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Cisco's servers are stuck in limbo, look likely to stay there

Comment Cisco has missed out on a blade to rack server shift, sales growth has turned negative, it doesn't sell to cloud providers and it has a small market share. Should it invest to grow or get out of servers altogether? Cisco's third fiscal 2017 quarter results were disappointing, with a 1 per cent decline in revenue year-on-year …
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2017
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Hyperscale data centres win between their ears, not on the racks

Organisations that hope to improve their own data centre operations by adopting the techniques used by hyperscale operators like Google or Facebook need to consider the stuff between their ears, not just the stuff on their racks, because changing data centre culture is more powerful than changing equipment. That was the gist …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2017
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Posting in an EPYC thread: AMD renames Xeon-bashing Naples

AMD has renamed its Zen-based Naples processor as the EPYC brand, pitching it as a data centre server CPU, and hopes to make inroads into both the dual-socket and single-socket server markets. We wrote about Naples in March, when we said it featured: A scalable, 32-core System on Chip (SoC) design, with two threads per core …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017
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HGST paints go-faster stripes on Ultrastar flash drive range

HGST has released the Ultrastar SS300, an enterprise server SSD that's 1.6 times faster than its predecessor. It follows the MLC-based SS200, which used SanDisk 15nm NAND and came in a 480GB-7.68TB capacity version and a 400GB-6.4TB endurance version. The SS300 is a bewilderingly varied SSD, coming in both 3D MLC (2bits/cell …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017
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Flash funds: Micron to rain cash on Excelero – sources

We understand Micron has invested in Excelero, the software supplier for its SolidScale all-flash NVME array. Micron introduced its SolidScale array at the beginning of May, featuring NVME SSDS and an NVMe over Fabrics class access latency, adding 1 per cent to the access latency of a direct-attached NVMe SSD. It uses Excelero …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017
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Coming Xeon 'scalable' family will run SAP HANA '1.6 times faster'

Intel says its coming Xeon SPs (scalable processors) will run in-memory SAP HANA workloads 1.59 times faster than a Xeon E7 v4 system*, and has demonstrated Optane DIMMs. The Xeon SP family of processors will be available in the middle of this year. El Reg thinks these are Skylake mills. There are four Xeon SP brand variants …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017
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Travel IT biz reportedly testing 100TB SSDs

Global travel systems business Amadeus is testing 100TB SSDs. Paul Hubert, from the CTO office in Amadeus, revealed the news at a Micron SolidScale launch event in London yesterday. He did not say Amadeus was evaluating Micron's SoldScale all-flash NVMe array, but presented a set of flash system requirements that matched …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017
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Speaking in Tech: WTH is NVMe? Basically it just makes things go a bit quicker

Podcast This week on the Speaking In Tech podcast, Ed Saipetch’s driving along with Amy Lewis and Peter Smallbone with special guest Martin Cooper, senior director Worldwide System Engineering and Alliances, Next Generation Data Center for NetApp. The details... (00:18) Bomb in Peter’s backyard (02:41) Amy discreetly sneaking …
Team Register, 17 May 2017
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Newbies Komprise hope to krush data sprawl

Analysis Komprise is a data management startup saying it will save enterprises money by identifying and analysing file/unstructured data sprawl then shift it to cheap on-premises or in-cloud storage. This is a message put out by others, such as Catalogic and Primary Data. It overlaps with the copy data managers, such as Actifio, and the …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017
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Azure becomes double DaaS-aster zone as VMware loads up

VMware's got the green light to deliver virtual Windows desktops and packaged apps from Microsoft's Azure cloud. Citrix is already there, having revealed its efforts back in March 2017. But VMware thinks its Horizon software can do a little better by offering a single control plane capable of managing virtual desktops across …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2017

Cray dips toe in supercomputing-as-a-service

With AWS, Google, and IBM's Watson already camped in the high-performance cloud business, it's hardly surprising that Cray would tread carefully as a late entrant into the supercomputer-as-a-service business. The premium-level HPC vendor has decided to start small both in terms of target market and in geography: it's inked a …
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Traditional array all-flash retrofits knock XtremIO off top sales rung

Comment XtremIO all-flash array revenues have fallen from their 2015 peak as all-flash Unity and VMAX revenues have raced past it. Stifel analyst and MD Rakers has crunched IDC and Stifel’s own Dell EMC quarterly all-flash array (AFA) revenue data to produce this chart: XtremIO sales peaked in the last 2015 quarter and then tailed …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2017
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Microsoft Azure almost doubles infrastructure cloud market presence

Competition for enterprise IT spend is intensifying with Microsoft and Google applying pressure to AWS. Microsoft's share of the cloud infrastructure market nearly doubled in the first three months of this year, according to analysts Canalys. Microsoft managed IaaS market growth of 93 per cent to just under $1.5bn compared to …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2017
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HPE Labs manufactures monster memory Machine system

HPE's Machine research project has debuted an ARM-powered, 160TB monster memory system prototype, calling it the world's largest single-memory computer. Back in November, HPE built a proof-of-concept prototype of The Machine and said it no longer intended to sell an actual product version but would integrate its component …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2017
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Toshiba draws back from fab foundry lock-out foolishness

+Comment The latest twist in the Toshiba Memory Business auction sale is that Toshiba has not barred access to the foundry or its online facilities from partner WDC employees. The flash foundry is jointly owned by Toshiba and WDC, with Toshiba wanting to include its share in an auction of its Memory Business to raise billions of yen in …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2017
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16 terabytes of RAM should be enough for anyone. Wait. What?

Amazon Web Services is working on new instance types that will offer either eight or 16 terabytes of random access memory. You read that right: 8TB or 16TB of RAM, with the target workload being in-memory computing and especially SAP HANA. The cloud colossus is also working on HANA clusters that span 17 nodes and pack a …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2017

Nutanix, IBM hug each other in Power pity party

Nutanix and IBM will announce on Tuesday a new relationship that will see Nutanix build hyperconverged systems out of IBM Power servers – its first non-Intel-powered boxes. Details of what will be delivered, and when, have not yet been revealed. But The Register understands Nutanix will bring its hyperconverged stack to Power …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2017

WTH? Veeam retires one CEO, two pop up in his place

+Comment Backup firm Veeam has retired its freshly promoted CEO to a board committee chair role and promoted two other execs to be co-CEOs. The organisational structure changes are: CEO Bill Largent exits to become Chairman of the Finance & Compensation Committees on Veeam's board President, COO and board member Peter McKay becomes …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2017
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Google Cloud boss to speak at ... hang on, Nutanix conference?

Nutanix has booked Google Cloud supremo Diane Greene to talk at its .NEXT 2017 conference, leading to speculation that a deal – possibly around hybrid cloud – is being cooked up between the two. Nutanix tells us: ".NEXT showcases how innovations in enterprise cloud and datacenter technologies are transforming the way …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2017

HPC kid cluster-wrestle: Gene-sequencing app Falcon was wind beneath winner's wings

HPC Blog Tsinghua University topped their 19 competitors to take home the Overall Championship trophy at the recent ASC17 Student Cluster Competition in Wuxi, China. But this isn’t the first time the school has tasted the sweet nectar of victory while hoisting the winners’ cup. In addition to previous ASC wins, the team had a golden …
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Infinidat benchmarking beatdown: Glugging slimfastq? Not us!

Analysis Infinidat recently ran a benchmark in which it claimed to have beaten EMC and Pure systems. We spoke to its rivals as well as research sources in the industry, and more than one source contested the results, claiming they had found out a few things about the test. They suggested that the Infinidat system was unrealistically …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2017
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Dell EMC's Azure Stack: Get thee behind me, Microsoft subscriptions

Dell EMC will release a four-node Azure stack. This potentially places Microsoft's cloud-in-a-can within reach of the SMB. The subscription model thing could get in the way. Microsoft recently released pricing information for Azure Stack, loudly and proudly championing the subscription model. This is different from what many …
Trevor Pott, 15 May 2017
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Oh my Tosh: Western Digital takes Toshiba to arbitration

Updated WDC is taking Toshiba to an arbitration court process, potentially blocking Toshiba's sale of its Memory Business, which owns Toshiba's share in a flash foundry joint venture with WDC. The JV has an arbitration clause in its contract terms and conditions which gives WDC the right to agree or disagree any sale of Toshiba's JV …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2017

QNAP users: It's your turn to patch in a hurry

QNAP has issued a critical-rated warning for devices running its QTS operating system. According to the Friday advisory (second in this list, no direct link), malware has been discovered on devices that downloads and installs a vulnerable version of the firmware, QTS 4.2.5. The advisory doesn't identify the bugs the attack …

If you printed out this week's storage news and laid it end to end, it would stretch to the end of, er, your desk

Our weekly storage news roundups are threatening to become multi-page books. Here's a further collection of updates that covers NVMe-over-Fabrics, AI processors, software-defined storage, file-sharing, OpenStack, the public cloud, performance management, a new storage array, and startup investment and tape, with three sets of …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2017
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Facebook in the dock: Web giant faces trial for allegedly ripping off data center blueprints

Facebook is set to be dragged before a jury next year to face allegations that its Open Compute Project is built on stolen server and rack technology. In a California district court, Judge Edward Davila today laid out a timeline for the legal battle between the social network and UK data center specialist BladeRoom. The latter …
Shaun Nichols, 12 May 2017

So your client's under-spent on IT for decades and lives in fear of an audit

Infrastructure as code is a buzzword frequently thrown out alongside DevOps and continuous integration as being the modern way of doing things. Proponents cite benefits ranging from an amorphous "agility" to reducing the time to deploy new workloads. I have an argument for infrastructure as code that boils down to "cover your …
Trevor Pott, 12 May 2017
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Pleased HPE clutches two hot Java server cups – but oh dear MultiJVM

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the fastest x86 Java server of them all? HPE leads in two categories but lags far behind in another. The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) says: "The SPECjbb2015 benchmark has been developed from the ground up to measure performance based on the latest Java application …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2017
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Toshiba and WD execs sheathe blades, start talking over memory biz

Top Western Digital and Toshiba execs are talking after brandishing legal daggers over who can do what in Toshiba's memory business sale. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that WDC CEO Stephen Milligan and Toshiba president Satoshi Tsunakawa have entered negotiations at Toshiba's HQ. It's not kiss-and-make-up time yet, but they …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2017

The world (of backup) is not enough for Barracuda

Analysis Data protection and security player Barracuda is being affected by customers moving away from point products, and the resulting combined data protection plus security themes could mean other pure-play backup suppliers are going to be left behind. At EMEA TechSummit in Alpbach, Austria, CEO and president BJ Jenkins outlined a …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2017
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Strap yourself in, fasten your helmet, and try out FreeNAS 11.0-RC

The next FreeNAS release candidate landed last week, hopefully to a better reception than the disastrous Version 10 launch in March. As well as a host of bug-fixes, FreeNAS 11.0-RC proffers a couple of new goodies from the “loyal, dedicated, and attractive FreeNAS development team”: a first-look at a UI based on Angular; and …
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Stumbling StorNext ruins Quantum's solace

Quantum almost failed to meet its revenue expectations in its final fiscal 2017 quarter, as a StorNext revenue dip added to a seasonal decline. That StorNext dip was ascribed to fewer large deals than the same quarter a year earlier. Quantum’s fourth fiscal 2017 quarter showed annual growth, but only just, as the firm slipped …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2017

Intel breathes $2bn sigh of relief over patent trial

Intel is breathing two billion dollars lighter Thursday, after a jury in Delaware decided that the chip giant had not infringed on a dynamic logic circuit patent. AVM Technologies, which holds US patent 5,859,547, first sued Intel back in 2010 claiming that the Intel Pentium 4 and Core 2 designs infringed its intellectual …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 May 2017
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T-Mobile USA sued by parents after their baby dies amid 911 meltdown

A Texas mother is suing T‑Mobile USA, alleging technical issues with the carrier prevented her child from getting urgent medical care, which led to his death. Bridget Alex says that the telco's problems with "ghost calls" left the babysitter of her six-month-old son unable to reach the city's emergency services in time to save …
Shaun Nichols, 11 May 2017
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IBM wheels out bleedin' big 15TB tape drive

IBM has brought out a TS1155 tape drive as an update on the existing TS1150, offering 15TB raw capacity, half as much again. These are proprietary IBM format tape drives. For comparison the open standard LTO-7 format offers 6TB raw capacity (15TB compressed at 2.5:1), with the coming LTO-8 reaching 12TB raw, well below IBM …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2017
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10Mbps universal speeds? We'll give you 30Mbps, pleads Labour in leaked manifesto

The UK Labour Party has pledged a 30Mbps universal broadband speed by 2022, according to a draft leaked version of its manifesto. The current universal service obligation has been set at 10Mbps by 2020, with a proposed amendment of 30Mbps by the House of Lords having been dropped in the recently passed Digital Economy Act. …
Kat Hall, 11 May 2017
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HPE bows to inevitable: Integrity servers get latest Itanium engine and container off-ramp

HPE is introducing a new generation of its mission-critical Integrity/HP-UX servers and providing a Linux container migration route to x86 server-land. The Integrity i6 models represent an entire refresh of the Integrity server line, and use Intel Itanium 9700 series processors, otherwise known as the Kittson line. These …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2017

Wedded bliss... ball and chain – how's that Dell EMC honeymoon going?

Analysis At the Dell EMC World event in Las Vegas, the two put a good face on it, with no apparent resentment bubbling underneath, as was the case for Symantec and Veritas. Michael Dell and Joe Tucci drove the integration with Rory Read, the chief integration officer at the time. Both Dell and EMC were experienced company acquirers …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2017

Phil Collins and supergroup exposed as cloud investors

Against all odds, middle-of-the-road rocker Phil Collins – along with ex-Genesis pals – are some of the unlikely backers behind UKCloud. World number one misery guts – and tennis star – Andy Murray and retired player Timmy the tiger Henman have also decided to crash into the net and have invested in the firm. Serving UKCloud' …
Kat Hall, 11 May 2017
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VMware-Dell integration kicks off with on-prem VDI-and-PC-as-a-service

When Dell acquired EMC one of the things we were promised was clever integration between Dell EMC hardware and VMware software. The results so far? Virtzilla's turn in the Dell EMC World spotlight saw it announce “Dell EMC VDI Complete Solutions”, VDI-in-a-box rigs. Dell's done this stuff for ages, for both VMware and Citrix, …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2017
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Misery loves company so ServiceNow's built anonymous chat-rooms for the recently p0wned

Cloud wrangling giant ServiceNow has announced the new stuff that will land in its next release. Code-named “Jakarta” and expected in June, the new release includes an intriguing new feature called “Trusted Security Circles,” which lets ServiceNow users share news of recent security incidents. The idea here is that when …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2017
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Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down

Build Microsoft scrambled to get its Office 365 service back online after the cloud productivity suite was hit with a mid-day outage. Loads of people reported that, at around 1245 PT, access to the service went out. Microsoft confirmed shortly after it was having problems, and said it was looking into the matter. Subscribers in New …
Shaun Nichols, 10 May 2017

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