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Wait, did you hear that? That rumbling in the distance? Sounds like... a 16-socket IBM Power9 box shuffling this way

IBM this week introduced a 16-socket Power9 server monster. The E980 is the most powerful and scalable server in the IBM Power Systems portfolio. It is a follow-on to the E880 and E880C servers, and is vastly more powerful. There are model upgrades from IBM Power9-based E870, E870C, E880, and E880C systems. According to an …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2018
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Whatever they're putting in Actifio's water, we'd like some too. Sheesh!

Four years after picking up a $100m E-round, data wrangling biz Actifio has picked up another $100m in an F-round. Its total funding to date stands at $311.5m, with a $1.3bn valuation, making this US biz a standard-issue tech unicorn, according to our records. The latest round was led by Crestline Investors, which was joined …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2018
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Western Digital develops a new soft spot for the hyper-converged world – a software spot, that is

Western Digital is setting out to go beyond hyper-converged kit, and create a software composable server, storage, and networking infrastructure, starting with new flash and disk boxes. The disk maker hopes the availability of this equipment will encourage the formation of an open-software composable infrastructure (SCI) …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2018
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Better late than never: nbn™ DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade starts

DOCSIS 3.1 has finally landed in Australia, courtesy of a currently-limited rollout to HFC-connected National Broadband Network (NBN) customers. Network-builder nbn™ hasn't announced where the service is being enabled, but said the deployment will reduce its reliance on node-splitting to meet its performance targets, and said …
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Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan

Oracle has filed an official complaint with US government over plans to award the Pentagon’s lucrative cloud contract to a single vendor. The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, which has a massive scope, covering different levels of secrecy and classification across all branches of the military, will run …
Rebecca Hill, 07 Aug 2018
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E8 Storage Optanes top slot in SPEC file server benchmark

NVMe-over-Fabrics storage array supplier E8 has reclaimed the SPEC SFS 2014 file storage benchmark title from WekaIO. This benchmark measures file server throughput and response time. In its second SPEC SFS 2014 benchmark run, E8 equalled WekaIO's 1200 software builds but completed the run with an 0.57ms overall response time …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2018

Be your own YouTube: Cloudflare Stream flies out of beta, emits vids

Does the world need another streaming platform? Cloudflare thinks so, and today it set its Cloudflare Stream beta (running for nearly a year) to general availability. The idea, as CEO Matthew Prince said to The Register, is to take what customers now buy as three products and turn them into one. Outside the safe embrace of …
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Google's cuddling up to China with clouds in its eyes – reports

Google is pondering a cloudy move to China and a hookup with local operators Tencent and Inspur, according to reports. China, long coveted by the Western technology industry for its massive, tech-hungry markets, is a ripe target for the usual big firms on two fronts: as a market to sell into and as a contract producer of goods …
Gareth Corfield, 07 Aug 2018
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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

Samsung has started mass production of the world's first QLC (quad-level cell) consumer SSD. QLC is 4 bits/cell flash technology and a next step in cell bit capacity from the current TLC (3 bits/cell). Foundries belonging to Intel/Micron, SK Hynix and WD/Toshiba have started producing QLC chips and, in some cases, SSDs already …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2018

Mellanox plumps pipes on Bluefield controller to squeeze out 200Gb/s

Mellanox claims to have rolled out the world's fastest Ethernet storage fabric controller at this year's Flash Memory Summit. The Bluefield storage controllers are, it said, optimised for "extreme efficiency and programmable virtualization for NVMe over Fabrics". They are billed as delivering 4 million IOPS with NVMe-oF, up …
Gareth Corfield, 07 Aug 2018

DDN catches Tintri customers, Seagate beancounter goes to Tesla, NGD powers up

The inexorable storage travelator this week brought us news that Seagate's CFO jumped ship for Tesla, Nutanix lost its president, NGD made its computational storage system more powerful, and DDN came to the rescue of abandoned Tintri storage customers to provide service and support. Kaminario widens hardware component base All …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2018
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Cisco let an SSL cert expire in its VPN kit – and broke network provisioning brokers

If your inter-office Cisco-powered VPN suddenly isn't working properly, there's an upcoming update you may need to install. The issue is specific to Switchzilla's Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module (APIC-EM), which is its software-defined networking controller for enterprise networks. It relies on …
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Denial of denial-of-service served: There was NO DDoS on FCC net neutrality comments

An internal investigation has laid waste to the FCC's claims that its net neutrality comments system was knocked offline by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The broadband watchdog's own inspector general will any day now release its findings into the outage, and confirm what many people had suspected all along: …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Aug 2018
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Arista cats cough up $400m furball to satisfy Cisco in legal war truce

Arista has cut a deal with Cisco that leaves the former US$400m lighter, and ends nearly all of the long-running legal battles between the two networking vendors. The settlement was announced on what would have been the first day of a jury trial in the US brought against Cisco by Arista, which accused Switchzilla of allegedly …
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Salesforce cloud glitch blurted customer data at unauthorised users

Customer data stored on Salesforce's marketing cloud might have been shared with unauthorised parties, cloud slinger has warned. Users of the software firm's Marketing Cloud Email Studio or Predictive Intelligence products may have been affected by a glitch that meant their data was either copied to the systems of other users …
John Leyden, 06 Aug 2018
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NAND we'll send foreign tech packing, says China of Xtacking: DRAM-speed... but light on layer-stacking

China’s state-backed 3D NAND fabber, YMTC, has claimed it will bring out memory speed flash chips next year. Intel to Tsinghua: I know Micron didn't work out – please buy our 3D NAND READ MORE Yangtze Memory Technologies Co (YMTC) is developing a 64-layer 3D NAND with a potential 3Gbit/s data access speed, supposedly …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2018
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For pity's sake, man, get out of the data path: Avoiding the Primary Data problem

Analysis File lifecycle management – aka Hierarchical Storage Management – can work with data protection and secondary storage convergers, but only by getting the heck out of the data path... which is where Primary Data failed. Curse of Woz strikes again – first Fusion-io fizzles out, now Primary Data goes down READ MORE That's the …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2018
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AWS Best Practices Webinar: Your way in... to better output

Promo Learn the tenets of the AWS Well-Architected Framework’s Performance Efficiency pillar, hosted by Reliam CTO Jonathan LaCour. The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Well-Architected Framework is designed to assist organizations in building secure, resilient, performant and efficient infrastructure able to optimally support their …
Team Register, 06 Aug 2018
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Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf

Semiconductor-pokers at Mercury Research have crunched the numbers to chart AMD's resurgence against Intel's virtual x86 server CPU monopoly. Aaron Rakers, senior analyst at Wells Fargo, has seen the second 2018 quarter numbers. He told The Register: "Intel's server CPU share is estimated to have declined to 98.7 per cent vs …
Chris Mellor, 06 Aug 2018
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'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

Who, Me? Monday, bloody Monday. If you haven't quite recovered from the weekend, just thank your lucky stars there aren’t any major global diplomatic events to tangle with today. Unlike this week’s IT sinner, “Peter”, who writes in to El Reg’s regular confessional column Who, Me? to get an old incident off his chest. At the time in …
Rebecca Hill, 06 Aug 2018
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Whoa, AWS, don't slip off your cloudy perch. Google and Microsoft are coming up to help

Gartner's magic quadrant rating public cloud storage suppliers has suggested Amazon is losing ground while Google and Microsoft make gains. The analyst pointed out that Google has consistently higher availability and markedly better network performance when compared to its main competitors for its multi-regional object storage …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2018
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NSA's crummy crypto crop Suite B binned, and other network nuggets

Over at the Internet Engineering Task Force, a notorious piece of history is being consigned to... well, history. This Request for Comment, RFC 8423, reassigns a bunch of specs that were authored or co-authored by American intel bods at the National Security Agency (NSA) to "Historic Status". The RFCs in question are the NSA' …
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Nutanix inks deal to swallow desktop apps-as-a-service cloud flinger

Hyperconverged player Nutanix has agreed to buy Frame, a supplier of desktop apps-as-a-service, for an undisclosed sum. The San Jose storage firm is hoping to up its on-premises VDI offerings as it builds out its cloud services with the acquisition. Nutanix shrugs off loss, rivals, buys another firm READ MORE Frame, also …
Chris Mellor, 03 Aug 2018
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Arris CPE revenue hit by component shortages

Another network vendor has had its financials dented by component shortages: this time, it's Arris. Shortages in memory and multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) slowed delivery of customer-premises equipment (CPE) products. As a result, CEO Bruce McLelland told today's earnings call, some production will be shifted from Q2 to …
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Here we go again: Monopoly case another round in Arista vs Cisco

Settle in and take you seats, Rocky Nine is about to begin filming, in the form of another round of litigation between Arista and Cisco. This time around, the upstart is on the front foot. In a case filed in 2016, Arista accused Cisco of abusing its monopoly position to control who could use its networking gear's famous and …
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UK comms revenues reach all-time low of £54.7bn, as internet kills the TV star

Communications revenues in the UK reached their lowest point in 2017, falling 2.1 per cent to £54.7bn, while people are ditching calls and texts for over-the-top messaging, according to Ofcom. In its annual state of the communications market report, the comms regulator said that the decline was due to contracting TV revenues, …
Rebecca Hill, 02 Aug 2018
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CableLabs sends its time lords to help small-cell mobile nets

When you need parts-per-billion frequency accuracy, “Let's synchronise our watches” doesn't cut it. Take LTE and 5G for example: they need tight synchronisation, both in frequency and phase, and that makes time-signalling an important part of the network. CableLabs, the US cable industry's research arm, is proposing a …
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Toshiba gets NASty: Soups up hi-cap enterprise drive

Toshiba has developed a high-capacity NAS drive from its 10TB and 14TB helium-filled enterprise capacity spinners. The MN07, derived from the MG07ACA, comes in 10 and 14TB capacities and Toshiba has said it has 9 platters, meaning 1.555TB/platter at 14TB, and is suited for NAS enclosures with 8 or more 3.5-inch bays. Toshiba …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2018
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Irish Supremes make shock decision to hear Facebook's appeal in Schrems II

The Irish Supreme Court has made the unprecedented decision to hear Facebook’s appeal in its long-running legal battle with privacy activist Max Schrems – and to do so with urgency. The unanimous decision from the five judges considering the case will be a surprise to observers, as it appears to go against existing case law …
Rebecca Hill, 01 Aug 2018
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I feel a plead... a plead for speed: FastMail naps amid network blunder

Email slinger FastMail took some time out to smell the roses this morning, much to the dismay of its paying users. Problems for the Melbourne-based mail provider began at 07:39 UTC this morning, with FastMail admitting that it was experiencing network issues. These "issues" took down pretty much the entire service, as users …
Richard Speed, 01 Aug 2018
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Sitting pretty in IPv4 land? Look, you're gonna have to talk to IPv6 at some stage

We can be forgiven for not having weaned ourselves onto IPv6 earlier. It's been around in draft form since late 1998, but was only released as a standard in July 2017 (that'll be RFC 8200). That this has finally happened, though, means we're being told more loudly than ever that we no longer have an excuse. So do we have one? …
Dave Cartwright, 01 Aug 2018
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Hey, don't route the messenger! Telegram redirected through Iran by baffling BGP leak

Updated A bunch of Telegram messages went the long way round on Monday: a BGP leak sent people's Telegram chat communications via systems in Iran. Flagged by OpenDNS's BGPMon as a possible BGP hijack, the cockup could also have been a simple case of a sysadmin typo, since the redirection of packets only lasted two hours and fifteen …
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The American dilemma: Competition, or fast broadband? Pick one

Analysis A report out today into internet access in the United States has concluded – yet again – that the majority of netizens have a hard choice between competition or broadband speed. Thus, you can either have a decent number of ISPs to choose from, or one or two really fast ones. The study – Profiles of Monopoly: Big Cable and …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Jul 2018
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Cheap NAND nasty: Flooding market with chips threatens prices

Analysis NAND oversupply is becoming a distinct possibility – with an increasing memory supply chasing a market that can’t absorb all the bits and bytes at prices that provide profits for suppliers. No NAND flash maker wants to create a glut, and each is convinced that they are behaving rationally – although, collectively, they are not …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2018
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Brit comms providers told: You must tell people when their cheap contract's about to end

Ofcom has announced plans to require communications providers to tell customers when they are nearing the end of their contract to encourage them to shop around. In a consultation on end-of-contract and out-of-contract notifications published today, the regulator moots rules that aim to stop people paying over the odds once …
Rebecca Hill, 31 Jul 2018
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Nokia scores a $3.5bn deal to inflict 5G on T-Mobile customers

Nokia and T-Mobile have inked a $3.5bn deal to take the US telco into the bright new world of 5G communications. So what does EE's 5G test really signal? READ MORE The multi-year agreement will see the Finn outfit help build out T-Mobile's network with 600 MHz and 28 GHz millimetre wave 5G compatible with 3GPP 5G New Radio ( …
Richard Speed, 31 Jul 2018

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