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Boring Barracuda says sales are going swimmingly – again

It's getting predictable. Barracuda has posted yet another year-on-year revenue rise with yet another small profit. Boring is good, though, right? For the three months to August 31 this year, its second fiscal 2018 quarter, the California-based outfit recorded revenues of $94.3m, up seven per cent from last years's $87.9mn and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Oct 2017

It's Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs

Microsoft's October batch of security patches and bug fixes caused some corporate PCs to suffer blue-screen-of-death crashes when starting up this week. The Redmond software giant has fielded multiple complaints on its support forum from system administrators, who said the KB4041676 and 4041691 updates are making their …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Oct 2017
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Western Dig's MAMR is so phat, it'll store 100TB on a hard drive by 2032

WDC has given up on heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) and is developing a microwave-assisted technique (MAMR) to push disk drive capacity up to 100TB by the 2030s. It's able to do this with relatively incremental advances, avoiding the technological development barrier represented by HAMR. These developments include …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2017

Magic hash maths: Dedupe does not have to mean high compute. Wait, what?

Analysis A new and deduping X-IO ISE 900 all-flash array has puzzling puny processors yet kicks out good performance when deduping. We wondered about that, and were pointed to a video of X-IO chief scientist Richard Lary presenting at a Storage Field Day in Denver earlier this year. The maths is complex but the points made are logical …
Chris Mellor, 12 Oct 2017
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Workday says it's got a PaaS in its pocket and is ready to party

Workday says it's got APIs in its pocket and is ready to join the PaaS party HR-centric enterprise SaaS concern Workday will enter the platform-as-a-service business. Workday founder CEO and founder Aneel Bhusri teased a PaaS play in July 2017, but in a Wednesday keynote at the company's “Rising” conference revealed that the …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Oct 2017
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IT admins hate this one trick: 'Having something look like it’s on storage, when it is not'

Debate An argument about how to solve the same technical problem has sprung up between two rival startups with plenty of reason to say the other's tech is not up to scratch. But they raise some interesting issues about how to solve slow access to moved files, where to store metadata, and more. How best to archive files yet preserve …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2017

Consistency is key to Oracle and Microsoft's hybrid cloud clout

Analysis Run the Azure Stack on-premises and you can move data and apps to the Azure public cloud with ease. It's the same software environment. Run the Oracle Cloud at Customer on-premises and move apps and data to the Oracle public cloud with ease. It's the same software and billing environment. The perfect hybrid cloud has to have …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2017
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Has Nexenta's growth stalled?

Has software-defined storage supplier Nexenta's growth stalled? Far from it, its CEO and chairman insisted. It's booming and additional significant funding is coming, apparently. Nexenta was anticipating a stock-market debut in 2015, but has since had a $7.7m series-G funding round at the end of 2016, and a co-founder has left …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2017
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Et tu Accenture? Then fall S3er: Consultancy giant leaks private keys, emails and more online

Updated Yet another organization has been caught exposing sensitive data to the public internet: this time it is Accenture – consultants to the great and the good – with a misconfigured AWS S3 bucket leaking access keys and other private documents. On September 17, veteran cloud watchdog Chris Vickery at security shop Upguard found …
Iain Thomson, 10 Oct 2017

Samsung rings death knell for disk, gears up for QLC flash production

Samsung has confirmed its 4bit/cell flash is incoming – that's a QLC (quad-level cell) NAND chip. The highest capacity flash cells right now are TLC (triple-level cell) with 3 bits/cell. It's harder to make QLC flash as the stuff has slower read and write times than TLC and less endurance at die level. Read a QLC flash primer …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2017
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RDX removable disk has ransomware protection begging to be bypassed

The RDX is a neat niche removable disk storage product that can now tell ransomware to get lost. Overland-Tandberg is a Sphere3D business unit that punts RDX QuikStor drives with 1, 2, 3 or 4TB capacities. It has introduced rdxLOCK software with a RansomBlock feature, which turns an RDX into a WORM (Write Once Read Many) drive …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2017

Before you head into Office 365, pull on this cosy Cloud Archive

Email archiver Mimecast has promised a subscription drug to cut through GDPR pain. The idea with Cloud Archive is to provide a secure and reliable stash for email data that acts as a safe and secure central resource supporting GDPR requirements, e-discovery, compliance, end-user access, recovery and search. Mimecast says …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2017
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OpenEBS v0.4 is live, uses Google container scheduling tech

Multi-app enterprise storage startup CloudByte has announced v0.4 of OpenEBS, hyperconverged block storage for stateful applications on the Kubernetes platform. OpenEBS is container-native, open-source storage software taht's sponsored by the startup. In January we wrote: "OpenEBS is containerised storage which, via its also …
Chris Mellor, 10 Oct 2017
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Stealthy storage startup wants to fly read-write heads closer to disks

Stealthy storage startup L2 Drive's technology could enable higher-capacity disk drives. The company was founded in January 2016 by CEO Karim Kaddeche and COO John Wang. Kaddeche has no direct disk drive storage industry experience, having been a product management director at the Descartes Systems Group. Before that he spent …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2017

You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty

Superfast internet speeds are within reach of nearly 94 per cent of the UK, according to figures compiled by Thinkbroadband. The research, which covered the three months to September, found that 93.9 per cent of premises in Blighty have access to 24Mbps. That is an increase from regulator Ofcom's figures, which pegged …
Kat Hall, 09 Oct 2017
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Cisco sells data virtualization unit to Tibco

Four years after acquiring Composite Software and rebranding it as Cisco Data Virtualization, Switchzilla will sell the unit to Tibco. The buyer says it will be integrating the core Cisco Information server and its “related consulting and support services” into its analytics portfolio, alongside the Tibco Spotfire analytics …

Storage pizza from The Register's wood-fired oven

Thick crust, thin crust, who cares, it's storage pizza time, cooked in The Register's own wood-fired oven, with lots of bark and bite. The first item on the menu is the ... Acronis cloud supreme Acronis has announced its Data Cloud, saying it's a unified platform for all current and future cloud-based services that Acronis is …
Chris Mellor, 09 Oct 2017
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Amazon beams: We're best cloud buds with General Electric

Amazon boasts that it is the "preferred" cloud provider for General Electric, but it's a multi-cloud world after all. GE began moving its applications to the cloud in 2014, with AWS taking the bulk of the dollars. The company has migrated "more than 2,000 applications", we're told. The thing Amazon won't have mentioned in its …
Andrew Silver, 06 Oct 2017
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Vexata's zippy storage array architecture poses vexatious questions

Analysis Newcomer Vexata has dropped out of stealth with a $54m* funding war chest and aims to blow the fusty old storage array business to smithereens with its 7 million IOPS Active Data Fabric box. How so? Its VX-100 box** is a 6U enclosure with two active:active controllers using either up to 64 NVMe SSDs (VX-100F) or Optane SSDs ( …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2017

He's no good for you! Ofcom wants to give folk powers to dump subpar broadband contracts

Ofcom has proposed forcing providers to disclose more accurate speed information at the point of sale and hand consumers the power to walk away if speeds fall below a guaranteed level, in a crackdown on service provision. Under the move, providers will have to 'fess up to the slowest speeds consumers are likely to receive at " …
Kat Hall, 06 Oct 2017

Amazon, Azure, Google will eat all the IT. Google, let us be your cake fork, pleads Nutanix

Analysis An IT trio of giants will soon dominate the market - and there appears to be one on-premises/hybrid stack partner opening, Nutanix told us. A conversation with Sudheesh Nair, Nutanix's president, revealed the firm's mindset: it envisages three great beasts in the IT jungle – Amazon, Azure and Google – each with their public …
Chris Mellor, 06 Oct 2017
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Seagate fires NASty volley of 12TB spinners with lifebelt for fried data

Seagate has fired out three 12TB drives, punting one at the desktop, two at the NAS market, and clobbering WDC on capacity in both areas. The desktop BarraCuda Pro comes in 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12TB versions, previously maxing out at 10TB. Seagate says it has double the space of its nearest competitor, the 6TB WDC Blue. We …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2017
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Microsoft tries to Spark relationship with cluster lusters: Promises 5-min big data bang on Azure

First apps on Windows, then Linuxes in Hyper-V and on Azure, now big data via Spark. In another effort to win over the open source crowd, Microsoft has made the speedy big data engine Apache Spark easier to set up and use on Azure, giving devs a dedicated tool to help provision clusters. The open-source "Azure Distributed Data …
Andrew Silver, 05 Oct 2017

Is it the right time to virtualize?

Picture the scene. You’ve run your legacy infrastructure into the ground. You bought it six or seven years ago with a view to depreciating the hardware over four years, or perhaps even three, so it’s done its time and then some. Now it’s starting to get flakier than you can live with, and as your channel partner’s spares supply …
Dave Cartwright, 05 Oct 2017
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Toshiba, you can't have 14TB served on a platter. It'll take eight, at least

Analysis Toshiba lags behind WDC and Seagate in high-capacity 3.5-inch drives, having just reached 10TB. The other two are waving from 12TB and WDC has recently hit 14TB. How can Tosh catch up? Toshiba has achieved 1TB/platter areal density with its MQ04 2.5-inch disk drive. That would imply 10TB+ 3.5-inch disk drives. Unlike Seagate …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2017
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Google hooks up with Scale for cloud collab?! What does it all mean?

At long last, Google's cloud has an on-premises extension. That extension is... Scale Computing? The cloud giant and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) vendor have have said they will build a service with some interesting potential. The collaboration started a couple of years ago when Scale was approached by the Chocolate …
Trevor Pott, 05 Oct 2017

HPE server firmware update permanently bricks network adapters

Here's a fantastic fail: HPE's July ServicePack for ProLiant servers bricked some network adapters so badly they “must be replaced.” An advisory issued late last week explained that the mess is triggered “when a driver upgrade is performed with … HPE QLogic NX2 1/10/20 GbE Multifunction Drivers for VMware vSphere 5.5, 6.0, and …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Oct 2017

Intelsat and Intel reckon satellite spectrum could help with 5G's coming capacity crunch

Intelsat and Intel reckon there's a chunk of spectrum currently devoted to satellite operations that could be useful for capacity-starved mobile comms. The two (unrelated) outfits have submitted a joint proposal to the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), asking that it consider clearing some C-band …

NetApp straps on serverless taps, cloud cost caps, deduplication stats... and other tat

NetApp has updated its SolidFire Element OS, StorageGRID Webscale, ONTAP, and OnCommand Insight software. These packages, which sit under its Data Fabric umbrella brand, are supposed to unify and manage storage across on-premises kit and public cloud stores. The headline refresh points are: SolidFire Element OS: …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2017
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Legacy clearout? Not all at once, surely. Keeping tech up to snuff in an SMB

“Legacy” is a word that we tend to associate with big companies. After all, they’re the ones who have vast piles of equipment that go out of date in no time at all but require big money and big projects to replace them with modern stuff. Not that they all do the updates, mind you: I have an entertaining photo I took the other …
Dave Cartwright, 04 Oct 2017
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World's first dedicated computer centre declared 'irreplaceable' by Historic England

Block H has been declared one of England's "irreplaceable places", the National Museum of Computing has joyously announced. For those wondering why on earth TNMOC is preserving the women's prison block from the 1990s Aussie telly series Prisoner: Cell Block H, it actually refers to one of the most historic buildings on the …
Gareth Corfield, 04 Oct 2017
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The Clippy of NetApp is an IBM Watson-powered cartoon robot called Elio

NetApp has reinvented Clippy with a Watson-powered chatbot called Elio, and is taking a leaf out of Nimble's book by using automated and predictive/proactive support called Active IQ. Elio is a customer service AI assistant that responds to users' questions. Built with IBM's Watson machine-learning technology, it analyses an …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2017

Hyped about HyperCloud HyperGrid sheds execs

+Comment A raft of sales execs, marketeers, architects and two co-founders have exited HyperGrid, the hyperconverged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) startup formerly known as GridStore, over the past nine months. The one-time seller of Hyper-V-based appliances, which jumped with both feet into tech services – selling an infrastructure …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2017
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Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

North Korea's very limited Internet has, for the second time in its brief history, obtained a redundant connection to the outside world. Dyn Research and North Korea specialists 38 North went public with the existence of the new link on October 1. Dyn's Doug Madory and 38 North's Martyn Williams spotted route announcements …

Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

Microsoft has explained how a cascading series of cockups left some of its Northern European Azure customers without access to services for nearly seven hours. On September 29, the sounds of "Sacré bleu!" "Scheisse!" and "What are the bastards up to now?" were, we're guessing, heard from Redmond's Euro clients after key …
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2017
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Ex-Intel boss Paul Otellini dead at age 66

Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini died on Monday aged 66, the chip maker confirmed this morning. Otellini, who sat in the chief exec chair from 2005 until his retirement in 2013, died peacefully in his sleep, we're told. "We are deeply saddened by Paul’s passing,” CEO Brian Krzanich said. “He was the relentless voice of the …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Oct 2017

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