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Love lambda, love Microsoft's Graph Engine. But you fly alone

Analysis Much has changed at Microsoft since Steve Ballmer described Linux as "a cancer" in reaction to the open-source flag-flyer's threat to Redmond's money-spinning Windows business. Three years after Redmond's researchers published their whitepaper on distributed graph engine Trinity, Microsoft has announced that it has released …
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Probe President Trump and his crappy Samsung Twitter-o-phone, demand angry congressfolk

Fifteen members of US Congress have asked the House Oversight Committee to investigate whether President Trump is putting national security at risk by using an insecure phone and holding sensitive meetings in public. In a letter to the committee, the congressfolk say [PDF] they were inspired by reports that the Commander in …
Iain Thomson, 17 Feb 2017

Yee-haw! It's the Friday storage round-up

Not every story is NetApp making a hyperconverged product, or Oracle possibly canning tape products. Here's a roundup of several pieces of news that are nevertheless significant. We wrote about data management startup Komprise some time ago. It tells us it released its product last year, has partnerships with NetApp, EMC, …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2017

Hyperconverged market gets hyper-competitive as new riders enter field

Analysis The hyperconverged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) market has become hypercompetitive as the two-horse race between Dell and Nutanix has been blown open with HPE/SimpliVity, NetApp and Cisco chasing them. Three things happened this week: Cisco's boss Chuck Robbins said of its HyperFlex product: "We certainly would like to …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2017

Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

On-Call Welcome to another Friday (!) and therefore to another edition of On-Call, The Register's column in which we let readers vent about jobs gone bad. This week, meet “Ian”, who once worked in a data-centre-for-hire, doing all the stuff that tenants needed done. Of course he's had some mirth-making moments along the way. “In my …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Feb 2017
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Knock knock. Who's there? A Lenovo server salesperson, because revenue dip's no joke

Expect Lenovo server and storage sales people to knock on your door, soon and often, because the company's identified the lack of its own direct sales force as the reason for poor performance in its Data Center Group for the third quarter of its 2016/17 financial year. The company has plenty of pleasing numbers to report, …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Feb 2017
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Just finished your first TensorFlow app? Might be time for a rewrite...

Tensorflow, Google’s opensource machine learning library, has toddled into whole figures, just over a year after the first release - with the proviso that version 1.0 might not be entirely backwards-compatible with early adopters’ programmes. Using just the sort of understatement which characterises the machine learning space …
Joe Fay, 16 Feb 2017
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Dirty data, flogged cores: YES, Microsoft SQL Server R Services has its positives

The R language has enjoyed a great reputation in statistical computing and graphics for decades. However, it is also known as something for statisticians. Born around the time of Java, PHP and Python, R lags behind all three by a long chalk on the TIOBE rankings. Yet Microsoft spotted an opportunity in this era of analytics …
Andrew Cobley, 16 Feb 2017

Crypto-curious? Wickr's opened its kimono for code review

Ephemeral messaging application Wickr has opened up the core crypto software of its Wickr Professional app so others can review it. The repository is at GitHub. At this stage, the company is not offering the code for re-use. It's published under a purpose-written “review license” only, although the company says an open-source …
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Cisco shrinks: Revenue, profit and margin all dipped in Q2 2017

Get out the pen, walk to the whiteboard, and draw lines heading downwards: Cisco's Q2 2017 results showed year-on-year falls in revenue and earnings, and a router business close to free-fall. Cisco shed two per cent of quarterly revenue year-on-year, from US$11.8 billion to $11.6 billion, which was at the better end of its …
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IBM hooks up with Hortonworks to Hadoop Big Blue products

+Comment Cognitive Watsonian and mainframer IBM is making Hortonworks available for its Elastic Storage Server (ESS) and Spectrum Scale products. ESS is an integrated bundle of POWER8 servers, storage enclosures, disks and Spectrum Scale software. The GPFS parallel file system software was renamed Elastic Storage and then rebranded …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2017
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IBM to launch cheap 'n' cheerful Power server for i and AIX userbase

IBM's i and AIX customer bases can buy a cheaper box; its latest Power S812 server comes with just one socket and a single or quad-core processor. It's for relatively light use, in the retail area for example, and as an entry point for non-compute-intense workloads. The S812 box, separate from the 2014 S812L Linux system, is …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2017
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Next Superdome CPU chips amble into HPE

There have been reports that Intel has already started shipping its latest, Kittson version, Itanium processor chip. The current Itanium processors are the 9500 series, code-named Poulson, and introduced in 2012. There are four versions: 9520, 9540, 9550 and 9560. HPE uses Itanium chips in its high-end Superdome 2 servers, …
Chris Mellor, 15 Feb 2017

ASLR-security-busting JavaScript hack demo'd by university boffins

Researchers in Europe have developed a way to exploit a common computer processor feature to bypass a crucial security defense provided by modern operating systems. By abusing the way today's CPUs manage system memory, an attacker can discover where software components, such as libraries and RAM-mapped files, are located in …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2017
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Cloud is the future, wait, what? Cohesity cloud software now touted for on-prem gear

Cohesity has added two more products to its Data Platform set, a software-only virtual edition and a hyper-converged node. These join the existing three-box hardware and software set, C2100, C2300 and C2500, and the Cloud Edition product. The cloud product is essentially the same as the newly announced Virtual Edition (VE) – …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2017
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It's over? Pat Gelsinger's post vSphere VMware NSX-T opportunity

Sysadmin Blog VMware has recently announced its financial results for 2016, and for a company that's not just satured but that leads the VM market, it had a very good year. Some of this is attributed to accepting that VMware can't beat AWS, so it might as well join them. But VMware's NSX Network Virtualization arguably led the way, doubling …
Trevor Pott, 14 Feb 2017
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Oracle teases 'easy-to-absorb' platform updates, wants 'all' your infrastructure biz

Oracle's popped out a short explanation for the sketchy SPARC/Solaris roadmap it slipped out in January. That roadmap mentioned “SPARC next” and “SPARC next+” without offering much detail other than a promise of faster speeds and bandwidth, more cache and updates to “software in silicon”. Now John Fowler, Oracle's executive …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Feb 2017
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If you need an in-mem analytics cruncher – and, hey, who doesn't? – Microsoft Graph Engine is now open source

Microsoft Graph Engine, the in-memory-store-slash-computation engine, has been released under the open source MIT license. The GitHub repository contains the source code of Graph Engine and its graph query language, Language Integrated Query, which is already utilized by the Academic Graph Search API in Microsoft Cognitive …
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Say a stealthy 'hi' to Gluent, Tachyum and VAST Data

Analysis Three storage startups have hoved into view: Gluent, Tachyum and VAST Data. Gluent is a data silo virtualiser, liking RDBMS to Hadoop data for easier and simpler data analysis. Tachyum aims to, it appears, defeat Moore's Law by devising a new data processing architecture, and VAST Data, the stealthiest of the three, must be …
Chris Mellor, 13 Feb 2017

Lovely. Now someone's ported IoT-menacing Mirai to Windows boxes

The Mirai malware that hijacked hundreds of thousands of IoT gadgets, routers and other devices is now capable of infecting Windows systems. The software nasty, discovered in August 2016, broke into heaps of insecure Linux-powered gizmos worldwide before running distributed denial of service attacks, most notably against DNS …
John Leyden, 10 Feb 2017

Run this in April: UPDATE Azure SET SQLthreat_detection = 'generally available'

Microsoft says it will fully power up its Azure SQL Database Threat Detection service this spring. This technology, which has been in preview mode for the past year or so, monitors for suspicious database activities, and raises the alarm if malicious access is detected. It has been two years in the making, and will enter …

Take cover! Storage news barrage incoming

Incoming! Boom, boom and boom again – storage news announcements hit the wires in a relentless barrage. Here's a few we've received showing developments in data protection, cloud storage, hyper-converged storage, the dregs of flash memory and more. Acronis Backup 12 now includes backup for Office 365 and VMware vSphere 6.5. …
Chris Mellor, 10 Feb 2017
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OK, 2016 wasn't the best, but look for a buyer? That's Cray

+Comment A poor year for Cray was rescued by its fourth 2017 quarter’s results. Q4 2016 Q4 2015 Change Full 2016 Year Full 2015 Year Change Revenues $346,600,000 $267,500,000 29.6% $629,800,000 $724,700,000 13.1% $51,800,000 $20,300,000 155.2% $10,600,000 $27,500,000 61.5% Full 2016 year revenues went down 13 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2017
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Life after antivirus: Reinventing endpoint security

Promo Security professionals still talk about “antivirus defences,” but in the space of a handful of years what is meant by this term has undergone a dramatic shift. On the surface, things look much as they have always done. Businesses still run what used to be called “AV protection,” reinvented some time ago as the all-purpose “ …
John E Dunn, 09 Feb 2017
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SQL Server on Linux? HELL YES! Linux on Windows 10? Meh

Once the second biggest enemy of Linux (SCO Group takes top honours), Microsoft is positively giddy about not just supporting Linux but actually building tools that run Linux in Windows and about putting previously Windows-only software on Linux. You can run Ubuntu inside Windows 10, install CoreOS and Docker containers inside …
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Cattle that fail, not pets that purr – the future of servers

Microsoft, Amazon, Google, others all telling us to move server loads to the cloud. Most of us with on-premise servers haven't designed things in a cloud friendly way and - call us old sentimentalists - have heaped time, love and workloads on our tin. Thus, today, we talk of such servers as “pets” while cloud providers talk of …
Adam Fowler, 09 Feb 2017
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Memory1: All right, Sparky, here's the deal: We've sorted your DRAM runtimes

Analysis Chinese server vendor Inspur has cut Spark workload runtimes in half by bulking out DRAM with Diablo Technologies' Memory1 technology. Inspur and Diablo say users can achieve more work per server and reduce the time needed to process larger datasets than servers with DRAM alone. Memory1 is a 128GB DDR4 module using NAND flash …
Chris Mellor, 09 Feb 2017

F5's Big-IP leaks little chunks of memory, even SSL session IDs

There's a new branded bug in town, but thankfully it only hurts kit made by F5 Networks. “Ticketbleed” (so named for a similarity to the notorious 2014 Heartbleed) is specific to F5's Big-IP appliances and can strike when virtual servers running on those boxes are configured with a Client SSL profile that has the non-default …

Cisco polishes HALO, flashes enlarged HyperFlex

Cisco has announced two all-flash HyperFlex systems with an up to sixfold performance improvement. HyperFlex is Cisco's hyper-converged* infrastructure appliance (HCIA) offering, based on OEM'd Springpath HALO software, with Cisco's UCS server and Nexus networking components. These are, were, hybrid flash and disk systems. …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2017
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Small but perfectly formed: Dailymotion's object storage odyssey

Case study Paris-based Dailymotion is the world's second largest video sharing website after YouTube and its three-stage storage history has transitioned from a reliable scale-out filer, to a maturing object storage startup, to an even smaller firm in pursuit of scale and performance. The story starts with Isilon, progresses through …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2017
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Honeypots: Free psy-ops weapons that can protect your network before defences fail

Feature The hackers breached the transport operator's systems and before they knew it had sent a passenger train hurtling into a wall. And the only reason you didn't read about it in the papers was that the systems were an entirely fictitious network created in 2015 to test just how far snoopers or crims would go in attacking vulnerable …
Darren Pauli, 08 Feb 2017
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Whomp. WD whacks down unstructured data-nomming 'Skyhawk' SSD

WD has introduced a Skyhawk SSD, an NVMe version, as it were, of its acquired SanDisk’s SATA interface CloudSpeed SSD, along with its very own post-SanDisk and post-HGST Skyhawk branding. Skyhawk is a low-to-medium, fast access SSD in a 2.5-inch enclosure using MLC (2bits/cell) NAND instead of the slower, less long-lasting TLC …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2017

MapR seeks DevOps love: Stateful storage WLTM Docker containers

MapR says it is has immediate availability for the industry's first persistent storage for containers that offers complete state access to files, database tables, and message streams from any location. The MapR Converged Data Platform for Docker includes the MapR Persistent Client Container (PACC). MapR trots out the cliché …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2017
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Phishing: Another thing we can blame on Brexit

Ransomware attacks are increasingly focusing on organisations that are more likely to pay up, such as healthcare, government, critical infrastructure, education, and small businesses. Phishing volume grew by an average of more than 33 per cent across the five most-targeted industries, according to a study by PhishLabs out …
John Leyden, 07 Feb 2017
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GitHubbers invited to hack Davis, the microservices chat bot

Dynatrace has launched a virtual digital assistant named Davis which you can talk to using Amazon's Alexa or via text on Slack through a proprietary engine - and has invited devs to take a pop at it. The idea is you quiz Davis on the status of your systems, as opposed to logging in and typing. Behind Davis lies a Node.js …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2017
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AWS cloud cash share: Bigger than Microsoft, IBM, Google COMBINED

AWS sucked up over one third of all cloudy infrastructure sales globally in the closing quarter of 2016 - more than three of its next biggest rivals could muster together. The total IaaS sector grew by a whopping 49 per cent year-on-year to $10.3bn in Q4, according to analyst house Canalys, as a raft of businesses continued to …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Feb 2017
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Supermicro boasts of secret super server Silicon Valley win

Supermicro says it has shipped 30,000-plus servers into a "Fortune 100" company’s Silicon Valley data centre. The company said its customer had deployed that number of disaggregated MicroBlade systems at "one of the world’s" highest density and energy efficient data centres. The data centre has a Power Use Effectiveness (PUE) …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2017
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Cloud price wars resume as Microsoft cuts by up to 51 per cent

Microsoft has made another round of cuts to its cloudy costs, for both virtual machines and storage. Microsoft's F-series VMs, which offer cores on a Xeon E5-2673 v3, are down by up to 23 per cent for Linux and 18 per cent for Windows machines. The A1 Basic VM, Microsoft's second-wimpiest cloud server, is down by up to 42 per …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2017
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Got an OpenBSD Web server? Better patch it

OpenBSD and two of its SSL libraries need patches against a pair of denial-of-service bugs that can crash Web-facing servers. The first is in the operating system's SSL implementation, specifically in the HTTP daemon. An advisory says that daemon can be crashed with repeated SSL renegotiation. A single renegotiation thread, …

Hobbled by partners Dell and NetApp, where does Cisco go from here?

Analysis While HPE and Dell are concentrating on being better on-premises data centre suppliers in a hybrid cloud world, IBM on becoming a cognitive computing software supplier, and both Oracle and Microsoft on a move towards cloud, what is Cisco’s gameplan? Can the networking tiger from Tasman Drive evade evolutionary pressures …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2017
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Ubuntu Linux daddy Mark Shuttleworth: Carrots for Unity 8?

New year, new Linux – or, in the case of Ubuntu, two. As in years past, Canonical's distro gets two updates in 2017 – the spring and autumn releases numbered and named respectively 17.04, Zesty Zapus, and 17.10 – name TBD, actually. As ever there will be UI and experience fiddling – Zesty Zapus sees changes in windows …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Feb 2017
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This many standards is dumb: Decoding 25Gb Ethernet and beyond

Sysadmin Blog The 25 and 50Gb switching standards have finally been ratified. Switches from various manufacturers have been available for some time, but now there's a better than average chance they'll interoperate with one another. While more speed is generally good, the 25 and 50Gb standards will complicate things for data centre …
Trevor Pott, 06 Feb 2017

Wow, what an incredible 12 months: 2017's data center year in review

Comment The data center market is hot, especially now that we are getting a raft of funky new stuff, from promising non-Intel chips and system architectures to power and cooling optimizations. Since we're all thinking several quarters ahead anyway, we're practically in 2018. So from that point of view, we may as well look back at 2017 …
Shahin Khan, 06 Feb 2017
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Microsoft's DRM can expose Windows-on-Tor users' IP address

Windows users running the Tor browser can be tricked into uncloaking themselves, with a pretty straightforward trick based on Microsoft's DRM system. The discovery was made by Hacker House, which says it's been researching social engineering attacks made using DRM-protected content. What the UK-based security outfit found is …
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Slammer worm slithers back online to attack ancient SQL servers

One of the world's most famous net menaces, SQL Slammer, has resumed attacking servers some 13 years after it set records by infecting 75,000 servers in 10 minutes, researchers say. The in-memory worm exploits an ancient flaw in Microsoft SQL server and Desktop Engine triggering denial of service, and at the time of its …
Darren Pauli, 05 Feb 2017

Chrome 56 quietly added Bluetooth snitch API

+Comment When Google popped out Chrome 56 at the end of January it was keen to remind us it's making the web safer by flagging non-HTTPS sites. But Google made little effort to publicise another feature that's decidedly less friendly to privacy, because it lets websites connect to Bluetooth devices and harvest information from them …
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New SMB bug: How to crash Windows system with a 'link of death'

US CERT on Thursday issued a security advisory warning that all currently supported versions of Windows are vulnerable to a memory corruption bug that can be exploited to crash computers from afar. "Windows fails to properly handle a specially-crafted server response that contains too many bytes following the structure defined …
Thomas Claburn, 04 Feb 2017
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USA! USa! Udia! India! India! Apple nudges iPhone production base

Apple has agreed to open a new iPhone assembly factory in India. Officials in the nation say Apple will spin up factories in the Karnataka province. "We have an understanding with Apple and we expect them to start manufacturing in Karnataka by the end of April," information technology and biotechnology minister Priyank Kharge …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Feb 2017

Would you like to know why I get a lot of action at night?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I've been up all night, doing the business like hammer and tongs, going at it again and again. I can be relentless when I'm on the job – a man of action and drama. Of course, there are things I'd rather be doing than trying to get all my work prepared the night before I set off on a business trip. For example, going to bed …
Alistair Dabbs, 03 Feb 2017
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Fused box: Look who's containerizing storage, security and apps

Comment Containerized apps will gravitate to using containerized system services such as storage and security. In the DevOps world, containerized apps run inside hosts, and system services such as security and storage are containerized as well. Outside that ideal world, these services are often linked to containers by some interface …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2017