernation Dell with all-flash Storage Centre EMC with XtremIO and coming DSSD HDS with HAF module in VSP/HUS HGST with Skyera skyHawk HP …
Chris Mellor, 4 Mar 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Tinder Plus: 4 times pricier... if you're an OVER-28 wrinkly

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another episode of El Reg's best and only tech podcast with your hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, they dig into HP's acquisition of Aruba, Tinder pricing for the *cough* elderly and the prospects for Google+. Their special guest this week is …
Team Register, 4 Mar 2015
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Sysadmins: Step away from the Big Mac. No more Heartbleed-style 2am patch dashes

Patching is a necessary evil for network administrators. Unfortunately, an awful lot of them have been burning not only the midnight oil, but also the weekend oil to keep up with patches such as – but not limited to – Heartbleed and Shellshock. The bad news is that this is only the start. As software vendors move towards a more …
Stuart Burns, 4 Mar 2015
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How a HPC array helps humanity destroy the Ebola virus

Comment Deadly diseases like Ebola are frightening. They kill people in horrible ways and destroy the host communities’ ability to fight the spread of the virus. Agencies fighting the outbreak have had to understand where the outbreak is spreading, where communities in its path are most vulnerable and where to focus their treatment and …
Chris Mellor, 3 Mar 2015

Flashy upstarts facing IPO pressure. Get on with it then

Comment Conventional wisdom has it that VC-funded tech start-ups get acquired or, hopefully, go through an IPO to become successful stand-alone companies. However, such may not be the fate of the five main surviving all-flash array (AFA) vendors in the face of fast and furious mainstream supplier reaction to their success. Step back a …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2015
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Oh Big Blue, can't you think of anything new for your product line?

Storagebod "If in doubt, rebrand" ... has IBM completely run out of ideas with its storage offerings? The Spectrum rebrand of its storage offerings feels like the last throw of the dice. In fact, it is not all of its storage offerings that have rebranded, but appears to be only the software offerings. DS8K, for example, is missing from …
StorageBod, 26 Feb 2015
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SOLD: Emulex – for 34% less than shareholders were offered 6 years ago

Comment Data networking outfit Emulex, harried by activist investor Elliott Management, has given up its independence and shopped itself to Avago Technologies for $606m in cash – $8/share – giving execs and investors a nice windfall. As well as Emulex, Avago also acquires the firm's mainstay Fibre Channel HBA business, its nascent …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2015

What exchange rate blues? Our storage revs have grown – HP

Comment Despite lousy dollar exchange rates, HP storage revenues are climbing – unlike those of NetApp, which fingered those same exchange rates as the cause of its woes. In its first fiscal 2015 quarter HP’s revenue was $26.84bn, down 5 per cent on an annual compare, with net income of $1.37bn, down 4 per cent from a year ago. So far, …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2015

W3C recommends Pointer Events standard – but it's a touchy subject. Right, Apple?

Comment The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published the Pointer Events standard as a recommendation, but its future is in doubt as Apple and Google are refusing to implement it. The purpose of Pointer Events is to handle input from pointers – which might be touch or pen rather than mouse – which is increasingly important in a …
Tim Anderson, 25 Feb 2015
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Google's Softcard hookup: Never mind Apple Pay ... it's about beating the networks

Comment So Google Wallet will come installed on Android handsets in the US. It is an assault on Apple Pay, but it's also end of a dream which saw operators as custodians of the electronic wallet. That dream started in 2007, when SIM manufacturers hit on the idea of embedding a secure transaction element into the SIM, connected to the …
Bill Ray, 24 Feb 2015

FCC Republicans slam brakes on net neutrality, but this wagon ain't slowing

The two Republican commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have formally called for this week's vote on net neutrality to be delayed. The US watchdog's panel of commissioners are due to approve or reject FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's secret proposals to regulate internet access in America as if it is a phone …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Feb 2015
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EMC learns object lesson in accuracy after ViPR death goof

An EMC blog saying ViPR Object and HDFS data services have removed from ViPR 2.2 was wrong, and has been corrected in an updated version of the source blog. EMC spokesperson Kevin Kempskie told us: "We have to take the blame on the inaccuracies. The blog you read on EMC.com – which has since been updated – made a blanket …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2015
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Fibre Channel's looking a bit flat. Bad news for these three firms

Comment The Fibre Channel trio, Brocade, Emulex and QLogic, are seeing declining popularity in their SAN storage networking businesses and need to find growth elsewhere. As we have seen with Emulex and QLogic's results, Brocade has found growth through better business efficiencies but the basic Fibre Channel market is widely seen as a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2015

Speaking in Tech: C'mon, Gartner... PRIVATE CLOUD DENIAL?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This episode of El Reg's talk-tastic techcast is hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week the crew tackles private cloud deniers, Amazon's drone problem and bit rot. Their special guest is Jody Tyrus, senior technical architect, Security at California …
Team Register, 18 Feb 2015
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You'll never BELIEVE how this guy's using his engineering brains

Harmsel biz blog VMware alumni are known for turning up in diverse environments. Steve Herrod, who had 12-year long stint at VMware, and was its chief techie when he left, has joined this tradition. However, Herrod's move is perhaps a little more unorthodox - he has joined the venture capital community as a partner at General Catalyst Partners. …
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Big Blue drops a billion dollars to refresh its pig herd's lipstick

Comment Confirming earlier leaks, IBM has decided storage needs to be sold under the software-defined rubric and has given various existing products a Spectrum wash and brush-up; like green-wash but think software-defined. It also plans to invest more than $1bn in its storage software portfolio over the next five years. IBM Systems SVP …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2015
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Get ready for the El Reg Storage Winners-n-Losers super chart

A look at four years' worth of storage supplier revenues shows us which suppliers are winning, losing or standing still. The chart shows annual revenues for storage suppliers, or the storage business of larger suppliers, insofar as it can be identified, from 2010 to 2014. All_Storage_supplier_revenues It's crude as suppliers …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2015
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NetApp: Don’t know about the hybrid cloud? Then you’re a dummy

Comment This storage Vulture confesses to never having understood the appeal of writing books specifically for dummies, for example NetApp's not-very-magnum opus, Hybrid Cloud for Dummies. Maybe it's just US humour and we just don't get it this side of the pond. NetApp dummies hybrid cloud It's a special edition for NetApp and not to …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2015
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Exablox is pretty sweet - but not great for restore applications

Comment One of the best places to find business storage products reviewed is Storage Review, which has just reviewed the Exablox NAS-headed object storage system for small and medium businesses. We wrote about Exablox and its RAID-less, deduping, highly scalable OneBlox technology here, saying the product looks like an Isilon cluster on …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2015