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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

Sysadmin Blog It's mobile update month at my company, and that means it's time for a look at the smartphones. I've researched every single unit that will work on a Canadian cellular network and come to some interesting conclusions. For the first time I'm looking at a refresh cycle more from the standpoint of a business owner and end-user …
Trevor Pott, 24 Feb 2014
A boat full of Fail

Collective SSL FAIL a symptom of software's cultural malaise

In the 19 years that have passed since the first implementation of SSL, you could be forgiven for expecting that the industry could do it right by now: and yet last week, not one but three SSL vendors were discovered to have implementation problems. Belkin was caught not checking SSL certificates; WhatsApp was discovered to have …

Something rotten stalks the Cloud Kingdom

Sysadmin Blog A good lord builds his castle to both serve as the center of commerce for his lands and to offer protection to his people in case of an attack. The peasants have neither the resources nor the knowledge to defend themselves, and they look to their lords for help. Against most foes, this model works well. Should the land come …
Trevor Pott, 22 Feb 2014

Just how much bang does a FAS8040 box give you for 500,000 bucks

Blocks and Files A just-announced two-node NetApp FAS8040 cluster scored 86,072.33 IOPS [PDF] on the SPC-1 random I/O storage benchmark, with linear scale-out extrapolation suggesting it could do better than the FAS6240's performance. The list price for the system was a smidgen below half a million bucks at $495,652.43, giving a list price/ …
Chris Mellor, 21 Feb 2014

Reg HPC man relives 0-day rootkit GROUNDHOG DAY

HPC blog This is a difficult article to write, and I’ve put it off for way too long. But it’s time to bite the bullet and make an embarrassing admission to the Register audience. I’ve been hacked and hacked hard. Admitting this publicly to Reg readers is like chumming shark-infested waters with my own blood. Or like telling people that I …
DataGravity analytics

Clueless over your heaps of unstructured data? You could soon whip out 'DIY tool'

Analysis DataGravity appears to be working on a kind of GUI-driven SQL for unstructured data so small to medium businesses can run data analytics, possibly without having to hire data scientists – although this has not been confirmed. After studying a DataGravity blog closely, along with other blogs and reports around the 'net, Vulture …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2014
Nutanix cloud appliance exploded view

Would you put a Virtual SAN in a brownfield? Or a minefield?

Sysadmin Blog In my previous article I looked at the various virtual SANs on the market. In this article, I'm going to take a look at the issues they face trying to get customers to migrate from existing storage solutions. Brownfield conversion strategies are an issue for all players. If your goal is to get rid of SANs by distributing storage …
Trevor Pott, 18 Feb 2014

Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

Blog Somewhere around the world right now as many as 1.2 million people are currently publishing APIs for external use - and that’s just us humans. God help us when the self-aware robots and cyborgs get in on the act and start pushing API openness for their autonomic systems. As tech-aware readers (and an increasingly high number of …

Ignore the pie-in-the-sky storage roadmaps. This is what's REALLY afoot

Storagebod Roadmap! Roadmap! Bring out your roadmaps... I’ve now seen roadmaps going way off into the future and it is a pain. As soon as I start speculating about the future of storage, people seem to get very worried about breach of NDAs. But some general themes are beginning to appear. 1) Traditional RAID5 and RAID6 data protection …
StorageBod, 18 Feb 2014

SMELT YOU LATER: Apple announces conflict-free status

Comment Apple has announced that it is now at least partially conflict-mineral-free after confirming that its suppliers use only ethically sourced tantalum. This follows hot on the heels of Intel announcing that they've achieved the same feat. While it's not a perfect result, it is an advance in civilisation and doing the right thing. …
Tim Worstall, 18 Feb 2014
Diablo Technologies

Diablo boss on IP lawsuit: We are NOT 'engaging in a public pissing match'

Blog Tech startup blogger Willem ter Harmsel spoke with Memory Channel Storage maker Diablo Technologies' Riccardo Badalone yesterday. He updated us on the current state of affairs at Diablo, including the Netlist IP lawsuit and its newly formed links with Sandisk and IBM. Last time we spoke, Badalone hinted at a few great …
Saul Klein, venture capitalist

A Year of Code timeline: History of a HYPEGASM

Comment The government's "Year of Code" scheme, chaired by former Tory advisor Rohan Silva, has generated more comments from you than anything else this week. Here's a bite-sized timeline to put the whole story in context. February 2007: Saul Klein joins London VC firm Index Ventures. In May, he sets up Seedcamp in Europe. It's a pick …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Feb 2014
Sony CV-2000 reel-to-reel consumer video recorder

I want SDN and I want it now!

Sysadmin Blog A recent demonstration of Juniper's Software Defined Networking (SDN) showed a level of automation that makes me loathe the mundanity of my day job all the more. Software defined networking is a collection of technologies that could free me to do far more business-critical things with my time, like research, automating more …
Trevor Pott, 14 Feb 2014
Ultrastar He6

Million-dollar new disk tech could be USELESS for array vendors

Blocks and Files We've seen a lot of innovation in disk drive technology over the past year or so, tech into which millions of dollars of R&D as well as large amounts of time and effort have been poured. But from where we're standing at the beginning of 2014, it may ultimately be totally useless for storage array vendors. I'm thinking of …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2014
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Speaking in Tech: $65 JUST for internet and my ISP has the BALLS to throttle a service?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week in Speaking in Tech, your hosts Greg Knieriemen and Sarah Vela hold down the fort while Eddie Saipetch parties in Vegas. This week they are joined by special guest Joe Onisick, technical marketing engineer at Cisco, and shoot the breeze about everything from the …
Team Register, 12 Feb 2014
Bandaid

Server tech is BORING these days. Where's all the shiny new goodies?

Blocks and Files Once upon a time, a mere 10 years or so ago, servers had direct-attached disks or network-attached disk arrays. The flash in the arrays – SSDs primarily, but also in the controllers – made data access faster. However multi-core, multi-threaded CPUs have an almost insatiable appetite for data. Any access latency is bad when the …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014

JavaScript is everywhere. So are we all OK with that?

Comment The JavaScript programming language has been in the wars over the years. Oft derided for security concerns, its ‘amateur’ web designer following and for ‘borrowing’ its name from the beefier brew that is Java itself, it has been a rough 19 years or so. Despite all this, JavaScript is still on every 'predictions for 2014 in tech …
big droplets falling from rain cloud

Commoditisation. It's HAPPENING. This is NOT a drill

Storagebod Your mileage may vary somewhat but 2014 is already beginning to get interesting from a storage point of view. And it appears to have little to do with technology or perhaps too little technology. Perhaps the innovation has stopped? Or perhaps we’re finally beginning to see the impact of Google/Amazon and Azure on the Enterprise …
StorageBod, 7 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
Cloud Storage arrays

Just how solid is cloud storage in 2014

Searching the Reg' for "Cloud + Storage" mentions in 2013 gets you 44 pages of results. So let's take it as read that it's a hot topic. We're not bothering with private clouds here; they're enterprise IT re-branded, re-tooled and re-priced but they are still private enterprise IT resources. No, it's the public cloud, accessed …
Chris Mellor, 6 Feb 2014

Dell's fellow from Big Blue heads up blue sky division

Comment A now-private Dell appears to have set up a Research Division headed by IBM import Jai Menon. Menon, a former IBM fellow, joined Dell in October 2012, becoming the chief technology officer at Round Rock. Now several reports, here and here for example, say he has been given the role of big boss of the R & D Division inside Dell …
Chris Mellor, 4 Feb 2014
Blindfold

Cisco execs blindside themselves with flash-splash Invicta UCS array

Blocks and Files Sources indicate that Cisco’s top execs blundered when they thought the UCS Invicta all-flash array wouldn’t compete with flash arrays from partners EMC and NetApp because it was integrated into the UCS server fabric. Our people suggest that they didn’t understand, when given UCS Invicta integration information by lower-level …
Chris Mellor, 3 Feb 2014

Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

Comment So just how much has Google lost on buying and selling Motorola Mobility? $9bn - as The Telegraph seems to think? $7bn as simple arithmetic would seem to indicate? Or how about a very decent indeed profit as the vagaries of tax law might indicate - with that tasty patent portfolio thrown in for free? Let's start with a number …
Tim Worstall, 30 Jan 2014

Just how far did storage and compute converge in 2013?

Converged storage is the coming together of storage and compute in the same box. Didn't this used to be called a server, before the days of networked storage? Indeed it did but these re-invented servers often employ a logical storage pool, and are the future, we are told. So, where are we at, as glide into 2014? We're …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jan 2014
Tarkan Maner

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
Icelandic chasm

Did object storage come of age in 2013?

Object storage entered 2013 pretty much as a niche technology but exited the year headed towards mainstream status, with ViPR, Black Pearl and EVault leading the way. Others, though, held back. As of the year end, we saw IBM doing nothing much with objects, NetApp apparently standing still with its StorageGRID, and Dell exiting …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jan 2014
IBMStorage Revenues by quarter

IBM needs to sell its stuttering storage biz lines

Blocks and Files IBM’s storage results are down in the dumps and we’re sure it’s in talks to sell off its server business to Lenovo. Should it sell off its storage business too? Big Blue’s fourth quarter FY2013 results gave it the blues, with the Systems and Technology Group revenues for the quarter down 26 per cent compared to a year ago. The …
Chris Mellor, 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
TDK TMR hard disk drive read/write head

The future of storage: disk-based or just discombobulated?

The disk drive industry went bananas in 2013, driven hard by cloud storage and flash, both sending the problems of bulk, nearline data storage disks' way. The three big HDD tech issues? SMR technology seems a near-term bust except for big cloud users Helium drive technology arrived with HGST's 6TB offering Seagate announced …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2014
Fast and furious combat

How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013

Flash dramas abounded in 2013, from triumphant IPOs, disastrous IPO after-effects, profound strategy changes, and firms crashing out in flames. Two CEOs went. Two companies crashed. Several were bought. All in all it was a hell of a year. Let's start with all-flash arrays. All-flash arrays Here's where a lot of the flash …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014

Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

+Comment The path to redemption in 2014 lies not through baptism, but blogging. Former Merrill Lynch dotcom analyst Henry "what a POS*" Blodget agreed to a lifetime ban from the finance industry – but bounced back with a blog. And perhaps one-man wrecking crew Steve Sinofsky, former President of the Windows Division at Microsoft, can …
Andrew Orlowski, 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
HGST SSD1000MR

Why Flash storage will be fast and furious in 2014

Flash had a fantastic year in 2013 with an enormous number of developments. It was a year of generally positive flash transitions, with cell geometry shrinking, all-flash arrays springing up, flash companies being bought, flash companies crashing back to earth after inflated IPOs or just crashing, and happiness spraying out …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jan 2014

Dell staffers react to news of 1-in-3 axe dangling overhead

Our readers at Dell have responded to the New Year Dell redundancy stories. They make worrying reading, illustrating the pressures people are under. Here’s a comment from a Dell Asia Pacific Japan staffer: In APJ no one knows what the new org is or what is happening to their roles. We are all guessing or we can try for VR ( …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2014

AT&T's sponsored data plan: Who, us, violating net neutrality?

+Comment AT&T is playing down concerns that its sponsored data program violates the principles of net neutrality.* The plan, in which content providers are able to foot the bill for wireless broadband access to their services, has been advertised by the company as a benefit for customers who will be able to access premium services …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jan 2014

Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

+Comment Anyone who doubts the impact of Google's power - it's currently the subject of an antitrust complaint to the European Commission by vertical search companies - needs to read this. The complaints to the Competition Commission maintain that Google's arbitrary promotion of its own material harms the market. But in this case, the …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 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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UK 'copyright czar' Edmund Quilty quits as Blighty's Director of Copyright Enforcement

Exclusive Britain's unofficial "copyright czar", Edmund Quilty, is moving on. Probably the most influential civil servant you've never heard of, Quilty has served as the Director of Copyright Enforcement and Policy at the UK patent office for six years, far longer than the typical stint for a career bureaucrat of two years. "We can …
Panasonic My Home Screen

Speaking in Tech: When will I buy a 4K TV? When they make one that LOOKS COOL

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise The S.I.T. crew start the new year off with a bang with a killer episode of the tech podcast. This week, Sarah Vela takes an extra week of vacation while Greg Knieriemen and Ed Saipetch chum it up with Mark Twomey of EMC, better known as StorageZilla. This week, none of the …
Team Register, 8 Jan 2014

All-flash array fettler Pure Storage: Snowball, sueballs and... an IPO?

Out of the blue we have heard that Pure Storage is making groundwork preparations for an IPO. The information came from a Silicon Valley source and chimes with the company saying recently its annual revenue run rate is at the IPO-level, taken to mean $100 million. All-flash array fettler Pure says it is growing fast, although …
Chris Mellor, 8 Jan 2014
Space Shuttle Endeavor buzzes the Golden Gate Bridge

Blame Silicon Valley for the NSA's data slurp... and what to do about it

Comment Widespread ridicule has greeted the announcement that eight giant technology companies led by Google and including Facebook and LinkedIn were going to save us from the NSA. The ridicule is thoroughly justified, for trusting giant corporations - whose business models rely on selling your identity to advertisers - to safeguard …
Andrew Orlowski, 31 Dec 2013