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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
French fries

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. …
Flying pig

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
Dunce

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
Exablox node stack

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

ONTAP isn't putting NetApp ONTOP

Opinion NetApp's third quarter results were poor but NetApp revenues have been flat or falling for a couple of years now. Management doesn't seem to view this as a deep-set problem requiring deep-set answers. In the earnings webcast, NetApp's management said the Q3 revenue fall was due to foreign exchange (FX) and sales execution issues …
Chris Mellor, 12 Feb 2015
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Traditional enterprise workloads on an all-flash array? WHY WOULD I BOTHER?

Storagebod Are all-flash arrays ready for legacy enterprise workloads? The latest little spat between EMC and HP bloggers asked that question. But it’s not really an interesting question. A more interesting question would be: "Why would I put traditional enterprise workloads on an AFA?" More and more I’m coming across people who are …
StorageBod, 12 Feb 2015
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Speaking in Tech: Woohoo – we're CUTTING OFF THE CABLE COMPANIES

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's another edition of El Reg's info-packed podcast, recorded in the US by your tech guru hosts Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed is replaced by Amy Lewis, who joins Sarah and Greg to talk about Sling, the death of enterprise computing and Apple's …
Team Register, 11 Feb 2015
Bloody Serial Killer Shower Curtain

For EMC, it’s all about the rack-scale flash

Comment EMC has two big engineering projects on the go, incorporating flash-based DSSD and virtual SAN ScaleIO, both looking to provide rack-scale storage. DSSD is an acquisition EMC made in May last year, and is working on a design using PCIe-accessed flash as the persistent storage tier. The idea is to have racks full of flash for …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2015

Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

Worstall on Wednesday I note from a technical publication of repute that Microsoft has announced that marriage equality is a fundamental and core value for the company itself. To which, OK, great, and why not? As I pointed out previously, “taste” discrimination against people because of anything other than their working skills is a costly endeavour …
Tim Worstall, 11 Feb 2015

Seagate’s EVault joins the backup providers swarm

+Comment Seagate has a new backup target appliance (BTA) that can shoot data to a private, public or partner cloud, as well as having 65TB of usable storage capacity. Why in a mature market are there so very many suppliers? It announced 50TB (3U) and 100TB (4U) EBA (Enterprise Backup and recovery Appliances) appliances last September and …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2015
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Does your storage look like it's held together by elastic tape? Oh, you're using IBM kit, too, huh?

Comment Elastic Storage, IBM's rebranded GPFS, is a parallel filesystem offering high-speed access to shedloads of data. That's a long way from accessing data in a tape archive. Yet Elastic Storage can do this too: build and access a tape archive. It's done by hooking up Elastic Storage and the Linear Tape File System (LTFS). We wrote …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2015
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About that UK digital biz renaissance? Not so fast

Guest Opinion The Gibson Index business database has been surveying UK businesses since 2003. Here, founder Marcus Gibson explains why the Tech City quango’s "Tech Nation" survey touting the success of "digital" Britain is deeply flawed. The Tech City quango last week claimed to conduct the "first national" survey of the UK’s digital …
Marcus Gibson, 10 Feb 2015
Smart TV

Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU

If there's one thing we can thank this whole Samsung privacy brouhaha for, it's casting data retention debates in a whole new light. As readers of The Register now know, Samsung decided that the best way to process voice commands in its new smart TVs is to send them off to the cloud. Since it can't distinguish speech meant to …
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Listen up, VMware admins: If the array won't support it, VVOL won't help you...

Comment VMware's VVOL allows VMware admins to manage storage arrays through the API – but it doesn't necessarily mean they get to use all the VVOL data services. PernixData's Tech Evangelist Frank Denneman told us: "The interesting bits in the VVOL announcement are the supported 'Data Service' capabilities. As VVOL is an API, you can …
Chris Mellor, 9 Feb 2015
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Pure Storage bearhugs its latest flood of ex-EMC sales bods

Comment Pure Storage is continuing to recruit sales high-flyers with EMC experience, and not just in Europe where it lured EMC’s UK boss James Petter to become its EMEA VP. Mike Sakalas is joining Pure as its Australia country manager. He comes from being CEO of reseller Southern Cross Computer Systems (SCCS). His CV records stints at …
Chris Mellor, 9 Feb 2015
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Storage BLOG-OFF: HP's Johnson squares up to EMC's Chad Sakac

Comment An HP exec has taken exception to an EMC president’s blog about all-flash arrays. EMC’s Chad Sakac blogged that: AFAs are not right (at least not yet) for workloads that require "classic enterprise array" data services like huge at scale replication (think tens of thousands of objects replicated, extreme replication topologies …
Chris Mellor, 6 Feb 2015

Are virtualisation and the cloud SNUFFING OUT traditional backup software?

Comment Five years ago, you might have said that Symantec, EMC and other mainstream suppliers dominated the enterprise backup market with their products – Backup Exec, Net Backup, Networker, TSM and others. But this is no longer the case. Server virtualisation and the cloud have ripped gaping holes in the market and newer and smaller …
Chris Mellor, 5 Feb 2015
Surfer

Nutanix is out in front - but can it stay ahead of the burgeoning pack?

Comment Hype-converged server/storage product startup Nutanix has got itself 1,200 customers and reached a $300m/year run rate - it says. That’s based on results from its second quarter which finished at the end of January, meaning $75m in bookings for the quarter. It says more than 50 customers have bought more than a million bucks- …
Chris Mellor, 5 Feb 2015
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vSphere 6.0 is BADASS. Not that I've played with it or anything. Ahem

Sysadmin blog VMware has officially launched vSphere 6.0, and I can say without reservation that it is a truly excellent release. I have spent much of the past year expressing skepticism about VMware; face-first exposure to the darker, more political aspects of the organisation had caused me to lose faith in the company. So good is vSphere 6 …
Trevor Pott, 4 Feb 2015

Samsung snub sends Qualcomm into a spin over Snapdragon 810

Comment Breaking news from Qualcomm: it has sent out a press release. The news is not the contents of the press release, but that it was sent out at all. There is no Qualcomm news in the email we received, which had the subject line “Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Processor Powers Premium Tier Mobile Experiences of 2015.” It’s a response to …
Simon Rockman, 3 Feb 2015
Doomsday clock

UK not-spot deal: When we said '2017’, we meant 1 DAY BEFORE 2018

Opinion While the initial “not-spots” deal looked vague and woolly, the latest communication from Ofcom shows that there is at least some engineering nous in the background. The crux of the matter is that the operators have now been given some actual numbers (PDF) to define coverage: The Licensee shall, by no later than 31 December …
Simon Rockman, 3 Feb 2015
spiders crawl through tunnel of binary numbers

STUDENT RACK WARS: Science and HPC – all the kids are doing it these days

HPC blog It’s well past the time to discuss and analyse what happened at the exciting seventh annual Student Cluster Competition, which took place at SC14 in New Orleans late last year. Just after SC14 closed, I took a long trip to South Africa to cover its CHPC cluster competition – the intra-country bout that has spawned its ISC’13 and …
Shot of D-Wave's 16 qubit chip

Quantum of Suspicion: Despite another $29m, D-Wave doubts remain

Controversial quantum computing venture D-Wave Systems has scooped $29m in lovely fresh cash, courtesy of investors, despite lingering doubts about whether what it offers can be considered "quantum". This is D-Wave’s tenth round of funding from 14 investors, bringing total investments to fairly hefty $174m. D-Wave didn’t …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Jan 2015