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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

Yellowbrick reckons its all-flash data warehouse array is a wizard idea

Startup Yellowbrick Data has built a turnkey, hyperconverged, all-flash box that it has claimed can replace up to seven disk-based data warehouse racks with less than half a rack and speeds disk-bound query executions. The pitch is simple: replace spinning disk data warehouses with an all-flash one. The software stack has been …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2018
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Beam me up, UK.gov: 'Extra-terrestrial markup language' booted off G-Cloud

UK.gov bods have been stripped of access to services for the emerging non-terrestrial standard XTML, beamed in by little grey vendors A51 Technologies, following an El Reg probe. The "extra-terrestrial markup language" implementation and support service was listed on the Digital Marketplace by A51 Technologies, as part of the …
Rebecca Hill, 31 Jul 2018
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Uh-oh-oh-oh-oh. Now hounds of storage are hunting – run if you know what's good for ya

Over the past week in storage, Gartner shifted the disaster recovery goalposts, Datrium realised its salespeople were in the wrong places, JetStream pressed eject and was spun out of Western Digital, there were some needful updates and refreshes ... and more. A heck of a lot more. So buckle up. Buffalo brings Azure cloud to its …
Chris Mellor, 31 Jul 2018
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SoftNAS no longer a soft touch for hackers (for now)... Remote-hijacking vulnerability patched

SoftNAS has plugged a serious vulnerability in its cloud storage management tool that can be exploited to execute malicious code on a victim's server. Core Security's Fernando Díaz and Fernando Catoira discovered the command-injection security flaw in the StorageCenter component of SoftNAS Cloud version pre-4.0.3. The …
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2018
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BT boosted by punters and sport – as it preps to squeeze subs harder

Updated BT Group enjoyed a minor tick upwards in share price as the British telco published slightly better than expected figures for first FY19 quarter ended 30 June. While total revenues were down 2 per cent – at £5.72bn – compared to the same period last year, pre-tax profits were up 3 per cent to £816m. It also reported today …
Richard Speed, 30 Jul 2018
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Brit web host biz UKFast gears up to IPO on London Stock Exchange

UKFast, a British web hosting provider and bringer of clouds, is planning to float on the London Stock Exchange with the aim of raising a £350m war chest, The Register can exclusively reveal. The Manchester-based business, which employs 350 staff and operates five data centres – with two dedicated to the British public sector …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jul 2018
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You lead the all-flash array market. And you, you, you, you, you and you...

How is everyone doing in the all-flash array-flinging stakes? Well, you can call Pure Storage Mr Hugo because it's still the victor. Gartner's box-fillers have once again jammed seven of the makers into the top right-hand square in its yearly analysis. NetApp, which was one of a group of three chasing Pure around Gartner's …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2018
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Slurps aplenty in your serve of network news

Security just got a little easier for AWS Elastic Load Balancing customers: the platform now supports redirects and fixed responses. Why does that matter? Because it takes care of something that causes an unexpected number of stumbles – the transition from HTTP to HTTPS. As we discussed earlier this week, HSTS is commonly …
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Western Digital wonders why enterprise isn't keen on its solid-state drives

Western Digital's final fiscal 2018 quarter delivered strong results that were let down by disappointing enterprise SSD sales. In the quarter to the end of June revenues were $5.1bn, 6 per cent up on a year ago, with profits of $756m, 170 per cent higher than last year's $280m. Full-year revenues were $20.65bn, 8 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2018
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'Prodigy' chip moonshot gets hand from Arm CPU guru Prof Steve Furber

Silicon design startup Tachyum has appointed the original designer of the Arm CPU to its advisory board and chucked its hat in the ring to be the domestic exascale supercomputer chip inside the EU's home-grown super. EU plans for domestic exascale supercomputer chips: A RISC-y business READ MORE The firm, which also recently …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2018
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Openreach annual review: Eat fibre and be merry, we fixed the faults before you called

Openreach claims it is now more independent of BT than ever before, adding that the UK's fibre rollout is going just fine and all ISPs are now very happy with the BT-owned telecoms infrastructure company. This was the gist of its first annual review, issued to coincide with yet more central government pledges to extend …
Gareth Corfield, 27 Jul 2018

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